Sunday, May 29, 2016

Chasing Waterfalls in Iligan City

Chasing Waterfalls in Iligan City

I once did a blog a collaboration with Lisa Mirasol of where we shared various travel tips about Iligan, a highly-urbanized city in Southern Philippines.

Little did I know that a few months after that I published that entry, I was fortunate enough to return to my beloved birthplace to participate in the Waterfalling Adventure Tour 3.0, a unique weekender organized by the Iligan Bloggers Society.

During that long weekend, IBS took me and the other participating bloggers around 5 of the city's towering cascades.

#FoodcourtFinds - Belly Buster at SM Seaside Cebu

Belly Buster Cebu

My friends RJ, Doi and I wanted to try this new ribs restaurant at SM Seaside in Cebu but the waitlist for dinner service was hideously long that evening. Since we were all hungry, it was a toss up between a fastfood franchise and the mall's foodcourt. We chose the latter of course even if that means going one floor higher and walking around a few steps more.

Allow me to elaborate what 'a few steps more' can actually mean at SM Seaside. You see, navigating around the circular levels of the Philippine's 3rd largest mall can be an interesting challenge. The mall does not have useful maps that would provide anyone with clearer directions in getting to point B from point A. You might be walking a lot of steps more to a shop that's actually located 2 stores away, albeit at the opposite direction.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Post-election hangover at Sulbing Dessert Cafe

Sulbing Dessert Cafe Cebu

Right after this year's very heated elections, my good friend Oseo invited me to try out Sulbing Dessert Cafe at the Gaisano Country Mall here in Cebu. It was then one of the few remaining items that he has yet to tick off in his bucket list before he catches an evening flight back to Manila.

I said yes to the invitation of course. Aside from the fact that I needed a welcome distraction from all the election updates flashed on national TV, I've been wanting to visit the said cafe which I frequently pass by on my way home from work.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

How to make the most out of your Vikings Buffet experience

Vikings Luxury Buffet Cebu

Vikings Luxury Buffet finally opened this week at SM City in Cebu. The restaurant brand prides itself to be the largest of its class in the Philippines, not only in terms of floor area but also with the quality and quantity of dishes to choose from.

During my visit there a few days back, I counted at least 16 food stops that showcased Japanese, Italian, Thai and Chinese cuisines among many others. The variety can be either mouth-watering or staggering. I went there on a very empty stomach but I still wasn't able to sample even a quarter of the dishes on display.

Nonetheless, I still enjoyed my 2-hour dinner at Vikings. But I made a mental note to myself as to how to make the most out of my buffet experience next time. Here are some of them:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Butuan City delicacies: palagsing and decades-old hotcakes

Butuan City- Nasipit Port

"What restaurants should I try in Butuan?" I messaged Zhequia, one of my blogger friends who hails from this city in Southern Philippines.

She suggested a few places but the one thing that got my fancy was when she mentioned that I must try the hotcakes at Langihan. It is said to be an institution in these parts, and one that Butuanons know by heart.

I then included this in my travel itinerary that took me across the beautiful provinces in Eastern Mindanao. I was supposed to head somewhere else, but I decided to spend the long weekend instead at my best budd's place in Surigao del Sur.

Since Louis was still en route to Cagayan de Oro when I arrived at the port of Nasipit, I looked for the hotcake place on my own. After asking for directions from the helpful locals, I finally found the unassuming stall at the Langihan public market.

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