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Staycation at Cebu

Hi guys! Sorry I’ve been out of the loop for weeks now. I was a having a little difficulty squeezing some quality blog time lately ‘coz of a little dilemma with skin asthma and a whole lot of things. Quite big for me—first time I experienced this. I had to go to and from hospital to see a dermatologist. But finally, I’m on the road to recovery. Amen to that! I’m okay now. Really, promise…

Imagine, though, that even if I had health problems and pending quirky stuff to attend to, I managed to get onboard again and go off somewhere for a perfect staycation experience. Where? The Queen City of the South, Cebu City! Love to lounge around here despite the heat and the traffic hounding its major thoroughfares.



So there I was, together with my mom. Our travel date was just a simple stay at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug and some time shopping, our favorite mother-daughter bonding moments…


I would have wanted to visit the beach or just try the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, but I have to heed my doc’s warning against doing so. Scared it can aggravate my skin rashes, we just decided to explore the malls nearby—Ayala Town Center Cebu and SM City Lahug.

The best thing about this three day hiatus was the chance to eat good food. Cebu, especially, is known for its version of lechon or roasted whole pig, and we didn’t pass off that opportunity! We dined at the food court of Ayala malls just a few hours after landing from the airport and arriving at the hotel to try CNT’s—one of the famous versions of lechon Cebu. It’s so tasty and yummy, you don’t need a sauce to go with it.


We also went to the famous Taboan Market  where we bought dried fish and some pasalubong for friends. We braved going to the place even though we knew we’d smell fishy afterwards. And my, did we really smell fishy!




Here we bought a bag of Cebu’s famous dried mangoes and mangorind, plus some tuyo (dried fish) and chorizo de Cebu–which is awesome. I love their chorizo/sausage version; so sweet, garlicky and with a hint of mild spices. I remember using it once for pasta which I named Cebu chorizo pasta. Workmates were impressed when I brought my own version to the office. 😀



Also, the best part of our vacation here was our discovery of good food at Café Laguna which we tried at SM City Lahug and the one at the Ayala Town Center. We tried their merienda (snack) menu at the SM mall and had dinner at Ayala Town Center. We were really love, love their lechon kawali and their delectable baked scallops. It was really awesome!





Café Laguna’s palabok, bibingka and halo-halo was also too die for! The best thing about our dining experience here–everything is affordable. I spent a few bucks for a heavy dinner. If you’re in Cebu, I would recommend you to try this diner.

I would definitely come back here again and again. Though this is my third time to visit this place, this trip was more relaxing because I was here not to work but for leisure.

We spent most of our time at the Waterfront hotel for some serious relaxation time. We even attended service at Citi Church held inside one of the conference halls before we had dinner during arrival day. Breakfast at Waterfront’s UNO buffet restaurant was really a gastronomic delight. It’s a perfect pit stop to weary travelers, by the way.


Just before we went back to Manila, I got good news! I’ll share with you someday, but for now I’m gonna get my papers ready for my next travel adventure. Where to? Nahh… I’m so thrilled I wish I can blurt it now, but I will rein my excitement until after everything is certain. 😀





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