A Taste of Korea at Da Bang Cafe in Cebu City, Philippines

Da Bang Cafe is a Korean-inspired café that will have its grand opening on 7 May 2016. The café is located along Junquera Street in Cebu City, Philippines near Cebu Business Hotel, Palm Grass Hotel, and Super Metro Colon.

Da Bang Café in Cebu City, Philippines
Da Bang Korean Café in Cebu City, Philippines

At first glance, it looks like a small and humble café until you find out that it has a bookworms' nook on its second floor and a cozy hideout on its third level.

Da Bang Café in Cebu City, Philippines
Bookworms' nook on the second floor of Da Bang Café in Cebu City, Philippines
Prior to its grand launch, I went with my blogger friends from the Cebu Blogging Community to sample what Da Bang Café had to offer.


Fruit Teas, Milk Teas, and Coffee Milk Teas at Da Bang Café in Cebu City, Philippines

Da Bang Café mainly serves iced fruit teas, milk teas, and coffee milk teas. I ordered the cookies and cream milktealicious. The other bloggers in our group ordered blueberry fruitealicious, vanilla milktealicious, winter milktealicious, melon milktealicious, and choco java milktealicious. All these drinks came with pearl jellies in it. 

Biscuits and teas at Da Bang Café in Cebu City, Philippines
Biscuits, fruit teas, and milk teas at Da Bang Café in Cebu City, Philippines

It was a new experience having pearls in a cookies in cream drink for me.


All of us also tried the iced Korean milk coffee which had very strong coffee flavors although I did not feel the caffeine kick in after a cup.

Great Food at Da Bang Café in Cebu City, Philippines

My friends and I sampled two (2) of the menu items at Da Bang Café: kimbap and fried chicken.

Kimbap 

Kimbap is the Korean version of Japanese rolls only bigger. The kimbap set at Da Bang Café sells at PhP 100 and comes with a complimentary iced tea drink. It has a rich filling of scrambled eggs, carrots, cucumber, scallions, luncheon meat, and other vegetables.

Kimbap and iced tea at Da Bang Café in Cebu City, Philippines
Kimbap and iced tea at Da Bang Café in Cebu City, Philippines

Fried Chicken

At first glance, the fried chicken at Da Bang Café looks just like an ordinary fried chicken. But take a step further and explore its flavors. One of the first few things you will notice is the aromatic flavors on the chicken's meat. The Korean-inspired sauce is also a star. A little spicy and heavy on tomato taste, it compliments the aroma and rich flavors of the chicken. One order sells at PhP 130.

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Ebisuya Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Sometimes, Japanese restaurants are kind of intimidating. It's probably the elegance, or the cleanliness, or the impeccable personalized service. It is probably because of this that I have tried Japanese food mostly from fast food-grade Japanese restaurants in CebuI was of luck recently when I got invited to dine at Ebisuya Japanese fusion restaurant at One Paseo, Paseo Saturnino, Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines. I went with my brother and two (2) of my blogger friends.

Ebisuya Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

"Ebisuya" roughly translates to a restaurant that is also home in the Japanese language. While the first level of the restaurant is the typical restaurant feel, the second level has private dining rooms that provide guests with a more private dining experience. There are small private dining rooms for  four (4) people or less and there are larger function rooms that can accommodate up to thirty (30) patrons. Best of all, there is actually no minimum orders to use these rooms as long as they are available when you dine in.

Our Set Meal at Ebisuya Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

We were served the Dinner Set Meal A for dinner with two (2) extra dishes. Priced at PhP 2500, Dinner Set Meal A is a mix of around nine (9) Japanese and Korean dishes. The set includes saury or sanamiyaki, gyoza, jjampong noodles, teppan buta, eight (8) pieces of California maki, chicken chahan, chicken salada, Korean pancakes, and a set of tempura. Their menu indicates that this was good for 2-3 persons but it could really feed up to five (5) persons with a fairly regular appetite.

The tempura set had prawn tempura, fish tempura, assorted vegetable tempura, and rosu katsu.
Ebisuya Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines
Tempura and rosu katsu set at Ebisuya Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines

Among these dishes, I particularly loved the teppan buta as it tasted like the local tocino with it's sweet pork meat.

