Hot and Spicy Treat at Mao Jia Hunan Cuisine

As one of the eight major cuisines of China, Hunan cuisine is famous for its hot and spicy. People may be confused that what the difference is between Hunan cuisine and Sichuan cuisine, for the characteristics of them are hot and spicy.

Sichuan cuisines are widely used chili peppers, especially prickly ash, giving it a distinctively spicy taste which leaves a slight numb sensation in the mouth, while Hunan cuisine doesn’t has. Hunan cuisine mainly originates from Dongting Lake area and western Hunan mountain area.



Aquatic food and poultry are main cooking materials of Dongting Lake area cuisine, which taste salty and spicy.


However, game and many kinds of meat are the main cooking materials of western Hunan mountain area cuisines, the tastes are salted fresh spicy and sour.




The cooking skills employed in the Hunan cuisine reached a high standard as early as the Western Han Dynasty, giving it a history of more than 2,100 years. Hunan is located in southeastern China along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. It contains rivers, lakes, mountains, rolling hills, plains, and pools, which provide abundant delicacies, such as fish, shrimp, crab, and turtle. Making full use of these rich resources, local people created a wide variety of delicacies.



Hunan cuisine consists of more than 4,000 dishes, among which more than 300 are very popular. Hunan cuisine is characterized by its hot and sour flavor, fresh aroma, greasiness and deep color. ( Source: Top China Travel_)




Hunan cuisine, also known as Xiang cuisine, consists of the cuisines of the Xiang River region, Dongting Lake and western Hunan Province in China. It is one of the Eight Great Traditions of Chinese cuisine and is well known for its hot and spicy flavours, fresh aroma and deep colours.

If you want to have a hot and spicy dining experience, visit Mao Jia Hunan Cuisine, located at Crossroads, Brgy. Banilad, Cebu City. You may also visit their Facebook Page at Mao Jia Hunan Cuisine.

Special Thanks to Ms.Mars Espera for inviting me to this spicy food treat.

Cafe Bella | First English Tea House In Cebu


Who could have thought that inside the vicinity of Sirao Garden-Little Amsterdam, everyone can experience the ambiance of an English Tea Shop?  Yes! That’s possible.


Located on the grounds of Sirao Garden-Little Amsterdam, aside from its tropical greenery. You can experience the lush and cold breezed while you enjoy spectacular views of the mountains. Relax with a tea in hand, socialize with friends and family inside the Tea house and enjoy a wide selection of teas and coffee.


The tea house is just quaint small where it can accommodate 10 to 12 individuals. The walls inside the tea house are surrounded by the collections of Elena’s where you can see various teapots, miniature bone china, hats, vases, frames,and figurines.


Upon visiting the Cafe Bella, I had the chance to speak with Ms. Elena Chua. ” This is like a dream come true for me. It made me happy every time I saw people smiling when they visit the place”, she said.


“It gives a glimpse into my world…My journey and my love of tea”, she added. I was inspired by the story she shared with me on how she ended up building the Tea House as an addition to the Garden.

According to Ms. Chua, when she was a small child, she loves to collect small souvenirs and knickknacks. She loves to play by herself or with friends and has their own tea party.  She loved collecting miniature bone chinaware. When she started to work as a flight attendant, she then acquired the passion of drinking different kinds of tea from different countries.

She felt so blessed with the opportunity to see and traveled all over the world. As she discovered how the world beautiful was, she decided to share these experiences with many people especially to those people who don’t have the opportunity to discover and explore the world.


When Sirao Garden-Little Amsterdam was built, their family considered it as a gift from God. Miss Elena decided to upgrade the Garden by having this tea house where it will showcase her beautiful and fascinating collections. Her collections are all precious to her because of her journey.

What’s with the name, Bella?

Bella is the name of her adorable daughter. Upon visiting the garden, the door will welcome you with a big sign 8504 which is the birthdate of Bella.



Cafe Bella can only accommodate 10 to 12 persons, meaning it is limited. Miss Elena serves the guest herself. She offers a set menu that consists of unlimited tea with various flavors, a sandwich, salad, cupcakes, fruits, juice drinks and if one prefers it, coffee.

Elena limits Casa Bella guests for the simple reason that the place is small and usually, she serves the guests herself. She offers a set menu that consists of unlimited tea of various flavors, a sandwich with a crunchy and zesty vegetable salad on the side, and perhaps, also her specialty, chicken macaroni salad, some cupcakes, fruits, juice drinks and if one prefers it, coffee.

If you want to experience and enjoy the English Tea in your hand. For reservations, You may contact Miss Elena Chua at 0922-825-6259 or you may check their Facebook Page Sirao Garden-Little Amsterdam.  



Visitors from Tagaytay City:)

Disclaimer: Please be advised that Cafe Bella can only entertain guest with reservations.

Important Reminders:

The Tea house is just small, cozy and restful where you can look closely with these fascinating collections of Miss Chua. Most of them are breakable and irreplaceable.Thus, most of them are “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY” so PLEASE DON’T THEM!


Chill | Party | Laugh @ Ubeertime Comedy + Music +KTV

It is very essential to anyone who lives in a fast pacing lifestyle, working in a stress environment and living in various problems to laugh. Spontaneous laughing despite of predicaments is a great gift to each oneself.


