Grand Hyatt Singapore

Dear Dennis (my brother),
There is nothing shabby about the Grand Hyatt Singapore!
Except for amazingly slow Internet connection, everything else is lovely. Look at the floor.

Grand Hyatt Singapore

This way to our room

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Huge, comfy bed (can sleep 2 adults + 1 kid)

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Jeroen loves the reading chair and lamp

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Study table in the corner

Grand Hyatt Singapore

I love the closet

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Inside is a wooden door that slides open so you can access the closet from inside the bathroom. Genius idea!!


I love the bathroom with the privacy toilet and bath

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Separate shower

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Counter-mount sink! (read: not bowl)

Grand Hyatt Singapore

And a makeup table!!! I don’t have to dry my hair next to the laptop! Thank you!!

Dressing table

The first three days Jeroen and I were really thrilled to be in this room, but today there was that feeling of it’s time to go home. #singapore

Back to Singapore

It’s been a while since I last saw Singapore—to be exact, it was December 2011 with the kids.
I wanted to get away, so I asked Jeroen to take me here for Valentine’s Day.
I’ve forgotten how great Singapore Airlines feels.
So much space


So many compartments—for your magazines, bottled water, rosary

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I even had a “trash” bin (cause I hate stuffing trash into the magazine pocket)


This I love: you can plug your gadgets (I don’t know why that logo is baliktad)


I sat next to the wing. I only realized this before landing because I kept the cover down the whole time.
The plane shook a little after takeoff and I had to manage my anxiety by praying and of course some medication :)


Because Jeroen slept on me! I love that you can recline fully.

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To think that the seats near the wings are the least shaky—so I’ve read. Yes I’m still scared of flying.
Over and over I kept thinking about what Kissa McDermott told me—her brother and father are both pilots. According to them turbulence is nothing to be afraid of and flying is really, really safe.
We made it in one piece.
The airport looks so beautiful.


Yes, it’s been a while. I don’t remember this beautiful carpet


Follow the Singapore Girls


Gorgeous trees. I wonder if they were lit up for Christmas


Jeroen and I didn’t eat on the plane. After checking in our hotel, we walked to the Ion Orchard where I enjoyed real Singaporean roasted chicken rice—the best!!
I have to say it feels good to be back.


What we can learn from Claridge’s

As someone obsessed with the perfect stay, I highly recommend Inside Claridge’s, a three-part BBC documentary on what goes behind the scenes in the most iconic five-star hotel in Mayfair, London.
As I watched, a few luxury hotels came to mind: first, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, which has the world’s best Thai food in my opinion. I would fly there just to eat, but I’m afraid of weight gain.
At the time of our stay, some very, very importants guests would come in and out of its doors, with Presidents, heads of state, royalty, bodyguards and security everywhere.

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Jeroen and I were pampered in our loft accommodation.

Room service at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

However, I had to close my eyes every time I used the shower. There was darkened grout or sealant where the glass partition met the bathtub. It was pretty disgusting, I had to cover the area with a towel and hurry up. For this alone I would be wary of going back to the Oriental.

The bathroom

I had the same experience in one of Makati’s “best” hotels. I was really disappointed (or grossed out) with the condition of its bathrooms which appeared to have been built in the ’80s and never renovated.
Such a thing would never happen at the Claridge’s.

On the other hand, I feel like I’ve experienced heaven at the Peninsula Tokyo.
The minute you come in you have the feeling of quiet luxury.

Hotel Entrance

Everything is spic and span. Even the bathrooms are immaculate.

Deluxe Suite Bathroom

When I was really sick for a month last December, I had some time to think about my life because I thought I was dying. And I told my friends Ginggay and Penny, one of the things I thought about was how lucky I was to have stayed at the Peninsula Tokyo because it was close to heaven, LOL. We all laughed.
In fact, the Peninsula Tokyo is, I feel much better than the Claridge’s in London.

Claridge's - Art Deco

I have not stayed at the Claridge’s. But while the Claridge’s is tons more expensive with a staff that pays attention to every single detail, I would rather pay less money for more modern interiors—especially the bathrooms. I was quite horrified how some Claridge’s bathrooms look like they’re from the ’70s.

That said, there’s a lot to be learned from Inside Claridge’s, which teaches you about impeccable service and attention to detail.
They have painters on the payroll just to go over stains as soon as the guest checks out.
They check bathroom fixtures and even installed a jacuzzi for a very special guest.
They take pictures and keep files of how regular guests want their rooms done for their next visit.
They’re used to the likes of Madonna, U2, the Japanese Britney Spears, the President of Malawi, Joan Collins, and Prince Andrew either staying or popping in.

How lucky we are that this was just uploaded on YouTube—no need to find torrents.
Now watch the 3-part series and find out what makes Claridge’s one of the best luxury hotels in the world.

The best way to enjoy Pyrolympics

The 4th Philippine International PyroMusical Competition 2013 comes back to SM Mall of Asia from February 16 to March 23, 2013 from 7-8 PM.
Watch as international fireworks experts from 11 countries show off their pyrotechnic skills!
And what better way to enjoy than with a sizzling dinner + front row view at Pepper Lunch, Mall of Asia?

PL-MOA Fireworks flyer (UPDATED)

For more information go to Pyro Philippines Facebook.

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