Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Starting Another Year


Today, I start another year in my life. I still remember how I celebrated my birthday last year - cooked for friends and invited them over in my little apartment. It was nothing fancy, nothing glam,  nothing over-the-top but I undoubtedly enjoyed the food and conversations as well as laughter. Friends and family indeed makes one richer. A lot has happened since then, 365 days full of memories, mistakes, risks, triumphs, travels, and yes my life couldn't be anything better. I could not ask for more.

Sometimes I get to thinking  that this year has changed my outlook on money - saving and spending among others. This is the year when I look at my savings account and I smile knowing that my vessel will never be empty. I feel so blessed. I am happy. I am fulfilled. I am contented. I think about the days and months and years ahead of me and I smile. This is the life I imagined when I was still a little girl - a life bathed with simple pleasures, a life full of positivity and a life well-lived for the most part.


1  I have made it a point to spend time with the right people in my life.

2  I never let a bad day make me feel like I have a bad life.  

3  I learned to love my own decisions.

4  Happiness is not something that can be postponed for the future because it is something that I can design into the present.

5  Never worry about people who don't worry about me at all.

6  Someone else is incredibly happy with far less than what I have. -always makes me teary-eyed

7  Sometimes people throw away something good for something better, only to find out later that good was actually good enough and better never even came close.

8  Travel will make your life richer.

9  It hurts the most when you start pretending it doesn't.

10  Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.


If you are reading this and you have been a part of my life in one way or another, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my very happy heart. You make my life worth living!


Monday, June 16, 2014

Fairmont Makati Staycation


They say that third's time the charm and I could not agree more - I am now spending a very relaxing weekend to usher in my birthday week in Fairmont Makati. As mentioned this is my third stay in this hotel this year. I spent two days during my first stay, one day on the second and three days this time around. Of all the hotels that I have stayed in here in Metro Manila, I could say that Fairmont Makati made me feel at home the most. Every employee is just so friendly and always armed with a cheery smile right from the moment that I arrive to the moment when you feel like you just don't want to leave.

Before I fill you in about my staycation, I just wanted to tell you upfront that Fairmont Makati is now one of my favorite home away from home.

Let's get started, shall we?

I got upgraded to the Fairmont Gold Room (thank you very much) because June is my birthday month and because I used my BPI Gold Mastercard to pay for my hotel bill. The Fairmont Gold experience begins the moment I arrived - check-in was at the private Fairmont Gold floor reception desk at the 7th level. Check-in is always very efficient and seamless. While waiting for my details to be documented, I am ushered in to one of the plush lounge chairs and offered coffee, tea or any drinks available plus a tempting selection of delicacies perfectly matched with afternoon tea amenities. This exclusive treat is available between 2PM to 4PM daily. Must try - calamansi and ube macarons - so delicate and flavorful.

If what I enumerated and showed you won't entice you to book your stay pronto then I don't know what will. Click the picture below to check hotel availability and rates. 




The Fairmont Makati Gold Room


The room is cozy, clean and very comfy. I super love the bed and the pillows. All Fairmont Gold rooms have Stearns and Forster luxury beds. Sleep is a luxury for me and sleeping on this bed is my little piece of heaven in the city. I almost didn't want to leave the room. There is also an electronic control panel on one of the bedside tables thus you would not need to get up to turn off the lights. How convenient! The floor to ceiling windows, provides ample natural lighting as well.


Apart from the impeccable service, Fairmont Makati's bathroom is one of the reasons why I would keep coming back here to stay. The walls and floors are made of luxurious marble with a separate walk-in shower, tub and loo. 


The Fairmont Makati Swimming Pool, 
Gym and Willow Spa 

The pool, gym and spa are located at the 4th level. This is where I go when I needed fresh air and refreshments. The pool bar also serves some quick cooking dishes and local and international drinks. Oh they also serve halo-halo inside a coconut.




