Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Working dangerously in Cebu

Sad facts of life: Construction workers here in the Philippines work dangerously for under PHP 300 a day. EUR 1 is PHP 60 so do the math. And I highly doubt if they are insured, but this guy needs to feed his empty stomach and perhaps other empty stomach’s as well.

Life is not fair.

Just a thin steel rail for this man’s balancing act and a harness for protection.

Spotted at uptown area near Don Mariano Qui Street (near NBI, Capitol and Cebu Doctors Hospital)

Travel Period: October 2010
Destination: Cebu City (Cebu - Visayas), Philippines

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Asian Trending: ‘Filipino High Tea’ in Cebu

Move over old English High Tea and make room for the new ‘Filipino High Tea!’ or ‘Filipino Afternoon Tea!’ whichever suits best during the time of the day =)

When I am in Cebu I always stop by at Café Laguna for some Filipino merienda indulgence. My all-time favourite here is mangga (mango), puto (sticky rice) and sikwate (chocolate drink/dip from traditionally processed cocoa tablets). My family used to have this as breakfast during the weekends eons back when we were kids.

Anywho, I was about to order the usual mangga-puto-sikwate fare when I caught sight of ‘Filipino High Tea’ for only Php 310.00 on the menu, good for 2 people.

Here’s what you get for the Filipino High Tea:

- A pot of ‘pandan’ tea with 2 cups
- Mini ‘puto’ (rice bread) burgers with shredded chicken adobo
- Mini banana turon covered with caramelized brown sugar and sesame seeds
- Espasol wrapped in banana leaves
- Mini ‘bibingka’ (rice cake) topped with kesong puti (white cheese) and itlog maalat (salted egg), and garnished with coconut flakes.

‘Pandan’ leaf  tea and ‘espasol’ sticky rice pastry wrapped in banana leaves.

‘Turon’ (fried plantains lumpia in brown sugar sprinkled with sesame seeds) and mini ‘puto’ burgers (rice bun) with shreds of chicken adobo.

The ‘bibingka’ (rice cake with local white cheese, salted egg and topped with coconut flakes).

I’m not a sweet tooth type but I enjoyed the banana turon and bibingka while Dutchman says the pandan tea tasted like boiled socks, lol. Rating is 4 stars out of 5!

Tip to Café Laguna: partner with beach resorts, hotels, tours and travel agencies all over Cebu to include the ‘Filipino High Tea’ (or Filipino/Cebuano Merienda) at any Café Laguna branch as part of the city tour. Not only you will be promoting your restaurant but this ultimately promotes Filipino cuisine as well. Just think about the (massive) opportunity. It’s about time!

Travel Period: October 2010
Destination: Cebu City (Cebu - Visayas Region), The Philippines

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Our view right now at BE Resorts in Mactan Island

So we are staying now here in Mactan Island to escape from the chaotic civilization of Cebu. It’s time for the real holiday: a holiday at the beach

The view from our hotel room when we woke up this morning and the morning after next and next and next...

Relaxing view from our breakfast table at BE Resorts, Punta Engano, Mactan Island (Cebu, Philippines).

Although Mactan Island is far from being the paradise island for beach lovers, it is the nearest place with holiday resorts that offer sun, beach, island boat hopping, snorkeling and diving from Cebu City. A few facts here: Mactan Island is actually a coral island and in the beginning there are hardly any white sands here, moreover beaches. What most resorts did was to reclaim the beach by hauling white sand from other parts of the region to the island. So whenever you are in Mactan Island, sitting on the beach and digging your toes under its white sands... do not be fooled. Remember, it is ‘artificial beach’ =)

The island however is rich in history. Year 1521: It was here that the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, commissioned by the King of Spain was killed during a battle on the Mactan shores by Lapu-Lapu, one of the local chieftains in the island.

The resort hotel has a relaxing theme and colour scheme. 

I like this hanging chair.

Very interesting furniture and accessory designs.

The view from the outdoor terrace to the pools and the small beach.

My cute little nephew.

Another breakfast picture. I ate mangoes!

Ready to hit the beach here. Will probably do nothing, maybe read a magazine, stare at the (fake) beach, stare at the sky, stare at the Dutchman who is red as a tomato and stare at the other girl as well - they seem to be the only ones baking themselves under the sun. The rest of the Asian tourists are hiding, afraid from the sun, haha.

I like that they have a small outdoor pool by the beach and by the bar, most especially I like the modern and minimalist design and colours, very soothing to the eyes. Great for de-stressing.

You can charter an outrigger as well to visit the neighbouring islands.

 My nephew and moi.

Travel Period: October 2010
Destination: Mactan Island (Cebu - Visayas Region), Philippines

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