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Oriental Spice Gourmet A Must Try Restaurant in Mactan, Cebu

Craving  for some honest to goodness delectable Southeast Asian dishes like Phad Thai, Hainese Chicken Rice, Laksa, Tom Yam Chicken and those other savory and nakakatakam spice-laden dishes of our neighboring countries? You are in luck! We are in luck to be precise hehehe. Our latest food trip brought us to Chef Cyril and Mary Ann’s Oriental Spice Gourmet Restaurant in Basak, Lapu-Lapu City. After our trip to Kuala Lumpur when we first tasted authentic Malaysian dishes, we've been asking ourselves where to go to eat Malaysian cuisine here in Continue Reading

Beach Outing: A Slice of White Sand Paradise in Mactan

Sunburnt. Two days ago I was on a beach outing with my extended family – our clan on mother’s side to celebrate the 55th wedding anniversary of our clan's matriarch and patriarch. I must have spent several hours under the scorching heat of the sun, lol and so I ended up sunburnt.  :mrgreen: No, I did not use sunblock lotion. Folly, I know. Now, my face, nose and left arm hurts. *head banging on wall*  :roll: Nevertheless, it was a great, amazing summer day spent with my cousins and the kids in our lot.  It was also a day when our cameras’ Continue Reading

Muelle Osmena Wharf: Commuting Tips from Mactan to Cebu via Ferry

Aside from taxis, multicabs and jeepneys there is an alternative way to go to Cebu City from the Cebu - Mactan Airport through public commute. I am talking about a ferry ride that you can take from the Muelle Osmena Wharf. These ferries from Opon  docks at Pier 3 in Cebu City. From Pier Tres you can walk to the gate to reach the highway and then ride jeepneys onward to your destination. This post is a simple guide to help travelers commute from Lapu - Lapu City to Cebu City via ferry ride and will not discuss the history of Muelle Osmena Continue Reading

Attractions, Places to Visit and See Near Mactan Airport

Looking for places or tourist spots to go to that is near Mactan airport? This post is for you. I get lots of questions of those short stay visitors in Cebu for places they can check out that is near the Cebu International and Domestic Airport. You are probably on a connecting flight and only have a couple of hours of overlay in Mactan or you just want to check off Mactan Island attractions off your bucket list before proceeding to Cebu City or to wherever you are really headed to heheh. Whatever the reason that you only have a few hours in the Continue Reading

Beach Resort Near Cebu City: Blue Reef Hotel in Mactan Island

Last Saturday when we checked out affordable beach resorts near Cebu City, which are of course those found in Mactan Island, we were a bit bewildered why there were only a few beach goers in the first three cheap Mactan resorts we've been to when it was in fact, a weekend. We surmised that it might be because most locals are still heady from the Sinulog festivities days ago and choose not to go on another adventure to the beach this soon. Whatever the reasons maybe, it was still perfect timing for us for we got good photos of the resorts since Continue Reading

Affordable Beach Resort Near Cebu City: Rendezvous Beach Resort Mactan

Another option for an affordable beach getaway especially this summer in Mactan is Rendezvous Beach  Resort. It is an old favorite; I remembered going there eons ago so I was pleasantly surprise with what greeted us when we reached this beach resort in Mactan Island. Rendezvous underwent major renovation 2 years ago and until now the place looks clean and well-kept. This resort is between Vano and Palm Beach in Marigondon. This is part of the Penfires Cebu Beach Series - Cheap Mactan Beach Resorts - Details and Review,  Post Number 5. This Continue Reading

Mactan Cebu Cheap Beach Resort: Palm Beach in Marigondon

This is part of the Penfires Cebu Beach Series - Cheap Mactan Beach Resorts - Details and Review, Post Number 6. The last budget friendly resort on this area in Marigondon is Palm Beach Resort. If you reach here you will have already passed by the gates or road to Vano and Rendezvous beach resorts. Palm Beach is a no-frills Mactan resort favored by budget conscious locals. Most weekends and holidays, the resort is fully packed to the hilt. You can’t find any white sand beach area in Palm Beach but this one is very affordable even for those who Continue Reading

Cheap Mactan Beach Option #1: Vano Beach Resort in Marigondon

Marigondon and Punta Engano in Lapu-Lapu City are home to many Mactan beach resorts, not only cheap and affordable ones but also those of 5 star resort quality like Plantation Bay Resort and Spa and Shangrila Mactan. Every summer a lot of people troop to these beaches for a quick and refreshing dip in the waters. And you don't have to worry as you can find resorts that fit your budget. The shoreline here in Mactan is mostly rocky and our area does not have mile long stretch of white sands akin to that of Boracay and Palawan beaches. What you Continue Reading

Cebu Island Hopping in Mactan Boat Rental Fees and More Info

This blog post is part of Penfires Series on Mactan – Cebu Beach and Resort Chronicles, Post Number 3. One of the most popular and favorite beach outing activities in the Philippines is island hopping, this is also very true in the Island of Mactan here in Cebu. And when better to island hop than this summer! Get your shades and bikinis ready! Party hard this summer! Yey! 8-) Whenever you visit one of the affordable beach resorts here in Opon (old name for Mactan Island) especially in Marigondon, Maribago or Punta Engano, someone will Continue Reading