Monday, March 24, 2014


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         For those of you who don't know, I grew up in the beautiful city of Cebu, because our family's business was established there. For summer vacation, we would come back home to Manila, and to me it would feel like I was in a different country. One of the highlights of our vacations? Our highly anticipated trips to "Big Bang sa Alabang" and the giant slide! It was most fun I had in a sack.. (Until I got older of course hehe). I know i'm showing my age, but I can't help it.. I've got so many great memories there! (In Big Bang.. Not..umm... in the sack hehe.. but now that you mentioned it.. err.. ok let's not lose focus hehe

      My brother and I were elementary school students that flew in from Cebu, and making their way to Alabang, coming from the hills of Antipolo- so i'm sure you'll understand if the trek to Alabang always felt like a lifetime, making us feel like we were going out of town.  

Since then, the Alabang area has grown by heaps and bounds. With road developments such as The Skyway, C-5 and most recently, C-6, Alabang and the other cities in the South is more accessible than ever. 

        Still synonymous with residing prominent families of the country, the Southern part of Metro Manila has boomed into a thriving community of its own, making it totally unnecessary to leave the confines of the area, and more importantly, making it a totally viable location for tourists to stay in when visiting the country. 

        As I've gone along through my blogging career, I've been fortunate enough to experience the exception service of some of the finest hotels Alabang has to offer. Rina and I were extremely ecstatic to be given the opportunity to stay in the newest luxury hotel of the South.. Crimson Hotel.          

         Located within the bustling Filinvest City, and just a stone's throw away from Festival Mall, Crimson Hotel exploded on to the scene just March 21 of 2013, and left a favorable impression on everyone that has visited it. 

        Funnily enough, I wasn't impressed at first. Don't get me wrong, the ground floor lobby was beautiful, but nothing I hadn't seen from other hotels. It was when I was brought to the 8th floor that I was entreated to the hotel's actual receiving area - and boy, it was spectacular. 

          A lavish marble fountain stands proudly at the center, bringing together a beautiful lobby that features modern lines and touches of oriental influences. 

             After checking in, you can watch the action in 8th floor from Crimson's Lobby Lounge. The cozy lounge seats up to 60 people and serves light snacks, desserts, and delicious Afternoon Tea Sets. 

          My fellow blogger friends and spent the evening unwinding with a few drinks and great music provided by the lovely lounge singer (Although Rina was adamant that she didn't do justice to "Let it Go"). 

           The room we were given was the executive suite, which was perfect for me, Rina, Baby Rain and her yaya. It seemed closer to a classy one bedroom condo than a hotel room.

         The living room had a cozy little couch and lounge chair that was perfect for entertaining guests, or relaxing with a good movie. The couch also doubled as Yaya's bed.

          Not only are you entreated to a stunning flat screen TV, but a DVD player as well, that is equipped with a USB slot!

       The kitchen added to the condo feel, as it was set up with a microwave, cooking area, an over toaster and a coffee maker! 

           While other hotels may come with a personal refrigerator, Crimson's Executive Suite has a good sized one.. in fact, this was pretty much the same size of the ref that I had at home for a few years until I finally was able to save up for a bigger one last month. 

           In the bedroom, a King Sized bed awaited us. This definitely lived up to the high standards that I have for a bed when staying at a hotel. I need to feel like I absolutely sink into the bed, like it was a cloud. 

       It only took a few seconds for Baby Rain to make herself comfortable. 

       Watching in the bed has never been so relaxing, as it also has a Flat Scren TV and the DVD setup. A desk is also present in case you need to get a little work, or in my case, a little blogging done hehe. 

            Rina fell in love with the little dresser nook that the bedroom had, and made me promise her that our room would include one for her when we have our dream house made. 

        The marble bathroom looked very posh, with the Rainshower head installed in the bathing area. In case you want to know how much you gained from Crimson's restaurants, a weighing scale was also available. Interestingly enough, I noticed the bathroom lacked a bathtub. But that Rain Shower head made up for it. 

     Oh and we arrived, we had the Black Widow waiting for us, Courtesy of Crimson Hotel! 


                Crimson's flagship restaurant is Cafe Eight. Cafe Eight specializes in International cuisines, ranging from favorites from the orient to new discoveries from the Mediterranean. 