Ebisuya Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines
Teppan buta at Ebisuya Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines
The two (2) extra dishes they served us were a sashimi plate and a sushi plate. The sashimi plate had octopus, shrimps, Lapulapu fish, salmon, hamachikama fish, sea urchin meat, squid, and shell meat.

Ebisuya Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines
Sashimi plate at Ebisuya Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines

The sushi plate had Tamago sushi, salmon sushi, and squid sushi.

Ebisuya Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines
Sushi plate at Ebisuya Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines

Location and Contact Information of Ebisuya Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Street Address: One Paseo, Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines
Operating Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Mobile Number: 0916 234 6462
E-mail Address: ebisuyacebu@gmail.com
Facebook Page: Ebisuya Cebu Restaurant

Thadz Spoke at Lexmark's WeBlog Event

The Wonderful Cebu Blog has gone a long way since it published it's first article some years back. Proof of this is the fact that as a blog author, I have been invited to speak at several events, assigned a key position in a local blogging organization, and been pitched to run several campaigns and sponsored posts on the blog.

WeBlog at Lexmark

Recently, I was invited to speak at the WeBlog forum, a learning session about food, travel, and photography blogging organized by the Lexmark Hub, which functions like an online publication for Lexmark employees. The forum was done at the LP 1 activity area at the 10th floor of Lexmark Plaza 1 at Cebu Business Park in Cebu City, Philippines. This was done last 15 April 2016.

WeBlog at Lexmark


There were two (2) sessions with three (3) resource persons for each schedule. The first session was at 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Speaking at that session was Cebu's social media queen Chanel Marie Imperial, Exotic Philippines blogger Gay Aida Dumaguing, photographer Raul Casia from the Lexmark Photography Club, and award-winning blogger Brennan Mercado of Baktin Corporation.

The evening session was scheduled for 8:00 to 10 :00 p.m. In that schedule, I spoke about travel blogging and using blogging to advance my team building services. Joining me for the nightcap was Cebu's top food blogger Carlo Andrew Olano of Kalami Cebu who talked about food blogging and Oslec Arsua from the Lexmark Photography Club who talked about the 1, 2, 3's and A, B, C's of photography.

Me with my fellow resource persons and forum participants at Lexmark Hub's WeBlog event


Although there were only a few employees who attended the forum where I spoke, we had fun sharing what we know about blogging. And we hope we have helped encourage and inspire some of the aspiring bloggers in the audience.

Junior NBA in Cebu

Cebu has long been a hotbed of basketball talent in the southern Philippines. Ramon Fernandez, Lauro Mumar, Abet Guidaben, Rhoel Gomez, Al Solis, Boy Cabahug, Felix Duhig, John Ferriols, Glenn Capacio, and Jojo Lastimosa are just some of the big name players from Cebu who once played in the Philippine Basketball Association. In recent years, the likes of Junemar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Dondon Hontiveros, Roger Yap, and JR Quinahan are just some of the more noticeable names on their way to Cebuano basketball hall of fame.

The Junior NBA program sure did not want to miss the talent at this great Central Visayas province. Presented by Alaska, the Junior NBA and Junior WNBA made a stop in Cebu for the regional selection camp at the Don Bosco Technological College in Labangon, Cebu City, Philippines last 5-6 March 2016. This is part of the nationwide selection for the top fifty (50) 10-14 year old boys and top twenty four (24) 10-14 year old girls who will be considered for the top ten (10) the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-star Teams as well as the coaches who will be handling the teams. Those who will be selected will join fellow Jr. NBA All-stars from the countries of Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia in overseas trips for a true NBA experience.

Jr. NBA in Cebu, Philippines
Participants at the Cebu Regional Selection Camp of the Jr. NBA


While the most recognizable name that came out of Cebu from the junior NBA program is the controversial Jayven Marc Tallo, the program has also been a constant stream of talent for the age group teams managed by the national federation for basketball in the Philippines. The program has recently made the news about a 13 year old 6-foot-9 kid who attended the camp at the National Capital Region. Basketball-crazed Filipino fans are now salivating at the prospect of a triple tower frontline for the next Batang Gilas Under-16 team counting 6'9" Kai Sotto (13 years old), 6'9" Ethan Kirkness (14 years old), and 6'8" AJ Edu (15 years old).

