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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Overnight at Acacia Hotel in Filinvest, Alabang

welcome to acacia hotel cupcakes

My cousin's on vacation so she stopped by the day before her flight home. We finally went through with our wishful-thinking plan (from years before) of just hanging out at a nice hotel to drink, eat, chat and sleep. It was spur of the moment!

Booked a deluxe, wheelchair-accessible room with a king-size bed at Acacia Hotel in Filinvest, Alabang for 1 night. We took their summer promo room rate of ₱5588 that includes breakfast buffet for 2 + ₱1875 (extra bed with buffet breakfast for 1 for my carer).

We waited for our ride, ate some dinner at home and left. We arrived at Acacia Hotel maybe after 10 p.m. I was in my wheelchair and didn't know what was happening at the check-in counter. I kept asking but my cousin said it was OK, she was paying the Php 3000 refundable deposit with cash. I signed the forms, they gave us 2 key cards and we were good to go.


At Acacia Hotel, a wheelchair-accessible room means the bathroom does not have a tub.

king bed at acacia hotel

acacia hotel closet robe, iron, safe, slippers

acacia hotel deluxe room closet

acacia hotel wheelchair-accessible room no bathtub

acacia hotel wheelchair accessible room rain shower toilet

acacia hotel deluxe room


nacho grande

tequila sunrise, shirley temple, cyber lady

We wanted pizza but they said it will take 30-40 minutes -- menu items will take the kitchen that long to make daw, the nachos will be the quickest daw. We were hungry. The nachos took over 15 minutes to be served.

My cousin ordered their Cyber Lady cocktail. Cream is included in the ingredients. When it arrived, it didn't have cream. Did they make a mistake? No, the server said guests usually ask it to be omitted. My cousin said she wanted it the way it was described on the menu. They took her drink away to fix it. They brought it back with a hint of cream. It didn't taste any different.

We fought over who will pay the bill. We were being so silly it was hilarious. The server suggested we split it. I thought that was a good idea but... waah! My cousin paid! She stood up and went to the counter! I couldn't stand up! Sneaky! LOL

We went up, washed up, wore the bathrobes and talked all night. There was light out before we said goodnight. We didn't get any sleep (couldn't, really, because someone else in the room was snoring LOL) before we had to go down to the CS floor (Coffee Shop floor) or else we'd miss the breakfast buffet. Last call was 10 a.m.


If I ever go to a hotel buffet again, I might just give a kind server my plate to pile with fruit, meat and veggies as they wish rather than me rolling around trying to decide what I want when I couldn't see most of what's out on the tables.

my plate bacon, garlic rice, eggs, sausages and mustard dips, chicken

the rest of our table with desserts, sushi, and more

The parents drove up and joined us for breakfast. They made it just before the buffet closed. Stuffed. Glad we made it before they ran out of bacon. The breakfast buffet is ₱800++ pax and the 'rents have senior citizen cards so... discount, yay. Service was really good. My cousin and I fought for the bill again but this time, I fought harder -- when the lady was walking towards our table with the check, I used my serious voice and told her to come around to me, haha!

Went up to get ready to head out. Checkout time was 11 a.m. Signed more forms at the counter then my cousin gave me the receipt... she paid again! Why did they take it when I booked it my name?! She was paying with her atm card, ergo, cash! Sneaky! LOL

My kind, generous cousin paid for EVERYTHING! THANK YOU! (Me? Our "visitors'" breakfast lang! Waah!) So, I felt OK getting the much-needed prescription eyeglasses on our way home.

5400 East Asia Drive cor. Commerce Avenue
Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang
Muntinlupa City 1781
Direct Reservation: (02) 720-2028 / (02) 588-5828
Information Desk: (02) 720-2000

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

allergic to burt's bees peppermint lip balm

I'm following this up - trying to pinpoint what I'm allergic to.

Apart from biting and sucking on a shrimp's head, I also suspect my lip balm. The lip balm that I started using every night since November last year when it started getting cold: Burt's Bees Peppermint lip balm. I haven't put it on since March when I had that allergic reaction on my lips that took weeks to go away.

I tested the lip balm on Monday, May 23, 2016. I applied it on half of my lower lip and a moment later...

allergic reaction to burt's bees lip balm

There it is, that part of my lower lip getting itchy and inflamed. The redness is obvious close to the center.

It was swollen when I woke up the next day and the clear bubbles started to appear along the edge as the day went on. Same thing as before.

burt's bees peppermint lip balm

I'm allergic to you. I'm allergic to you...

It felt really nice on my lips before I became allergic to it too. Oh well...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

verona optical in sm muntinlupa

MAY 20, 2016 FRIDAY

Fudge it. If I can't see clearly, I can't work. If I can't work, I don't earn.

My eyesight is worse: -8.00 for both eyes with astigmatism (R 1.75 & L 2.00).

My new prescription eyeglasses is ₱₱ kahit net na ng 20% (PWD-cardholder discount). It will have anti-glare coating to relieve eye strain from looking at a computer screen too long. It will have to be special ordered.

verona optical sm muntinlupa

The frame I chose.

Dropped by Verona Optical in SM Muntinlupa on our way home from Alabang for this. Their shop is on the 2nd floor beside the food court. At least it's done. We can pick up my new specs next week.

MAY 23, 2016, MONDAY

high grade prescription eyeglasses distortion when worn

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone... No glare. Good.

I like the case too. Magnetic closure, shaped like a Toblerone box so it's steady on a flat surface.

may 2016 verona optical sm muntinlupa nice eyeglass magnetic case

Monday, May 16, 2016

big problems could've been solved when they were small

egg, kalo-kalo, giniling

Blurry pic of yesterday's egg, kalo-kalo & leftover giniling.

Very humid that it's dangerous taking a bath, you can slip because you sweat at the same time. Not joking.

Getting new prescription eyeglasses deferred indefinitely. Fund will be appropriated to something more important than replacing broken specs and better vision {insert sarcasm}. That "something" is cleaning up after someone else's mistake. Need to fix it to get rid of this headache.

Big problem that could've been solved when it was small. Kainis. Unnecessary stress. Most of my hair is quickly turning white. Not joking.
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