With all the rain, low pressure atmospheres turning into cyclones, and the wet-season-ruining-my-day tantrums, let’s all go back to a time where it is sunny for good reason and remind ourselves the positive sides to living in a tropical country.
Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island in the province of Surigao del Norte. As Siargao Island is greatly influenced by the winds and currents coming uninterrupted from the Pacific Ocean, it wouldn’t be such a mystery why their waters are home to waves sought after by surfers.
You can either get there by air if there is a direct flight from where you are coming from or travel to Surigao City instead and ride a boat (either trigger or RoRo Ferry) towards the island.
As the waves mentioned are sought after by lovers of the ocean all over the world, Siargao attracts mostly foreign tourists rather than the locals and the flight you would be on would seem more of an international one due to all the widely mixed races of people you are on board with.
this is beautiful because it could mean anything. its like they have left you to finish off the sentence for yourself. it could be “let her know right now that she’s beautiful, that you love her, that you cheated, that your have cancer or that you are depressed, but there is one definite meaning to this and its: let her know right now before its too late, before you hurt her even more (if its bad), before its the wrong time and she doesn’t feel the same way (if its an emotion). that is why this is my absolute favourite picture on tumblr
Writing single reviews can be quite boring especially when it’s all from the same city. Well, probably just for me since I have lived in Cebu all my life. And through the years, I have witnessed how much this lovely city of mine progress.
Malls, buildings, restaurants and foreign investors in BPOs and businesses have been sprouting like weeds throughout the city in more recent years. With the new progression, it’s nice that somehow (even though the increased traffic is annoying me) Cebu still has that laid back factor maintained.
And the 3 new joints in Cebu I’m about to share now all showcase each a different kind of progression and laid-back-ness (if there is such a word) on it’s own.
Photo courtesy of their Facebook account.
As a tradition with my friends, we gather up for a Christmas dinner just before those who are not from Cebu leave for the holidays. This year, we decided to go to this old ancestral house of the Velez family turned to restaurant along Gorordo Ave.
La Maison Rose, or the Pink House in english, is the French central of Cebu for it houses the Alliance Française de Cebu, a French cultural and language center which has now incorporated a French gourmet restaurant into the facility, hence this restaurant.
I have frequented their wine and bakery shop (La Vie Parisienne) just outside the house for I’ve become addicted to their croissants but this is the first time I’ve tried dining here. To be a bit reminiscent of my night in Paris, I was looking forward to having foie gras and wine for dinner.
Ysai was here turned 2 today!
I haven’t blogged in months but I’m back! This 2nd year signifies a new chapter of my life as well. I look forward to more adventures in store for me. Let’s all unravel the world together ;)
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
― Lao Tzu
Crystal clear blue waters, towering limestone formations and a survivor island/the beach themed adventure was my expectation for our El Nido getaway. However, because of the bad weather we were having, my spirit was dampened a little along with the rains that greeted us in Palawan.
But as the picture suggests above, we got the sun that we prayed for :) And how was the experience? Let’s me jot it down in 2 parts.
THE UNDERGROUND RIVER TOUR - ATTEMPT 1
We woke up as early as 5am for the agency’s call time was at 6:30. We hurriedly ate our free delightful french toasts and omelet from Crossing Bridges (the restaurant in Natua) for they came earlier as expected. The foreign owner of Natua (didn’t get his name) was chummy with us and was nice enough to stall the agency before we were ready to depart.
Since it was a shared tour, we had to go pick up the other tourists and luckily, they happen to be bisaya as well. They were a funny bunch from Davao who was always picking on our tour guide.
The Underground River (UR) was in the town of Sabang which was about 2 hours from the city proper. It was a long ride but was enjoyable with the new people we met.
It was a gloomy Friday morning and everyone was on whims on what the outcome would be of the NBA’s season finale; while for us, we were on whims for what the weather would be for this weekend.
It was a busy couple of months for me at work and I needed a well deserved vacation. We decided to book with an agency for I didn’t have the time to make reservations or do the planning. Though I would’ve enjoyed planning myself, my workload was just keeping me away from it. And since, I was craving for a “sit-back-and-relax” moment in my life, I decided to leave it with the professionals.
I am very grateful for Ms. Vivien from APT Travels for letting me have that. I felt very well taken cared of in the duration of our trip (despite the set backs-will explain later) and I didn’t have to think of everything ahead like I always do on trips. And with our paradise destination, vacay mode was so on.
One of the things I’ve missed so much while I was away from Cebu was the beach (aside from lechon and barbeque). Though, I can do without the heat and humidity, I was glad to be back home.
My friends and I were planning this weekend for a while now, but did not come to a decision where to really go until the week we were to set out for it. There was a lot of trouble with our schedules because it was busy season for some of us (who were auditors). We decided to go to Camotes Island for we really wanted to hit the beach, though the auditors could not make it, it was still fun.
Business trips can’t be all work and no play. Seizing the opportunity of being in a different place takes away the pang of loneliness from being away from home. With the 3 weeks I had to stay in Budapest, I learned a lot from the new environment I was in and being totally on my own.
The Eiffel Tower, croissants, macarons and center for high end shopping are a few that pops in your head when you hear the name Paris. Or, a once tabloid header who is heir to a hotel chain, whichever.