The Macaron Bar




If you wanted to satisfy your craving for macarons - different colors and flavors, go down to the lobby and look for The Macaron Bar. I can almost guess that it will be your favorite macaron place from now on. 


Fairmont Makati Gold Lounge

At the luxuriously designed Fairmont Gold Lounge, our discreet team is dedicated to ensuring your complete privacy and highly personalized stay. Throughout the day, you can relax sipping on tea, coffee, juices and soft drinks. The Honor Bar is available to enjoy from 12:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. while a selection of complimentary spirits and liquors are served from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
With 60 elegant and comfortable Makati City hotel suites and guest rooms, you can rise refreshed to a hearty Deluxe Continental Breakfast served at the Fairmont Gold Lounge from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on weekdays, and 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays, with stunning views of the waking city.
Discover our rich Spanish heritage with our Merienda Cena orAfternoon Tea. Offered from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, you can indulge in a tempting selection of authentically local delicacies, beloved flavors that Filipinos have enjoyed for centuries.
Your Fairmont Gold Lounge experience does not stop there as Evening Hors D’oeuvres are served from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. featuring culinary masterpieces prepared by our master chefs. Enhance your evening cocktail with complimentary bar service highlighting our signature champagne, Veuve Cliquot. Then, cap the night with a sweet ending to your day as our Golden Lullaby treats you to a variety of sinful pastries and desserts from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. - sweet dreams!

For inquiries and reservations, call 1-800-257-7544 or 02-555-9888. Fairmont Makati is located at 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City. 

I had a wonderful stay and I will for sure be back one of these days. Thank you for the warm welcome Fairmont Makati and of course thank you for the surprise birthday cake. I love it! 



"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."
- Oprah Winfrey

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Sunday Currently - Stopped to Smell the Roses


Wow!  It has been a good two months and a few days since I joined "The Sunday Currently". I did not completely neglect this blog, if that could be any consolation. It's just that I had a lot of things going on and work stuff prevailed over all other things that I had to do. I had to retreat a bit because I felt like the life in my life just completely passed me by.



“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” - JOHN LENNON


U R R E N T L Y . . . 

READING the Fairmont Hotel magazine. I am comfortably lounging in this ultra-comfy lounge chair in the corner of the room while watching random telly channels.

WRITING a thank you note to the cleaning lady for always making sure that the room is tidy and for making sure that I have everything I need during the turndown service. I can get used to this life.  I am also writing down quotes in my little notebook that I can use for my calligraphy practice sessions. Yes, I have picked up a new hobby yet again. I joined a workshop a couple of weeks ago and you can see my journey here

LISTENING to silence. Ah! That feeling of just relishing the peace and quiet. 

THINKING about the year that was. It will be my birthday in the next 2 days and I could not imagine how jampacked the past year was.

SMELLING the rosehip oil I just slathered on my face. I don't know I could not describe the smell but it's a little unpleasant for me although the smell disappears eventually. I still continue to use it because of its benefits to the skin so I can shake off the smell issue. 

WISHING for more happiness in my life as I start living another year.

HOPING to start drafting our travel itinerary to Davao on September and South Korea on November. I will be travelling with friends and I am more than excited.  

WEARING  my nightgown and a thick robe. I could not live in cold places really. 

LOVING the smiles and service of  the Fairmont Makati staff. Definitely plus points in my book! 

WANTING to come back here and stay again. I just feel so relaxed. 

NEEDING to drink more water. I just observed that I am experiencing cramps on my leg often especially when I wake up. I don't know if this merits medical attention but I guess this is not something that I should just treat lightly. 

FEELING so relaxed. Sometimes we just have to stop our daily routine and smell the roses.

This is my 9th entry to the blog link-up for "The Sunday Currently". If you missed the other posts, why not click this LINK?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

My #WorldCup2014 Dream Team


I was bitten by the World Cup bug in 2010 and I still have it until now. I remember writing about my "dream team" before and well the only measure I had was the "candy-meter" I concocted. LOL! Anyway, just for the fun of it, I am sharing my list to all of you.