Laughter is a part of human behavior regulated by the brain, helping humans clarify their intentions in social interaction and providing an emotional context to conversations. So therefore Laughter is the best medicine and we deserve to laugh genuinely.


Moreover, Expressing of lively amusement is the main goal of this newest place in Cebu where you can escape from your daily work routine and to experience a delightful feeling outside from the work place.



Fortunately, one of my Facebook friends invited me to visit the bar to help out their marketing engagement with the public, so I’ve met the business owners and they treat us some drinks. Thanks! 🙂



Ubeertime Comedy +Music +KTV is one of the several comedy bars in Cebu City. The place is not too big but surely you will enjoy your visit due to the reason of their Happiness Ubeerload where you can sing with their prof-sound karaoke system. Also, they have their in-house Comedian and Biritira/Singers.


When I arrived, I noticed right away the attractive lights on the entrance. And a signage that will welcome you from outside.


As I walked inside, I was surprised by their big screen where you can see the entire lyrics of the specific song in karaoke. Since it was Thursday night, the venue was not overcrowded. The Bar is air-conditioned and a non-smoking area. The lights are very colorful and festive. The audio is great and appropriate for the size of the entire bar. If you are occupying the tables outside, no worry for visual because TV monitors are provided for those who are not sitting closer to the stage where the big screen was placed.



Ubeertime Comedy Music and KTV will also cater events:


How to get there?

Ubeertime Comedy Music and KTV is located at St. Patrick Square R. Aboitiz Street Cebu City (Fronting STC main gate (back portion) Near Redemptorist Church and Baseline)

For inquiries and reservations you may call or text ( 032) 415-1030 and 0928614127 and look for Rick. You may also visit and like their FB page

8 Reasons Why You Should Stay at Costabella Tropical Beach Resort

This year, I  had the pleasure to visit several attractions both inside and outside Cebu, experience several different cultures.On the  run, I had the chance to experience and see  the enchanting and traditional hotel in Cebu, the Costabella Tropical Beach Resort. Together with the fellow Cebu  Bloggers  and  other media groups.

I’ve been  to many luxury resorts in Mactan island, Cebu but this one has the perfect setting to admire Mactan’s enchanting coastline.


What’s in a name?
Costa is a Spanish word of’ beautiful coast” where it  provides  the travelers and guests a perfect setting of  Mactan coastline. This is  a family oriented hotel and perfect for honeymooners.

When the resort  was opened many years ago, they  just started with 16 rooms. As they  continue to kept its tradition of genuine caring, old-fashioned hospitality and world-class service through the years. They have now a total of  156  relaxing and romantic rooms.

And if you’ve never stayed at Costabella Tropical Beach Resort and have been wondering what to expect there, then you’ve come to the right place!

Here Are  The 8  Reasons WHY You Should Stay at Costabella.

1. Accommodating and Charming Hotel Staff


It goes without saying that in a hospitality business, personality is key. How a guest is treated during the stay makes up a huge part of his/her overall experience. Everyone was surprised  how they welcomed us. Costabella Resort obviously pays very close attention to this very important aspect, as evidently seen in the way every member of their staff accommodates and cares for their customers.

2. Hotel Atmosphere


Unlike typical hotels in Mactan that give off a homey yet corporately stiff atmosphere, Costabella Resort stands out by providing a more relaxing and zen-like ambiance all over the establishment.A blissful holiday beach resort that is inviting, cozy, relaxing with direct Sea access.


3. Hotel Furniture


Matching Costabella Resort’s wonderful atmosphere is the establishment’s incredible furniture, naturally. Most would know that Spanish culture revolves around nature… this is the reason why you will find wooden elements and flowers around the area. This helps bring the beauty of nature inside.


You will also notice that the has more of a minimalist design, veering away from huge and heavy ornaments normally found in other hotels. These little things help to avoid overwhelming guests during their stay. I absolutely love how clean, uncluttered and simple the entire hotel is.


4. Architecture of the Hotel


From the outside, structures that seem to resemble gold bars and majestically glitter especially when hit by the rays of the sun. But inside, Costabella Resort is anything but typical. Its wooden paneling and nature-inspired hallways evoke feelings of tranquility and peacefulness.


5.  Cozy  and Relaxing Rooms


Costabella Tropical Beach Resort  is perhaps one of very few hotels anywhere that boasts of rooms that are truly unforgettable, not just because of its beauty and elegance, but because of how the design of the place immediately puts you at ease.


Its tastefully appointed rooms, all 156 of them, beautifully integrate Spanish colonial influences with natural, homegrown materials. Carved woodwork, local art pieces and charming pocket gardens are the hallmark of this timeless place. Many of the guest rooms come with private balconies that offer a breathtaking view that is both peaceful and romantic.

6.  Sumptuous Food and Beautiful Restaurant


Sumptuous cuisine with a good measure of personal service is laid out for every guest’s picking. Costabella’s two main restaurants, La Marina and Brisa are another of the hotel’s treasures worth discovering. Try interesting tastes and delicious flavors prepared by our skilled chefs using fresh and natural ingredients as well as the island’s bounty of seafood.


