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Viewing the Papal Visit from F1 Hotel Manila

The long weekend last month commemorating the papal visit found the GOppets once again ensconced at F1 Hotel Manila. Hindi naman masyadong obvious na paborito namin ang F1 Hotel. ;)) To read my previous posts, click on the following: FIRST last April 2014, SECOND last July 2014, and THIRD last October 2014. Yes. It’s becoming a habit!


This photo doesn’t belong to me and was grabbed off the web images.

Holidays are considered “cheat days” don’t you agree? And what better way to start the day than with a healthy lunch (and admittedly a not-so-healthy candy buffet) featuring F Cafe’s new line up of dishes. Presenting its FIT & FAB buffet at 1,399 nett per person, with healthy selections such as more fish, fiber, and greens. Available every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.


FIT AND FAB. Hearty selections for a healthier new you. Keep that holiday momentum, but binge on healthier selections such as fish, fibers and greens. Lunch and Dinner buffet | Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Php 1,399 nett per person

F1 Hotel Manila

32nd Street Bonifacio Global City, 1634 Taguig (02) 928 9888


Lucky for me though, it was a Thursday, lels, so it was the regular buffet. Hey, don’t judge. #YOLO! :P  I really am pasaway, aren’t I?

As is with buffets, there were quite a few selections on hot & cold dishes, but these are what stood out the most for me that particular day..


Glazed ham. I will never get tired of eating succulent glazed ham & beautifully grilled pineapple. And it always adds a bit of festive & whimsy to every occasion. :)


Assorted tempura selection. <3 But Ebi remains to be my favorite. Though the shrimps were small, they were quite tasty. :)


The cheese board is also a constant source of joy for me & never fails to put a smile on my face.


And my oh my. THIS was something new! A CANDY BUFFET with a DIY donut station! I started with this station. I really really did! Taking pictures that is. Boo!


JUST LOOK!! <3 My heart beat fast & loud with every click! Darn my diabetes! </3


I love this latest addition of a cupcake wheel. Now F1 Cafe can be enjoyed not just by adults but by kids as well. Great job, F1 team, for this new & interactive station where almost everything is DIY! <3


After feasting my senses with such colorful display, I satisfied my hunger with the mongolian station. PLATED! Beautiful. How can you eat something as beautiful as this, right? Well, with closed eyes! :P Lafang away lang.


You can have it with rice or noodles. You choose the toppings and they cook it for you according to your taste. I like mine super spicy. Perfection in a plate! <3


But of course I didn’t just stop there. Nakakahiya naman sa ham atbp. diba?? :P



This 4th staycation is extra special because I finally got to meet my “pen pals”. ;)) These are some of the mommy bloggers I truly admire for their passion & commitment to their families. We have been constantly communicating via IG but never in person, so this was a happy chance for me to have spent some precious time with them. With my bffs Pau & Twinkle are, (L-R) TINA ONG of The Phenomenal Mama, MICHELLE LIM of My Mom Friday, CAI SIO of Apples and Dumplings, and PAM SIAO of Run Around Girl, now Green Lunch Diaries. I love these ladies! <3

F Cafe, the all-day dining restaurant which serves both ala carte and buffet, is located at the 3rd level of the hotel. Using only the freshest ingredients expertly prepared by the Chefs, dining in will surely be a gastronomical experience you will never forget. ;)

Since it was our 4th time to stay there, we took advantage of the un-crowd and walked around Bonifacio High Street after a big lunch. The hotel is smack right in the middle of all things exciting after all.


I swear, these kids have wandering feet! Hindi makapali sa kwarto.


Besties for life. <3


What not even half a day can cost you, trololoz! :P

During our first 3 staycays, we just kept to ourselves and enjoyed our room, burrowing deep in the deluxe bed & the hotel ammenities. It was different this 4th time around though. Not that we didn’t want to “exploit” our staycay, but we got the chance of an uncrowded leisurely stroll, covering every nook and cranny of BHS strip & malls. We really appreciated that it wan’t as busy so the GOppets were in chillax mode.

