Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cafe Shibuya, UPTC

I've always wanted to try eating here at Cafe Shibuya eversince I first saw it back during the time when I'd go running to a Family Mart branch for their now-phased-out matcha softserved ice cream.

This strawberry matcha toast picture always looked as if it's telling me,
"Bakit hindi mo pa ko kinakain?!" 
Relax with a matcha green tea latte. :)) Ramdam na ramdam ko ang forever namin ng matcha. As in. Buti pa 'to kahit panira ng diet (Baka nagd-diet) at budget (baka hindi gastadora!!!) e nakaka-relax at hindi nakakasisi. Hahaha!
I have been really craving for matcha that even if I was already meaning to order a matcha-flavored toast, I still ordered this iced matcha green tea latte which, unfortunately, was too creamy for my liking.

P 130.00
I don't know what's with toasts like this but I've been eating them a lot lately. Uso?

Baby Strawberry Matcha Toast
P 195.00

Okay naman 'to pero I don't know, may kulang. :( Hindi ko maipaliwanag pero may kulang eh. But I liked the matcha ice cream.

My friend and I chose this mango caramel for our second visit and I found this a lot better compared to the strawberry matcha toast I previously had. Alam mo naman, mahina ako sa pag-describe pero mas masarap talaga 'to ng mga 95%.


Mango Caramel
Regular
P 235.00

It's obvious that I liked this a lot more than their matcha strawberry toast so if I'll ever find myself returning there which is very likely since they have a lot of food options to choose from, I'll just order a scoop of their matcha ice cream with other toast variants.


Do you know a good cafe here in Quezon City or anywhere near Q.C that serves delicious and potent matcha latte or matcha anything? Sabi nila, ang pagkain binabagayan ang personality ng tao eh. Ayoko ng matamis kasi bitter ako. hehehehehehe. Jk. Mas gusto ko 'yung matcha na malalasahan mo talaga 'yung pait kesa sa mga matatamis saka mga pina-creamy ng sobra.

 Tell me plssssssssssssss. Maraming salamat! :))) 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Recover with Recovery Food, UPTC

Yehey! North people don't need to travel South anymore. Sinong may sabi na kailangan ko pang bumalik sa BGC e ang dami ng restaurants na sa South lang dati nakikita ang nag-branch out na dito sa North? SINO?! Wala naman diba? Good.

I'm just kidding (or not), babalik pa rin ako sa BGC, noh. Afterall, it used to be my favorite place last 2012-2013. Wala, kasawa pa eh. Hahaha! Jk. Basta, thank you RF for branching out here in Q.C. Hindi ko na kailangan problemahin pa kung makaka-move on ba 'ko sa traffic ng EDSA o ng C5... kahit na madalas lang naman akong naka-MRT e problema ko pa rin 'yung traffic kasi gusto ko pagod 'yung utak ko, kaya ko nga kinailangan mag-recover thru Recovery Food eh. Ansabe. Lakas maka-segway. 
#damingsinabi aside

Don't you have your days when you're exhausted that you just want to eat?
Or those days when you want something that's not complicated yet tastes good?


It's complicated na nga. Complicated pa pagkain na pipiliin mo? Tama na. Wag tayo masyadong masokista plsssss.

Kaya mag-RF ka na. 


#damingtanong aside

This was my order

Half Happy Chicken with Brown Rice - P 155.00

Buti pa 'yung chicken, happy! :))))) Ikaw?
Happy 'to as in. Simple pero masayang kainin. Alam mo naman ako mag-describe di ba? Basta okay 'to. hahaha! 
Bagay 'to sila ni Happy Chicken.
BUSOLVE. :)))))

Ubos na ubos eh.


For me, okay lalo 'yung servings sa RF especially since meron silang kagaya nitong HALF saka FULL RECOVERY para dun sa mga mas maganang kumain. Haaay, alam mo naman kasi tayong mahihina kumain saka weight and health conscious, half half lang saka pa-brown rice brown rice na lang kaya buti na lang talaga may half.


Shemay. Lakas ng topak ko ngayon ah. #damingsinabitalaga Haha. ;)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cebu Trip 2015 Itinerary and Guide (Twin City and Southern Cebu)

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What to do, where to go, what to eat, where to stay, and who to contact for your Queen City of the South tour? Ito na. 

