Good news to us Cebuanos because Cebu’s best tasting Rico’s Lechon is back and is set to open its biggest restaurant on Friday, June 28, 2019, 11:30 a.m. at Unit F1 Jamestown, Mantawi International Drive, Mandaue City!
I am fortunate enough to be invited over for the press media launch yesterday before it officially opens to the public on Friday. And look what greeted us the moment we walked in:
RICO’S BEST TASTING LECHONNNNN! I’m drooling already hoho but let me share to you first more details about this flagship store before we talk about the food.
This 500 sq. m. branch will be the brand’s flagship outlet and will have a seating capacity of 300 pax, including four VIP rooms for meetings, gatherings and special functions with family and friends. The largest room can seat up to 80 guests, while the other three can each accommodate 20 pax.
If you are concern about parking then fret not because with this large of a space, comes with a huge area for parking as well!
Look at those colorful chairs!
I love how the place is making us diners feel like at home in their contemporary classic interiors. It is said to be designed to showcase the “Old Cebu with a Twist”. It also houses a Lechon Fulfillment Center for whole lechon orders and take out counter for pasalubong such as their in-house sauce, sukalami. Aside from food favorites, merchandise such as shirts, mugs and umbrellas are also available.
Ricky the Pig graced the event and danced along to their theme song, ‘Da Best Gyud!’.
Now lets talk about the food!!
Rico’s Lechon plates up its famous lechon in two flavors, original and spicy. Yum!! (Refer to menu below for price/kilo)
They will also be offering new dishes, namely Grilled Pork Belly, Grilled Daing na Bangus, Ginataang Laing, Chicken Binakol, Beef Ampalaya, Sizzling Adobong Pusit, Buttered Mixed Seafoods, Seaweed Salad, Sisig Fried Rice, Chorizo Fried Rice, Sinigang na Bone-less Bangus, Sinigang na Baka at Baboy, and Seafood Sotanghon.
Included in the menu are more Filipino favorites like Special Boneless Bangus, Sizzling Lechon Sisig, Monggos, Bicol Express, Kinilaw Na Tangigue (Ceviche), Calamares, Camaron Rebosado, Garlicky Squid Balls, Sinigang, Pinakbet, Chopsuey, and Pancit Canton.
And of course, I just had to take that obligatory photo with Ricky the Pig himself!! Too cute! (also do yourself a favor and find you a man who hugs you tight like Ricky the pig wahahahha)
What I wore to the launch:
Dress: Thrift find | Bag: Parfios | Sandals: Tutum Shop
Of course wearing a dress to hide all that lechon intake HAHA
Rico’s Lechon in Mandaue (near Parkmall, Big Hotel, Chong Hua Hospital and Sugbo Mercado Mandaue) will be its second outlet in Cebu, the other being in Mactan Promenade. It will soon reopen its Axis Entertainment Avenue, Escario next month. It can be found in five locations in Metro Manila, at Bonifacio Global City, Glorietta 1, Tiendesitas, UP Town Center, and SM Mall of Asia.
Founded in 1997 and turning 22 this August 2019, Rico’s Lechon serves traditional Cebu lechon roasted to perfection and mixed with garlic and leeks (“dahon ng sibuyas”). Rico’s Lechon received the award for TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016 to 2018 and was the recipient of the Silver Stevie® Award at the fourth annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Award in Tokyo, Japan in 2017. Rico’s Lechon ships nationwide to locations that has direct Cebu flights.
For more information, visit ricoslechon.com or contact 253-4650 or 0917-823-
8263. For updates like and follow @RicosLechonOFFICIAL on Facebook and Instagram.
Hope you are as excited for this to open on Friday as I am! Don’t forget to share to your friends and family the good news!
Promate Technologies, the worldwide leader in consumer electronic accessories with a focus on mobile, tablet and IT peripherals, has entered into a sub-distribution partnership with Cebu-based Thinking Tools, Inc. (TTI)
L2R Thinking Tools Inc. Founder Wilson Tan, Thinking Tools Managing Director Virgie Tan, OrmocNet Owner Jennifer Lardazabal, Promate Retail Sales Mngr Genny Zulueta, Thinking Tools Product Mngr Lynette
Thinking Tools Inc. has been in the business of providing people with quality IT products at very reasonable prices for more than 30 years. Thinking Tools, Inc. has expanded its sub-distribution operations and has grown to be one of the most trusted names in the Philippine industry with 15 branches in Cebu City, Carcar City, Tagbilaran City, Davao City, Tagum City, Digos City, General Santos City and Tacloban City.
“We are very excited to have Thinking Tools Inc. as our official sub-distribution partner in Visayas and Mindanao. Partnering with a very strong company to distribute our products will not only strengthen our Channel Network but it will help us cater to all the cities, towns and municipalities in the VisMin area,” said Dimple Condes, Promate Philippines Country Manager.
