In today’s busy and hyperactive lifestyle, the ultimate luxury is free time.
I’m always grateful for the work that comes my way and for having a thriving business. Being busy though can sometimes mean working long hours. I make sure that I use my free time wisely. I balance it between spending time with my family, friends and some “me time” too. It’s not always easy but, with some effort, it’s doable.
I had half a day-off last week so I thought I’d spend some quality time with my daughter Aryanna. One of our bonding sessions is having tea. It all started when she was 11 years old. We were invited to a tea party and since then, we try to have tea time whenever we can. Sometimes we have it at home, at a restaurant, cafe, or at a hotel lobby. Wherever it is, we always have fun sipping tea and just talking.
Some of you may remember the first “Tea Time” that I posted on my previous blog.
This time, we decided to try a new place. Manila Marriott Hotel has a lovely lounge area that overlooks a sprawling garden. I thought it would be a nice place to have afternoon tea and catch up with my daughter.
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Whenever we have tea out, we dress up for it just because it’s fun!
Aryanna: Tea time ready
Me: Tea PARTY ready!
Manila Marriott Hotel, Resorts World
Me: Hmm… masama ang tingin…
Aryanna: SAVE! The mini strawberry cheesecakes are mine!
Our favorite chamomile tea. It goes with everything!
Tower of goodness
Yummy mini cakes and pastries
Mini burgers and grilled vegetables with ricotta cheese bruschetta
Aryanna: “The raising of one’s pinky is mandatory when holding your teacup.”
Mom and daughter bonding time.
While having tea at the lobby, we bumped into some of Manila Marriott’s super friendly (and funny) peeps:
If you happen to spot Executive Chef Meik Brammer in the hotel, be sure to have you photo taken with him! He’s one of the most charming chefs I know.
From left: Director of Communications Michelle Garcia and her assistant, Savannah Santiago
Hope you got to spend some quality time with your loved ones this Easter.