Churrasco at Ibiza Beach Club, Mövenpick Hotel Mactan

I've eaten churrasco twice in my life. The first time was decades ago at Fogo de Chao in Dallas. I wasn't much of a meat eater then so I was overwhelmed and didn't quite enjoy it. The second time was a few years back at a restaurant in Rockwell where all the meats were marinated in the same sauce. I ... [Read More]

Manny O’s Wine Cellar

I was honored to be given a personal tour by wine collector and connoisseur Manny O of his wine cellar located just across Mövenpick Hotel.Take note he has another wine cellar that's much bigger and located underground. I'm not a wine drinker nor do I know anything about wines but I really liked the ... [Read More]

Spa Delmar at Mövenpick Hotel Mactan

To have the full Mövenpick Hotel experience Manny O suggested I try the massage at the hotel's Spa Delmar. I took this picture of the beach and Ibiza Beach Club from the Spa using my iPhone's panorama feature. I chose the lemongrass oil since I loved the smell whenever I encountered it in ... [Read More]

Cebu’s Original Boneless Lechon Belly

I'm one of those weirdos who don't like lechon (suckling pig). Whenever there's lechon at a party I just take a piece or two of lechon skin and pray that it's crispy otherwise I won't even eat that. I don't bother taking the meat unless it's transformed into paksiw na lechon. I just find the meat ... [Read More]

Tapas at Ibiza Beach Club, Mövenpick Hotel Mactan

My first dinner in Cebu was in Ibiza Beach Club at Mövenpick Hotel Mactan. I was told we were having tapas and that's always a good thing. A short stroll from the hotel lobby to the end of this lighted walkway was Ibiza Beach Club, my favorite place in the entire hotel. Ibiza Beach Club ... [Read More]

Newly Renovated Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

While I stayed in Shangri-La Mactan during my recent trip to Cebu I went to Mövenpick Hotel next door every night to visit my friends who were billeted there. The hotel recently underwent a renovation spearheaded by designers Manny Samson, Cynthia and Ivy Almario, Fred and Butch Valdes. Click ... [Read More]

Breakfast Buffet at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa

The only time I have a heavy breakfast is when I stay in a hotel and my stay comes with a buffet. I must say the breakfast spread of Shangri-La Mactan was pretty darn good. ... [Read More]

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa

A couple of weeks ago I received a text from my friend who was on vacation, "Want to come to Cebu?" Within in a few hours of her text I booked my flight and flew off the next day. If that wasn't impulsive I don't know what is. Cebu City is only 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Manila by plane. ... [Read More]

Zubuchon at Mactan Cebu International Airport

Who doesn't know Marketman's Zubuchon? Anthony Bourdain declared his lechon "the best pig ever." I didn't have enough time to go to their store to try the lechon so I did the next best thing. I bought 1 kilo of frozen lechon at their small space in Mactan Cebu airport. Zubuchon's price ... [Read More]

Sunday Lunch at Laguna Garden Cafe

For our last meal in Cebu, Tes insisted that I try the food at Laguna Garden Café at the Ayala Center. Right across was Café Laguna which was managed by other relatives. This group also had another restaurant in the mall called Lemon Grass. All restaurants were quite popular with ... [Read More]