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Early this year, I’ve got invited to visit the highlands for a little brunch with fellow bloggers and media for the launched of BULL Grill.


And during the course of the brunch, I couldn’t help but admire the beauty of the place. Tagaytay Highlands Country Club is one of those exclusive members’ only type of place in the Philippines. And we got lucky enough to gain access for this place just for a day. And one of the best Tagaytay Hotels.

From Manila, it will take two hours drive going to Tagaytay.


Although we didn’t have a chance to thoroughly explore the whole country club, this place has an impeccable garden with a pool, which is promising on hosting weddings and parties. This country club also have restaurants, which serves any food requested, plus a gym and spa, a basketball court, billiard hall, 14-lane disco bowling center, and indoor squash courts.



But what caught my attention was how they have this striking garden that is very refreshing to the eye. No wonder this place is a thing to exclusivity – I would trade my day or two of city jungle life just to enjoy this kind of beauty.



Tagaytay Highlands also have its two gold course, the Highland and the Midland.

When I previously work with a golf agent company, we used to send clients here and enjoy their mornings playing golf despite those windy days.






xoxo, Blair



Tagaytay Highlands Golf and Country Club
Brgy. Calabuso, Tagaytay City Philippines
(+046) 483 0848




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 Had you ever have a good sleep lately?



How many hours did you enjoyed your slumber?

For some of us, sleep is now the new form of luxury.

My normal sleep in order to get fully charged is 6 to 8 hours; however, I could only enjoy that kind of luxury during weekends. My weekdays only gets 3 to 4 hours of sleep, and I could not help it.



Even during my vacation trips, there are times that I only gets few hours of sleep because my mind is too active to the things I wish to do, and explore. That is why choosing the good hotel with a nice duvet and pillows are important for me, as it helps me to have a good sleep.

But one thing that frequent travellers may not realize is that there is a secret menu offering some additional luxuries for the bedroom.

Have you ever heard about the pillow menu?


Just like the Pan Pacific Manila and Raffles Makati, there are hotels that offer separate pillow menu. Many hotels understand the value of having a god sleep and comfort like home, that’s why this little luxury of menu exist in addition to their services.


If you are prone to neck and back pains, ask about pillow options. Many hotels like in Pan Pacific Manila offers hypoallergenic pillow for anyone with allergies, or an ecological pillow for people who want an aromatherapy experience.



Some hotels also offers an anti-ageing pillow, which offers a 100% cotton cover treated with vitamin E, or a manly magic pillow for firmer versions, filled with 55% goose feather and 45% goose down outside.



I’ve tried the pillow menu options from Pan Pacific Manila, and I requested for the contouring pillow (with no additional cost). Same with Raffles Makati.


Here are the 12 types of pillow covered by many hotels’ pillow menu:

For usual pillow menu, some offers;

1. Feather pillow – modern feather pillows are made from tiny, curly feathers and are incredibly fluffy so suit those who do not need a lot of support. Feathers can retain heat so if you tend to wake up warm, these pillows might exacerbate it. They are often made in combination with down.

2. Goose down pillow
– pillows made with European white goose down are the gold standard when it comes to luxe places to pop your head – you’ll practically melt into it. Made from birds’ undercoats, they are super soft and can be fluffed into your desired shape. It yields easily so while it is great for cuddling, it does not offer strong neck or back support.

3. Hypoallergenic pillow – wake up regularly with the sniffles? Then a hypoallergenic pillow is a key. It’s made from synthetic materials, such as polyester or latex, which are less likely to trigger allergies and are good for asthma sufferers, too. An anti-allergy pillow is slightly different – the material has been treated to deter dust mites.

4. Buckwheat pillow – Made from the husks of buckwheat seeds, these pillows mould well, which means they offer strong support. Plus, they’re eco-friendly. The only catch is the husks tend to rustle when moved so light sleepers might be bothered. Microbead pillows are the synthetic alternative, sans sound.

5. Body pillow – These extra-long pillows are good for cuddling if you’re sleeping alone and for pregnant women who need extra support for their hips and lower back.

6. Memory foam pillow
– When a product is developed by NASA researchers, you know it’s going to be good. Memory foam pillows are especially recommended if you sleep on your back as they mould perfectly to your body shape.

