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F1 Hotel

 “First I was afraid, I was petrified”. That was my initial feeling when RICHIE ZAMORA invited me to meet THE KTG BOSS Spanky Enriquez at a staycation at the F1 Hotel in BGC -the first hotel in the Fort area (hence the name).



F1 Hotels and Resorts

32nd Street Bonifacio Global City,

Taguig 1634, Philippines

Tel. No. (63.2) 928.9888 local 6448

Fax No. (63.2) 928.1888








F1, through the great organizational skills of Richie and arranged by the Boss Man himself, was so nice to give me & my family a FORT SUITE -the biggest in the house. So all 5 of us fit comfortably in the room.



F1 Hotel Manila is the first hotel to open in Bonifacio Global City (Fort). It is located just across S&R Membership Shopping, and literally a stone’s throw away from St. Luke’s Medical Center. You can see the hotel from 32nd street but you have to take the Lane A to get to the main entrance.




We were given the Fort Suite so all 5 of us slept comfortably. This sofa turns into a bed & was used by the girls. We had an extra cot brought in for my babyson & there was still enough room to walk around. A room like this costs 9,450 php a night. An extra bed costs 1.5k/night. For a City Suite: 7,650 php For a Regular Room (Deluxe Twin or King): 6,750 php




The bed was thick & plush, the air-conditioning cool & constant, so we felt right at home & didn’t miss the comforts of our own home. <3

I loved the rain shower in our compact but modern & clean bathroom.


Merienda Cena Featuring: Suman Festival. Make the most out of your afternoon break with F1 Hotel’s snack buffet featuring sticky rice from different regions of the country available from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM until April 30, 2014.Price: Php 295



A welcome treat awaited us as we stepped inside our suite. The kids who don’t normally eat kakanin enjoyed this sticky rice platter. This was gone in like 60 seconds! :P





All qualms were laid to rest as soon as the tall, handsome & macho guy known as Capo Di Tutti Capi (Boss of all bosses) enveloped me & my family in warmth & kindness. The fact that he was so funny & witty helped put me at ease too. :) Never a dull moment with him & Richie at the helm. We were kept in rapt attention & stitches as they regaled us with stories after stories!



The Boss Man & Richie were so hilarious, I swear I had kabag from all their amusing behavior throughout our stay! ;P


I was so happy to also meet the very pretty Jill (The Food Scout) & boyfriend Oliver, Abet (The Food Alphabet) & Joan. Louise (Mommy Practicality) and a couple of other mommy bloggers there as well with their families.




Richie, the Boss Man, and the very pretty & charming Jill. <3

Rina of Rina’s Rainbow (Richie’s better half) & baby Rain. <3


Abet & Joan. <3


And A-lister Home & Living blogger Louise who, I was surprised, was sooo nice & friendly! <3 We just met but she was so cheerful & ma-kwento that I wasn’t shy to be around her at all.


An all-Filipino lunch was provided. The theme was LuzViMinda short for Luzon, Visayas and the Mindanao. I was happy  to see oysters, lobsters, and flavored lechon bagnet on the spread as well as Papaitan. Certainly not a usual fare at hotel buffets. So we focused on those & had our fill. Executive Chef Sau del Rosario is the guy behind the Filipino special spread.








I skipped the rest & focused on this flavored bagnet. These are: Bringhe Stuffed Bagnet (Luzon), Dried Mango Stuffed Bagnet (Visayas) & Tablea Stuffed Bagnet (Mindanao)


Celebrity Chef Sau del Rosario at the Helm.


Papaitan, a Pampanga region native delicacy.

I had my fill of lobsters & oysters! <3 A Luzviminda Lunch Buffet costs 1,400 php/person. Dinner buffet (international fare) costs the same.


They have a Mongolian Station..


and a Pasta Station if you’re not too keen on Filipino food.


