Birthday Staycation at The Linden Suites

My birthday falls on the middle of the peak season at work. So instead of simply celebrating it with my family over lunch or dinner, I thought of either bringing them out of town or staying at a hotel so that it would also serve as a quick getaway and a stress-buster at the same time. If you’ve been an avid reader, then you’d know how our family loves staycations. My sister and I love to travel but since we cannot bring our family out of town as much as we want to, we convert it to staycations either through Airbnb or at local hotels in Manila.

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As I’ve said in my birthday post, we dumped the first plan of spending an overnight at Crosswind Suites Tagaytay primarily due to the weather and transportation. So as a back-up option, I looked for a nice hotel or a serviced apartment in Metro Manila which has big space, enough rooms, affordable cost, and nice amenities for other leisure activities like swimming. It was my cousin who suggested to check out The Linden Suites. Checking the reviews and features online, I instantly liked The Linden Suites.

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Booking and Rates

There are many methods of booking this reservation. You may either reserve via Agoda.com, Booking.com, or directly through their website. However, I did not use any of these. I called Linden Suite’s reservations officer and inquired if I can use the Senior Citizen ID of my grandmother so we can avail the huge discount. We only paid Php 6,400 compared to the website’s published rate of Php 8,000 (inclusive of fees and taxes) for an overnight stay at a Two- Bedroom Suite. When she confirmed, she sent me the reservation slip and hotel policies agreement form. I signed it and attached the copy of my valid ID.

Pro-tip: Constantly check their social media accounts for any ongoing promo or discount. They usually post in their Facebook page and Instagram.

First Impressions

Linden Suites is situated in the busy corporate jungle of Ortigas. Locating it was easy since it is just near SM Megamall. From the outside, it doesn’t look like a hotel. It looks like one of the corporate offices in Ortigas.

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Reception area

The lobby was not as grand or lavish like the other hotels I’ve been to. The reception area was rather small and simple and managed only by two of their reception officers. However, what impressed me is how these ladies accommodated us — they were very professional and had pleasing personalities. They entertained our questions well that I didn’t mind if the reception area looked unflattering. They were not snob or looked irritable even if the customer inquiries were overwhelming.

Two Bedroom Suite Amenities and Features

I booked one two-bedroom suite for my family and guests. The size of the room is 79-113 SQM. based on the website. It has two bedrooms, one with a queen-sized bed, and another with 2 single beds. It has two separate bathrooms — one with a bathtub and one with a shower.

The suite’s receiving area is very spacious that you can hold parties for big groups. There’s a big television set and comfy sofa chairs with a small table at the center. At the back is a working office table with a lamp and a telephone.

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Living area

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Office table

The dining area is good for six people.  We just ordered food outside and ate here.

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There is also a separate door for the kitchen area which has cooking utensils and basic kitchen appliances. There is even complimentary coffee and tea for its guests. We didn’t cook anymore to avoid the hassle of preparing and washing the dishes. Good thing, there is a microwave oven to heat the food we ordered for delivery.

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Small kitchen

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Complimentary coffee and tea and electric pot

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Microwave oven and coffee maker

The rooms had comfy beds and perfectly-working AC. Each room has a wooden cabinet where we can store our personal belongings during our stay.

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Room 1: 2 Single beds

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Room 1: 2 Single beds

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The bathrooms are provided with the basic toiletries. They are not spacious, but are clean. The bathtub, however is too small. I appreciate that the hot and cold shower is also working because you know, I love, long leisurely warm baths. It has all the basic necessities that we need aside from the toiletries such as tissue, towels, blower, toothbrush, cotton, shower cap, and cotton buds.

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Bathroom 1

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Compliments

I enjoyed my bathtub experience. I bought my scented bath bombs from Lush and soaked in the warm water for about an hour. It was truly rejuvenating. Unfortunately, I can’t share my photo here, hehe. *wink*

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Bathroom

Recreational Center

The next day, we used the other facilities of the hotel. Linden has a small swimming pool and jacuzzi which we both enjoyed.  The jacuzzi was warm and good for the body. After dipping in the cold pool, you may go here straight to relax your muscles and be refreshed with the hot water. Our elderly companions definitely had a good time here. Good thing, it was a weekday so we had the jacuzzi all to ourselves. Otherwise, if it was a weekend, it will be jam-packed with guests like what I have heard.

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My mom enjoying the Jacuzzi

The indoor pool is also small. Lucky if you visit here on a day where there are only a few people because you would sharing a small space.

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After swimming, we went to the sauna for some steam. I didn’t went inside the sauna room anymore and proceeded instead to take a bath and change clothes since we were running out of time to prepare for the check-out.

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Tita Belle enjoyed her Sauna

My Feedback

Generally, the facilities and guest services were okay. The facilities were not that flashy or flamboyant, but nevertheless they provided our convenience. Functionality over form, as they would say.

I also observed that they will grant your “extra” requests but they are limited. For example, I requested for extra mugs and two but we were allowed to have only two. I also asked for extra bathrobes, but they can only provide two even if the capacity of the room is good for 4 to five guests. The room is big, but the dining utensils are good for a few people only say for example the plates, spoon and forks and drinking glasses. I guess I just compared it to the other high-end hotels where you can ask for these extra necessities without additional charge or limited count.

