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Alvinology goes to Resorts World Manila – Day 4 of 4

By alvinology, January 30, 2012 2:03 pm

On my fourth and last day at Resorts World Manila (RWM), check-out was at 12.30pm. Our flight back to Singapore via Philippines Airline was scheduled at 3.10pm.

I had a very good night sleep in the luxurious Maxims Suite. When it was time to leave, I almost could not get myself out of bed.

Saying goodbye to my room at Maxims

Saying goodbye to my room at Maxims

The gorgeous bathroom which I didn't mess up

The gorgeous bathroom which I didn't mess up

Catherine and I met at 11am to explore Maxims Towers and try out one of the restaurants in the mall. We settled on Stackers Burger Cafe. A set meal cost here around the same as what a Burger King set meal would cost in Singapore.

We checked out Newport Cinemas too. I regretted not catching a movie there during my stay.

I bought some traditional Ensaymadas back to share with my family. This is a kind of pinoy cheese bun that has it origin from Ensaïmada, a pastry product from Majorca, Spain, made with strong flour, water, sugar, eggs, mother dough and a kind of reduced pork lard named saïm.

Getting to the airport was pretty easy and quick with the RWM free shuttle bus transfer. Before I knew it, I was on a plane back to Singapore.

Newport Cinema

Newport Cinemas @ Resort World Manila

Photo wall

Photo wall

Stackers Burger Cafe

Stackers Burger Cafe

The menu

The menu

Fries

Fries

My Pinoy Chili Burger

My Pinoy Chili Burger

Catherine's order

Catherine's order

Ensaymadas (Pinoy cheese buns)

Ensaymadas (Pinoy cheese buns)

Bought some back for my family

Bought some back for my family

These four dudes bought matching tees at SM Mall of Asia

These four dudes bought matching tees at SM Mall of Asia

Luggage all stacked and ready to go

Luggage all stacked and ready to go

The last thing I ate before boarding the plane - ended up buying another dozen of these for my family

The last thing I ate before boarding the plane - ended up buying another dozen of these for my family

This post rounds up my 4D3N trip to RWM. I hope you enjoy reading the blog posts. If you are keen to visit RWM and would like to find out more, do check out their official website for room rates and other updated details. :)

Alvinology goes to Resorts World Manila – Day 3 of 4

By alvinology, January 27, 2012 10:15 am

On my third day in Resorts World Manila (RWM), we checked out early from Remington Hotel and shifted to Maxims Hotel.

I could not wait to move into the suite at Maxims. Once I have checked in, I spend over an hour lazing around in the room, busking in the comfort of the cosy sheets and exquisite bathroom.

As there’s free Wi-Fi, I promptly set up my workstation and replied a few work emails while chatting with my wife online.

I intended to take a short nap initially, but I got so carried away exploring and enjoying the suite that it was already lunch time by the time I wanted to lie down to sleep.

The beautiful bedroom - it's a pity I am staying here alone

The beautiful bedroom - it's a pity I am staying here alone

Bedside cabinet with a iPod holder, the switches to all the lights in the room

Bedside cabinet with a iPod holder, the switches to all the lights in the room

Dining area

Dining area

Wardrobe with iron, ironing board, safe box, bathrobes, basically everything one needs

Wardrobe with iron, ironing board, safe box, bathrobes, basically everything one needs

The majestic bathroom

The majestic bathroom

Full set of toiletries

Full set of toiletries

Work table

Work table

I promptly set up the my workstation, excited with the free Internet access

I promptly set up the my workstation, excited with the free Internet access

View from my room

View from my room

Lunch was an international buffet hosted at the Genting Club. It was a casual affair with everyone busy mingling and getting to know each other.

As we will be headed out for the rest of the day, I did not ate much for lunch as I wanted to save some stomach space to try some regular pinoy food.

Small starters

Small starters

Lemon fish on skewer

Lemon fish on skewer

Chicken dish

Chicken dish

Assorted vegetable

Assorted vegetable

My lunch

My lunch

After lunch, we set off on a city tour for sight-seeing in the earlier part of the day and shopping in the evening.

