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Trip Start Dec 20, 2011
Trip End Jan 15, 2012

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Friday, January 13, 2012

In the morning, we had to clean up from the night before, pack, catch a noon taxi to the airport for our flight to Manila.  Arriving later in the afternoon, we took a taxi to our hotel, Victoria Court Cuneta, near Mall of Asia.

Zel had come across the Victoria Court chain while browsing hotels in Manila some months earlier.  The slick website showed numerous different theme rooms, lavishly outfitted, some outrageously so.  The suites all came with a jacuzzi, and were reasonably priced (about $100 per night for the mid-priced suites).  She picked one called Indigo Meditation; a room with a royal Middle East/Asian vibe.  We booked for three nights; my last two, plus, since my flight was late Saturday, that night for Zel.

When we arrived, we discovered the room had not been cleaned up yet.  They showed us another room, but we found the color scheme tacky and asked if we could just store our bags and go out for dinner while they prepare the room.  It was agreed. 

Make no mistake -- this is not a family hotel.  It is fun for couples, and, it seems, is a hot spot for illicit liaisons.  Half and quarter day rates were available, and most of the rooms had private garages, ostensibly to hide cars from prying eyes.  There were two large TVs, one downstairs in front of a love seat nook that developed reception problems.  The other was adjacent to the bed.  It was fun...but also, one night was enough of the place.  The rooms did not have a no-smoking policy, and burn marks hampered the otherwise well-decorated room.  The bed, a thin mattress on a slab, wasn't particularly comfortable, but I imagine sleeping wasn't the primary purpose.

We went to Mall of Asia that night, and after walking around a bit, settled on Zel's favorite restaurant, Italiannas.  We ate outside with a nice view of the Ferris wheel and bay as night fell.  After dinner, we went for a long walk down the boardwalk.  We briefly stopped at one of my favorite chain restaurants, Hooters, and I was excited to see some familiar beer on the menu -- namely, Sam Adams.  For the umpteenth, time, however, my quest for anything but San Miguel was thwarted when the waitress said the only import beer they had was Budweiser.  Blech.  We left.  After a long walk, we stopped for some ice cream and went back to the hotel.
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