Changing Perspectives: Upside Down World Museum in Mandaue City

Have you ever wondered how it would feel like to live upside down? Upside Down World Museum recently opened in the month of March 2017. It is a unique museum that offers you an experience of a topsy turvy world. Everything has been glued hard and screwed to the ceiling to give you an experience of the world upside down. The set-up of the museum is like a cozy house but the difference is that all the furniture is hanging above your head. Upside Down World uses real furniture but no need to be scared about getting squashed by the bed or the furniture falling down on top of your head because the management of the museum assured us that they are screwed or glued securely.  They used a strong and special glue to stick the things on the ceiling.

You have to be creative in taking pictures to enhance the effects of the upside down world. On our visit we took a lot of time thinking what kind of dynamic poses we could demonstrate. The staffs of Upside Down World were very helpful and friendly as well, they were eager to suggest to us what poses we should do. There are ten different rooms where you can pose and take pictures to your heart’s content: the living room, library, kid’s playroom, bedroom, laundry area, market, kitchen, dining room, bathroom, magic room, and the casino. Before going inside the museum, you will be asked to take off your shoes and place them in the locker. Even the locker numbers are upside down!

Taoist Temple in Cebu City, Philippines

Cebu's Taoist Temple is just one of the few renowned temples in the heart of Cebu City. It is located at Beverly Hills Subdivision in Lahug. 

This top Cebu tourist spot was built in 1972 by the prominent Chinese community living in the city. The towering multi-story temple has an elevation of about 300 meters above sea level and showcases the distinct cultural influences of Chinese architecture to the Cebuano landscape. 

Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills Lahug Cebu City Central Visayas Philippines
Entrance to the temple

Many tourists from all over the world flock to this temple for its ominous architectural design and its contemplative nature fit for all those looking for some peace and quiet. Both worshipers and non-worshipers can enjoy the temple's botanical gardens and its outdoor landscapes that feature the distinct dragon-inspired designs known in Ancient China. 

Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills Lahug Cebu City Central Visayas Philippines
Dragon sculpture

The Taoist Temple is also a popular place for devotees to pray to the gods of the Temple. The worship is done through a ritual that requires the devotees to wash first their hands, go barefoot inside the grandiose chapel and drop two blocks of wood that are shaped like seeds.

Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills Lahug Cebu City Central Visayas Philippines
The Taoist Temple

The Taoist Temple is a fantastic, educational and cultural landmark in Cebu's tourism, and has been a popular go-to place during grade school field trips and side-trip tours when tourists decide to travel around the entire Cebu City travel spots. 

Other parts of the temple that tourists can visit include a souvenir shop, its library and the famous wishing well just steps away from the dragon replica outside.

Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills Lahug Cebu City Central Visayas Philippines
Steps leading to the chapel

Note: This article was contributed by Joel Torres of Affordable Cebu Tours. Photos are from clients of South Shore Travel and Tours and are used with permission.

Genesis Valley Resort in Consolacion, Cebu, Philippines

Are you tired of spending your vacations on beach resorts? Do you want to experience something different? How about spending a day and a night on a villa surrounded by trees and secluded from the polluted areas of the city, a place where fresh air is as abundant as the ants on the ground and birds on the skies, a place where almost everything you see is green. Now that is therapeutic!

Located at Cabangahan, Consolacion Cebu, Philippines, Genesis Valley Resort is an ideal place to run any type of events, from company team-building programs to grand reunions, and the place still is good if you just want to relax and enjoy the greenly scenery. It will take a long time if I am to list down all the good things this place has to offer so let me narrow it down to the five best reasons as to why you should try Genesis Valley Resort for yourself, with your friends, with your family and also with your romantic partners!
Genesis Valley Resort in Cabangahan Consolacion Cebu Philippines
Genesis Valley Resort in Cabangahan, Consolacion, Cebu, Philippines

Kawasan Canyoneering at Badian, Cebu With Cyan Adventures

Cyan Adventures was founded in Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines by Wolfgang Dafert, also known as the founder of Freediving-Philippines. His passion in freediving expanded to include other land based adventures which are often found in the nearby municipalities of Badian and Malabuyoc, some are even found in the mountains near the vicinity of highly urbanized Cebu City. Subsequently due to his influence in promoting the exploration of the wonderful canyons here and there, the term “canyoning” or “canyoneering” have become common for adventurers both local and international, albeit with the same kind of appreciation for safety he had in his exploits with Freediving-Philippines.