Pro-Tips

  1. Inquire about any ongoing promo or discount before booking.
  2. Come on time to maximize your stay. Check-in is at 3 pm for suite rooms and 2 pm for regular rooms.
  3. They allow extension of stay without extra charges, but advice the reception officer in advance. You may check-out 30 minutes to 1 hour after 12 noon, but this depends on your coordination with the hotel.
  4. Bring food supplies and drinking water to avoid the hassle of going out to buy what to you need. Buy bread, biscuits, chips, 1 gallon of water (at least), cup noodles, 3-in-1 coffee in sachets.
  5. Order food through delivery for dinner.
  6. Buy extra paper plates, cups, spoon and fork if you are staying with a big group.
  7. Use the swimming pool the earliest time you can to avoid the crowd.
  8. The nearest mall is Megamall.

A Venue for Memorable Occasions

Our stay at Linden Suites not only made my birthday memorable, it also added precious memories to my family. Their happiness and enjoyment is all that matters to me. Thanks to my sister for being my reliable co-planner for awesome staycations like this!

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The Linden Suites
37 SAN MIGUEL AVENUE, ORTIGAS CENTER,
PASIG CITY 1600, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES
TEL: (632) 638 7878
FAX: (632) 638 7877 | (632) 633 7012
SALES@LINDENSUITES.COM
RESERVATIONS@LINDENSUITES.COM
Website: http://lindensuites.com/
Instagram: @thelindensuites
Facebook: The Linden Suites

Chateaubriand Ph: Indulge in Churrasco + Buffet in a Luxurious Setting

Buffets are very common in our family celebrations that I could say I’ve tried several buffet spreads to distinguish one from the other. Sadly, there’s not so much difference except for the pricey buffets I’ve had in some 5-star hotels.  That being said, my experience at Chateaubriand was one for the books — as it offers a luxurious dining experience from the food, ambiance, and excellent guest service. Notice how the place transforms into a romantic spot in the evening!

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Chateaubriand opened its doors to the public last September 2018. It is a new concept for the Brazilian-style “Churrasco”, a Spanish and Portuguese term for grilled meat which is more popular in Latin American countries.

About Chateaubriand

Chateaubriand is located in William Street in Roxas Blvd, just beside the old DFA. Aside from the unlimited premium steak, it has a small buffet spread for desserts, Asian and Italian dishes, salads, cheese and cold cuts.

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The first floor has a seating capacity of 180 while the second floor has 166. The second floor will house a live open kitchen mainly for seafood but it is not yet operational as of this time. The second floor also has function rooms for 10 and 40 pax ideally for corporate meetings and intimate celebrations.

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The Elegant Ambiance

Anyone who steps inside the restaurant would instantly admire its elegant interiors. The classy, elaborate details from the marble floors and walls, wine cellars, dining tables, comfort rooms, chandeliers are but noteworthy. It seems that every corner was carefully planned and designed sophisticatedly!

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The garden lounge outside is perfect for chilling in the evening. You may also pass by the open kitchen where you can see the chefs prepare your steak.

Delicious Churrasco

The dashing “Churrasco” boys will carve the churrasco right at your plate. Seemingly knowledgeable on different types of steak, they can recommend which sauce perfectly matches each churrasco, as well as how the steak was prepared.2018_1001_20335500.jpg

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You will be given a chip with two sides, green for go and red for stop. Turn the red chip upside if you don’t want another serving of steak, otherwise keep the green chip up if you want continuous serving of Churrasco.

We tasted different types of Churrasco: Chuleta, Fraldinha, Lombo, Carneira, Frango Con Bacon, Frango, Pescado and Linguica.

To end it on a sweet note, we had Abacaxi or juicy pineapple with cinnamon and brown sugar.

Chuleta- Rib-Eye Steak with mesquite crust
Fraldinha- Choice Flank steak marinated with Brazilian spices
Lombo- Pork Loin with a delicate herb marinade
Carneira- Boneless lamb leg with a minted oil rub
Frango con Bacon- Bacon wrapped chicken breast with Piri-Piri marinade
Frango- Chicken quarters marinated with lemon rosemary
Pescado- Grilled Marlin or Grilled Tuna
Linguica- Classic pork sausage basted with garlic butter

What stood out for me was the Frango con Bacon, Fraldinha and Linguica. The Frango con Bacon had the delicious of tandem of chicken and bacon. I guess it will be a default favorite since I love bacon. Linguica was also tasty and savory. I also like the concoction of marinades and spices in the Fraldinha.

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Chuleta
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Grilled corn
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Fraldinha
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Frango
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Carneira

The churrasco comes with grilled vegetables such as onions and peppers.
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You may select from a variety of sauces such as mushroom, garlic, chimichurri, salsa con verde, and barbecue.

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Asian and European Buffet

Since the main highlight of Chateaubriand is steak and wine, they do not have an extensive buffet.

Enjoy a variety of Japanese food such as Tempura, Maki and Sashimi.

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Feast over a good spread of cold cuts and imported cheese.

