prolly azumi

i was looking for a place to stay in madrigal business park, alabang for a few days and i read about in the internet this newly opened boutique type hotel, azumi.

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it was actually a very short walk from the training center where i had to attend a workshop which made it very convenient for me.

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this part of the hotel lobby is very chic-looking, almost the same kind of feel of midas hotel in pasay wherein they used hermes-ique orange boxes.

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coffee table books to entertain waiting guests.

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the reception (thumbs-up to “KATHY” for good customer service!).  i’ve read of negative reviews on their service but fortunately, i did not encountered any.).

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the hallway of the 8th floor.

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i was given a room at the corner most left side area of the 8th floor, 817.

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the room is spacious with wood laminate flooring.  the colors a mix of earth tones on the walls and furnishings, a burst of orange makes the room appealing to the eye.

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the work desk  area (no drawers!) and the flat tv with complete cable channels.

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i can suffer from compulsion at times.

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a signature notepad and pencil.

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i believe that you really do not need to get your linens changed everyday, it’s one way of doing a small part for our environment.

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another view of the room.

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built-in cabinets to dump in your whole wardrobe including yourself – literally, i can fit myself inside, haha!

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a sink with a water boiler and the fridge, also some bottled distilled water.  no complimentary coffee/sugar sachets or tea bags (the mentos dragees are mine!).

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coffee mugs, drinking glass and some cutlery.

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the emergency evacuation map – always think of your own safety!  i do orient myself on this stuff and my room was exactly beside the fire exit door.

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noticed the gray tile in the wall – i think it has a story to tell.

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this is ecocarat tile, a “breathing tile” made of natural raw materials specifically designed to absorb humidity, foul odors and harmful substances (from inquirer.net).

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it’s an interesting part of the room.

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the toilet and lavatory but i noticed the absence of a toilet roll holder and a bidet sprayer (other stuff all mine!).

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body wash, shampoo and a small bar of soap.  there was no dental kit but i brought my own, i always do anyway.

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they have american standard brand toilet fixtures and the floor in the shower stall can be very slippery when taking a shower so be extra careful.

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towels provided weren’t that fluffy but smelt clean.

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internet connection was flawless.  i never lost net connection on my whole stay.

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upon check-in, a stub was given to me for breakfast buffet at romulo café located at the ground floor of the establishment.  i also had dinner here which i will post separately.

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buffet was limited but okay offering the basic choices.

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i had some caesar salad with thousand island dressing and a piece of baguette with kesong puti (local white cheese).

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fish fillet in tausi  with red and green bell peppers which tasted fine in my palate, and some pancit canton.

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entrance to the infinity pool located at the penthouse.

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the infinity pool offers the view of the alabang skyline. too bad that the building infront of the hotel sort of ruined it.

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the pool is not manned by a lifeguard, and even if it is only 5ft. deep take utmost precautions specially for the kids.

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faux grass, no need to water!  too artificial, but looks good in pictures though.  i forgot to check if the potted plants were also fake.

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the penthouse suite - i guess if you want to spend some bucks for people ogling on you while you move about inside your room or sleep like english actress, tilda swinton in her performance art piece at the museum of modern art, this is one best suggestion!  but of course there are blinds installed to cover up,  when you realize that the exposure was enough, lol!

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my stay in azumi boutique hotel was satisfactory and they just need some little touch-ups in their rooms that i noticed.  customer service was fine, everyone seemed well-trained and courteous (they do treat locals and foreigners alike – some hotels don’t!). 

azumi means “safe residence” in japanese. :)

monasterio de tarlac liturgical paschal triduum

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

7:30 am – Stations of the Cross

7:00 am to 5:00 pm – Liturgy of the Word and Rite of Veneration of the Relic of the True  Cross of Christ

6:00 pm – Adoration of the Cross & Solemn Evening Prayer of the Lord’s Passion

 

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Black Saturday

7:00 am to 4:00 pm – Liturgy of the Word and Rite of Veneration of the Relic of the True  Cross of Christ

7:00 pm – Easter Vigil Mass at the Plaza

 

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Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection

8:00 am to 10:00 am – Confession

10:30 am – Pilgrim Mass at the Plaza

3:00 pm – Holy Mass (Chapel)

 

directions to the monasterio (coning from luisita) can be referenced on my old post: http://sensoryreplays.com/2012/03/31/directions-to-monasterio-de-tarlac/

 

lankan chronicles: frescoes of sigiriya

a big chunk of rock.  a paranoid king.  a gateway of a carved enormous feline.  a mirrored wall and colored frescoes.  words that i can describe sigiriya, the lion’s rock fortress.

i visited sigiriya on a rainy day and can be considered as a lucky tourist to have the rain stop for a few hours for me to reach the top of the rock and down.  one of the things that fascinated me are the frescoes it has on its high walls – of colorful frescoes of half-clad women.

touching the paintings and flash photography is prohibited.  they are guarded from vandals, plus most of them are slowly deteriorating and like the other ones, will be gone forever.

the true identity of the ladies on these frescoes are not known – with their globular breasts, narrow hips, adorned head dresses and jewelleries, they might have been the chosen ladies of the king – or else they can be magical fairies. :)

lankan chronicles: cinnamon citadel

it was raining hard when i left sigiriya and had to take two separate buses going back to kandy.  i took another bus from dambulla which was jampacked and i was standing almost half of the time during the ride.  it wasn’t a new experience anyway, have done it numerous times when i was in college in manila.

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i booked for a night stay online at a riverside hotel resort in kandy, cinnamon citadel.

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it was a few minutes ride by tuktuk from the temple of the tooth to reach the citadel.

