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One of the things I do when I travel, is visit a good place for FOOD! I found it when Pam brought me to Nando's. I agreed because it's not in the Philippines yet. I am sharing below the items on their menu. 
I like how they started with "Life is Sweet". Sets the tone before eating. Studies have shown that it's not good to eat when you're upset. So there, good job! Makes me realize even more that LIFE IS INDEED SWEET!
Even when life gets tough at times, we couldn't discount the fact that it's sweet, why? Because, we're alive! Glad we still have a chance to live it and make it sweeter! 

And yes, it's also true, it's not good to be Hungry!
As we entered the premises we were properly greeted and welcomed by their crew. They ushered us into the table where we wanted to be seated. She handed us the menu, and we had our time to choose our meal.  

This was the food that I ordered. The chicken was so tender and the taste was distinctly delicious. The fries, is like a normal fries. But you can put a twist on it, by playing with their sauces.

Have your way with sauces, depending on your taste, we tried the two below.

I enjoyed the Wild Herb Peri-Peri Sauce. I like how it has the sour taste and the texture is smooth, filled with spices/herbs. Weirdly tasty!

Of course, we couldn't let the moment pass without the evidence. Here's our photo as we dine.

The place is soooo cool! We had linda as our servers, she talks very fast, but she's very friendly!

In the paper bag that they used, I like how Nando has promised something! It's a good one!


"My father taught me that nothing is more important than keeping your promise. The Escudo is a symbol of my promise to give you excellent quality and flavor that you you can expect from Nando's."

Nando's is one of the places I had a decent meal in Kuala Lumpur! Haha because, most of the time, I just buy burgers, or street food, and it sustained me for couple of hours. The meal I had at Nando's was one blog-worthy experience!

To Linda, we were not able to say "thank you" so here goes my shout out for taking our orders well, and for welcoming us into Nando's place.


Review of the Experience:

Service: 4.5/5 quick service I'd say.

Sanitation: 5/5 everything was neat and clean. Cool place to dine.

Price: 5/5 it's worth it! It's not expensive.

Food: 4.5/5 I enjoyed the taste. I'm a rice eater, and there's a little rice! HAHA but yeah, it's good! Must-try!


        

I don't usually spend much for accommodation. I know how to live simply when I am away from home, I just need a place to rest and relax. But this was different, because I initially planned to be with someone, I booked an accommodation, not in a usual simple-low-cost-good-for-rest hotel. Instead, I booked a suite room in a 5-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Would have been ______. But, due to some turns of events. Some intervention of the universe. And maybe, just maybe, some "gestation" process, I have to travel solo. 
I checked in at one of the 5-star hotels in Kuala Lumpur, it's Pacific Regency Hotel Suites. 
A photo of the hotel standing tall. I took the photo with my iPhone outside the hotel. Its grandeur is so cool!
As I entered the room, I am quite satisfied with their suite room size. I am sharing below the photos of different areas in my suite room. It's good for two, but for someone who grew up with a big family. I guess my entire family can fit into this good-for-two room! Haha It's spacious enough for a family of 5 or 7. Had a video of my entrance to the room here.

There is a space for you to work. Work area. There's a sink. There's a microwave, refrigerator, storage cabinet. Just like when you're at home. 

If you have guest in your room, you can have them occupy this part of your room. Sofa and a table. You can some drinks. How cool is that?

Below is the photo of the Restroom. It smells so good, I wanna take a bath as I entered. 


They have as usual, cold and hot shower. And a cabinet for some of your things to settle in. Inside the cabinets, were the bath robes and of course the disposable slippers. 

As I sat on the side of my bed, I saw this well placed item on the table beside my bed. It's where I could write something for them, and used this notepad, to scribble some of my thoughts on my solo travel to KL.
You can leave this card (I did) on your bed, so they don't need to change the linen. For environmental-friendly practices.
The menu were also placed in another table on the side of the suite room, where the available food in their restaurant, drinks in the bar and other services that the hotel is offering were presented in the menu book. 

Like any other hotels, yes, they use hotelcard for their locks and electricity in the room. It's true, the one home where two worlds meet.

If you don't want to be disturbed, you can put this sign! Haha PRIVACY PLEASE! πŸ˜€

In their ad, their location is opposite the Twin Tower. I looked outside my room, and it's true. I can see the Petronas Tower from the view in my window.

Toiletries were all set in the lavatory. 
Travel Tip: Five star hotels have these, so you don't need to bring them:
  1. Clean face towels, 
  2. shampoo, 
  3. conditioner, 
  4. body wash, 
  5. soap
  6. tooth brush
  7. toothpaste
  8. shaver
  9. comb
  10. floss
  11. stitching paraphernalia
  12. disposable slippers 
  13. bath robe 

As curious as I am, I checked out some more amenities. I found out that they have a swimming pool and a bar at the roof deck. Cool place to stay and relax, have some drinks and enjoy the moment.

