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The Bellevue Manila, a Third Time

On my 2nd staycation at The Bellevue Manila, I was a fleeting & social butterfly to my 14 blogger guests & their families. So this 3rd time around when I was hosting only LOUISE FANDINO of MOMMY PRACTICALITY & her awesome family, I had more of a down time & was able to let my hair loose somewhat, with just 1 friend & her family to entertain. ;)


The first time I laid eyes on Louise at our F1 Staycation, I knew we were kindred spirits. We had basically the same temperament -both sugary sweet & BARNEY oriented to all especially sa servers & staff (ma-please & thank you, those are the magic words) at every turn. ;)) Even in text messaging we are so the same. Ako si “mwah!! mwah!!” Siya naman si “huuuggggss!!!” Oh yez, we both like exclamation points too! ;)) Plus, she was really so warm & nice to me from the get go that I wanted know her more. And get to know her I did as we spent 3 happy days together at THE hotel to go to in the South -BELLEVUE MANILA! <3



Louise & her family were supposed to be with the previous batch, but her family -yes all of them, came down with a bout of flu & fever so she had to beg off the last minute. The Bellevue Manila was so gracious to reschedule her stay even though they were booked to the roof for the Easter weekend.



Meet the shy & soft-spoken but very nice & supportive MACKY, the Daddy Practicality behind Mommy Practicality. ;) I’ve tried my best to engage him in conversations but umuwi akong luhaan haha. Maybe on our THIRD staycation together, close na close na talaga kami! ;))



And the Baby Practicalities.. DANDRE & WES! <3 Dandre was a little gentleman & engaged me in adult conversations. He is an old soul with great manners. Mommy & daddy practicality raised him well! \m/


Cafe d’Asie is easily my favorite buffet restaurant in the South. <3 And I’m not just saying that because they’re my sponsor. <3 All my photos can vouch for the happiness that I feel whenever I’m within the hotel perimeter, lels.


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Homer was so nice & helpful as he tossed my Caesar salad for me! He must have seen the confusion on mah fez as I looked helplessly at all the ingredients in front of me. Yezzzz, pati salad hindi ako marunong gumawa ng sarili, sorry na! :'(



I’m not only the queen of the south (yes, feelingera moment), but I’m also the queen of Japanese food. This is always my first plate. Have some sushi? Me so happy! ;)



And next on my list will forever be steak. My peeps at home, grabe maka-sunog ng steak. So any chance I get to see some pink on my meat, I definitely go for it with a passion! <3



I was so happy to have both mudrabells join us for lunch. It’s not often they get out of the house so this was a real treat. Thank you The Bellevue Manila! <3


The girls swam for a bit after our heavy lunch, but continued their water play in the comforts of our luxurious bathroom since the pool was jam-packed with vacationers for the Easter weekend.


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Sex Bomb Bath Ballistic from LUSH. My girls love lush products! As in they are always lurking in their stores loving the smells & buying all things fragrant!


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Even at home, they would find happiness soaking in different colored water -especially this summer. They are forever soaking so our water bill is SO HIGH! @_@


All that splashing made them hungry so we went to the SIGNATURE CLUB for some pre-dinner drinks.. but ended up eating anyway because the spread just looked so darn good! @_@ #whatispamatay




Mommy & Daddy Practicality were so nice to agree to be my models for The Signature Club photos hahaha! I really loved their family & I wish we can have many more bonding moments in the future! <3




Yes, I’m ashamed to admit. Drinks turned to eating! :P


May take 2 pa! :P



A light mimosa for my tweener, a rum coke for my dalaga, and a gin tonic for me. Cocktails & drinks are available for free at The Signature Club from 6-8PM when you’re checked in at the suites or signature floor.


The other meals that I shared with my readers-turned-friends will be on my next post. That’s tomorrow. Please do come back for that. :)


Because of our heavy meals, we decided to skip breakfast altogether for the 2 mornings of our staycation. Which is so sad because I missed Bellevue Manila’s BAKED BACON!! </3 But it was that or lunch. So I chose lunch. Bye bacon! :'((




But it wasn’t that sad a goodbye because I got to say hello naman to duck! YAY!! \m/ For our Day 2 lunch, Louise & I split a lovely roasted duck down the middle. Hating kapatid talaga! ;) Again, the mudrabells were able to join us since my boys were out of town & the girls & I simply cannot eat all these yummy food provided by The Bellevue Hotel! <3



First way.. my favorite! <3


Second way. In ginger sauce.


I’m so liking the smoothies in Phoenix Court! For the mudrabells, I ordered the Blueberry & Tofu Smoothie & the Phoenix Tropical Tea Smoothie. They both loved their healthy, refreshing drinks! <3



Okay, MIL is def not smiling here, but lemme assure you that they both loved their drinks hehe! ;))


Because there were 5 of us, we were able to order all the 5 kinds of soup available for the ALL-DIMSUM menu in Phoenix Court. So you get to see what each looks like. ;) From top: Chicken Soup, Wonton Noodle Soup, Hot & Sour Soup, Corn Soup, Minced Beef Soup.



