The Top 5 Hotels in the Philippines that Offer the Best Buffet

Bon Appetit

Whether you’re a Pinoy planning a Christmas “Staycation” somewhere local or a foreigner in search of exotic and beautiful things, staying in a hotel is a must. Not only would you get to sleep in a nice and comfortable hotel mattress, but you’ll also enjoy some of the most delicious and unique dishes you’ll ever feast your eyes on! In case you still haven’t made any reservations yet, might we suggest these five establishments?

EDSA Shangri-La

EDSA Shangri-La Hotel (Metro Manila)

Shangri-La’s quintessential ambience combined with its lush tropical gardens make it something of a tranquil sanctuary at the heart of busy Metro Manila. As one of the best and most luxurious hotel in the city, it plays host to some of the finest restaurants you’ll ever visit.

One of these is HEAT, which is located at the Lobby Level in the Tower Wing. This establishment features one-of-a-kind “open-theater” buffet stations and kitchens, with a vast array of culinary masterpieces made every minute for your convenience and pleasure. Combine all these with the hotel’s resort-like environment and you’re guaranteed to have a relaxing feast.

Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

Fairmont Hotels and Resorts (Makati)

Fairmont Makati offers a wide range of Filipino dishes at its best, and Spectrum is its most popular restaurant. This venue features modern aesthetics and clean surroundings, giving guests a harmonious dining experience. Other than local favorites, their specialty includes dishes enjoyed by other countries like India, China, and Middle Eastern and European states, each cooked to perfection using fresh and healthy ingredients. They also have an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs work on your meal!

Crowne Plaza (Pasig)

Crowne Plaza Hotel (Pasig)

While most buffet restaurants focus on the variety of their dishes, there are some who’d rather focus on the quality of the food more than its quantity. Seven Corners excels on both! Now’s that’s a restaurant that you could call “A Foodie’s Dream Come True”.

Located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pasig, this top-notch restaurant is most notable for its grill station. Just one bite of their world-renowned steak and you’ll be coming back gasping for more! Aside from this, the establishment also has a sushi and sashimi station, a pasta and pizza station, and many other arrays of oriental and occidental food.

The Peacock Garden

The Peacock Garden (Bohol)

A family-owned boutique hotel in Bohol, this is a place where East meets West. The establishment has the best qualities of European styles combined with the hospitality inherent to every Filipino. Make reservations here and you’re sure to get the best breakfast buffet in the country! Old Heidelberg Restaurant features a menu that includes homemade bread, fresh salads, European delicacies like Veal Sausage in Onion Sauce and Vienna Schnitzel, and their signature Piñakwan fruit shake.

The Marco Polo

The Marco Polo (Davao)

Marco Polo Davao offers some of the best amenities and most elegant rooms you can ask for in any hotel. On top of their excellent service services are their irresistible restaurant choices. Your stay wouldn’t be complete without a taste of their culinary masterpieces, all of which are available at the Lobby Lounge, Eagles bar, Café Marco, and other establishments. Café Marco, in particular, features a series of delicious dishes on their buffet menu, which includes Philippine cuisine as well as those from foreign countries.

If you have a soul for adventure and a stomach for delectable delicacies, then these hotels should be at the top of your list for your next vacation ventures. So what are you waiting for? Start making your reservations now!

9 of the Scariest Doctors to Hit the Silver Screen

Dr. Herbert West

You’ll find a lot of doctors in the movies. And while a lot of them do know their remedies and can be very pleasant and lovable like Dr. Doolitle and Carisle Cullen, others exist simply to turn your worst nightmare into reality.

Today, we’ve come up with a list of psychopaths, serial killers, and mad scientists who’d prefer to see their patients lying lifeless in the morgue rather than on a hospital bed at the recovery room. What’s the one thing they have in common other than their evil nature? They all hold a Ph.D.

Day of the Dead

Dr. Matthew Logan (Day of the Dead)

Doc Frankenstein, as he was called by his peers, has a disturbing affinity with zombies, as can be seen in the 1985 film Day of the Dead. His surgeries and research on the undead angered the base commander so much that he was killed for it; he was caught feeding the zombies with the flesh of recently-killed soldiers as a reward for their good behavior.