You can do some leisurely-working stuff beside the pool. 

So, for the review summary of the Pacific Regency Hotel Suites
Service: 5/5 very prompt, direct and convenient.
Sanitation: 5/5 everything was neat and clean. 
Price: 5/5 it's worth every penny. 
Room/Place: 5/5 I enjoyed the place. Spacious. Grand. Greatly maintained.
I guess, they were able to live up to their standards as a 5-star hotel! Thank you Pacific Regency Hotel Suites for the accommodation!
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I was informed that it's best to stay or go to Paradise Island. Well, Samal is a white sand beach island, so it's not just the beach. It also has something to do with the accommodation or service of Paradise Island why, they have been consistently endorsed by several people I've known who is from Davao or who have been to Samal. So here my Paradise Island experience.

We arrived early in the morning and of course, I can't miss the sunrise! It's just so beautiful!

As soon as we stepped, our stomach demanded to be filled. The only vice that you can't really leave. Eating! Breakfast is just the first thing we wanted to do. We didn't care where to go, we just want to eat. It's around 6:30 AM. We were told we can stay anywhere in the area, restaurant area is where people with no food are allowed to stay and eat. You can choose from their menu below, some of the food items they serve.

 So I tried their bacon breakfast, with egg. Then I wanted to taste their "Durian cafe'", so I ordered one.

Here you go, my first sip of the Durian coffee. It smells and tastes like Durian of course. But I like how it was blended with a coffee mix. Superb taste! Good job! Whoever made the menu, "thumbs up" to the Durian Coffee! πŸ™‚

Then I also tried their Pineapple Orange Fresh Fruit Juice! Since it's fresh fruit, the juice is really extracted, and I can tell it's fresh by its taste and the granules  or extracts are evident in the juice itself! Another thumbs up!

After we've obliged to our tummies' demands, we needed to do something. I browsed through the net where we can possibly go. And we did have a tour. More details are posted here.

After we had our tour, we went back to Paradise Island. We had a ticket to be allowed entry without paying once again the entrance of P200.00.

As we entered the restaurant area this time (already in the afternoon around 3:00 P.M.) we were welcomed by the sound of music played by the live band.

I went around checking the place out, I found this area. Billiards! Wow! If you're into it, you can play here. I checked, and it's for a per hour fee. I just didn't know how much per hour.

There is also a self-service area, for guests with food and drinks including fruits and snack items. If you want to go on budget, you can choose to buy and bring your own food.

I didn't want to miss this scene. A relaxing view of the beach, sea, sun and sand in an afternoon!

I also noticed there's a table tennis area too!

And who wouldn't notice this? Giant pieces of chess.

If you are coming with kids, no problem they have something to play on! Haha ride on kids! C'mon! πŸ™‚

They also have a souvenir shop. They sell of course Samal Souvenir Items.

They also had a poster of getting around the Paradise Island area. So there, you have an instant guide!

This is their kitchen area. Where food comes from.

 Some information regarding their entrance fees:

 Read their rules and regulations too.

Tariff for room rates, etc.

Of course, I took a close look at their restaurant's menu in the afternoon and I was presented a different menu book. Here it is for the items and prices of Paradise Island's restaurant.

We weren't hungry as we just had our lunch at around 12:30 P.M. so we just tried their Halo-halo. I ran out of battery then, so I wasn't able to take a photo of the halo-halo. Typical, sweet taste halo halo. πŸ˜€

Review:

Service: 4.5 Took them a bit longer to serve the food. Although I would understand it's peak season. The crew really don't know where is which item. I tried asking for something  at the reception and I was pointed at one direction then when I asked the crew in the direction I was told to go, I was pointed back to the reception. haha well, again let's give them the benefit that they are very busy because tourists are flocking in by tens or more in almost every say 30 mins. I also didn't receive smiles while I was asking questions. So, yeah, they needed to improve this.

Ambiance: 5.0 it's a cool place to stay. I love it there. There's just so much to enjoy. My P200.00 entrace fee was worth it!

Sanitation: 5.0 I didn't have problems with leftovers on table when we were searching for a place. When I used their comfort room, dressing room and shower room are all cleaned up. Water supply is also good. Didn't have problem. Thumbs up on cleanliness of the area.

Price: 4.9 I guess it's reasonable, considering we only paid P200.00. Their room rates are also reasonable, if you'd look at it. I am evaluating the prices based on the ambiance I've experienced. Worth the penny.