“We have always been keen in partnering with Promate. This is the best time for us to carry Promate as we have both agreed on a long term sub-distribution partnership. Promate being here in our VisMin Kick-Off shows our full support and commitment for each other. Our store branches and channel network are excited to carry Promate and offer the Best Value Brand in its Class. This partnership will widen and strengthen our range of brands and merchandise. Thinking Tools Inc. will be carrying Promate’s full range of products such as mobile accessories, IT peripherals, photography enhancements, digital gadgets and consumer electronics.” said Virgin Tan, TTI Managing Partner and COO.
Promate Technologies, the global leader brand in digital lifestyle consumer electronics, was awarded during the Southeast Asia Gates Retail Summit in Bangkok with four awards for: Most Innovative Brand, Best Multi-Category Brand, Accessories and Peripherals Brand of the Year and a 4th award for its newly released All in one USB-C Hub “CenterHub” as Most Innovative Product. Promate has over 1,000 Made for Retail products in its portfolio covering 17 major products categories such as portable power banks, data and power cables, Bluetooth audio solutions like speakers and headsets, photography enhancements, hi tech car gadgets and much more, offering two years global warranty on the entire product range. The brand is present in over 150 countries all over the world.
Promate Technologies, the worldwide leader in electronic and computing DMS (Design and Manufacturing Service) with extensive experience in product development and vertically integrated capabilities. Promate boasts a diversified product line, including mobility accessories, IT peripherals, photography enhancements, digital gadgets and consumer electronics and more. Promate takes pride in their well-diversified product portfolio, unique designs, flexible manufacturing capabilities and reliable after-sale services. Please visit https://philippines.promate.net for more information.
ABOUT THINKING TOOLS INC.
Thinking Tools, Inc. (TTI) opened its first retail outlet in June 1987 and expanded its operations opening PC QuickBuys Computer Sales & Services with branches in Cebu City and Consolacion, Cebu, and subsequently opened SDNI-Mabolo, to handle the wholesale and distribution and sub-distribution businesses. Thinking Tools, Inc. is a charter member of the Association of Computer Resellers in Cebu (ACRC). Please visit http://www.tti.com.ph for more information.
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People say ‘On Sundays We Brunch’ but you can now enjoy having brunch any day of the week at Spence Cebu!
S P E N C E is a transformative restaurant, carrying two dining concepts: a cafe & comfort food restaurant by day and a cocktails & spirits watering hole by night; tucked in the heart of Cebu Business Park. If you haven’t heard of this place, well because it is fairly new and will open it’s doors in June 2019, that’s a few weeks from now! Last Saturday we got a chance to be invited over to try out their selections of brunch meals, pastries, coffee and sweets, and some fine wines and unique concoctions that surely did not disappoint!
For me, what I really consider when I want to frequent a cafe is how homey the ambiance is and that is exactly what I first noticed when I entered the place and sat down on my chair. I also like that during the day time, natural light are coming into the cafe making the space more bright and fresh looking.
And the food?? Don’t even get me started on the food selection! I had their Agave Srirarcha Chicken and oh boy was the serving so huge! I was hungry going in and when I thought I could easily finish the plate but guess what? I was literally full after finishing it! I also couldn’t stop eating because it was that good!
Aside from their main brunch meals, they also serve more selection of food and pica pica as you will see in the next photos below.
Sloppy Joe Quesadilla
Ground beef with two types of cheese mixed with Spence’s secret sauce sandwiched between two large flour tortillas
Homemade Corned Beef Breakfast Plate
Homemade corned beef cooked for 3 hours ideally served with garlic rice, fried fish, fried banana and eggs cooked to your liking.
Agave Srirarcha Chicken
Chicken marinated in agave and srirarcha saunce served with garlic rice and roasted veggies
Layers of pancakes with oreos toppped with whipped creme
Long Shoestring fries with katsu sauce topped with nori
Three meatball spaghetti made with fresh tomatoes, covered in white sauce
They also serve coffee such as Espresso, Americano, Cappuccino. Other drink such as Salted Caramel, Backyard Matcha and Iced Hot Choco are also available.
Iced Hot Choco
Iced hot choco with smores on top
There are a variety of pastries and sweets too!
It wouldn’t be a brunch place without cocktails, amiright? Like what they say, brunch without cocktails is just a sad and boring breakfast! You may order cocktails as early as 8am until 12mn.
See menu below for your reference.
Spence Cafe & Kitchen is located at the Ground Floor, Retail 6, Solinea Tower 2, Cebu Business Park. Just a few walk from Ayala Rustans before reaching Pioneer building. They will be open as early as 8:00 AM until 12:00 MN.
Leaving the city to spend a day with a scene that involves the beach and palm trees is never a bad idea especially if you end up at a 5-star Mediterranean-inspired beachfront resort – Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu!
