Road Trip: De-stressing in H2O Hotel’s Aqua Room

23 January 2012


Road Trip: De-stressing in H2O Hotel’s Aqua Room


I have been working in a very stressful industry for almost ten years. It is but imperative that I get to de-stress every once in a while, preferably at least once every month — but due to my work-and-personal-life hectic sched, I only get to do it at least once every quarter. Booooo.


Water apparently, per studies, has several de-stressing-related benefits. Fish (yes, in water) is better. Both effectively calm the mind and soothe the soul. Aquariums, according to studies, also have a number of benefits which go way beyond just the beauty and aesthetic appeal. Several doctors, based in and out of the country, have advocated aquariums for the therapeutic benefits they offer. Aquarium creates excitement which flares imagination and aids in overcoming depression and anxiety. The colors and movement of life in an aquarium mesmerize anyone who witnesses its beauty. Aquariums have long been known to reduce stress and enhance the mood of anyone in its presence. Some health articles indicate that beautiful fish tank also works wonders for lowering blood pressure!


Off to look for a big fish tank. Off to overcome stress and possibly lower my blood pressure (which to date is being maintained by Losartan!). I was estatic when I heard about H2O hotel and its exclusive aqua rooms. This aqua venue would probably be my ultimate de-stress place. Time to book a room.


But booking an aqua room proved to be a challenge (stressful again). I had to reserve at least three weeks in advance, as most of the aqua rooms were fully booked!


The room was worth the wait. I do hope the pictures below speak for themselves.


H2O hotel is an aqua-themed hotel located in the heart of Manila. It is located in the same complex as Manila Ocean Park’s.


My first H2O stay was during the Christmas season. The lobby was elegantly decorated with a big Christmas tree. While waiting for available rooms, guests waiting at the lobby would watch Manila Ocean Park’s guests (mostly children enjoying their field trips) lining downstairs to the Oceanarium. Read my first Manila Ocean Park visit here.

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Food Trip: Private Dining at Chef Tatung’s Private Kitchen

31 December 2011


Food Trip: Private Dining at Chef Tatung’s Private Kitchen


Chef Tatung is a private dining restaurant located in a residential area in Quezon City. It boasts of intimate dining experience in a very cozy home setting.


I chose this private restaurant as the venue of our mini college get-together one rainy afternoon in December. I have made reservations several weeks in advance for our party of 5 girls. Reservations had to be done early as walk-ins are not accommodated. Chef Tatung’s is a private kitchen, a restaurant set up in Chef Myke Sarthou’s own house and garden.


Restaurant guests have the option to stay at one of two areas of the restaurant, either inside the house for a homey atmosphere or stay outside the garden. We opted inside as it was gently raining at our time of visit.

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