Birthday Weekend in Cebu

 

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I can’t remember that last time I was in Cebu on my birthday. I left Cebu for college when I was 17, going home only for school breaks. Until now that I have kids, I only get a chance to go home during school breaks – this time, my kids’ breaks. I guess when you get “older” ( yes with quotation marks), you want to lean back to where you came from, to the place where you had the best childhood memories.

I booked the flight 10 months ahead. Thank you, seat sale! But our flight was rescheduled at 6am, thus, I had to wake up at 3am after sleeping sporadically because I was paranoid of missing our flight and my kids were uber excited all week! My boys woke up as early as 4am, good job boys!

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It was a pleasant flight and I thank God for kid1’s seat mate on the plane. Perfect weather, take off, and landing. Hello Cebu! I’m excited for Mactan Airport’s Terminal 2.

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Because it was a weekend, traffic was smooth. We went straight to husband’s hotel in downtown Cebu and blew my birthday candle on top of a decadent bread pudding. As per birthday tradition, off we went to Santo Niño!

I felt that I committed a mortal sin for not visiting Cebu’s top historical site last December when we were in Cebu for more than 2 weeks and I hope I made up for it though. Prayed inside the church and because I insist of historical lessons every time we travel, I felt very lucky that the queue to the Holy Infant Jesus was short.

The last time I paid a visit was more than a decade ago.

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I assume taking photos of the religion icon is not allowed inside. I was too shy to even try it because not a single devotee was holding even a phone. The guard didn’t even warn me all the while seeing my big bulky camera but I think, nobody should take photos while inside the holy chamber.

Because there were few people, I had a chance to enjoy a few photo ops outside. This courtyard used to be where devotees light candles.

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A Cebuano tradition, something I found it different when I arrived in Iloilo where I had to look for the area in churches where I can light my candles.

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Kid 1 was bugging me to go to Magellan’s Cross. He had seen it many times over but maybe it was only lately that it fully drawn to him because of his Social Studies in school.

I don’t know why people are starting to take photos in front of the cross. Kid1 just pulled his little brother, he wanted to show it to his friends. Personally, I don’t like it – it’s a religious object. What do you think?

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Let’s have our touristy photos from the outside, shall we?

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It’s funny how touristy I felt in my own city but it was great for my children. Completing Cebu’s must-visit historical sites or those thinking about places to visit in Cebu for first time visitors is Fort San Pedro.

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If one of my high school barkada is reading this post, she’ll be thinking, ” There she goes again“. I’ve been teased for my undying fascination of forts especially Fort San Pedro. Well, I love history and this Fort brought many childhood memories.

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After our Fort San Pedro tour and starting to get sticky, we head off to the mall for lunch and to buy clothes. We traveled light  that I only packed my kid’s sleeping wear. After the mall, we picked up our things at my husband’s hotel to MY hotel.

Hello again, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu!

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I’ll never get tired of this view

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Thanks for the wonderful flowers and special touches, Marco Polo Cebu. I’m a sucker for hotel room work stations. Not pictured is my birthday cake from the hotel.

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While my kids went straight to the pool, I went to the Blu Bar for much deserved cocktails. The best rooftop bar in Cebu.

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My birthday lunch came a day late on a Sunday. I love Rico’s Restaurant at Axis in Escario. As I said before, sosyal for a lechon house. If you are looking for where to eat in Cebu or restaurants in Cebu, include this in your list.

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Perfect combo!

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Across Rico’s is a nice cake shop where we had our dessert. Back at the hotel, my family had a quick bonding at the hotel over pizza, beer, and the famous Malicious cookies. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu sent these as soon as we arrived for my kids but my brother finished them all. Can’t blame him.

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Family bonding continued until dinner. Short and sweet with my sister in Japan as the only absentee on my special day. I didn’t take photos of our group, she might cry. haha.

I love taking trips on my birthday where I can enjoy and spoil myself with self-love. Thanks again, Cebu especially to Marco Polo Cebu for the wonderful time. We will be seeing more often from now on, Cebu!

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Saltwater Therapy at Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary

 

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One of the “beliefs” I grew up with is to treat coughs and colds by going to the beach. Maybe it was the changing weather, the hectic school schedules, or the accumulating dust in our house but we were coughing here and there. My husband and I had this beach schedule every 2-3 months, nothing fancy but for us to dip in saltwater.

Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary is one of the many in southern Iloilo, specifically in the town of San Joaquin. So far, Kuliatan is the only marine sanctuary in the area I know that is open for guests. We can go to Guimaras or in Agho but I want to travel near – too many deadlines to beat.

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Since I was searching for the therapeutic properties of the sea, Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary fits the bill. The water is very clean not to mention the different corals and fishes you can get to see in the sanctuary.

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Rugged and off-the-beaten, the sanctuary is a lovely place to get my kids acquainted with rustic raw nature. A little bit off-cry from the usual hotels and beach resorts, my kids had a good time. I just want to stress that Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary is not for those with little kids or babies, you can bring but expect to dip in one area as the place is mostly of boulder corals and rock formations.

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It took some time for us to find our spot and in one of the bigger rocks, we found our space shaped like a mini pool to the delight of my youngest who only swims in deep water. Don’t forget to bring your snorkelling gears! Kuliatan has plenty of fish and I love the different corals underneath!

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It was our third time in Kuliatan and maybe next time, we can spend the night. Now that they are bigger, I want to expose them to real adventure hoping to prepare them if they decide to go backpacking in the future. Here are one of the overnight cottages in Kuliatan.

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You can also rent them during the day. During our visit, we opted to only get the tables sitting under the trees. Oh naturale!

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They had made some changes in the area to make it more comfortable for visitors like cemented pathways. I hope they won’t overdo it and ruin the place. The rocky corals may not make walking perfect but it makes the whole place dramatic.

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Summer is here and with school breaks, bring your kids here if you want something that contrasts pristine beaches. Personally, I love coming here because the water is clean and we instantly felt the therapeutic wonders of saltwater at the marine sanctuary.

For contact number and other information, I posted them in my first blog post about Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary. Here it is:

 ” Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary: Is this Iloilo’s Best-Kept Secret?

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THE ALMOND MILK AND HONEY BODY RANGE AT THE BODY SHOP

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Make peace with sensitive skin with The Body Shop’s new Almond Milk & Honey bath and skin care range. Enriched with Community Trade almond oil from the Alicante region of Spain, and Community Trade honey from the UNESCO Sheka rainforest in Ethiopia, this caring new range is as kind to the environment as it is your skin.

Our almond oil comes from almond nuts grown by expert farmers in the Alicante region of Spain. To collect the precious honey sourced from the Sheka rainforest biosphere reserve, The Body Shop works with the “bee whisperers” of Beza Mar, a group dedicated to improving the livelihood of Ethiopian beekeeping communities and maintaining their traditional, natural way of working with the bees. This helps support the sustainable use of the forest by providing a steady income to local people who might otherwise be forced to agriculture that could lead to deforestation.

 

Alongside with its campaign “Make love not war with sensitive skin”, The Body Shop also wants people to embrace sensitivity, to show kindness and empathy to all the sensitive issues seen in social media. For this, it has selected Almond Milk & Honey ambassadors who give support to the brand’s values through social media.

 

Almond Milk & Honey ambassadors who are lending their voice to be optimistic to all things sensitive are Stacy and Danah Gutierrez, who promote embracing your own body shape; Jigs Mayuga who has a passion for the Makeup Industry and CrossFit shows that it’s okay to embrace femininity and masculinity at the same time; Chinchin Obcena who stands up positively in her blogs despite having its fair share of bashers; and Edcell Ched who experienced a social media bashing but chose to keep a smiling face. They are asking you, to follow them, to make love and not war.

 

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Made for sensitively dry skin, The Body Shop’s new range starts from bath essentials such as the Almond Milk & Honey Cleansing Bar, Gently Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub, Bath Milk, and Shower Cream. The, there are products for your after-bath skin care routine- the Almond Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Soothing & Restoring Body Butter, and the Calming & Protecting Hand Cream.

 

The Body Shop now accepts SM Advantage Card for points earning and redemption, SM and Sodexo premium pass in all The Body Shop stores nationwide.

