We decided to leave Tagaytay as early as December 30 and check in to a hotel in time for the New Year festivities. We initially had a booking at New World Hotel in Manila-- that one closer to Roxas Boulevard and Manila Bay.
Hours into our stay, wifey noticed that her eyes, as well as baby Pablo's, were getting irritated. While the room was OK, this hotel has more smoking guests than non-, plus you have a casino in the premises as well, which meant more second-hand smoke. Not very baby-friendly at all.
So we cancelled our booking, and decided to check into another hotel.
We ended up moving to the New World Hotel in Makati instead, as we enjoyed our stay there the previous weekend for Christmas.
New World Hotel in Makati City
Now this was much better. We realized it was such short notice, but we were thankful we still had a room in time for New Year.
This time around though, wifey took time to lounge by the pool and let baby Pablo do some sunbathing.
I took the opportunity to catch up on my reading, while wifey and sis-in-law headed on over to Greenbelt just across the street to get some errands done.
Baby Pablo spent the rest of the day with me. His ninangs also stopped by in the afternoon bearing belated Christmas gifts.
New Year's Eve Dinner
We decided to have dinner at the hotel. New World's restaurant at the second level is Jasmine, known for its authentic Chinese cuisine.
In line with the ongoing New Year festivities, the staff at Jasmine handed out all sorts of party gear-- hats for the dudes and headbands and necklaces for the chicks, with a variety of party poppers, horns, and noisemakers to usher in 2018.
New Year Countdown
While baby Pablo was sleeping, we decided to check out the festivities at the hotel lobby.
It was pretty family-friendly-- while they had a stage and a live band dishing out party music, you could see all kinds of hotel guests, from people going solo, to couples or groups of friends, and even families with little ones in tow.
We were able to sneak in a couple of photos with baby Pablo on our way up from Jasmine. More photos below:
New Year's Day Breakfast Buffet
Being the probinsyano tito/titas that we are, we're up early and ready for breakfast.
So we're down at New World's Cafe 1228 just a little past 6am, and lo and behold-- we had the whole cafe to ourselves! Guess everyone's partied out from last night's festivities!
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We take our vacationing pretty seriously, and so should you! Take time to relax and recharge, as well as experience new-- um-- experiences through travel. Get some much needed inspiration, catch up on your leisure time, and make new happy memories with your loved ones-- believe me, you'll be glad you did!
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