More than just feasting on sumptuous Chinese meals, for me, Chinese New Year celebration is a celebration of friendship - old and new. And this year, instead of welcoming the Year of the Fire Rooster in one of the oldest Chinatown in the world - Binondo, Manila - I celebrated this momentous day with some old and new friends in of the newest boutique business hotel at the heart of Ortigas Business District, the Jinjiang Inn - Ortigas.
A three-star full serviced hotel with 95 spacious rooms and suites complete with basic necessities and modern comforts, such as strong Wi-Fi, clean and comfortable beds, and straightforward service that gives value to the money and need of its guests, Jinjiang Inn Ortigas hosted a Chinese New Year's feast for some of its bloggers, media and invited friends.
A celebration that started from the usual Lion Dance, guests were entertained by the smooth moves and catching of Ang Pao of these lion dancers from the Philippine Chinese Golden Dragon and Lion Dance Group, Inc.
After the joyous ritual, guests were then led to Five Spice, Jinjiang Inn Ortigas' in-house restaurant for the much awaited Chinese feast. This is my first ever visit here and though the place is not really a luxury or leisure hotel, I must say that the warm accommodation is evident through their staff and executives who joined us that day.
Jinjiang Inn is one of the well-known brands of Jin Jiang Hotels, teh leading hotel group in China, principally engaged in hotel operations, management and franchising. In the Philippines, the Jinjiang brand is managed by Hotel 101 of Hotel of Asia, a subsidiary of DoubleDragon.
From this year, til 2020, we are told to expect more Jinjiang Inn within Metro Manila, and some in key provinces in the country.
Anyway, going back to the feast, we were lucky enough to get a taste of their most delectable and satisfying dishes.
The highlight of the feast is actually the delicious and Jinjiang's finest version of the meaty and tender Chinese sausage, kikiam, the Five Spices - this is where they got the name of their restaurant too. I suggest that you book you pay a visit there now or book a night or two stay there during the weekend tor try this.
To know more about Jinjiang Inn Ortigas, kindly visit their official website http://www.jinjianginnortigas.com/ and their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/JINJIANGINNOrtigas/).
Kiong Hee Huat Tsai!