a week ago, we used the last of our gift certificates for overnight stays and this time it was at the grande dame of hotels in the philippines: manila hotel. last year, we wrote about our little tour of manila hotel and saw all the refurbishing going on. this time, we finally got to experience one of the refurbished rooms first-hand. we requested for a room with the bay view because we wanted to catch the sunset. the view of the bay by day:
our room for two:
the bathroom and shower (whose drain was barado, so it got flooded when we showered, ugh; we forgot to inform them when we checked out):
plus the bathtub with its own TV (ANTM, anyone, while doing number two? hehe ;-):
and nice toiletries by l'occitane:
and the doorway and closets:
it started raining, so it turned into bed weather, so the whole afternoon, we just hung out in the room relaxing. we watched "juno" on HBO, which is a really good movie, we thoroughly enjoyed it. by 5pm, it was still cloudy and raining, so we thought, there goes our sunset. oh well.. no point in wasting a good bottle of wine, which we brought for our own little happy hour for two. but by 5:30 as it was turning dark, that big ol' yellow sun started peeking through the clouds and wow! it turned our room a golden shade! check out our own top-model self-portrait pose via shadow!
and this was our fabulous view for the next 30 minutes till the sun finally set completely:
here's a closer look:
definitely one of the best hotel-room views!