We were also able to order both veggie dishes included in the ALL-DIMSUM menu for you to see.. One is Kailan (R), the other is chinese pechay (L).




The Bellevue Manila offers FAST unlimited broadband internet access in rooms & dining outlets to all checked-in guests. I was able to do a lot of blogging during our down time in our very cold, very comfy room.


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The Bellevue Manila has TWO gym outlets. One is in the Main Building which is currently under renovation, and the other at the Tower WIng. Guess who was a constant visitor! @_@



Post work-out glow. Siguro kaya wala akong glow, kasi wala din akong work-out! Okay, goodbye glow! :P


I have a separate post for our WOK FRY SPECIAL dinner at PHOENIX COURT scheduled for May 09, Friday. Please do come back for that! :)


We really loved our 2 succeeding weekend staycations at The Bellevue Manila. <3 We were pampered to the fullest. Our room was posh, comfy, lovely & cool in spite of the summer heat. All our needs were taken care of, and each of the staff was friendly, amazing & accommodating. Come Saturday night, we were already so sad to bid adieu to the hotel we have come to call our 2nd home! :'((






Thank you so much RYAN CHAN, the entire CHAN FAMILY, and THE BELLEVUE MANILA for the staycation of a lifetime! Thank you too to the very patient & very efficient MAUI ARCEO who arranged everything & inherited my account from JEHN DOMINGO midway but still managed to make our stay most pleasant, magical, and wonderful. <3





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  • Reply med

    Your Japanese plate is to die for!!! Ano yung nasa gitna?!?

    BTW your LV shades is LHAV!!! Talagang may monogram ang lens? Or is that a reflection? Very interesting…

    May 8, 2014 at 9:31 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Spicy tuna sashimi meding soo yummy coz I love spicy food. :) Yes the logos are built in sa shades haha mukhang nakakaduling diba pero it doesn’t affect my view parang ordinary sunglasses din lang ang effect. It’s so unique which is why I got attracted to it & it’s easily my fave shades! :)

      May 8, 2014 at 10:53 am
  • Reply jackie uy

    Hi Ms. Jane! I thought you have not been blogging because I don’t receive email notifications anymore. Then I checked your blog, I figured I have to re-subscribe :) Keep blogging, keep inspiring :) ~ jackie

    May 8, 2014 at 10:19 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hi jackie! :) I know I’m so sad! :'( Since my blog’s migration, my stats have been down because my email notification failed to sense my new home & inform my dear readers. So thank you for checking on me Jackie I really appreciate it mwah!! Hopefully the rest will follow. :-*

      May 8, 2014 at 10:51 am
  • Reply KassTastrophic

    Bellevue for the win. Phoenix Court for the win.
    And Cafe d’Asie for the win win win. I can’t forget the strawberry/buko smoothie.

    Tama ka dyan, Mommy Jane: goodbye post-workout glow. Pwede naman post-pig-out glow eh. I prefer that. Harhar!

    May 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Ay mas type ko yang post-pigout glow kassie hahaha!! Kaya tayo magkasundo ever! :-*

      May 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply michconstantino

    I’m sticking to the post-pigout glow since I don’t workout too often :)) your girls are pretty :)) though if I may ask… first stop talaga ni ate ang gym sa staycations niyo? :))))))))))))))

    May 8, 2014 at 1:35 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      hahaha hindi naman first stop. Mga midway after maka-pahinga from lunch. :))

      May 8, 2014 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply Candy pino

    Mommy Jane, while I am soooo happy for how you have come a long way in your blogging with all the sponsor posts and invites here and there, I am in eager expectation of your personal posts – you and Kap’s adventures (the P500 challenge!), your date with the kiddos and simply you. More than being entertaining, I learn a lot from you.

    Back na please to regular programming.

    Love you still.


    May 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hi Candy! :) Yes please give me until the end of the week lang I just need to finish this series because I owe my sponsors a lot for the support they have been giving me. :) But even though the posts are sponsored I still write about our experiences as a family naman the only difference is that we get to do it for free haha. But every aspect is still highly personal. Thank you for loving me & looking forward to reading my anecdotes. I love you back Candy!! :-*

      May 8, 2014 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Ida

    Jane! Thank you very much for patronizing Lush and I’m so happy you guys enjoyed the bath bombs :) the bubbles are great too! Xxx

    May 8, 2014 at 10:48 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hi ida! :) Of course, we LOVE lush ang bango bango!! Mwah!! :-*

      May 8, 2014 at 10:49 pm
  • Reply Malou

    Hi Jane, your stay here is one of my most memorable day, meeting you and the gurls. Mwah take care always

    May 8, 2014 at 10:50 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Please come back tomorrow Malou I will feature our dinner date. I’m really so happy I got to bond with you over dinner. Mwah! :-*

      May 8, 2014 at 11:19 pm

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