Robin Van Persie
Forward
Netherlands



Kevin Mirallas
Forward
Belgium


Olivier Giroud
Forward
France



Cristiano Ronaldo
Forward
Portugal



Fernando Torres
Forward
Spain



Graham Zusi
Midfielder
USA



Jack Wilshere
Midfielder
England



Dries Martens
Midfielder
Belgium



Mariano Andujar
Goalkeeper
Argentina



Joel Veltman
Defender
Netherlands



Leonardo Bonucci
Defender
Italy



Who are in your list? If you have a list and you blogged about it too, let me know by leaving your link in the comment box below so I can check it out as well...


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Meet My Baby Niece - Dorothy Elleana


I went home to attend my baby niece's dedication (christening to Catholics) to our province last month. We were supposed to have the event on my sister's birthday but the venue was not available so we opted to pick a different date, earlier than the original schedule.



I had my little stint of being Eana's nanny while I was on vacation. She's growing so fast. She's just barely one month in the picture above and I am so enamored with her chubby cheeks and baby smell. I love how I can make her sleep while she's in my arms. I love how she can make adorable  facial expressions. I am so looking forward to meeting her again 3 months from now. My sister sends me Baby Eana's pictures almost every day so I get my daily fill of her cuteness.


She had what looked like baby acne when I was home and my sister used the cream that the baby's pedia recommended. I suggested for my sister to try adding virgin coconut oil to her bath water and the rashes slowly disappeared. Nature's miracle indeed. I had some dry spots on my skin when I traveled to Denmark and VCO help me restore my skin's moisture.


She loves to sleep and drink milk and poo and pee - that's basically her daily routine and of course just being adorable and lovable among others. It's just too exciting to have our first baby in the family. I cannot wait to have my own bundle of joy in the near future.

As always, if you have any questions you can email me through kessathea26@gmail.com or kessathea@littlemisskessa.com. You may also opt to leave your thoughts in the comment box below. 


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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil


This Little Miss is more than excited...

By 5pm on Thursday, Brazil should finally be ready for the moment this football-obsessed nation has been dreaming of – and dreading – for the past seven years: the kickoff of the World Cup finals. - The Guardian

Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez‘s “We Are One (Ole Ola)” video for the official song of the FIFA World Cup has arrived. It also features Brazilian singer Cláudia Leitte.


The trio will be performing the jam during the FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony in San Paolo, Brazil, on June 12. There are some talks that J.Lo won't be attending the opening ceremony though. She did show up!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Quick Note

Hi everyone!

I am terribly sorry for not being able to update my blog for the past month. I have been incredibly busy and I am still trying to regain the energy I lost from all the hustle and bustle of my everyday life. I have tried to write but I feel like it's just not something that would interest you or the posts I started were just a little too personal and some are chock-full of negative vibes and so I opted not to publish.

I feel a little bit stressed and I needed some time to shake the tensions out my system before my husband's homecoming. We may be taking a little vacation too while he is here and so I may post only a few from now until he flies back to another country for work again. Anyway, he just flew home to Denmark from a short stint 11 weeks at work in an oil tanker (Rome, Morocco, Gibraltar, Malta, Tenerife, Slovenia and then back to Copenhagen). Maybe when he becomes a captain I would be able to join him on-board. Sounds exciting and a little terrifying too! We've also talked about a little bit of future planning - the possibility of moving to St. Croix US Virgin Islands being one of them. It is not set in stone yet but you will for sure know when the time comes. For now, we're just taking one day at a time and just looking forward to the next homecoming again.

I am still around on Twitter and Facebook but not as much as I used to. I am getting tired of this social media thing but I know I will be back in the swing of things at some point. I just need time to breathe and enjoy my little sanctuary of silence at home. I still pretty much try to respond to emails that I receive so please feel free to drop me one. It would cheer me up for sure!

My goal is to come back refreshed and hopefully I can inject more positive thoughts in my articles.


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