Hotel review: Village Hotel Bugis in Singapore

This hotel stands like a queen among creatively restored old buildings that speak much of Singapore’s great multicultural tradition. Its building springs up from the back part of Arab Street where Little India is located, giving a glimpse into the subdued sophistication of service that this hotel offers. Village Hotel Bugis falls right smack in…

Hotel review: Excel Treasure in Yangon, Myanmar

Let me start off by admitting that I did have my doubts about Myanmar, particularly Yangon. I thought it was a place of utter disrepair and poverty. I was wrong. It’s a charming place with a wealth of potential. And it is quite developed with wide roads, new buildings, big houses, and patches of development in…

Hotel review: State Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC

I stayed here for 7 days in October 2014 for the WB-IMF Annual Meetings at the World Bank Headquarters. The exterior and the lobby of this hotel appear quite unassuming. You are given a feel that it is more a business hotel where people would hardly stay long in the lobby for they would be…

Free NAIA 1 & 3 Lounge access for Citibank Platinum, PremierMiles 

First, there was the MIASCOR lounge at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) TerminaL 1. Then came the Sky View Lounge, operated also by MIASCOR, at NAIA Terminal 3 for international departures. What’s in common? Free lounge access for all Citibank Platinum and PremierMiles card holders.  Not bad. Consider it your ROI on those scratches…