For more information about the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA program which is under Alaska Milk's Nutrition Action Champion Program, one may visit JR NBA Philippines, Alaska Milk, and   Alaska Basketball Power Camp.  For live updates log on to Play PH follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @playph #jrnba #jrwnba.



Axis Entertainment Avenue Formally Opens

Axis Entertainment Avenue has been launched formally at The Vibo Place along Escario Street, Kamputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines. The grand launch was done last 14 April 2015, an event that was well-attended by many of Cebu's influential people.

Axis Entertainment Avenue

I first heard about Axis Entertainment Avenue at The Vibo Place during the Sinulog Festival 2016. The Vibo Place was the venue of Hyper Wonderland, one of the big parties done after the grand parade of the Sinulog. Back then, it was not fully operating and only a few stores were open. The strip style mall counts mostly themed restaurants as locators although Ricoh Copiers and Nikon Cameras also hold offices at Axis.

Axis Entertainment Avenue in Cebu City, Philippines
Bloggers at the grand launch of Axis Entertainment Avenue in Cebu City, Philippines
(Photo credits: Carlo Olano of WhyCebu.com)


Restaurants at Axis Entertainment Avenue

Birdseed Breakfast Club

Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe is an all-day breakfast club that caters to all types of people: early risers, late wakers, and anything in between. Birdseed is actually diner lingo that means breakfast. They served Eggs Benedict and some bruschetta during the launch of Axis Entertainment Avenue.

Burger King 

Burger King is my favorite place to purchase burger sandwiches at in Cebu, Philippines. Their store at Axis Entertainment Avenue is open 24 hours and also has a drive thru lane.

Ila Puti

Ila Puti now also has a branch at the Axis Entertainment Avenue to bring more of Asian soul food to more Cebuanos. They are open for lunch (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and dinner (5 p.m. to 12 midnight on weeknights and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekend nights). Live acoustic music also entertains diners at Ila Puti.

Pigafetta

A sister restaurant of Zubuchon, Pigafetta is a restaurant named after Ferdinand Magellan's Italian chronicler who is the first Italian to have been recorded to set foot in Cebu or the Philippines. Pigafetta serves pizza, pasta, and other Italian dishes.

Señor Kimchi 

A restaurant inspired by a Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant from Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. I tried their pepper bombs and kimchi rice at the grand launch and I loved it.

Starbucks 

There are only less than a hundred Starbucks branches with a drive thru service across Asia and only three (3) are in the Philippines. The only one outside Metro Manila is located at the Axis Entertainment Avenue.

Suzukase Japanese Restaurant

Suzukase Japanese Restaurant not only aims to bring good Japanese food to the queen city of the south, but also the world-renowned impeccable  Japanese brand of excellent service.

Ice Cream Bars at Butterbean Desserts and Café in Cebu City, Philippines

Are you a fan of ice cream bars? There's a place in Cebu City, Philippines that allows you to customize your ice cream bars. The place is called Butterbean Desserts and Café which has a store along N. Escario Street and a kiosk at Ayala Center Cebu.

Butterbean Desserts and Café in Cebu City, Philippines
My ice cream bar creation at Butterbean Desserts and Café in Cebu City, Philippines

Ice Cream Bars at Butterbean Desserts and Cafe in Cebu City, Philippines

Ordering your ice cream bar at Butterbean Desserts and Café takes five (5) steps: choosing your ice cream bar, choosing your ice cream flavor, choosing your coating, choosing your three (3) toppings, and choosing your drizzle.

Choosing Your Ice Cream Bar 

Ice cream bars are either rectangular, heart-shaped, or shaped like a smiley. They can come in petite or regular size. Me and my brother chose a regular rectangular ice cream bar. 