Our first stop was at the historic Rizal Park, where the remains of the country’s national hero, Dr José Rizal lies within the cornerstone of Rizal Monument. Considered one of the largest park in Southeast Asia, it has an area of 58 hectares which runs from Taft Avenue up to the walls of Manila Bay.

Since the Spanish Colonial Era, the park has been a favorite spot for unwinding, socializing, an urban oasis for family picnics on Sundays and holidays. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Manila.

Rizal Park has been the site of some of the most significant moments in Philippine history. The execution of pacifist Dr José Rizal on December 30, 1896, sparked the fire of the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish colonizers, elevating the martyr as the national hero of the country. The Declaration of Philippine Independence from American rule was held here on July 4, 1946 as well as the political rallies of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino in 1986 that led to the EDSA Revolution deposing the dictator.

José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda (June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896, Bagumbayan), was a Filipino polymath, patriot and the most prominent advocate for reform in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era.

As a political figure, José Rizal was a proponent of achieving Philippine self-government peacefully through institutional reform rather than through violent revolution, although he would support “violent means” as a last resort. Rizal believed that the only justification for national liberation and self-government is the restoration of the dignity of the people, saying “Why independence, if the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow?” (I love this quote) The general consensus among Rizal scholars is that his execution by the Spanish helped to bring about the Philippine Revolution.

Rizal Monument

Rizal Monument

Another picture

Another picture

Rows of flags

Rows of flags

Me in front of the Rizal Monument

Me in front of the Rizal Monument

Guards on duty

Guards on duty

Next, we visited San Agustin Church, a Roman Catholic church under the auspices of The Order of St. Augustine, located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila. Completed in 1607, it is the oldest church still standing in the Philippines. It is also the oldest structure in the Philippines as no other surviving building in the Philippines has been claimed to pre-date San Agustin Church.

There were two consecutive wedding taking place when we arrived and we got to soak into the atmosphere. We then did a quick tour of a museum housing religious and secular art, located within the church premises.

San Agustin Church

San Agustin Church

The connected adjacent museum

The connected adjacent museum

Guard at an opposite photo studio

Guard at an opposite photo studio

The church was adorned with flying confetti when we arrived

The church was adorned with flying confetti when we arrived

The first couple

The first couple

As one couple leaves, another bride arrives

As one couple leaves, another bride arrives

The wedding in process

The wedding in process

The radiant bride slowly making her way in

The radiant bride slowly making her way in

Bride walking towards the centre of the church

Bride walking towards the centre of the church

A holy female figurine on the left

A holy female figurine on the left

A holy male figure on the right

A holy male figure on the right

Oil painting outside the museum

Oil painting outside the museum

Large antique bell at the museum entrance

Large antique bell at the museum entrance

Miniature model of the church compound

Miniature model of the church compound

Tombstones

Tombstones

One of the exhibition rooms

One of the exhibition rooms

Rows of religious artifacts

Rows of religious artifacts

Crucifix artifacts

Crucifix artifacts

Another exhibition room

Another exhibition room

Large paintings like this line the wall of the museum

Large paintings like this line the wall of the museum

Large religious artifacts along the corridor

Large religious artifacts along the corridor

God and Jesus on a cross

God and Jesus on a cross

Baby angels

Baby angels

Baby Jesus

Baby Jesus

Black Christ

Black Christ

Walking down the corridor

Walking down the corridor

Patterned grilles

Patterned grilles

Wedding congregation

Wedding congregation

Priest addressing everyone

Priest addressing everyone

Large arch-shaped windows

Large arch-shaped windows

Church courtyard

Church courtyard

Antique ceiling lamp

Antique ceiling lamp

The second floor

The second floor

Tinted arch-shaped windows

Tinted arch-shaped windows

Level 2 corridor

Level 2 corridor

After the church, we visited Fort Santiago, which served as the headquarters of the Spanish, American and Japanese colonisers during more troubled time.

