Throwback Tuesday. It took me a while to write about this ‘coz this event happened last November, very close to when Typhoon Haiyan (YolandaPH) ravaged Central Visayas. It just didn’t seem appropriate at that time to be writing about some celebration.

Anyway, we — my daughter and I — were just invited to crash my brother’s weekend birthday celebration. It was kind of a last minute thing as the weather was rather bad the day before and the metro was given a warning about the bad weather. However, it all seemed to clear up the next day so I guess the celebration pushed through.

Microtel SM Mall of Asia

Destination #14 was Microtel near SM Mall of Asia. We were surprised to see that it was a rather busy spot. We previously checked into another Microtel Hotel and loved the spacious room and huge beds. This was no different. We got a corner room on the 9th floor. I love high floors! The main reason is the fantastic view one sees on higher floors. It’s great that this one looks out partly to the bay side area.

SM By the Bay

Mom joined us as well on this occasion. After settling ourselves a bit, we went to explore the other parts of the hotel, mainly the roof deck where the hotel pool is located. The view was totally fantastic!

Microtel lobby

However, my favorite part of the hotel was the lobby. The wifi signal was strongest there… and it’s FREE! LOL! 😀

bay walk area

We had dinner somewhere in the mall area and walked around the bay side. There were loads of people there despite the not too good weather — it was drizzling from time to time. Nonetheless, we did have a fun time. My daughter and niece even tried the Pirates ride.

We spent the rest of the night in the room, but did manage to get out to grab some takeout coffee at Starbucks, which was full even at such late hour. And we did stay up late as it was the night of the Miss Universe pageant as well.

roof deck pool - Microtel

Breakfast the following morning was a takeout from McDonald’s. Overall it was a fun weekend family bonding. Pretty cool too that we were one destination closer to target. Destination #14 done… 4 more to go, with 3 still waiting to be drafted. Till next update… ta-tah!

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