Choosing Your Ice Cream Flavor 

Available ice cream flavors are vanilla, chocolate, green tea, or chocolate. I chose vanilla ice cream and my brother chose chocolate ice cream. A regular vanilla ice cream bar costs PhP 110 while other flavors are priced at PhP 120. Petite vanilla ice cream bars can be bought at PhP 75 while other flavors are pegged at PhP 85.

Choosing Your Coating

Choosing your chocolate coating comes after deciding on the ice cream bar, size, and flavors. You can choose between white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, strawberry, and Oreo choco dip. The Oreo choco dip commands an additional PhP 10 charge. I chose the dark chocolate coating while my brother went for the white chocolate coating. 

Choosing Your Three (3) Toppings 

After getting the ice cream bar coated, we get to choose three (3) toppings. I had Oreo, walnuts, and cashew. My brother had candy cane sprinkles, chocolate chips, and Oreo for his version. Other available toppings are sea salt, cheese, almonds, peanuts, M & m's, marshmallows, and dried mangoes.

Choosing Your Drizzle

The last step for your ice cream bar creation is to choose the drizzle. Choices are the same as those available for the coating. I chose Oreo choco dip which meant I had to pay an extra PhP 10. My brother had dark chocolate for his drizzle.

Butterbean Desserts and Café in Cebu City, Philippines
My brother's ice cream bar creation at Butterbean Desserts and Café in Cebu City, Philippines

Bikini Competition Returns To Cebu After A Decade

The last bikini competition in the Queen City of the South  happened in 2006, exactly a decade ago. 2016 marks the year it returns to the scene in the province of Cebu, Philippines. The Cebu Bikini Bodies 2016 even brings it closer to the heart of Cebu City instead of the traditional event venue in Mactan Island.

Cebu Bikini Bodies 2016

The Cebu Bikini Bodies 2016 was held at the Banilad Sports Club in Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines on 16 April 2016. Organized by Verve, this was also supported by Alcoy's Voda Krasna Beach Resort. Both Banilad Sports Club and Voda Krasna Beach Resort is owned by Beth Metcalf who have recently acquired both properties. Other sponsors were Channelfix.com, Taft Properties, M Talent Events and Productions, Calayan Medical Group, Contours, and Breezer.

Cebu Bikini Bodies competition Cebu City, Philippines
Cebu Bikini Bodies 2016
(Photo grabbed from the Verve FB page)


Judging the competition were TV host Blinky de Leon, columnist Alexis Yap, make-up artist Jessie Glova, fahion designer Cary Santiago, and fashion designer Jongz Loquinario.

Providing more entertainment during the event were comedian Lyka and the Abyss Dancers. Jessie Glova also sang acapella at some point.

Cebu Bikini Bodies 2016 Winners

Winners of the Cebu Bikini Bodies 2016 will grace the grand relaunch of the Voda Krasna Beach Resort at Alcoy, Cebu, Philippines on 23 April 2016. Ivy Tapic bested seven (7) other female contestants to be adjudged Ms. Cebu Bikini Body 2016. In the male competition, El Cid Canadio beat six (6) other contestants to be crowned Mr. Cebu Bikini Body 2016. Ivy and El Cid also won the best in fun wear and best in creative pose minor awards. 1st runner-up were Gregory Bolen and Nielisa Cabal. Honeylyn Bato and Ryan Earl Luna were 2nd runner-up. The judges along with Ms. Beth Metcalf and Banilad Sports Club general manager Andy Walkington awarded the prizes to the winners.



All-Star Chicken Meal at Bonchon Chicken in Cebu City, Philippines

Bonchon Chicken which currently has three (3) branches in Cebu City, Philippines offers Team Bonchon All-atar meals good for groups of two (2) to four (4) persons. I recently visited the Bonchon Chicken branch at SM Seaside City. Other branches are at SM City Cebu and at Ayala Center Cebu. With my brother Nathan, we ordered an all-star meal, the Team Bonchon All-star Chicken Meal. Other Team Bonchon All-star meals available are the Bulgogi All-star Meal, the Chicken Fries All-star Meal, and the Sandwich All-star Meal. All of these costs PhP 399 each.