The fort is one of the most important historical sites in Manila. Several lives were lost in its prisons during the Spanish Colonial Period and World War II. José Rizal was imprisoned here before his execution in 1896. The Rizal Shrine museum displays memorabilia of the hero in their collection and the fort features, embedded onto the ground in bronze, his footsteps representing his final walk from his cell to the location of the actual execution.

Antique Cannon

Antique Cannon

Horse carriages for hire

Horse carriages for hire

Fort Santiago entrance

Fort Santiago entrance

Dr Jose Rizal

Dr Jose Rizal

Close-up of the statue

Close-up of the statue

Dr Jose Rizal's apartment

Dr Jose Rizal was imprisoned here

Preserved ruined area

Preserved ruined area

Antique metal gates

Antique metal gates

Helpful Alvin

Helpful Alvin

Forever alone

Forever alone

Local kids taking a photo

Local kids taking a photo

At the highest point of the fort

At the highest point of the fort

Uniformed guards at the fort

Uniformed guards at the fort

Vandalised wall

Vandalised wall

Underground bunkers

Underground bunkers

Dungeon where the Japanese tortured people

Dungeon where the Japanese tortured people

View from the upper floor

View from the upper floor

For shopping in the evening, we headed to SM Mall of Asia, owned and developed by SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall developer and owner in the Philippines.

SM Mall of Asia is the 2nd largest mall in the Philippines after SM City North EDSA, 3rd largest shopping mall in Asia and the 4th largest shopping mall in the world. It has a land area of 42 hectares and has a gross floor area of an approximate 390,193 m² and 407,101 m² of total area.

There was no way one could finish explore the whole mall in a single day, not to mention within the span of a few hours.

Hence I had to shop strategically, making a mental checklist of stuff I wanted to buy while walking briskly to cover as much of the mall as possible to get an overview.

In this way, I managed to get all the stuff I needed and was very happy with my purchases. I also managed to try some pinoy food at the food court, though they were not really palatable with my taste buds.

Drop-off point

Drop-off point

SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia

Shopping time

Shopping time

Jollibee fast food restaurant

Jollibee fast food restaurant

Mall interior

Mall interior

Singing and dancing to entertain shoppers

Singing and dancing to entertain shoppers

Taking photo with a shopper

Taking photo with a shopper

The mall is humongous

The mall is humongous

Indoor ice-skating rink

Indoor ice-skating rink

The foodcourt

The foodcourt

A pinoy food stall

A pinoy food stall

Pizza stall

Pizza stall

More food stalls

More food stalls

I ordered my food from this stall

I ordered my food from this stall

Trying out some local food

Trying out some local food

Cebu roast pork

Cebu roast pork

Assorted pinoy food

Assorted pinoy food

This tastes better than it looks - it's some sort of gluey sweet curry vegetable

This tastes better than it looks - it's some sort of gluey sweet curry vegetable

Fried pork parts nibblers

Fried pork parts nibblers

Assorted roast nuts

Assorted roast nuts

Kids' play area

Kids' play area

Me getting a drill to the head at the Children's area

Me getting a drill to the head at the Children's area

Catherine buying Krispy Kreme donuts

Catherine buying Krispy Kreme donuts

Hermit crabs in colourful painted shells

Hermit crabs in colourful painted shells

Lots of design to choose from

Lots of design to choose from

Larger hermit crabs

Larger hermit crabs

Bought some pinoy souvenirs

Bought some pinoy souvenirs

A vest for Asher and two pair of pants for myself

A vest for Asher and two pair of pants for myself

Since this was our last night in the Philippines, the Singapore group had our dinner together at Manila Bay, bonding over fresh seafood, al fresco entertainment and beer.

The dinner was a perfect ending to a great trip at Resorts World Manila.

