July 7, 2010

Pool party

A new discovery that I have made about Metro Manila is the presence of small private party venues within residential subdivisions. Shanghai Garden Resort (named such because of the street it is in and not because of its design) in Better Living Subdivision in Parañaque City is really nothing more than a swimming pool surrounded by patios with pretty plants and a small koi pond. There are bathrooms, of course, a preparing room for the caterer, a concrete area for shooting hoops, a small private room, and that's it. It's actually a pretty good option for those who want to avoid the formal stiffness and possible boredom of having a party in a hotel or a restaurant, and for those who live in communities that don't have its own clubhouse. Swimming, eating, playing board games, chatting and napping made for one very relaxed and relaxing party. I hear there's a similar place for rent near our own house, but I have yet to find out where it is.

Shanghai Garden Resort in Parañaque City

29 comments:

bfarr said...

Looks (and sounds) like a nice place for a get together.

Ken Mac said...

looks very cool!

Ursel said...

Sounds like a great place for a party.

ρομπερτ said...

How alluring indeed. Please have a great Wednesday.

daily athens

clairebakescakes said...

Aaaaahhhh pool, LOL! I was in one today, it got really hot here and I took the kids for dip at the in-laws pool. Was hoping the water would be a little cool but it was warm, LOL! O well, the AC house and some ice cream made up for it.

Gwyn said...

Greetings from Juneau, Alaska!
I'd love a place like this to celebrate holidays or even live-looks like heaven.

dong ho said...

this is just a short drive from our subdivision. i should visit this. i wish they have massage service.

Olivier said...

un endroit assez zen et tranquille

George said...

It does look like a wonderful place to have a party.

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Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

What you have described seems to fill a need. It is certainly more economical than having a house with large areas for entertaining.

Misalyn said...

Cool!looks like a great place to stay and unwind.

brattcat said...

What a novel idea. Hope you find your local party/sanctuary place soon.

VP said...

This could be interesting, I find it a very good idea...

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Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour dear Hilda,
I also loved this idea, and in these hot days, with lots of sun, this place is in fact the better place to enjoy the afternoon!
Beautiful picture!
Léia

arabesque said...

the place looks promising, but it seems far off from where i'm living. ^0^ venues like this are definitely more relaxing than dining in posh restos.

Halcyon said...

I could hang out there, party or not!

Lois said...

Sounds like a great option!

gogouci said...

Did someone say 'party'? The pool looks very inviting.

Jacob said...

Looks delightful! And I agree that such places serve a useful purpose. We have some condo associations that will rent out their facilities - like pool and restaurant, etc., for private parties, but nothing quite like this.

Marie-Noyale said...

I've seen places like this but this one looks really like a private home perfect to have a party!

Eleonora said...

This would be a perfect venue for my cooking classes!

Kaori said...

Considering how warm it is in Manila that must be a popular venue! I don't think I could resist taking a dip :-D

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Dina said...

Nice place, nice idea.
Funny, just a few days ago, a widow who lives just two houses down the street invited me in for coffee. I was amazed at the size and lavishness of her house (remember, we are a simple moshav, an agricultural collective village) AND there was a swimming pool in her yard! No water, of course, now in the years of drought.
But as you say, interesting what you discover right around one's house.

Gunn said...

What A place! Wonderful!

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Shy said...

hi,

can u give me details about the place? i.e price..

thanks a lot