Selah Garden Hotel

by Wednesday, April 24, 2019
The little hotel that could. I certainly admire the vision of Selah Garden Hotel. It's an oasis in the middle of the city. A complex-like structure of resort-nature themed rooms, surrounded with large trees, a good sized pool in the middle (with varying depths), a faux (but acceptable) green grass yard with a swing, and a multitude of outdoor activities hanging above (zipline, etc).

When we arrived, it was a chaos of people lining up at the reception. I cannot fault their staff. Everyone was accommodating and truly hardworking. IMO, their system of managing each transaction was flawed. Yes, there were too many people. But that's why there should be a system. 

Cons during our stay:
  1. They only checked which room to give when the guest was already at the counter. The front desk guy personally went to the room instead of call on housekeeping to prep. Took a long time. Each guest has a reservation in advance, so it's not unrealistic to expect that rooms were at least pre-assigned. Took us about 1.5hr just to check-in. 
  2. Overlapping rooms given in confusion, non-updated key cards. Fortunately, the key card was updated the next day so we can all leave our room if we want to, and not have to make someone stay inside at all times.
  3. Un-endorsed breakfast stubs for guests. Resto staff won't allow you to eat if you can't prove that you've paid. We were never given breakfast stubs because they ran out of them and haven't printed new ones yet. Anyway front desk lady promised to personally take care of it but forgot.  
  4. Beddings for extra bed was also promised to be taken care of. We had to request 3x, and finally someone came up around 7PM to properly arrange the extra bed after our 4th request. Complimentary towel, toiletries, slippers were included.

Most of my rants were circumstantial. Staff were willing to help, but without a system in place, they can't do their job accordingly. Usually, hotels prep in advance the rooms, food, activities, especially if you've made advance payment. They're expected to anticipate the number of guests or rooms to be occupied because of the data from the reservations. Anyway, if you're in a bad mood or hungry, the waiting could really get on your nerves.

  1. Friendly staff
  2. Good-sized rooms
  3. Good water pressure, water heater works
  4. Efficient room service. 15-20mins delivery of food
  5. Food serving sizes were large, good for sharing
  6. Nice, overall ambiance with lots of plants, trees, fish ponds (with turtles)
  7. Convenience store next to the hotel open 24/7
  8. Good WiFi connection, 2 gadgets allowed per room
  9. Generous number of electric sockets in the room, around 5+ (pairs)

We got the Twin Room (Php1860 via Agoda). It was roomy, with closet, TV, A/C, thermos, cups, complimentary bottled water, mini fridge. 

Mirror on the door, vanity desk and chair.

Extra bed (Php800, pay at hotel) with complimentary breakfast buffet.

Toiletries include toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, shower gels. Hair dryer on the wall. Towels provided. You can ask for an extra toilet paper roll if needed.

Breakfast buffet (Php300, no leftovers, no sharing) Applicable to walk-in guests as well. Selection was pretty decent. Expect few to several flies, depending on the hour.

Rice (plain/garlic), tocino, beef tapa, mechado, pasta, soup/congee, coffee, cereal, bread + jam/butter, fruits, salad, juice

Tabla Restaurant doubles as the buffet breakfast dining area. Tabla is open for lunch and dinner, a la carte orders, and room service. Nice narrow fish pond by the plant wall.

Since it's summer, people mostly came for the pool. It's well-maintained and seldom empty. Even at noon, guests blew off steam by swimming and lounging poolside. Up until 10PM, I found guests enjoying the pool until the staff signaled that it's time. Pool Hours: 7AM - 10PM

I feel like this hotel does have it all, in theory. At the 2nd level, next to the elevator and stairs was the path leading to the tiniest Spa I've ever seen. It's cozy, if not borderline DIY. 

This pocket Spa was a mini hut, with sheer white curtains. Inside were 2 massage beds. Our masseuses were very capable. They do room service massages upon request. 
Body Massage (Php480, 1hr) Foot Massage (Php220, 30mins)

Pool at night.

Selah Garden Hotel pool and grounds
  • Overall, it was a good stay. After the unusually long check-in queue, some minor mishaps and delayed processes, we enjoyed our stay once we've settled in.
  • This hotel offers something different. It has a pool, open air dining, pocket spa, numerous trees and fish ponds at an affordable price. 
  • Wind was always blowing during our stay. The slats made it possible for breeze to flow throughout. Plus the outdoor activities for peers, and even scuba diving lessons make this is a compact all-in-one hotel. 
  • Hopefully management continues to maintain it at a functioning level.
  • A handful of parking slots available (around 10 or less).
  • Recommended for the location, facilities, and price for quality.