Bonchon Chicken
Bonchon Chicken

Team Bonchon All-Star Chicken Meal

We ordered the Team Bonchon All-Star Chicken meal at the Bonchon Chicken branch in SM Seaside City Cebu. This cost us PhP 399 and has a serving size that is good for two (2) to three (3) persons. The meal consists of a small serving of fried chicken wings with a flavor or glaze of our choice, a bowl of chapchae Korean glass noodles, three (3) cups of rice, and three (3) glasses of our choice of drink. They also added in a complimentary apple crepé dessert as part of a marketing promotion they were running at that time.

All-star chicken meal from Bonchon Chicken
Team Bonchon All-star Chicken Meal at Bonchon Chicken: small serving of honey citrus flavored chicken wings, bowl of Chapchae Korean glass noodles, 3 cups of rice, 3 glasses of iced tea, and a complimentary apple crepe dessert

Fried Chicken Wings With Honey Citrus Glaze

The All-star Chicken meal has a small chicken wings plate as it's main dish, about five (5) fried chicken wing slices. We did get to choose our flavor and settled for the honey citrus glaze as we were in the mood for a sweet blend during that visit. Other available glaze or flavors are soy garlic and spicy. We weren't in the mood for a spicy treat at that time and soy garlic seemed to just sound like it has too much sodium on it, never mind if I am a big garlic eater.

Chicken wings with honey citrus flavor from Bonchon Chicken
Honey citrus flavored chicken wings at Bonchon Chicken

Chapchae Korean Glass Noodles 

Chapchae is Korean glass noodles made from sweet potato stir fried in sesame oil along with some vegetables and small meat slices, flavored with soy sauce and with sugar added as sweetener. Reminds me of my favorite Japanese shirataki noodles on the sukiyaki dish.

Chapchae Korean glass noodles from Bonchon Chicken
Chapchae Korean glass noodles at Bonchon Chicken

Rice and Drinks 

The rice serving at Bonchon Chicken is larger than the normal servings in other restaurants. We are big rice eaters anyway and had to order an extra cup. For our drink, we had iced tea. For those who want soft drinks or soda, that is available too.

Complimentary Apple Crepé Dessert

As part of a marketing promotion that Bonchon Chicken was running at the time of our visit, we got a complimentary apple crepé as a free dessert treat for the meal that we ordered. It was a good one, just think of a huge baked or fried dough with sweet and delicious apple filling inside with some real apple chunks, drizzled with some brown sugar and sprinkled with sweet apple sauce. I am not a big eater of the apple fruit but this one tasted really good, it made me eat those apple chunks.

Apple crepe at Bonchon Chicken
Complimentary apple crepé dessert with real apple chunks from Bonchon Chicken

Traffic Solutions for Cebu: Obey Traffic Laws (Part 3 of 8)

When all road users obey traffic laws, the traffic situation will definitely improve. Pedestrians, motor vehicle operators, public utility transport operators, cyclists, and all others should obey traffic laws if we were to help ease out the traffic congestion in Cebu, Philippines.

Obey Traffic Laws 

Obey Traffic Laws for Motorists

Most of the traffic congestion in Cebu is due to the fact that motorists do not always obey traffic laws. The more common traffic law violations are stopping on non-designated stops, illegal parking, slow vehicles running on the fast lane, filtering (specially motorcycles driven on the sidewalks), disregard for the pedestrian crosswalks, and counter flowing.

Obey Traffic Laws for Pedestrians

Pedestrians who do not obey traffic laws also contribute to the traffic congestion problem in Cebu. The more common traffic law violations of pedestrians in Cebu are not using the designated crosswalks and riding on and alighting from public transportation in non-designated stops. While putting themselves on harm's way, pedestrians who do not follow traffic laws also affect the vehicular traffic situation as vehicles will have to stop for them even in places where they are not supposed to. It is a sad thing to note that pedestrians do not obey traffic rules because it is more convenient for them. Many pedestrians do not care about using the roads in a safer manner and disregard the effect they have on the traffic situation. Pedestrian safety and education needs to be implemented.