7. Latex pillow
– Similar to memory foam pillow but made from rubber-tree sap and somewhat airier, latex pillows are hypoallergenic and good for side sleepers because their firmness supports the spine consistently all the way long.

8. Cotton Pillow
– These breathable babies don’t offer substantial support on their own but when paired with another pillow, they give just the little bit extra you might be after.






Unique Pillow Offerings

9. Anti-ageing pillow – these are cotton-covered pillows, infused with vitamin E to nourish your skin as you catch your deep slumber.

10. Lullaby pillow – This type of pillow have tiny speakers within the hypoallergenic filling so you can sleep with soothing sounds surrounding you.

11. Tatami pillow – a very firm traditional pillow – used for more than 2000 years in Japan – filled with tatami fibres that offer improved ventilation.

12. Tiba pillow – a traditional Egyptian cushion made from layers of carded cotton.


Many hotels and resorts nowadays knows that sleep is a serious business, and offering this kind of pillow menus I extending the hospitality to all their guests. Some luxury hotels even have their own sleep consultants on hand.

So the next time you visit a 5-star or luxury hotels, ask for their pillow menu.


xoxo, Blair






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Choosing a piece of jewelry for a special occasion can be easy, as you’ll have a specific outfit to pair it with, and you’ll know exactly which style of jewelry to opt for in order to complete your look. But, when shopping for jewelry to wear every day, making the right choices can often be difficult, as picking something that has to match with almost everything that you might wear can be trickier than you think. If you’re considering investing in some new everyday jewelry, we’ve put together some top tips to help you make the perfect choices for you.





1. Stick With the Basics
Everyday jewelry is usually quite simple, classy and basic, as this type of jewelry is easily the most versatile and easy to match with any kind of future outfits that you might wear. Opting for a simple diamond tennis bracelet, silver or gold necklace, or the personalized coordinates jewelry from Sincerely Silver is ideal for those looking for the perfect piece of jewelry to wear on a regular basis.



Simply Silver allows you to personalize your necklace or bracelet with the coordinates of a place that’s important to you, such as where you first met your partner or got married, where your children were born, or where you’ve spread the ashes of a loved one, for example. You might also want to consider other forms of customizable jewelry, such as charm bracelets, which can be changed to suit the occasion by simply adding or removing charms.





2. Make an Investment
Jewelry that you wear on a daily basis should cost you more than pieces for one-off wear. When choosing jewelry that you’re going to be wearing close to your skin for a large percentage of the day or even all of the time, you should expect to spend a little bit more money in order to invest in your own health and comfort. Opting for hypoallergenic materials such as platinum will ensure that your jewelry piece is comfortable to wear and won’t cause an allergic reaction after prolonged wear.





3. Shop the Latest Trends
If you like to change your style often and are always looking for the latest fashion ideas to add to your outfits, everyday jewelry is a great way to put together some of the latest looks. There are many different trends in jewelry, such as the rose gold trend, which is perfect for an everyday look and goes well with any outfit, along with flattering almost all skin tones. But, bear in mind that jewelry trends change all the time, so you might find that after a while your pieces could be no longer in fashion – if this is important to you, you might want to consider going for timeless, classic pieces instead that will never lose their appeal.







4. Know Your Budget
When shopping for everyday jewelry pieces, many people often wonder if there’s a limit on how many pieces they can have. When it comes to versatile pieces of jewelry that you can wear with almost any outfit, you really can’t have too many. Deciding between investing in one, more expensive jewelry piece or several cheaper pieces can be tough. It’s important to consider how you usually wear jewelry when deciding – do you tend to wear one or two special pieces at a time for longer periods, or do you like having a huge selection of jewelry to choose from every day? Deciding how many pieces you are going to purchase and setting a budget is important before you set out to shop.





5. Go With Your Heart
After all, you’re shopping for a piece of jewelry that you’re planning to be wearing on an everyday basis. So, it’s important to make sure that you spend your money on a piece that you really love. Try not to be swayed too much by trends or the preferences of others – go with jewelry that really stands out to you and speaks to your emotions, regardless of everything else. If you’re planning to make a big investment in a piece of jewelry that will become your go-to accessory for most of your outfits in the future, then it’s a wise idea to spend some time searching for your perfect fit. Visit jewellers to see pieces in person and try them on to determine which style is the best for you – whether you like classic silver, stunning gold, quirky and unusual pieces or even vintage jewelry, trying a style on before you buy gives you a better idea of how it looks on you and whether or not you feel you’d be able to wear it regularly. Once you’ve found a style you like, you can check online to see if similar options are available within your budget.