Just a few weeks ago, in the peak of Summer Season here in the Philippines, we got to spend our day at this lovely resort in the tropical island of Mactan Cebu. If you’re from here then you’ve already probably heard about this Mediterranean-inspired resort but for those that haven’t then lemme share a bit of this place.
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is a Mediterranean-inspired beachfront hotel located on the lush and tropical island of Mactan. The hotel is perfectly situated only 6 km away from the Mactan Cebu International Airport and 22 km away from the metropolitan Cebu City. Surrounded by culturally rich points of interests, the hotel boasts an exceptional location ideal for both business travelers and visitors wishing to explore the city.
Day Tour Packages
It would be perfect to book an overnight stay here so you can maximize your time relaxing and enjoying the beach; but for you guys that just want to spend a day at the resort, Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu gives you options to book any of the two Day Tour Packages, which gives you access to the hotel’s white sand beach and swimming pool from 8.00 am until 8.00 pm. Aside from the use of leisure facilities (including the Gym, Little Birds Club and Game Room), a premium privilege extended to guests on Day Tour is a complimentary breakfast or lunch buffet at The Sails restaurant or a 15-course Balearic dinner at Ibiza Beach Club. You can totally enjoy a beach escapade here, any day of the week!
Garden Cabana Package
Another way to enjoy your day here is by booking a Garden Cabana. There are about 4 Cabanas available, 2 of which that have its own bathroom (mirror, shower and toilet) and Jacuzzi! This dedicated area is great for groups and couples who are looking for comfort, relaxation and a secluded space where they can rest in complete privacy. Each package gives two persons four hours of exclusive rental of one Cabana, plus access to the hotel’s swimming pool and beach. In the evening, the Cabanas are offered as venue for private dinners, especially for couples who wish to have a romantic getaway experience.
Exclusive Use – (4) four hours exclusive use of Cabana, good for two (2) persons, between 9am-6pm. Rates for hourly extension is also available.
Rental package also comes with a beach kit with cold towel, beach towel, toilet and bath amenities, and a pack of sweet treats.
Every additional walk-in guest at the Cabana will be charged with applicable Day Tour rate. Please see cabana Rates Here.
Milkteas are also available here too!
Cabana IV Bathroom
Cabana IV Private Jacuzzi
What I Wore
I wanted to wear a shorts on the way there but I thought that I’d wear something bright and fun especially for a backdrop as beautiful as Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, such as this yellow dress that I thrifted a week prior to this visit. I eventually changed twice throughout the day but this was my ‘resort wear’ for that day. Love how it was easy to put on and off especially when you’re about to decide to dip into the beach or pool because you can literally wear your bikini underneath and you’re good to go! Finished the look by adding some fun sandals from Forever 21, statement earring and a macrame bag from Cara Cebu.
Things To Do
All guests who book the Day Tour or Cabana rental package get access to the fun group activities scheduled at various times at the Beach Garden.
Aqua Aerobics at the Pool
Limbo Rock at the garden
Healthy Ice Cream Options for the Hot Summer Heat
Chill Down at the Beach Front
On The Way to Ibiza
Happy Hour at Ibiza
The fun at Ibiza Beach Club begins with Happy Hour at sundown. Get into the tropical vibe with a glass of beer, juice or cocktail, offered at Buy-One-Get-One-Free from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm. The Ibiza Sour and frosé are two of its many popular drinks, inspired by the tropical vibe. Enjoy your drink while you take a dip in the Jacuzzi or lie on the net pods amidst party beats. Make sure to capture and share your golden moments, with a drink in your hand and your fabulous tan, and the stunning architecture and picturesque view of the ocean as your background.
New Premium Gin & Tonic Collection at Ibiza Beach Club
In addition to the Happy Hour offer, Ibiza Beach Club recently introduced the Premium Gin and Tonic Collection, with 6 featured drinks namely, Four Pillars Rare Dry, Gin Sul, Martin Miller’s Original Gin, Brockmans, Portobello Gin no. 171, and William Chase. All these are at buy one, get one exclusively on Sundays, from 4.00 pm to 6.00pm.
Ibiza Beach Club’s Cocktail in a box
Next to wines, spirits, cocktails, and beers, the “Cocktail in the Box” is a drink option you can take, if you’re visiting with a group of friends. This boxed special comes complete with curated cocktail ingredients, a full bottle of spirits and mixers for you to craft your own drink. While the set includes a recipe guide on traditional cocktails, guests are free to get creative and be their own mixologist. I got to try and mix one for myself and I felt like a legit barista at it esp that my drink tasted great!
