Friday, November 21, 2014

Relaxing Stay at 8 Suites Tagaytay

It was a busy work week for me and hubby and needed a quick get-away haven to relax and unwind.

So we got ourselves, what seemed to be a perfect deal from a group buying site and before we knew it: our bags were packed and we were dragging the kids off to 8 Suites by Fat Jimmy in Tagaytay.

Traffic was light and we reached our destination just in time for the 2pm check-in.  There were no visitors when we came in and for a moment it felt like being welcomed to our own vacation home (libre mangarap).



8 Suites is a bit far-off Tagaytay City proper. It is difficult to reach without your own transportation, which also meant it was heavenly peaceful and tranquil. 

 We were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful 8 Suites is. 


And its location overlooking Taal Lake was enough reason to choose this place and stay.


As the name suggests, this bed and breakfast place only has 8 rooms. There are 3 room types: deluxe, superior and premier. 
 
We were ushered to a deluxe room, with 2 queen sized bed that can fit 4 adults comfortably. 

Our room has a balcony that overlooks the majestic Taal Volcano ~ I would honestly not mind to just laze around and do nothing with this view.
  




Our deal came with breakfast, which we opted served at the dining area.   We can't say much about the food as they were just okay.  But that was forgivable, as we did not come here for the food anyway - It was no big deal.     



VERDICT:
  • It is a bit costly, but the view is really breathtaking.  If you can get your hands on promos, don't think twice.
 
  • The room we stayed in, is decent and clean. Aircon worked well and the water temperature and pressure were very good.

  • Food is average. If you want decent meals, you can head to nearby restaurants 5-10 minutes away 8 Suites.  I highly recommend Morielli's and Red Lemon Grill.

  • There are no hotel amenities. No recreational activities, game rooms, swimming pool or gym. You can, however, borrow DVDs from the reception area or lounge by the balcony.

We left 8 Suites refreshed and rested. 
We will definitely be back.


LOCATION:


Lot 7, Ridge View Subdivision,
Barangay Iruhin, Tagaytay City
 
Manila Office (T : 655-0194 / M: 0922-8753088)
Tagaytay Office (M: +63(922)874-4088)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Movie Star Cafe just like in the MOVIES (updated)

I have heard quite a lot about one of the newest family restaurants in town - Movie Stars Café.  

It is a special kind of restaurant that runs hourly performances for the entire family entertainment.

So on my youngest son's 6th birthday, I pre-booked seats for us to check out and see for ourselves what the rave is all about.


 Movie Stars Café (here we are)
  
My boys gamely posed next to the King (himself) Kong (LOL!)
We came at about 6pm and found the place already half-packed.  There were still plenty of seats upfront, but to my dismay, we were given seats at the back. 
Although the place is small, and the back seats are only about 3-5 feet away from the  small runway stage,  I have been wanting to get front seats to amp my kids enjoyment in watching the shows.
I tried to use my charm to be moved upfront, but nah!
People started pouring in at 630pm and by 645 it was already jam-packed, so it was good we came in a little early.
We got eat-all-you buffet for four (2 adults and 2 kids), which cost P699 for adults and extra P100 for drinks.
 
There is not much to say about the food. It was plain and simple - much like a birthday party sort of spread.  
I honestly recommend you just do an a la carte.  That would be much cheaper and you get to choose what you like.  

There are plenty of MSC cast in famous movie character costume around to keep your kiddos busy in between performances that starts at 7pm.

If you did not get your money's worth from the food, don't fret since the shows are truly worth your every centavo.

(Performances photos courtesy of MSC FB page)

My boys had so much fun - my youngest son's jaw dropped seeing Spidey dance.

 Our choice pictures. L-R/T-B: Papa with Atom; Raj with Spider Man; Kuya with Jabbawockeez and Me with Bubblebee!

TIPS:
  1. Reserve early.  Don't take chances, especially during weekends as it gets really crowded.
  2. Do a la carte instead of buffet. 
  3. Enjoy and don't hesitate to approach the performers.  They are very accommodating and will gladly pose with you!
  4. Enjoy and have fun.

Movie Stars Café
Seaside Blvd., SM Mall of Asia
Pasay City
Tel. No. 550-1234

The restaurant has moved to a new home at the
G/F of Centris Station, EDSA cor Quezon Ave., Quezon City

For inquiries please visit their facebook page:


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