This is the second time that I've gone to Cebu but unlike the first time, I was the one who arranged all the details of this tour. Yan. Yan. :)) 

I blogged about my first time in Cebu here (Sexy pa ko noon pero mas maganda ako ngayon. You can't have it all talaga, noh? Haha! Eee, blog ko kaya 'to. Bawal kontra! :>) because I used that story as an entry for a contest held last 2013 with a trip to Korea as the grand prize. I may not have won in that contest but I trust the universe that I will be able to go to Korea someday. I'll definitely make that happen.


Anyway, what were the non-negotiables for this trip?

1. Affordable
2. Convenient a.k.a Senior Citizen Friendly
3. Simala Church in Sibonga
4. Somewhere new. Pinush ko talaga na Oslob 'tong somewhere new na 'to. 



Masyado ko atang nahimay-himay bawat attractions at ang daming post masyado for a 3 days and 2 nights trip. Sabi kasi ako ng sabi, "Pag maganda na camera ko." Ayan. Maganda na. Over tuloy sa picture. Daming post. Thanks, Sony TX30. HAHAHAHA! 


Day 1
Twin City Day Tour





Day 2

Southern Cebu Tour



Ito ang map mg Cebu para magkaroon kayo ng idea sa locations ng mga pinuntahan namin para sa Southern Cebu tour.


Oslob is in the Southmost area of Cebu so driving to there took us around 3 hours. 3 hours na hindi traffic 'yan ah, medyo malayo talaga pero kaya kasi tulog lang naman sa van.

Day 3

Mass and Pasalubong hunting


End of tour. :))

***
EXPENSES = TOUR OPERATOR + PENSION HOUSE + VAN RENTAL+ FOOD


1. At fist, I wanted to do a do-it-yourself tour which is synonymous to commuting but I thought that won't work so I gave that idea up and searched the internet for Cebu tour packages instead. It was a challenge to find a tour operator with affordable rates but fortunately I found Bohol Life Tour's website. Check their website for other available tours Bohol and Cebu tours with price lists. For reservations, just send them an e-mail because it's hard to contact them through text messages.

The rate of our tours above were P 7,512.00 (first day) and P 6,000.00 (second day) for 6 persons making it P 2,252.00 per person for two days exclusive of food except for the buffet lunch on our first day.


2. We stayed at Robe's Pension House in R. Landon Street which I have booked two weeks before our scheduled check-in date. There is currently no elevator in the Pension house so you should reserve to secure a room in the second or third floor.

P 900.00/room/night


3. From SM Cebu to Mactan Airport, we rented a van for P 400.00. (P 500.00 originally, natawaran ng P 400.00 pero naging P 500.00 ulit dahil sa P 100.00 na tip. Hahaha!)

Contact:
Benjie Pitogo
09157533565
jie_asnar@yahoo.com

I don't know what the price of the van rental is for city tours but. Our van to the airport was Grandia too, same model as the one we used for two days. 

Pag tinanong ka kung saan mo nakuha 'yung contact details niya, pakisabi na galing dun sa pamilyang hinatid niya galing SM Cebu papuntang Airport na nakaiwan ng backpack sa van nung January.  Promise ko talaga ilalagay ko 'to dito para ma-expose siya online. Kahit kasi may bago na siyang pasahero saka medyo nakalayo na sila sa airport, bumalik pa rin siya para isauli sa'min 'yung bag namin na naiwan sa van.


 Ayan ah, given na 'yung rates ng Bohol Life Tours so inquire din kayo dito kung saan mas makakamura pero, okay din 'yung Bohol Life kasi naka-package na 'yon saka maalam naman si Kuya Wally na driver namin for two days.


Forever Grateful. <3
PERO... MORE! MORE! MORE! 

Sorry na. Mahal ko eh... ang pagla-lakwatsa. 

Uyy, akala niya siya. :))))))



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Monday, March 9, 2015

Cebu 2015 Day 3: SM Traveller's Lounge, Cnt Lechon and Van with Driver for Hire

We checked out at 12 noon and headed to SM Cebu because that's closer to the airport and it has a traveler's lounge where we can place our bags the whole afternoon.