         Cafe Eight is beautifully spaced out, so you don't get the feeling of being cramped. The restaurant captures a distinct elegance that would impress a first date, but whose ambiance exudes a relaxed atmosphere that would make for a fun lunch out with friends and family.


       The bread station had a delicous selection of not just breads, but of spreads, such as a Blueberry-Strawberry jam, zesty Orange Marmalade, and a deliciously sweet honey.  

          The appetizer station featured an eclectic selection of salads (including a delicious Mustard Potato & Bacon salad! 

There is also a Taco station available, where you can build your own Mexican creations. 

The Sushi bar was quite popular with my fellow Blogger friends.

          The kind people at the Pasta station happily obliged when Rina asked if they could make some Carbonara for Baby Rain. 

           Me, I stuck with the Char Kway Teow.. Something I learned how to say only when I visited Makansutra in Singapore.

   Black Pepper Beef

Fish Fillet with Green Curry Sauce

          The highlight of the Lunch for me, was the Baby Back Ribs with Onion Rings. The meat tore cleanly off the bone, and had touches of sweetness and smokiness infused into the meat. Delicious! 


              Though Cafe Eight's buffet selection was rather extensive, Crimson really went all out and made us try a few of their special dishes from the Ala Carte Menu. 

         Which included the delicious Crab Cakes, with lump crab so fresh, you'd swear they just hauled it off from the sea.

         And Osso Bucco, that featured remarkably tender veal bathed in a rich tomato sauce.

            And the mouthwatering Lamb Chops that matched perfectly with the mint Jelly.


      The dessert station featured many different cakes and assorted treats that would make anyone with a sweet tooth extremely happy.

I stuck with a simple Butter & Sugar Crepe. 
(With extra butter. And extra Sugar)

While Rina got a little bit more creative with hers.

Making the most of Cafe Eight's Ice Cream station


         Cafe Eight also hosts the guests Breakfast Buffet, with some of the highlights being.. 

The Honey Glazed Ham..

French Toast

and The Sweet Chili Fish Fillet.

I was curious about the presence of Chicken Teriyaki on the Breakfast menu, but learned to shut up once I tasted how delicious it was.

          I walked over to the omelet guy and handed him a couple of strips of bacon, in which he proceeded to make a Bacon, ham, Cheese and onion omelet.

         Genius, am I not?

         Oh, and the hashbrowns were absolutely delightful! 

Twinkle of Crimson was kind enough to introduce us to Crimson's executive Chef, Alessio Loddo, who surprised Rina with his Tagalog skills.

         The Deck Bar is a cool place to hang out at. I imagine slamming down a couple of Virgin Coladas by the pool while watching some bikini-.. errr.. I mean.. While watching Baby Rain while she swims. (Good Daddy)

            The wind blows extremely strong at the 8th floor, making the water a bit cold. Rain loved her swimming time, but when her teeth started chattering, we needed to bring her out of the pool.. Despite her protests (BOY, can she protest. She takes after her mom in that aspect).

      Every Friday and Saturday night, the Deck Bar converts to a BBQ Buffet!

Can't have a BBQ without grilled corn, right?

       It came to no surprise Chef Alessio makes incredible Italian Sausages!

  Hungarian Sausages

                      Very tasty Chicken BBQ

Delicious Pork Belly

               But I was surprised that the dish I enjoyed the most was the Salmon Belly! I had always felt that salmon was too lean for my liking, but this belly had a juicy trimming of fat around it, making it extra awesome.

              For dessert, you can choose from a selection of fruits and pastries. 

                The Deck Bar has comfortable lounge beds.. That kinda reminded me of Hershey's Kisses, which was the perfect place for Mr. Tales From The Tummy and I to share some quality time with our little girls.

I moved Rain over to the other "Kiss" so she could play with her ate Lauren..

And so I could siesta a little bit after eating a little too much BBQ.

      Crimson also has a state of the art gym, that is equipped the necessities of working out.. Stationary Bikes, Elliptical Machines, Treadmills, and weight machines. I will be writing more about it in a future post, as I have decided to dedicate more time to getting fit.. You'll be reading about it soon! 

