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My aunt Leah and I stayed in Hotel Sogo. It felt awkward to check in here with my aunt.

• To make the situation more awkward, we unwittingly entered the hotel from the backdoor.

• Checking for available rooms in Hotel Sogo at unusual hours translated into an awkward moment.

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My aunt Leah and I stayed in Hotel Sogo. It felt awkward to check in here with my aunt. You know, there’s a certain image associated with Hotel Sogo. Being with my aunt at that time—while checking for available rooms in Hotel Sogo at unusual hours—gave me an uncomfortable feeling.

When we (me and my aunt) attempted to check in, all rooms were fully booked. I was amused by how in-demand this hotel was—considering that it had enormous rooms to fill.

To make the situation more awkward, we unwittingly entered the hotel from the backdoor (I didn’t know there’s a secret entrance in this Hotel Sogo branch), and this was the reason why I saw a line of successive rooms with parking spaces in each room. It seemed like a hotel “drive thru” where you pay, then drive directly into your secret room. However, I could be wrong. This backdoor could just be a plain parking lot. For someone like me who is not familiar with the mechanics in Hotel Sogo, I’m not really sure. I’m just sharing my scenario-based observation.

Anyway, the rate at that time was 575 pesos for our short stay, but let me bring you from the start. Why did we end up in Hotel Sogo?
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 ►  Why and how did we end up in Hotel Sogo?

We left ▼ VIGAN

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too early for our scheduled flight. We would fly out via Clark International Airport. Due to the existence of a growing network of expressways north of Manila, more buses are ditching the “passenger” route via Dau. This has caused some scarcity of buses from Vigan that usually have a stopover at Dau terminal going to Metro Manila. Since the two buses of Partas (originating from ▼ LAOAG

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) that stop at Dau Terminal were “chance passenger” buses, we opted to wait for the earliest bus for contingency planning.

To cut the long story short, our circumstances pushed us to leave Vigan very early relative to our flight schedule. We reached Dau at around 04:30 AM on 04 December 2023.

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πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ VIGAN • ON BOARD A BUS, ME AND MY AUNT HAD NO IDEA WE WOULD END UP CHECKING IN HOTEL SOGO.
We reached Dau about 8 hours before our flight. Since Hotel Sogo is just beside the terminal (and was very prominent even at night), it felt easy to decide where to sleep that night. We had an ample time to kill before our flight. We stayed in Hotel Sogo in Dau. My aunt was not aware of the stereotypical image of Hotel Sogo, though.

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πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ MABALACAT • AT THE HOTEL'S LOBBY WHILE WAITING FOR AVAILABLE ROOMS

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When I inquired at the counter, all the rooms were fully-booked. The frontdesk crew told me that the earliest possible vacancy would be around 6-7 AM. When I was about to look for another hotel because I badly wanted to sleep, a couple suddenly came out and checked-out. Hurray! So, we had a room to use. I fell asleep at around 5 AM and woke up at around 10 AM. 5 hours of rest was worth the 575 pesos for me. My aunt Leah (we call her Lalay at home) also had a good rest.

When we checked out, I opted to leave Hotel Sogo via their main entrance door which is an “automatic door” that opens when someone comes close to it. The main entrance door faces the McArthur Highway, near the intersection with the Dau Access Road that connects to the NLEX.

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I asked the property security guard how to commute to the airport. Unfortunately, the officer discouraged us to commute. I had an intuition that the security officer's discouragement had something to do with a middleman business. So, I anticipated that he would give an offer.

The guard did not recommend that we should commute to the airport. Upon seeing the transport situation in Dau, I agreed with him. Side note, the tito in me seemed like I could no longer endure traveling to the airport via jeep/bus with his luggages in tow. I used to love commuting when I was younger, though. Today is a different story. Comfort and convenience already became an utmost consideration in my travel budgeting.

Anyway, the security officer suggested that we should take a taxicab. He offered to call a taxi driver. At that time, my intuition was right then. It was an another middleman business, but I don’t complain about this. I am pro-diskarte, and the decision to accept the offer would still rest on me.

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πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ MABALACAT • THE SECURITY OFFICER SECURED OUR LUGGAGE WHILE WAITING FOR THE TAXICAB
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πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ MABALACAT • THE PROPERTY SECURITY OFFICER HELPED US WITH OUR LUGGAGE AS THE TAXICAB ARRIVED
Meanwhile, he contacted someone via Messenger video call and assured that the taxi would arrive in 5 minutes. We waited at the hotel lobby (inside the property) and left some of my luggages. The security officer offered to look after my valuables, and I was kind of hypnotized to trust him.. His last price was 500 pesos for an 11-kilometer ride. I closed the deal. I badly needed this. With the circumstances I had at that time, this was worth the deal.

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πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ MABALACAT • LEAVING HOTEL SOGO WITH THIS TAXICAB CALLED BY THE SECURITY OFFICER
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πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ MABALACAT • THANK YOU, HOTEL SOGO. SLEEP IS GOLD.
So that’s my Hotel Sogo-Dau story.