15 Course Balearic-inspired Grill
I can still remember my first time having this and I thought to myself, “Wow! This is so cool everyone should be able to try this experience”. Im talking about Ibiza Beach Club’s Balearic-inspired, signature 15-course – a hearty feast of all-you-can-eat barbecue offering nine types of meat and four kinds of seafood. The meat includes Filet Mignon, Angus Rib-Eye Steak, Baby Back Ribs, Ostrich Meat, New Zealand Lamb, buttery Rock Lobsters or Salmon, Tiger Prawns, Cuttlefish, Chicken, Crispy Pork Belly and Beef Short Ribs, to name a few. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!
This already comes with the Day tour package. just make sure you choose to have this for dinner instead of the lunch at the sails restaurant.
For Walk Ins here are the rates: PHP2,500++ or PHP2,779.00 nett, exclusive of drinks Or PHP3,100++ or PHP3,445.00 nett, with free-flowing house wine
For table reservations, please email email@example.com.
The 15 Course Meals Starts with Some Salad
Different Sauce for Different Kinds of Meat
You May Choose a Plate of Mash Potato or Rice to go with your Meats
Just one of many meats that keeps on coming!
Ibiza Themed Shows
Ibiza Beach Club also is widely known for its nightly themed shows featuring Cebu’s own talents, performing to different beats and rhythms — indulging its audience with a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. These shows make a good company to your dinner experience, with live performances that’ll make you feel like cruising and grooving with every beat and bite.
We went on a Friday night and the theme for the show was “At The Movies”
Ibiza’s newest segment from the “At The Movies” theme show was “The Great Gasby”
For those who crave for something to go with their drinks, there is a variety of comfort food, light bites and filling eats to choose from. The a la carte and Tapas menus feature house-prepared charcuterie, Bruschettas, Jamon Serrano, Gambas, imported cheeses, a selection of salads and starters, the Eivissa Paella, Seafood Marinara, premium steaks, the Manny O. Signature Wagyu Burger and more.
A lot of things you can do at Mövenpick Hotel huh? Ugh writing this make me wanna go back!
Althea’s in-house brand – A’Bloom just launch last month and we are here for it!
As you might already know from my previous blog post, Althea launch not just one but a lot of in-house products already since the end of last year and so far they are doing pretty well! They’ve already come up with some skincare, make ups ranging from powders, concealers, lip tint to even an eye shadow palette! When I thought that ‘that was it’ then I’m clearly wrong because I guest they ain’t stopping anytime soon because just last month, they launch a new set of collection called A’Bloom and everyone was just so excited for the product reveal!
If you have been following Althea’s Instagram page, then you must have seen the day to day reveal of their A’Bloom collection. To sum it all up, in this line they have four new things to share – a blackhead/whitehead remover/scrub stick, a beauty sponge, a large and tiny version of it and lastly four, yes FOUR different mask (which I am most excited about). For today’s post I will be sharing to you my first impression on all of the products in this collection and if it is worth the hype!
BHA Blackhead Blaster
What It Claims:
– Easy and no pain blackhead and whitehead removal
– Fast Results with natural non-irritant ingredients
– Melts away impurities and prevents future breakouts
How To Use:
1. After cleansing your makeup, apply onto the targeted areas with excessive sebum.
2. Gently massage in a circular motion to release trapped oil and dirt.
3. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
– For more effective cleansing, place a warm towel onto the skin before use to open pores.
My First Impression:
I like the packaging. It’s very straight forward on how to use the product and love how it has an addition protective cover inside. While using it for the first time, I didn’t feel any irritation and whatsoever which is great. However, the Blackhead and whitehead removal part, I can’t really tell if it’s working since I just used it once yet. Maybe I’ll try a couple more times and see the difference.
Retails at P200 each.
Get the BHA Blackhead Blasterhere at Althea.
Giant Meringue Puff
What It Claims:
– Expands to 1.5x larger for fast coverage
– Blends effortlessly for a flawless finish
– Works wet or dry for different effects
How To Use:
For Dewy Effect
1. Soak the puff in running water
2. Gently squeeze out the water
3. Use the narrow and wide parts of the puff to complete your base makeup
For Matte Effect
1. Use dry for full coverage
My First Impression:
First of all, can we talk about it’s shape? It’s the cutest and nothing like any other beauty sponge there is out in the market (or nothing that I know of). I also love the fact that when wet, it expands to 1.5x bigger from it’s normal size! It definitely cuts your foundation time in half! Really soft too. I recommend!
Retails at P100 each.
Get the Giant Meringue Puffs here at Althea.
Baby Meringue Puff
What It Claims:
– Precice makeup and coverage in an instant
– Blends effortlessly for a flawless finish
– Works wet or dry for different effects
How To Use:
For Dewy Effect
1. Soak the puff in running water
2. Gently squeeze out the water
3. Use the narrow and wide parts of the puff to complete your base makeup
For Matte Effect
1. Use dry for full coverage
My First Impression:
Similar to the giant version but this works well on the side of the nose and under eye application. It does expand too when wet. I also like how it comes with 3 pcs when bought.
