The top three best islands in the world are from the Philippines

Posted on February 27, 2018

Luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler named Boracay, Cebu, and Palawan as the top three best islands in the world. The winners were determined via a survey done for the Readers’ Choice Awards in 2017 where 30,000 travelers from all over the world participated in. According to Conde Nast Traveler, the 30th annual Reader’s Choice Awards survey set another new record with millions of ratings and hundreds of thousands of comments submitted by travelers that served as votesRead More

Bantayan Island, Manjuyod Sandbar and Dumaguete City: DIY Itinerary + Costs

Posted on June 7, 2017

For those of you who might find this helpful, here’s to share with you our sample DIY travel itinerary and actual expenses during our recent trip to Bantayan Island, Manjuyod Sandbar and Dumaguete City. We did not include airfare in this grid because it’s variable. Who knows, you might be lucky enough to score a flight via seat sale soon. The total cost for two of our Bantayan Island – Manjuyod Sandbar – Dumagute City Tour is Php31, 270.05 or Php15,635.03 per head, inclusiveRead More

A Review of Anika Island Resort, our home in Bantayan Island

Posted on May 15, 2017

Every time we travel, seldom do we really care much about accommodation since we’ll be out and about most of the time. As long as we have the basics (i.e. clean bed and toilet, strong water supply and air-con unit), we are OK. Thus, it’s always such a big bonus whenever we stumble upon accommodations that offer much more than the basics for a price that is reasonable. Such is Anika Island Resort, a charming little beachfront property nestled inRead More

Journeying through Bantayan Island

Posted on April 23, 2017

There’s something about early morning travel that is both invigorating and exciting at the same time. Never mind the lack of sleep, an early start gives you the confidence and the energy to take on the challenges of the day, especially with the thought that you are ahead of the pack. Thus, as we kicked off our summer adventure this year, we hit the road even as the majority of the metro was still in slumber land. We were boundRead More

Day 04: Spending our last day in Mactan Shangri-La

Posted on July 10, 2015

It was our last day at Mactan Shangri-La but we could not pass up the chance to take a dip before we leave. Our flight was still at three in the afternoon. Before lunchtime, we went up to our rooms to prepare to prepare our things, clean up and get ready for our flight. However, when we opened the door, we were surprised to discover a wonderful spread composed of Cebu Lechon and a big bowl of puso waiting forRead More

Day 3: Visiting the Sto. Niño Shrine and Taboan Market in Cebu City

Posted on July 7, 2015

We woke up early and had our breakfast and coffee in our room. How time flies when you are on holiday. But, as they say, no amount of vacation is really enough. We spent the entire morning frolicking in the water, letting the sight of the magnificent sea lull our minds and take away all worries and stress brought by the daily grind. When we finally hauled ourselves out of the water, it was close to lunchtime. We went againRead More

Day 2: Exploring Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa

Posted on July 6, 2015

By the next day, we vowed never to leave any nook unexplored in Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa. After breakfast, we took a stroll around the manicured garden and the swimming pools. From there, we followed the narrow landscaped paths that led us to the breathtaking cove at the end of the property. The beach was such a sight, with its powdery fine white sand kissed by gentle waves from the deep aquamarine sea. The water was so clear, youRead More

Day 1: Our Summer 2015 Officially Begins at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu

Posted on July 6, 2015

Our summer 2015 officially began with a four-day staycation at the stunning and grand Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, at the lovely Mactan Island in Cebu. My wife and I were very excited as the big date neared since this is our first family trip together. It was actually my sister-in-law who organized our trip. Plus, who would not be excited about Mactan Shangri-La? After all, Shangri-La is known for its luxurious hotels and resorts. Add to that the factRead More

First Time Flyer: Cebu Mini-Adventure

Posted on November 26, 2011

After years and years of thinking, weighing and waiting for the right opportunity, I was finally able to experience it — to fly, that is. It wasn’t exactly how i wished it to be i.e. leisurely, for vacation and all. I was sent on a “business trip” to Cebu. Nonetheless, it was still fun. It was my first flight and I was flying by my lonesome. To say that I was nervous is an understatement. I was terrified, not withRead More

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