As a contributing writer for the Wonderful Cebu Blog, I was recently given the chance to experience one of their key adventures, the Kawasan Canyoning and it was a blast. Here’s how it went:

Their main office is located at Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines where many of the beautiful diving spots are located. Transportation to the various adventure spots are also covered. This is where we start to prepare for the journey. They also have another office closer to the beaches where you can take advantage of special privileges in the coffee shop next door.

Here is information on Cyan Adventures' offices and contact information:

Cyan Adventures-Moalboal
Panagsama Beach (Basdiot), Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines 6032
(Beside "The French Coffee Shop")
Telephone number: +63 32 474 3400
Mobile number: +63 927 426 6886 (Globe)
E-mail address: (German, English, Filipino, Korean)

Cyan Adventures-Cebu City
Paseo Rodulfo 888, Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines 6000
Mobile number: +63 917 326 1654
E-mail address:

Business hours: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Website: Cyan Adventures
Facebook Page: Cyan Adventures

Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
With the Cyan Adventures staff

Preparing well for an adventure is one of the trademarks of Cyan Adventures. Wolfgang Dafert trained his staff personally to make sure his clients were well briefed on the different safety procedures before heading out.

Upon arriving at the drop off point we are greeted by reminders and other do’s and don’ts to insure safety. We were also introduced to various souvenir shops. A registration area allows tracking of all visitors per day. For that day we were among the 200 other visitors. During peak season, the number of visitors range from 800 to 1000 visitors.

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With my Kawasan canyoning buddies

Safety instructions and other procedures were discussed before the start of the trek led by certified canyoneering experts and safety instructors such as our adventure guide, Elmer.

It takes around 30 minutes of hiking to reach the Canlaob river from the drop-off point. The local government unit of the municipality of Badian have started concreting portions of the path for travelers. Plans for a zipline are also in the works according to some of the adventure guides. 

Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
30 minute hike from drop-off point to Canlaob River

Small shops are situated by the pathways for trekkers to buy refreshments and snacks. Those who want to try the local food though can rejoice, because Cyan Adventures provides favorite local snacks such as the budbud.

Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
Makeshift sari-sari store along the hike trail

Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
Trekkers enjoying budbud

Upon reaching the Canlaob river you’ll be treated to an amazing view. At this point, it will take at least 3 to 4 hours trek through the canyon and forests to reach the last stop of Kawasan Falls. Along the way there will be various jump off points and safety checkpoints.

Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
Canlaob River spans the towns of Alegria, Moalboal, and Badian in southwestern Cebu, Philippines

The first jump off point at 5-meters. The adventure guides facilitate and always encourage the others to take the leap of faith. Though you don’t necessarily have to if you really won’t… but why not right?

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Kawasan canyoning first jump off point is at a height of 5 meters
You will notice some pictures have the Cyan logo in them. That’s one great thing about this group is that they also have your photo needs covered. The guides also introduce you to the most memorable locations that are best caught on camera. More importantly, you don’t have to worry about not being able to take your own pictures!

Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
Cyan Adventures trek group enjoying their company

Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
Playing in the water at Canlaob River

Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
Trek group resting at the Canlaub River

At the end of a long journey, you are then treated to a scrumptious meal by the seaside… where the green of the forests and canyons meet the beautiful blue of the sea!

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A well deserved meal after a long trek

Note: This article was written by contributing writer Paulo Frangelyco Magallon, who represented the Wonderful Cebu Blog during Cyan Adventure's Kawasan Canyoning familiarization tour last 10 June 2017. Some of the photos are courtesy of Cyan Adventures while some are Paulo's own shots. Both are used with permission. As part of this blog's full disclosure policy, Paulo was invited to join the familiarization tour free of charge. Rest assured, all opinions shared here are his own and in no way influenced by Cyan Adventures or any of its affiliates.

Somebody Left His Heart at Cebu Club Fort Med Resort in Boljoon, Cebu, Philippines

It was at 10:30 pm, while riding a bus back to the city, as I feel the wind brushing against my skin. My mind wanders to what transpired just a few hours ago.

We just conducted a leadership and communication enhancement workshop at Club Fort Med, it is an enchanted and scenic paradise near the Boljoon Church just before the great bend. We arrived at the place at around 6:00 am just in time to witness the lovely sunrise, the almost 3 hour travel was all worth it. Although the resort is just beside the national highway, which makes it really accessible, there seems to be a boundary separating it from the polluted environment.