With so many styles to choose from, picking jewelry to wear day-to-day can be tricky. But, with these top tips, you can find the perfect pieces for you.



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Raise your hands if you are one of those ladies with sleep deprivation.



Count me in, and welcome to the club!

I know it is bad to have a lack of sleep because it will lead to other major health problems, and I encourage you to catch your 8-hour beauty sleep especially during weekends.

Having a lack of sleep also leads to unhealthy skin, making our skin dry, get more breakouts, etc. and that will make us spend more on cosmetics and makeup (to cover-up those flaws).




So before you take your 8-hour of slumber, I recommend you to add this one face mask that I’ve been using for months.

This Holika Holika Wine Therapy sleeping mask is one of the good sleeping mask I’ve been using alternately with my other sleeping mask. This helps my skin to be hydrated and smooth, and also have anti-ageing ingredient that helps to refine wrinkles on my face.

To make it more alluring, Holika Holika packaged it in a small barrel shaped container, having the scent of cherry. Contrary to the name, it doesn’t have wine in it – just a concept.

But the mask per se works really good!

It gives me a smooth and supple texture the next morning, which makes my skin look healthy!

It has a jelly-like texture and have cherry scent flavour!




How to use:
After your usual facial cleansing and toning, apply an even amount of jelly mask on to your face. Let it stay on your face overnight. The next morning, rinse your face with lukewarm water.

You will notice the result after you rinse your face.

Cost: Php500.00 from Althea Korea, or you may also visit the nearest Holika Holika shop in the city.





Verdict:
I use this wine therapy sleeping mask 2x in a week for almost 2-years and it is amazing! I enjoy its cooling effect while sipping my red wine before bedtime. I haven’t experience any itchiness or dryness, but only makes my skin smooth and glow making it convenient to just dab my face with powder and lipstick (and no makeup at all).

Rating: 4.5 stars, priced might be quite steep but worth trying!


Disclaimer: This is #Notsponsored post.

xoxo, Blair




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Residents of Bangkok, and visitors alike are privileged when it comes to having a wealth of massage shops to choose from – in fact, it seems like there’s one on nearly every street corner. As a result, this vast amount of options can also be intimidating. However, if you really want to go in for some more upscale and luxurious body pampering, this city also boasts a wealth of exquisite day spas and health treatment centres to choose from. Here now is a short list of some of the latest and greatest, saving you the trouble of searching so you can get straight to enjoying some much deserved, relaxing “me-time”.




ZENSE SPA
Image: @zensespa Instagram

If you’re hankering for a little bit of nature – and who isn’t in Bangkok? – then look no further than the leafy tranquility of ZENSE Spa in Yarden Yenakat. Partially hidden within a grove of trees, a winding stone path, fringed by manicured foliage, guides you to the entrance. The overall space is cozy and intimate, and there’s no shortage to this peaceful atmosphere. Natural daylight filters in through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and sumptuous brown leather chairs pair well with the bamboo exterior. The chic décor sells itself, but the inclusion of specialty coffee brand Craftsman Coffee, as well as a Akart Bistro & Bar, helps to sweeten the deal.

But Zense is more than just good looks. Combining Taiwanese-derived reflexology methodology with traditional Thai massage, you can be sure a visit here will alleviate muscle tension and promote head-to-toe body healing. Additionally, music therapy is also provided in order to encourage further relaxation. Body massage treatments start at 350baht an hour, but if you would like a private room, you will expect to pay at least 950baht for a minimum 1.5 hours, including a warm herb compress.


Open daily from 10:00AM until 11:00PM
www.zensemassage.com





CHAARI SPA
Image: @chaarispa Instagram

Once again, the city’s Ari district proves it’s one of Bangkok’s hippest hoods with its most recent spa opening. And judging from the foot traffic, Chaari Spa won’t be going anywhere any time soon.
The ambiance is chic and modern, decorated in dreamy peachy-pink tones and embellished with lapis blue accents. A traditional Thai massage if offered (490baht) but this spa host boasts tea-based treatments, some of which are customizable. For example, the two-hour Loose Leaf Passion package (1,900baht) combines a one-hour scrub of matcha green tea with another one-hour oil massage, which lets you select from a menu with a variety of tea infusions, such as earl grey, green tea, lavender, red tea, and white tea. Given the quality of service and lavish atmosphere, this spa is a great value.