SM Mall of Asia by night - it's so huge I cannot get the whole building in a single shot

SM Mall of Asia by night - it's so huge I cannot get the whole building in a single shot

SM Mall of Asia on the left and Manila Bay on the right

SM Mall of Asia on the left and Manila Bay on the right

Bumper cars

Bumper cars

Kiddie rides

Kiddie rides

Rows and rows of restaurants by the bay

Rows and rows of restaurants by the bay

Pirate statue outside one of the restaurants

Pirate statue outside one of the restaurants

We ate at this restaurant

We ate at this seafood restaurant

Singapore team group picture

Singapore team group picture

Tucking in for dinner

Tucking in for dinner

Chilli crabs

Chilli crabs

Butter crabs

Butter crabs

Soy chicken

Soy chicken

Cheese mussels

Cheese mussels

Broccoli

Broccoli

Grilled prawns

Grilled prawns

Grilled sotong

Grilled sotong

Steamed fish

Steamed fish

Fried chicken

Fried chicken

When we got back to our hotel suites in Maxims, I took a relaxing dip in the bathtub with the bath salt provided.

I had a really good sleep that night. We will all be flying home the next day and I really wish I had a few more days to laze around and do nothing, lapping in the comfort of the Maxims Suite.

Stay tuned to my last post on Resorts World Manila tomorrow. :)

Alvinology goes to Resorts World Manila – Day 2 of 4

By alvinology, January 26, 2012 10:14 am

On my second day in Resorts World Manila (RWM), we woke up early at 7am for breakfast at Passion Restaurant, located on the second floor of Maxims Tower. The restaurant serves Chinese cuisines and has a seating capacity of 400. Breakfast was dim sum buffet with other Cantonese fares like fish congee and braised chicken feet.

This was followed by a quick welcome and presentation by a few of the key management staff at RWM on the integrated resort and its attractions.

Passion Restaurant has an interesting Chinese name which means "Wedding Banquet"

Passion Restaurant has an interesting Chinese name which means "Wedding Banquet"

Inside Passion Restaurant

Inside Passion Restaurant

Buffet items

Buffet items

My breakfast

My breakfast

The main dining area of Passion Restaurant

The main dining area of Passion Restaurant

An introduction to RWM

An introduction to RWM

Next, we were brought around RWM for a familiarisation tour, guided by friendly RWM staff. We headed to Maxims Tower first to check out their various super luxurious six star suites.

Maxims Tower is the first all-suite luxury hotel in the Philippines. It has a total of 172 suites, each one richly-furnished and equipped with state-of-the-art amenities. Each suite is served by a personal butler; available round-the-clock to take care of every detail.

There are eight room categories in Maxims Tower:

MAXIMS TOWER ROOMS HOTEL RATES*
Maxims Suites P15,800 (S$466)
Maxims De luxe P19,800 (S$584)
Executive/Corner P26,800 (S$791)
Signature P29,800 (S$879)
Ambassador P42,800 (S$1263)
Villa P115,000 (S$3393)
The Mansion P138,000 (S$4072)

Key Room Amenities include:

- 42″ HD Internet TV with wireless keyboard
- Touch pad room service menu
- All-suite with basic cooking facilities
- Bar facilities
- Massage room

Room booking comes together with 24/7 butler service, welcome drinks and fruits, breakfast for 2, complimentary parking and in-room Wi-Fi.

Yes it is expensive, but luxury and tip-top service comes at a premium.

There are also no hidden charges for Wi-Fi, pay TV and other miscellaneous service fees as everything is covered in the room rates.

We would be shifting over from Remington Hotel to Maxims Suites the next day. After touring the suites at Maxims, understandably, everyone got really excited and wanted to move over as soon as possible!