Selah Garden Hotel
2715 Park Avenue, Pasay City
Metro Manila
Tel: 02 - 5089141

Tabby Town Cat Cafe & Corgi Club

by Thursday, November 08, 2018
Tabby Town Cat Cafe & Corgi Club in Silang, Cavite is a place you really have to make time for if you want to visit. Unless you live nearby. Coming from the Metro, you can drive there or take the bus. Located along the Santa Rosa Road going to Tagaytay, the facility is standalone, with few parking slots. Upon entry, friendly staff will great you as you check their Food menu or Cat/Dog cafe rates.
Entry Rates for Cat Cafe or Corgi Club: 
  • Php220/hr with Iced Tea
  • Php270/hr with Hot/Cold drinks or Milkshake
  • Php350/hr with Frappe
  • If you want to split the hour, 30mins at Cat Cafe and 30mins at Corgi Club Rates: 
  • Php350 with Iced Tea, Php420 with Select Beverages
Lovely cafe, with light coming in from the windows.
Cat and dog food in various sizes of sacks and cans were available to purchase.
Stairs leading to upper levels where the play areas were.
House Rules
2nd Level Cat play area
Chubby and chill. Most kitties were this way.
3rd Level Dog play area. You have to leave your shoes and change to slippers. Best to wear socks as you come. Staff will provide you with sanitizers before entering.
The 3rd level was a bright, roomy, awesome play space. It's divided into 2 parts. The premier area was where the smaller dogs were. 
Seats, toys, sanitizers, tissues, etc. Staff were always quick to clean up after the dogs' oopsies.
Preston the Corgi, and the pug. Sorry I didn't get all their names.
Felicity the Pomeranian
The pug was in heat during my visit so he kept humping the corgi lol.
Paris the Papillon. The sweetest one during my visit, slept on me a long time.
Australian Shepherd
Pink fence separating the smaller and larger dogs. Staff said the division also helped create distance for dogs with clashing personalities or just foul moods. Two areas afforded them the option to enforce better peace.
Great view from the 3rd floor. 
Husky and Spaniel
Ivanka the Retriever
Big dogs play area
Small dogs play area
Cafe counter
Tabby Town Cafe Menu
Tabby Town Cafe Menu
Clubhouse Sandwich: Php190
Cafe Latte: Php85
Hot Tea: Php65
Iced Tea: complimentary from entry fee

Tabby Town Cat Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tabby Town Cat Cafe & Corgi Club
#410, Purok 5, Barangay Lumil
Silang, Cavite
Tel +63 9561891007

Hours: Monday - Closed
Tuesday to Friday - 12noon to 7PM
Saturday to Sunday - 11AM to 8PM

Rossini Ristorante Italiano

by Monday, October 29, 2018
Rossini Ristorante Italiano, located at 2nd level of S Maison, offers a calming, breezy view of the ocean. Large cushy seats, perfectly set tables, along with its high ceilings, impeccable service, and luxe ambiance make a most satisfying experience for diners. All that even before the food arrives.
I was invited by Zomato to a Foodie Meetup for Rossini. All dishes were provided by Rossini Ristorante. Mr. Thomas Moersheim, the owner, joined us during the meal. He was very gracious in explaining every dish, told us personal stories about his love for food, where they get most coveted ingredients, even their decisions in selecting restaurant interiors, and back stories of some special wines.
Bar area
According to owner, sir Thomas, they aspire to bring an authentic experience to patrons, from the flown-in ingredients, enhanced traditional recipes, down to the decor. Their cooks had to go through a precise, intense training, and staff were skilled in fine dining etiquette. 
Menu and cutlery
Olive oil bread dip
Complimentary breads. The black ones had charcoal, good for pulling toxins.
We were offered to select  a drink from the juices and shakes menu. Orange Juice.
Cucumber Dalandan Slush
Grape Slush
Salmone Marinato con Spuma di Formaggio Tartufata (value php950) - It was one of the best dishes I've tried, perfectly spiced and delicious. The combination of salmon and creme was a no-fail.
Misto di Salumi e Formaggi (value php1220) - An assortment of meats and cheeses, good for wine or beer pairing. The plate was arranged with the cuts next to the best cheese to be paired with. Olives and walnuts for crunch. Charcoal bread on the side.
Burrata (value php730) - The cheese was fresh, paired nicely with a light dressing, salad, grapes. This was one of their special items. The burrata has to be uber fresh to be served. Best to call in advance.
Insalata Rossini (value php490) - Fresh salad with balanced flavours including truffle shavings and artichoke. I liked the subtle dressing and crunch of each ingredient.
Pasta Corta al Ragu di Filetto di Manzo e Porcini (value php560) - beef tenderloin ragout with dried Italian porcini, rosemary, and tomato sauce. 
Pizza alla Romana: Prosciutto e Rucola (value php650) - No dressing nor condiments needed. Right amount of crunch and softness with the crust. I love prosciutto so this was awesome for me.
Risotto ai Funghi Porcini e Tartufo Nero (value php510) - The real "authentic" risotto in the whole city. Unbelievably tasty and yum! No cream added. Sir Thomas explained the difference between using Italian rice, which has more starch hence the innate creaminess, from using regular rice, which other restos do, and thus had to add cream to create the mush.
Grigliata Mista di Carne (value php3000) - The meats main, which had assorted succulent meat portions with a side of chips and sauce. I love grilled meats. If this was a only dish I'll eat, I'd opt to have more vegetables on the side.
Grigliata Mista di Pesce Reale (value php3650) - The seafood main, which has the freshest items that don't require layers of spices. Everyone made sure to get a scallop. I tasted each item, paired them with a spoonful of baked potato and creamy sauce. Yum!
Tiramisu alla Rossini (value php350) - The best tiramisu ever, hands down. Nothing compares.
Cannoli Siciliani (value php170) - Authentic cannoli with high grade sweetened ricotta cheese. 
Busy table.
Sir Thomas Moersheim slicing the burrata in equal shares :)

Great service, amazing food! I'd like to extend my gratitude to the entire staff, chefs, cooks, and Mr. Thomas of Rossini Ristorante for hosting us.

Rossini Ristorante Italiano Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rossini Ristorante Italiano
Level 2, S Maison, 
Conrad Manila, 
Pasay City
Tel: 02 2469069 ext 271

Hours: 10AM-10PM
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