Even with the petty issues I've experienced, I'd still recommend this place for stay. πŸ™‚ Thank you Paradise Island! πŸ™‚

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We had a long day! We were happily tired! We had an overnight ride with the bus going to Davao. We attended the whole day seminar. Then we visited Davao's SM Lanang. We wanted to relax. But we didn't know where. 
After couple of mind suggestions, I popped the question "do they have good spa here?". And my friend was thinking the same thing too. We asked the receptionist of SM Prestige. They recommended us to visit Pressure Points Spa located just right across Davao's Water District. You would not have a hard time finding it. 
Pressure point offers different services. They mainly have female therapist and few male therapist. They have shower room, sauna, and well the massage rooms. 
I am just not comfortable with the massage room because it's open. And you can see the rest of the guests having the massage too. I am not used to that kind of room. Anyway, as for the massage. The therapist is quite good. I am satisfied. I had a combination of shiatsu and thai massage. They call it fusion.
I should warn you their prices are not the typical price offered in just any other spa. They're a little bit pricey, relatively. 
Review:
Massage Service: 4.0 They forgot to ask my profile. Very few spa in the Philippines actually ask for your profile. They don't care whether or not you have high blood pressure, any ailments, or anything at all about your health that might pose a threat against your having a massage. Also, you'd probably have what they have. Not that you can choose which masseur.
Place/Ambiance: 3.5 Mainly because their massage rooms are not private. Quite uncomfortable for me to have my body seen by other people except the masseur. Although they have sauna and shower room and a locker.
Price/Rates: 4.0 fairly reasonable. But you could have a cheaper, good-quality massage somewhere at a lower price. Less expenses. Cheapest is 30 minute massage @ P400.00 or $10.00
I was not able to take photos inside. Was only allowed to have it  here at the lobby.

It was my second time to visit Davao. This time a little bit longer, we will be attending the Intelligent Investing seminar. A successful seminar. But this is going to be my short review, snapshot of our Backpacking Experience in GreenWindows Dormitel.
We arrived earlier than we planned so we decided to have a nap. An since we don't want to spend more than what we need, we availed Green Windows Dormitel's "backpackers" package for only P188.00 quite a good offer. πŸ™‚ 
We only needed some place to sleep for a couple of hours. As soon as we got in. I had this picture taken. The lobby at the reception area. It's in the 5th Floor of the Building.

I browsed through their brochures and found this. Might help you if your planning a tour in Davao.

The 5th Floor Reception Area at a glance. πŸ™‚ 

They also offer breakfast. You can browse through their menu below. 

And if you're interested to check their room rates. Please check 'em out here. Prices per room of Green Windows Dormitel.They have other rooms not for backpackers! πŸ™‚

If you want their contact number I have them here. Contact numbers of Green Windows Dormitel.

Review:
Service: 4.5 Maybe because they were tired, they were welcoming but not shown in their smiles or faces.
Sanitation: 4.9 They are well cleaned. At least for what I saw. 
Price: 4.9 reasonable. 
Room/Place: 4.9 The rooms are just adequate. Because we only availed of backpackers, I've only seen the backpacker's room. It's good for what it purports to be. Enough ventilation. Good ambiance.

We dined at Siam Krua Thai, Lim Ketkai Drive, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City. We were warmly welcomed and entertained as we entered the restaurant. The crew greeted us in Thai I suppose which I didn't really understand, and didn't reply. 
Siam Krua Thai experience? This was not my first time to dine in the restaurant, but it's my first time to have its review. First, what did we order? 
To additionally (because we already had our Starbucks session) clench our thirst, we had the four seasons juice. Alright they call it "Tropical Slush"! πŸ™‚
Tropical slush
 Then the Tom Yum (Yam)? was served by the waiter. He served it on our soup bowls. Maybe he reckoned we're going to fight over the soup? Haha so to be fair, he's going to divide it for us! LOL! Well, that's great service though. Not that we can't do it, but it's how they do it here.
Maybe it's just my taste, but it didn't impress me, it's somehow short of being spicy. The sourness of the soup is more evident in the taste than it being hot and spicy. I can taste the sour tomato and tamarind (I guess) which did not suit much for my taste. But the prawn was greatly cleaned and tasted well if removed from the soup and eaten separately. πŸ™‚
My portion of Tom Yum Prawn Soup
Add to the fun of Tom Yum experience the reaction of my colleague Ms. H. 
Then we also ordered Chicken in Green Curry.  I do love curry so this is so-so, not really that outstanding but well, it's good enough. 
Chicken in Green Curry
Then we had vegies! Mixed Vegies or commonly known ChopSuey! Haha Mixed Fried Vegies they'd call it. Ordinarily cooked fried vegetables with mushrooms. Again, it did not awe me. But I did eat more of these. 
And of course these are the creatures who tried out the Siam Krua Thai Restaurant! 
Mr. R.R, Yours Truly, Chef F, and Ms. H.
If I would rate Siam Krua Thai would be the following:
Service: 4/5. It would have been 5/5 but the diminishing factor was their servers lacked product knowledge, just happened that the one who asked was a Chef, so it's a disappointment. We also asked a favor to take a picture and we were not immediately attended to, as if our request was not part of their job. 
Ambiance: 4.5/5 Was great! But Mr. RR noticed something that needs proofreading. But the place is great! 
Food: 2.5/5 It barely passed my standard. Or maybe we picked the wrong food? But yeah, it didn't satisfy our taste buds that much. 
Price: 3.5/5 Reasonable. Not too expensive but not cheap.
For more of their menu and prices you can browse them below, I happen to take some snapshots of the menu so you would have an idea how much you would spend when you try the restaurant. Maybe you'd try some other food than those we've tried.

