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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How to plan for a stress-free Christmas

The thought of enjoying a stress free Christmas seems like an impossibility for most of us. It should be a time of joy and relaxation but it often turns into a chaotic rush. There’s so many presents to buy and the dreaded Christmas day feast to prepare. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to ensure you remain calm and collected, right up to the big day. Shop early The thought of Christmas shopping fills many people with dread and anxiety. Navigating the crowded malls desperately in search of that special gift can affect the Continue Reading

Cebu Pacific Cancelled Flight? Rebook Without Any Penalties

What if your confirmed booking is suddenly cancelled by the airline like Cebu Pacific? What options do you have? How much are you going to pay to rebook your promo flight? Hunting for Piso Fares and Promos Our travels, husband and I, are plan months in advance. We have the destinations and dates plotted early in the year. Why? Promo fares favor the prepared. :) If you want to be among the first to book during piso fares and red hot seat sale events, you got to have a ready list of your preferred travel dates. We booked last April one way Continue Reading

Cruising the Caribbean

There are few forms of vacation that provide holidayers with the type of freedom and luxuries that are available from today’s cruise packages. Not only do modern cruise liners provide the ultimate in on-board luxuries and activities, but the fact you can visit multiple destinations while enjoying all these amenities, makes cruising the equivalent of visiting a travelling all-inclusive resort. The increasing number of cruise companies also means that this form of vacation won’t break the bank, and there are plenty of great cruise deals Continue Reading

Malacanang Declared the 2016 Holidays – List of Regular and Special Holidays in the Philippines

The 2016 Holidays have been declared by Malacanang Office of the President. We now have a LIST of Regular and Special Holidays (working and non-working) to guide us by for next year's trip and vacation planning.  How many long weekends will there be for 2016? Check below for the information and list of 2016 long weekends. Malacanang declared the 2016 holidays by virtue of Proclamation No 1105, series of 2015. There will be a separate  proclamation for the official holiday date for 2016 Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha . Once that info is release, Continue Reading

Angeles City Heritage Walking Tour – Sites and Itinerary Recommendations

Look to the past to know a city better. This is very true, aye? =) I was very fortunate and thankful to be part of the Angeles City Tourism's Total Tourist Experience last July. This tour trashed and debunked my preconceived notions about the city. It made me realized it was poor judgement on my part not to have thought of visiting Angeles before. The city was one of those places I know of but never really thought of visiting, because I thought the city wasn’t interesting enough and offers little. But now I know I was wrong. I urge you,if Continue Reading

Island Hopping to Virgin Island of Bantayan Cebu

It's the second day of our Bantayan vacation. We rose early with the sun, excited to go island hopping to Virgin Island. Our baon was freshly-catch seafood, a combo of blue crabs, local lobster, fish, octopus, that we are to cook once we get to the island. We also had mangoes, soft drinks, and puso for a complete, satisfying, delectable seafood island feast . Lami dyud!  ;) **For an updated Bantayan travel guide and list of accommodations in Sta Fe, you can refer to this post. We hopped on-board a motorized outrigger boat. Boat rental Continue Reading

Updated Bantayan Island Travel Guide and Accommodation Options

Some visitors prefer to skip the city and head straightaway to Sta Fe, Bantayan Island after arrival in the Mactan airport. Can this be done? Yes. But if I may suggest, I’d recommend that you spend the night in Cebu City and then make your way to the Cebu North Bus terminal around 4:45 AM. If you are the type who prefers the ‘no-sleep- adventures’, arrive in Mactan airport late night, then take the first trip to Hagnaya at 1 AM.  There is another one at 3 AM. But this can be taxing on your body, so make sure you have the stamina for the long Continue Reading

The Humble Silhig Lanot from Cebu Made it on TV – Make this your next pasalubong!

It’s a common sight at the Cebu – Mactan airport to see passengers carrying boxes of Shamrock Otap, CNT, Ayer’s, Zubuchon Lechon, dried mangoes and danggit. And why not? These are the popular pasalubong from Cebu.  I do too, but aside from these usual items, I also bring with me silhig lanot. I really do, as in haha.  Cebuanos we should make this our mission to make our silhig lanot famous! Unsa man, agree? Hehehe The first time I brought this broom on my trip back to Manila last 2006, there were 3 big ones sticking out of my duffel bag. Continue Reading

The Angeles City Total Tourists Experience – Visit and Discover!

How many ways can you enjoy a city? There are a lot of ways! For many, discovering a city starts by exploring its heritage sites and tourist spots, to filling your stomach with a culinary experience you won’t soon forget. Others jumps on the adventure trail for a surefire heart-pumping grand time. Others still, take the more leisurely route by immersing themselves with the local traditions and customs and interacting with the locals. Many also look forward to an amazing entertainment and night life experience. Some take up the ante by truly Continue Reading