Wow—What a ride! I started dabbling in brush calligraphy almost
three four years ago. I’ve mostly self-studied—I practiced, toiled, researched, bought books, copied, bought materials, experimented, tried, failed, practiced some more. I’ve also joined around three (or two?) workshops just to make sure I’m on the right path and not doing anything that harms my hands/posture/muscle memory in the long run.
Sofitel Manila’s Spiral has always been a special place for me to celebrate milestones and special occasions. It’s actually one of those few buffet places where the top-notch quality and unique gastronomical and sensorial experience actually justifies the price!
Welcoming 2018, they had a special New Year’s Brunch with live music and free-flowing French sparkling wine on top of the 21 dining ateliers (including the famed temperature controlled Cheese Room) from 12nn to 3pm for P4,215 net per person. Since my sister hosted their amazing New Year Countdown the night before, our group was treated to this amazing experience as well! Thanks, Janeena!!
Dinner the night before (December 31) was fantastic—Food was endless and taste was as usual, amazing. However, through no fault of Spiral, as it was understandable, there were some items that made a repeat during the brunch. (I mean, how can you not repeat the fresh lobster and the variety of pastries?) It was great though, because I got to sample more of their other offerings.
Who would’ve thought I’d be spending my last new year’s eve as part of the Chan household at the poolside of a five-star, world-class hotel celebrating and counting down with hundreds of strangers? I certainly didn’t.
Food was overflowing, drinks came non-stop, games were fun, prizes were exciting, and the host was amazing! Yes, the host was my sister—I’m not just obligated to tell you that because she’s my sister but it’s the truth! Of course, everything came with Sofitel’s flair of elegance, sumptuousness, and attention to detail. Celebrating new year’s eve was definitely a first for me! It was truly one for the books—A special and cherished occasion made even more memorable by the luxurious accommodations, service, and celebration.
Take a look below at some snapshots from Saint-Tropez Soriée, Sofitel’s new year countdown celebration!
This trip happened more than two years ago, so consider this a throwback post if you will! I keep trying to breathe new life into my site and this revamp, relocation (I’m on WordPress now!), and redesign, might just do the trick. 😉 I can’t wait to share the highlights of all the trips I’ve taken plus so much more posts I’ve got planned along the way.
A lot of growing can occur in two years—and that includes photography skills (and change in equipment—Hello, Fujifilm!), style of travel, fashion, and a whole lot more, so enjoy some of the snippets from this trip we took from November 28-30, 2015.
I’ve been friends with these girls since we graduated high school back in 2007 and for reasons far too many to mention, we’ve never travelled abroad together until that year—right before one of us got married. So we all took this opportunity to celebrate her last year as a single woman and spent it in chilly Hong Kong! The bride-to-be (now, married, my business partner, and just gave birth to her first born son yesterday!!) booked us a hotel stay at Marco Polo Hotel and we loved staying there mostly due to the very convenient fact that a mall (or was it several malls?) was just immediately downstairs!