Nail Files, SM Center Pulilan

Every once in a while, amid your busy days, you should not forget to treat yourself.  This way, you won't feel burdened in everything that you are doing.  Yes, I also believe in the delayed gratification.  However, too much delay might cause stress, so there, just my 2 cents.

When I was still in my younger years, early 20s, I love pampering myself.  But now that I have my own family, it comes last to my priorities.  I know we have different prerogatives, but for me, my needs wants comes the least.

Anyhoo, last January 2018, my daughter and I pampered ourselves at Nail Files the Hand and Foot Spa at SM Center Pulilan.  Originally, we were supposed to have our foot spa at Nails dot Glow; unfortunately, they won't accept us as it is an hour or so before closing.  Uhm, yes, I got a bit irritated by that rejection as they don't have any cut off time posted.  I just felt that they just don't want to accept any more clients as they were already getting ready to close.  Fortunately, Nail Files accepted us with open hands.  They, the staff, don't bother if it is already closed to closing as long as they are still open, they will still welcome you.

With my daughter
Pamper time

Ambiance and Service.  It is still new at that time, though they are still developing some more rooms for their services, I can say that they have the relaxing ambiance - lights and music.  And the privacy you need, I guess you can achieve it more here than the other spas.  The couches were not put up too close to each other.  And undoubtedly, their service is excellent too.  They know how to treat customers.  And I'm happy.

Value for Money.  I don't know their current rates but at that time, they were a bit pricey compared to Nails dot Glow.  But, if you will get the satisfactory service, it is worth the price.

My daughter
I don't have the beautiful feet to brag, my daughter has :)
white and pinkish glow
Given a chance to be pampered again, I will surely choose Nail Files over Nails dot Glow even they are much pricey.  I am after the service and satisfaction anyway.

Burgoo American Bar and Restaurant

Burgoo American Bar and Restaurant is our favorite restaurant way back before we decided to tie the knot and build our own family.  We had dined on a number of their branches:
  • Gateway Mall - our very first taste of Burgoo right after my hubby's Japan trip
  • The Block, SM North EDSA
  • Timog Avenue
  • SM Mall of Asia
It just shows one thing - it is really our favorite.
Burgoo has an American casual dining concept.  The history of this first stew originated in Kentucky, USA. During the 17th century, Burgoo was prepared mixing different meat that includes goat, squirrel, deer or any other game caught during the day and different vegetables, herbs and spices. At that time, Burgoo took all of 20-30 hours to prepare and cook. Their version is somewhat similar except now it cooks faster than the original using top choice of beef, pork and poultry. They guarantee you to the top quality of this extra ordinary dish.
Ambiance.  If you want to eat and have a good rest at the same time, this restaurant is the one for you.

My daughter busy drawing and coloring
I remember a time, my daughter and I was left at Gateway while my hubby is out to Odeon Mall to buy some raw materials for our online business.  My daughter then fall asleep and I had a heavy bag to lift as well.  My resort is to dine in at their branch at Burgoo - where I can eat and relax at the same time.  And I was not disappointed at all.

It is a quiet place with a relaxing ambiance where the kids and the kids at heart can doodle on a large sheet of paper placed on top of your table using the crayons they provided.  They also sometimes provide coloring pages for children.

Food vs Price.  My prerogative is, when it comes to food, I should not deprive myself.  So yes, although it may seem a bit pricey - I would still have to reward myself with their good food once in a while.  Their best seller, indeed, is a must try - Seafood Jambalaya.  Some of those that we had tried and passed our taste buds are:
  • Seafood Ceasar Supreme Salad
  • Seafood Linguini - I believe my to-go pasta here is Seafood Marinara, not sure why it is not in their Menu List
  • Seafood Jambalaya
  • Shrimp and Ribs Platter
We also avail sometimes their bottomless soda; and seldom, their watermelon shake.  

In the last few dine-in that we had, we order Seafood Jambalaya (with Chicken), and it is already sufficient - we even have some leftovers our next meal.

They normally have promo with their partner credit cards, so before you order, make sure to ask for the current promos.  Also, they usually give coupons for your next visit, might as well take advantage of it.

Service.  I had no problem with their service, no matter which branch we dine in.  I guess they do invest as well with their staff to provide excellent service to customers.

Definitely, one of the things we would love to visit after this pandemic is all over.

Summit Hotel Magnolia, Quezon City

To celebrate my brother's birthday last December 2017, we dine in at Buffet 101 at Robinsons Magnolia.  At the same time, we check-in at Summit Hotel Magnolia to spend the night there.

At Buffet 101
As the third hotel property under the Summit Hotels collection, Summit Hotel Magnolia is a unique boutique hotel that showcase functional design starting from its elegant lobby, common areas to its stylish rooms and themed suites. It is conveniently located within the Robinsons Magnolia mall complex.

Each of the 82 rooms are wonderfully spacious, designed to be relaxing and outfitted with stylish interiors, luxe furniture and vibrant artworks. Rooms feature upscale amenities like a 42-inch flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi access, premium bath products and high-quality linens. 
Location.  Its location is really a big plus for us.  It is at the center of among our top suppliers of our online business.  I remember we were able to even book a lalamove delivery from Cavite to Summit Hotel Magnolia on that day.  It is located at Doña Hemady Street corner Aurora Boulevard, New Manila, Quezon City, 1111 Metro Manila.
How to get there:
  • Via Aurora Blvd.: Stay on the westward bound lane of Aurora Blvd. heading towards the general direction of Malacañang. Hotel will be situated inside Robinsons Magnolia Mall complex along the corner of Aurora Blvd. and Hemady Street.
  • Via Greenhills, Ortigas: On the northbound lane of Ortigas Ave. Extension towards the general direction of Quezon City, turn right at N. Domingo St. and an immediate left at Dona Hemady Street.
Parking.  Parking is not a problem since it shares parking for the mall.  Although there are designated slots for hotel guests, I think if ever these slots are already full, they can allow you to park on any open slots of the mall's parking.

Accommodation.  We stayed at their Deluxe Twin Room that has the following features:
  • Rooms are 30.09 sqm in size, each with twin-sized beds
  • Room capacity: 2 adults and 2 kids
  • High quality bed linens and duvet covers
  • Ultra-soft, non-allergenic pillows
  • Premium bath toiletries
  • Hot and cold super shower
  • Coffee and tea making facility
  • Hairdryer
  • Vanity mirror
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Personal refrigerator
  • 42-inch flat screen TV (with HDMI and USD ports and premium cable channels)
  • Executive work desk
  • Desk-level electrical outlet
  • RFID proximity card and lock system
  • In-room safe
  • In-room telephone for room to room calls only - You can actually make an outside call (within Manila only), but you have to course it through the operator.  
  • Wireless internet access
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Hanging closet
  • Iron and ironing board**
  • PWD friendly room and bath**
  • Free use of baby crib**
  • **Available upon request
Indeed, it was a comfortable stay.  We have their plated breakfast, but would rather have it sliced off from our accommodation. 

Plated Breakfast
Since it has access to the mall, you can purchase freshly cooked Filipino food at their food court as early as 9:00 AM. 

Rates.  As for the rates, I think they have partnership with Citibank, hence you can have at most 50% discounted rate on specific months of the year.  Also, make sure to use your Robinsons Rewards Card to get the reward points.   Just make sure that the registered name is same as the cardholder to make the points count.

Amenities.  As for their amenities, it was a plus that they have access to Robinsons Magnolia.  Unfortunately, they do not have swimming pool.  It is really for staycation.

At the Mall
At the Hotel Lobby