Dr. Giggles

Dr. Evan Rendell Jr (Dr. Giggles)

Called Dr. Giggles for his creepy laugh, seven year old Evan Jr. and his father have a knack of ripping out their patients’ hearts out of their bodies in an attempt to revive his dead mother via transplant. Though the father was killed by a lynch mob, Evan Jr. managed to escape, causing havoc on the town of Moorehigh 35 years later.

Island of Lost Souls

Dr. Moreau (Island of Lost Souls)

This is the doctor you’d want to visit in case you’re planning on becoming a human-animal hybrid. There are only two catches: first is that you have to regularly take a drug in order for your animal side to not take over. Second is that you are inserted with a special implant that induces pain at the click of a remote button. Thanks but no thanks.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Dr. Frank N. Furter (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

A self-proclaimed “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania” who claims to have discovered the “secret to life itself,” Frank is responsible for bringing Rocky Horror to life. He’s extremely possessive of his creation, and would hurt or kill anyone who gets close to him. He’s also a proven sadist, seducing newly engaged couple Brad and Janet separately (and cross-dressing for each nightly visit).

Altered States

Dr. Eddie Jessup (Altered States)

This psychologist believes that “our other states of consciousness are as real as our waking states.” His experiments went out of control upon returning home with tincture after visiting a local tribe to Mexico. He devolved physically and biologically, becoming feral and unusually small-statured. Only through his wife Emily’s intervention was he able to recover his senses.

Re-Animator

Herbert West (Re-Animator)

Though not technically a doctor, Herbert West managed to do the one thing all medical experts can’t: he brought the dead back to life. However, his achievement resulted in a number of horrible side-effects. West himself admits that he may have given the re-animated Dr. Hans Gruber a dose too large for anyone to handle.

Frankenstein's Monster

Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein)

Many mad scientists begin innocently enough, and Victor Frankenstein is no exception. Equipped with a large amount of curiosity and having witnessed the death of his mother, Victor vowed that he would find the cure for death. His exploits in the university led to his creation of the monster who tormented him until he and everyone he loved was dead.

Dr. Josef Heiter

Dr. Josef Heiter (The Human Centipede)

German Doc Heiter always wanted to have the perfect pet in the form of – gasp! – a centipede. He once tried to “make” one out of dogs, but this experiment failed. He created his masterpiece by drugging and detaining three tourists, two Americans and one Japanese, turning them into a human centipede and even attempting to train his demented creation.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter

Dr. Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)

Born in a noble family, Hannibal witnessed the murder and cannibalization of his sister during World War II, forever damaging his psyche. He survived the ordeal, studied in France, exacted vengeance on his sister’s killers and went on to become a brilliant doctor and culinary artist in the United States. Can you guess what he used for meat?

Visiting the doctor is the first thing you do whenever you’re feeling ill; we’re simply hardwired to do that. However, these guys won’t do us any good. Thankfully, they only exist in the fictional world – and in our nightmares.

“Purrrfect!” 5 Pet-Friendly Hotels for Animal Lovers

Hotels with Pets

Most hotel establishments don’t allow guests to bring their pets, and with good reason. Animals are generally messy, and when left on their own, they can tear the foam, stuffing, and polyurethane foam out of every single furniture known to man. You can’t blame the hotels for not wanting their hotel mattresses suffer that fate, right? Besides, nobody wants their bill to double just because their pet needed a chew toy the size of a couch.

But if you can’t leave your pet at home and there’s nobody available to babysit? How will you be able to go on your vacation venture now? No worries. If your furry buddy is well-trained and properly groomed, there are some really hospitable hotels that will gladly house them. Let’s check out five of these establishments.

Cute Husky Puppies

Kimpton Hotels

This establishment not only allows you to bring your pets, but they also provide amenities especially created for them! Each of the guests’ furry companions is welcomed by name; sometimes the Director of Pet Relations would personally greet you and your pet! Isn’t that just neat?

