Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I'm in Philippines

This job has really brought me to places. It was my first time to Philippines this week and it was really an eye-opening experience. I also can't believe it's my 1st encounter with an earthquake which happened in Manila on Monday at 5.0 Richter scale. Although I can't feel anything, it's still scary to think about it. At the time it happened, I was actually at the Lobby lounge answering my emails and having a discussion with my line manager. Maybe we were at the lobby and thus didn't feel the earthquake.

I was snacking on this Pizza with ham all by myself with a glass of Pineapple juice at the lobby lounge. The pizza was just delicious!

The Mandarin Oriental in Manila is situated right on the Makati Avenue in Makati City. It's actually one of the busiest streets in the city and traffic jams in Manila is an inevitable way of life here. The security is tight as the cars would be checked at the main entrance and then our bags will be checked upon entrance to the lobby. It's the same everywhere. When we enter the shopping malls, we had to go through a body scanner too.

Initially we wanted to stay at Shangri la as the hotel location is much more convenient than Mandarin. However, Shang was fully booked and so we had no choice but to stay in this hotel. It's a very nice looking hotel, though not new but the overall quality, service and ambiance made up for it. My room is a twin room with a very big bathroom. I liked the black and white tiles and big mirrors that lined the walls. The selection of channels available on the cable TV is sufficient and they do have Pay TV as well for movies and adult shows for a fee! Lol...

The deluxe room rates are going for about PHP5,000 a night which is equivalent to RM350. It's a reasonable price to pay for a 5 star city hotel and the breakfast is very good. There was a carving station for ham, pork loin and roast chicken even for breakfast!

My daily breakfast at the hotel..

I also manage to visit the MARS office today. It's located at a very nice district and overlooking at some tall office buildings at the CBD area. Although it's really small, the office is still very colourful with all the M&M's plush toys at the reception area. It's also my first time snacking on Combos, one of the snack foods produced by MARS.

Anyways I was just there to have a look at the duty free market and at the same time conducted an interview looking for a promoter to handle the brand and products. It was indeed a good experience for me in terms of career development and learning to manage staff from different regions.

Anyways, this is a filler post as I will be posting a few interesting places about the city soon.


suituapui said...

Wish I could join you! I love the Philippines, Manila to be the place, the people and love the music!!! Come, more posts...and I may just fly over one of these days.

Sean said...

does the mandarin oriental in manila feel nicer than the one in kl? i've only visited manila once, but that was nearly 10 years ago. ya, i remember the traffic being really slow. poor children would knock on our car windows and ask us to buy stuff...

Li wei said...

Can i have the 3 MnM soft toy?

KY said...

i want the M&M softoy!!!

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