Many people opted to go out of town for the holiday-declared 5-day papal visit and we really took advantage of that situation.

Next order of business, the kids went grocery shopping at the S&R right across for what else.. snacks and junk food to munch on while we watched the Papal Vist in our room’s giant flat screen TV. I’m thankful that we had not just one, but TWO giant flat screen TVs in our Fort Suite since my babyson wasn’t too keen on watching. So while Kap, the girls & I watched in the room, all fitting cozily in our Queen-sized bed, my babyson played PS4 online with his friends in the living room, thanks to the strong FREE wifi connection in our room.


Kap & I enjoyed our privacy but we were glad the kids were just a safe distance away. A door away, actually haha.


The sofa converts to a bed which was perfect for my 2 girls. We asked for an extra cot for my babyson.

Hotel Room Rates.. and a PROMO!


Meetings and Events Facilities | 4 level car park | Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas | 3 Swimming Pools | Concierge Services | Spa & Wellness Center | 24-hour Guest Services | All-Day Dining Restaurant at the 3rd Level | 24 hour security | In-Room Dining | 24-hour Fitness Hub | Laundry & Valet Service | Babysitting Services | Transportation Service


Check-in time: 2:00 PM
Check-out time: 12:00 NN

Inclusive of breakfast, applicable taxes and service charge.

* Deluxe Room Php 9,000.00/night  * City Suite Php 10,200.00/night  * Fort Suite Php 12,600.00/night


CHEERS TO 2015! Welcome the new year right and spend a relaxing escapade for only Php 6,800 nett! PACKAGE INCLUSIONS: • Overnight stay in a City Suite with buffet breakfast for two (2) at F All Day Dining Restaurant • Roundtrip Airport transfers • Php 800 food and beverage credits at F All Day Dining Restaurant or at Canary Lounge • Complimentary use of swimming pool and gym facilities • Complimentary broadband and Wi-Fi access Promo is valid from January 1 to March 31, 2015 only. Terms and Conditions apply.

After watching the televised visit, we had an early barbecue dinner at the Canary Lounge of the F1 Hotel Manila. Oh yes, more eating. That’s what holidays are all about. The weather was perfect, chilly & breezy so it was an ideal venue for a cozy & romantic dinner under the stars.. with our 3rd, 4th, and 5th wheel nga lang! :P


Canary Lounge gives its guest a breath-taking night view of the majestic cityscape of The Fort. Beside the lounge are the hotel’s three (3) pools, making the ambiance closely similar to the Canary Islands. Lights, chimes, and wooden furniture are also added to complete the theme. Innovations are also sprinkled around the area as modern designs and materials spice up the venue.


Every time we’d set foot in F1 Hotel Manila, it would rain, so our planned BBQ would always fail. In my case, 4th time must be the charm because hey.. no rain, mom! ;) So we were able to dine under the stars.


The Canary Lounge is pretty at daylight, but it’s even prettier at night because of the artificial lights & cityscape.



aaaand of course.. one of many photo ops. Can you see how they plan & consult with each take? Grabe.. daig pa mga professionals ah! :P


So I drank the night away while they took selfies, two-fies, and three-fies. :))


Mocktails were also concocted for the minors. We certainly don’t want their liquor license to be confiscated now, do we?


Since it was a BBQ night and it takes a while for the meats to be cooked, we had some salad for starters. Bawal magutom. Mortal sin!


Because F1 believes in the FAMILY FIRST motto, and promotes happy experiences, I wasn’t even surprised anymore with this SMORES STATION. They really thought of every little detail to make their guests’ stay memorable & wonderful. Picture perfect too! I have so many photos but it’ll take 3 days to load them all. So I guess these will have to do.


So while the chefs were busy grilling our meats, the GOppets were busy grilling their mallows. :P



Because we’re such great cooks, this is the outcome. Ang fonget, lels.


My loves are happy whenever we are accorded the chance of staycations. We are always thankful. <3


Healthy eating before the GRILL-I-FIEDS! ;))


Assorted meats. The squid was my favorite from the bunch.