Cafe Maxims at the lobby

Cafe Maxims at the lobby

Ballerini by Fernando Botero

Ballerini by Fernando Botero

Stretch of high fashion retail shops

Stretch of high fashion retail shops

Even the escalator area is nicely furnished

Even the escalator area is nicely furnished

Casino entrance

Casino entrance

Interesting rooftop at Maxims Towers shopping wing

Interesting rooftop at Maxims Towers shopping wing

Roof-top pool facility

Roof-top pool facility

The swimming pool is an infinity pool

The swimming pool is an infinity pool

View of Maxims Towers on the roof-top

View of Maxims Towers on the roof-top

The pool

The pool

Little huts for lazing around and massages

Little huts for lazing around and massages

Corridor leading to the rooms

Corridor leading to the rooms

The bedroom

The bedroom

Bathroom in The Villa

Bathroom in The Villa

Private sun-deck and chair

Private sun-deck and chair

Jacuzzi area

Jacuzzi area

The Presidential Suite - The Mansion

The Presidential Suite - The Mansion

A personalised butler in each room

A personalised butler in each room

Bathroom in The Mansion

Bathroom in The Mansion

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Living room

Living room

Dining room

Dining room

Floor windows

Floor windows

Fresh fruits!

Fresh fruits!

TV area

TV area

Private massage room

Private massage room

Cosy beds

Cosy beds

Another bathroom

Another bathroom

Room view from The Mansion

Room view from The Mansion

View from another angle

View from another angle

Best of all - a private infinity pool!

Best of all - a private infinity pool!

View of the infinity pool in The Mansion from another angle

View of the infinity pool in The Mansion from another angle

Next, we visited the five-star Marriot Hotel Manila, also located within RWM. Designed for both leisure and business travelers, the hotel has 342 rooms and boasts exquisite restaurants and bars as well as spa and beauty services. Room rates are available via their official website.

Marriot Hotel reception

Marriot Hotel reception

Marriot Hotel lobby

Marriot Hotel lobby

Desert bar

Desert bar

Hotel restaurant at the lobby

Hotel bar at the lobby

Wine chiller

Wine chiller

Hotel restaurant

Hotel restaurant

Roast beef

Roast beef

View of the lobby from the second floor

View of the lobby from the second floor

Spa services

Spa services

Swimming pool

Swimming pool

A guest sun-tanning

A guest sun-tanning

Checking out the hotel rooms

Checking out the hotel rooms

Living room area

Living room area

The bedroom

The bedroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Wider view of the bathroom from the connecting bedroom

Wider view of the bathroom from the connecting bedroom

Lunch was hosted at The Terrace restaurant, located on the fifth floor of Maxims Tower. We were served a satisfying four-course western meal.

The menu

The menu

A small salmon paste starter

Amuse Bouche

Traditional French Onion Soup

Traditional French Onion Soup

Sear free range chicken breast with pumpkin risotto and glazed French beans

Sear free range chicken breast with pumpkin risotto and glazed French beans

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Hazelnut Tuile

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Hazelnut Tuile

Up next was some shopping! We left the RWM premises via a chartered tour bus.

Our first stop was at the Greenhills Shoping Center, a shopping centre in the city of San Juan. There are over 2,000 stores and the area epouses an “indoor-outdoor” theme, with the shopping centre having the appearance of several distinct buildings that are all interconnected through pathways and bridges.

I find the place much like Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, but with items going at lower prices, probably due to the differences in exchange rates.

I bought quite a fair bit of stuff here for my wife and son. Best of all, the total bill came to only around S$60+.

Our drop-off point at Greenhills

Our drop-off point at Greenhills

Security check before entering the shopping zone

Security check before entering the shopping zone

Lots of stalls selling all sorts of stuff

Lots of stalls selling all sorts of stuff

Angry Birds merchandises everywhere

Angry Birds merchandises everywhere

Women's wears

Women's wears

Men's tee shirts

Men's tee shirts

Filipino foodstuff

Filipino foodstuff

Pink salted eggs

Pink salted eggs

Dried goods

Dried goods

I tried one of these - chocolate ice cream infused into a long, thin waffer cone

I tried one of these - chocolate ice cream infused into a long, thin waffle cone

Stuff I bought for my family and myself

Stuff I bought for my family and myself

Next, we headed to the Greenbelt Malls (Ayala Center), located in the middle of the bustling Makati metropolis. Owned by Ayala Malls group, it is a three-hectare park punctuated by cascading landscapes and water features. Things here are more upmarket and cosmopolitan. Much like the usual shopping districts in major cities like Orchard Road in Singapore and Siam Square in Bangkok.