There are also restaurants, parlors, and boutiques where they can enjoy many goodies. Heck, there’s even a nightly complementary wine reception where the guests’ pets are also invited! For the animal lover, the best thing about the Kimpton Hotels is that they allows all types of pets (dogs, cats, fishes, birds, reptiles), and you can bring as many as you can handle for no extra charge!

Cute Cat

Mandarin Oriental Hotels

Another Hos-PET-able hotel franchise that might suit yours and your pet’s interests is the Mandarin Oriental Hotels. Located at many serious around the world, Tthis luxurious, Asian-inspired establishment extends its welcome to your animal companions, usually giving them a gilded fan-shaped Mandarin Oriental tag. The only thing you need to consider is its fees and pet weight limits, which can vary from one branch to another.

Cat and Dog

Ritz-Carlton Hotels

While not all of their hotels entertain their guest’s pets, Ritz-Carlton nevertheless offers some of the best pet-friendly amenities anyone could ask for. These services range from special packages with beds, hikes, and toys, to other treats which includes animal spas, massages and therapies. Usually, the hotel charges a non-refundable pet fee at about 125 to 250 USD. Since not all their hotels welcome pets, it’s best to call the management first before making reservations.

Maru Cat

Loews Hotels

Loews welcomes your fury buddies with a pet bowl, name tag, and lots of other awesome delights. Aside from these, the establishments also have qualified staffs who can take your pets out for a walk, give them spa treatments, and babysit them if you’re on a busy schedule. Additionally, Loews Hotels have partnered with Banfield Pet Hospital, giving your pets a complementary medical examination and 15% discount on their other services. What’s most awesome though is the fact that the hotel charges a low pet fee of 25$.

Cute Puppies

W Hotels

This establishment is renowned for their W beds, designed specifically to make sure that your pets sleep comfortably during your stay. Their welcome amenity package includes pet tags, treats, waste disposal bags, and a letter with information about their other services. They charge a pet fee of $25, with an additional non-refundable $100 for cleaning services.

Your precious pet will surely miss you on your vacations, but these hotel establishments have made a way to let them experience “the suite life” as well. Book one of these hotels for your next adventure and share your experience with us on the comment section below. We’d love to hear your stories!

Hotel Etiquette: The 5 DON’TS when Staying at a Hotel

Oh No You Di-in't

During your stay at a hotel, you’ll probably meet a lot of unpleasant people who are utterly devoid of hotel etiquette. But just because they lack manners doesn’t mean you can act like them as well. That won’t may your stay any more enjoyable, and if you piss off any of the guests or staff, you probably won’t be welcomed the next time you visit.

So just lie down on your comfortable hotel mattress, take a deep breath, and be as behaved as you can be. Besides, it’s good to be polite and mannered, even if the people around you aren’t. For you own reminder, here are five definite DON’TS whenever you’re inside a hotel.

Kristen Bell

Do Not Smoke Like a Chimney

Smoking cigarettes are strictly regulated in most hotels. While some establishments ban it altogether, others provide an area where you can have a few puffs. So if you’re an avid fan of tobacco, make sure that the place that’ll host you can give you that amenity. Otherwise, you’d better keep that pack of cigarettes in a deep pocket in your luggage, not reaching for it unless you’re outside.

Frozen

Do Not Be a Monster at the Buffet Area

We first discussed the Buffet B-Hole in our previous post entitled, “Nasty Hotel Guests Every Traveler Wants to Avoid”. He’s the guy who eats like there’s no tomorrow. Keeping your manners in the buffet area is extremely important. Don’t be like that guy who acts like a black hole with legs, sucking every food it sets its sight on and pushing anyone in the way. Besides, there’s plenty for everybody; no need to get seriously competitive over a single slice of bread.

Wagging Finger

Do Not Leave your Children Unattended

No good parent would allow their kids to wander off around the hotel while they’re “doing important work”. So if you’re a responsible dad or mom, then make sure that your children never leave your sight—ever! On occasions where you need to be somewhere else, you should at least have someone trustworthy to watch over them. Don’t worry about their activities; the hotel probably has a lot of treats made especially for kids, more than they can handle in a lifetime.