We had the whole afternoon left before going back to Manila. If I was with friends, malamang magi-ikot pa kami sa labas pero since I was with my family, dito lang sa SM paikot-ikot at hintay na lang nang nakaupo kasi pagod na. Buti na lang meron din silang Prestige Lounge sa SM Cebu.
We ate here at Sunburst Chicken since I've read reviews that the food here taste good but we were disappointed. I won't get into details but we did not like it here.
Here's the atrium of SM Cebu.
No Cebu trip is complete without trying their lechon but since we have not tried eating one, we just took home a kilo. A branch of CnT is just walking distance from SM.
Fatty goodness.
SM Traveller's Lounge reminded me of Kuala Lumpur's KL Sentral.

This is a great help for travelers since the lounge have a baggage deposit counter, charging stations, shower rooms, and waiting area available for a minimal fee. 
Outside the Traveler's lounge, we were supposed to hire two taxi cabs but a man approached us saying that he can drive us to the airport in a Toyota Grandia van for P 500.00. We haggled and our agreed price was P 400.00. 

When he left, a taxi driver told us, "Okay lang na 'yun? May tiwala kayo agad?"

And we were like, "Oo nga pala. Nakakatakot."

Then a man from behind, "Okay lang po 'yun. Ganyan talaga trabaho niya saka mas okay pag ganyan kasi pag may naiwan kayong gamit, makukuha niyo pa kesa pag sa taxi, wala na. Sigurado po kayo dyan. Kilala 'yan dito."

With his assurance, we felt fine. 

So when we were about to check our luggages in at the airport counter, we noticed that we were missing a bag. I immediately contacted the driver while hoping that it isn't a modus operandi, Iba talaga nagagawa ng lagi na lang negative news naririnig natin, noh? No matter how much we like to trust, hindi nawawala 'yung thinking na, "Ano kayang gagawing masama nito sa'kin?"

 He answered my call and there was it. Our bag was left in the backseat of the van. Hindi napansin probably because it's black at medyo madilim na nun. Then he told us, "Sige po, babalik ako dyan. Medyo matatagalan lang." To my surprise, he was already away from the airport with another set of passengers when he got my call yet drove back uttering no excuses and blames especially since it was our responsibility to make sure we left nothing in the van. Sabi ko tuloy sa sarili ko, ilalagay ko 'to dito. Just in case one of my readers would look for a driver for hire in Cebu, paki-contact naman siya and please thank him again for us. 

It's crazy how travelling makes you more vulnerable to people who would take advantage of you yet despite that probability, you choose to trust. And as far as my experiences are concerned, fortunately I haven't encountered any one who did me harm while travelling. Sa Manila ako na-snatchan ng pera at sa Quezon City naman na-snatchan ng phone at muntik na mabiktima ng dura gang (Sana hindi na maulit! OMG LUNGZ At documented pala sila lahat hahaha!). 

I wasn't paying attention to this before but we're really entrusting our lives to other people more than we realize, noh? Sana in our everyday lives, we will always choose to look for the good in everyone. Haaay. Challenge din 'to para sa'kin.

Our flight back to Manila was more than an hour delayed. Shems. Lahat na lang ba mangyayari?! Travel is a hassle. Travel is not for the weak. Travel is not for those who are easily irritated. Nakakapagod, nakakainis minsan, daming hintay, daming gastos, daming palpak pero despite these inconveniences? I will travel anyway. Totoo nga naman, pag nalampasan mo 'yan lahat, diba magbabago ka? Travelling challenges and changes us. Kaya God-willing, I shall continue to embrace this lifestyle and try to be thankful for all the things that won't go my way and more thankful for all the things that will.
More. More. More <3


Thank you very much to all people who, no matter how difficult life is, choose not to take advantage of others. May God bless you more in all aspects of your life. :)

Cebu 2015 Day 3: Sto. Nino Cathedral, Taboan Market, Shamrock

Woke up early for the 6 AM Cebuano mass here in Sto. Nino Cathedral. Really thankful for being able to spend three days there in Cebu.