Retails at P140 for 3 pieces.
Get the Baby Meringue Puffs here at Althea.
A’Bloom Sheet Masks
What It Claims:
This mask that packs a punch of hydration and moisturization for waterful skin that lasts
A delicious drink for skin with watermelon extract and added lavender to calm the senses
This brightening mask clarifies and brighten dull skin to unveil the natural glow from within.
The double dose of Vitamin C from lemon and lime extracts banishes dark spots and green tea boosts brightening while calming skin.
This mask is rich in antioxidants to nourish and protect skin from harmful environmental factors and prevent wrinkles
Infused with avocado extracts and hibiscus for soft supple skin that glows
This anti-blemish mask purifies and soothes irritated and sensitive skin.
Infused with peach extracts and tea tree oil to regulate oil, balance moisture and purify for soft smooth skin.
How To Use:
1. Cleanse skin and apply toner.
2. Remove mask from pouch and apply to face, placing mask to fit eye and lip area.
3.Remove mask after 10-20 minutes and lightly massage the remaining solution into skin with hands.
My First Impression:
I haven’t used all of the 4 yet but I have tried Water-Me-Long and it sure was very relaxing on the face. I like the transparency effect when placed on the face too. I also think that it was enough for them to come up with four different kinds of mask depending on what your skin needs. You have for brightening, for moisture, nourishment and anti-blemish mask. The fact that it has a lot of juice in just one pack for P20 pesos? I’ll take a hundred please! Im so down for this mask!
Retails at P20 each or P180 per 10 packs.
Get the A’Bloom Sheet Masks here at Althea.
That’s it. I hope you find this post helpful and I do wish you guys get to try these products for yourself which I recommend you do since all of them are really affordable. Until next time!
It sure was a super busy week for me and to be able to relax and spend the end of the week at Radisson Blu Cebu was just everything I needed.
I just moved back into my hometown Cebu after being away for a good four months living in the capital and I was so exhausted and so stressed weeks prior the going-home situation that when Radisson Blu sent me their staycation invite, I just couldn’t say no.
The main reason for their invite is for us to experience their new and improved Business Class rooms and share it to you guys. To be honest, I haven’t really gotten the chance to stay at their rooms in the past until that night. Since it was my first time, luckily they also offered a quick tour on their on-going renovations and showed us what the old rooms looked like. This way we can really appreciate the change and improvement of the new rooms. I also shared the amenities that I myself was able to enjoy during my stay.
Old Business Class Room
The moment you enter the old rooms, first thing you would notice is how dull and boring it is, especially when it comes to the room lighting. The tiles when you enter is in black marble, as well as the bathroom. You can also really tell that the carpet is kinda old fashion as you can see in the photo below.
Business Class Rooms
Corporate travelers love their exclusive Business Class Rooms. Each of these 41 rooms includes memory foam mattresses for a refreshing night’s sleep. Other standard amenities include a 37-inch LCD satellite television, an in-room safe, a walk-in shower, a minibar, bathrobes and slippers, an iPod® dock entertainment system, and a coffee- and tea-maker.
As you can see in the photos below, the new and improved Business Class Rooms now has a new look that’s so fresh and very much more inviting than the old rooms. The space also is much more brighter and the carpet has a new look as well!
Approximate room size: 35 m2 | Maximum number of guests: 3 adults or 2 adults with 2 children under 12 years
New Business Class Deluxe Suite
Take in panoramic views of Mactan Harbor in this suite, which features a 40-square-meter space that includes a separate living room and powder room, an eight-seat dining room table and a 37-inch LCD television with satellite channels. Premium amenities include This Works®bathroom essentials, memory foam mattresses, and goose-down feather pillows and duvets.
Approximate room size: 100 m2 | Maximum number of guests: 3 adults or 2 adults with 2 children under 12 years
Spacious Bathroom with Bath Tub and Shower
Living Area with Work Table
Dining Room Table
Serving a variety of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, Feria offers award-winning buffet and à la carte dining on site.With extended hours, an exuberant atmosphere, and a variety of local and international dishes, Feria provides the perfect place to enjoy a meal at any time. Guests can dine from the buffet or à la carte, choosing from the finest dishes and desserts from Mediterranean, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Indian and other Asian cuisines. Each dish is freshly prepared by their award-winning team of chefs from around the globe. They’ll be happy to meet you in the dining room with suggestions on what you might enjoy. The dining room of this stylish venue seats 240, and its two private rooms seat 12 to 18 guests.
06:30 – 22:30 (Daily)
Business Class Lounge
Guests in Business Class Rooms and suites enjoy exclusive access to the 20th-floor Business Class lounge. Enjoy breakfast from 06:00 to 10:30, afternoon snacks from 13:00 to 17:00, cocktails and canapés from 18:30 to 20:00, and non-alcoholic refreshments throughout the day. You can even do your check in and out here the Business Class Lounge! How convenient!
