Our Trip to Phuket

A few months ago, my husband and I flew to Phuket, Thailand 🙂

Though I have been based in Thailand before for 3 years (while I was still single), I haven’t really had the chance to explore Phuket. And what makes this trip extra special is that my close friends, Gloria and Alice (together with her husband, Geoff) were also with us. Actually, it was Alice who “cooked up” the whole trip and we’re all glad that she did 🙂

Below are some shots taken at our hotel:

Front view of Marriott's Phuket Beach Club where we stayed.
Front view of Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club where we stayed.


At the Sala Sawasdee lobby bar.
At the Sala Sawasdee lobby bar with my hubby & friend, Gloria.


This is just a few steps from the lobby bar.
This is just a few steps from the lobby bar.


I just had to take a shot of this view again :)
Viewed from another angle 🙂

Suffice it to say that we loved our hotel 🙂  Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club is located at 230 Moo, Maikhao, Talang  Phuket Island.

More posts to come about our time in Phuket. Stay tuned 🙂

**This post is also linked with Monday Mellow Yellows 🙂

Giveaway: Walt Disney’s Frozen Soundtrack

Don’t you just love the songs from Walt Disney’s latest animation blockbuster Frozen? Well, now is your chance to get a free (yes, you’ve heard it right!) soundtrack of the movie featuring its beautiful songs. Join now! 🙂

Frozen - The Songs Soundtrack Giveaway

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Featuring original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”) and Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. See the full track list here.

Prize: Frozen – The Songs Soundtrack CD

Dates: 9/25-10/3

Open to: US Residents 18+

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Disclosure: dee’s Chronicles did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Make Mother’s Day Extra Special at Solaire



Mothers know best. But this time, Solaire has thought of the best for the special women in our lives. From the special discounted rates in the ultimate family staycation to the exquisite set menus in our fine dining establishments, we’ve made sure that this will be one unforgettable Mother’s Day.

Bring the entire family this ‘Mother’s Day weekend’ and stay in one of our luxurious suites with discounted rates. Under the Summer Family Getaway packages, our rooms go as low as PhP6,000++ for Deluxe Room Cityview and PhP7,000++ for the Deluxe Room Bayview. The special rates are also available in Grand Deluxe Cityview (PhP8,000++), Grand Deluxe Bayview (PhP9,000++) and 2-Bay Suite (PhP12,000).

Our amazing staycation packages come with an impeccable buffet breakfast for two adults and two kids age 6 years and below. For kids who are 7 to 12 years old, we offer a 50% dining discount. Your stay also includes a free use of the swimming pool and the fitness center. To test your luck, the package comes with PhP500 worth of gaming credits.

If you opt to celebrate mom’s special day with a lavish dinner, we have prepared delectable set menus in Fresh, Yakumi, Finestra, Red Lantern and Strip. Everyone in the family can enjoy our mini pizza creation of the day (Roasted Branzino in potato crust, Versuvio tomatoes, white wine and Gamberoni), Pasta Carbonara in rich and creamy sauce with pancetta bacon, Limon Cello lemon and Chicken Parmigiano at our Italian restaurant Finestra.

For the lovers of Japanese cuisine, meanwhile, we offer a special menu that includes Gyuniku Tataki (Seared beef strip loin with onion dressing and micro herbs), Yakumi Sushi and sashimi sampler, Lobster mini soup, Ebi tempura, Chilean Seabass teriyaki and Steamed Japanese style egg custard with foie gras.

Red Lantern also offers a sumptuous set menu for those who prefer Chinese dishes. The family can feast on Hand rolled Beijing duck, Pumpkin soup with seafood and white fungus, Deep fried crispy shrimps with sweet mayonnaise, Wok fried prime beef black pepper sauce, Steamed sliced fish with Tofu in black bean sauce, the seasons best vegetables with oyster sauce, and Braised noodles with spring onions and ginger sesame oil.

Steak house Strip also offers a Mother’s Day menu consisting of Green Pea sphere and crisp ham; Tomato salad dried olive oil and goat’s cheese; Foie gras crumble mousse with candied fruit and nut; Seared tuna blood orange sponge, watermelon and labuyo chili crust; Pork belly beer braised and tomato relish; Smoked Angus beef and Caramel Sand torch banana.

All of our set menus are priced at PhP1,900 and all come with the Solaire Mother’s Day creation, the Caramel cheesecake with red berries and white chocolate silk. If you want to go all – out however, our buffet outlet Fresh is ready with Lechon (Charcoal grilled suckling pig), Roasted prime rib of ‘Gold Label’ prime beef, Brioche baked whole salmon Coulibiac, seafood delights and a long list of desserts which include tarts, cupcakes, cookies, parfaits, doughnuts, puddings and cakes.

May it be the ultimate staycation or a gastronomic adventure in one of our first-class restaurants, Mother’s Day at Solaire is definitely a great bonding opportunity for the entire family.

For reservations, call 888 8888 or log on to www.solaireresort.com for more details.

Car Concerns

A number of women friends and mothers I know do not really bother about the technical specifics of a car. They just tell me that as long as the car is durable, looks good and of course, functions — they are ready to drive it. And when there is a car problem, they just ask help from their husbands or male friends or they simply go to their trusted car mechanic. Now, they might be happy to know that when they have car concerns such as their car’s constant velocity joints (CV joints), they can find useful information online as well.

In fact, we can also know a bit more about automotive repairs by going online, doing some browsing. By the way, without going a bit too technical, CV joints would need to be in top shape so that our cars run smoothly, keeping us away from accidents. And so it is well and good that we have an idea what to do and where to have them fixed when they are not functioning well.

As for customizing cars, we can also get more information about it online; for one, metal fabrication also has a role in it. But then again, as long as we get quality service for that customized car and it is up and running, we may not need too much technical details about that 🙂