Friday, April 22, 2011

staycation: yay or nay?

after flying 24 hours to and from new york, we decided we'd had enough of planes and airports—for now. so for this holy-week holiday, we decided to stay put in manila and have a staycation instead. manila is different during holy week—or at least it used to be. with most people going out of town or abroad for the four-day weekend, the city becomes quiet and devoid of traffic, noise, crowds, and pollution. but not so much anymore.

yesterday we decided to check into the marriott manila. at the reception counter, we realized a lot of people had the same idea because we queued up for a good 30 minutes before we could even check in! whole families—from lola down to baby, complete with matching yayas—were there, bringing everything but the kitchen sink! (or the stove?)
the suite was lovely, the bed was super comfortable, the bathroom was spacious... ooh we were really looking forward to a relaxing stay...
our view was the airport. of course, as mentioned earlier, we had had enough of airports and airplanes for the time being...
the golf-course view might have been more pleasant, though. wonder if the price is the same to see this instead?
by 5:30pm we were ready for the complimentary cocktail hour at the executive lounge. and so was everyone else! the place was packed! and we thought we were smart not to go to boracay during holy week...
we were lucky to find two empty seats :-)
and wouldn't you know it, just our luck (or un-luck), we had a noisy neighbor. now these walls are pretty thick and you can't even hear the loud engines of the planes that take off every 10 minutes, but man could we hear the halakhakan and kalabugan of the people next door! we called the front desk at 1:30am to complain and the lady who answered was very accommodating. by 2am the noise level still hadn't subsided so we called again. this time she said she would send security. by 2:30am there didn't seem to be a difference so we called again. this time she said she would send the manager. the neighbor must've denied making noise because the front desk then called us and asked if they could send someone to our room to hear just how loud they were. huwaaat?? we gave up and decided to just put on our earphones and listen to music on our iphone. do you think the noise next door subsided? let's just say if we wanted a noisy neighbor we could've stayed home...

1 comment:

Me said...

thank you for photographing the bathrooms!!