 

 

                  The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick in Littlehampton, England. The beauty brand pioneered corporate activism and was built on a philosophy that business can be a force for good. With its brand expression, Beauty with Heart, the company continues to be focused on five core values; Against Animal Testing, Support Community Fair Trade, Activate Self Esteem, Defend Human Rights and Protect The Planet. All products are created using the finest ingredients sourced from the four corners of the globe, which are not tested on animals and are 100% vegetarian. The Body Shop has been in the Philippine market for eighteen years with over 55 strategically located stores nationwide.

“Today, our commitment is stronger than ever; to enrich, not exploit. For us, this means enriching people as well as our planet, its biodiversity and resources. We are committed to working fairly with our farmers and suppliers and helping communities to thrive. Our products enrich, but never make false promises and are never tested on animals. We are proud to be original, irreverent and campaign for what’s right; together we can do it. Enrich Not Exploit. It’s in our hands.” –The Body Shop

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Globe Picks: YouTube Kids Channels for Your Kids to Enjoy

Today’s parenting revolves around gadgets with kids as little as 2 capable of “operating” a smart phone. I’m not shy to say that I use technology to babysit the kids, especially when I have deadlines and I don’t want to be bothered. Am I guilty? To be honest, no. I select the right program for the kids and I make sure I can hear the videos they are watching.

They love watching Minecraft videos from DanTDM and Pokemon videos. My main requirement is, no bad words. If you are worried of what your kids are watching and you are not around, I suggest you download YouTube Kids.

Being a parent is tough and our friends from Globe At Home, have chosen top 5 kid-friendly YouTube Kids channels that your kids can enjoy. No need to worry about what they watch even when you’re not around. With Globe At Home, you can have your kids learn fast and surf fast anytime with first world broadband connection! Have your kids enjoy kid-friendly shows from YouTube kids content creators, sing and dance along to tunes, learn from different shows and explore the world around them.

Here are the top 5 shows Globe At Home recommends for your kids to watch:

 

HooplaKidz TVhttps://www.youtube.com/user/HooplaKidzTv

 

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HooplaKidz TV is perfect for adventurous kids who want to have fun in the comfort of their own homes! They can follow adorable characters like Gazoon, an elephant living in the wild; the Om Noms, a duo of green creatures who go on zany adventures outside the game Cut the Rope; and Annie, Ben, and Mango, a young girl, dog, and monkey who travel the world making new friends and music.

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Little Baby Bum is made for kids who love music. This channel is filled with nursery rhymes, complemented by entertaining videos. Viewers can watch individual videos, but they can also check the compilations, which can last up to an hour. Apart from being entertaining, the songs are also educational – kids can sing and learn by following nursery rhymes for getting dressed, learning the alphabet, learning to swim, and taking a bath.

Finding Stuff Outhttps://www.youtube.com/user/FindingStuffOutTV

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Finding Stuff Out is for the inquisitive child with so many questions. The show is hosted by Harrison Houde who answers science-related questions from its viewers. Throughout the show, Houde has answered questions like “Why can’t humans fly?”, “Why do people have hair?”, and “Why do bats sleep upside down?”.

 Kid Made Modernhttps://www.youtube.com/user/KidMadeModern
4-2Want to make your kid’s TV time productive? Let him or her watch Kid Made Modern! Kids can learn things like how to make wire flowers, tie dye shirts using magic markers, and even how to make a sweater. The instructions are safe and easy to execute, and will be a great bonding session with the parents!

Pocoyohttps://www.youtube.com/user/POCOYOUSA

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Enter the world of Pocoyo, the four-year old boy who goes on adventures with his friends Pato the duck, Elly the elephant, and Loula the dog. Together, they go on adventures on land, air, sea (and even space), and involves the viewers in their adventures. It’s a fun and interactive show filled with trips, games, music, and lessons.

Let your children discover these shows on YouTube Kids, free with your Globe At Home subscription! Apply for a Globe At Home’s Plans 1299 and up and let your kids be entertained on a bigger screen with fast and reliable internet connection of up to 10Mbps.

For more information on Globe At Home, call 7301010, visit the website at www.globe.com.ph/broadband, or any Globe store.

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SM Cares Brings Bears of Joy

 

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Last Christmas, shoppers got a chance to spread the spirit of giving through Bears for Joy. SM shoppers can purchase 2 teddy bears for only Php200 – the shopper can keep one of the bears and the other bear is donated to SM’s chosen beneficiary.