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i was welcomed with a smile from the resort staff and was offered a seat and a cold drink at the lobby to fill up some information.  the lady who was assisting me asked on how many days have i been staying in sri lanka – i told her a few days and somehow it has been an enjoyable visit and my overnight stay at their hotel is sort of a reward for myself.

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there is a pool bar and this area became very busy at night with guests.

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i wanted to bring this home, i think it’s a candle holder.

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looks like an artifact.

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stairs going up to their buffet-style restaurant, panorama.

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the door to my room.

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i have actually requested a single queen bed but was unavailable.  but still, i loved the interiors.

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plush beddings.

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modern furnishings.

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simple but sophisticated.

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wi-fi is available and free of charge.

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the toilet and bath.

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these lights made me feel like i was inside a studio.

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bathroom toiletries.

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another view of the room, the interiors a mix of red hues and mustard.

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i noticed that i haven’t had lunch ant it was past 2 in the afternoon.  called room service and ordered a tuna sandwich.

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the rain stopped and i was able to go outside, my room is the one in the middle which offers a river view.

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the mahaweli river.

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i walked to check on the surroundings of the property.

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manicured garden.

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well maintained facilities.

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took a short nap and by night time went out to have dinner at one of their restaurants, café c.

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restaurant offers the view of the outdoor pool.

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the place looked empty, i even thought it was closed, hehe.

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a waiter appeared and offered me the menu.

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i ordered the kandyan style – regional glee.

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the dish did not gave me a good first impression but it was delicious so . . i ate everything!

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the outdoor pool illuminated with lights.

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there were a lot of guests in the bar.

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the reception.

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a part of their lobby.  talk about space!  those are woven fabric on the wall.

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the main entrance.

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cinnamon citadel kandy was awarded a certificate of excellence by tripadvisor.

lankan chronicles: kandy crush

kandy is the second largest city of sri lanka.  i arrived mid-morning from colombo by train and went straight to the language center where my couchsurfing host was working – it was my first time to couchsurf.  i then found out that he had some important matters that suddenly came up and will be available by late afternoon.  he was apologetic and suggested to drop my bag in his office, walk around town for a while, and return then proceed to his house.

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i passed by st. anthony’s cathedral established in 1877.

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the mass just finished when i got there. there were markers on the floor and i guess these are priests who have served the cathedral and were buried beneath the church.

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the church seems to be recently renovated.

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i walked to the round lake beside the temple of the tooth.

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this buddhist temple in kandy  houses the relic of the buddha’s tooth.

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i was denied entry for wearing capri trousers.  the guard at the gate even lifted my shirt and tugged at my belt while motioning and speaking sinhalese to his buddy.  he gave me with a straight-faced “no”, and as an obedient alien (hehe!), i did not insist.

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lotus flower buds.

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the lotus is said to represent purity, faith and enlightenment.

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these flowers were being sold around the temple.  i found a gate open at the other side of the main entry and though there was a guard but he did not mind me going in – promise, he noticed me!

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devotees hearing sermon at the audience hall, built during the late 1700′s.

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the posts have intricate carvings on them but i did not took the chance to go nearer.

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footwear not allowed but . . .

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i was still wearing my shoes so i quickly went out!

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this 16-feet high buddha was a gift from india to sri lanka.  i read that it was specially carved out of a single piece of beige-colored chunar sandstone by master craftsmen.

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i noticed this signage and found it interesting so i continued walking.

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a steep climb to the cemetery road.

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the garrison cemetery was the final resting place for the brits who were in kandy during their colonization of sri lanka.

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one of the tombstones was marked 1859.

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saw a local selling candy floss.

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bought one and nibbled on this sweet thing as i went back to the office of my couchsurf host.

lankan chronicles: renuka city hotel

one of the hotels i stayed in at colombo was renuka city hotel.  the hotel actually has an old and a new building wherein i opted for the latter based on the reviews i read – a few dollars difference for a more satisfying stay.

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Hotel Renuka and Renuka City Hotel, brings you to the heart of Colombo and is conveniently located just steps away from some of the City’s best attractions. Yet, the hotels quiet residential neighborhood makes it an ideal getaway for business and leisure travelers who prefer a more serene atmosphere. Once you enter our doors, you’ll experience the best in luxury accommodation, complemented by the highest levels of service designed to cater to your discerning taste. Let us do all the work for you, while you discover true Sri Lankan hospitality, delivered with a smile.

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i did my booking online directly from their website while i was still in galle.  the hotel is actually in the business center of colombo and is also near shopping malls and embassies.

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the room i got at the new wing was located in the corner most of the building.

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it was at the third floor, room 332 with a seaside view.

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i was surprised that for a newly built hotel not to have modern key cards.

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the bed was comfortable, the cool sheets crisp and the pillows, fluffy.

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a space for the working desk and complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea.

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hotel renuka and renuka city hotel.

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the room is simple and clean.

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the toilet and shower stall, toiletries.

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this is their rooftop infinity pool offering a great view of the indian ocean.

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a relaxing scene as the sun sets in.

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i went back next morning for a quick dip.

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they also have a fitness centre.

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i walked by the railroad which was very near the hotel.

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i read that the train system in sri lanka was developed during the british colonization in mid-1800′s

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it interconnects the main cities of the country.

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i used the train when i visited galle.

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the indian ocean.

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i had my breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, the palmyrah.

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the breakfast spread has good choices, but more of the sri lankan fare.

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they serve good coffee.

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a typical sri lankan breakfast: thosai, dhal, stir-fried chickpeas, fish and chicken curry.

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palmyrah was awarded a certificate of excellence by tripadvisor.