Elf

Do Not Smuggle Pets in your Room

Everyone wants their pets with them on their hotel stay. Sadly though, most establishments don’t have room for our furry buddies (unless the owner is a weirdo who harbors a farmyard of animals like that proprietor in Babe: Pig in the City). That being said, don’t attempt to smuggle your pet into hotels; you’ll get caught one way or another and just get into unwanted trouble. Besides, your hotel stay won’t be too fun or relaxing if you have to clean up after your pet’s mess.

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Do Not Turn your Room into a Nightclub

Many guests complain of having noisy neighbors. These guys have many ways of disturbing your sleep, intentionally or otherwise. The worst way you can respond is by making as much sound as them, if not more. That won’t shut these annoying neighbors up; in fact, it would get you both kicked out by the management. Keep you cool, put on your favorite headset and calm your nerves by listening to some Sigur Rós. Personally, we like to recommend Góðan Daginn.

Being a behaved hotel guest is a reward in itself, but if the management notices your excellent etiquette, you might receive some VIP treatment on the side. Now who wouldn’t want that?

The 7 Types of Office Chairs – and what they’re made for

Office Chairs

Office chairs aren’t just your everyday furniture lined with polyurethane foam. They’re particularly designed to promote excellent posture while providing great comfort. Now there are many types of office chairs available in the market these days, each of which are made for a specific function in a workplace. So in case you’re planning on adding a few extra seats in your office or even at your home, keep in mind that you have various choices. Let’s check out some of them now.

Conference Chairs

Conference Chairs

Also called the boardroom chair, this design is perfect for meetings as its best for relaxing positions. Since meetings are centered on talking and listening more than actual legwork, a consistently comfortable sitting position is of utmost importance, and this is exactly what you’ll get from conference chairs. On the other hand, they’re not mobile and adjustable, although some designs do have built-in wheels.

In addition, if you want your company’s conferences to be as comprehensible as it is comfortable, you might want to apply our previous post’s tips on how to reduce noise in the meeting room.

Ergonomic Chair

Ergonomic Chairs

If you’re looking for furniture that would be friendly on your back, then the ergonomic chair is perfect for you! This seat is ideal for those who suffer from back pain or spine problems because it’s specifically designed to give maximum back support. It’s also good for prolonged sitting, with adjustable heights, armrests, and headrests to help you maintain the right posture as you work in the office.

Executive Chair

Executive Chairs

Executive chairs have casters and wheels which can rotate at all directions. They feature a high backrest, lined with thick layers of polyurethane foam and soft material often in the form of leather. Not only is there padding on the armrest, but you can also adjust the backrest according to your preference These chairs tend to be more expensive due to their one-of-a-kind features. As such, it’s often used by the companies’ top executives – hence the name.

Guest Chairs

Guest Chairs

You also need to provide seats for visitors in the workplace, and that’s where guest chairs enter the scene. Though not mobile, flexible and adjustable, this type of office chair makes a comfortable seat nonetheless. It’s usually made of plastic or wood, and it comes in various colors and design. Some companies tend to have their guest chairs custom-made so as to complement or reflect whatever products or services they offer. Such chairs are often placed next to a desk or in the reception area.

Mesh Chairs

Mesh Chairs

Unlike other office chairs lined with foam and leather, mesh chairs are lined with a net-like fabric that gives them good air circulation. This feature, coupled with its cushioned seats, allows you to sit at your desk without feeling hot and sweaty.  It’s popular in the workplace because it gives ventilation, something other designs can’t provide. Aside from office use, you can also enjoy this chair in front of the computer desk at your own home.

Stacking Chairs

Stacking Chairs

Made for easy storage, stacking chairs comes in many colors and designs. Since it’s an amazing space saver, you’ll most likely find this type of chair in crowded rooms such as cafeterias. You might even find a dozen of ‘em in meeting rooms for the purpose of accommodating extra attendees. Though it has no wheels, the stacking chair is mobile due to being lightweight.