And just like the entire hotel,  Costabella Resort also brings an air of comfort and relaxation that customers truly appreciate. The entire dining area is pleasantly spacious and boasts of beautiful floral print seats, wooden accents, floor-to-ceiling windows, and ample natural lighting.


LUNA Bar and Tapas

When the sun sets, LUNA, Spanish for Moon, is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy delicious Spanish Tapas and a range of refreshing Cocktails and premium Spirits.


7. Hotel  Amenities /Sports and Recreation/Aqua Sports

SJCM0403-01.jpegWhite sand beach perfect for swimming, sunbathing, sand art, beach games and leisurely promenade


From the incredible swimming pool underneath the sun, to the fully equipped Costabella Fitness Room that is sure to excite any gym rat , to their wonderfully relaxing Lema Spa, you can be sure there is something for everyone at Costabella Tropical Beach Resort.



LÉMA Filipino Spa in Cebu is Costabella’s sanctuary for relaxation, wellness and tranquility. True to tradition, all our treatments and massage are deeply rooted in the centuries-old healing techniques of the East that promote overall restoration and rejuvenation.




Costabella takes great pride in providing an excellent venue for lifestyle and corporate events with our ideal location, first-class facilities, premiere amenities and expansive function halls that can accommodate small to large gatherings. The idyllic coastal scenery and tranquil environment serve as a nice backdrop for social hobnobbing and important meetings.


Discover the hidden treasures of this coral island with our scuba diving trips and lessons! They PADI-accredited instructors that will walk you through the rudiments of scuba diving, from the proper use of equipment to correct breathing techniques. For aqua sports enthusiasts, we offer a wide selection of water sports activities to make the most out of your experience in Mactan Island.



Whatever your idea of de-stressing is, I’m pretty sure you’ll be a happy camper at Costabella Resort.

They also  have the Kids Korner that  is an enriching place for children ages 4-10 years old to experience local culture through creative and interactive made-fun activities. It is not a child-care center. This venue is FREE for children of in-house guests. For special activities, minimal charges may apply. Children of Day-users may avail of the venue for a fee. For safety reasons, only a maximum of 10 children may be accommodated at a time. During peak periods, admission is limited to 2 hours to give opportunity for play to others.

8. The Costabella Way of Greeting Their Guest


This family managed property has kept its tradition of genuine caring service, old-fashioned hospitality and world-class service through the years.


So, there you have it, folks… 8 good reasons why you should stay at Costabella Tropical Beach Resort.  I’m pretty sure you’ll find more reasons to come back again and again once you’ve experienced their signature style of service, luxury and comfort. This uniquely beautiful hotel has so much to offer… and I haven’t even begun to talk about all the awesome attractions, stores and entertainment one can find inside the vast space of Cebu.

Here’s a quick peek for the delightful treat of Costabella Tropical Beach Resort
Explore the wonders of the island and discover your own story at #CostabellaResort

If you would like to know more about Costabella Resortclick here .

I’d like to thank the amazing folk of Cebu Blogging Community  for the awesome experience we had  at the  resort. To Miss Mars,  for including me as part  of the  media group  and of course, Costabella Tropical Beach Resort for the delightful  treat.I look forward to more memorable stays there in the future.

Book now. Come and discover your story at Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel in Cebu. 
Sales and Reservations: (6332) 231-4244
Resort: (6332) 238-270

Canyoneering in Kawasan, Cebu For The Second Time Around

17626281_590799677792663_7690416944035485100_nCanyoneering in Badian is one of the most thrill and extremely fun adventure in Cebu. It is now one of Cebu’s biggest tourist draws. And for the second time around, my adventurous spirit took another challenge of trekking, jumping and swimming.


It was 2 years ago when I tried these exciting adventure in Cebu. There were no other words that uttered from my lips but “it was the best!” Really, canyoneering was one of the best adventure Iv’e experienced. T’was challenging and fun at the same time.
Over the weekend, I had another chance to jump into the canyons with Millie and Mae Ann. They flew from Manila just to try the extreme adventure in Kawasan, Cebu.


@ The Kawasan Canyoneering headquarters


On our way to the 1st Jump-off

It was raining cats and dogs when we arrived Kawasan, Cebu but we are still fearless to face the challenge and I am a bit edgy though it’s not my first time. Because during my first Canyoneering we had our first jump-off in Kanlaob River Brgy. Compostela, Alegria. But this time our jump-off will be at Badian. 


And we are ready!

We arrived about 12:30 in the afternoon at the Kawasan Canyoneering headquarters .Upon arrival, we were advised to register our names individually at the waiver form provided by the management for monitoring purposes. In the headquarters we had our donning of life vest and helmet. After recording all of our names then our assigned guide was introduced to us who’s name is Bernard. He is fun and nice to be with. Then hired a habal-habal with tandem and drove us through the Kawasan Tourism Office. 17759825_590797651126199_6441903668488376887_n


Before we started our 30 minutes trek, we saw a small store and ordered banana-cue (10 Php / stick), and a little refreshments.  Then we endure 30 minutes to 1 hour of trekking. The trail was not easy that time because the man-made ladder was muddy because of the heavy rains and it had a slow-paced walk. Thus, it took us 1 hour of trek before reaching the 1st jump-off.


