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Hop Inn Hotel Opens Second Hotel in the Philippines in Makati

Just seven months after opening its pioneering hotel in the Philippines, Thailand-based Hop Inn Hotel continues its expansion in the country with the opening of its second hotel in Metro Manila, this time at the country’s financial and business capital, Makati City.

Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue, Manila is the best choice for budget-conscious business and leisure travelers seeking instant access to everything the electrifying city has to offer.

Hop Inn Hotel is located at the heart of the budding arts and gastronomic hub of Poblacion and right next door to the country’s premier central business district. Here, guests are just a few hops away from the best attractions in and around Makati – from exciting dining and shopping experiences to the city’s famous nightlife and entertainment escapes.

A guaranteed one-stop hop for budget travelers in the city, Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue perfectly captures the brand’s Four Pillars Promise: Cleanliness, Convenience, Comfort, and Security. Amid a convenient location, Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue’s 144 air-conditioned rooms come with free high-speed Wi-Fi, cable TV, hot and cold power shower, a workstation, a hair dryer, and other room extras.

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Hopping into the spacious and inviting lobby, guests are welcomed by Hop InnMakati Avenue’s cheerful and superb professional staff ready and available 24 hours to ensure an enjoyable and worry-free stay. Thanks to the hotel’s fast and hassle-free check in process, guests soon find themselves delighting in their spotless rooms with crisp white sheets that invite absolute relaxation. The minimalist white and light blue-colored rooms have more than enough space to accommodate two persons and their luggage plus additional bags from pasalubong shopping. The bright and clean bathrooms are equally spacious, too. Hop Inn guests are always greeted by tidy rooms with fresh linens at the end of each day with the hotel’s expert housekeeping team making sure all rooms are spick and span while guests explore the city.

The Hop Inn Hotel chain, now with 26 hotels in Thailand and two in the Philippines, prides itself on providing a high standard of security across all of its hotels. A secure key card access to rooms and elevators, an in-room safe, and round-the-clock security and CCTV operations make for a safe and serene stay guests rave about and always to come back to.

Guests’ convenience is at the top of Hop Inn’s commitment to quality service which is why Hop Inn Makati Avenue promises a spacious and secure parking available for guests, absolutely free! A sweet gift for Metro dwellers struggling with parking space and steep fees on the daily. By ensuring that all of its hotels open their doors to persons of all shapes and sizes and are equipped to cater to persons with disabilities and those that require special assistance throughout their stay, Hop Inn delivers in its advocacy of making the joys of travel free for all to experience.

With the wide array of accommodation options available for travelers visiting Makati City, what makes Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue truly stand out is the excellent value for money it offers to its guests, whether they are staying for a month- long business assignment in the metro or simply needing a secure and comfortable room for a night or two. At Hop Inn Makati Avenue, guests enjoy the very best of their money’s worth and more with rates as low as PHP1,720 net per room night. A very small cost for such big hospitality.

The Erawan Group Public Company Limited, the company behind the growing Hop Inn brand in Thailand and the Philippines’ first venture in the Philippines was courtesy of Hop Inn Hotel Ermita, which opened on December 1, 2016. Combining Thai expertise and world-renowned Filipino hospitality, travelers expect nothing but the best quality service whenever they stay at any of the Hop Inn hotels in the Philippines; thanks to the company’s 35 years of vast experience in developing international five-star hotels such as the Grand Hyatt and JW Marriott, among others.

Ms. Kamonwan Wipulakorn, the President and Director of The Erawan Group bared that the opening of Hop Inn Ermita and Makati Avenue is just the beginning of the company’s plans to open more hotels in the country. Next year, three more Hop Inn Hotels are slated to open in Metro Manila: one in Aseana, a site in Alabang, and one in Tomas Morato, Quezon City. The company is also looking at key cities in Visayas and Mindanao as next potential sites to open more hotels, providing a relevant boost to the country’s tourism and overall economic development as well as opening excellent employment opportunities for more Filipinos.

Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue is located at 7806 Makati Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City, 1210 Philippines. For reservations, call (+632) 816- 7866 or (+632) 816-7876 (fax), or email

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How I was sort of kidnapped in a mall in Singapore

Yesterday, I flew in to Singapore for a short vacation and to spend time with family and friends. 

Later that same evening, I went to an upscale mall near the City Hall MRT Station to have dinner with friends. I thought I could easily find the restaurant as it was supposed to be near the exit. Although my friend’s directions were a bit confusing, I had full confidence I could find the place. I like exploring the large, byzantine malls in the Philippines, so I thought I was in my element.

I couldn’t have been more wrong haha.

A few minutes after I exited the train station, I found the entrance to the mall. I was busy messaging my friends when a Singaporean woman called my attention. When I looked back, she was right behind me, telling me about some product.

She handed me a free packet of a moisturizing cream. The next second she was applying hand cream on the back of my hand. She asked me if I had a minute, and I said I did not, and that I needed directions. She pulled me to their shop, and asked me to wash off the cream on their sink. She left me to wash my hand, but only for a moment.

