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Not your ordinary Moalboal destination - Villa Budlot and Taginis Falls

Villa Budlot and Taginis Falls - Moalboal, Cebu
Have you been to Moalboal Cebu? Aside from Malapascua Island, Moalboal is one of the top destinations for diving enthusiasts (visit Pescador Island) and home to some of the best beaches in Cebu, Philippines, check out Basdaku and Panagsama. Moalboal is located in the southern part of Cebu. Travel time is 2.5 hours to 3 hours by bus depending on traffic.

The SRP Observation Deck

The Observation Deck - SRP, Cebu City

I am not sure if the place has an official name but if I were to be asked, I call this the SRP Observation Deck. SRP stands for South Road Properties that link the cities of Talisay and Cebu. SRP is some of the most notorious danger zones in Cebu due to some vehicles running beyond speed limits.

The SRP Observation Deck is situated a few meters away from SM Seaside City, one of the biggest malls here in Cebu Province.

The site is my favorite hangout place and stopover on long distance southern trip (I am from the north), perfect for R&R. If you are a local who have not come across this place or if you are a foreigner traveling from the southern towns of Cebu to the northern towns and vice versa, the non-stop blow of fresh air is what makes this place a perfect stopover.

RELAX AND UNWINDYou can do just about anything there, sit down, relax, chat with your loved ones, eat some food (if you're hungry) and enjoy the breath of fresh air. Yes, you c…

10,000 Roses and more - Cordova, Cebu, Philippines

10,000 Roses Cafe in Cordova
Have you been to the very famous destination among local tourists in Cebu? The ten thousand roses (10,000) has now become one of the most famous tourist destinations in the island of Cebu. Most locals flocked their way to visit the popular site with ten thousand roses. The place is a cafe very near Lantaw Floating Restaurant, a popular restaurant in the municipality of Cordova. Cordova is near Lapu-Lapu City.

Located in Barangay Day-as, Cordova, the 10,000 Roses clearly put Cordova in the map once again as this site is inevitably drawing more and more local tourists since the day it opened its doors early this year.

The white roses are not real roses, they are powered by LED. 
BEST TIMEIn my opinion, the best time to get there is on weekdays as the place is still flocked with many local tourists on weekends. We went there on Sunday and we must have arrived there on a better time on a Sunday, we get there at past 6:00pm. On weekends, best time to get there is …

Tops Lookout - Busay, Cebu City, Philippines

Have you been to Tops?

The Tops Lookout is one of Cebu City's tourist attractions that is located in one of the mountainous barangays of the city, Busay (just like Sirao Flower Farms/Sirao Peak). This place is popular among local tourists due to its mild climate, perfect for lovers, family, friends and barkada (group) for a much deserved relaxation and most of all for getting a bird's eye view of the amazing Cebu City lights. 

BEST TIMEIn my opinion, the best time to get there is from 4:00pm to 5:00pm as there are certain areas along the way that is too dark if you go there after the sun sets. If you want to go there in the morning, you'll be able to see Cebu City's skyline but it would be best to get there at night to see Cebu City's amazing array of lights.

The last time I was there was in the late 90's and it's good to know that they haven't renovated the place that much, if they do, it could be very minimal for me to not notice it at all.
There are seve…

Tagaytay City - Cavite, Philippines

Have you been to Tagaytay?
Tagaytay City or simply known as Tagaytay is one of the cities in the province of Cavite which is located south of Manila in the island of Luzon. Tagaytay is a popular tourist destination among local tourists due to its mild climate. The city sits on a mountain ridge above Taal Volcano which is an active volcano that is surrounded by Taal Lake.

Getting there:Travel time from Manila to Tagaytay is between 1.5 hours to 3.5 hours depending on the mode of transportation you take and the traffic situation. Fastest way to get there is by renting a coaster (big groups) or a van (small groups). Learn how to get to Tagaytay.
Places to stay:There are many places to stay in Tagaytay. When we went there we stayed in Jemz Tagaytay, a budget transient hostel that accommodated all thirty-three (33) of us (lol). I like this hostel, they were not so strict even if we exceeded the maximum number of occupants in a room. We did caught attention though because we were too noisy (lo…

Carnival Food Park - Marikina City, Philippines

Marikina Carnival Food Park
The food park is one of the newest hangout places in Marikina City located at 87 Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue. It is perfect for youngsters and young-at-heart like me (lol). The place has several mini food stalls. 

On the first weekend of March, my niece and her bf invited us and brought us to this place and since we were all too full when we went there, my niece suggested we try Dragon's Breath sold at Ice Box. For sticks of 5, the price is two hundred fifty pesos only (Php250). It was a very fun experience and I felt like I'm young again lol. (This is just one of the many things we did when me and my big family went to Manila for our niece's wedding.)
Here's our video. Thanks Pao and Sising for bringing us thereGetting thereTo get to Marikina, book a flight going to Manila and from the airport, just hire a taxi to get you there. Find places to stay in Marikina here.

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Carnival Food Park Marikina

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Cleanliness Drive With Fellow Cebu Couchsurfers

Because the environment matters!
I have always wanted to participate in an outreach program that has something to do with mother earth and today, thru the efforts of a fellow Couchsurfer in Cebu, Gin, I was able to fulfill my dream of participating and drawing awareness, for people to care (enough) for our environment.

As you can see, one of the many causes of floods are clogged drainage systems which can be very much minimized by throwing our trashes properly. The garbage bins exist for a reason, so we need to use them.

If you ever come across this post, please spread the word and be responsible enough to throw your garbage properly.

Have you heard of Couchsurfing? If you are a traveler, you might have already come across this platform but if you haven't, learn more here. Similar sites are Showaround, Tripping, HomeExchange, etc - click here.

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Hotels near Ayala Center Cebu - Walking Distance

Places to Stay in Cebu - Near Ayala Center Cebu
There are so many hotels in Cebu, Philippines and if you are planning to stay nearby a mall, one of the major malls here is Ayala Center Cebu situated on Ayala Road along the main road, Archbishop Reyes Avenue. Please find below the hotels that are just a walking distance to and from the mall:
1. Cebu City Marriott Hotel is situated at the back side of Ayala Center Cebu and just a few steps away to and from Ayala Terraces. Click here for rates or click on the image below for more info.