Offering panoramic views of Mactan Harbor, the lounge features an LCD TV, a mini library, a boardroom, a meeting room and free high-speed, wireless Internet.
Deluxe Room Tour
Perfect for busy travelers, the 14 spacious Deluxe Rooms offer lots of room to stretch out. At the end of the day, recharge in the walk-in shower, enjoy a refreshing drink from the minibar, and then snuggle up in a cozy bathrobe and slippers while enjoying one of the two free bottles of water or a cup of tea from the coffee- and tea-maker. A 37-inch LCD satellite television, an iPod® dock entertainment system, an in-room safe, and an iron and ironing board are also included.
Approximate room size: 61 m2 | Maximum number of guests: 3 adults or 2 adults with 2 children under 12 years
My parents visited us late at night before they head home and good thing I was able to order food with the push of a button. Now I just have to wait for my food and enjoy them in the comfort of my own room. Their in-room dining runs around the clock and offers a variety of light meals, local and international dishes, and beverages. You can order their Signature Breakfast anytime. Just let them know if you have special dietary requirements, and they’ll be happy to accommodate.
24 hours (Daily)
The next day, me and my sister were able to enjoy our time at the outdoor pool area. Open daily, the outdoor free-form swimming pool lies on the ground level. This refreshing pool spans 800 square meters, and registered lifeguards stand on duty during operating hours.
06:00 – 22:00 (Daily)
You can also keep up with your exercise regimen during your stay with the hotel’s well-equipped fitness room, located on the lower ground level. Open early in the morning and late at night, the gym makes it easy for you to stay in shape even while on the road.
06:00 – 23:00 (Daily)
Hope you’ll find this helpful and will consider to book your next staycation at Radisson Blu Cebu. It sure was short but sweet and I got a lot of activities done because of all the amenities available. It surely was a way we can relax in the heart of the city!
Take advantage of their on going promo: Book a Superior Room with breakfast for two persons at Feria for only Php5,555 net per night. Promo is valid until June 30, 2019. Terms and conditions apply. For inquiries and reservations, please call (032) 402 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s like entering into a thrift store, you go in with specifically nothing in mind but going out with a lot of things. Well for me at least. Haha
A few weeks ago, I got to drop by one of the newest concept store in Cebu that is dedicated for local crafters and artist – Craft Story Cebu. The mastermind behind this place is gathering these talented people in helping them promote their creations and also provide them a place where they can sell their works under one space. It is definitely a place where you can find handmade items that is unique and affordable, perfect to add into your collection or a gift to your loved ones.
Upon entering Craft Story, you will see hand painted items, handcrafted artisan soaps, journal starter kits, stationery sets, handmade accessories, and decors. Aside from these, they also have locally sourced coffee beans, condiments, succulents, linen sprays, and scents to choose from.
Their partner crafters include, Thingamabobs, Papers & Tschai, Happy Garaje, Peregrina, Missus Nightowl, Inspiredby.Ph, to name a few.
Craft Story is located at Crossroads, Banilad Cebu City. Store hours is from 10am to 9pm on Tuesdays to Sundays and closed on Mondays.
A few of the things I got from the store. If only I can bring home everything, I would! they are all so cute!
I can not believe 25 wonderful years has passed by already and now I’m officially on my first day of my 26th year of existence. Literally I am pass the quarter life! It’s insane just to think about it, don’t you think? Like man, I used to wonder what life is like at this age and here we are now.
Looking back, I realized that I’ve actually done so many new things in the past year that I would have never imagine I would do or go through in my life right now. The major one is probably when I temporarily moved into the capital city of Manila and actually lived independently. I thought I already lived independently (since the day I land a job) but not until I was in the moment where I have to decide on everything for myself. I can totally write a whole separate post in regards to my experience there but overall, it did helped me in my personal growth as a person.
Anyway, I am not really sure what or why I am here writing to you today nor I plan to write a lengthy personal post but I guess I just wanted to document this time of my life. Now that I am here, lemme just list down the things that I have learned or what I believe helped me shape the person that I am today.
Focus on the positive. Through the years, I have always looked through the positive side of every situation. I use to be more sapoton when things don’t do exactly how I wanted it to be but I am glad to say I am not that kind of person anymore. When things don’t go well, I just take a deep breath, think of how to turn things around (instead of over reacting on what just happened) and go on with life.
Work-Life Balance. I always live by the quote, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. In life, we are not blessed to be waking up in the morning doing what we love because not every body can do that especially when we talk about financially. I love to be more creative but unfortunately it doesn’t always go well the way you imagined, or always put food on the table. Let’s be real. Some are blessed but not all. For me I need a day job right? But this doesn’t mean I have to give up what I love to do. You need to find that balance in order to keep you up in life. Unless if you love facing the computer developing apps the whole day then you do you boo.
