Saturday, March 10, 2012

Experience Astoria

Break muna sa travel post. Well.. I'll be leaving tomorrow anyway. Hihihi! Nauubusan na ko ng kwentong lakwatsa. I was scanning my camera to check if I have enough memory for my trip and found these. Tamad talaga akong mag delete ng pictures. To give you an idea, my Anilao trip with Chyng Reyes last September 2011 is still on my cam. My friend once scolded me saying "Uhmm. Maki! hindi mo ba alam ang salitang BACKUP!?!? Gusto mo i-brief pa kita?!?!" lol!

I got an invitation from Astoria Plaza Hotel before Christmas last year. I thought it was because of my blog or something. Ang feeling lang. hahaha! I found out it was my friend who referred me (Hi Mich! I miss you). E PG mode ako nun, so I grabbed that chance. Since it was a free buffet dinner for two, I immediately dragged my brother dahil sulit na sulit sa kanya ang mga ganyang kainang walang hanggan. hahahah! Peace..

They promised they would give me GC for an overnight stay in Bohol. Its validity is until March of this year. Who am I to refuse right? But there's a big BUT attached to it. I need to stay for 45 minutes after our dinner for a short presentation and tour around the hotel. Keri boom boom lang. So yun na!


My first meal
On buffet meal, my mom gave me these guidelines: (Oo.. Habang dumudukot ako ng pagkain, naiimagine ko siya. Parang siyang konsensiya sa SafeGuard soap commercial nung araw. hahaha!)

Mom: Rule #1: Don't eat rice and pasta (which I obviously violated. lol!)


Salad bar
 Mom: Rule #2: Try their salad at least once

Check!

Mom: Rule #3: Avoid soups. They have a special ingredient to make you feel full quickly. (Engk! I just did.)

Dessert

Mom: Rule #4: Avoid too much desserts. Sweets increases "Umay" factor. (My mom knows me well. Hindi pwedeng hindi ako dudukot pag may nakikita ako sa mesa. hahaha!)


Hindi ako nakapagpigil. hahah! Ayan at may kagat.







Mom: Rule #5: Eat just a small portion of everything else.

Me: Uhmm... How small is small kaya? ^_^


I'll leave it up to you if you think I followed the last rule. hahahah!

Moving on.. we were serenaded by.. uhmm... the singers?! lol! I don't know them. But their performance was superb. Ayoko pa sanang umalis ng may dumating ng pogi sa harap ko. Syempre sumama ako sa apaf! Mas yummy sya kesa sa pagkain. hahahah!






Wala siya diyan sa picture kung siya man ang hinanap mo..

He invited us to tour around their rooms. Bakit ko ba naisama sama ang brother ko. Panira ng jackpot moment. hahaha! Charot!

Imagine nyo na lang solo DAPAT kami sa ganitong lugar...hmp!
I was impressed. Great interior designs they got there. The space were maximized. The unit is following a minimalist mixed with tropical style. Aylabet! <3


Si Matet

That tall guy? akin siya! bwahahaha! The other guy is my brother... bored.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take a picture of him. Shyness. Oh well... Let's all move on and get into the room..

For Kids only


The Master's Bedroom... hmmmmmm.. hahaha!

Overlooking Ortigas Center
After that, he started offering their membership and the privilege I can acquire through it. I almost said yes because attached to it are great discounts for my future travels locally and internationally. Unfortunately, I have other priorities and I don't really have something to give out that time. Just to make it up to them, I'm writing this entry now. hihihi! They gave me the gift certificate as promised though I didn't gave in to their offer. Still, I'd like to thank them you for the great experience.

Mukha lang akong mayaman pero hindi. Chos! If you're going to ask me if I will be using it, No. I'll be off somewhere in Mindanao tomorrow. Ciao! Until next time!

12 comments:

Mitch said...

Buti di sumakit tyan mo dahil mukang hindi mo sinunod reminders ni tita...hehe. I refer mo din ako sa mga ganyan ng maka EXPERIENCE ASTORIA din ang lola mo..at malay mo andun din ang prince charming ko. hehe. kaw na si maricar, matinik! hehehe

Jen said...

Nice blog! I love your post about your travels and the food looks super delish! Anyways, I'm a new follower. Feel free to stop by my blog some time!

XoXo,
Jen
cupofsimplici-tea.blogspot.com

iamjessiegarcia said...

OMG! ikaw na teh! nagutom ako sa post mo at gusto ko din kumain ng bongga. (lalo na yung dessert... haaayyy...)^^

it's me
Jessie

anney said...

Na invite yung sister at cousin ko dyan sinama ako. Sinabi nila no money involve at for promotional purpose of their hotel lang. Yun pala nagbebenta sila ng timeshare ownerhip na pagkamahal mahal which is 500,000. Actually yung free gc na vacation package sa astoria hotel in bangkok o bohol e di mo talaga magagamit. Papaikut ikutin ka nila hanggang magsawa ka kakatawag sa kanila e di ka makakapag pa reserve. Dami reklamo sa kanila. Pero kung uto uto ang tao e talagang kukuha kasi magaling silang manghikayat. Ayaw nga paalisin yung sister ko hangang di kumukuha. Binababaan nila yung huhulugan monthly pero di talaga sya bumigay. heheh! Buti di mo din pinatulan.

Kol Me Empi said...

tulo-laway ako sa mga foods. hehe

Chyng said...

i heard nga scam yan.. in tour case naisahan mo sila dahil di ka namna bumili. hehe

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Another food porn entry! Ba`t ganun, kung kelan naman ako gutom na gutom saka naman ako nakakabasa ng mga food blogs. Hahaha.

Ikaw talaga Ate. Hahaha. Basta may gwaping, nandun ka. Lol. Joke lang. Hihihi. Anyway, sbeen awhile. Sorry medyo busy ako nowadays. Alam ko ikaw ganun din kaya di ka nakakabisita sa blog ko. Pero oks lang. :)


Ui. Share mo naman kung san sa Mindanao destination mo. Hehe.

marxtermind said...

Ika nga, matalino man ang matsing ay naiisahan din. Ikaw na ang naka-isa sa mga nangiisa.

We usually checked in at Astoria pag may occasion kami before and team building, and I must say ok talaga yung mga rooms nila and ok for party! Hehehe! =)

Anyways, nice travelling with you Maricar, next time ulit! =)

soloflightEd said...

ayos yung mga tips ng nanay mo ah! parang small portion of everything lang yung alam ko. pero ok na rin kahit sobrang takaw sa pagkain, it will last me for 2 and a half meals. hehe.

naks, next time, you'll be invited na talaga ng dahil sa blog mo!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

Hahaha! Winner si mommy magbigay ng lessons in life... Kasama buffet tips :)

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

hehe lagot ka sa nanay mo!!! ako din laging mali mga kinakain pag buffet, ang bilis ko tuloy mabusog :P

wander shugah said...

ang sosy lng dito sa astoria! Love the food posts dto sa blog mo dear! galing! Followng you <3