SM City Iloilo recently distributed the cuddly toys to the fortunate beneficiaries – Oton Elementary School and Day Care Centers in Dungon 1 and 2.

 

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Here are SM City Iloilo‘s PR Manager, Troy Camarista and Marketing Officer, Lee Pedregosa handing out the bears to happy kids.

 

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The event was made more special and joyous for the kids with the presence of who else but Jollibee!

 

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SM Cares partnered with One Meal Group in identifying the beneficiaries as well as providing snacks and entertainment. Look at their happy faces!

 

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I hope more and more companies like SM will be a part of child’s happy childhood. Kudos to SM Cares and One Meal Group!

 

 

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Staycation at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo

 

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It was a surprise for the kids and I made sure they won’t have a clue even when I was trying to sneak our luggage at the back of the car. Because I always attend press briefing and events with Megaworld, the kids thought they were just dropping me off. ” Are we checking in?” – after they finally saw the bellman carrying our bags. What an effortless way to surprise them with an overnight staycation.

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo offers a discounted local rate for us city dwellers to have break without traveling far. The rate may be higher than most hotels in the city but this hotel in Iloilo Business Park is one of the few hotels in Iloilo with pools.

As a new hotel, Richmonde Hotel possess modern and stylish interiors. You will love their sleek and minimalist approach that can please both business and leisure travelers alike. Spacious lobby that opens to their Granary Restaurant and BizBar on each sides.

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BizBar doesn’t look like this; I took this photo when BizBar was used as a holding room for media during the inauguration of Iloilo Convention Center. Perfect for late-night drinks, guests can enjoy the exclusivity of BizBar.

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Richmonde Hotel Iloilo has nice rooms – big and classy. The color scheme though in browns and neutrals makes our room calm and relaxing. The beds are bigger too, perfect for us with growing kids.

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Yes, just like most hotel rooms nowadays, the bathroom has a clear glass wall to create an illusion of a much bigger space. Don’t you worry, you can still keep your modesty by pulling down the blinds.

My view inside the bathroom.

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I love the bathroom especially the marble vanity except that the bottom corner of the shower was not properly cleaned. I’m meticulous with that corner because I know how hard it is to clean that part.  Other than that, the room is flawless.

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One of their key facilities is their pool located at the 7th Floor.

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The size is just right. My kids like it because it has a deep part but still safe. Here, I told them to get out of the water while utility crew were fixing the lights. A kid got a minor scratch. They were quick to respond though.

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Nice pool deck. My kids love their food – ” Worth the wait“, they said. With the view of Iloilo Business Park, I love hanging out at the pool deck.

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To sum it all, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo is a recommended hotel in the city. The staff are professional especially the servers during breakfast. Great room and of course, they have a pool that my kids love. Can’t wait to stay at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo again with the family!

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Multigenerational Staycation at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

 

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Traveling with kids needs careful planning and a little bit of skills ( if you want to enjoy yourself), top that when you are traveling with parents. We love traveling with my parents but there are special considerations to think about like looking for senior-friendly hotels. I have brought my parents along in local trips like our week-long trip in Camiguin. We often travel together during the Holidays as it coincides with my mom’s birthday and their anniversary ( a day after her birthday).

The year 2016 was the year my mom turned 60 and she made it clear to us that it should be special. We planned to just send them to Hong Kong but as always, it didn’t push through 😀 So I thought about letting them enjoy what my kids and I love – staycation.

Being her daughter, I had a feeling that my mother is adamant of the idea because she likes to roam around. Because I know my mother as someone who like fine things, I was pretty sure she will end her stay at Marco Polo with a big grin.

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Why Marco Polo? Because I know the kind of service they render and my kids always remember our wonderful staycation at this family-friendly hotel in Cebu back in 2014. My kids back then

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My boys now with their Mamalo upon check in.

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As expected Marco Polo Cebu was festive during Christmas, still service was swift and pleasant. I was surprised that we were billeted to city view rooms. Just look at that. My beautiful Cebu! The two buildings is Marco Polo Residences Cebu.

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When you spend decades in Cebu, you can just stand by the window and watch. My parents had fun spotting buildings, reminiscing how once in the 70s a particular structure was the only “tall” building in the Queen City and sharing a little bit of what they know about Cebu Plaza Hotel history.

The view from Marco Polo for me is one of the reasons why it is on top of the list of hotels in Cebu.