Spend Wisely. Like I mentioned, not all of us are blessed to be earning money while we sleep so we literally have to get up everyday, work hard, mag kayod jud ta mga ses or else wala tay mapalit ug sanina, pang palit ug pangpagwapa ug lami nga pagkaon. We have to work hard to earn and when we have the money, we should learn how to spend it wisely too. Point is: we should know our limits in spending and stick to it because you might have the money right now and be very broke the next day. So it’s better to spare a percentage of your earnings for savings or even for investments.
Live in the moment. In today’s modern world, it has been really a struggle to “live in the moment” because of all these addiction to social media. When you’re at a new cafe, try to have meaningful conversations with your friends rather than just always on the phone. If you’re at a concert watching your favorite artist perform, try to maybe, okay, snap a little BUT be in the moment and enjoy this time of actually being there rather than trying to record everything. We all wanna ‘snap’ it or it didn’t happen but we should all know our limits. Even I myself is guilty of this but one of the moments that made me realized this is during my recent trip to Boracay last month. Of course it wasn’t totally a no phone or no social media kinda trip but I’m happy that I was able to disconnect from the online world for the most part. I was living the moment and really enjoyed my days at the beach and didn’t really worry to take a lot of photos for ‘content’.
Take care of your health. Health is always wealth. Learn how to take care of your body now to live a longer life and also it’s very expensive to be sick nowadays. I know finding the time and motivation to live a healthier lifestyle is a struggle for most of us and that’s okay. Baby steps will go a long way. Me for example, I have been avoiding drinking soft drinks especially Coke for the past couple of months. I also choose to walk approximately 15 mins every weekday after I finish work than riding a habal-habal to take me to where I would ride a jeepney going home. I was prepping my meals last year and I stopped and now I am trying to start doing it again. Point is, it’s these baby steps that helps us in maintaining this kind of lifestyle and hopefully become our daily lifestyle. Our older self will definitely thank us that we started this young.
Be contented with what you have. Being contented of what we have will lessen the jealousy of other people. Being envious of what other people have that we don’t have will tend to end up with hate towards that other person and will start that negative vibes in our lives. Be more grateful and you’ll live a happier life.
Hang out with happy people and build meaningful relationships. You’ll never be more happier than surrounding yourself with happy people as well. I have definitely met new people this year and revalued old ones and I can confidently say that I have started to learn to build meaningful relationship with these people. At this age I learned that it’s not about having too many friends but building that circle of friends that are true, will be there when you need them and always have our back to support us no matter what.
Don’t give a fvck about everything. This is something I learned by reading the book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck” by Mark Manson. To be honest, I am not done with the book just yet (read: not really a true bookworm) but I already learned so much with just a few chapters in. It’s basically telling you to not give a Fvck about everything and actually teaches you how to live a better life. Key to good life is giving a fuck about less, and giving a fuck about what is true, immediate and important.
Enjoy the little things. Appreciate the little things in life because its all that really matters. Nowadays we tend to take things for granted. Celebrate mini victories. Finishing your daily task at work? Yay great job! Someone did you a favor? Thank them and maybe gift them a mini token! Take pleasure in these little achievements. They add up!
Be kind. Not just to yourself but most especially to other people. You never know what someone is going through so be kind. Always.
Dress: Forever 21 | Bag: @caracebu on IG | Hat is gifted
Locale: Radisson Blu Cebu
I know that everyone has it’s own timelines in their own life. My advice is don’t you ever compare your life to others. Let them be an inspiration for you to live a greater life but never compare. Learn to appreciate every day because you might spend the rest of your life waiting for that moment that will never come.
A year older but definitely more wiser and I am forever grateful for another day in this life.
I know this is a long time coming but sharing this anyway just in time for summer! Me and my friends took this trip last year and we only spent a total of 2 nights with 2 full days of exploring the island. Read more as I will be in details (with photos) on what we exactly did, where we went and what we eat during this trip. This is quite lengthy and informative so be ready! haha
Cebu to Bantayan Island
In order to get to Bantayan Island from Cebu City, you need to ride a Ceres bus from Cebu City to Hagnayan Port. Ceres bus to Hagnayan Port are located at the North Bus Terminal. Just ask where the right bus to Hagnayan Port and you are good to go. It should only cost you P120 for the bus ride. We took the earliest morning departure at around 3am.
When arriving at Hagnayan Port, you need to ride a ferry to bring you to Sta. Fe Bantayan Island. Regular rates are at P180 per pax plus a terminal fee of P10.
bus on the way to Hagnayan Port
Arrived at Hagnayan Port around 7AM
Schedule departures from Hagnayan port to Sta. fe Bantayan Island
Time to board the ferry!