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Or begin with a healthy platter of fresh greens and create your salad from their abundantly-supplied salad bar.

Boost your appetite and grab some nachos and cheese.

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Want to deviate from steak at the start? Try more of their delicious European cuisine such as these below:

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Desserts and Drinks Station

Cleanse your palates and taste these yummy desserts and refreshing fruit juices.

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Wine

With their wide selection of wine, surely there is a perfect match for every type of steak. You may ask the servers their recommendations. I was not able to try them though.

The price of the wine ranges from 1k to 300k. You may check their menu for more details.

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A Memorable Night

It was a fantastic night to remember. Not only did I have a fair share of superbly good food, I also get to share this special moment with my fellow bloggers. Expensive yes — but to experience it at least once in a while will be all worth it.

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Chateaubriand
Unit 105 Sunset View Towers 110 William St. Cor. 2230 Roxas Blvd. Brgy. 13 Zone 4 Pasay City, Metro Manila (Beside old DFA)
Facebook: Chateaubriand Premium Steak Restaurant
Instagram: Cheateaubriand
Opening Hours: Lunch – 11 AM to 3 PM
Dinner – 6 PM to 10 PM

Ram N’ Go: Japinoy Street Ramen on the Go!

Street ramen is now a trend in the metro food scene. Because we Filipinos love Ramen a lot, there have been several Japanese food businesses emerging left and right in the market. This newest Ramen kiosk in Mandaluyong city is never left behind, featuring Ramen and other Japanese favorites at very affordable prices — Ram N’ Go. 

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About Ram N’ Go

Ram N’ Go is owned by Ms. Lori Go and the name is a combination of ramen + their family name. It could also mean ramen-to-go, your quick comfort food within your budget. Ram N’ Go is located in San Rafael Street in Mandaluyong, in a small food hall which was formerly the 8 Tables Chinese Restaurant.

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It’s so surprising that Ms. Lori has no formal background in culinary, but her passion for Ramen brought her the idea to put up her own street Ramen business. She loves to explore Ramen in different places, whether in a restaurant or in food bazaars. When she saw that this has been one of the hottest trends in the food industry, she easily materialized the idea and established Ram N’ Go. Just like any food business, it did not have an easy start. Aside from managing this Ramen kiosk, she juggles her day job and motherhood and her graceful demeanor is truly impressive to handle everything with positivity. She’s very hands-on in sourcing for the local ingredients, marketing and planning that you can truly say Ram N’ Go is made out of labor of love together with her very supportive husband.

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The Food

I love Japanese food so much that it was not difficult for me to like Ram N’ Go in many ways. This time, I was not looking for the authentic. I was looking for the taste that is close to the original, and Ram N’ Go didn’t disappoint.

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Ramen

They have three versions of Ramen — the Karai, Classic and Mayu. The Karai is the spicy version but not too overpowering, the Classic is the basic Shiyo Tonkotsu broth, and the Mayu is the garlic-based broth. It comes in two sizes, the regular and the large (good for sharing). I liked the Mayu Ramen. The hints of garlic added savory taste to the broth.

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Karai Ramen, Php 160/ Php 100

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Mayu Ramen, Php 155/ Php 95

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Tempura and Gyoza

Perfect pairings to your Ramen are the Tempura and Gyoza. Gyoza can be ordered steamed or fried, depending on your preference. The Tempura is served in different pieces too: Php 79 (4 pieces), Php 99 (6 pieces), Php 129 (8 pieces), and Php 159 (12 pieces).

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Fried Gyoza and Tempura

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Fried Gyoza and Tempura

Takoyaki

Also known as the Japinoy Takoyaki, these soft chewy balls are stuffed with Octopus, dried shrimp, Kani and cabbage.
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Takoyaki, Php85/Php 45

Wagyu Cubes and Yakitori Sticks

These yummy bites are also worth trying. I particularly loved the Wagyu cubes that melt in your mouth!

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Wagyu cubes, Php 100/ Stick and Yakitori, Php 99/ 3 sticks

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Ram N’ Go also offers party platters for your corporate meetings, events and parties.

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With Ram N’ Go’s delectable Japanese dishes at affordable prices, you’ll surely get that guaranteed satisfaction. Thanks Ram N’ Go for having us! We’ll surely be back!

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Ram N’ Go Pik-A Pik-A Kart
93B San Rafael St., Plainview, Mandaluyong City

How To Get There/ Public Transit:
From Mandaluyong City Hall, roundabout, take a right turn once you see a statue. Go straight ahead after the intersection, then turn left. Then you’ll see the Pik-A Pik-A Kart at the corner of Martinez St., and San Rafael St.

Via Waze/Google Maps:
Enter Pik-A Pik-A Kart or 8 Tables Chinese Cuisine, Mandaluyong.

Operating Hours:
Monday to Saturday
2:00pm to 11:00pm

Ram N’ Go Makati Branch
G/F The Atrium Makati
Makati Avenue, Makati City
(Across Ayala Triangle and just beside Zuellig Building)

Operating Hours:
Monday to Friday
at 8:00am to 5:00pm

Facebook: Ram N’ Go

Instagram: Japinoystreetramenonthego

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