[Bantayan+Malapascua #2] White Sands, Bantayan – The Best Restaurant in the Island!

Al fresco dining… powdery white beach… cool breeze… waves crushing on the shore… fantastic cuisine… excellent service! This is the perfect dining experience for me and we found it surprisingly in White Sands Restaurant-by-the-beach in Santa Fe, Bantayan. This was a favorite and highly recommended by Tara Cebu (our official guide for the trip 🙂 You can notice that the waitresses are trained very well, from the setting of the utensils, to the way the food is served.

We were so excited that we ordered a lot of the grilled foods and we ended up with P700/ person in our bill!! No doubt, that it would be a plus if you have a cebuano accompany you, otherwise, the prices are touristy expensive about 2x the normal cost in Manila (imagine that). They have a wide assortment from pizza, pasta, Filipino dishes, breakfast menu, international cuisine aside from the grilled variety. On hindsight, we should have looked at the prices and ordered pizza and other dishes. You can reasonably eat for P200/ head (according to Tara Cebu)

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Awesome Festivals

Cash Flow 101 in Manila! Increase your Passive Income Now!

I’ve always wanted to play the Cashflow 101 ever since I read bestseller Rich Dad Poor Dad Book by Robert Kiyosaki. There was a group of people playing this game before in AIM and finally they started to make it available to a wider group of people. Just for P800 they are willing to train people on playing Cashflow 101 — although I think it was expensive for a 4 hours seminar. Their rationale is that the board game would actually cost you P15,000 and each time they run a workshop, it pays out the costs of one of the board games.

The workshops are organized by Laurus Enterprises, the official CASHFLOW(r) group in the Philippines, as certified by Rich Dad’s Training (S.E.A) Pte, Ltd, authorized by Robert Kiyosaki and CASHFLOW technologies, Inc. (USA) with the *exclusive* rights to conduct Rich Dad activities in Southeast Asia.
The Rich Dad mission is one of education and empowerment. It is only through awareness, education and action that people everywhere can take control of their lives and make the choices that will enable them to become financially free. We invite you to this opportunity for everyone to get together to learn and grow.

It’s too bad they did not allow me to take pictures, I could have gotten very good photos of each of the session and promote them even more. Anyway, so what’s my take on Cashflow 101 games? read on…

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[Bantayan+Malapascua #1] A Beach Love Affair…

I’ve always longed to go back to this place! I first discovered the Bantayan and Malapascua Beaches almost 5 years ago. I fell IN LOVE with the beach. Both the islands have a different attraction — Malapascua is so charming that it is regarded as Boracay more than 10 years ago… while Bantayan, is how the beach should be and where you can find peace and serenity. I’m starting this [Bantayan+Malapascua Series] to share with you this joy and my love affair with these beaches. In fact, I’m planning to buy a beach lot in Malapascua — that’s how I love this place. I do hope this remains to be a secret paradise in the northern tip of Cebu… For now, only foreigners know about the secret, a few locals, and now my readers of Awesome Planet 🙂

The adventure starts as you travel to the northern part of Cebu where these beautiful islands are located. We decided to go to Bantayan first then Malapascua (although I would recommend the other way around). It takes two and a half hours (2.5 hrs) from the Cebu City to the Hagnaya Port where you will need to ride a ferry or a fastcraft to go to Bantayan island.

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Shopping, Thai Massage and Amazing Thailand Subway!

I’m back again from another trip, but this time it was a business trip to Bangkok, Thailand. I was flabbergasted when I saw Bangkok now has their own Subway!! Can you believe it?! It looks like and feels like the subway of Singapore and it is designed for huge volume of people traffic. This is a good move specially to decongest the main streets of bangkok which reminds me of Avenida Ave. and Taft Avenue where the streets are narrow and MRT (metro rail transit) above the street. The subway was very convenient to move from Pat Pong to the Suan Lum Night Market and I was amazed that Thais started to commute now vs. using cars because it is convenient and you avoid the traffic. I do hope that I get to see the day that Philippines would have our own Subway, people would prefer to commute vs. bringing their own cars, and start the culture of walking!

It was a refreshing trip because I get a dose of Authentic Thai Massage and never-ending Shopping! Of course, I don’t like shopping very much but I like visiting new places either to eat, shop, or have a massage!

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So Woo?

Single Meal of Bulgoki / Korean Traditional Bulgoki and Kimchi Fried Rice (P600).

Here is another recent discovery in my favorite Manila Bay place in Harbour Square. The place is called So Woo which means little cow in Korean. It is owned by Korean Ms. Danny Chong who is living in the Philippines for 10 years now. According to her, it was called little cow because it is unique and did you know that the beef of little cows are juicer and taste a lot better than big cows. The food tasted like the authentic Korean food similar to the authentic Korean restaurant we normally visit at the back of Barrio Fiesta along Makati Avenue (I can’t recall the Korean name). So Woo serves authentic Korean-style dishes and the owner is there to entertain the guest. They just opened last January 1, 2006.

