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Home away from home: the Grand Hyatt Singapore
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It’s wonderful when you find your home away from home. In Tokyo, I prefer the Peninsula. In Singapore, it’s pretty much the Grand Hyatt.
I didn’t use to like this place so much, but when the Ion Orchard mall opened right across from it, the location suddenly became very OK.
Prior to finding this place home, I preferred the Mandarin Orchard for location and the famous overpriced Chatterbox chicken rice, which I love.

Chatterbox chicken rice

I also used to like the Quincy, but the place has gotten old. They really need to renovate.
But all things considered, I love the Grand Hyatt Singapore because of its design.
To further prove my point, last year I saw Tyler Brûlé and the Monocle team here.

Tyler Brule and Co.

I’ve heard a couple of people say the Grand Hyatt rooms and bathrooms suck, but I did not see it at all during this trip or or last year.
The bed is nice and comfy, and the thermostat is really easy to control. I love the convenience of the nightstands with the two shelves.
We didn’t really use the office corner because there were plugs everywhere. We could use the fast Internet while in bed.

Grand Hyatt Singapore

This nice chair ended up as my husband’s sabitan (rack) of used clothes because Euroboys like to recycle their clothes 🙂

Grand Hyatt Singapore

The TV was not complicated

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Sliding doors open up to a marbled bathroom, which is chuva-approved.

Grand Hyatt Singapore

It has a bathtub and separate shower stall

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Enclosed toilet, thank you very much

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Dressing table—how convenient

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Spacious counter sink—a must for me

Grand Hyatt Singapore

And a closet that opens from inside and outside the bathroom. No need to run out for pieces of clothing.

Grand Hyatt Singapore

The only thing I don’t really like was the food. Room service sucked. But I did enjoy the cereal-crusted KFC with Hainanese chicken rice my hubby bought next door. How convenient! Though I wish I had discovered this earlier on the first day. I could eat this everyday.

KFC golden cereal crunch

Please try when in Singapore.

KFC golden cereal crunch

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My take on Vhong Navarro
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Not a few people have been asking me: “What’s your take on Vhong Navarro?”
For one thing, I was in Singapore when it happened. The first time I head about it was on Ping Medina’s Instagram.

Vhong statement

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After:
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From what I gathered, Showtime co-host Vhong Navarro was beaten up by a certain Cedric Lee and his gang because of a girl named Deniece Cornejo, who cried rape.

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Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo

FYI: Deniece is supposed to be deniece of news anchor Mel Tiangco, while Cedric Lee is the baby daddy of Vina Morales’s daughter.
Apart from starting out as a member of the Streetboys dance group, the only other thing I know about Vhong is he certainly has his way with chicks, as I’ve heard one young “pedigreed” actress has reportedly slept with him, eek!
Other than that, I know nothing.
I am not particularly interested because Vhong Navarro is so not hot, and I am not interested in guys who have a silent “H” in their name.

vhong navarro

I take exception to dancer Jhong Hilario who had the funniest mishap on Instagram, just Google it.
P.S. I do wish for Vhong Navarro’s swift recovery and that justice be served.

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NAIA revisited
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It’s my first trip out of the country this year.
My husband and I decided to meet the Dutch in-laws to celebrate his birthday.
It’s been a while since I blogged about the worst airport in the world, also known as NAIA Terminal 1.
While it’s great that the terminal fee has been lowered from Php 750 to Php 550, one still wonders where all that money goes?
Perhaps we need a Benhur Luy kind of whistleblower to let us know exactly what happens to the terminal fee.
Because as far as I know you can buy a can of paint with Php 550? A can of paint to fix certain portions of the airport, such as this check-in counter.
I mean look at this afam* checking in at Business Class.

NAIA revisited

Actually no paint job can fix this. This counter needs to be changed like five years ago.

NAIA revisited

I can think of a couple of reasons for whoever is curating the shops at NAIA: either bad taste or corruption or both.
I mean look at these shops—do they even make money? Who is the target market of these stores?
Tourists with bad taste? I mean check out the names…

NAIA revisited
NAIA revisited
NAIA revisited
NAIA revisited

Look closely—there is a walis behind the dried mangoes. Who the freaking hell wants to carry a walis in the airplane, do tell??

NAIA revisited

Let’s check out the ceiling.

NAIA revisited

Neil Armstrong was not here.

NAIA revisited

And it’s not art.

NAIA revisited

Hoping this ceiling will not collapse

NAIA revisited
NAIA revisited

Eek!

NAIA revisited

OK, this kind of looks like art.

NAIA revisited

Terminal fee can buy cans of paint, people!

NAIA revisited

And if you look down you’ll see the sorry state of the carpet.

NAIA revisited

I mean the carpet looks paper-thin.

NAIA revisited

Thank God five international airlines are slated to move their operations to NAIA 3—including Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air, KLM and Emirates—according to ABS-CNN.
I have never been to NAIA 3, but once I set foot in there, do expect a review from me. XO

*foreigner

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Muji opens at Ayala Center, Cebu
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Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI recently opened its seventh store in the Philippines at Ayala Center, Cebu.
The 417-square-meter store is located at the mall’s new second-level expansion wing, and is home to a complete selection of furniture, housekeeping tools, kitchen and dining utensils, storage solutions, health and beauty products, travel accessories, men’s and ladies’ apparel, stationery, and food items.

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Muji Cebu
Muji Cebu
Hard Carry Cases with Wheel Brakes
Muji Cebu

In the Philippines, MUJI is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) with locations at Robinsons Magnolia, Power Plant Mall at Rockwell Center, Greenbelt 3, SM Mall of Asia, Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, and Ayala Center Cebu. Muji will reopen soon at Bonifacio Global City Central.

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