Task Chair

Task Chairs

Last but not the least are task chairs. As the most popular office chair, this type has a basic design, with casters and wheels for mobility and a rotating mechanism that allows you to swivel as you please. It’s also lined with foam to give it significant comfort level. To assure your convenience, its creators have made the height easily adjustable. And on top of all these features, task chairs come in reasonable prices.

These are the chairs most commonly found in the workplace. Much like the employees that make companies strong, they each have different functions. The featured designs provide different levels of comfort, but you should be just fine as long as you keep a straight posture.

The 4 Types of Acoustic Foam – and what they’re made for

Acoustic Foam

Whenever you’re planning to soundproof a room or make your own personalized music studio, one of the first things that should come to mind is acoustic foam. Inexpensive and easy to install, it can definitely reduce noise inside any rom. But did you know that not all acoustic foams are same? You’d better believe it! There are at least four different types of foams used for soundproofing, each of them with varying shapes and noise-reducing capabilities. Let’s take a look at each of them:

Smooth Acoustic Foam

When it comes to sound, smooth surfaces make a very bad medium. That’s because it tends to reflect sound waves rather than absorb it. You don’t want noise bouncing around your music studio, that’s a promise. Obviously, this is the least useful acoustic foam when it comes to sound control.

The best you can do with it when soundproofing a room is to place it around the walls and ceilings as a foundation layer, then add it with its more shapely counterparts. On the other hand, smooth foams are easy to install and even easier to roll up and store whenever not needed.

Egg Crate Acoustic Foam

Also called the pyramid acoustic foam, it’s the perfect soundproofing padding you can have for music studios and quiet rooms. The base sheet has a protruding four-sided pyramid, which are mainly responsible for absorbing sound. It reflects noise waves less, directing it in different directions.

Take note, though, that the sound reflection rate may rise depending on the direction of the horizontal or vertical grove. The egg crate acoustic foam is so effective in reducing noise that it’s even used for many firearm shooting ranges (some establishments use the foam with actual paper egg crates, which can also hold out on its own).

Wedge Acoustic Foam

Because of its cool, spikey look, wedge acoustic foam is something that you might want to add to your room simply for decorative purposes. Believe it or not, these wedges are actually good at absorbing unwanted sound, although its effectivity is limited to the direction it’s facing. To maximize its potential, install the acoustic foam perpendicularly to the expected propagation of the sound waves. In other words, the wedges must be pointing vertically if the sound waves are horizontal and horizontally if it’s vertical.

Combination Acoustic Foam

We’ve already proven that smooth, wedge, and egg-crate acoustic foams have underlying advantages and disadvantages. The best way to maximize their strengths and minimize its weaknesses is to use a little bit of each. That’s where combination or diffuse acoustic foams enter the scene! This type of noise-reducing foam has irregular and asymmetric shapes, with no definite directions. It also features a lot of curves on its surface.

This combination of the three other acoustic foam types as well as various changes in its overall shape makes it very versatile in absorbing and reflecting sound waves. Its effectiveness and efficiency is such that it can reduce noise in large rooms like theaters and professional music and recording studios.

“Work that Polyurethane!” The Various Uses of PU Foam

Sofa Bed

You may not be aware of it, but a lot of the things you can find in your home, especially the living room, are loaded with polyurethane foam. Whether used for conventional means or for artistically unorthodox purposes, you have to admit that these polyurethane products do their job well in making your life as comfortable as possible. It’s soft, lightweight, and easy to cut to fit anywhere you like. Let’s take a look at how PU foams are utilized in our everyday lives.

Furniture

Imagine what it would be like if your bed mattress was stuffed with rocks instead of polyurethane foam. Or try relaxing in a sofa that has nails for cushion. Sure, you can find other stuffing to soften your furniture like feathers and cotton, but that would mean catching a lot of birds all day long! Polyurethane is the best material for making beds, pillows, sofas, and other furniture.