After sparing for almost 1 hour of trekking a short briefing was conducted by our guide about “What to Do” and “What’s Not” for the entire canyoning activity. We were also advised the proper body/hand posistioning when jumping off the cliff.

I couldnt imagine the feelings of Millie and Mae Ann the fact that this is their first time.I can see the two girls are petrified especially Mae Ann but they were all brave.


The picture above is actually the first destination of the activity. Since we are only three in the group,I am not worried for the time that will consume when jumping off the canyons. Because most of the first timers it will take couple of minutes before they are brave enough to jump and scream, Lol!


This is the 1st spot where we had our 1st jump off that is 10 ft high. Yes, it is not that high compared to the 1st jump off in Alegria which is 15 ft high. But still it was cool exhilirating adventure!


In the picture above is another spot where we had to pass under the gorge. The water below is very clear and turquoise but we did not swim off in that area becuase there is another nice spot awaits next to it.

17626533_590812094458088_8730252312955584331_n17634376_590809951124969_8991700381325402369_n17757127_590811271124837_7374107597637693793_nAfter we took pictures in the are where there’s a lot of  rock scrambling and hikes. Our guide opted us to try the next spot where we had to slide in the surface individually that’s about over 8 ft high. That was very cool! Then upon reaching the bottom, Millie and I enjoyed the water that is freezing cold.

17634326_590809891124975_2490879810608845971_n.jpgAs we walk along the river there are many places where you can take a dip and enjoy the water. 17629769_590811371124827_6090653885866737861_n (1).jpg

Who else would not want a group picture with this enticing location is already fronting possibly on you. This spot is also good for taking a profile picture or cover photos on your Facebook because of the magnificent rock formation.

During my first Canyoneering, I can remember that this spot is one of my favorites. This canyon is called an optional last jump off that is  30 ft high as the guide say. I remember I jumped here like 4 to 5 times. Brave enough, right?hahaha!


And We Are On Our Way To Badian Falls!


As we continued our journey until the Kawasan Falls Badian. That is the spot for last jump scene but gets optional for gutless individual, Lol! But I am still featless and tried to jump! Yay! (Try to see it in the video attached).


What time did we arrive Kawasan Falls? We actually reached Kawasan Falls at around 4:00PM. Another spot where we embrace the peaceful mother earth and enjoy the three level of waterfalls.

How long does it take to finish Canyoning Activity? It took us about total of 5 hours to finish the entire activity from Kawasan first jump off to Kawasan, Badian warterfalls. After cooling down in Kawasan Falls we arrived 4:30 PM at the Kawasan Canyoneering Headquarters that is nearby the high-way road. We had our food adventure that is already included for the 1,500 PHP package for the entire activity. After fixing our stuffs we headed back to Cebu City via Ceres Bus Liner at past 5:00 PM already.

Canyoneering was a long but worthy adventure to try. It was unique and fun activity. I enjoyed it as well as the company. And with all the challenges that we experienced, fun moments that we had and excitement that we felt during the extreme activity, no doubt that canyoneering topped my best adventure to experience when in Cebu.



  • Canyoneering is open from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Always wear life vest and helmet
  • Wear a proper outdoor shoes or trekking sandals
  • Wear a long sleeve rash guard most especially if you’re someone who gets cold easily
  • Do not bring gadgets. Only bring your waterproof camera or action camera
  • Always listen and follow to your guides instructions
  • Eat and hydrate before the activity. Canyoneering will last 4 to 5 hours
  • Do not throw trash anywhere. Do not vandalize
  • Enjoy and have fun!

Kawasan Canyoneering offers canyoneering packages starting from PHP 1,500 per adult. This is inclusive of gear, snacks, guide and admission fees, one-way motorbike ride and lunch. You may book this tour by visiting this link.

Kawasan Canyoneering
6021 Badian, Cebu
Phone: (63) 918 654-4111; (63) 905 333-2623

Special thanks to Miss Mille Morales for the all paid expense adventure and to our guide, Bernard for making this adventure fun and exciting!

 Jump, Trek, Swim- I Survive!

10 Facts You Shouldn’t Love About Cebu

There are a number of places you can visit during your stay here in the Philippines. You can either stay in some provinces in Luzon and get in love with the rice terraces/paddies in Benguet, enjoy the Sky Ranch in Tagaytay, indulge yourself with the breathtaking view of Batanes and much more.
You can also jaunt the islands located in Visayas and Mindanao, and Cebu is one of the most available islands in the Philippines. It has been recognized as the most entertaining location in the country. Cebu can accommodate all people with a different lifestyle. If you are a foodie, a beach lover or an adventurous person, Cebu got it all for you.

And here are the 10 facts you shouldn’t love about Cebu but cherish on and value because you will surely relish them for the rest of your life once you visited the Queen City of the South.