And just before the end of our stay, Crimson Hotel surprised us yet again,
 in the form of a delicious cake!

         Much thanks to Twinkle, Kar, and Chef Alessio for making our stay at Crimson Hotel, one for the ages!

Crimson Hotel 
Entrata Urban Complex, 2609 Civic Drive, 
Filinvest City, Alabang, 1781 Muntinlupa City

I hate to go all infomercial on you guys..

But wait, there's more!

 In honor of Crimson Hotel's First Anniversary, 

I'm giving away an overnight stay at a Deluxe Room,
 complete with Breakfast buffet for two! 

What are you waiting for Picky Eaters?? 
Join now!!!


And the winner is.....

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Olga Marie! 


I will send you an email so we may coordinate how you can collect your prize.. I hope we can meet personally!

Thank you to everyone that joined..
 Stay tuned because I've got a lot more giveaways coming up!


  1. Woah!! I would always see The Crimson Hotel's building everytime I go down south... on the way to Tagaytay..

    Happy Anniversary to The Crimson Hotel!! I hope I get to try their place out. and.. the BBQ Buffet looks awesome!!

    Enrique del Rosario Jr

  2. Happy Anniversary to The Crimson Hotel! Looking forward to experience the happiest staycation ever. :-D
    Lally Ruth M. Gonzales

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  4. This would be a great place to spend an anniversary or birthday. Happy Anniversary to The Crimson Hotel! Best wishes to the staff.

    Faye Go

  5. happy anniversary to the crimson hotel! i hope to be able to receive your services soon.

    darci atienza catimpo
    lady [dot] emelye [at] gmail [dot] com

  6. Happy Anniversary, Crimson Hotel Alabang! I have read a lot of great things about you and I hope to visit you soon! :) - Roch Santos,

  7. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang!

    Arturo Bagalay Jr

  8. This is great The Pickiest Eater! And Happy Happy Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! Truly you're the best thing to look forward when traveling the south of Manila! :)

    -- JM Oleo (

  9. Happy Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! Live long and prosper! :)

    Hope to visit you soon!

    Bars Garcia -

  10. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! Here's hoping I meet you personally. lol :-)

    Vivian Aguilar

  11. Happy Anniversary to Crimson Hotel Alabang! I always pass by the hotel every time I go to work. Hopefully we can get to stay there soon! :)

    Roselle Ibuna

  12. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! More years and anniversary to come =)

    Christine Mangubat

  13. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang!

    M a r g r e t h e R a e D e c e n a
    s l e e p y t u l o g @ y a h o o . c o m

  14. Jan Karen Ku

  15. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! Looking forward for a stay in your hotel

    Rachelle Therese F. Gonzales

  16. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang!

    Anna Katrina Tiamzon

  17. Happy Anniversary to Crimson Hotel Alabang!

    emiliana sison

  18. Can't believe Crimson Alabang has been open for a year already! I live close by and I haven't visited yet. Must do so this year. Happy anniversary, Crimson Alabang!

    Patricia Cuyugan

  19. happy anniversary crimson hotel!

    yen morales

  20. A post from THE pickiest eater. finally, YAY!!! we have most certainly missed you, you are too busy!! Pero sulit this long post haha. I'm still awaiting the exercise post though!! Hi to Rina & baby rain. See you guys this weekend! :-* PS - got your email btw.

  21. Happy anniversary, Crimson Hotel! Wishing you truckloads of years filled with tons of blessings!

    Lany Bodegas (

  22. Happy anniversary Crimson Hotel! Cheers to more years!

    Liza Dimaculangan

  23. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! More power!

    Maria Corazon Letada

  24. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! With your great service you'll surely last!

    leahlyn macatangay

  25. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! More years to come!

    Ivy Rose Javier

  26. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang.I hope to win this on my birthday (April 15) for my family.We badly need this staycation.

    Allan Reyes

  27. Happy anniversary Crimson Alabang!!! I badly need this staycation!!! haha! The food looks yum!!!

    Matet Garcia-Reyes

  28. Happy, happier, happiest Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! :) Hope we get to celebrate together! Experience the beauty of the South the Crimson way!
    Joebel See

  29. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang!!! More years to come!