Housed on the second floor of A-One, a community mall space attracting Ari’s neighbourhood cool kids, the convenient location is a reason to go in and of itself.  A-One offers a wealth of food options from Japanese, fried chicken, to curry and rice, as well as coffee and a variety of dessert shops. After an afternoon of eating and shopping, Chaari’s luxurious spa treatments are the ideal way to unwind. If your feet are in need of some TLC, their Sandal Lover Therapy package (750baht) offers a thorough scrub and reflexology treatment. Leaving your trotters perfect pampered.



Open daily from 10:00AM until 10:00PM.
www.facebook.com/chaatispa





ERB BLISS ROOM
Image: @wallaya_noo Instagram

Inspired by the sumptuous beauty rituals of the women of Siamese royal court, the luxury brand Erb, has long successfully imbued modern wellness with traditional Thai ingredients and practices. Known for their indulgent but scientifically conscious products, Erb has now opened a hybrid store-spa where visitors can truly achieve “erb-im”, an old Thai expression referring to the radiant glow of royalty for which the brand is named. Located at Gayson Village, you’ll be simultaneously awed and relaxed by the towering floral arrangement complemented by a sage green interior design within the Erb Bliss Room, while a soothing fragrance, extracted from various flowers, wafts from room to room.

The spa rooms are quiet and dimly lit. One of their most popular treatments is the Seven Pollen Golden Therapy (4,900baht), which utilizes gold foil and extracted flower properties known for their healing and anti-aging benefits to rejuvenates the skin; chakra massage is incorporated to boost effectiveness. Bonus: all of Erb’s products and treatments are sustainably developed using certified organic ingredients After enjoying one of their decadent spa therapies, you can shop the store walls, including their Perfume Bar, for products to take home.



Open daily from 10:00AM til 8:00PM
www.erbasia.com





LAVISH SALON & SPA
Image: @dejuicexlavish Instagram

All-in-one spas are apparently becoming increasingly popular, and Lavish Salon & Spa is no exception. Not only can customers enjoy a range of spa and massage services, this hybrid parlour also boasts fashion-forward haircare, including cuts, colours, and treatments. Besides killing two birds with one stone, the best part is that the rates are quite affordable for the quality of services provided. The front greets guests with a beautiful marbled interior where you can enjoy one of their many salon services, including a haircut (starting from 700baht) and a Korean Hair Treatment (2,500baht). They also claim to be the only salon that offers 100 percent organic colour and treatments sourced from plants and Japanese tea leaves.

Further inside, the salon converts to a spa where the combination of Eastern and Western techniques allow guests to enjoy a fully-rounded and one-of-a-kind relaxation experience. Treatments range from traditional Thai Massage (540baht), Indian Head Massage (990baht) with warm coconut milk, to a 90-minute Hot Stone Massage (2,200baht). One of their premier features is personalized treatment packages, giving customers the freedom to mix and match treatments and services to suit their personal needs (starting from 2,600baht). Every treatment is done using 100 percent natural products.



Open daily from 9:00AM until 10:00PM
www.lavishsalonspa-bk.com





INFINITY SPA
Image: @tsukiko_honey Instagram

Arguably the most attractive of Bangkok’s latest slew of spa offerings, Infinity Spa’s laboratory-meets-living room décor comes from a team of designers from Chulalongkorn’s Faculty of Architecture. Part of the science-y design comes from the day spa’s massage practice of incorporating custom-made, organically-derived essential oils, all of which are crafted in-house. This ensures that your massage experience is tailored to promote fully-body healing and functioning. Their 90-minute signature treatment, Infinity Aroma (1,300baht), combines the benefits of aromatherapy and traditional Thai medicinal properties, utilizing one of their homemade massage oils in conjunction with herbal heat compression. This therapy is said to relieve stress, fatigue, and muscle tension. You also have the option of adding a 30-minute body scrub for 500baht.

