A Taste of Spanish at Hala Paella

On the night of my 35th birthday last November 15, I went out with my brother Nathan and cousin John Stephen. We headed out to Hala Paella at the Banilad Town Center. Hala Paella serves Spanish comfort food in Cebu. Grab one or two of their paella special and pair it with one or two of their main courses, and you are good to go.

Hala Paella in Cebu City, Philippines
Hala Paella in Cebu City, Philippines

Enjoy The Feel of Nature at Parkmall Cebu

Parkmall Cebu recently launched its new atrium featuring park-like features. It features the mall centerpiece  Discovery Tree patterned after the magtalisay tree, a lemonade stand, park benches, and artificial grass to truly bring about a feel of nature right inside Parkmall.

Unlimited Samgyeopsal at Noh Eul Korean Restaurant

Prominently advertised on the billboards outside the Northgate Center in Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines is Noh Eul Korean Restaurant's unlimited samgyeopsal offer. Me and my brother happen to pass by the area one November afternoon and did not pass up the chance to try the offer.

Noh Eul Korean buffet restaurant in Cebu City Philippines

Moalboal Beach Resort: Hale Manna Beach Resort and Coastal Gardens

Moalboal is a prime beach destination in the southern part of Cebu. It's most popular beaches are Bas Diot or White Beach in barangay Saavedra and Panagsama Beach in barangay Basdiot. Both have been promoted as recreational diving sites and awesome beach destinations. The drawback of this aggressive promotion is that sometimes, there is too little privacy to offer in these public beaches. There are a few resorts in the area that does offer some quiet space for its guests, away from where most of the noise is but not too far away from where one can enjoy the natural beauty of Moalboal's beaches. One such resort is the Hale Manna Beach Resort and Coastal Gardens in Bas Daku, Saavedra, Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines. I recently visited Hale Manna as I was tasked to facilitate a 2-day team building program for thirteen staff members of Oceana Philippines last 12-13 November 2015. Cebu Teambuilding Services affiliate Philipp Chen Tan accompanied me during that trip.

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Escario Central Hotel: Setting A Standard for Budget Hotels in Cebu

When you are on a limited budget while in Cebu City and need a hotel that is both affordable, accessible, and decent, try the Escario Central Hotel at the Escario Central Mall along Escario Street, barangay Camputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines. I booked one night here recently and I was amazed at how it turned out.

Escario Central Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines
Escario Central Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines

Sumo Sam: Japanese Restaurant in Cebu

Recently, I had lunch at Sumo Sam at the first level of The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu near TGI Fridays. Sumo Sam is a Japanese restaurant and those who knew me well knows that I am a sucker for Japanese food.

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Maple: Fine Dining Restaurant in Cebu

When you are down for some really good food and you wouldn't mind the cost, head to Maple, an American restaurant located at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu. It is one of the few fine dining restaurants located at Ayala Center Cebu.

Maple Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Maple Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Pasta Overload at Dong Juan

After the first ever Cebu Blogging Community members' orientation program at the Global Hub Serviced Offices, I went with a few other Cebu Blogging Community Leads to Ridges along F. Cabahug Street in Kasambagan, Cebu City, Philippines. Before we went for some recreation at Watever KTV, the gang decided to have lunch at Dong Juan Restaurant. We took advantage of their Everyday Pasta promo which runs until November 15, 2015. Present during lunch were CBC partnership lead and co-founder Bjornson Bernales of Bjorn Bernales and Bjorn Cebuano, CBC social media manager Channel Marie "Shanky" Imperial of Channel Marie, food bloggers lead representative Carlo Andrew "Caloy" Olano of Why Cebu and Kalami Cebu, photo bloggers lead representative Meliton John "Emjae" Argallon of Emjae Fotos, fashion bloggers lead representative Katherine Annika Cutar of Nested Thoughts, her beau Ramzy Magbitang of Ramzy Rizzle, and yours truly.

Dong Juan Restaurant in Cebu Philippines
Pasta overload at Dong Juan Restaurant