Celestial


She spends every friday night

waiting for the stars to fall down.

As soon as nights unveils itself,

she longs for comets that come

every one hundred years so.

She makes her wish

and whispers a prayer.

Elusive happiness.

 

**Revised version of Sleepless… from 2006.

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Restarting goals and incentives


I’ve always shared my goals so that people can help hold me accountable. Peer pressure used for good!

Health

I’ve always struggled maintaining a normal BMI, which probably lead to having PCOS and aggravating my genetically-impaired insulin resistance. This year the goal is to get to 125 and stay there.

The journey started at 155 and currently, tipping the scales at 143 through Keto and LCHF. At this rate, should be there by June.

Fitness

This is an energy booster and a stress-buster. Just makes perfect sense to get in a few hours a week. Baby steps, hit average 6k steps for one whole month!

Learn something new

When you live surrounded by water, it doesn’t make much sense that you can’t swim. I’ve outgrown my fear of getting more dark-skinned so I hope I still have the patience to have lessons. Definitely the end goal of 1 & 2 above. Motivation is spending hot summer days with my baby girl in the pool.

Monies

The past couple of years have been extremely eventful — we had a baby and she turned 1, got mortgage for our 1st home and interior-decorated the hell out of it — and that meant depleted bank accounts. We’ve been running last year at only 25% of usual liquid amount and I cringe.

This year will be all about conscious spending and making BDO happy by bumping up that emergency fund while maintaining investments. The road to 1 is on again.

Day 57


Talking is not overrated. Do it before sending those emails. It just works much, much better!

Kindness is not overrated. Small gestures of contributing Php100, walking to a store in heels, floating an idea, and eating cake together can built strong relationships.

Measured doses of self-confidence is not overrated. Yes, you can fail but what if you don’t? Just work smart enough and pray harder.

It could be really simple


A life that let’s you live without regret. You get to laugh a lot or at least smile a lot.

A life that lets you experience more than what you’ve hoped for. That you don’t willingly hurt others and the situation doesn’t lead you to hurt them unwillingly.

And when you make mistakes, others can forgive you and you can forgive yourself too.

It’s really simple, you know.

A preference for boutiques


For some reason, I’ve always preferred Hong Kong Island over Kowloon but maybe only because I’ve never stayed on the other side. I hate searching for hotels by foot so we took a cab from the MTR and was surprised when the driver seemed to be going in the opposite direction from where I expected the hotel to be. And then it dawned on me that I booked the wrong Butterfly hotel, I had meant to book Butterfly on Morrison but booked Butterfly on Hollywood instead. Ooops.

Not much I can do since I’ve already paid the whole stay, cancelling would mean forfeiting one night. The facade of the hotel seems promising and it seems to be in a nice street, most of the stores seems to be trendy furniture/interior decor stores.

263 Hollywood Road

263 Hollywood Road

I felt even better when I entered the lobby, small but tastefully decorated — reception counter on the left, chairs on the right, 2 Macs on a high table for their internet/business centre, a short spiral staircase to get to the lifts, beautiful christmas tree. They made the lobby feel airy and bigger by using glass walls.

Reception

Reception

A sign of great taste

A sign of great taste

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Lobby view from the stairs

Plotting on how take home this tree...

Plotting on how to take home this tree…

Being on Hollywood street, the boutique hotel lived up to the same theme. I especially liked the hallway to the lifts — red carpet, painting of photographers and then they smartly added strobe lights so it gives you the illusion of being snapped by paparazzi as you walk and wait for the lifts.

The red carpet walk

The red carpet walk

Feelin' like a rockstar

Feelin’ like a rockstar

Brownie point 1 for this hotel is they allowed early checkin! They did tell us that the room will not have a queen sized bed but just 2 twin beds put together, we didn’t mind as there is normally no difference. Brownie point 2 is they upgraded us to a hollywood deluxe room (not much difference except additional 20sqft but still an upgrade is an upgrade).

Up to the rooms we go!

The lift opens into a directors chair setup in each floor’s lobby (pretty cute). The rest of the hallway is lit in purple neon lights and the walls have academy award winners listed. The neon-esque ambiance reminds me of a motel and while it doesn’t bother me much, it’s the least that I like of the place.

More Hollywood theme

More Hollywood theme

Neon-esque?

Lasertag or strip joint?

Like what you would expect in Hong Kong, the room is small. It was however a bit bigger than I expected. So now for the good, the bad, and the ugly…

The room has a trendy design — the celebrity collage and the reel mirrors are a good touch. It’s also equipped with a 40″ flat screen, iphone/ipod dock, personal fridge (smaller than the usual version), safe, hairdryer (though it seems to only have cool and warm settings), and water kettle (for complimentary coffee & tea). Free high-speed wifi is also available anywhere in the hotel and you can connect all your devices!

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Pardon the mess!

Now, what are the things that don’t bother me but might bother others? There’s no real bath — shower/toilet looks makeshift like it should have been the dresser (tall and big people will struggle with this one!). The sink is outside the makeshift cabinet in between the fridge/safe and coffee/tea making facility. No dresser, just space with a bar, hangers, and luggage rack.

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No dresser dresser.

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Sink, Kitchen, Business desk all rolled into one!

This is me nitpicking but the elevators are a bit slow… but that does give you decent time to muck around.

Ah yes, selfies... again

Ah yes, selfies… again

Totally enjoyed my stay in this boutique hotel and I will probably be looking at booking Butterfly property every time we’re in HK.