Share with me your Siam Krua Thai experience. Feel free to live your idea on the comments box below! πŸ™‚

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In this world who experienced a lot of distrust, with people who in one way or another been a victim of betrayal, of fraud, of scam, of misbehavior, trust has become scarce, and it seems that it has become a "hard currency", it's rare to find. Even some of the people you call "friends" don't trust you that much, even your family members, your mom, your dad, your daughter, your son, your siblings. It seems that trust has joined "honesty" on being labeled by the song "such a lonely word". Trust, has been the currency that every people wants to keep and don't want to spend. And the world has suffered the problems caused by the non-ciculation of "trust" currency. 
For some people, they'd give you some trust but would ask you to pay for more. For some people they just choose to keep trust to themselves, and live their long-boring-lives with distrust. For some people, they trust blindly, thinking they have already been to worst, so just bring it on!
As I was thinking about this issue on trust, I have been aided by this book I am reading by Stephen M.R. Covey called "Smart Trust" and I have encountered several successful people and/or companies in their business because of trust. And it inspired me to give and circulate trust with the people around me. Yet, I am using "Smart Trust" not "Blind Trust" nor "Distrust". 
Here is a list of the philosophies  of leaders and companies with regard to their lives and organizations:
  1. Isadore Sharp, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts "Trust was the emotional capital of Four Seasons, our ethical imperative for long-lasting success, a code and a compass enshrined in the corporate culture. . . [It] had been the primary reason for our success, crucial to the reputation that precedes us in every deal, in every hotel opening, and in all our operations. . . Like the invisible hand that regulates the free market, the invisible hand of trust had been our guide and our dynamic. And every year, as trust rose, our reputation rose with it."
  2. Al Carey, Frito-Lay "Our team trusts each other. We move faster on difficult decisions. So when you trust each other there's no need for all the extra bureacracy. It can allow you to reduce layers of management. It can allow you to move directly to decisions quicker, because you trust each other. You don't have multiple groups overlooking each other to make sure that people are doing things the right way.
  3. Andrea Jung, Avon "Our entire model has been build around personal relationships with our customers, and that is based on trust. The power of those relationships is the key to our success and to the future.
  4. Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway "Our model is a seamless web of trust that's deserved on both sides. That's what we're aiming for. . . Not much procedure, just totally reliable people correctly trusting one another."
  5. Meg Whitman, eBay "More than a decade later, I still believe that Pierre [Omidyar] was right; the fundamental reason eBay worked was that people everywhere are basically good. We provided the tools and reinforced the values, but our users built eBay. Our community's willingness to trust eBay - and one another - was the foundation of eBay's success. . . eBay is all about trust."
  6. Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank "We were convinced that the bank should be built on human trust, not on meaningless paper contracts. . . People everywhere prefer to live in an environment of trust."
  7. Jim Goodnight, SAS Institute "I believe management must trust the people who work for them. You have to treat people like they make a difference. And if you do, they will... When you trust people to do their best, the revenue takes care of itself, even in challenging economic times."
  8. Azim Premji, Wipro "Values are a matter of trust. They must be reflected in each one of your actions. Trust takes a long time to build but can be lost quickly by just one inconsistent act."
  9. Terri Kelly, W.L. Gore & Associates "[T]here are some fundamental things that hold Gore together. One is values to which we all subscribe, in terms of how we're going to treat each other - there's a huge trust element in the Gore culture.
  10. Tony Hsieh, Zappos "We trust our employees to use their best judgment when dealing with eac and every customer."
  11. Ken Chenault, American Express "The competitive advantage of trust has never been more important or more valuable."
  12. John Wooden, UCLA "I believe the following: 'It is better to trust and be disappointed occasionally than to mistrust and be miserable all the time.'"
  13. Google "Too many companies have been built on not trusting people but on making rules and prohibitions, telling customers what they cannot do, and penalizing them for doing wrong. Google has built its empire on trusting us. (Jeff Jarvis, What Would Google Do?)"

If you learned something from this, feel free to buy Smart Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey, and please do spread the news about trust by hitting share. I would also appreciate it very much if you can hit like. Thanks!