Sunday, April 25, 2010

sunday routine

I just found a new series on The New York Times called "Sunday Routine." It follows how people -- some celebrities, others not -- spend their Sundays. That's quite a treat for voyeurs like me.

My Sunday was spent working, mostly. MSP was here in the little white box; our laptops shared the little coffee table together with two coffee mugs (his contained pineappe juice, mine barako).

Late lunch was smoked fish with a side of veggies and brown rice, and then some fruitcake and tea. It was all work after that. In between spreadsheets, we talked about how our muscles ached from yesterday's workout/run. We're older, he complained, and I saw some lines on his forehead. They looked great. He looks better older and fitter. I love him.

By 8pm, all the work was done. I made pastrami, egg, and mozarella sandwiches for dinner. When I turned around, the sofa was already facing the flat screen. He always knows exactly what to do.

We watched The Blind Side. With my sandwich I had red wine, and I spilled some on the sofa. It came off, thankfully.

After the movie, he washed the dishes, and I wrote this blog entry.

I hope he stays the night because I just want to hug him.

We've spent so many Sundays around the world together, but it's on regular, half-annoying Sundays like this when I really fall in love with him again.


Friday, April 02, 2010

close to home

The next time I find myself in Europe, I'm definitely staying in the Citizen M Hotel. It's efficient, it's no-fuss, it's chic - kind of like me. LOL.

Staying there shouldn't be a stretch because I already live in a similar box /pod (click to read related post).

Pictured above the pad where I crash. Hawig na rin.

Maybe I should also wire it with the Phillips Touchscreen Mood Pad that they use in all the rooms in Citizen M. It allows you to choose among four moods - business, romance, party, and relaxation. Just press a button and the LED lights change color, thereby changing the whole ambiance. Cool! I want it. I don't think the technology is available commercially, though.

Do you think I can DIY a mood pad? MSP probably has ideas, being the geek that he is. Or I can just buy lamps with different LED bulbs.

Oo nga no?


The room rates at Citizen M are also very affordable because you don't pay for a fancy doorman, a concierge, a waiter, or a receptionist. You check yourself in, you sleep, and then you go on your merry way. Fantastic.

Touchscreen do-it-yourself check-in/out.

Self-serve canteen. Choose what meal you want (most are healthy - sushi, etc), then slide your credit card / some Euros into the slot, and voila - your famine ends.

Get your own brewed coffee! (Unlimited)

Rates at the Citizen M hotel in Amsterdam start at just 79 Euros per night for the basic rooms. That's 30 Euros cheaper than the so-so hotel we used in Paris (which should be comparable to Amsterdam in terms of price). Thirty euros is a lot.


Here's the whole Citizen M concept:

And here's a great video review:

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