Club Fortmed in Boljoon Cebu Philippines
Cebu Club Fort Med in Boljoon, Cebu, Philippines

Club Fortmed in Boljoon Cebu Philippines
Beautiful sunrise

Club Fortmed in Boljoon Cebu Philippines
View of the beachfront

Whatever your reason to visit a resort, Club Fort Med Resort can accommodate it. From family to barkada outing, by yourself or as a couple, Club Fort Med Resort can provide you with a comfortable place to sleep and an impressive environment to relax and enjoy. They have a function room that can hold events of different types. Their food is superb! You can either eat alone or enjoy a tasty buffet. They even have pizza at their menu.

Club Fortmed in Boljoon Cebu Philippines
View of the restaurant

Club Fortmed in Boljoon Cebu Philippines
A beachfront cottage

You can choose to plunge into the sea or swim in their pools. Play billiards with friends and sing all-you-can at their karaoke rooms. They can provide therapeutic massage either in the room or at the bayfront. Surprisingly, they also have a stable Wi-Fi connection.
Club Fortmed in Boljoon Cebu Philippines
View of the pool and casitas

Club Fortmed in Boljoon Cebu Philippines
Interior of the restobar

We seldom go past Club Fort Med every time we travel south and I wondered how good can that place be.  Nonetheless my experience is truly  worthwhile and as my awareness goes back inside the bus, I kept on telling to myself that I’ll return to that place again.
Club Fortmed in Boljoon Cebu Philippines
A hammock at the beachfront

Club Fortmed in Boljoon Cebu Philippines
Tranquil space

Note: This article was written by Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network affiliate Marc Julius Rizada. She was part of the team that facilitated the leadership and communication enhancement seminar for Triplewell Construction and LMP Construction at Club Fort Med in Arbor, Boljoon, Cebu, Philippines last 24-25 June 2017. Other CTFN facilitators present were Nathaniel John Arong, Martin Sentina, Paolo Frangelyco Nagallon, Tiffany Manabat, Gay Bongcawil, and Glenda Manzo.
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The Good and the Bad at Villa Dulce Resort in Naga City, Cebu, Philippines

Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network conducted a 2-day training program for Site Concepts International at Villa Dulce Resort on June 10 – 11. Villa Dulce Resort is located at Sitio Humayan, Brgy. Pangdan, Naga City, Cebu, Philippines.

The Good

If you are looking for an alternative place to have fun, relax, and enjoy with friends then you can try Villa Dulce Resort. From our experience here are some reasons as to why you should look it up and put it on your barkada or family outing list:

All green!

On the southern part of Metro Cebu beside the small mountains, the resort is surrounded by an abundance of trees situated away from the polluted air of the urban center.  The location itself can be enticing for those who want to have a breath of fresh air. We did some meditative exercises during the program and it was really effective!

Their buffet tastes good

I really recommend to try their buffet, it was a delicious experience.  They have a good menu and their kitchen staff are quite accommodating.

Pools and Function rooms

They have 2 function rooms that can accommodate activities for smaller groups.

Villa Dulce Resort in Naga City Cebu Philippines
Function room at Villa Dulce Resort in Naga City, Cebu, Philippines

The resort has 3 swimming pools that can entertain children and adults alike.

Villa Dulce Resort in Naga City Cebu Philippines
One of the swimming pools at Villa Dulce Resort in Naga City, Cebu, Philippines

The Bad

Though we did enjoy our stay, Villa Dulce Resort is not free from flaws and surely it has things that need improvement. As our own way of gratitude for their service, here is a list of things the resort management should take notice:

The office is not always open

There are moments when we have to look around the resort trying to find staff that can attend to our needs as resort guests. This should not be a problem if the office is always open so that someone there can answer questions from guests.

Security issues

We experienced someone knocking at our door during midnight. When we asked about it in the morning, we found out that it was just a drunk lady. Although nothing threatening happened this must be taken as a warning to prevent any future mishap.  

Some windows don’t have locks

Our group was staying in the barkada rooms and we noticed that our windows don’t have any locks. I think the management should take it into consideration that locked doors are useless if anyone can open the windows to the room. This is a security issue that needs to be addressed.

