Overnight Stay at Bayleaf Hotel

Trixi was invited to attend the awarding ceremonies at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila. Since it was quite far from our house and the boys will be coming late, we decided to stay for the night. I tried to book online, but all the booking sites said no rooms available. Fortunately, when I called the hotel, I was told that there were still some rooms for that night. Francis of Reservations was very helpful. Upon his suggestion, I availed of their privilege card which entitled me to a free overnight stay, buffet lunch or dinner, drinks, and discounts on room rates and food and beverage items.

Check-in was a breeze. The girls at the front desk were very pleasant and welcoming. The lobby was small but elegantly decorated. I like that access to the guest floors was limited to those with key cards. Restaurant patrons are limited to the top and ground floors.

We were given a Superior room with a view of the Intramuros golf course. The room was bigger than what I expected. The room was spacious enough and did not feel cramped. The beds were firm and the pillows were not lumpy. Air-conditioning was working well too. The bathroom was roomy and clean. Amenities, though, were pretty basic. Bathrobes and slippers were not provided – you had to pay for them. There was Wi-Fi, but only one device could be used.


After the awarding ceremonies, Trixi and I had dinner at the Sky Deck. The Sky Deck offered a magnificent view of Manila. The stars were out and the night was cool. Too bad the food wasn’t great. The buffet had a very limited selection. The place is great, though, for enjoying a couple of drinks.

View from the Sky Deck

View from the Sky Deck

The following day, we had breakfast at 9 Spoons. Just like the previous night, we were again disappointed with the food. The buffet spread was very limited. They asked us if we wanted coffee, but they did not deliver our order.

We enjoyed our stay in Bayleaf, mainly because of the hotel features and their staff. However, I hope they can improve on some things: (1) food quality, (2) no limitation on devices using Wi-Fi, (3) include bathrobes and slippers without extra charge. We would have wanted to explore Intramuros but we did not have time. I guess we have to go back some other time. If we do, we will make Bayleaf Hotel our base.But we’ll probably eat somewhere else.


Grateful Project Day 30: Girl Bonding Time

I am grateful for having some girl bonding time with Trixi. The boys couldn’t join us for the awarding so it was just the two of us. After the ceremonies, we had dinner at the Sky Deck together. She was feeling a little under the weather so we didn’t stay long. We went to the room to relax after a long day. We both enjoyed our “we-time”. Image

Grateful Project Day 29: Efficiency in Government Service

I am grateful that transacting business with the Cainta Municipal Hall is no longer an ordeal. I used to dread the start of the year, because it meant having to get new residence certificates and professional tax receipts. In the past, that meant braving long lines in hot and humid rooms. This morning, I was pleasantly surprised when I finished everything in less than 10 minutes. No more red tape. I hope that service in government offices will always be like this.

Grateful Project Day 28: A Lovely Evening Stroll

I am grateful for the lovely after-dinner stroll we had this evening. It was one of those rare weekday nights when everyone was home early. After dinner, we all went out for a walk. There was a cool breeze, reminding us of our vacation in California. The kids walked ahead of us, pointing out the constellations and the stars. Bong and I walked hand in hand, hoping that the kids will always remain as close as they are now.

Grateful Project Day 25: Chino Learning to Be Independent

I am grateful my son is learning to be independent. Today was the first time he commuted to school and back by himself. His school bus didn’t come and he really wanted to go to school today for their fair. So he thought of a way for him to get there and back without having us drive him there. I am grateful too that nothing untoward happened to him.

Grateful Project Day 24: Family Dinner

I am grateful for the chance to eat dinner together as a family. Most of the time, the kids eat together while I wait up for my husband who gets home late. So every chance we get to eat together is a treasured moment. It’s the time when we catch up on what’s happening in school, who their friends are, what their concerns are. I know that the kids are growing up too fast and pretty soon, they’ll have their own lives. So moments like these are really priceless.

Grateful Project Day 23: Catherine’s Cakes and Pies

I am grateful that I had the chance to try a new pastry shop, Catherine’s Cakes and Pies. I’ve been wanting to try their pies but they only delivered in the Alabang area. When I found out that they were making a delivery in my area, I immediately placed an order. Their apple pie was good. I can’t wait to try their chocolate cheesecake.