Friday, October 14, 2016

Lifestyle: Microtel Work-from-Hotel for APCC

When I was younger I saw an article that featured three girls cosplaying as "Slave Leia" for San Diego Comic Con. They had a photo series which featured all three girls checked in a hotel, getting ready with their Cosplay and going out together as a "Tree Slave Leia" of some sort. I thought to myself, "Wow! They even checked in a hotel for SDCC" which is probably nothing new for con goers, especially abroad. 

I never thought that I myself would stay in a hotel for two days for a convention until #TeamPCheng stayed at Microtel Mall of Asia for Asia Pop Comicon. We were fortunate enough to have scored a 50% off discount thanks to Blogapalooza and Microtel. So it was like just paying for a one night stay. Since we were covering all three days with photos and blog posts needed, it was such a big convenience to just walk "home" after a long day at the convention. Especially given the traffic situation plus living all the way in Antipolo. 

Posting content photos and blog posts real time and right after-the-fact is very important and having the strength to do that can be challenging if you have to travel about two hours to get home, so at least when you're checked in a hotel it is possible. 

These are all work photos and the stay was strictly business but still definitely a pleasure. I also saw a lot of con-goers who were staying at Microtel as well, fellow Geek bloggers, a family from the province and yes, even the Singapore counterparts of the 501st and of course Kylo Ren who came all the way from Cebu.

 Given that most of today's conventions are being held in SMX, then Microtel Mall of Asia can easily be the "home away from home" for "geeks on the go" like us or cosplayers, you know with all that costume, make up and props that they have to bring. It definitely helped us survive APCC and get all that work done, editing photos for Paul and writing for me. 

Each floor had it's own water dispenser and ice (Yes!) - which is a big deal for us since Paul is a big water drinker. Getting the ice in the middle of the night just reminded me of that "American Horror Story: Hotel" scene. No worries, there were no vampire children or serial killers lying in wait. 

Unfortunately the package we got, did not include breakfast so we had to eat outside but ordered Jollibee delivered to our room during our second day. Maybe next time we will get to try their breakfast and even lounge around the pool. By the way, Microtel has different hotels all over the country Baguio, Palawan so looking forward to getting to visit those as well, for business or pleasure it doesn't matter, it's always nice to have a home away from home. :) 

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