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. 🙂

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.