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Nicole Aguinaldo | 21 year old fashion and lifestyle blogger from the Philippines.

Monday, July 6, 2015

My Weekend at the HYATT City of Dreams Manila

It's been a while since the Girl About Town crew had an opportunity to take a break from our super busy schedule. Not that we're complaining, of course! We love being busy, it's an affirmation that we're doing something right and that we're reaching out to people, especially our readers and followers, the way we should be. But when the opportunity for a staycation presented itself, we excitedly packed our bags for a weekend off. Well, sort of.

You see, when you're in a place like Hyatt City of Dreams Manila, it's nearly impossible not to take the camera out of the bag and take a shot or two, and then before you know it, you realize it's just too picturesque of a place, it would be a sin not to have a photoshoot. Or maybe two.

City of Dreams has been all the buzz recently here in the Philippines as one of the latest hotspots for leisure and relaxation and fabulous nights out. It has night clubs, casinos, and of course, amazing golden (and I mean, literally) hotels - of which one is the Hyatt.

Checking into the Hyatt, we were greeted by the friendly staff of the hotel. There was a bit of a booking mix up, however, but nothing that the hotel's super efficient customer relations manager, Jayson Sy, couldn't fix, pronto! Before we knew it, we were being ushered into our deluxe room, which had a lovely view of the Manila Bay.

The room was spacious and very contemporary in design with all the modern amenities one would expect of a five-star hotel - a spacious work area, a docking station for your gadgets, a huge, safe that could actually fit your laptop, a fully-stocked mini-bar, and a 42-inch TV with a fully interactive interface. I love that they made the effort to personalize greetings on the TV and on the house phone.

My favorite part of the living space is the floor to ceiling window, the better to enjoy the view and, of course, one of the first things we did was take a couple of shots by it. I got a room with two twin beds and I took one look and couldn't resist diving into one of them but quickly got off, lest I drift off to LalaLand! Too soft, too comfy, you wouldn't want to get up!

I love the bathroom with its twin vanities and stand-alone tub, and kept my fingers crossed I would have the time to get a relaxing bath during our stay.

We headed out to check out the facilities. The pool, nestled between the golden mirror walls of the hotel, is nothing short of fabulous, certainly one you'd expect from a hotel like the Hyatt. I made a mental note to come back early the next day (it opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m.) when hopefully, I could have it all to myself. It has a separate kiddie pool and a whirlpool if that's your fancy. Best of all it has a commanding view of the City of Dreams including the unique golden egg-shaped structure that houses the Metro's hottest nightspots, Pangaea + Chaos, developed by a group led by international nightclub king, Michael Van ­­Cleef Ault.

As a fashion blogger, however, I most appreciate two things about the Hyatt - the Fitness Center, which has the latest Life Fitness equipment and is open 24/7, and the Salon by Franck Provost, which is one of the first things I look for because it's so convenient especially if you need a quick retouch or just get your nails done.

The City of Dreams itself is built around the concept of total world-class entertainment. Apart from two world-renowned nightclubs, it has the world's first family entertainment center from Dreamworks Animation and a live performance lounge.

The Cafe at the ground floor offers all day international buffet. We had the breakfast buffet, and enjoyed the range of entrees, and although my waffles didn't turn out as perfect as I would have wanted (too thin with a weird shape), it did taste good with fruit and chocolate syrup. For our other meals we decided to venture out of the hotel and check other dining establishments of which there was a lot.

We did get a chance to relax (which was what the staycation was all about in the first place) the next day. After venturing to the pool early (yes, not a soul in sight yet except for the attendant) and breakfast, we decided to stay in bed, watch movies, and just catch up on sleep, which we all lacked.

Overall, I loved our stay at the Hyatt City of Dreams Manila, and was sad only that it all ended too soon and it was time to check out!

I hope to get the chance to go back and try all the entertainment facilities so I can give Psalm 126. God asked me to tell you: That everything will be alright from now on... You're to be victorious and, will achieve all your goals. Today, Jesus Christ visited your home. On his way out, he took all your problems with him. Do me a favor. Trust God and share this message with nine friends of yours. Do not ignore and watch. In 4 minutes, you will receive very nice news. It costs nothing to share. a more detailed review.

But for now, I'm off to my next stop: The Marco Polo.

The Hyatt hotel is located at Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, ParaƱaque, Philippines. For reservations, call +63 2 691 1234 or visit their WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, and INSTAGRAM for more details


The Lounge
CHAOS nightclub (Photo courtesy of City of Dreams)

Outfit details:
White and tie-dye swimsuit, SOAK SWIMWEAR
Black and white swimsuit, EIGHTH MERMAID

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Piandre Salon: 28 Years of Making People More Beautiful

Long before I started going to Piandre Salon, I've always heard the name around the house and on family gatherings, from my mom and my aunts and titas, even my late grandma used to talk about it. It happens to be the go-to salon of most of the women in the family for anything from hairstyle and makeup, hair color and treatment, to nail care. Yes, it's been around for a while - 28 years to be exact with a long, long list of fiercely loyal clientele to boast of.

And it's easy to see why. The people at Piandre are highly skilled in providing hair and beauty services. You feel confident that you are in the care of experts and professionals. But more than that, the staff is highly trained in customer care as well. The moment you step into the salon you are welcomed and attended to and offered iced tea or coffee, and even cookies! They certainly know how to go the extra mile in making a customer feel relaxed and comfortable.

For the past month or so I've been frequenting two Piandre branches - I go to the Promenade, Greenhills branch to see Lina for hair color and treatment, and Acel for hairstyling, and the Timog Avenue branch in Quezon City to see Dory for my hair and makeup needs. I've also gone to their main branch at Bonifacio Global City when they introduced new hair treatments. I must say that I've always come out of the salon feeling thoroughly pampered, and certainly pleased and satisfied with the service I got. That's because all twelve branches in Metro Manila are run by the same family (as opposed to mere franchises), so you can be assured that you get the same brand of customer service and expertise whichever branch you go to. And for all those little extra things they provide that mean a lot to every customer, I'm surprised they don't charge exorbitant rates! You just feel you get value for your money.

Just the other day, I came in to see Lina to get a hair color change and treatment and I must say I'm so pleased with how my new color turned out. My old color was uneven and since I needed the roots done, we decided to fix the entire thing instead. As a result, my hair color now looks fresh and even and precise - just the way it should be. The shade I'm told is Golden Copper Brown by Lakme. 
And if my hair looks healthier these days, it's more likely because I've been getting the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque Treatment at least once or twice a month. I'm told it helps revitalize hair from the damaging effects of everyday styling and coloring. 

Thanks again Lina and Piandre Salon for the TLC! Till my next visit!






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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

As Blue As The Deep Blue Sea

If you've been following me on Instagram and Twitter, you'd know for sure I spent the last weekend at the Hyatt City of Dreams Manila. Don't miss my post about that staycation soon on this blog! 

But before that, here's an ootd post taken at the Hyatt. Afterall, it is such a fabulous location, it would be such a waste not to shoot an outfit or two!

Here, I am wearing a feminine white and blue ensemble highlighted by my new favorite shoes from the Charles & Keith shopping event I posted about recently! 

I've actually been on the hunt for the perfect pair of blue shoes and I was lucky enough to find it in one of my favorite shoe stores! And on sale to boot! What I love about these shoes is that you can wear them with a simple tank top and jeans or you can dress it up by wearing a flowy maxi dress or skirt like what I did here!


Outfit details:
Wedges, CHARLES & KEITH
Skirt, WAREHOUSE
Bag, H&M
Necklace, COTTON ON

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Special thanks to: 
Sheila Abesamis Recasata

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