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My parents’ room..

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Our room. We own Pikachu and Charmander.

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Room as spacious and I love the working station.

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The hotel’s Continental Lounge is something I was eager to let my parents enjoy.  Privacy and sweeping views of cityscape, the sea, and the mountain. We stayed until it was dark.

 

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu is also one of the hotels in Cebu with swimming pool. They have adult and a kiddie pool.

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Speaking of which, Marco Polo is genuinely family friendly with a kid’s club and a clinic ( a must for families). For adults to totally relax, they have a spa. I used their gym. Clean, modern, spacious.

My father and I were enjoying our drinks at the lounge when my mom texted that the hotel sent an anniversary cake. Oh boy, she was so kilig!

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Well, it was sweet to know both parents were kilig of the gesture. haha. They too sent their famous Malicious cookies for the kids. I tell you, it’s not a hype. They are really good but I can’t pinpoint exactly why. One of their housekeeping also gave us Chocolate Liquor with cacao sourced from the mountains of Balamban, Cebu. My dad ate all of them before I can document them.

Our second day of course is my mother’s special day!

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Officially a senior! I got those fresh flowers from my bathroom. 😉

Because my mother was expecting a cake…

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Another thing that my parents love about our stay is the food. Well, Marco Polo Cebu restaurant is one of the best in the city. Our Continental Lounge access includes breakfast at the lounge but I wanted to experience the buffet. My parents love the buffet that we still opted to enjoy our breakfast at Cafe Marco.

Marco Polo buffet is also one of Cebu’s specifically when it comes to their theme. My family enjoyed their Spanish dinner buffet,  Sabores de España last 2014.

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My folks were impressed with the wide selection and the taste. My father noted how great their cooks especially how they were able to make delicious Cebuano dishes, which is hard to achieve when offering it to locals who can cook.  We also love their soya milk and fresh juices.

All we wanted was to give our parents the gift of relaxation. Thank you Marco Polo Plaza Cebu for helping me out in making my parents enjoy their special days. As my father said, they will never forget their experience at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Now, I have a feeling they are expecting for a staycation every anniversaries. Oh boy…

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As children, we want to enjoy our time with our parents and spoil them a little bit. If you are planing on what to give to your parents, why not treat them for a staycation. They will surely love it and you can never go wrong with Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Thank you so much!

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For Marco Polo Cebu room rates promo and other packages, contact:

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

+63 (32) 253- 1111

www.marcopoloplazacebu.com

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Rewarding Myself at Spa Riviera

 

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Let me start this post by saying that all photos for this article are not mine. Hence, what you see above is not me ( I wish!). It’s not easy nor polite to take photos while I’m having my service. Thank you Spa Riviera for letting me use your images.

Motherhood is not easy. It has been said millions of times with the same message. We juggle a lot of things from taking care of the kids, keeping a home, and earning a living. We try to be the best worker, mother, or wife that we forget to become women. We fail to give some time for ourselves,  to take a pause and recharge.

I wish all women can prioritize themselves before others. To all mothers out there, girl, you have to take care of yourself before you take charge over others.

There are many ways to have some me-time and one of the most common is a trip to the spa.

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“A beautiful day at the spa is what I call heaven on Earth”

Women need to recharge and what better way to do it than with a good spa service. I came across the quote but I can’t find the exact author. Living in Iloilo, it was a quest looking for a good spa. I found one, though but it was a little bit pricey for me and I can’t enjoy their service anytime I want to. Others, the service was not good and you know nothing is worst than a bad massage.

Thank goodness for Spa Riviera. Everyone knows about Spa Riviera, if I am right, it is one of the first spas in the city and still one of the trusted name when it comes to getting the best massage in Iloilo.

From their main branch in General Luna Street, the spa now has 3 other branches – Spa Riviera Mandurriao, Spa Riviera Jaro, and Spa Riviera SM City.

Spa Riviera treated me for a relaxing afternoon with their Gayuma Package – their signature Gayuma Massage ( hot stone) with Facial-  way back last December. What a perfect time for pampering. Just what I needed hustling kids’ exams, Christmas parties, packing for our trip, and not to mention my activities and events. Hectic.

Just last week, I invited my husband to join me for a couple-time. We needed it too.  I waited for two visits before writing this to give more weight to my spa day narrative.