1. Exotic Mouthwatering Street Foods


For those people who would like try exotic Filipino street foods. Cebu has a handful of one of a kind food specialties, such as larang (salt-water fish and veggies), lansiao (exotic soup) and tuslob buwa (pig brains). Dishes like steamed rice and siomai inspired from Chinese dishes. Cebu has plenty of mouthwatering street foods to satisfy your taste buds and please your gastronomic urges. For more Cebuano street foods you should try, click here .

2. Best Tasting Lechon

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If you are looking for the best pig in the world, no once can beat and cook better than the Cebuanos. Cebu is famous to its best tasting lechon. According to the world famous celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain that the Cebuano lechon is “the best pig ever.

3.Stunning and Pristine Beaches


The island has a lot of tourist attractions to see. But the main attractions are its dazzling white-sand beaches.More often than not, Cebu offers the most beautiful beaches and panoramas of the sea and sky. It is there where the land meets the sky! Isn’t it?

Many tourists from abroad will directly fly to Cebu’s airport especially during summer season. From Cebu, they will be jaunting different islands in the Visayas or just stay in Cebu.

4. Amazing Diving Spots


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 Malapascua island is situated in Municipality of Daan Bantayan, Province of Cebu. This is one Cebu’s best-kept paradise. Basically, it is just a heap of rock and sands in the middle of the Visayan sea. It has been called also as “NEXT TO BORACAY”.
The island gains a worldwide reputation and became famous for its incredible diving. It is the only place in the world where you can reliably see thresher sharks and one of the best places in the Philippines to encounter big fish.

Aside from this island, there is also one situated in Southern part of Cebu which is the Pescador island, Municipality of Moalboal.

5. Chasing Waterfalls

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One of the most sought-after attractions in the entire Cebu province, the Kawasan Falls has been luring foreign and local travelers alike with its serene setting, magnificent natural backdrop, and rushing ice-cool waters. A peaceful respite away from the urban jungles of the Philippines, Kawasan also appeals to people who are fond of extreme adventure, offering adventurous expeditions that involve waterfall jumping, rappelling, rock climbing, canyoneering, and trekking.

But there’s a lot more to see in Cebu when it comes to waterfalls!

6. Mountains


Speaking of treks and outdoor trips, Cebu has a lot of destinations to offer visit. One of those is the lofty Osmeña Peak in Dalaguete, Cebu. Aside from trekking, mountaineers and adventurists also come to this place to camp and enjoy panoramic views of the entire province as well as it neighboring islands like Negros.

(The photo above was taken at one of the hidden paradises in Toledo City, where many mountaineers have already reached the mountain in Malubog, Toledo City, Cebu)

7. Rich and Stored History


Within the sand and shores of Cebu’s islands is a vivid past of a people that gave birth to a distinctive culture. Through the existence of old Cebuano literature, manuscripts and various historical records. There are a number of churches and shrines that are a must visit when you are in Cebu. The most commonly visited church is the Minor Basilica del Santo Nino. On top of this, there are numerous spots where you can sit back, relax and watch the sun going down or watch it rising.

8. Grandest Festival in the Philippines; Sinulog Festival

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The Famous Sinulog Festival in Cebu City is held every year on the third Sunday of January. The festival is characterized by a very long parade with many groups of persons dressed in colorful costumes, finding their way through the streets while dancing the Sinulog.To distinguish the festival from Ati-atihan Festival of Panay island, this festival is characterized by a different dance.This Sinulog dance is now the traditional and ritual dance in honor of Snr. Sto. Nino. The dance is accompanied by the beat of the drums; all the time moving two steps forward and followed by one step backward. Though the dance is very old, the parade is rather young! 1980 was the first year that the parade was organized.

9. Charming and Friendly People

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Cebuanos or Bisayas have been unjustly stereotyped as baduy, which is a Filipino term for old-fashioned and uncool. But in reality, Cebuanos are naturally charming, laid-back and cool people. Not to mention, they are pretty courteous and accommodating.

10. One of the most Accessible islands in the Philippines

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photo by Rappler

The Philippines isn’t the sort of place you go to for a city break, but when you’re on your way to the spectacular islands that make up this archipelago, don’t miss the chance to get to know Cebu. It’s a city that will intrigue you, scintillate your taste buds and plant a smile on your face that won’t be wiped off for weeks after getting home.

You can get flights to Cebu from many of the major cities in Southeast Asia. A good place to start looking for flights would be Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.

Bring Me Back To Panglao Island, Bohol Philippines

I’ve been to Bohol, Philippines for how many times already, but my last year excursion in the Island was really a blast. Because that was the first time I visited the pristine Panglao island. As far as I can remember that was really a well deserved trip for me though I was undecided because that was Monday and its the first day of work. My friends really insisted to jaunt with them because they need someone who has the “it” factor and different level of confidence. Lol! They need me the fact that I can simply deal with people and easily negotiate,which is one of the most important factor when you’re traveling. And my traveling soul got tempted so I decided to go. 🙂

Then, I packed up my stuffs in less than 5 minutes and took a bath without scrubbing my body.:) because of excitement. Lol!

While we are on our way to Cebu Port Authority, my schedule shift for that night really bothers me. Upon arriving to Cebu Port Authority, we directly stand in the line to buy tickets. We took MV Starcraft and ticket cost us 600 pesos since we’re 3 (200.00 php/pax). The ferry operates on the route from Cebu to Tubigon and vice-versa.

