Review of Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri, Bangkok, Thailand

My husband was sent by his office on a mission to Thailand for two months last year. He stayed in a Grand Deluxe guest room at Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri in Bangkok, Thailand. It is a 5-star hotel that’s located a few minutes away from Siam Paragon Mall, Platinum Fashion Mall and MBK, among others. My son and I also got to stay there for a week after my son’s Hong Kong leadership training in October 2017.

This Grand Deluxe Room practically has everything that a small family like ours need. It has its own kitchen, living room, bedroom and private bathroom with in-room safe, WiFi and air conditioning.


There’s a refrigerator in the kitchen with free bottled water. There’s also a minibar, microwave and coffee/tea maker, plus a washer/dryer under the kitchen countertop. This gives guests the option of doing their own laundry, instead of availing laundry service.

Living area

One of our favorite areas in this guest room is the living area, which has a huge and comfortable sofa and a 40-inch LCD TV with satellite TV channels. There’s also an executive desk at the far end of the living area to place your laptop and do office work. And as you can see, this guest room has an iron and ironing board, too.


We have a king-sized bed in our bedroom that’s just good enough for the three of us, and there’s another TV, too, which was the same size as the one in the living area.

Private bathroom

There’s a separate bathtub and shower in the bathroom, plus a hair dryer. See how high-tech their toilet is? It has settings for water temperature and water pressure.

For 5 days, my son and I had buffet breakfast at Mesamis Café located at the hotel lobby after his Dad had gone to work. My son enjoyed their delicious sausages there!

Because we were already comfortable where we were, my son and I didn’t really check out the other amenities of the hotel while his Dad was in the office. I actually regret not seeing their outdoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi facilities and the spa.

Our stay at the Grand Centre Point Ratchadamri was overall very pleasant, save for the time that we had to ask for instructions on how to use their washer/dryer. The staff had a difficult time communicating to us in English, so we just had to wait for hubby to fix the problem. We really hope we could go back to this hotel for another family vacation.

Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri
153/2, Soi Mahatlek – Luang 1, Ratchadamri Road
Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Telephone No.: +66 2 091 9000
Fax No.: + 66 2 091 9009
Instagram: @gcpratchadamri

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Olay’s #FearlessAtAnyAge Campaign Empowers Women to Defy Society’s Age-pectations

Results of a survey conducted by Olay Philippines revealed that Filipinas in their late 20s, 30s or even 40s are often burdened by society’s expectations of them. These expectations range widely from what these women should be doing to who they should be. These unfair “age-pectations” about their behavior, career and marital status, with accompanying negative comments about their looks, leave Filipinas feeling constantly judged and labeled.

The survey further showed that 69% of women aged 30-39 years old are afraid of the expectations they know will come with aging. About 91% of Filipinas in the same age bracket also receive mean and negative comments about their age.

Another finding is that 83% of Filipinas are pressured to get married by the time they are in their 30s, while 93% of them feel the pressure to be financially independent around that age as well.

Olay genuinely knows the strain these expectations can bring at every point in these women’s lives and encourages them to live their lives in their own terms, no matter their age, through its new campaign #FearlessAtAnyAge. Through this campaign, Olay wants women to know that no unfair expectation and no age label can limit them or stand in the way of what they want to do or who they want to be.

“I can personally identify with the challenges that many women face on their own personal journeys”, says Chandana Sunder, Olay Philippines Country Leader at Procter & Gamble. “We want women to realize that age is just a number and should not dictate what they can and cannot do. At Olay, we want to encourage women to live life fearless of ageing and any societal expectations that come with it, to not feel restricted by what’s expected of them at a certain age, or limited by what is deemed right ‘at your age’.”

The #FearlessAtAnyAge campaign video entitled 30! So What? captures the life lessons of a woman being fearless while on the brink of a major change in her life. Everyone around her expects her to have an established career by this time, but she defies all odds and pursues her own dreams.

Olay is committed to encouraging women to overcome these societal expectations and live their life regardless of their age. Join the Olay movement today by sharing the video and your own personal story on social media with the hashtags #FearlessAtAnyAge and #Olay to let other women know that age is really just a number.

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9 Tips to Prepare for an Essay Writing Competition

We all know that we can win awards from writing. Joining an essay competition is an excellent way to turn our creativity into a lucrative endeavor by creating award-winning pieces. If you want to play this game and want to be a winner, then you have to follow some steps.

1. Read the rules of the essay contest.
The most important thing to remember if you want to win an essay competition is to read the contest rules carefully. It is wise to know the complete contest mechanics first before writing and submitting your entry. Having accurate and complete information about the contest improves your chances of winning because you have delivered the right essay for the competition.