Automobile

Your car seats, head rests, arm rests, dashboard, and roof lining won’t look and feel as friendly without polyurethane foam. You’d be amazed at the manufacturing process itself. There’s a mold for every seat model, which has a closeable “clamshell” shape so the cushion can be quickly cast. The final product is then removed from the mold and upholstered.

Home and Office Interior and Decoration

Polyurethane foams are used for insulation purposes in countless houses and offices around the world. One particular structure, the futuristic Xanadu House, is built entirely out of the stuff! Since the material is easy to mold and cut, it’s perfect for creating odd shapes, statues and other ornaments that would give any room a striking statement.

Sports Apparel

You’d have a hard time practicing your boxing moves if the gear you’re wearing and the equipment you’re using are without polyurethane foam. The material acts as a cushion that minimizes impact, making your sparring sessions more fun and less painful. Aside from boxing, PU foams are also used in various equipment in the gym, as well as other essential gears in many other sports.

Sound Management

Acoustic foam is made from combining polyurethane foam and melamine. Its composition and molded shapes allows it to absorb sound and reduce noise. Lightweight and easy to cut, it can be placed on the walls and ceilings of the rooms that are to be transformed into a conference hall or a recording studio. Lots of offices, warehouses, factories, and theaters are lined with the foam for maximized utilization.

Others

Polyurethane foam have other applications, albeit unconventional. It can come in a liquid form, which could be sprayed on residential and commercial properties for insulation and other purposes. It can also be used to create works of art, which you could set as a centerpiece in your home or sell it to the highest bidder. PU Foam is one of the most versatile products you can find, and its uses can stretch as far as your imagination can reach.

Nasty Hotel Guests Every Traveler Wants to Avoid

Ted While it’s important for you to practice proper etiquette when staying at a hotel, a lot of hotel guests seemed to have missed the memo. You’re really lucky if you’re forewarned about these guys before you check in to a hotel room; that way, you can request a different room so you can better enjoy that cozy hotel mattress you desperately need. The following people are some of the worst hotel guests you’ll ever cross paths with.

The Aspiring Diva

You’ll meet at least three types of noisy hotel room neighbors in this lifetime and The Diva is one of them; we’ll talk about the other two shortly. This guest uses his or her hotel room like it’s a recording studio. Some of them really have great voices, with enough intensity to make the window glass of your room vibrate. It would have been understandable if The Aspiring Diva is gifted by an angelic voice. Sadly, a majority of them won’t even make it pass the first round of American Idol.

Mr. Surround Sound

This noisy neighbor likes his room really loud. It’s as if they’d brought along their own speakers and amplifiers! The noise coming out of their room is enough to rock the floor, if not the hotel establishment itself. There are even times when Mr. Surround Sound teams up with The Diva, and the next thing you know your head is already spinning right round, right round! Staying near their room would definitely ensure you restless nights.

The Guest-who’s-Angry-with-the-Room

Have you ever experienced being woken up by that annoying banging on your walls? Your room is probably right next to this unpleasant hotel guest. Whether he’s using the wall for boxing practice or doing something else unmentionable, he’s really doing a great job of ruining your hotel experience. Sometimes, you’ll even hear their voices, which is like the cherry on the top of a very bitter sundae.

The Buffet B-Hole

Sooner or later, you’ll encounter a B-hole in the buffet area of the hotel. He or she’s the person who likes to gorge on all the food set on the table, grabbing everything within reach. He’s practically a black hole with legs (hence, the term B-Hole)! It would have been okay since there’s plenty for everybody and more coming, but this guy can get really aggressive. He or she will push everybody out of their way just to get that one particularly tasty dish; they love being first. And the way they eat is enough to make you hurl, that’s a promise.

The Catapult Guy

No, he doesn’t have a catapult in his hotel room. Even if he does, it’s not pointed at your direction, so don’t worry ‘bout it. However, the catapult guy loves to throw things. Usually, he hurls stuff outside the windows just to see how far he or she can throw it. You might even find watching them entertaining until someone mistakes you for the thrower and starts shouting obscenities at you.