Dubduban-Bita Falls is a 7-tier fall nestled at the heart of a lush hill. It’s a popular attraction among the people of San Agustin (Romblon), especially among the teens. I know this because we encountered a group of teenagers on our way to the falls and then another group of high school students arrived while we were there. [Read more…]
Looking for a budget hotel to spend a relaxing day in bed?
Check out Tune Hotels!
Tune Hotels is a chain of limited-service hotels in Asia and United Kingdom. It’s perfect for people who just need a hot shower and a good night’s sleep. Or, if you’re like me, a day or two away from your hectic family and work schedule.
Tune Hotel Makati
As a virtual assistant, I have odd sleeping hours. So I was looking for a cheap place to get some really good zzzzz’s without travelling very far. So I checked Agoda to see if there’s something near San Pedro, Laguna to stay in. The hotels in Alabang are out of the question because they’re expensive. So I looked at Makati hotels and found Tune Hotel Makati.
Tune Hotel Makati is the latest branch of Tune Hotels to open here in the Philippines. It opened just last July 17, 2012 and it’s evident once you get into the lobby. Everything just screams new. From the lobby to the room amenities, you’ll get the feeling that they’ve been barely used at all.
What I love most about Tune Hotel room is the bed. You get a five-star bed for 1-star prices! I must have slept more than 12 hours straight because of this bed.
On the wall opposite the headboard is a Samsung LCD TV with cable. I turned it on the minute I put down my bags on the side table to watch The Food Channel. Good thing that my reservation covered 24-hours of TV.
The bathroom’s of decent size so you can comfortably take a shower. All Tune Hotel rooms boast of heated power shower and it’s true. But it doesn’t come with toiletries so you have to buy them from the counter along with your towel for P90 or just bring your own.
You must be wondering why you should buy toiletries. Tune Hotels is a different from other hotels in the sense that you only pay for what you need. Basic room rates start around P600 depending on availability. This does not include the toiletries, TV, Aircon, and WiFi. As I mentioned above, you can purchase a toiletry kit for P90. The rest — TV, aircon time — you have to buy in 12-hour or 24-hour blocks.
Oh and if you plan on going out, you can keep your valuables in the safe under one of the side tables. Use of the safe is free.
IMPORTANT MONEY-SAVING TIP
Before I booked my room online through Agoda, I called the hotel and checked their online booking system to see where I can get the best deal. On average, expect to shell out P1400 for a room with toiletries, 24-hour TV, aircon, and WIFI if you WALK-IN. This rate will vary depending on the occupancy rate of the hotel. The more guests they have, the higher their room rates get.
Now, you will get a better deal booking online at their web site. If you book a double room with the Cozy Package (12hr A/C + 24hr TV + 24hr Wifi + Towel & toiletries (PH) and add-on 12 hours more of A/C, you will pay P1340.89. And because you booked it online, you’re guaranteed your room.
But the best deal I found is through Agoda. I booked a room with all amenites — TV, Aircon, and WiFi fr 24 hours + Towel & Toiletries — for $21.25 using Paypal. If you convert that into peso, that’s about P871.25 ($1=P41). And I earned credits/points with Agoda that I can use in my next booking.
Room for Improvement
If there is one thing I hope Tune Hotel can improve on is its doors. Once you check-in, you will be given a key card (which reminded me of a plain plastic business card I saw online) to unlock your room. Then when the light blinks, you have to give it a push. Now, some guests push too hard and I heard it from my room. This happened twice. Perhaps they can make it so that you don’t have to push the room to get in.
But overall, I recommend Tune Hotel for an affordable staycation alone or with a loved one.
Tune Hotel Contact Number: 519-0888
Last June 17, my daughter and I joined a walking tour of the Philipine Postal Office with a couple of my friends. The tour was organized by a Lawrence Chan of Collector’s Connection. This is a free tour that his group conducts monthly.
That same day, Selyong Pinoy Club was holding an auction, which a friend of mine participated. More than 500 items were auctioned off and these include coins, paper money, books, magazines, and comic books. Though most of the participants are Filipinos, there were also a few Indians in the crowd.
Aside from the PhilPost tour, Lawrence also conducts tour of the Metropolitan Theater, the Far Eastern University campus, Escolta, and Binondo. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to go inside Metropolitan Theater because the management changed guards and they were not notified that Lawrence’s group has been given permission by the City Hall of Manila to conduct tours in this historical building.
Here are some photos from this Manila walking tour:
If you noticed, there was sepia photo of guy with a baby in a carrier. The woman sitting next to him is his wife. This is an American family who joined the walking tour.The guy’s cap had a pc america logo on the back.