Enforce Traffic Laws

One of the reasons why pedestrians and motorists do not obey traffic laws is the lack of enforcement of traffic laws in Cebu. I do remember that enforcement was much stricter in the past. Jaywalkers were apprehended more frequently and even made to attend a seminar, a sight I no longer see now. Motorists had more discipline in the past when they were apprehended for traffic violations. Today, many motorists do not obey traffic laws because they know that there are no consequences. Another challenge is that many of the traffic law enforcers are corruptible and many motorists who are apprehended for traffic violations often try to bribe them to try and get away with their traffic offenses.

The House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines

The cosmopolitan city of Cebu in southern Philippines has an intriguing claim as the lechon capital of the world. Within the central Visayas province itself, many towns and cities compete for the fame and recognition of having the best lechon. One of these competing cities is Carcar in southern metro Cebu.

House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines
House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines

House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines

The flavors of Carcar City's version of the lechon is now available in the heart of Cebu City. This can be had at the House of Lechon located at Acacia Street, Kamputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines. It is along the same street as Kuya J Restaurant.

Carcar Lechon 

Carcar's lechon variation counts on its sauce to enhance the roasted pig meat. If you have ever been to Carcar to buy lechon at their public market, you will notice how the vendors put in some more sauce into the lechon. Elsewhere in Cebu, this practice will be frowned upon as it takes away the crunch from the lechon skin. By itself, the roasted pork meat is delicious and full of flavors and also goes well with the common Filipino sauce mix of soy sauce, vinegar, calamansi, and chillies. At House of Lechon, order by the kilo and it comes out cheaper than when ordering smaller portions. a quarter of a kilogram of the regular lechon costs PhP 200 while a kilo will only be at PhP 620. 

Carcar lechon at House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines
Famous Carcar lechon at House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines

Baked Scallops

Prior to coming to the House of Lechon, I was pretty certain which restaurant in Cebu serves the most delicious baked scallops, Paolito's STK ta Bai! After trying the baked scallops at House of Lechon, that top spot on my list is no longer so sure. To put it safely, the baked scallops at House of Lechon is certainly one of the top two in my list. I like the how the shell meat blends in well with the butter, cheese, garlic, and probably sweet honey. While one serving costs PhP 200, it is a generous one counting fifteen (15) pieces. This comes with a spoonful of atsara or pickled papaya too.

Baked scallops at House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines
Baked scallops at House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines

Rice Platter

Our biggest surprise when we ate at House of Lechon was how big the serving is for their rice platter. The plain rice platter costs only PhP 110, while a cup of plain rice is sold at PhP 35. But the rice platter serving is probably the cup of plain rice multiplied seven (7) times.

Plain rice platter at House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines
Plain rice platter at House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines

Contact Information of House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines

Mobile Numbers:
  • 0915 317 6357 (Globe)
  • 0921 358 3433 (Smart)
  • 0932 401 4855 (Sun Cellular)
Telephone Number: (032) 231 0958
Facebook Page: House of Lechon Cebu
Twitter Handle: @houseoflechon
Instagram Handle: @houseoflechon

Healthy Smoothies at Mooshi Greenbar in Cebu, Philippines

A lot of people nowadays have become more health conscious and has turned to organic preparations to improve health. An enterprising few has found an opportunity to cash in on this. Mooshi Greenbar is one of these businesses that took note of the business opportunities in serving organic preparations to a growing customer base.

Mooshi Greenbar in Cebu City, Philippines
Mooshi Greenbar in Cebu City, Philippines

Mooshi Greenbar in Cebu City, Philippines

I have tried some of their smoothies these past few days. The first one I tried at their Ayala branch is the passion cooler. This was mint leaves in watermelon juice. I first tried this blend at Gustus Restaurant in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines. I must have developed an acquired taste as I already find it refreshing.


Passion cooler at Mooshi Greenbar in Cebu City, Philippines
passion cooler at Mooshi Greenbar in Cebu City, Philippines

At their SM City branch, I tried their energy boosting power smoothie, a concoction of blended mangoes, bananas, fresh buko juice, spinach kale, and chia seeds. I thought this would somehow taste weird. But it is sweet and refreshing.