I may have not understood a word but I felt His presence.
From Basilica Minore, we rode a jeepney (12F) to Taboan Market, the well-known market where you can buy dried fishes. Most stores pack them in vacuum packs so you won't have problems bringing these back home.

Make sure to visit Taboan when you still have time to bathe after.

Nung first time ko dito, last stop namin to bago sa airport, hala lang. Hala talaga.

Kaya this time, I made sure to visit this morning before checking out so we'd have enough time to bathe kasi kumakapit talaga, hindi lang sa damit, pati sa buhok 'yung amoy. 
And walking distance from the Basilica is Shamrock, for pasalubong again. :))

Cebu 2015 Day 2: Larsian sa Fuente and Fuente Osmena Circle

Given all Cebu-grown restaurants we can try...

"San tayo mag-dinner?"
"Dun ulit sa BBQ-han."

And for our second night, it's Larsian again. I am not complaining. The experience, the food, the affordability. Bet. :))
From Robe's Pension House, we walked to this street and rode a jeepney to Larsian.

Larsian's pronunciation is lar-shan.


Anyway, the jeepney that you should ride from here is 6C. Alphanumeric ang Jeepney codes dun kasi madaming routes. May nakasulat naman na lugar pero mas madali kasing mabasa 'yung codes kaya nakakatulong din.


So I said, "Sinong 6C pa ba hinihintay natin e andito naman na ako?"


HAHAHAHAHA. WALEY YAN SAKANILA!! Waley na waley!! Lagot ka sa'kin 'pag hindi bumenta sa'yo 'to. HAHAHAHA! Tawang-tawa nga ko oh. HAHAHAHA!
We ate here once again. 
Hindi na kami naghanap ng iba pang stall 'cause we were satisfied with the taste and the service.

For first-timers (2nd time ko na kasi!! HAHAHA!), you might get the shock of your life once you enter the gate and several men would approach you promoting their stalls. This can also be, several men would mob you and force you to eat at their stall. I even saw a a lady who was covering her ears while walking because of those men.


It harassing especially when you're already hungry and/or when you can't understand them since most speak loud and in Cebuano language but just be considerate since it's the culture in Larsian. The competition among the stalls is stiff so they have to do that.

Want to experience that kind of stress in Manila? Head to Macapagal Avenue. Marami din dun. 
You will be given plastic hand gloves when you eat at Larsian. Okay naman magkamay pero okay din na ganitong naka-gloves. 

Sabi ng Tito ko, "Tantyahin niyo na ng maayos kakainin niyo kasi matatagalan pag nagpadagdag kayo ulit tapos ihahabol na naman."

Kami, "Tantya ba kamo?"

Ga-bundok na BBQ at hindi lang 'to 'yung order namin.

So we walked to Fuente Osmena Circle before riding a jeep back to Robe's Pension House. Medyo buwis buhay lang tumawid papunta dito sa Circle kasi kahit may pedestrian lane, mabibilis pa rin 'yung mga kotse pero dahil landmark 'to sa Cebu, e sinubukan pa rin namin.

Fuente Osmena in English is Osmena Fountain which is a bit obvious since there's a fountain in the middle of that small park. It is also a rotunda so the location is very strategic. 


It was named after the fourth president of the Republic of the Philippines, Pres. Sergio Osmena who is considered the patriarch of one of Cebu's well-known political families. Para siyang Quezon City Circle natin na pina-liit ng bonggels.



Sabi nila, nasa puso raw 'to ng Cebu.

 Sabi ko tuloy ngayon as in kakaisip ko lang: Ikaw (Oo, ikaw), nasaan ka? Hihi. Edi nasa puso ko. <3

EDI WOW. :)))))

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cebu 2015 Day 2: Carcar's Chicharon and Shoe Retail Outlet

 I don't really have a lot of things to say about these two since these are just stop-overs where we bought souvenirs.

Ipagyayabang ko lang na may tourist bus dun sa tindahan ng chicharon pagbaba ko ng van pero thanks to my skills na pinagaling ng ilang taon ko na ring pagsiksik sa MRT e nakasingit ako kaya hindi ako natagalan sa pagpila. AKO PA BA?! HAHAHAHAHA! Ipinagyabang ko pa talaga 'yan e noh.
Ang sarap ng chicharon nila kasi bagong luto saka ang daming taba pero mas masarap 'yung sakit ng tyan ko kasi hindi ako natunawan agad. HAHAHAHAHAHA! Chicharon pa more, taba ng baboy pa more!!!!