    Kimberly Camille Tiu

  30. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! Looking forward to stay at your hotel! :)

    Shandie Valdez

  31. Happy 1st Crimson Hotel Alabang! Hope to visit you soon.

    Efren Reyes Jr.

  32. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel, me and hubby are an avid followers of your FB page. We are promoting the page since you launched the raise to 5K fans. We really want to experience the luxury and relaxing stay there. Though we are from Olongapo we will travel a weekend staycation.

    Agnes Dela Cruz

  33. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! More years to come! Cheers!

    Ma. Elinor Semira
    elinorsemira0124 at gmail dot com

  34. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang!! Continue on giving great service and experience to your customers. More Power and More Years to come!!

    Marie Katrina Bronozo

  35. Happy Anniversary Crimson Alabang!
    Hope to stay there soon!

    Nelson Guevara

  36. Happy Happy Anniversary Crimson Alabang!!

    Cha Sembrano

  37. Happy Anniversary, Crimson Hotel! You're hotel rocks! We would love to spend our anniversary there too.

    Ma. Clarice Lao

  38. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel! Wish to have a staycation experience there too! More blessings to come! :)

    Rain Gatdula

  39. The Crimson Hote Happy Anniversary! Cheers! More power! Would love to win this overnight stay for our coming 4th year anniversary!!! yay!

    Arra Odeza

  40. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel... Wishing you more anniversary to come.... and keep people happy experiencing their staycation at your hotel... I hope i can visit you soon!....

    Russell Ariel F. Taripe

  41. Happy First Anniversary, Crimson Hotel!!! I hope I win this so I can celebrate with you!! :)

    Theresa Cruz-Escaros

  42. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! Hoping me and my kids have a relaxing day with you!
    sherry ann gole cruz

  43. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang!!! More power!!!

    Lavern Vega

  44. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang !

    Rodel Miclat

  45. Happy Anniversary greeting for Crimson Hotel Alabang!
    From Nadine Vinalon

  46. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! hoping to win this so I can celebrate with you!

    Lawrence Tseng

  47. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang!

    Michelle Solee

  48. Happy Anniversary, Crimson Hotel Alabang! Your breakfast and BBQ buffets look mouthwatering!!

    Rocel A. Villasis

  49. Thanks for having this giveaway!

    Happy birthday, Crimson Alabang! My family and I were there last January 2014 to celebrate my parents' anniversary. We had lunch at Cafe Eight and we were really impressed by the quality and variety of the food, especially at such a reasonable price. The staff were also really attentive and courteous and I personally also liked the hotel's interiors and ambience. Would love to go back :)

    Reg Silva
    wedgienet @

  50. Happy anniversary, Crimson Alabang! I want to try sitting in the Hershey chairs and your buffet looks AWESOME.

    Hazel Monzon

  51. hello crimson hotel and happy anniversary! i've always wanted a staycation in the south and yours seems to be perfect for a stress-free weekend!

    Rose D.

    rose 218 at gmail dot com

  52. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! You are one of the best hotels in the South!

    Shirley Samonte Lim

  53. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang!

    Andrew A
    g u n b l a d e 9 7 7 @ g m a i l . c o m

  54. Happy Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang. I know that you give the best service that's why my husband and I wanted to experience your fabulous rooms. Especially because we have plans to get married this'll serve as our bonding experience together,


  55. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! more power!!!..

    Name ; Liberty Floro
    Email address ;

  56. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! May you have many many more Anniversaries to come!!!
    Name: Maria Elizabeth P. Andres
    Email Address:

  57. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang!

    James Aban
    aban.jfn [at]

  58. Happy Anniversary to The Crimson Hotel
    The ambiance look relaxing and the food mouth watering.. Hoping to win..

    Maricel Fajardo

  59. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel

    Mark Louie M. Gungon

  60. Happy Anniversary, Crimson Alabang! My family can't wait to visit you soon. Thanks for the great review! I'm so loving the place already. :)

    Tara Cagadoc

  61. Happy Anniversary to Crimson Alabang!
    Analaine P.Laurio

  62. Happy Anniversary, Crimson Alabang! Cheers and more power!

    Anna Marie Marigomen

  63. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang!!!
    Joy Marie Benosa

  64. Happy Anniversary, Crimson Hotel Alabang.Cheers!

    Marlene Yanga

  65. Happy anniversary, Crimson Hotel Alabang!!! :) Many more years to come!

    Kristel Chuateco

  66. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! Hoping for more successful years to come on ur way! Cheers!