Then, we arrived Bohol after an hour…..


Touchdown Bohol 🙂

Eventually, we did not go directly to Panglao Island because our main itinerary is their Chocolate Hills Adventure Park (CHAP) Click here about our “The Rush” adventures.

After visiting CHAP, we directly jaunt to Danao Adventure Park. (more stories about this soon).


Getting Ready to fly 🙂 “Zipline is love:

It was late afternoon when we ended up our excursion of the two adventure parks. I felt no longer fresh or in good condition. Thus, my body needs rest. From Danao, Bohol we traveled almost 2 hours going to Tagbiliran where we planned to find a hotel and stay(I forgot the name of the hotel). This is in preparation for our beach bumming in Panglao the next day. Since, Tagbilaran and Panglao island are close to each other.


On our way to Tagbilaran, Bohol 🙂 From left to right is me, Jzan and Jemson.

When we arrived at the hotel, it seems everyone doesn’t  want to talk with each other because of the whole day dead beat adventure. Aside from that, we are all busy updating our Facebook status, posting pictures and finding those Instagramable captures.:)  After giving an updates with our social media accounts, we went out to look for  an informal spread for us to save some expenses. So, we ended up in a small barbecue restaurant.

After our dinner, we headed back to the hotel and had an early lights off. 🙂

The next morning,a hint of steely light showed that morning was on its way and we prepared for ourselves for our Panglao Island beach bumming, Yay!. Everyone are excited.

From Tagbilaran, Bohol, we took a bus/jeep going to Panglao island with the fare of php 25.00 and it took 30 minutes to travel to get there.


Finally! Panglao Island 🙂

As we arrived in this pebbly, pristine and sandy shore. Everybody are so busy taking selfie and look for a best shot.  Also, we enjoyed walking along the wide shore of the island to look for the best spot to place our tent.


This is how they welcome their visitors 🙂


Very wide and white pebbly sandy 🙂


Hi there! Hello Panglao!


Of course, groupie should never be missed.

Finally, we found the a best spot to place our tent. We had it in front of Hennan Beach Resort and what’s good about in the resort. They will not ask any amount for placing a tent. They just let people to used the placed and put a tent without any cost. We are really expecting to pay something for placing our tent.


Everything has been settled and we are ready to bump off the beach..


While bumming off the beach and having the island vibes. Of course, we added more unpleasant feeling of coldness in the atmosphere.


Chillin @Alona Bar


This Boholana girl is…. 🙂

After that alcohol session, our body displayed the need for food, we’re hungry. So we decided to roam around the island for our dinner,until we found a restaurant that offers fresh sea foods grill.


While waiting for our dinner to be served.


It’s dinner time 🙂



Choose what you want?

After we filled our tummy with those fresh sea food and grilled pork. We went back to the beach to pack up our tent and other stuffs. Then, we headed back to the hotel where we stayed.(This hotel that I’m talking is the one we rented near Panglao). As far as I can remember, the name of the hotel is Hope Homes Panglao.Rate starts at Php750 per night: (Note: Rates may change without prior notice. Please contact them to find out the latest rate)


On our way to the hotel 🙂

Inside the hotel where we stayed, we agreed to go back to the shore and have another red horse session. Unfortunately, the rain poured :(. So we preferred to stay inside the room. Same round happened, the 3 of us are busy updating our Facebook and posting pictures on Instagram. All eyes and fingers are busy with our phones. Until, we concur the same opinion to turn the light off. 🙂

The next morning, we headed back to Tagbilaran City,


The traditional groupie before leaving the hotel. 🙂


On our way to Tagbilaran City.

I thought if we arrive Tagbilaran City, we will go to the port for our trip going back here in Cebu. But, it wasn’t. My friend Jzan wants to visit the man-made forest.

Since, we are here already. We have to make the most of it, she said. So everyone concurred with her opinion. (Our pictures in “manmade forest” will be posted soon).After our quick jaunt in mad made forest. We went back to Tubigon, Bohol, for our way going back to the City.


Panglao Resorts are a-plenty! Most of them converge at Alona Beach which is one and a half kilometer long and of fine white coral sand. The waters are crystal clear; you can see the small colored fishes as they dart in and out of the sea grasses.


Panglao is the southernmost town of Bohol. It is 18 kilometers from Tagbilaran City, the capital and the only city of the Province of Bohol. The island is accessible by two bridges and can be reached in a minimum of 20 minutes.

Travel time to resorts may take longer depending on the barangays where they are located. Rides to the island are available at the Dao Integrated Terminal. Vans-for-hire usually hang around at the Tagbilaran airport and the pier. For a more unique yet bumpy ride, try the local tricycle which will take more or less an hour.

Most of the roads leading to the barangays and to the beaches are still dirt roads but passable. The municipality of Panglao is still in the process of improving the roads for the ease and convenience of its visitors. Geared towards further improvement for tourism pursuits, the Panglao International Airport is now in the process of evolving.

