As part of my 40th birthday celebrations, my husband planned for a staycation for the YAPPY BUNCH as his birthday gift to me. I'm glad that the Chinese Adonis knows me very well and got me something that I would really, really like. Because yes, jewelry or expensive items could be the appropriate mark for the big 4-0 but I would rather have the whole family share in my happiness with these bonding experiences. For me, that makes turning a year older more special and significant.
So let's go online and book for another family getaway!
For this particular birthday weekend, my husband wanted to try out something that is new and different from where we would usually go to. We thought since Robert de Niro, Leonardo di Caprio, and Martin Scorsese have been showing their faces at us at many youtube ads, we subliminally got the message that we should try out the hottest and flashiest place in town...
So are we in?
OH YEAH WE ARE!
THE CITY OF DREAMS!
We were up early that Saturday morning to go to HYATT, CITY OF DREAMS. We thought even if check-in is after lunch, we could just deposit our bags and enjoy the facilities.
Traffic was moving slow going to our hotel. Good thing that the little lords kept themselves entertained at the back.
I was particularly touched when I saw Andrei lying on his Kuya's Nap. The little bunsoy was getting a bit sleepy but still wanted to read his Minecraft book. His very loving Kuya said he could rest on him.
Awwwww! They fight most of the time but they are so sweet to each other when it's really needed. That is why when I see these rare moments I feel all good inside.
And from afar we see it....
The gambler's heaven and/or hell... The stuff where dreams (or nightmares) are made of. Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Oh well whatever! We're just here for the POOL!!!!!!!!
HYATT, CITY OF DREAMS!
It's so rare to see roads so clean and empty leading up to a hotel.
But with the small driveway, I could just imagine how congested this could get in peak hours.
"Peak hours" such as 'MY ARRIVAL'.
Yup. THE JAZZLE DAZZLE is here.
Ever since I started documenting our HOTEL HOPPING FOR NEW YEAR, I have taken special attention to hotel dogs. This black Labrador was particularly curious but friendly.
As the little lords got older, I pack less bags for them as well.
But really, I don't mind packing the whole house as long as time would stop a bit so they would still be my little boys longer.
I was impressed with the customer service at HYATT, CITY OF DREAMS! We arrived at 10:00am and were not really expecting anything. We just asked permission to use the pool while waiting for our room to get ready.
Lo and behold, this lovely front desk lady said we could already go to our room even if it was way before the standard check in time. How cool is that?
HYATT hotel had a very quaint lobby. I guess it gave way to the casino that's located in the middle of it.
Priorities of course!
Going to the hotel elevators!
I can't help but admire these futuristic yet warm lights above us. It's like having illuminated clouds hovering over the guests.
Now where should we go?
Wohoo! Our home for the weekend!
The kiddies got doubly excited and immediately called out the bed near the windows.
Not too shabby Andrei right?
I know that modern hotels would usually do this to welcome guests but this is Yub's first time! The boys and I were so excited to see a MR. YAP onscreen!
Our bedside table with phone and whatevers.
Our coffee table!
Our glasses and coffee pot.
Make that MY coffee pot!
Our safe and blow dryer!
Our shower and "thinking" area.
MY toiletries! HA!
It's weird though. I pack my own shampoo, conditioner, and bath gel. But come check out time, I turn all Ross (from FRIENDS) and take everything home!
In no time, the HYATT, CITY OF DREAMS guy rang up for our luggages. He was extra helpful in giving us directions and tips to fully enjoy our stay.
(Epic movie voice) "Our room in PANORAMA vision!"
After a few minutes, I finished unloading and folding our clothes in the cabinets. It's this OC habit I have.
The yellow hamper is now out and enjoying the view.
I'm sure once you see the yellow hamper, you would agree to my OC referral. Ha ha ha ha ha!
And my birthday family staycation at HYATT, CITY OF DREAMS starts NOW!
I don't know if it's just because construction hasn't finished yet but going to HYATT, CITY OF DREAMS pool area could be a bit of a challenge.
You could go the long route and head over to the NOBU HOTEL side for the pool area. OR, kind HYATT attendants will teach you a "secret passageway" via our room hallway going to it.
The garden leading to the HYATT, CITY OF DREAMS pool area!
If you plan to swim, don't forget to bring your key card. It gives you access inside the gated pool area.
And woah! What a pool area it is!
If you're a guest in HYATT, you could also go to the pool areas of the other hotels in CITY OF DREAMS such as Nobu and Crown Towers.
I'm not sure though if the same could be said for Nobu and Crown Towers guests for the HYATT pool. He he he he he he!
Lounge area for Crown Tower and Nobu Hotel guests.
The restaurant near the pool area for CITY OF DREAMS is WAVE. It would seem good to eat there except that it could get so windy that your food might be blown off. That's probably why they turned down the umbrellas.
When the sun is not glaring, it's quite lovely to walk around and take in the beauty of the CITY OF DREAMS plants and foliage.
I love that there are golden buildings towering over us.