They also have strawberry blends and concoctions for wellness, cleansing, and glowing skin. They also serve healthy snacks such as salmon panini, chicken panini, and fresh quinoa rolls.

Branches and Contact Information of Mooshi Greenbar in Cebu City, Philippines

Mooshi Greenbar currently has four (4) branches in Cebu City, Philippines:

Ayala Center Cebu 

Level 3, New Expansion Building, Ayala Center Cebu 
Cebu Business Park, Barrio Luz, Cebu City, Philippines
Mobile Number: 0922 847 8500

SM City Cebu 

2nd Floor (beside National Bookstore), SM City Cebu
North Reclamation Area, Cebu City, Philippines
Mobile Number: 0922 837 6620


Mooshi Greenbar at SM City Cebu in Cebu City, Philippines
The SM City Cebu stall of Mooshi Greenbar in Cebu City, Philippines

Banilad Town Centre 

BTC Lobby, Banilad Town Centre
Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines
Mobile Number: 0925 502 3571

Asiatown I.T. Park

Ground Floor, Filinvest Cyberzone
Asiatown I.T. Park, Apas, Cebu City, Philippines

Delivery is also free within Cebu City from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a minimum order of PhP 300. Dial (032) 316 0013 or mobile number 0917 593 6059 to place orders.

Sex and The City: Sex Tourism in Cebu

Cebu is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines. While there are many wholesome activities for tourists to enjoy, one cannot just deny the fact that some tourists are coming to town not just to enjoy beaches, natural wonders, cultural heritage, history, and food. More than these, some tourists go beyond the usual tourist spots to satisfy their carnal desires. In this article we shall explore in what forms does commercial sex tourism take place in Cebu, Philippines. Please note that we do not support the idea of it thriving, but that we cannot also just turn a blind eye to the reality that is happening before us. 

Street Hookers 

Traditionally, street hookers in Cebu are at Junquera Street, Sanciangko Street,  and D. Jakosalem Street at Barangay Kamagayan. Pimps at this place, referred to by locals as itik (ducks), chase down cars they deem to be potential customers. An emerging place for street hookers is Juana Osmeña Street near Vacation Hotel where girls solicit for guests with cars slowing down or stopping in the area. Some malls are also rumored to be pick-up places where independent hookers ply their trade, mostly to foreign clients. There are also rumors that prostitution incidents increase whenever major exams are forthcoming in major colleges and that some turn to it so they can pay for their school fees. Some do it to maintain a materialistic lifestyle that is otherwise beyond their means.

Spa and Massage Parlors

Several spa and massage parlors in Metro Cebu are not just what it seems. Some offer services other than a simple massage. To some, the massage is but a front for what really happens. In one establishment, you go up to the front desk and pay up, they show you a selection of lady masseuses to choose from, and whisk you off to some motel. When you get to your motel room with your masseuse of choice, they ask you to undress as they too undress themselves. They then give the customer a mandatory bath before starting on the massage. It's not just an ordinary kind of massage though like what you were told. The massage involves the naked lady masseuse doing a "massage" on you using her naked body against your naked body, using her butt, her breasts, her thighs, and her hands to sensually stimulate you. At the end of the choreography, the lady masseuse then tries to seduce you to basically have sex with her for an extra amount which could be somewhere upwards of PhP 2,000.

Gentlemen's Clubs and KTV Bars

Gentlemen's clubs and KTV bars seem to also not go out of style. While the usual joint mostly have shows featuring scantily-clad women gyrating on stage, some places take it a little further with their entertainers going topless, fully naked, or even some do things close to masturbation on stage. Clubs in Bacolod City do more daring things though. But more than these shows are everything else happening beyond that. For starters, when a guest wishes to sit with an entertainer exclusively, she pays for ridiculously expensive ladies' drinks coming at an interval of about thirty (30) minutes in between. Bar fines are also not a secret anymore, this is when you pay to take out an entertainer out of the bar while it is still in operation that is until the early hours of the morning or dawn. Most clubs close around 3 or 4 a.m., this is when the guest no longer has to deal with the bar should he decide to take out an entertainer but that he had to agree to terms with the entertainer herself. Popular clubs are found along Gen. Maxilom Avenue and Sanciangko Street in Cebu City and along the national highway in Mandaue City.