Usually I do not shop much at the these cosmopolitan malls as they generally offer the same few global brand name stores which are likely to be widely available in Singapore at better retail prices. Instead, I will hit the supermarkets and restaurants to check out the local food, buying some back to share with my family and friends.

Likewise in Greenbelts, I headed straight for the supermarket at the basement of Landmark shopping mall and bought a cart of local tidbits and snacks.

In the Greenbelt area

In the Greenbelt area

View from atop a pedestrian bridge

View from atop a pedestrian bridge

Lorry-bus

Lorry-bus

Spotted a colourful McDonald's version

Spotted a colourful McDonald's version

The Landmark shopping centre

The Landmark shopping centre

Entering Landmark shopping mall

Entering Landmark shopping mall

Tidbits heaven

Tidbits heaven

Crazy tidbits shopping - we went for all the local brands and favours

Crazy tidbits shopping - we went for all the local brands and favours

Catherine paying for her basket load of tidbits

Catherine paying for her basket load of tidbits

Tidbits I bought

Tidbits I bought

After an evening of intensive shopping, we headed back to RWM for dinner and to retire for the night. Dinner was hosted within the super exclusive members-only Genting Club with live band performances.

The lifestyle club is designed particularly for Manila’s elite. Photography is not allowed in the club, hence I can only share photos taken at Taps, the performance area in Genting Club which we ate at.

Seated and ready for dinner

Seated and ready for dinner

Snazzy club lights

Snazzy club lights

Live band performance

Live band performance

Lead singer

Lead singer

Sushi items

Sushi items

Beef salad

Beef salad

Sheperd's pie

Sheperd's pie

Chawanmushi and little spoons of octopus

Chawanmushi and little spoons of octopus

Apple pork

Apple pork

Fishcakes

Fishcakes

Chicken liver pate

Chicken liver pate

My dinner

My dinner

After dinner, some of us headed back to our hotel rooms for an early night while others went to check out the live entertainment at Bar 360, located within the casino on the ground floor. There were also some who went to try their luck at the casino which is open 24-7.

I explored the casino a little and then tucked in and slept early, looking forward for more exploration the next day (and also to checking into Maxims Suite). Stay tuned for my next post. :)

* Information are accurate as of blog entry publish date; please check RWM’s website for latest rates.

Alvinology goes to Resorts World Manila – Day 1 of 4

By alvinology, January 25, 2012 12:14 pm

Thanks to the folks from Genting Hong Kong Limited (formerly known as Star Cruises Limited), I visited their first foray into in a land-based attraction, Resorts World Manila for a 4D3N trip.

Resorts World Manila (RWM) is one of the premier leisure brands under the Genting Group. It is one of the group’s flagship integrated leisure and entertainment complex featuring three hotels including a six star all-suite Maxims Hotel, an iconic shopping mall, 4 high-end cinemas and a multi-purpose performing arts theatre.

This is my first trip to the Philippines and Manila city. Two other bloggers, Camemberu and Sheila Mandy were hosted together. Both of them were also visiting the Philippines for the first time.

We flew by Philippine Airlines and arrived at Manila at around 3pm (there’s no difference difference between Singapore and Manila). Resort World Manila is located very near to the airport and it took just around ten minutes to reach there, depending on the traffic condition.

At the airport in Manila

At the airport in Manila

Shuttle transfer to RWM

Shuttle transfer to RWM

For the first two nights, we checked into Remington Hotel, a budget hotel targeted at transient travelers and those who prefer save on travel accommodation.

Standard rooms at Remington Hotel cost Php3,900++ (S$115) a night while service apartment rooms cost Php4,900++ (S$144) a night.*

The main differences between the service apartment and standard room are the absence of cooking facilities, a microwave oven and refrigerator in the latter. We were hosted in the service apartment rooms though there really wasn’t a need to utilise the cooking facilities with so much good food available 24-7, within RWM itself.