And there's another golden building that stands proudly amidst the clear skies.
I feel like we're in a golden lego world!
I guess construction IS going on around CITY OF DREAMS. I'm sure though that with the high expectation of tourists and locals this summer, these will be finished in no time.
I somehow hear the GAME OF THRONES theme song in the background. He he he he he he!
There are many attractive spots for photo ops in HYATT, CITY OF DREAMS.
Most definitely we will take advantage of THAT info tomorrow.
This long walk way somehow reminds me of the orange bamboo temple in Kyoto, Japan.
If you don't see the connection, remember that I did say "somehow".
It was quite sunny at this side of the pool area in HYATT, CITY OF DREAMS but we were able to find a wee shaded spot by the shower area.
The lifeguard and attendant who was overlooking the guests that day was very nice and accommodating. He would gamely take pictures of us and get whatever we needed for a fun swim.
He even helped us drag the lounge chair and table on the shaded area.
The little lords were so happy that they got the pool all to themselves.
JAWS was very ecstatic too! More space to swim!
Jaws realized later on though that the last time he ate meat was yesterday. Suddenly, Andrei looked very meaty to him. He he he he he...
Jaws : "I'll fake being cuddly and nice before making my move..."
Jaws : "Sorry buddy. You're cute and all but I got to EAT!"
Yohoo! ERICJAZ FOODIES in HYATT, CITY OF DREAMS!
I was supposed to post a full bodied shot but I realized that the wind made me look pregnant.
There. MUCH better.
Mati and Andrei surrounded by gold!
While they were swimming, we became our usual lazy selves and just sat disgustingly in their lounge chairs!
The HYATT, CITY OF DREAMS swimming pool is open from 6:00am to 8:00pm for all hotel guests. Should you decide to bring in some friends or family to swim with you, you need to pop out P1,500 for each.
Hmmmm... I wonder how many will follow that rule.
Still, if a pool is this big and boasting of a lovely view, one might be tempted to do so!
The pool of HYATT was actually quite cold especially with the strong breeze. That's why Andrei would sometimes prefer dunking himself in the hot jacuzzi.
I warned him though that he could not stay there for a long time because if you are submerged in warm water for more than an hour, your muscles will become over relaxed and it might be hazardous to your health.
When we stayed in HYATT last February, we were surprised to learn that their cr and dressing rooms could be found inside their recreational area. It was fully airconditioned and quite a walk from the pool so you could just imagine how cold it was for the kiddies when they wanted to get out of the pool and pee.
It is also where their gym is located.
Too bad that I have a bad back so I cannot really do some serious exercising now.
That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.
Mati and Andrei preferred to take a bath in our room instead.
I wonder if we could see our house from here?
Andrei loved our room especially because it was in front of a plane runway. He was able to see planes land and take off!
He loved planes and trains you know! It took a lot of calling before he could get away from his "live movie theater".
Finally, we were able to peel Andrei from his chair to go to the CITY OF DREAMS mall.
Hmmmm.... Do you notice something familiar? I can't quite get it.
I can't quite pin it.
My boys are DEFINITELY in. He he he he he!
We checked out the mall above the casino to have our late lunch and explore around.
Here's the map for the ground floor.
If you don't feel like eating at the hotel, you may opt for the CITY OF DREAMS mall for their many restaurants guaranteed to satisfy whatever food your craving.
For lunch, we went for some Korean food at O KITCHEN
Blogpost coming soon!
Andrei at that time was seriously hungry for some leche flan so after lunch we found a Filipino restaurant near O KITCHEN.
Such a happy little Andrei!
My bunsoy is such a picky eater that in the rare times that he craves for something, we do our best to give it to him. ANYTHING to make him fat.
He he he he he!
After dessert, we went around and was amazed with these moving ceiling ornaments!
It was like... MAGIC!
We passed by CITY OF DREAMS theatre, CHAOS which was not yet open the time of our visit.
The top view of the casino!
At this time, a polite guard told us that taking pictures of the casino is not allowed.
We're totally fine with that as long as he takes a picture of the whole family at the other side. He he he he he!
We decided to check out the casino itself.
Of course, we're not going in. We'll just got a look from the outside.
The little lords though saw something that they really liked.
He he he he he!
After a whole day of swimming, eating, and exploring, it's time for my little lords to take a short nap.
Of course, they just have to have some cookies and fresh milk before getting a quick shut-eye!
Mati later on moved to a more comfortable spot.
Nice move son! Of course, you don't really have to sleep to enjoy what sweet dreams are made of. You just have to go to your favorite place or thing to do and just let bliss take over your whole being.
And THAT'S why I'm celebrating my big 4-0 with THE YAPPY BUNCH at HYATT, CITY OF DREAMS!!!!
It's a "dream come true" for me to be able to celebrate these times with my crazy family!
PART TWO COMING SOON!
Hyatt City of Dreams Manila
Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard,
+63 2 691 1234
Fax: +63 2 691 1235
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