My stay at Southpole Hotel made me realize that Junquera is not as notorious as most would think. I even walked around the neighborhood to look for cheap eats.
The soothing sound from the pattalar, a traditional Burmese musical instrument, filled the luxurious lobby of The Strand Hotel in downtown Yangon. Its bamboo keys were expertly played by a lady garbed in a light yellow blouse and a local wrap called longyi.
After we checked-in, I was relieved to find out that our accommodation was a lot more spacious compared to the photos of it I saw online. Our room was already fitted with four single beds, the two were extras I think, each of which had their customized signature fluffy pillows. Needless to say that the property was named after these babies.
We expected a rainy staycation at Quest Hotel and Conference Center, a 3-star hotel in Cebu City. But for some strange case of good fortune, the sun was up during that fateful weekend.
Even better was the fact that there were only a few of us in that tiny patch of paradise at that time. No wonder why Lonely Planet describes this part of the island as 'the last vestige of Phuket as it once was.'
One September morning a few years back, I woke up to the view of the Andaman Sea. I was standing at our hotel balcony when I stared at its turquoise waters for a long time. It was almost a surreal feeling, something in between awe and disbelief.
I noticed that it took our van quite some time or a few seconds shy of a minute just to reach Waterfront Insular Hotel's lobby from its main entrance along JP Laurel Avenue. That's when I realized that this premier hotel in Davao City is quite expansive, something that even its own website seems too modest to admit.
There was a small boxing ring that was already set-up when my friend and I entered the lobby of Seda Abreeza Hotel in Davao City. Two pairs of red gloves were hung on its corners which contrasted the predominantly brown and gray color palette of this contemporary hotel in these parts.
As our bus weaved its way down to Bancogon port, I can already see Sumilon island in the horizon. I could make out its famed white sandbar that changes shapes and shifts locations depending on the season and the tide.
Cebu R Hotel sets itself apart from the handful of affordable accommodation in uptown Cebu, by offering larger-than-usual rooms, top-notch service and better hotel amenities.