“Emotional tears have special health benefits,” writes Judith Orloff MD in the Huffington Post.
“A study by biochemist and ‘tear expert’ Dr. William Frey discovered that reflex tears are 98 percent water, whereas emotional tears also contain stress hormones which get excreted from the body through crying.
After studying the composition of tears, Dr. Frey found that emotional tears shed these hormones and other toxins which accumulate during stress. Additional studies also suggest that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer and ‘feel-good” hormones.'”
Since its YouTube upload on September 11, 2013, more than 9 million people have viewed this Thai TV commercial produced by communications company, True Move H.
I wonder how many millions have cried watching this, because I sure have. And you?
As if the Presidential Suite weren’t big enough, they also gave us the connecting Junior Suite.
You can see the kitchen behind and the door that separates the suites from each other.
There’s a nice writing corner
and a long clean carpet
I wonder if that door opens to another suite?
This way to the bedroom. I fell in love with the louvered windows
There are two large beds inside—good enough for four. I prefer this room to the Presidential Suite. It feels so Laura Ingalls cozy to me.
Here’s the bathroom, which is Chuva-approved!
See the counter sinks (cause I hate bowl sinks)
and the tub
We had dinner outside and hung out for a bit in the bathroom.
It was already 1 AM after everyone had showered. We were all in pajamas and went to bed in the Laura Ingalls room. Penny and Patrice were going to share a bed, and I had one bed to myself—just me and my computer, in the dark, when I started watching this on YouTube.
I was attracted to the ’70s costumes and really scared.
Right there and then, we decided to download it. The internet was really fast, by the way.
While waiting for the download to finish, we decided to move into the large bedroom in the Presidential Suite so we could all fit in the king-size bed. Being the scaredest one of all, I insisted on staying in the middle.
Meanwhile, we scrambled to get drinks and snacks, knowing we would not want to leave the bedroom once the movie has started. We also held one rosary each. It was the battle of the rosaries: Penny had Pedro Calungsod, I had Pope Francis, and Patrice had Pope John Paul II.
We made sure to pee before the movie started.
Too bad the screen was small and the picture was pirated. Penny and Patrice fell asleep during parts of the movie. I felt like Jesus in the Agony of the Garden, but it did not have the scariest effect for me, except during the closing credits when the soundtrack freaked me out.
Still, I wasn’t able to sleep because I was in between two girls and couldn’t move. I also wished the aircon were colder.
I finally fell asleep at 7 AM when the two went out for buffet breakfast. I was able to sleep until noon.
We showered, packed, and headed down. Too bad we didn’t get to enjoy the pool. Maybe next time.
Upon checking out I noticed this very discreet sign and was very impressed!
Now I can honestly say there is one hotel that is truly first class in Manila, one that I would be proud to recommend to any visitor, and that’s Raffles Makati.
Special thanks to Loni Balagtas for arranging and having us. 🙂
As someone obsessed with great hotels, I’ve got a hotel bucket list that includes the legendary Raffles in Singapore.
I have been there but I have not stayed in.
Don’t know when that’s going to happen, so a free stay at Raffles Makati sounded good enough for me.
I’ve stayed at some of Manila’s “finest” hotels, but tell you the truth, I don’t find them world class.
A lot of the better hotels here in the Philippines have unrenovated rooms and bathrooms, which is enough to make me want to go home.
The Raffles Makati is a different story.
I have been there for many events—usually at the Long Bar, and the hotel seems small when you enter the lobby. But you’ll be surprised when you hit the guest room floors.
When my friends and I checked in for a sleepover, I was surprised when they told us they were giving us the Presidential Suite. I swear my mouth was hanging open.
They brought us to the 10th floor, where a fine clean scent hit us immediately.
The carpeted hallway looked and smelled ridiculously clean, like fresh laundry.
Here’s something you won’t find at a deluxe room—elegant French doors
We had the Presidential Suite and a connecting Junior Suite. That’s 150 + 60 square meters of space for three girls!! Here’s the Master Bedroom with the king-size bed
Writing desk and flat-screen TV (note: I couldn’t find an outlet to plug my laptop)
The sitting area is where I found an outlet, so that’s where I parked my computer
The sitting room leads to a nostalgic dressing room with dark wood floors
Obviously I don’t travel light. That’s my luggage for an overnight stay
So much closet space!
and dressing table
This room leads to probably the best hotel bathroom in the country
with modern bathtub
separate shower and toilet stalls
and so many amenities I forgot to photograph
Outside the bedroom is the living room, where we listened to akashic readings
There’s a bar that’s not mini
A dining room
and a nice note from the Managing Director—thank you Mr. Meyer!