Sans the airport, the town is still accessible from Manila and Cebu through designated routes. From Manila, one can take a one-hour flight to Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol. From the Tagbilaran Airport, and on board a hired van, the trip will take 20 to 30 minutes to Panglao Island.

From Cebu to Tagbilaran, you have two choices, either to take the fast ferry-boat for an hour and a half or the regular ferry boat whose trip will last for four hours. Vans are available at the pier. To economize though, you can take a multi-cab at the pier bound for the Dao Integrated Terminal and board a bus bound for Panglao. At Panglao market, take a “habal-habal” or hire a motorbike to bring you to the resort of your choice.

Stay tune for my Bohol Travel Guide: Budget, Tips and Itinerary soon.

How about you?What Place Would You Love to Jaunt Back? 🙂



















How Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise Can Whip Up your Dishes with Dips?

The Magic of Mayonnaise

We all know that most chefs and restaurateurs always find ways to make dishes more exciting for their customers. We always look for what is new and what is the best seller, right? These kitchen wizards have concocted magical dips that make fritters even more delightful.
Lady’s choice real mayonnaise made special dips that will blend your dishes perfectly! Tastes which could be sweet, savory, spicy,sour, fruity, zesty and more.
There’s just no limit to the variety of flavours you could do!
Coupled with fried dishes , these dips bring out a harmonious mouth-feel that make each bite more indulging

Where To Try This Magical Dishes with Dips?

When it comes to food comfort, Dong Juan proved that they know their stuff. They always stand to their true mission “offer all-time favorite with a flavorful twist,” the popular Filipino-American restaurant found in 14 branches all over the country, partnered with Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) to create three dips that made their best seller even more better.

1st Dong Juan Branch in Cebu

From left to right: Katz Bernardo of Ogilvy Public Relations Manila, Christian-Dong Juan’s  Marketing Manager, Miss Aubrey Borja- Dong Juan’s Founder/Owner,Tisha Cal0 -Unilever Foods Solutions, me and Pearl of

Dong Juan offers Garlic Aioli, Sriracha and chili lime dips- all made with Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise, which is made with real ingredients that brings perfectly balanced taste with creamy and rich in texture.

The usual chili dip gets an upgrade as diners of Don Juan can pair the bestselling fritters-Fish nuggets, chicken nuggets, calamares, and popeye shrimps- with this selection of dips to enjoy.

After we tasted the magical dishes of Don Juan whipped up with dips . I realized that Dips are great way to make dishes to your menu more delicious and sumptuous. Adding this dips is a breeze and will perfectly balanced the taste of Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise.

You can delight yourself and your guests by making one now by using their recipe ideas on

Trust me it’s easy!

3 Good Reasons To Try the Dishes In Don Juan

1. Delightful meal that is just within your budget.

When choosing a restaurant one of my main consideration is the price apart from the food. That is why, I always agree not to spend more than what you earn.

Dong Juan served delicious food with prices ranging from 110 php to 370 php, which gives satisfaction with your taste buds.

All meat pochero

2.  They make food that you cannot make in your own home.

“We were always in search for the perfect ingredient that would make our food taste different from the rest. We don’t settle for the usual variety. Some of our ingredients come from abroad, Europe particularly, and so if some other joint would want to copy the taste of our food, they will find it difficult because most of our ingredients, they won’t find locally,’’ said Aubrey.

Must try baby back ribs in BBQ Sauce

“We use sweet paprika in our French fries. Walang paprica sa Philippines, kaya we import it (There is no paprika in the Philppines so we import it.) The result is, iba ang lasa ng sa amin (fries) kumpara sa iba (Our fries have a distinctive taste),’’ said Aubrey.

3.  They Offer Sumptuous Pasta.

If you are a pasta lover, Dong Juan got it all for you. They offered  Carbonara w/ cacao de bola, Spanish chorizo w/ cacao de bola, Tablea Marinara 

For seafood pasta lovers, try the Gambas al alijo pasta.  You won’t be disappointed. It’s exactly what seafood pasta should taste like.

 Dining in Dong Juan lift up my mood. So what’s yours?

Dong Juan is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Dong Juan Guadalupe Branch
Emilio Osmeña Street, Guadalupe, Cebu City
For take-outs or reservations, call them at +6332 2561796

Dong Juan Mango Avenue Branch
2nd Floor, One Mango Place (General Maxilom Ave.), Cebu City

Dong Juan Persimmon Plus Branch
G/F Persimmon Arcade (M. J. Cuenco Avenue), Cebu City

Dong Juan Crossroads Branch
At the Crossroads Mall, Banilad, Cebu City
Tel: +6332 5208899

Who is Unilever Food Solutions

At Unilever Food Solutions, they help food operators all over the world serve tasty and make your wholesome meals that makes your guests coming back for more.

They create ingredients that save precious prep time in the kitchen without compromising on flair. They constantly provide ideas and inspiration that keep your menu fresh and more exciting. They already staples professional kitchens in 74 countries around the world: Knorr, Lady’s Choice, Best foods, Lipton and more.

They’ve been in food since 1880’s. So they easily understand the critical balance between impressing your guests and how to make profit. They know how to keep your menus and recipes fresh and exciting.

