Being Alice at The Chocolate Chamber

One sunny summer afternoon, my husband and I felt like we found ourselves in a rabbit’s hole. We set a date for a date, and we choose to have high tea at The Chocolate Chamber in Mabolo because it is far away from the maddening crowd and we could talk about life. What was an idyllic afternoon summer date turned into a magical date with someone better than my husband and I. Continue reading “Being Alice at The Chocolate Chamber”

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Where to Stay in Cebu: The Padgetts Place

On the occasion of my sister’s annual vacation from work, I was looking for a place our family of 7 adults and 1 child would stay where we would all sleep comfortably and be able to cook. My husband and I chanced upon The Padgett’s Place’s booth at the travel fair in Ayala Center mid-July, and thought the P3,850 per night is reasonable enough. Read on for my review on the condominium. Continue reading “Where to Stay in Cebu: The Padgetts Place”

Where to Stay in Cebu: Paragon Suites

Last August, my sister’s friend invited her to stay at Paragon Suites as she has booked for an extra day she won’t be using. My sister dragged us with her, and because we loved our stay on the first day, we booked for another day. I have passed by the Paragon Suites building countless of times but has never considered staying there, mostly because it was far from where we were staying. But… our stay there was great and there were some things I thought I should share why you should consider staying at Paragon Suites in your next visit to Cebu (probably in the 2017 Sinulog?). Continue reading “Where to Stay in Cebu: Paragon Suites”

Bojo River Cruise

Bojo River is not a unique tourist attraction. There are many river tours in the Philippines and in the world. What made us admire the river cruise is its organization and the profit-sharing between the local government and the citizens who manage the cruise operations. We think the cruise is one of the best examples of how a government can work together with its citizenry to make the best of what a certain place can offer as a tourist attraction and gain from it in the most socially-responsible and environmentally-sustainable way. Continue reading “Bojo River Cruise”

Mandaue Foam Watercolor Workshop with Meream

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Last Saturday, my husband and I attended Mandaue Foam‘s Boho-themed watercolor workshop with CraftCEB and Bored and Crafty’s Meream Pacayra. It’s been a long, long time since I last painted with watercolor (OK, the truth is, the last time I painted with watercolor was in kindergarten). What attracted me to the workshop were two things: (1) Meream and (2) the P500 registration fee. Meream of Bored and Crafty and Thimble Cap is, what I consider, my arts and crafts idol. Her Instagram account (@boredandcrafty) is filled with her daily projects, which, for an arts and crafts enthusiast like me, is inspiring. Continue reading “Mandaue Foam Watercolor Workshop with Meream”

Cebu Farmers Market

Today was a busy day for me. I had to wake up early to do my cousin’s make-up for her graduation from college, I had to prepare lasagna as my contribution to the graduation part, and attend a highschool classmate’s wedding. In between these activities, I had to squeeze in time this morning to check out Cebu Farmers MarketContinue reading “Cebu Farmers Market”

Boljoon in Colors

Happy Thursday! I have a #throwbackthursday post that has been sitting in my drafts folder for more than a year now. And, today, I’m finally going to push out this draft and share a not-very-conventional travel destination in the south of Cebu — Boljoon!  Continue reading “Boljoon in Colors”

Southeastern Cebu Through a Bus Ride

 

The past two months, I’ve been traveling back and forth between Cebu and my home province of Siquijor, and one of the few modes of transportation is through a land-trip by a bus via the coastal road in southeastern Cebu. Each province, town, or city in the Philippines has a delicacy, a specialty food that usually is unique to that place — and southeastern Cebu is no different. Continue reading “Southeastern Cebu Through a Bus Ride”

La Belle Aurore

It’s now past mid-March, only 13 more days to go before April 1. La Belle Aurore, a second-hand bookshop in Hernan Cortes, Mandaue, will be closing its doors to book lovers and literary patrons on March 31. They are having an ongoing sale with books priced as low as P10 and P30 and buy-one-take-one promos for books priced P50 and higher. I’ve only been to the Hernan Cortes branch twice and their now-closed Junquera branch once, so I have not created a lot of memories with the place. Nevertheless, because I knew the shop is closing and I might find treasures there, I took a last trip to shop and brought along someone who loves books more than I do — my grandmama. It was her birthday a few days after, so I gave that trip to the bookshop a birthday gift to her. Continue reading “La Belle Aurore”

Toledo in Two Days

Toledo is an economic hub — home to Atlas Mining, Carmen Mining, and now fertilizer plants. The neighboring towns also benefit from their city neighbor’s economic progress as industries expand north to Balamban and south to Pinamungajan. Toledo is also where my boyfriend’s maternal grandfather came from. One weekend in October, we went to Toledo to attend the burial of my boyfriend’s uncle. Because we had little time for sightseeing, I only made sure to at least do two things: (1) meet with my college classmate who brought us the original Balamban liempo, and (2) visit my “Toledo secret.”  Continue reading “Toledo in Two Days”