10th Anniversary Getaway (Part 2) – Century Mall: Early Bird Breakfast Club and Hole in the Wall

For our 10th anniversary celebration, we opted to book a room at Serenity Suites, Antel (More of this on my blog: 10th Anniversary Getaway part 1).  After checking in, we happily toured the area.  Adrian proudly showed me his discovery – Century city mall, which is just a minute’s walk from our hotel.  He compares it to places he has seen in Singapore and tells me we should check the mall out. The place is nice, not so big, but just right.  It is neatly tucked in Kalayaan Avenue but is very near our hotel facing Makati Avenue. What I like about it? Cozy, lots of nice shops and definitely not crowded.

We were famished so we went ahead and sampled the Early Bird Breakfast Club. I have seen pics of this resto over at FB with its alfresco ambiance so I wanted to try it out.  It took a while for us to find it.  It is located at the ground floor near Starbucks.


Can’t get enough of this happy place


Sampled their Sunny Salpicao with egg and button mushrooms


Whoops – What happened (haha)? (Calamansi Hazel Nut Ice Tea for me and    Pandan Iced Tea for him

From Big Bird Breakfast Club, we then went up to Hole in the wall, definitely a cool, nice place with super, awesome good food in a dynamic ambiance. This place is filled with around 15 mini-restos where you can order food and eat in a cool dining area.  The view from the window is also superb!



Stared at the ceiling while waiting for my order…


Cold pressed drink from Spruce and Nachos from Posporo – Taqueria Filipina


BIG Shawarma from Liberation Shawarma


Happy eaters!

It was definitely fun to try out new things in the metro. God willing, we will definitely go places, try things and taste good food with many more happy years together! Cheers!


10th Anniversary Getaway (Part 1) – Serenity Suites, Antel Makati

June 18 marked our 10th year wedding anniversary and it called for a celebration! The original plan was to go out of town, but since we also celebrated Lukas’ 4th birthday the previous day – June 17th, we decided to have a staycation in a hotel in the city.  Our original plan was to celebrate in a hotel in Ortigas area but the husband suggested that we book in Makati as Ortigas is an “all too familiar” place for both of us.

I followed his advice was led to check out Antel Hotel in Makati.  I spotted the hotel previously when I attended a blogging summit last year. I got great feedback on the internet and the location was perfect as it is so conveniently near A.Venue mall and Century city mall which I long planned to check out.  It boasts of 3 towers – A. Venue Suites, Antel Spa Suites and Serenity Suites.  The three towers are connected and in the common area, you would see their big pools – the biggest in the area. (There were actually 3 big pools and 1 kiddie pool – I counted!)

What a blessing to get a 1-bedroom suite at the Serenity Suites!  The hotel staff were courteous and did everything with a smile.   Reservation was quick and check in process was a breeze.  What I loved is the personal touch which made the day even more special! Our room was neat, charming and lovely.


Personal touch: “Happy 10th Wedding Anniversary, Sweethearts Adrian and Shane” personalized greeting,  complimentary wine and rainy day giveaway.


Our lovely, charming room!


Cozy zen inspired rest room


Love the red couch!


Dining and Kitchen area


uploaded these pictures here in this area – Wifi uploads were fast!!!


Nice!!! Pool 1 with kiddie pool on the far side


Indoor Pools #2 and 3 parallel to each other


The Husband enjoying his BIG breakfast at Cafe Azzurro


Us at Azzurro Restaurante Mediterraneo

We spent our day touring the nearby area, watching movies, eating and sampling restaurants and enjoying the city lights and the live band.  We talked about the years we had, our highs and lows, the lessons we learned and our plans for the future.  All of these, while thanking God that He wrote our love story and brought us together.

Can’t believe it has been 10 years!  Cheers!