For more information on Unilever Food Solutions


This Guest post is by Carlo Andrew Olano of

Carlo is proud Cebuano who loves good food. He loves to write about excellent dining places in his town. To check his exciting dining experienced visit:

Kayu Kitchen + Bar By Rockwell

Yesterday, I had a blast post birthday celebration with Maria Elena Sy Chua. The woman behind the famous Sirao Flower Farm Garden-Little Amsterdam. She invited me a lunch to one of the prestigious restaurant in town, Kayu Kitchen+Bar by Rockwell.


I was amazed by the architectural designs inside the bar. Aside from that, it gives me more interests when I knew the story behind the place before it was named Kayu.


The former Aboitiz home is now part of Rockwell’s 32 Sanson development in Cebu and has been transformed into Kayu Kitchen + Bar restaurant.Also, it was the home of Mother Theresa for 3 days during her visit in Cebu way back 1987.

ABOUT KAYU Kitchen+ Bar


From the Cebuano word kalayo, which directly translates to fire or passion, Kayu gives Cebu a hot dining experience that satisfies the five senses, staying true to the blazing passion that is common in Cebuanos as a people. As far as tastes go, Kayu pays tribute to the richness of Cebuano culture while incorporating elements from Californian cuisine, creating unique and succulent flavors that burst on the palate.

About the Chef

A fiery new addition to the culinary landscape, Kayu is also owned and managed by Marisse, together with her husband, Francis, and their son, Chef “Izzy” Sy, who is responsible for the restaurant’s savory offerings. Coming from a Cebuano family of foodies, Chef Izzy pursued his passion for food in the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California. He spent two years at Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s restaurant, Morimoto, where his inclination for reinventing food and flavors was ignited.


The passion for creating sparked within Chef “Izzy” Francis Sy at a young age.With a culinary degree in ICAAC, CIA Greystone, Napa, CA and his work experience with Morimoto & Kitchen Door, Chef Izzy is ready to share his love for cooking to his beloved hometown – Cebu City.

Chef Izzy’s personal picks are the glazed salmon with teriyaki sauce, sushi rice cake, and togarashi, as well as the Kayu skillet of short ribs, which takes three days to cook. Expect these and more at the restaurant, which stands proud in its 1950’s architectural design and accents. With custom-made furniture and striking lighting fixtures, the interiors were designed by Marisse herself, with additional structural design by Ed and Mirella Gallego.



Pork Belly with Watermelon



Bahn- Mi Monte Cristo


Squash Raviolo





Kayu Kitchen + Bar is a perfect fit for 32 Sanson, where the love for family and food is celebrated, bringing to life the distinct Rockwell lifestyle.

For more information, you can check out their website at
You can also visit their facebook page


32 Sanson Road, Lahug, Cebu City

(032) 406 3095

Opening Hours:

Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm

Dinner: 5:30pm – 10pm

Tapas bar: Fri & Sat 10pm – 1am

Closed on Mondays

Special Thanks to Maria Elena Chua Sy for this sumptuous lunch and to Brian Sy for the great companion







#ILuvCebuInstameet3.0: “Friendship Through Captures” is celebrating its 6th anniversary this October and is commemorating its birthday with an Instagram meet last  October 22, 2016 at the multi-awarded Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan. Dubbed as#iLuvCebuInstameet, the third installment was themed “Friendship through Captures.” #iLuvCebuInstameet aims to bring Cebu Instagrammers together to share best practices, and in the process make new friends through fun activities.

This season’s venue partner, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, supports the goal of strengthening camaraderie through bringing together the local instagram community and bolstering their bond.

This season’s venue partner, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, supports the goal of strengthening camaraderie through bringing together the local instagram community and bolstering their bond.

This was actually my first time to attend Instameet. After I registered to the said event. I was a hesitant to join because I was on the impression that I don’t have some friends who will be joining as well. The day before the event. I found out that some of my friends from Cebu Blogging Community will be joining. Thanks to Ramz, Kath and Jomar. We meet each other at Parkmall exactly 11:00 AM .Then we arrived at Crimson around 12:00 noon. Registration started at 12:30 PM. I was amazed with the activities in the said event that was prepared by Doyzkie and Lui of

Here are some Reasons why am I thankful to be part of Instameet 3.0



“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day. “


14650505_524545517751413_3192837384284358541_n and Crimson Mactan Sports and Leisure management prepared many fun activities for us. Where you will be able to learn something.Like how will cooperate as a member. How to provide correct instructions and Strategic games.

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”



During the event. I was like a celebrity. That moment someone will approach you that you don’t know yet and ask for your IG for them to follow. That was Wow! This was the time that my Instagram account gain more traffic and gain more followers.:)



Before, I can only see these 2 people through social media. But hey! Look!  Who’s that 2 guys beside me? Its Lui (left)and Doyzkie (right) from

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. “

IluvcebuInstameet3.0 really captures through friendship. Hope this will not be my first and last. Looking forward to gain more friends and followers soon. See you all (April 2017 🙂
Thank you, Crimson Mactan, Azure Beach Front for the world class cocktails, Fuji Film and Doyzkie and Lui for making this event possible. 🙂

This is InstameetCebu 3.0