In addition to their range of hybrid aromatherapy-massage services, they also provide mani-pedis and facials, the latter of which utilizes the marine benefits of Thago spa brand products. For example, with the Infinity Detox Facial package (2,100baht) your skin is gently cleansed and exfoliated. The package also includes a massage, an anti-bacterial seaweed mask, and a rejuvenating serum, leaving your skin supple and refreshed. Whether you come solo or with a group of friends, this might be the most fashionable and wallet-friendly spa around.



Open daily from 10:00AM until 10:00PM.
www.infinityspa.com





PANPURI ORGANIC SPA
Image: @pearietonie Instagram

When in the midst of Bangkok’s bustling metropolis, a peaceful respite can be a much-needed solution, and the eight spa rooms at the Park Hyatt provide just the ticket for luxurious serenity. Relaxation begins at the door, greeting guests with a bright, airy interior, while ivory furnishings and marble décor contrast with dark accents. Spa rooms are further enhanced with panoramic views of the city skyline. Unsurprisingly, the posh ambience foretells hefty price tags, but you can be sure that the quality services are worth the extra expenditure.

This is Panpuri Organic Spa’s second location following their branch at Gaysorn, the latter of which is darker and moodier. However, you can expect the same award-winning service at their latest location, as well. Amenities include state-of-the-art technology, such as crystal-steam rooms and saunas, whirlpools, as well as their signature “experience showers,” which seamlessly combine calming acoustics and invigorating aromatherapy for ultimate relaxation. You can’t go wrong with their 210-minute Pampuri Ultimate Indulgence (9,800baht), which will pamper you from head-to-toe with a foot massage, organic milk salt body scrub and wrap, massage with Thail herbal compress, facial, and topped with organic refreshments. Their 120-minute Dharana Brisk Body Symphony (5,500baht) is similarly relaxing, combining a foot massage, facial, and personalized massaged, through this option is a little gentler on your wallet.



Open daily from 10:00Am until 10:00PM
www.panpuriorganicspa.com


Do you know other awesome day spa in Thailand? We would love to hear your recommendations!

xoxo, Blair



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What can a room or space tells about you? Will it tell the stories of your travels and aspirations? Or a reflection of your personal style and learnings?

One of the reason why I love to travel and stays on luxury hotels is because I want to document and experience the services they are offering. Staying in a room with grandeur designs is somehow feeds my personality and also I learn so much about it.

So when I got this chance to visit this free exhibition almost a year ago (yup this is a late post, but still worth the ideas), of course I make sure I won’t miss it. After all, it is free admission.



Spending for an hour or two roaming around and checking their creations, are totally worth it.

Fashion designers designs and creates clothing, interior designers dresses empty spaces.

Here are some of the designs and I hope I will help you inspire to decorate your room soon!


This living and entertainment space celebrates hip vide, young and timeless. The space simple exudes a youthful easy luxury vibe that is up to date with the designs trends of tomorrow. Featured are the automated home entertainment systems by AVDI that meet the demand of the ever-changing world of design and technology.

Designers: Vianca Favila & Mark Perez




This contemporary home office and sitting area inspires connection and exploration of culture. Gold trims are applied from wall to ceiling to convey continuity and interchanging of connections. The designer also combines open-shelving and built-in cabinetry, highlight Asian accents over black mirrors: dark walls and flooring for sophistication. The combination of dark tones and splashes of gold aim to provide a calming yet luxe feel. Botanicals and other organic elements are used being the warmth of nature indoors, adding to the contrasts character and drama.

Designer: Stephanie Yan






Borrowing concepts from the sophistication of the Japanese kintsukuroi and Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs (which places self-transcendence as man’s prime motivation). The Kintsuku Room aims to create a new room typology – one that serve as an interstitial place between the chaos of the outside world and the tranquility of one’s home.


This contrast is reflected in this room and is tied together by a golden ribbon which outlines the room’s programs.

Designers: Gino and Karen Abrera




Neutral palettes come alive in this stunning interpretation of tradition’s marriage to contemporary design. The mood is replete with textures and patterns that pay homage to a certain respect to what was deemed timeless; patterned wallpaper reminiscent of a play of chinoisserie serve as accents against a naturally finished wall in ash with period moldings to evoke a formal and elegant vibe. Furniture pieces are carefully chosen to create a mix of traditional sophistication with references to English and French pieces while accents remain true to its contemporary and modern roots.