    Aegeane Mikka Brioso

  67. Happy Anniversary, Crimson Hotel Alabang! Cheers to your success!

    Olga C. Paguio

  68. Happy Anniversary, Crimson Alabang! Thanks for this opportunity to experience your services. May you be blessed more so you can share more.

    Mark Francis P. Eseo

  69. Happy anniversary to crimson hotel alabang! More power to you!

    Clarence Yao

  70. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! More power!

    Steve del Castillo

  71. Wishing you the best! Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang!

    Shakirizza Cabrera

  72. Happy Anniversary Crimson Alabang!!Continue on giving good service to your customers! God Bless!!!

    Rosanna Bronozo

  73. Happy Anniversary, Crimson Hotel-Alabang! May you keep making staycations awesome. More power!

    Tina Elaine Resuello

  74. Happiest Anniversary to you Crimson Hotel! Continue giving superb service making every customer's stay a truly wonderful experience. This is a home away from home.

    Cy Valencia

  75. Crimson Hotel Alabang, I shall see be there soon! *excited*

    Almond Meneses

  76. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel. The most relaxed atmosphere for the family!.. More success! ;)

    Katherine Lovino

  77. Happy anniversary, Crimson Hotel :)

    Angie Vianzon

  78. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang!
    More years to come & i'm hoping i can stay that world class hotel of yours someday.

    Maria May Ochea

  79. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel!:D
    Hope I can stay in one of your suites in the future!:D

    Arjayssa Reyes

  80. Happy Anniversary, Crimson Hotel Alabang!

    Melody Co @

  81. Happy anniversary, Crimson! I've been wanting to stay there and this just might be my chance!

    Jayce Cairo

  82. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! God Bless you! :)

    Name : Abegail B Licayan
    Email Address :

  83. Happy anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! more power and god bless...

    Ava Medio

  84. Happy Anniversary to Crimson Hotel Alabang! Hope to have a stay in you soon :)

    Chona Gomba

  85. Happy anniversary=_)

    Christian Nalica
    cbnalica (at) up (dot) edu (dot) ph

  86. Happy Anniversary Crimson! :) Woah. Time flies by so fast, I remember when Crimson was just starting out now it's their anniversary. Been to the other Alabang hotels, must try this one soon :)

    Anne Ronidel

  87. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang!

    Sherry Anne Caneso

  88. Happy Anniversary to Crimson Hotel Alabang!!!
    Hope to stay there soon!!! =)

    Clyde A. Gabriel

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  90. Hope I win.. Much needed rest...
    Aileen Siwa

  91. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang!!!

    Rosanna Bronozo

  92. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! Been following your fb page eversince hoping for great deals as I've been wanting to try your buffet and accommodation.
    Please pick me pickiest eater :)

    Melani Ang

  93. So excited! It looks like an ah-may-zing hotel nearby and a relaxing staycation

  94. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel!!
    Thank you for this giveaway!

    Thanks too Richie for sharing!

    Didi Tang
    candishhh @

  95. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel! hope we can celebrate our wedding anniversary with you this april! :D
    NAME: Aileen Lacson

  96. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! HOping to experience a luxury staycation there!
    Thank you The pickiest eater for the chance! ;)

    Emilie Udasco

  97. Happy anniversary Crimson! This seems like such a nice experience and well worth it

    Cassey Blumenthal

  98. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! More years to come!

    Wayne Rivero

  99. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel! Thanks for this giveaway :)

    Don Buenaventura

  100. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel Alabang! I'm from the South and if would be perfect if I can celebrate my birthday at this wonderful hotel! ��
    Melanie Esponilla

  101. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel! i hope to experience your world class service. hope i can win this contest
    henry lacson

  102. happy anniversary crimson hotel! would love to celebrate with you!

    arvi gale mendez

  103. Happy Anniversary Crimson Hotel ! More power to you =)

    Earl Cuesta

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