I got three phrases to best describe our experience in Ibis Hotel, North Point — (1) value for money, (2) great location and (3) just what we need. Here’s my fair share of Room 1906 and Ibis North Point in general.
It’s our 5th time in Hong Kong but this is our first time to stay in Ibis North Point. We booked for a Double Bed City View room (11 sqm) but we have been upgraded to the one with harbor view for FREE. And for us, that’s a +1 point for their service.
Despite of the small size room and bed (two beds joined together), we still felt comfortable in doing our daily activities. This is by far, the smallest room we had stayed on. Previously, we stayed in Best Western, Newton Place Hotel, Royal Plaza Mongkok and Metropark Mongkok. Having a mindset that we will move in a limited space helped us formulate techniques in doing our own thing efficiently. After a few days of stay, we realized that it’s really not bad at all because we can get all the things we needed without even hopping off from our bed, literally.
The room and the hotel itself is always clean. The bathroom is equipped with essentials we needed. The staffs are friendly and very accommodating too. The MTR – North point is also a few steps away from the hotel — actually adjacent. Well, the only challenge part are the escalators and stairs that we need to pass through to ride the train. But who would complaint, we are in Hong Kong and it’s the Walking City! Outside our hotel, the area is surrounded with shops, restaurants and even mall that are just a few blocks away.
The tram is also at the opposite road so we have different transportation options. We did not also expect the breakfast being served due to low accommodation price, considering the hotel’s price range in Hong Kong (I’ll create another post about our breakfast in Ibis North Point). Daily breakfast is superb! Overall, our experience is beyond our expectation. We simply believe that this hotel is underrated.
Here are more details and few tips related to our stay in Ibis Hotel, North Point Hong Kong.
Date stayed: February 1-7, 2015 (6N/7D)
Rate: Php 19,761.45 or $445.79 (based on today’s prevailing rate)
Includes: buffet breakfast, in-room Internet Wifi
Booked via Agoda.
Address:138 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Tip #1. There’s a 711 and a small grocery in the MTR station. Another 711 is also one block away.
Tip #2. Along the hotel’s side of the street towards to MTR station, there are other local restaurants that you can try. There’s this one Chinese restaurant that’s open until midnight (or maybe 24/7, not sure).
Tip #3. There’s also a spa along in the reception area where you can try. Honestly, we find their price too high but for those who are badly in need, it would be nice to check it out.
I’am actually craving for Vigan’s empanada and their vinegar (Sukang Iloko) so I decided to write an article about it (me ending up craving more of it! Lol). I remember the first time we rode an airplane in December 2007, we are heading to Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Hon’s hometown. That was also the first time I tasted empanada and okoy . After 5 years, in July 2013, we went back to experience Ilocos and to taste their other dishes and these delicacies again. This time, we stayed in Fort Ilocandia.
The photos below were taken from our July 2013 trip in Vigan, Burgos Plaza, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.
According to our tour guide, the empanada of Vigan and Batac taste differently. I tried both and I could say that they are equally good. I maybe just love the wholeness of it.
Empanada – It is similar to a thin taco that is fried to a crisp, with vegetable and meat filling. Rice flour is used for making the crust or the shell. The galapong or rice flour dough is made a day before it is used. Atchuete or orange food color, salt and oil are mixed into the rice though. The dough mixture is then kneaded as thinly as possible on a banana leaf (wax paper is a good substitute). Source: http://www.vigan.ph/empanada.html. Normally costs Php 30-50 (almost $1 each).
Okoy (shrimp fritter) – viand consists of small fresh shrimps with shell, glutinous rice batter and deep fried into a round form. In Vigan, kutchay is added. Source: https://cmgarrido.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/vigan-okoy/
So if you’re planning to go to Ilocos, make sure that you don’t miss these delicacies. This will certainly make your trip complete!
Tip: If you or your companion has reaction in sea foods particularly shrimp, avoid Okoy. Hon experienced a severe reaction to this which made us cancel one of our day tours.
Yesterday was a long journey but it’s all worth it! Finally, after 3 hours drive, we see the Regina Rosarii in Tanay, Rizal (Philippines).
My family and I celebrated the Palm Sunday mass yesterday in Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplative in Asia (RICA) and we felt so blessed to be able to experience God’s love in this place. The area is so beautiful, surrounded with trees and flowers and really peaceful. If I were to do a recollection, this would be that place.
Praying inside the Sulod (the room inside the huge Mama Mary statue) is another yet solemn encounter with God. Voicing out Jesus’ name inside that room along with other visitors made me feel so relieved and loved. For some reason, it brought joy to my heart. What a blessed way to start the lent week!
After the Sulod, there’s this area where you we bought candles and utter prayer for the desire of our hearts. I’ve also written a letter — thanking and casting all my fears and uncertainties to the Lord. Below are other photos I’ve taken using my LG phone.
Some facts about our visit to the Regina Rosarii in Tanay, Rizal (Philippines).
Address: Regina RICA (Rosarii Institure for Contemplation in Asia)
Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal, Philipines
Date of visit: March 29, 2015 with my immediate family
Tips: Dress properly as they don’t allow shorts, sleeveless,spaghetti strap and sandos. They are also close during Tuesdays.
Schedule of Activities at Regina RICA Mass
Sunday- 11:00 am/3:30 pm
Monday-Saturday- 11:00 am except Tuesday
6:00 am every 4th Saturday of the month