Fabric patterns make use of the tried and tested mixing and matching of stripes with florals and foliage albeit all within very monochromatic neutral hues and tones. Finishes are chosen for its appeal and its feel; creating a cozy, comfortable and classy ambiance befitting a place of rest and refuge. Opulent accoutrements and accessories focus on gold eliciting a grand and glamorous addition to the ensemble all the while capturing the essence of a bedroom designed to celebrate a rich and lavish lifestyle.

Designer: Michael Pizarro




A stark color palette of gray, raw wood slats and poured concrete walls may seem too harsh and cold for any space. However, combined with the rich decorative detailing of sumptuous fabrics, the muted luster of fine metals and gentle burnished accessories, you get a striking yet warm welcome and softness of an industrial luxe bedroom

Designer: Lalyn Nivera




This space exudes sensual feast – combined with different textures and textiles like velvet, exotic woods veneers, leather, marble, and brass stand together in visual harmony. The choice of lights are strategically placed to highlight and enhance, with storm of gold and brown form a chromatic backdrop, dappled by splashes of bright hues. Seemingly simple geometric patterns and acute triangles deliver depth and complexity.

The designer understands the meaning of luxury, with the richness of the materials and the perfect placement of the elements, this space shimmers with an aura of opulence and exclusivity.

Designer: Jigs Adefuin






Have you written down some inspiration on your notes after reading this?


xoxo, Blair



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Pika! Pika!


It's happening again this summer in the Yokohama Minato Mirai area!

Celebrating its 6th year, more than 2,000 Pikachus of “Pocket Monster” fame will be popping up all over Yokohama for the various shows and performances during a whole week in August, from August 6 to 12, 2019.



This year, Pikachus will be jacking the Minato Miria area at night time! There'll be new performances using the latest LED technology, water, and more.

"Pikachu's Marching" and "Eevee's Marching", which were popular last year, will be performed to boost the whole event.


Also, one of the fun things is that photogenic Pokemon decorations are all over the area and it is fun to take photo with them. Taking photos with your friends and family, and make great memory!





ACTIVITIES:
1. Performance using the latest LED technology
Pikachus dressed in LED costumes will perform a show at Grand Mall Park located in front of Yokohama Museum of Art.
Location: Grand Mall Park

2. Dance Performance with the giant fountain
Pikachus will dance in collaboration with the giant fountain.
Location: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (Akarenga Park)

3. Pikachu Super-Outbreak
A total of 50 Pikachus, the largest number ever, will make a grand performance at Rinko Park.
Location: Rinko Park





Dates: Aug.6th(Tues) to 12th(Mon.), 2019
Time: Major programs will be held from 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Minato Mirai Area (Minato Mirai Tokyu Square, Grand Mall Park, Yokohama Museum of Art, Rinko Park, Queens Square Yokohama, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Nippon Maru Memorial Park, Landmark Plaza, MARK IS minatomirai, JR Sakuragicho station, Minato Mirai Station, Yokohama Cosmo World, etc)

Admission: Free (some of the shows require a numbered ticket)
WEBSITE: Check Here

For our readers in the Philippines, apply now for your Japan travel tourist visa!


Yokohama will be turned into a grand photogenic city this summer!!


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Are you that kind of hotel guests who takes home those extra hotel bathroom toiletries you had from your room?

Don’t feel guilty because you are not alone.

As a frequent hotel guest, I am also a habit of taking home those extra / used toiletries I have in my room.



Let’s admit it – those gorgeous bottles, and well packaged soaps are truly hard to resist. Sometimes the hotel even have a free vanity pouch along with it, same as what some airlines gave to their first class flyers.

If you feel shy on taking them home with you, please don’t be. Actually it would be deemed a huge favor from the hotel if you will take them home with you (and some hotels are very much willing to give you some extra!).





Here are the valid reasons why you should take home those extra / used hotel toiletries, according to my keen observation and personal experiences;

• Those unused / half-used toiletries will eventually be thrown into the hotel’s waste bins after you check-out, then will disposed it to the land-fills. By taking them home, you are helping the hotel to minimize the cost of its disposal.

• Those small plastic containers are hard to recycle. Take them home with you and use them when you travel by refilling its contents.

• Many hotels likes their guests to take home those toiletries as means of promoting their hotel services. When your family member loves the toiletries, it is a good way to encourage them to stay at that hotel origin.