Speaking of BBQ, F1 Hotel Manila has a BBQ ALL YOU CAN PROMO from March 1 to 31, 2015. Smokin’ hot & flavor-packed grilled favorites. An endless fill of marinated treats grilled to perfection. Yours for 1,399 nett/person. <3


Cheers! <3


For dessert, the moment they’ve been waiting for. SMORES GALORE!!!

Because the BHS mall is literally a hop, a skip, and a jump away (seriously, 2 very short tawid lang), we booked our seats online via for Night of the Museum. We got the 2D Atmos at 400/pop which we knew nothing about. So it was a most pleasant surprise to find such (posh/luxurious) reclining seats. As soon as my big fat butt got on the ultra comfy lounge chair, I was off in lala land within minutes. Yep, even before the movie started. The kids kept nudging me to ward off my snoring. Kain Tulog Defined. ;))

Bonifacio High Street Cinema

Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone: +63(2)8560523



Sojourns at F1 Hotel Manila guarantees you a relaxed stay. Whether you want to stay in, or go out & about, everything you want & need is within reach. You have the best of both worlds. A hideaway if you opt, or the buzz of a city life.



Thank you Michy beary for making an effort to come & see me!! <3



Watchin’ like a boss! ;)


The plush leather seats are reclinable at the touch of a button. And we didn’t even get cold because of the leather material. It felt like a cow was hugging us throughout the movie haha. Good thing too because we were all nursing a cold that just won’t go away.


I guess, like me, they also didn’t want to leave. ;)

I slept for the entire length of the movie, but no regrets. It was the best 2-hour nap of my life, grabe! They couldn’t budge me out of my comfy seat after the showing. Buti na lang our hotel was so near the mall that it took us less than 5 minutes to get back “home”. We’re definitely sticking to this cinema from now on. Pati si Kap walang reklamo sa presyo kasi sya din nakatulog ng mahimbing. :)

If it were not for the promise of crunchy bacon & dollar pancakes for breakfast, you won’t see us the whole morning as we’ll probably sleep it away. But because eating & sleeping share the #1 spot in our most favorite pasttime, we were able to make it to breakky 30 minutes before they made the last call.

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Before we left, I was able to squeeze in a one-hour massage, compliments of F1 Hotel Manila of course. Because at F1 Hotel Manila, they make your dreams come true. Now THIS is the life! #KainTulog <3



Too bad we were pressed for time. The girls wanted to use the Sauna & the whirlpool but we had another place to go to. Next time. ;)



Thank you so much F1 Hotel Manila for truly making it a home of happy experiences. Special thanks to Twinkle Lacsamana (who is now part if the F1 family), and Paulo Esmedilla, for spoiling us like crazy. May take-home pa!

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F1 Hotel Manila’s famous Red Velvet Bundt Cake. <3 Oh-la-la!


Thank you so much for another happy & memorable experience at F1 Hotel Manila, Twinkle & Pau! :-*

Because F1 Hotel Manila promises to give you nothing but happy experiences, they want one of my lucky readers to also have a go! <3 Woot, woot! All you have to do is like one or all of F1 Hotel Manila’s social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. And send me a short essay at on your unique love story ( you know I’m a sucker for that!) and why you deserve to win an overnight stay for 2.

And because February is not only the love month but my BIRTHDAY & BLOG ANNIVERSARY as well, F1 Hotel Manila is throwing in a DINNER BUFFET GC FOR TWO!!! So that’s dinner, staycation AND breakfast. Saan ka pa??? Sali na! :)


You have until 12 midnight this coming Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, to send me your essays. I will choose 1 winner and contact you directly the following day so make sure you also indicate your phone/mobile number/and a link or username you used to “LIKE” F1 Hotel Manila’s social media pages please.

Good luck! I’m sure your stay at F1 will be like no other! :) A big thank you to El Capitan, Mr. Tony Co, for this wonderful opportunity!

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For inquiries and reservations, please call (02) 928-9888 or email at

F1 Hotel Manila is located at 32nd street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. For inquiries and reservations, please call  (02) 928-9888. For online booking and more information, please visit For hotel updates and special offerings, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @f1hotelmanila.

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