Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Microtel Baguio Review

I almost forgot to blog about this. The weather in Baguio is very nice from the month of December to February so I thought I'd publish this entry now for those who are planning to go up north to celebrate the holiday season. As you know, we went Baguio to unwind and feel the cool breeze of the City of Pines just last month. If you guys missed my entry on our last Baguio trip, you can read it here. We stayed at Microtel by Wyndham for a couple of nights and so this is my short review of the hotel.








Microtel follows the Victorian exterior design. The blue paint looks so cool. I love it.





Took this photo of my elder daughter at the hotel lobby. Normally, there's only one person at the front desk so this place can get crowded during check-in and check-out time.





We got a queen double room for P3,800 per night with buffet breakfast for 2. Kids who are 5 years old and below are free of charge.





Amenities for this room include a cable TV, electronic-key card entry system, radio clock, toilet and shower with hot and cold water, and individually controlled aircon.





This was the view from our hotel window. Microtel Baguio is located at the heart of the city so it is pretty much near to everything.




There are just a few things that I don't like about this hotel. I understand they don't charge a lot per night, but why the does the cable TV needs to be crappy? And, why no fridge? Good thing they have free water and unlimited coffee to those coffee addicts (not me) at the hallway near the stairs.

I suggest book Microtel if you are in a minimal budget. They have rooms for families and couples on the go. If you are a tourist using the Victory Liner bus, staying in the hotel is perfect 'cause it's just a foot away.

Use the buffet breakfast to your advantage by going there during the last 2 hours of mealtime. Their menu is normally composed of soup, salad, bread and spreads, rice and viands. Cancel your plan of having lunch outside and get a filling brunch at the hotel's restaurant instead.

Will I ever book Microtel Baguio again? Maybe.






Microtel by Wyndham
Baguio Upper Session Road,
Baguio City 2600
Philippines
Tel: +63 (74) 619 3333 to 34 +63 (74) 619 3342
Fax: +63 (74) 619 3344
Email: baguio@microtel.ph




Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Tree Bento

Season's greetings! I thought I should try to make a Christmas-themed bento. I did this on the first week of December for my elder daughter's lunch, and of course, it is as simple as it gets and a quick one. What I used for this bento is basically steamed rice with corn, spam, and some fresh veggie slices.








I used a pinetree-shaped cookie cutter and a tiny star cutter for the spam. The bits of corn rice looks like snow.





For the separate container, I have tomato and cucumber slices with a couple of pastillas de leche
(milk candy) on the side.





I find this bento so cute. Do you like it? My grade-schooler did. Till the next bento box! :)




Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DIY Christmas Stocking Ornament

Oppss! I am not done with my DIY Christmas ornaments yet. Don't worry though, this is going to be the last for this year. I promise.

So, I made yarn Christmas balls and some glue snowflakes. I already blogged about them. Follow those links in my previous sentence if you wish to learn and add extra fun to your tree this year. Now let's talk about how I created this Christmas stocking ornament.




Materials Needed:
-white felt fabric
-gold string beads
-gold ribbon
-gold beads
-white thread
-sewing machine
-glue gun
-glue sticks
-scissors
-cardboard
-white thread
-needle


Here's How..



First thing to do is create a stocking pattern out of cardboard. Lay the pattern to the felt fabric and cut multiple stockings out of it.





Cut the gold ribbon, following the same width of the stocking. Sew it around to 2 felt stockings together.





Sew some bead design to the stocking. I chose the star design because it's simple. Glue the strings beads right below the ribbon, attach a thread using needle for hanging and its done.




The morning after I hung these stockings, people in the house recognized the difference and gave me compliments. Honestly, I love how it turned out. Wish I can make more stuff to beautify our tree, but we're already busy and it's already Christmas in a few days. I guess I'll have to save the rest of my creative juices for next year.

Happy holidays!