Kap super enjoyed the seafood spread & stayed until closing time even after all the other bloggers left! @[email protected]


Meanwhile, my Lovey had the time of her life making her own crepe! :)

Thank you so much, GRACE, for putting that smile on my Lovey’s face and for being so patient in teaching her how to make a yummy crepe! <3




F1 Hotel has 3 pools on the same 3rd floor which the girls immediately dove into with their Tito Richie who was in for a training sesh with coach Jana haha. Read his very humorous & entertaining post HERE! ;))





The Baby pool, the Wading pool..

and the Lap pool.


There is NEVER a dull moment with Ritchie. He kept us in stitches with his antics! ;))


This photo belongs to THE PICKIEST EATER Richie Zamora. Read his humorous post on the link I included above. :)




Since Lenten season was just around the corner, Chef Sau impressed us with a variety of seafood specials (ok & 1 chicken meal) for our light sit-down dinner.



Luscious Lent

Savor seafood dishes this Lenten Season. In commemoration of the Holy week, F1 Hotel Manila delights you with mouth-watering seafood dishes such as Steamed Baby Lapu-lapu Fillet with Mini Ratatouille, Lemon Capers Butter Emulsion and Saffron Potatoes for only P699
*International Buffet resumes on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014



Wild Mushroom and Silken Tofu Quiche, Organic Arugula and Micro Sprouts, Citrus Vinaigrette. I was concerned that my kids wouldn’t like this since it was made of Tofu. But it tasted like egg & they polished off their plates easily! :)





Tuscan Style Tomato and Basil Pesto Soup, Focaccia Toast, Fried Cherry Tomatoes


We had a choice each of either: Lemon and Rosemary Roasted Chicken, Haricot Vets, Onion and Apple Marmalade, Roasted Potatoes


Or Steamed Baby Lapu-lapu Fillet, Mini Ratatouille, Lemon Capers Butter Emulsion, Saffron Potatoes


Or Tofu Agedashi, Vegetable Pasta, Nori Shreds, Teriyaki Sauce, and Forbidden Rice Pilaf




Caramelized and Spiced Pineapple Tatin, Toasted Almonds, Vanilla Ice Cream


This staycation was such a blessing. The kids just finished school so this was a timely celebration to kick off summer! \m/


We has so much fun chatting the night away. Richard (Tales From The Tummy) & Irene (Indulgence by Irene), who just came home from a 10-day vacay in Osaka, dropped by to say hello to everyone & give their pasalubong! <3


Nightcap with the gang was celebrated with colorful cocktails that made the kwentos even more lively & boisterous! :P



5 THIRSTYHave unlimited *drinks from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Canary Lounge for only Php 530.  *Choice of drinks: sodas, chilled juices, local beers, house-pouring wines, in-house cocktails, mocktails and signature iced tea. Some drinks are subject to availability.



Jill jokingly sipped from all 3 cocktails as Oliver looked on disapprovingly. :)) She’s such a good girl, don’t worry, this is just for the pictures haha.




Because Ate turns exorcist (remember we covered that area in THIS post) if she doesn’t get her daily gym fix, she trod on with a half asleep brother in tow early in the morning to burn whatever there is left for her to burn in her new summer hot bod! ;)


She’s worked really hard for this new body & I am just so proud of what she has accomplished. She’s put so much hard work, determination & discipline to get these buns. Living on baked kamote, chicken & salmon for months on end.

To read what made her inspired, CLICK HERE.


The gym was compact but had several top of the line cardio machines & equipments.



This photo belongs to THE PICKIEST EATER Richie Zamora. Read his humorous post on the link I included above. :)



A huge breakfast buffet was the perfect ending to our Fort getaway before heading on to church. What a perfect weekend it had been with the new friends we have made. <3





Here’s Richie taking a photo of his first love.. BACON! (sorry Rina, but it ain’t you haha!) ;P


Omelet station.




Assorted beverages included in the Breakfast Buffet when you check in.


Thank you so much Richie, Boss Spanks, and F1 Hotel for a great & memorable weekend! <3




With Pau Esmedilla, Marketing Coordinator for F1 Hotel who made sure our stay was more than comfortable and anticipated our every need. Thank you Pau! :)

By the way, F1 Hotel has a promo..

This post first appeared on Tales From The Heart | The Adventures & Misadventures Of Team GOppets., please read the originial post: here

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