We're down to our next destination with my aunt. Where were we going? Why was my aunt traveling with me? What was the role of my aunt in this adventure? • To be continued...

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 ►  Realtime Ending Thoughts

I'm currently here in Mindanao as I write this post. I was a little afraid of starting a new blog series because most of the blog series that I started were never finished. The only series I was able to finish was my ▼ ALAB ORIENTE

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Prehistoric mountain dwellers inhabited this place leaving a mark that became an evidence of their existence.
series way back in 2012 (but I wrote it later in 2013).

Today is 123123 (12-31-2023). It's the last day of the year, but I want to remember this closure by opening a new series. I don't know when will I finish this series. This is definitely the longest vacation I ever had since I started travel blogging in 2010.

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This article features some updates, guides, curated information, historical timelines, and significant events about Vigan's InfiniTea—Tamag Branch.

• Personal insights from my actual visits were included here, and this article will be updated periodically.

• My opinions and reviews are my subjective views during the time of my visit. My opinions and reviews may change by time depending on the circumstances. My opinions don't represent the opinion of my readers and friends.

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I am a matcha junkie, and the reason why I always go to InfiniTea is because they blend the best matcha milk tea and frappuccino in Vigan (my subjective preference). I discovered their matcha blends in their Bantay branch. However, I always go to their Tamag branch because it's the closest store from home.

As an avid customer of this store, I'd like to share my reviews, thoughts, and insights about this store. Below is my review categorized per tab.

• Operation hours: 8 AM to 7 PM
• Location: G/F El SeΓ±or Jesus Apartelle, Quirino Boulevard, Tamag, Vigan City
• Last Visit: 2023-September-08

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• Customer Service: Based on my years of visiting this store, I can not remember a moment of disappointment. No customer service is perfect, and I'm pretty sure they also have some bad moments. Lucky me, I was always treated with reasonable service. They didn't make me feel like I was a "pahabol" nuisance at the end of their shift whenever they were already set to go home (I usually visit late).

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I usually measure their average customer handling time from ordering to serving time and it averages from 10 to 15 minutes per customer (this is based on my own experience). This handling time is for the beverage preparation though, not for the dishes (yes, they also have food).

• Location and Parking Space: The restaurant is located on the ground floor of El SeΓ±or Jesus Apartelle in Tamag. The store's entrance door is not facing the road. You need to walk about 10-15 meters from the road. It's next to a laundry shop.

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I think that the location of the store is perfect for those who are looking for a place where they could slow down a bit. Entering the hallway leading to the store, you will be greeted by the beautiful mountainview of Santa and Bantay in the east. In my case, this switches my mood to a more relaxed, less hurried moment.

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Parking space is not much a problem because roadside parking along the Quirino Boulevard is plenty. You can also utilize the parking area near the laundry shop.

• Interior: I'd be biased because their color is also my color. Its touch of "greenness" inside the store is refreshing. I love their big glass wall/window that would allow me to see the even greener view outside. Based on my visits, they don't open their air conditioning that much, but I don't complain about that. They usually open the door for natural air to come, which allows natural air circulation.

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The glass wall/window allows natural light to come in. In my case, it has a psychological effect on me. I have this impression that the interior is very non-suffocating and naturally breathable. I'm borderline claustrophobic, so I love this kind of set-up.

• Reason to Go Back: I'd definitely go back here for their matcha blends. As I said, they have the best matcha milk tea and frap in town (subjective preference). I haven't tried some of their blends yet, so I would also like to go back to try everything in the menu list.

Note: The content of this blog page will be updated once I get new information about this store or once I get to try new products. You may scroll back to the top to check the contents of the other tabs above.

 ►  Food Review

(1) FrappΓ©: Purple Potato Taro

Review • It's familiar and typical, so I'm good with it.

Highlight • Its purple color looks appetizing.

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Price (as of September 2023) • 160 pesos (with pearl)

Star rating • ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ • 7/10

(2) FrappΓ©: Milo Godzilla Series

Review • Aside from their matcha blends, my personal favorite is their Milo Godzilla series. I found one variation which was the matcha blend. It's topped with Milo powder and frothy creams.

Highlight • Milo malt powder toppings

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Price (as of September 2023) • 160 pesos (with pearl)

Star rating • ★★★★★★★★☆☆ • 8/10

(3) Taiwanese Chicken Poppers

Review • As far as I remember, InfiniTea gave me my first Taiwanese chicken popper experience. The poppers were cut into small pieces that were so crispy. This dish has a spicy and salty-sour taste.

Highlight • Salty-sour taste

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Price (as of September 2023) • 145 pesos

Star rating • ★★★★★★★★☆☆ • 8/10

This section will be updated once I get to try another product.

How do I rate the food? I rate the food based on the average of these three parameters namely:
• Price to quality: 10/10
• Price to service: 10/10
• X-Factor, uniqueness: 10/10

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• 2023-September-08: I visited this store, and I tried their Godzilla Matcha for the first time. I also bought one serving of Taiwanese Chicken Poppers.

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πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ VIGAN • During this visit, I was able to take a photo of their ceiling for the first time.

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