To those interested, you can contact Villa Dulce Resort through the information in the poster below:
Villa Dulce Resort in Naga City Cebu Philippines

Note: This article was contributed by Marc Julius Rizada who was among the CTFN facilitators who facilitated a training program for Site Concepts International at the Villa Dulce Resort in Naga City, Philippines last 10-11 June 2017. Other CTFN affiliates present were Martin Sentina, Lorenzo Jose Cahig, Ricardo Enriquez Jr., and Philipp Chen Tan.

3 Reasons Why Consumers Should Consider Tosot Air Conditioners and Other Appliances

TOSOT is now in Cebu! Recently, TOSOT Philippines Corporation launched in Cebu with a press conference last 29 May 2017 to showcase their sophisticated and innovative air conditioning products.

The press conference was spearheaded by the general manager Mr. Tomas Balete together with the vice general manager Mr. Steven Yang and branch manager Ms. Rosalind Co.

TOSOT Philippines launches air conditioning products in Cebu
TOSOT Philippines top brass at Cebu launching
TOSOT is a globally renowned product, owned by Gree Electric Appliances- the largest air conditioning manufacturer in the world. Being the sole provider of TOSOT products here in the Philippines, TOSOT Philippines Corporation has advantages that other dealers do not have. Recently, they partnered up with Lazada, they gave a promo of 30% less and in less than 3 days, 100 air conditioning units were sold. This is just an example of how “the name speaks for itself.”

TOSOT Philippines launches air conditioning products in Cebu
TOSOT air conditioner

The company is founded in 2015 and ever since is committed to improve the Filipino lifestyle through its innovative air conditioning systems and home appliances. TOSOT products have qualities that are unique to it. I will point out three striking reasons as to why consumers should consider their products:

They have “Cool” designs

Their air conditioning product designs are new and pleasing to the eyes, may it be in the corporate area or at home. It can fit just right. They also have this stand fan which is built with a slim fan head and remote control. The noise it produces is so minute and what’s remarkable is that it is rechargeable. Power outage will be a trivial matter for this stand fan.

Their products are Consumer-friendly

The saying that “less is more” is real with TOSOT air conditioning products. TOSOT boasts that their products consumes less electricity compared to other air conditioning brands, this is an important matter for those who wants to save on their electricity bills.

Their products are Eco-Friendly  

This caught everyone’s attention during the press conference; TOSOT claims that their air conditioning products have little to no effect on our environment. Global warming is an important issue that affects all of us, and these eco-friendly products are just what we need. As consumers and responsible human beings, what more can we ask for?
TOSOT have multiple authorized service centers scattered all around the country, 91 to be exact. These service centers can be found from NCR, South Luzon, North Luzon, Visayas, and all the way to Mindanao. Everyone is welcome to visit their Cebu Showroom which is located at E15-E16 Trader’s Arcade, Hernan Cortes St. Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. You can also visit the TOSOT Philippines website or follow the TOSOT Philippines Facebook business page, send them a message and they’ll reply right away!

Note: This article was contirbuted by Marc Julius Rizada who attended the TOSOT Philippines launching in Cebu in behalf of the Wonderful Cebu Blog.

Experience Ukulele, Coffee, and Travel at UkeHUB Kafe

It Really is a Traveller’s Café

The trip to UkeHUB Kafé will be the first part of your adventure. (I say “adventure” without the hyperbole.) It’s located at Airport Road, Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines and literally 5 minutes from the Mactan Cebu International Airport and about an hour from the heart of Cebu City. If you’re at the Mactan Marina Mall, then you’re very close. Just follow the road that leads beyond the Timex Clock Tower and you’ll find Mactan Arcade. From there, simply follow the smell of brewing coffee and the sound of high pitched strumming on the ukulele.

UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City Mactan Island Cebu Philippines
UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines

The Original Susing’s Guitar

Stepping inside UkeHUB is instantly an aesthetic experience. The walls are decorated with a line-up of the finest ukuleles in the island of Mactan, manufactured by the world-famous Susing’s Guitar, one of the oldest guitar and ukulele companies in the country.

UkeHUB ukulele Kafe in Lapulapu City Mactan Island Cebu Philippines
Different kinds of ukuleles inside the Ukehub Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
(Photo from the UkeHUB Kafe Facebook album)

The ukuleles are the main stuff the UkeHUB Kafé is actually selling, with coffee and sandwiches being only secondary. Their ukuleles range from 1,500 to more than 10,000 pesos, depending on the wood it’s made from (ranging from mahogany to Swedish oak wood) and depending on what type. Apparently, there is more than one type of these midget guitars, namely the Soprano, the Concert, the Tenor, and the most aptly named Baby Guitar (I wonder how they’re made) or sometimes called the Baritone.
If you’re the kind that appreciates pretty awesome craft, then those ukulele displays will sure to satisfy you’re aesthetic craving.