2. Brainstorm ideas for your essay.
People try to jump straight into writing essay entries in the essay competition, but it is not enough to win the race. First, gather your thoughts about the assigned topic and write them down. You can also do research about the topic if you need to. Then, create an outline of the things you will include in your essay, removing irrelevant and unnecessary information.

3. Formulate a thesis statement.
You also need to come up with a thesis statement for your essay that summarizes your paper’s main points and tells the readers why your essay is worth reading. What will your essay talk about, and why does it matter?

4. Grab the readers’ attention.
When you feel that it is time to write the article, make sure that you have an interesting opener. Remember that the first sentence of an essay is the most important one. If you start the piece with a compelling, entertaining, moving or hilarious first sentence, then your chances of becoming a winner are increased.

5. Write the first draft of your essay.
Using the ideas you have gathered during brainstorming and after formulating a thesis statement and interesting opener, now you are ready to write your first draft. You do not have to worry about grammar and mechanics at this point as you can still proofread your draft later.

6. Organize your essay.
Make sure your essay is well-organized. To make your essay to read, make sure your writing flows smoothly from one sentence/paragraph to the next sentence/paragraph. Using topic sentences and transition words will make your essay easier for the readers to understand.

7. Set your essay aside.
When you have written the first draft of your essay, keep it away for at least a week and do something else. Remove all thoughts about your written piece from your mind.

8. Proofread your essay.
Then, you need to have one final look at your contest entry to check for things that you can still correct. Are there misspelled words in the essay? What about subject-verb or pronoun-antecedent disagreements? Are there capitalization or punctuation errors? What about word choice? You can also read your essay to friends or your teacher and listen to what they have to say. Do they feel that your essay needs more supporting details? Do they understand your composition well?

9. Read the contest rules again.
Once you have completed your essay, make one last attempt to read the contest rules again. As the saying goes, “Better safe than sorry.” This ensures that your hard work will not go to waste. It also gives you peace of mind to know that you have met the requirements of the submission. By keeping these simple steps in mind, you have a good chance of winning the competition.

Writing an essay may seem like a daunting task, but this should not stop you from doing it. If you think you need assistance, then you can always contact an essay service that can give you the professional help that you need.

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2017 Visit to Hong Kong Disneyland

A trip to Hong Kong Disneyland was included in the 5-day itinerary of the LSGH Grade School Student Council Officers Leadership Immersion and Benchmarking Program in Kowloon last October 2017. It was actually their last activity before they flew back home.

Some of the moms who joined this Hong Kong trip but checked in at a different hotel went to Hong Kong Disneyland early on a Thursday morning to meet their sons and helped the Student Council moderators keep an eye on the boys.

We got our Park ticket for HK$589 (a little more than Php3,000), which gave us access to all attractions and theater shows inside. But because Hong Kong Disneyland is so big and the number of attractions are so many, one day isn’t enough for the boys to see and experience them all.

Hong Kong Disneyland is the largest theme park in Hong Kong. It is divided into 8 themed areas, namely Main Street USA, Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and The Pavilion.

Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad-Fantasyland Station

Guests can ride the train here at the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad-Fantasyland Station to go to Main Street, USA.

Main Street, USA

Extending from the park entrance to the Sleeping Beauty Castle is Main Street, USA. The buildings that you will see here are closely identical to those in Anaheim.

Mickey Mouse Waffle

I simply couldn’t resist taking a photo of this cute Mickey Mouse waffle.


Tomorrowland takes you on an adventure to space and into the future.

Iron Man Experience

Fight the evil forces of Hydra with Iron Man at the Iron Man Experience.

Sleeping Beauty Castle (Fantasyland)

Magic and enchantment await at the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

It’s a Small World (Fantasyland)

It’s a Small World will take you on a boat tour around the globe.

Toy Story Land

Andy’s toys will welcome you at their play yard called the Toy Story Land.

Jungle River Cruise at Adventureland

Discover the mysteries of the Rivers of Adventure at the Jungle River Cruise.

Hong Kong Disneyland Parade

We also got to watch the Hong Kong Disneyland Parade featuring Disney characters, acrobats and aerialists. Because we stayed till closing time, we were also able to watch the fireworks at Hong Kong Disney. It was wonderful!

The boys with with their Star Wars lightsabers

Here, the boys are horsing around with the Star Wars lightsabers they bought at the souvenir shop.

After seeing Hong Kong Disneyland up close and personal, I know understand why they call it the “happiest place on earth.”

You can view this YouTube link to see more of our Hong Kong Disneyland trip.

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