About Cille Anne

This blog is maintained, written and edited by she - who likes to travel a lot, more like wishes to travel a lot, doesn't want to miss a photo-op, loves the rain, certified chocoholic, coffee keeps her sane - it runs through her veins, she doesn't know how to swim, but wants to dive in Tubbataha all the same haha

~Come share with me, my travels, my stories, my life.

My name is Cille. AND THIS IS PENFIRES. :)

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Short and Sweet Cebu Visit Plus Cebuano Favorite Eats

Cheap Seafood in Bantayan Island

Spending 12 days in Cebu may be a tad too long for regular tourists to this island province. But am not a tourist, am a Cebuana, and may I add a proud, beautiful one. Hahaha hirit pa dyud. =) This was our first visit this year, my husband and I. 12 days is short but we’ll take it. Our next Cebu visit will be this December 31. Lol, hahabol lang sa New Year’s Eve hehe. Visiting Cebu is always a happy occasion. I get to be with my family again, see my Lolo and Lola, explore new places, and of course, eat. Cebu food trip was one of our main Continue Reading

Freedom to Surf in Baler | Yes!  Non-Swimmers can surf too!

Baler Surfing First Timer

You may not know how to swim, but you can surf. I’ve found this out first hand when the road led us to Baler, Aurora Province this summer. Not only I, also my sister. Kenneth and I grew up in Mactan, our house was a mere 500 meters from the nearest shoreline, but we never learn to swim. So you understand how doubtful I was when told I don’t have to know how to swim to surf. ‘Ma’am Cille kaya mo talaga yan’  assured Shanlee. But of course the experience will be a lot better if you can swim well. ;) We were in Baler for 4D/3N. This was Continue Reading

Art in Island 3D Museum in Cubao – Entrance Fee, Promos, Discounts and other Details

Art in Island 3D Museum in Cubao

My first experience of 3D art was in Malaysia in i-City Shah Alam’s Trick Art Museum, I’ve got a handful of awesome pics from that fun experience, so I know it’ll be a treat to visit another 3D art museum. And this time it’s going to be in Manila. Can’t wait to check out the Art in Island in Cubao tomorrow, said to be the biggest of its kind in Asia! I was doing some research earlier about the admission fees, operating hours, promos and discounts, do's and don'ts, etc. and I’ve collated the info so I can share them with you who may be Continue Reading

PAHIYAS FESTIVAL ng Lucban, Quezon – A Thanksgiving Feast

Pahiyas Kiping Display

Every 15th of May, Lucban San Isidro Festival is celebrated in Lucban, Quezon. This festival, which dates as far back as 1500, is popularly known today as Pahiyas. History says that the Feast of San Isidro Labrador was first observed by the native Tagalogs in order to avoid bad luck, drought and famine. When Lucban's church,  San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish, was established in 1630, the natives bring their select farm-produce inside the new church where the Parish Priest blesses the harvests as a form of thanksgiving to the Lord. As a Continue Reading

Garden Blooms and Flowers by the Roads

Penfires Garden First Bloom

I’ve been enamored lately with gardening. Passing fancy? Or my farmer’s family gene finally sprouting? My family on my dad’s side are farmers, when Kenneth and I were kids, we’d spent our summer school break in Mindanao to accompany our dad who goes there para mag copra. ‘Mindanao’ for us is Zambulawan, Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur where my dad’s side of the family lives.  The family’s primary livelihood is connected with the earth, tilling it, growing crops, trees, and plants. I almost forgot my mom's grandads on both sides were millet and Continue Reading

Give Me Money Moon ~ A Wish for Blessings

Give Me Money Moon Penfires

A famous line in Cebu ‘Moon... Give Me Money Moon’ whenever the moon shines bright and big. Over the weekend, I asked my husband, my Tagalog friends, and a friend from Leyte, and nope, they are not familiar with it. And I'm so surprise “Really? You haven’t heard of it? You’ve never said it at all?!” Myyyyy. I do, and I still do at times especially when the moon looks enticingly beautiful, full of promises like tonight. I don’t know if it’s a Cebuano thing or just in our place in Lapu-Lapu City that folks utter the line when it’s full Continue Reading

Dalitiwan Resort in Majayjay – Cold Spring and River

Dalitiwan Resort Swimming Pool

Is it oppressively hot and humid where you are at? Like you’ve just step off the shower yet beads of perspiration makes a neat trail on your brows and back? Now, imagine you are slowly submerging your body in freaking cold spring water that goosebumps appears in your arms.  And when you look around you, you see mountain walls with its big trees and lush greens. You close your eyes, letting time, worries and the scorching summer heat melt away… Wouldn’t you like that? :D I know I would hehe. Summer is stifling hot in the Philippines, we Continue Reading

Experience SM MOA Ice Skating Rink | Entrance Fee and Rates

SM MOA Ice Skating Rink Rates

I've celebrated one birthday trying to learn how to skate in SM MOA’s ice skating rink. I was able to stand and walk a few steps, ventured to the center with knees quaking, laughing hard and trying not to fall. We've bought the unlimited All Day Pass but only stayed there less than an hour, for one it was cold and hands were freezing. We were ill-prepared for a day of ice-skating (nakkkss, excuses hehe). Second, we were latched on the side railing more time versus doing actual ‘walking on ice’. I won’t even say it was skating, haha. The Continue Reading

Shutterfairy: One of Cebu’s Best Wedding Photographers!

Shutterfairy Cebu Wedding Photographer

Our wedding was not always honey-colored, smooth-sailing event; there was a series of almost-blunder that eventually turns out amazing. You know like all the stars aligned just so you will have what the universe knows is the best for you. Case in point, our balloon delivery man was late in bringing the balloons to the church. We were supposed to release the balloons when we step-off the church but no manong balloon maker was late. This turns out good riddance for the balloons shine brightest during our post-nup session under the Marcelo Continue Reading

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