trip to cebu day 2

alegre guitar factory

Need to tell you about the hotel that we stayed in Cebu, Shangri La’s Mactan Resort and Spa.  It was a shame that we only got to stay for the night. The food was great with entertainment and the sceneries, you have got to check out their website, better yet stop by for a visit. You will not regret it.

I woke up and walked by the balcony and greeted by the green trees overlooking the sea and a gorgeous sunny day, and below a man with a weed wacker and with face mask cutting the grass, just found it odd. I guess I am used to seeing landscapers/gardeners using mowers either lawn mowers or riding mowers.

Actually, we were running late since our companions were already at the restaurant for breakfast. We hurried up and caught up with them. So much food and so little time. After breakfast, we got ourselves ready and waited for our ride to take us around the area.

First stop, another famous place in Cebu was the Lapu-Lapu monument. This was the where Lapu-Lapu, a native chieftain of that place overpowered and defeated a Spanish force lead by Magellan. And yet somehow, the Spaniards still colonized the whole Philippines.

We spent time in the area to take pictures and walk around the park. After that we went to a nearby market where we bought obligatory “pasalubong” (souvenirs). Then we ate lunch in the restaurant wherein you have to pick live fish from their aquarium and they will cook it different ways.

After that big lunch, we then visited a famous guitar place, Alegre Guitar Factory. It was my first time to see how guitars are made and everything string instruments. My wife bought me a ukulele and could not believe how much it was. I already have two and she insisted to buy me another one, who am I to deny such kindness.

Our group decided to buy local pastries and they buy their local lechon (roasted pork). You can’t believe how long the trip was from the guitar factory to the pastry store, it seemed forever. I believe it took us more than 2 hours to travel about 7 miles. It was crazy. We got to buy the pastries but we were not able to buy the lechon since the restaurant already closed for the day.

We then checked in to hotel near the airport since our flight will not be until dawn the next day. We grabbed dinner in the hotel and retired to our own rooms. My wife and I decided to book for a massage in the hotel and you could not believe how cheap it was.

Overall, our Cebu trip was amazing. Thank you Ellen for everything. I have several pictures for the second day and you can click the picture above or click here to see them all.


8 may 2014

lolita's balcony view

lolita’s balcony view

After dinner at Kanin Club in Makati, we dropped off my cousin Lolita in Sofitel but she told us to come up to her room. I have not seen the rooms in the hotel and honestly I did not see anything breath taking for a five star hotel, well the lobby was more than okay.

Tita Rosita came down to see us in Lolita’s room and we hung out for a while. I believe it was good to say our farewells and goodbyes here rather than at the airport. We let Tita Rosita taste the fried dinuguan from Kanin Club, she liked it. If ever you will be in Manila, please don’t forget to visit Kanin Club, I believe they have three locations: the original one was in Sta. Rosa, Laguna; and the other two were in Makati and Alabang.

The shot above was a handheld shot at Lolita’s balcony. I only did a few shots and these were the last pictures I took in this visit to the Philippines, click the picture or click here to the rest.

day 4 of our 2013 orlando vacation

let the magic begins

let the magic begins

Technically this was still part of the day 3 since we did not leave Magic Kingdom yet, however, since it was past midnight then it fell on the next day.

I believe we left the park past 1 AM and there were still a crowd, specially getting back to the parking lot. This time we chose to use the monorail since we used the ferry yesterday morning.

The picture above was take at the same place we took the “Let the Memories Begin”. But this time there was a good lighting and people were rushing to get back to the parking lot. Please click the picture or just click here to see other pictures and videos of the closing parade at the Magic Kingdom.

day 3 of our 2013 orlando vacation

magic kingdom

magic kingdom

I am just being true with the website, I am posting now the continuation of our Orlando, Florida vacation from last year. This was our third day and we decided to spend the Christmas eve at the Magic Kingdom. We also had a dinner reservation at the Crystal Palace, overlooking the the famous castle in Disney. However, not from where we were seated. During our booking, my wife was told that they will be controlling the people getting into the park and they will prioritize the people with dinner reservation. They lied. When we arrived at the park that morning, we took the ferry ride (the picture shown above was taken during the ferry ride), and we found tons of people getting into the park. There were no crowd control, there were nobody screening for parties with dinner reservation. We could have just opted out of the dinner reservation and ate some place else. We took obligatory pictures at the main entrance, Let the Memories Begin. It was crowded that we literally had to wait or just cut out the pictures in the post process. Inside the park was even crowded, you can barely move. Lucky for us we all have cell phones, the kids are older and they went their own ways. They were doing the rides, my wife and myself were just strolling and taking the scenic attractions. We just had a big mistake waiting in line for a picture with the pixies, we were stuck and just sucked it up after waiting for a while. It was a nice experience all in all discounting the insane crowd. Now, I can add this to the Disney’s that I have visited: twice in Euro Disney; once in Tokyo Disney and not Magic Kingdom in Orlando. It was our first time together here, their second my first. I took pictures most of the time and videos towards the closing of the park using my trusted Sony A99. Check them out here.

30 april 2014

dinner at king bee restaurant

dinner at king bee restaurant

My mother’s birthday continued the next day at King Bee Restaurant in Santa Rosa, Laguna for dinner celebration. It was organized by my mom’s friends from the church where she serves as usherette, they booked the place and invited mom’s friends and we just invited relatives over from my mom’s side as well as my father’s side of the family. It was unfortunate that others were not able to make it.

There were no planned program for the small celebration but my brother and I just took the mic and the stage to say something on our mom’s 70th birthday. Of course we thank our Lord for gracing our mom her birthday and praying for more to come. We also, thanked our aunties, cousins, nieces and nephews, friends,and priests from their parish who were in attendance.

I guess it snow balled into people coming forward to say something. I did not know that my father can dance even for a bit when he asked my mom to dance after he gave his thanks. Her friends also brought a birthday cake for her, that just showed that her sons knew nothing about organizing or planning something (we are guys and we know nothing of sorts, well i need to have an excuse).

Of course before, during and after dinner, as always pictures were taken. Above was family picture of those who were able to attend, click the picture or just click here for other pictures.