Party was in full swing by the time I arrived. It was 11:00 PM, night was
young but I was already feeling sluggish, body clock nagged me as it was 3 hours past my usual sleeping hours. :P Gah!
I felt a surge of happy energy when I saw everyone. There were around 19 smiley, pleasant faces in the room, a mix of familiar faces, old friends and complete strangers.
Our group practically occupied the entire 19th floor at Tower 1, with 8 rooms assigned to us. An executive suite, a 78 sqm. room with its own living area, one bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living area witnessed hours of karaoke, food frenzy and electrified chatters. I loved how the room had enough space to accommodate everyone and with its high ceilings, it didn't feel cramped at all.
|Party midway, before some of us were lured towards the bed. (Photo from Gay of PinayTravelJunkie.com)
The interiors, all in earth tone shades gave out the ambiance of a home away from home. Their rooms are packed with necessary appliances like a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, television and aircon, very apt for a small party. Its location along San Miguel avenue, which is roughly 10-15 minutes walk from SM Mega Mall makes it accessible to commuters, balikbayans and foreign visitors who don't have their own transportation. Guests bringing a car could use the basement parking or the paid parking lot near the back of the hotel, fronting UA&P along Pearl Drive.
People brought in their share for the feast and we introduced some Filipino delicacies to our foreign bloggers guests, Sab ofJust One Way Ticket and Kate of Adventurous Kate.
There was pudding from Aklan, fried lumpia, Mango float, a heaping platter of Pinoy version of Spaghetti which is sweet, loaded with cheese and slices of hotdogs, pichi-pichi, kutsinta, chopseuy (Chinese dish also popular in the Philippines) and the crowd drawer, Cebu's Original Lechon belly, roasted boneless pig, originating from Cebu. (FB Page here. Thanks Mr. Marlon Gochan and Julius of Lakwatserong Tsinelas!)
|Photo from Oman of lawstude.net
Then there were the 12 glossy bottles of Frontera wine from Chile provided by Fly Ace Corporation. I particularly liked the sweetness of Moscato, white wine that's popularly enjoyed as part of dessert and ideal for new wine lovers.
By 2:00 AM, midway the raucous talking and singing, I found myself crawling to our assigned room bidding goodnight to the energetic ones who survived two more hours before surrendering to the comforts of their bedrooms. I slept soundly despite the party noise which was a few feet from our room. The bed was firm which is good for the back but not ideal for jumping up and down like a kid. I loved the comforter, thick and very soft, I snuggled with it like a lover. :p
|Our bedroom which fit me and my 2 roomies, Dom of escapeislands.com and Gay of pinaytraveljunkie.com.
Thanks to Marky for taking this shot. :) (Photo from Gay's cam)
The next morning, I woke up, excited for the breakfast buffet, included with the overnight stay. The spread is adequate and quite tasty (especially the baked fish). It had 3 types or rice, sausages, soup, salad station, fishes, all sorts of breads, egg station, cereals, dessert area, 3 types of juices and overflowing coffee. It was such a great mood lifter, especially since none of us had adequate sleep.
|Breakfast at the Mesclun Bar & Restaurant. Photo from Melo of outoftownblog.com
To book a room at the Linden Suites, visit their website. You can also check out the reviews at Trip Advisor.
The Linden Suites
#37 San Miguel Avenue
Ortigas Centre, Pasig City, Philippines
Contact Number : +(63)02 638 7878
Facebook Page : Linden Suites