Groupie! with Sophia, Issa, Jesse and Aljune
Sat here inside as outside tend to be so windy during the trip
Another P30 ecological fee when you arrive at sta. fe port. I know too many fees at this point but this is the last! haha
Make sure to ask your accommodation if they provide pick ups from the port to their place. When they do, they usually are ready for you the moment you arrive the port to bring you to your stay.
We had Beach Placid as our home for 2 nights. If you want a beach front accommodation, you might want to consider this place.
Our rooms wasn’t ready yet when we arrived so we just left our bags at the reception and started to explore the island. But first thing’s first – FOOD! We are starving! We found a carenderia on our way to rent some bikes. Fresh baked scallops please!
There was also a few souvenir shops and ukay-ukay nearby the carenderia.
The best place to explore the island is on a bike. You can rent bikes for the whole duration of your stay in the island. Bike rentals is usually charged per day. Your accommodation most likely have bikes for rent but cheaper option is at the main town of Sta. Fe. Just ask around where you can rent one and the locals are happy enough to lead you there. It will cost you around P00 per day for bike rentals
Probably the farthest to go on bike is at The Ruins which is where we first went. Nothing quite the same from the one in Bacolod but from it’s name, it is an abandoned place where people like to go for photo ops.
Next is this place where there are a lot of coconut trees. You can pass this on the way to the ruins but we decided to stop by on the way back from the ruins. Nothing spectacular really but we just thought it’s a great backdrop for more photo ops. haha!
Next is the beach! Finally! but we did not decide to dip in just yet as it was still noon and the sun is quite harsh at the moment. We just dropped by and appreciated the view because why not right?
It was right after lunch when we went back to our accommodation and had a late lunch at their restaurant. Our room was ready so we got time to relax and freshen up before our dinner time. I was so tired that when I went to the beach front, I literally just slept at one of those beach chaise lounge.
Next stop is at Frio Lifestyle Cafe (blogged here) . We were supposed to have our breakfast here but change of plans so we went here to witness the sunset instead while having merienda. Still quite a great time to chill and bond with friends.
Seriously, all we did in this trip was to eat! haha Next stop was at Krab Krib located inside MJ Square. We had our dinner there and had a few drinks at Liquido which is located just next to Krab Krib.
After at Liquido, it was time to hit the sacks as we plan to catch the early boat ride back from Sta. fe to Hagnayan port the next morning.
No meed to pay ecological fee of P30 at the port, just the boat ride fare and the P10 pesos terminal fee. as for the bus it would cost you the same. amount when you had the ride from Cebu to Hagnayan port.
3AM Depart from North Bus Terminal to Hagnayan Port
7AM Depart from Hagnayan Port to Sta. Fe
8AM Arrived at Sta. Fe and went straight to the accommodation
8:30AM Arrived at Beach Placid and left our bags there
– Had Breakfast at a carenderia
– Rented a bike
– The ruins
– Sugar beach
1PM Lunch at Beach Placid
2PM Free time
– Spent time at the Beach Front of Beach Placid
6PM Dinner at Lady’s American Diner
8PM Free time
8AM Woke up
8:30AM head to The Ruins
9AM Arrived at The Ruins
10AM head to Sugar Beach
10:30AM Swimming time!
12PM Head back to room to freshen up
2PM Free time
4PM Sunset at Frio Lifestyle Cafe
7PM Dinner at Krab Krib, MJ Square
7AM Woke up
8AM headed to the port to catch the first boat ride to Hagnayan port
1PM approx arrival in Cebu
Hope you find this information useful. Obviously what we mostly did during this trip was to take photos, relax, and EAT! haha There’s so much other things to do in Bantayan so feel free to modify this itinerary to fit your needs.
After our merienda, next stop is dinner! Seriously though, all we did in this trip is eat haha We went to this place in MJ Square Food Strip called Krab Krib.
Krab Krib (if you haven’t figured it out) is known for their crabs but not just that, they also serve shrimps and ribs which is also their best sellers.
This place only has limited seats so when the place is packed then expect to be at the wait list.
We are a total of 5 and we had 1 order of crab, shrimp, ribs, scallops and 1 rice platter which was already enough for the 5 of us.
This is one of their best seller and I find no reason to disagree! It was so tender and tasty!
How can you skip the crabs!? I forgot what sauce this is but you can choose among 4 sauces: crushed pepper, Chili Honey, Thai green curry and Herb Butter.
It looks like its not enough but that’s a lot of scallops in one order!
Here’s a copy of their menu for reference (as of August 2018):
Whenever you find yourself in Bantayan Island, I highly recommend you to dine here. Price is definitely reasonable for its taste. You won’t be disappointed for sure! After dinner, you can opt to have cocktails just next door which we did before calling it a night.
Krab Krib is located inside MJ Square Food Strip in Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island. They are open from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. You may follow their Facebook here for more latest updates.