Cebu

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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Cebu

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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Viaje del Sol

[Viaje del Sol Series.6] Sumptuous Lunch @ Ugu Bigyan!

By this time, it is already 1pm coming from the Kubli Springs. The highlight of the tour has always been Ugu Bigyan which is a sure winner in terms of food and overall ambiance. This is my first time to eat lunch here and we already know that the merienda is superb. For P350/head, you get a generous serving of the best Filipino lunch I ever tasted and looked forward to. This is not your usual Gerry’s grill or Dencio’s but home-cooked Filipino food at its finest. They don’t have an ala carte menu but a fixed lunch set depending on what fresh ingredients would be available. C’mon lets savor Ugu’s food via these food shots…

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Viaje del Sol

[Viaje del Sol Series.5] The Charm of Kubli Springs


Jay was very kind enough to let us visit Kubli Springs which is still an undeveloped properly owned by their family. You have to cross this spring and go upstream where Jay had setup lunch picnics or evening dates all for the same price of P500/person (standard line pricing). This springs is an extension of the Kinabuhayan Cafe and once developed, I’m sure this is one of the nice secret dining places in Dolores, Quezon. I love nature and settings such as these are priceless and I can already imagine a better alternative to Villa Escudero’s lunch where you also eat with your feet submerge in water and tables are setup on top of the water.

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Family

LASIK Surgery @ American Eye

Photos and text by Enzo Diaz

As I type this blog, it has been 15 hours from my LASIK surgery. My eyes are still a blurry but I am fully functional. The bring light coming from the morning sun still hurt my eyes but I am fully functional. In fact, in the evening of the operation, I was out having dinner with friends from 7:30 to 9:30; having some red wine in Bistro 101 with my old friends from 9:45 to 10:30 and played Texas hold ’em till midnight. I owe all of these of course through the expert handling of the doctors and nurses of American Eye Center.

Laser-assisted in Situ Keratomilieusis (LASIK) is a procedure used to eliminate or reduce near sightedness (Myopia), far-sightedness (hypertopia) and/or astigmatism. I had this procedure four years ago when my eyes had a grade of 2.50. Yes… thats right! It was not completely eliminated the first time around so I had to do the enhancement procedure again to clip down my 1.50/1.25 vision. And because of the lifetime guarantee of the American Eye Center, I didn’t shell out any fee (otherwise, a new LASIK procedure will cost Php 68,000 or US$1, 300.00 for both eyes)

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