Whorehouses

I have heard rumors of whorehouses operating in Metro Cebu. It is said that the location of these whorehouses or casas is common knowledge among cab drivers but that one needs to know certain passwords or code speak to get them to take curious passengers there.

The Internet

Commercial sex tourism in Cebu has also caught up with the times and uses cyberspace extensively. In fact one town in this Central Visayas province is notoriously known for illegal cyberprostitution activities utilizing innocent children. Some tech-savvy hookers now also utilize cyberspace to manage their bookings and advertise themselves to potential customers visiting Cebu. They now go by different names like walkers or escorts and offer intriguing services such as GFE or girlfriend experience. Pimps also still abound online.

Buffet 101: A Humongous Buffet in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines

A few months after it opened at the City Times Square in Mandaue City, I finally had a chance to dine at Buffet 101. The chance came when my cousin and his family from Texas, U.S.A. were visiting Cebu on April 2016.


Buffet 101 in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines


As the central Philippine city of Cebu continues to develop, a number of restaurants offering buffet or eat all you can meals have recently opened around Metro Cebu. One of these recently opened restaurants is Buffet 101 which opened in December 2015.

So far, Buffet 101 is the largest buffet restaurant I have been to in Cebu. It has a very cozy feel with the ambiance of a five star hotel. And for those who are very particular about restrooms, you will be thrilled to know that the restrooms at Buffet 101 are almost spotless.

Buffet 101 in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
The spacious Buffet 101 restaurant in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines

I was spoiled for choices at Buffet 101. There were just too many dishes to choose from. There was Japanese cuisine, Chinese cuisine, Korean cuisine, seafood, dessert, dimsum dishes, vegetables, and the list goes on and on. I was only able to taste probably a tenth or less of what was served. So let me just share what I had.

My Meal

My first plate for dinner saw me load up on seafood: stuffed crab shell, shrimp toast, clam stew, and Pacific rim fish fillet. The fish fillet was a pleasant surprise, steamed cream dory with egg blended into the flavor.

Buffet 101 in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
My first plate at Buffet 101 in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
For my second serving, I helped myself to a bowl of English seafood chowder, a small portion of roasted chicken, and some honey roasted pork loin. The soup was delicious. There was nothing special with the roasted chicken and the pork loin was a bit hard.

chowder at Buffet 101 in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
English seafood chowder at Buffet 101 in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
I also nibbled on some lato, a type of seaweed commonly eaten in the Philippines. I loved that they had some ginamos to go along with this instead of just the regular vinegar dressing.

seaweeds at Buffet 101 in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
Lato at Buffet 101 in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines

I took a third serving and helped myself with kropek, siomai, spicy crab, and shrimp soy sauce. The kropek was okay, so are the crabs and shrimps. I have however tasted better versions of the siomai. There were other dimsum dishes I am looking forward to try in my next visit.

Buffet 101 in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
My third plate at Buffet 101 in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
I couldn't have more as prior to the dinner at Buffet 101, we just had ice cream and shake at a café in Robinsons Galleria Cebu. With the humongous selection of dishes at Buffet 101, it is quite certain that a few dishes will at least tickle your fancy.

My Dessert Plate

For dessert, I had sapin-sapin, maja blanca, kutsinta, churros, and macaroons. The churros which I took with some dulce de leche sauce was a star, I was only able to take the last three (3) pieces. All the other desserts I tried were okay.

Desserts at Buffet 101 in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
My dessert plate at Buffet 101 in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines

Cost of Buffet 101

Our weeknight dinner at Buffet 101 cost PhP 799 each plus value-added tax (VAT). This is the same price for lunch and dinner on weekends and holidays. Lunch on weekdays is at PhP 599 plus VAT. Children below 3.5 feet are free of charge and leftover charge is PhP 999.

More About Buffet 101 in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines

Street Address: City Times Square, Mantawi Avenue, Tipolo, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
Telephone Number: (+63 32) 517 2222
Facebook Page: Buffet 101
Business Hours: 
  • Open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Open daily for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.