Just like my previous visit, I signed up for their Gayuma Massage.

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I love the hot stone massage. There is something with heat that it heals your tired body. This is one of the reasons why I love ofuro so much. Heat relaxes me.

The therapists at Spa Riviera are professionals. Their receptionist like Ms. May, is chic and efficient.

Spa Riviera has the perfect setting to let everyone enjoy a good massage and treatment. No fancy spa music. Everything is hygienic. Customers are there to enjoy and relax.

Spa Riviera also has a sauna but I didn’t try it yet. Maybe next time.

A piece of Bali

After so many years serving the public, the spa’s General Luna branch was renovated into a little Bali, inspired from Spa Riviera’s owner, Mrs. Marie “Babes” Wharton’s trip to the island. It made the spa more relaxing from the hues to the tropical flowers.

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Such renovation is a treat to know how a spa occupying a building in the city center is now like a secret hideaway with its distressed painting, little thatched roofing materials, and a bowl of flowers like kalachuchi.  Come inside and your senses are automatically prepped for a nice spa time.

I can sense that Mrs Wharton, who by the way has launched her English pastry business ( you can enjoy her English tea and pastries at the lobby of the spa), has a knack for design. The interior though Balinese inspired, is not overdone.

It’s impressive to know that Iloilo has a charming spa within the city proper that everyone can drop by. It is conveniently located that you can just enjoy a massage before sleeping or have a facial before picking up your kids in school – now with a glowing skin even without make up.

Bring the spa home

Another treat from Spa Riviera is their own Gayuma Massage Oil and Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil for you to enjoy a nice massage at home. You can get this pair for only 280Php in all Spa Riviera branches. It is also a nice gift idea.

 

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I’m looking forward for a year of pampering at Spa Riviera. You too deserve it, enjoy the spa’s various services. Enjoy as your me-time or bond over with your friends or loved ones.  Spa Riviera is open from 10am till 11pm.

For more information visit their Facebook page or call (033) 509 0209.

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Cabalen Opens 28th Store in Iloilo

 

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Cabalen is one of the most familiar names in the world of restaurants in the country. Whenever we hear, ” Cabalen”, you will automatically think about ” local cuisine” and “buffet”. For the past 30 years, Cabalen has kept their ground as one of the top names in the industry.

A restaurant known for their Kare-Kare as well as other Kampampangan dishes, Cabalen adds more cuisine choices for Ilonggos. I asked what does, ” Cabmen” mean? And a few Google searches, I learned it means ” town mate” – “balen” means, ” town” while “ka” means ” mate” or “fellow“, just like the word, kabayan. Thus, the restaurant offers family-friendly dining venue for all types of occasions and dishes that everyone will love.

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When it comes to gastronomy, the Kapampangans takes the lead and they are known to be good cooks. Yesterday, Cabalen formally opens their 28th store in Iloilo bringing more dining options in a city known for gastronomy and flavor. Cabalen is another addition to the various restaurants opening their doors to the local market.

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The ambiance is homey, drawing inspirations from local homes in the Philippines or those elegant heritage homes in the country. Thus, everyone feels at home with the company of good friends and family.

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At the far end is their function room, for Ilonggos to host their special occasions and intimate events.

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What’s in the menu?

Proud to be the Home of the Best Kare-kare, Cabalen offers a complete set of menu from starters to desserts.

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When you say, Kapampangan, I look for one of my favourite dishes – sisig – which was invented in Pampanga.

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Plenty of options like chicken and bangus. I still go for the original and tofu.

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Cabalen is famous for their signature dishes like Dinuguan, Caldereta and Lechon Paksiw.

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I’m hungry just writing this post.

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Still on your 2017 New Year’s resolution? Cabalen also offers low-calorie choices like their own salad station.

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If you want to skip meat, my personal choice is their Lumpia Hubad. Tokwa’t Baboy as well as Crispy KangKong won’t hurt your diet regimen too.

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Their dessert table ranging from local sweets to foreign like the chocolate fondue.

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Kapampangan Cuisine

I love discovering cuisines from other regions of the country and I found a taste ( literally and figuratively) at Cabalen. I only learned that they call Arroz de Valenciana ( a local take on Paella) as “brenghi“.

