Hello everyone! How are you all doing? I haven’t been blogging a lot lately because I’ve been very sick. Just last week, I was confined for Dengue Fever. A few days after getting discharged, I developed tonsilitis. I’m still taking medication so I’m always sleepy. Thank goodness I have my mom to help me out with the minis!
Anyway… I’ve been meaning to share this post a few weeks back. But like I said, it’s been a series of illnesses these past weeks so I had to keep it in my drafts. Now that I’m feeling a bit better, I thought I’d share this with you! If you still don’t have plans for Mothers’ Day, then this post might help you decide. :)
It’s been a looooong and busy year for my family and I. It’s a good kind of busy, though. Arjay has been busy with work, I have been preoccupied with the business and The Princess started going school. And because we have all these things going on, we’ve forgotten to treat ourselves to a vacation–not even a staycation. This went on for over a year! A YEAR! No wonder we’re all beginning to feel grumpy.
So, as businesses closed down for the Holy Week, we took that opportunity to have a break as well, even for just a weekend. While most people headed out of the metro, we drove to New World Makati for an Easter staycation.
We arrived a little after 2 in the afternoon. Just in time for our check in. We were greeted by a friendly receptionist who discussed everything that came with our booking: a Deluxe Room, access to the hotel’s pool and breakfast for two adults and two children. Upon check in, we were also given two tickets to New World Makati’s Easter event: the Easter Candyland Adventure. Imagine how excited the minis got when they found out they’ll be going on an egg hunt! The Princess kept asking me from check in until we finally went to the ballroom for the event the next day.
After checking in, we went to our hotel room to get the minis settled down. The Deluxe Room is just right for our family of four. It comes with one king-sized bed, a sofa by the huge window (which the minis declared “their space”) and a desk where I set up my laptop and notebook. The room has a television set and a spacious bathroom with shower and tub.
Since we missed the lunch buffet at the hotel’s Cafe 1228 when we arrived, we decided to take the minis to Greenbelt for an Italian lunch and a long afternoon walk. What we really love about New World Makati is that it’s just across Greenbelt! So if we need to buy anything or the minis are craving for something (they wanted pizza and pasta that day), the mall is just across the street.
After our lunch and stroll, the minis started asking for a swim. We thought they’d be tired by then…but no. As much as we wanted to enjoy the comfy bed in the room (I swear, if I had a choice, I would have stayed there during our whole staycation), we took the kids to the pool area for an afternoon dip. I’m glad we took them, though, because it felt really good to have a dip!
I love that they have a pool for adults and a kiddie pool for kids that are right beside each other. So, while adults enjoy the deeper pool, they can still see the kids. But since our two minis are still very little, we just stayed with them in the kiddie pool. I think the Little Man is a natural at swimming! We never taught him how to swim so it was a surprise that he knows how to! Haha! As in ha, he would go under water and kick so he can reach the other end of the pool. I wonder if I should enrol him in a swimming class already?
As the sun went down and the air became chilly, we took our crying minis out of the pool and went back to our room to shower. They stopped crying after we set up a bubble bath for them. :D
Come dinner time, we went down to Cafe 1228 to try out their buffet spread. Being lovers of Filipino food, the Little Man and I went immediately to the table with Bulalo, Adobo, Pinakbet and so much more! I have to say, the food is really good. In fact, so good that the Little Man finished three big bowls of Bulalo soup and rice.
You’d think we’d stop there. After our Filipino feast, we went on to try the Japanese food. The Princess and I particularly enjoyed the Ebi Tempura. My petite little girl finished a whole plate of it…with rice! In her own words, this is what she has to say about her dinner experience: “This. Is. The. Best. Day. Of. My. Life!!!!!!” LOL.
While we were enjoying the Filipino and Japanese cuisines, Arjay went for salad, steak and a bit of seafood. After our main course, we went on to the minis’ most favorite part of any meal: dessert.
I just had one scoop of ice cream topped with chocolate sprinkles while the minis got themselves a plate full of desserts: creme brulee, chocolate cake, churros and strawberry tart. As if that’s not enough, they capped their dessert with a scoop of ice cream each…both topped with M&M’s and chocolate sprinkles. The ending is two hyper minis running around the lobby screaming, “This is the best day of my life!”
As soon as their sugar rush died down, we brought them back to the hotel room where they immediately crashed and woke up late the next day. Haha!
It’s amazing how much food we can take because the next day, we again went to Cafe 1228 for our buffet breakfast. We took it easy this time, though, so I just had a croissant paired with brewed coffee while Arjay tried the continental breakfast. We also shared a portion of tapa and garlic rice…just because it looked so inviting. The minis, on the other hand, just had pancakes and fresh milk.
After breakfast, we took a quick walk around the lobby then went back to our room to prepare ourselves for the hotel’s Easter event. By 11 a.m., we took the minis to the Ballroom to enjoy the Easter Candyland Adventure event.
This is by far the best Easter event we’ve taken the minis to. They have game booths, inflatables, a snack buffet and lots of fun shows for the kids. The Little Man went crazy at the inflatable slide while The Princess tried the makeover stations and sat down to enjoy the shows. Her favorite was the bubble show where she had the chance to be inside a bubble. What an experience for her!
After the shows, the kids were led to the balcony for the Easter egg hunt. They were divided per age group to be fair to the little ones. I’m sure The Princess enjoyed the hunt because it was in a room full of balloons! The Little Man didn’t have a chance to join the hunt, though, but his sister hunted for eggs for him. In fact, although she was able to find a number of eggs, she gave them away and just left two–one for her and one for her brother.
While the minis enjoyed their loot from the Easter event in our hotel room with their aunt, Arjay and I went to Jasmine Restaurant, a restaurant in New World Makati that serves authentic gourmet Chinese dishes, to try the April specials recommended by executive Chinese Chef Wong Kam On.
Arjay’s favorite from the spread is the Hong Kong Style Beggar’s Chicken, which is tender chicken wrapped in lotus leaves and served inside a crusty bread. It is definitely going to be a treat so don’t forget to try it out when you go to Jasmine Restaurant!
I, on the other hand, truly enjoyed the Pork Buns. I love how crispy it is on the outside then when you bite into it, your taste buds are welcomed by a saucy pork filling. This is something I will come back for!
I also liked the sweet bun served for dessert:
We also both agreed that the dim sum served at Jasmine is to die for. If you want to try those out, try the Unlimited Dim Sum at Jasmine offer.
After our scrumptious meal at Jasmine Restaurant, Arjay and I headed back to our hotel room to rest and pack up before check out. Thank goodness we were allowed for late check out so we were able to enjoy the room a little more!
It was time to leave by 4 p.m. The minis wanted to stay a little longer (they thought New World Makati is their new house haha), but we had to go back home. We were just there for two days, but those two days gave us a much needed break from everything.
Although we’ve always known New World Makati to be a business hotel, during our stay there, we realized that they cater to families as well. And they do a pretty good job making families’ stay there the best. I should note that I love how they handled the minis and their crazy requests (kudos to the team at Cafe 1228 for entertaining my 3-year old’s questions and requests as she picked her food at the buffet table and for being so patient and understanding when The Little Man threw tantrums). Will we come back? DEFINITELY! If you’re thinking of booking a staycation for your family, I encourage you to try out New World Makati as well!
New World Makati
Address: Esperanza St, Makati, Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 811 6888