I’ve been on my low carb vegetarian quest for 5 days now and we were looking for a vegetarian place. Surprisingly, we found it in this Korean place on the second floor of Harbour Square which boast of meat as their specialty . The Bulgoki is really good. The Kimchi Fried Rice is worth to try. The meal already has an iced tea and unlimited refill of the vegetables side dishes — woo hoo! The kim chi, spinach, squash omelette, mashed potato and onion leek salad was very good — fresh, crispy and tasty. I’ve finally found vegetarian heaven: Eat-all-you-can vegetables!

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Aidan’s Je Suis Gourmand Birthday Dinner

Finally, I’ve always wanted to eat dinner Je Suis Gourmand and finally we decided to eat here as we celebrate Aidan’s first birthday in a simple way with family. It was a personal decision not to celebrate Aidan’s birthday in an elaborate Kid’s party way because it was not appropriate. A lot of people are raving about Gourmand for its delicious French cuisine by Chef Marc. We ordered mostly their main entrees and it was indeed delicious with generous servings (good for 2). We ordered the best sellers in the house and should have listened to Sharon that each serving was big and good for more than one person.

Je Suis Gourmand has an intimate setting and only has few tables inside and some outside as the smoking section area. This January, it is still cool with the winds tunneling outside of the resto. Actually, it was the perfect type for the evening dinner conversation with friends enjoying good french cuisine, good company and good wine. Unfortunately, I lacked foresight that we were bringing in three babies (aidan, carlos, and sophia) and it could get chaotic with the babies. Anyway, we survived the night with the babies but I felt we were frowned upon by the Chef because he did not go back to our table after initially greeting us or even thanked us for coming. Chef Marc, the owner, is known for chatting with his customers and making sure they feel welcomed.

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10th Philippine International Hotair Balloon Fiesta (PIHBF) @ near Clark

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10th Philippine International Hotair Balloon Fiesta (PIHBF) @ near Clark

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I’ve always wanted to take pictures of these hot air balloon or even ride in one of them. Lets see! Feb 9-11, 2006 — mark the date 🙂 Here is the official website–> for those of you who are interested to go as well. Leave me a comment, maybe we might see each other 🙂 9/22/06 Update: I heard from my friends that you should really go there early to see the balloons fly out as early as 5am. After the balloons fly, you can try the ultra lightweight plane ride. After than, you should just go to Clark or Subic 🙂


The Charming Island of Malapascua!

Malapascua is described by the lonely planet as “The Thinking Man’s Boracay” and is the next greatest beach discovery after Boracay. It is like Boracay 5 /10 years ago or I would describe it as Boracay less the nightlife (very quiet at night!) . The sand is sugary fine and the waters are calm such that you can imagine you have a large swimming pool that you can swim for miles. I’ll be writing a series on Bantayan/Malapascua adventure in time for the summer season and specially holy week which is the peak season for these beaches.

I’ve been here about five years ago and now there is an authentic Italian Restaurant (La Dolce Vita) and new resorts (Blue Corals) have been established. Night life is still quiet, although a disco bar, Maldito, was established 3 years ago but it just recently closed. Overall, I’m happy that its charm has been kept intact over the years. This would change once the roads have been developed and the port established. This continues to be one of the best kept secret beach for a select few to enjoy. Normally, you would only see foreigners in this island because it is promoted by Lonely Planet.

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Finding Serenity @ Kota Beach, Bantayan Island!

This is one of my favorite beach in the Philippines! I’m glad I was able to go back here for the second time almost after 5 years… I like its rustic charm where there is no TV, the clocks seems to slow down, you are like watching in an omni-theater about beach nature at its finest. Kota Beach is located in Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island and on the tip end of the Sta. Fe beaches. You could walk along the beach to the left and find Marlin’s Beach Resort, White Sands, and Santa Fe Beach Club. On the right of Kota Beach, you can also find Budji Resorts and other smaller resorts.

Unfortunately, this island is full of irony because they got exposed to tourist price early so some of the food are expensive specially if it is owned by a foreigner. However, you can have Karaoke with drinks already for P100/person. Danggit sells for half the price here in the Bantayan Market because it is produced in the island. Also, Bantayan is known to be the “Egg Basket of the Visayas”. More than 100 tons of eggs per day are produced on the island and sent out to the nearby regions (quote from Tara Cebu). They don’t have diving resorts but Marlin’s Resort would have water sports available and ski-boarding since the beach faces the open sea. Lastly, Bantayan Island is the only place where you can eat meat or Lechon during the Holy Week and this is recognized by the Church!

I’ll be writing a series on Bantayan/Malapascua adventure in time for the summer season. Stay tune for that series.

Viaje del Sol

[Viaje del Sol Series.8] Carlitos’ Workshop – Our Last Stop

This our last stop of the tour, and unfortunately Carlito’s was in Manila working on his exhibit in Megamall. BTW, his house is practically an exhibit of most of his works and I captured some more photos of his steel sculpture. Like an exhibit, It would be great if the host or somebody would be there to tour you around the exhibit to give you the stories behind the masterpieces. I posted earlier a mini-series on Carlito’s Workshop:

Carlito’s Workshop 1– Intimidating House with Surprisingly Hospitable Host!
Carlito’s Workshop 2 –Photogenic House with an Outstanding Garden 🙂
Carlito’s Workshop 3 — Carlito’s Coffee

The only difference now, is that recently he is charging P100 as an entrance fee to Carlito’s Workshop. Worth it if he is around to entertain you personally.

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