Boracay Birthday 2010 Celebration!
I consider this to be quite an exhausting but funny day. We had free dinner courtesy of a hotel and that dinner turned out to be the longest I’ve ever had. They tried — and failed — to sell us something. Jeez. More on that later.
Photo Gallery time!
Preparing for the sun! This was actually the hat that I had lost during the sailing trip.
Um. We couldn’t stand the heat but still managed to smile. We were later approached by a representative of Astoria Boracay and were invited to a free dinner.
I’ve actually been the recipient of a free buffet gift certificate from Astoria Plaza (in Ortigas) before and since I had a pleasant experience during that time (the buffet in Ortigas was really good and I would not mind paying for it because it only cost around PhP600+), I didn’t think twice about accepting the invitation.
This was where we had dinner. (Gravacious ha, I just noticed that most of these photos contain only me. Hmffff. Maybe Cris should be a little less shy. LOL.)
Longest dinner I’ve ever had, if you ask me. The 90-minute presentation that followed was about Club Astoria’s vacation program. Honestly, I found out later that it was kind of controversial (do a search on “club astoria” or “astoria scam” and you’ll see what I mean), which is a shame because I really enjoy eating at Astoria’s Ortigas hotel. What I probably did not appreciate was that despite politely declining at the beginning of the offer, we were still made to stay for about 3 hours more, listening to a hard seller’s spiel even though our heads were screaming, “We dowanna!!!”
Gah. When we left, we were hungrier than when we first arrived!
Determined to save the rest of my birthday night, we decided to have dessert instead. I wanted cake.
Yay! Finally, some peace and quiet.
Praying while blowing on my candle.
We later decided to just enjoy the sea and the sand. While everyone else partied Boracay style, we were playing with our shadows on the moonlit beach.
That, for me, was the best part of the best birthday celebration I’ve ever had. =^.^=
MrsMartinezMarch 2, 2011 at 7:01 am
Grabe 3 hours hehe When we went to Vegas a few years back, nag sign up din kami sa ganyan modus operandi. We were given 75USD each I think at the end of the tour lol Ok na din since morning in Vegas is terribly hot lol
We were in an air conditioned room saying No to everyone haha
skysenshiMarch 2, 2011 at 7:04 am
Ay sana may ganun ding pinamigay. Magno-no lang ako ng maraming beses pero oks na sakin ang 75USD. Haha!
Andy UybocoMarch 2, 2011 at 10:37 am
We went through something like that before…but not sure if it was Astoria. The venue was in Timog. We didn't attend the session though. Just had our lunch and kinda bullied our way. Hahaha.
Happy Birthday 🙂
skysenshiMarch 2, 2011 at 10:38 am
Timeshare naman I think is legal eh. I just wonder if there are more of them who are doing this. Good hotels don't need to do these kinds of gimmicks naman.
papavikMarch 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm
yey! best birthday…woohoo!
Jonha RevesencioMarch 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm
Ang dami kong nabasa na ganito before, I think it's actually like similar tactics na ginagawa ng insurance company na inexpose ko sa blog ko. I'm a telemarketer and I don't mind listening to spiels kasi trabaho nila yun, but if I blatantly refuse, sana naman wag na ipagpilitan pa. Nakakainis kasi waste of time at kapag nagkataon, waste of money pa!
billAugust 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm
Just went to Astoria`s free buffet dinner. We got the same food as the hotel guests. We saw the model room, asked several questions then told them we didn`t like the maintenace fee and weren`t intersted in membership. They ended the presentation after 30 minutes. the food was delicious.
skysenshiAugust 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm
Wow. That's a better experience. In our case, it the salesperson was really hard-selling. Ugh.
skysenshiAugust 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm
Yes, definitely! Medyo kulang kasi sa pakikinig ang hard-sellers.