She returned right away and blabbered about their products, while applying what seemed like facial wash on my left cheek. She asked me what I use on my skin, then proceeded to point out all the flaws on my face. I didn’t mind, although I was in a hurry. And I felt it would be rude to leave while she was talking.

And so she talked and talked, applying product after product on half of my face (so I had makeup on the other half haha). She said I had terrbile skin, and seemed genuinely curious if I take care of my skin at all. (Looking back, it was so funny. Annoying and inconsiderate, but funny.) 

She had rapidly changing emotions as she fired away and berated me about my skin care regimen: exasperation (“You have such great skin but you don’t take care of it”), annoyance (“If you were given the chance to get rid of your blackheads, why won’t you do it?”), compassionate (“I know you want to have clear skin, so I’m going to give you a good deal”) , to solid IDGAF-anymore attitude (“You say your skin is getting itchy? Fine, then don’t take it if you want it”).

It lasted for about ten minutes. When I had the chance to speak, I told her I didn’t want it, and that my skin was irritated (to which she said “fine!”).

So what did I learn?

  1. Trust your instinct. Don’t talk to strangers who make you feel uncomfortable.
  2. Don’t trust people who talk too fast. They’re trying to get you to reach into your wallet faster.
  3. Learn to say no and walk away! Haha

I’m not saying that this can happen to anyone who visits Singapore. I’ve experienced this before in Manila (in a mall called Glorietta). I practically had to run away to get as far as possible from the saleslady.

Have you ever fallen victim to this trick before? I hope you didn’t shell out a stupendous amount of money for it. Tell me about it in the comments! 

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Traveling to Forget? Here are Real Stories to Help You Move On

Many of us have been there: once, we wanted to get away from everything after a heartbreak. I’ve read about this on different travel groups in Facebook that to me, it has almost become clichéd to travel to nurse a heartbreak.

I’ve been there before, but I was younger and didn’t have the money for a getaway haha. What I did was to look outward and be more sensitive to other people’s suffering–I knew there were so many who had it worse.

This is what I recommend that you do, too. Starting this month, will run its Breakup Blog Series to promote their first featured ebook “I’m Moving on From Breakup.” Here, many others have shared their experiences for other women, namely:

AJ Villamar– a Social Media Assistant Reporter for The Philippine Star. She creates art to express herself and dedicates poems for her faith and the people she treasures most.

Arlene Cheng– a former missionary teaching Math in Port Moresby and now lives in Papua New Guinea. She believes that a good attitude will enable blessings to be multiplied and shared among others.

Dani Hernandez – an aspiring promothean and creative writer who works as Human Resources Officer for a marketing and advertising company.

Elle Hucal – A blogger who started her site as an online diary while managing her fashion shop, The Brown Spot.

Janis Narvas – A marketing associate in a firm in Makati who loves locally sourced coffee, a bowl of zesty pho, and rusty old trains.

Nini Perez – An entrepreneur, wife, and mother to a very energetic toddler who advocates for natural parenting and breastfeeding.

Paula Cabildo – A beauty, fashion, and lifestyle blogger who describes herself as Jane-of-All-Trades.

Thewata Hernandez – A lifestyle blogger, food lover, and dreamer who believes that everyone can achieve each goal with dedication and hard work.

Tine Ibanez – A freelancer who writes poems when inspiration strikes from watching Asian series and anime.

If you’re currently traveling to nurse a broken heart, I recommend that you read these stories. There’s nothing more helpful than hearing other stories who have been through the same experiences.

Watch out for my story to be published between August 14 and 20. Subscribe to today.

What are human lace front wigs for?

(This is a sponsored post. All opinions presented in this post are mine.)

Are you looking to update your look this season? With all the vacation photos that you will be taking, it’s undeniable that summer is the perfect time to play with your style.

One of the best ways to upgrade your overall look is by styling your hair. I’ve been thinking of getting my hair done for several weeks now, but I just can’t bring myself to go to a salon and get the mermaid hair that I want. I’m terrified of the side effects of hair dye and all the chemical treatment I have to subject my scalp to.

If you’re having second thoughts about getting a hair makeover like me, you might want to try human lace front wigs. I had no idea that there were many hairpiece options like this which could look natural. When worn properly, lace front wigs looks completely natural, making it perfect for women and men who want to look good without revealing that they are actually wearing a wig. Even when you part your wig in the middle, the lace cap won’t give you away as the front lace resembles your scalp.

Moreover, lace front wigs are breathable and versatile. Unlike other types of wigs, this kind of wig gives your scalp the space to breathe. Made with durable materials, you can also style this any way you want, making it the perfect accessory to complete your everyday style. Consider the possibilities:

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La Union: Thunderbird Resorts & Casinos – Poro Point

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed how I seldom post about beaches and resorts. It’s no secret that I’m not as fond of beaches as I am of mountains, so on holidays, you’ll more likely find me in Cavite or the Cordilleras than in Aurora or Batangas.

Last weekend was different though. I joined our company’s team building activity at Thunderbird Resorts & Casinos – Poro Point in the vibrant town of San Fernando, La Union. I had a great time, so I decided to write about my experience.
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