• Hotel toiletries also a good way to remind their guests the wonderful experience they had during their stay – this is also a great way to remind their guests to come back for their next vacation.


Bathroom toiletries at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila 




During the recent Hotel Show in Manila, I got a chance to check the latest on hotel’s bathroom toiletries. Many companies are designing these products based on the hotel’s taste to please their valued guests. 


Which is true.

Whenever I had my hotel staycation, I am a keen observer on what they have laid inside my bathroom. I am impressed to see a good quality of bathroom toiletries, which also gives me an impression that they value their guests, and they understand that pampering in the bathroom is very important.



And I couldn’t help not resisting my eco-minded rationale instinct. Yes, I always bring them home and sometimes ask for extra of bath soaps especially when they are so good!

I always felt that satisfaction whenever I have them in my luggage before I check-out, thinking that I have something to enjoy when I arrived home. It is my great way to indulge that feeling, and saving them for my next trip to places that I wouldn’t expect to have a decent bathroom toiletries.





It is also a great homecoming gifts to your extended family back home after your glorious trip. My Aunties loves receiving these extra pouches each time I visited her after my vacations. She even bragged it to her friends as part of her growing “collection” (she doesn’t like to travel because of frequent dizziness). 







Also other things that you can take home from your hotel room are those bedroom slippers, because they cannot be used again once a guest has been wearing them, and toothbrush (some hotels even laid a vanity sewing kit!). 

But never ever take home those towels!



Remember – only take those extra bathroom toiletries and others that are inside your room. Taking something from the housekeeper’s trolley is already stealing, and a huge NO NO

Do you also collect hotel bathroom toiletries?


xoxo Blair


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Does your home need a spruce up? If so, your first thought may be to call in a professional, however, this can be costly, and instead, you should consider making some changes yourself. If you’re new to the DIY method, then you should consider the following tips which will offer you affordable and quick solutions to enhance your home.




Pick up a paintbrush



When it comes to updating your home, it is not only the big jobs that are important, as the little tasks like painting also make a massive difference. If you’ve never painted before, your first step should be to get the right equipment, including a trim brush, cleaning supplies and a pan and roller. These items will ensure that you complete the job properly, while also saving yourself a significant amount of money.

When choosing a paint colour, it is important to consider the effect it will have on the room. For your living room, you should consider light colours which make your space more bright, airy and spacious. Property companies like RW Invest use neutral shades to create a sense of luxury in their contemporary apartments, which is a great selling point for investors.




Create custom shelving



If you live in an apartment or a small house, you may have limited space to store your belongings. To resolve this, you can create your own storage solutions, which will provide a place for all your personal items.  To build your shelves, all you need is some plywood, a circular saw, a compressor, a nail gun and a ripping fence accessory which will make it much easier to cut the wood. While this may seem a lot, it is actually much cheaper to purchase these items and do it yourself than it is to bring someone in.

If you have a garage or a shed, you could hang shelves on the walls, which would be perfect for holding boxes or any other items that need to be stored away. The reason why a garage is a great place to put DIY Shelving is that there is leeway for any mistakes you make. So, if you cut the wrong size wood or the shelves are wonky, you can always fix them without worrying about imperfections.




Basic plumbing repairs

If you’re feeling brave, you may want to learn the basics of plumbing, as this will come in handy in the event of a leaky tap or any pipe issues that occur. This will help you save a significant amount of money on calling out a plumber, who will most likely charge an extortionate price for an unnecessary checkup.



If you’re sick of your kitchen tap leaking, you can get to work using a trusty vice grip and channel lock pliers, which are necessary for loosening and tightening faucets. This can be achieved in a matter of minutes, which will help you avoid water waste and expensive water bills.




Leave it to the experts

While there are a variety of jobs that can easily be done by yourself, there are others that would definitely require a professional’s help. This includes electrical installation, such as lighting, plug sockets, dishwashers, and more. These jobs should be completed by an expert to avoid any damage or harm coming to your or your home.

You should also leave tasks like demolition or custom jobs to the professionals to ensure that the job is done properly, as this will help you avoid any financial setbacks. Anything that protects your home, such as insulation or waterproofing, should also be completed by a qualified worker, which will reassure you that your house is safe to live in.




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