There’s Hot Chocolate and Coffee, then Pasta and Sandwiches

Oh, it’s cheap! Yet the quality is top-notch. Literally less than a hundred pesos, but you already got some foam latte art on your cup of hot chocolate. I mean, I don’t always get that kind of love on my hot drinks, and it taste good too!

UkeHUB ukulele Kafe in Lapulapu City Mactan Island Cebu Philippines
UkeHUB Kafe Menu

I personally love their “Maya’s Lasagna” and “Hungry Harry’s Sandwhich,” and who wouldn’t? I mean, either of these rockstars are only 130 pesos but they definitely make a full stomach, even for one as huge as mine. Delicious to say the least---a must try!

UkeHUB ukulele Kafe in Lapulapu City Mactan Island Cebu Philippines
Matcha madness at UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
(Photo from UkeHUB Kafe Facebook page)

The Fun-filled Ukulele Workshop

Part of the UkeHub Kafe’s cause is to promote ukulele music as an indelible part of the Cebuano’s history and culture. That is why every week, they have ukulele workshops that aims to teach kids of all ages to play and appreciate the chill and bubbly music of the ukulele. Because, if anything, “chill and bubbly” are two words that best describe the Cebuano spirit, true?

The workshops usually happen on weekends (Friday through Saturday), but you can always work with them to set a schedule for you. To find out the next workshop schedule with UkeHUB Kafe, visit their Facebook page at

As I undergone the workshop last March 19, 2017, my spirit danced with joy and merriment from how easy yet satisfying it is to strum and rock with this little instrument. I tell you, it feels absolutely natural. Like the ukulele was meant to be there in my arms, over my chest, close to the beat of my heart. The workshop started with learning the ukulele’s history, anatomy, its major chords, and its different styles of strumming. With teacher Frank Cane, a pioneer in the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and a local music teacher in Mactan, a funny and high-spirited man, I learned to play three songs, in less than half an hour. And from the chord patterns that he taught me that day, I am now able to play more than 20 songs with the ukulele. And I think that’s hella rad to say the least!

The price for each workshop starts from 150 pesos per person. Yep, you read that right. It’s that affordable and I guarantee you, my dear readers, it’s worth every single cent.

The Unexpectedly Fantastic “Paint Your Own Ukulele” Workshop

I have always been in love with arts and crafts, besides literature and music, the visual arts is the one closest to me. Since I had always drawn pictures since I was a kid, but as many amateur artists know, color rendering is hell. Water color painting was always my weakness.

UkeHUB ukulele Kafe in Lapulapu City Mactan Island Cebu Philippines
Nat and Deah paint their ukuleles at UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines

But the painting teachers from UkeHUB Kafe were super cool and friendly, and their cheerful patience was very encouraging. And for the first time in my life, I loved my painting. Although it’s really simple, it made me proud and happy.

UkeHUB ukulele Kafe in Lapulapu City Mactan Island Cebu Philippines
Nat shows off his painted ukulele at UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines

By the way, the price for this workshop is only 1000 pesos! Aside from getting a standard ukulele (Mahogany Wood), you get to learn how to mix paint and render colours plus you get to bring home the brushes and color plates too!  Now, if that’s not perfect. I don’t know what is.

UkeHUB ukulele Kafe in Lapulapu City Mactan Island Cebu Philippines
Deah's painted ukulele at UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines

Ukulele. Coffee. Travel.  

The UkeHub Kafe is a place for travellers to lounge, chill, and rejuvenate after long hours of flying coach. For the 8 hour stop-overs, it’s the place to go pamper yourself with the beautiful line-up of ukuleles while you sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee.
It’s for the Cebuano youth to set themselves off for a new kind adventure, the kind that doesn’t require you to trek faraway places. Ukehub Kafe offers an adventure that recalls us back to where we belong, with people who reflect our very own, an adventure based at a place that is home.
Note: This article was contributed by Nathaniel John Arong who attended the UkeHUB Kafe's Craft Party on 19 March 2017 on behalf of the Wonderful Cebu blog.