Here is  Sampelot– Kapampangan’s version of “Ginataan” or what we call in Cebu as ” Binignit”.

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Tibok Mais for me is a hybrid of sapin-sapin and maja.

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Ilonggo Dishes

Though Cabalen is a restaurant known for Kapampangan dishes, I overheard from the owner while taking photos that they also want to focus on Ilonggo food. True because it is not easy to cook Ilonggo dishes at home these days.

One of them is Bagongon. Bagongon is type of snail ( that grows mostly in fishponds) and Cabalen’s alternative to their famous snail dish which is another authentic Kapampangan.

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My dad will be happy to dine at Cabalen in SM City Iloilo. Whenever we visits Iloilo, off we go to the local market to look for bagongon and he patiently cooks and prepares them. I’m not into  “exotic” food but I love bagongon. I just wonder how I can suck the snails with class while dining at Cabalen.

Another Ilonggo favorite is Tambo – young bamboo shoots.

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Aren’t you not salivating yet?  This newest restaurant in Iloilo is located at the 2nd floor of SM Iloilo ( Cinema Level). For Cabalen Iloilo price tag and contact information, here it is:

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Kids 4-feet and below get 50% discount while kids 3feet and below can eat for free. Now that’s a new addition to the list of family restaurants in Iloilo.

If you are looking for where to eat in Iloilo, check out this new restaurant in Iloilo.

 

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Win Tickets and Watch Coldplay Live in Manila: Create your Globe Coldplay story on April 4, 2017

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                      Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams Tour at the Allianz Stadium, Sydney Australia

 

The Coldplay fandom in Manila is undeniably huge. Tickets to their April 4, 2017 concert at the MOA Concert Grounds, presented by Globe were sold out in a day, but Globe will give all its customers another chance to watch the most-coveted concert of 2017.

By registering to any GoSurf promo or subscribing to any Broadband plan, customers can earn raffle entries to win tickets to Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams Tour in Manila”. For Globe Broadband customers, every P5 spent on their bill is equivalent to one raffle entry. Forty tickets are up for grabs as 20 lucky customers will win 2 tickets each.

“We know that music is an integral part in every Filipino’s lives and Globe is here to elevate your music experience by allowing you to enjoy music in a different perspective. With Globe, you can listen to your favorite artists like Coldplay on Spotify, or catch it via live stream from their L.A. concert on YouTube, or even watch them perform live by joining our raffle promo. We want all our customers to get this chance and experience watching their favorite artists here in Manila, or even abroad,” shares Globe Senior Vice President for Consumer Mobile Business, Issa Cabreira.

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“This time, by simply registering to any GoSurf promo or subscribing to a Broadband plan, all our customers can get a chance to win tickets to the most-anticipated concert of Coldplay this 2017.” Cabreira added.

Globe takes entertainment to another level. Just recently, Globe awarded two of its loyal customers, Monique Lim and Cristina Santiago, to watch the band perform at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney Australia last December 13, 2016 through Globe’s “Fly-Away Promo.”

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                  #GlobeColdplay “Fly-Away Promo” winners, Monique Lim and Cristina Santiago.

They won a total of Php 230,000.00 worth of prizes which includes a 4-day, 3-night trip to Sydney with round-trip airfares, concert tickets, hotel accommodation, and pocket money.

“I’ve always been a hardcore Coldplay fan, from Parachutes to A Head Full of Dreams. It just so happened that A Head Full of Dreams is my most favorite amongst their albums. The moment people started screaming and when the show was about to start, I had to pinch myself to feel that I was actually there… about to witness beyond paradise!” shares Lim.

Santiago shares the same fandom as Lim, “When Chris Martin went up the stage for the first time, it was so surreal, that feeling was way over the top. After witnessing and experiencing how their live performances, I will definitely get tickets to their concert here in Manila. We’re so grateful that Globe made it possible for us to experience such a magical concert all the way in Australia. This whole experience is definitely one for the books.”

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Customers can still get a chance to experience paradise and win tickets to the Manila leg of Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams tour by registering to any GoSurf promo or subscribing to a Broadband plan. Learn how to earn raffle entries by visiting www.globe.com.ph/globecoldplay. Follow @enjoyGLOBE (on Twitter) and like Globe Telecom (on Facebook) for updates.

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