Eat these in moderation. Nadala lang talaga ko ng emotions ko eh. Di naman ako kakain dapat. ;)

Bet din 'yung ampao nila dito. 'Yun na lang kainin mo ng marami. :))
Carcar is one of the cities you'll pass through on your way back to Metro Cebu. Although it's known for its chicharon and ampao, shoes and sandals talaga isa sa mga pinupuntahan dito. Shoe Capital nga pala 'to ng Cebu.
This stretch of stalls sell handmade sandals and shoes which are of export quality yet sold at reasonable/affordable prices.
Don't forget your, "Ate, last price nito?" line.

OR!

"Tagpila diri, Manang/Manong?" - Means "How much for this, ate?/ Magkano dito, Ate?"
"Walay hangyo? - Means "No discount?/ Pwede pa bang mas mura?"

"Daghang Salamat!" - Means "Thank you very much."

E 'yan lang na pick-up kong phrases. 
At kung merong Globe sa labas ng Mall of Asia, meron namang The Cube sa labas ang SM Seaside Cebu.

 I read that The Cube symbolizes the stability and resilience of Cebuanos. The mall is still under construction but is scheduled to open in October this year. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cebu 2015 Day 2: Miraculous Simala Shrine, Sibonga, Cebu

Saan nga ba naghahanap ng himala? Saan nga ba nagdadasal para humingi ng himala? Sabi naman, kahit saan at kahit anong ginagawa mo pwede ka magdasal, diba? 

Pero iba pa rin pag pupunta ka sa mga lugar gaya nitong Simala Shrine sa Cebu kasi makikita mo talaga 'yung iba't ibang paraan ng pagpapakita ng pananampalataya ng mga tao. O ewan, basta sa dinami-rami ng simbahang napuntahan ko na, gusto ko pa rin pumunta sa iba, hindi dahil sa lakwatsera lang ako talaga pero bawat simbahan kasi iba 'yung pakiramdam na binibigay eh - 'yun siguro 'yung hanap ko :))

This is my second and definitely not the last time going here at the Miraculous Simala Shrine in Sibonga, Cebu. 1-2 hours drive away from Metro Cebu, pa-South.

Compared to the first time I saw it in 2009, it now looks like a castle more than a church. Nung una kong punta, 'yung blue lang sa harap eh. Isang building pa lang. 
Someday! Makakasama rin ako sa isang pilgrimage to Holy Land or Europe. Kakayanin ko 'yan financially. Huhuhaha!! Claim lang ng claim pa rin! Ayoko isipin na impossible. :)))) 
We arrived there a bit past noon, a little late for the mass but attended nonetheless. I didn't understand a word though since it was conducted in Cebuano but it's nice to once in a while attend a mass held in a different language.

MASS SCHEDULE:
Sunday – 12:00 nn and 3:30 pm
Monday to Friday – 12:00 nn
Saturday – 10:30 am
13th of the month (I think this is a healing mass) – 10:30 am & 3:30 pm
Upon seeing these letters of thanksgiving for their "miracles".

I kind of asked, "Bakit ako, wala?"

Then I saw my reflection in the glass and that's it - that moment was my miracle. Aside from being able to go back there, ayun na ako oh. Malabo pa man pero may direksyon na. Matatagalan pa man pero I'm on my way. 'Yun naman 'yung dinadasal ko dati lagi eh. Oy, pero walang emote emote 'yun ah hindi tipong, who is that girl I see staring straight back at meeee. :)) Wala lang, nakita ko lang reflection ko tapos may nangyaring intrapersonal communication.


"Bakit ako, wala?" Sabi niya siguro, "Wala pa."

AT

It's my miracle to be back there after 5 years with the people I've been wanting to show the world to.


It's my miracle that I've been to many places and experienced many things. I'm not rich so funding my lakwatsas is definitely a challenge. Again, it's my miracle that I am able to make this work. 