Room booking comes with FREE shuttle bus transfers including roundtrip transfer between the airport and the hotel; city shuttle service to-and-fro Binondo, Ermita, Quezon City, Makati, Taguig, San Juan Pasay and Psasig. These are good savings on transportation and save the hassles of haggling over fares with dishonest taxi drivers.

Security is tight to enter the hotel

Security is tight to enter the hotel

Remington Hotel lobby

Remington Hotel lobby

View of the lobby from the opposite direction

View of the lobby from the opposite direction

Check-in counter

Check-in counter

Cosy bar and reception area in the lobby

Cosy bar and reception area in the lobby

Welcome pineapple juice

Welcome pineapple juice

Hotel corridor

Hotel corridor

My service apartment room

My service apartment room

A personalised letter from RWM and some meal vouchers greeted me in the room

A personalised letter from RWM and some meal vouchers greeted me in the room

View from my hotel room - Star Cruise Centre, the head office

View from my hotel room - Star Cruise Centre, the head office

Kitchen area

Kitchen area

Bathroom

Bathroom

The bed

The bed

TV and moveable partitions to separate the bed area

TV and moveable partitions to separate the bed area

Lounge area on each floor for meal breaks and gatherings

Lounge area on each floor for meal breaks and gatherings

View of Remington Hotel by night

View of Remington Hotel by night

My room at Remington was simple and no-frills. Pretty much what I would expect for a budget hotel. The room was very clean and the housekeeping staff friendly and on-the-ball. I believe just cleanliness and service standards would satisfy most guests.

After checking in, we had dinner at Mercado Buffet Restaurant, situated on the ground floor, within the RWM Casino. Buffet prices range from Php299++ (S$9) for weekday breakfast to Php699++ (S$21) for weekend dinners.*

Mercado serves Filipino cuisines and have a seating capacity of over 200 pax. I had a great dinner at the restaurant, but am unable to post any photos as it is situated within the casino, a strictly no photography zone.

The buffet at Mercado includes a rich spread of Filipino favorites ranging from staples like Adobo and Pancit (stir-fry noodles) to delicacies like Sisig (chopped pig’s head and liver) and Kare-kare (Oxtail and vegetables in peanut sauce).

Resorts World Manila

Resorts World Manila

Outside Maxims Tower where the RWM Casino is located

Outside Maxims Tower where the RWM Casino is located

Maxims Tower by night

Maxims Tower by night

Right after dinner, we were treated to a spectacular musical performance of The Sound of Music at the Newport Performing Arts Theater:


A promotional ad for the musical on the stairs at Maxims Tower

A promotional ad for the musical on the stairs at Maxims Tower

Newport Performing Arts Theater

Newport Performing Arts Theater

The Newport Performing Arts Theater was designed and built to host a wide variety of events from stage productions, concerts and award shows to parties and other functions. It can seat up to 1,500 pax and has a vestibule for 300 people.

Equipped with stage-of-the-art facilities like big onstage LED walls for dynamic backdrops and tip-top audio and visual controls, these added much to the enjoyment of the musical to the fullest.

I love the musical. Filipinos are very talented in entertainment and this production which boasts of an entirely Filipino cast and ensemble bears testament. Hearing old favourites from The Sound of Music like “Do-Re-Me” and “So Long, Farewell” makes me want to learn them again to sing to my son Asher, together with my wife. Sweet. :)

Ticket prices range from Php1000 (S$30) for balcony seats to Php2000 (S$60) for VIP seats.* I find this quite worthwhile and would recommend visitors to RWM to sit through a performance, especially if it is a full Filipino production.

After the musical, I returned early to my room to tuck myself in for the night, conserving my energy for the long day ahead the next day. Stay tuned for my next blog post on my stay at RWM.

* Information are accurate as of blog entry publish date; please check RWM’s website for latest rates.

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