It's my miracle that I've gone through a lot of challenges and yet after everything, I'm still standing strong - stronger than ever that is.

Ikaw? Ano 'yung mga daily miracles mo? :)

 I'm happy for everyone who've given and showed proof of their life's miracles by writing letters/leaving their wheel chairs which are currently on display at the shrine but more than that, I'm happy for myself because even if I forget sometimes, I've long realized that my life is my miracle and I'm consistently thanking God for this. Wala man akong sulat na ilalagay doon e ilalagay ko na lang dito na Maraming Salamat po, Mama Mary! Kayo na bahala sa'kin at sa kung sino man na nagbabasa nito.

Hindi naman ganito ka-drama nung andun kami pero ganito 'yung thought. Na maswerte ganyan. HAHAHAHA! Nahiya pa ko eh. Oo na, paminsan madrama 'yung ka-intrapersonal communication ko. :)))

 "E
very moment of our lives is a miracle."
Kayo na po bahala, Mama Mary!!
Nakuhanan ko na ng picture bago ko mabasa na bawal pala. Hehe. At pinost ko pa talaga evidence ng pagsuway ko sa rules noh.
This place is perfect for everyone especially for Marians because the shrine have a lot of Mama Mary images displayed in the second floor of the church. 
Until next time, Simala Shrine!!!

Kung makabalik man ako ng Cebu, dadalawin pa rin kita. Ayun eh. Ako na rich kid. HAHAHAHAHA. Jk lang pero malay naman natin!! :))

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cebu 2015 Day 2: Boljoon Church

We headed to Boljoon Church after swimming with the whale sharks.

I kept on pronouncing this as BOL-JUNE but I learned that it should be pronounced as BOL-HO-ON. 

Boljoon Church is also known as the Our Lady of Patronage of Mama Mary and was built in the 18th century
This is one of the oldest church in the Philippines. 
Ang ganda sa Boljoon!

Seaside sa kabila then mountain range 'yung sa kabila. I heard that there's more to visit in this town in term of heritage tourism but we had to leave to go to Simala.
Historical Marker

Cebu 2015 Day 1: Robe's Pension House and Larsian sa Fuente

I looked for an affordable yet decent Pension House in Cebu and found the website of Robe's Pension House. Almost all online reviews I read said that it was okay to stay here so I decided to book our rooms.
For a triple sharing deluxe room (P 900.00/night), we got a basic room for our basic needs.

What basic needs?

Clean comfort room and heated shower
Towels
Decent bed
Cable TV (Not flatscreen but works fine. Hindi rin naman kami nanood)
Free Wi-fi
LOCATION: 41R Landon St., Cebu City Philippines 
(Corner Don Pedro Cui Street)

You should book early especially if you're travelling on a peak season because they currently have no elevators. Okay pa rin mag-reserve ng room sa second floor. :))
From Robe's Pension house, we walked and rode a jeepney to Larsian sa Fuente where we had our dinner.

It's like a compound of barbecue stalls. Dun kami kumain sa pinaka-una, right pagkapasok ng gate.
Ito 'yung rice nila dun, locally known as puso or hanging rice in English kasi nakasabit.
This just made the whole eating fun and interesting.
Even if we stayed here for more than an hour, we didn't smell like smoke as we left because the grills were placed in the center part and the roof of the grilling area sucks the smoke up.
HUHUHUHU. I miss.

BOOK YOUR CEBU ACCOMMODATION: HERE.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cebu 2015 Day 1: Magellan's Cross and Basilica del Sto. Nino Cebu

The original cross which is encased in this cross was planted by Magellan in 1521 when a lot of Filipinos were baptized to Christianity.

The painting depicts the arrival of Magellan in Cebu and the planting of the original cross.
Up until this day, Magellan Cross remains to be one of the most famous tourists spots in the Queen City of the South.

There are women dresed in yellow who sold us candles. In return, she
 danced the sinulog dance (two steps forward, once step back) waving the candles while offering a song of prayer.
Walking distance from the Magellan's cross is Basilica del Santo Nino. This is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. It is now re-opened to the public but the damage caused by the 2013 earthquake is still evident.
I LOVE CEBU. <3
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