Friday, July 10, 2015

Sky Lounge Dinner: Blue Elephant at Apple One

BLUE ELEPHANT at Apple One



I’ve always been a fan of sky lounge setting especially dinners. I’d love to dine while enjoying a good view of the city. I don’t really mind if it’s the highest floor or the tallest building-I’m all for the unique dining setup it brings.

On my latest trip to Cebu, I wanted my visit to include a dinner or a lunch date with a sky lounge setup so I browsed through various places offering what I wanted. Among my ‘places-to-try’ are: Lantaw, Blue Elephant at Apple One, and a restau from Crown Regency Hotel.



Given the unruly weather when I got there, I didn’t consider going to Lantaw anymore since I heard it was a little hard going up there. And being left with two choices, I chose Blue Elephant because it was strategically nearer than my hotel and Ayala Cebu. (In fact, it was right beside the mall!)

I had a table reservation for dinner and as soon as we got there, I instantly had a lot on my mind. Pros and Cons. I suggest in dining up there, one should reserve your expectations as it can go from what you expected to a total opposite setup.


The place was totally blue. The lights and the whole setting. It was a cozy lounge-perfect for coffee/wine in the afternoon. However, it was relatively small for a restau serving dinner (although, there was a VIP lounge, an indoor and an outdoor area that you can choose from).

As for the food:
It was really good. Dishes were unique and had a different take on the mix of Asian cuisine. It’s also budget-friendly and the serving is really huge.  Despite the bipolar weather trying to ruin the outdoor setting, the food made up for it.

Korean Premium Back Ribs
Frozen Iced Tea
Bagoong Fried Rice
Buttered Fish Fillet with Garlic


All in all, the experience was good. I got my sky lounge fix; a great view of the city; and good food. It was a great date after all.

Although a little pointers if you’re planning on dining there too:
  • It gets really crowded at night so make necessary reservations ahead.
  •  If you’re very vain with your hair, choose the indoor setting as the wind gets really tough up there. It might ruin your date if you’ll fuss all night about your hair.
  • IT MIGHT RAIN. So again, indoor setting is your best bet.
  •  EDM songs are usually played outdoors, so that’s up to you to decide. But there are live bands to entertain you in some days so just ask away upon reservation. 
  • If you’re at Ayala Cebu, you can just walk going there.
  • There's a cover charge of 350php per person for those who wants to eat at the VIP Lounge, and 300php per person for the roof deck. Both cover charges are consumable though.



So there you have it. My Blue Elephant experience at Apple One.
 A little crazy but it was still worth it.



XOXOX,

Faye






Blue Elephant at Apple One is located at AppleOne Equicom Tower, Mindanao Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu.
Open from 5PM till midnight daily (except on Fridays and Saturdays when it closes at 1AM
Call them at  511-7600 for more inquiries or reservations.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Finding Comfort (Food) at Bistro Carcosa

BISTRO CARCOSA


Finding new cafes in Iloilo City has been a craze lately. The search for the best has always been a constant battle. The list of new places to dine just keeps on getting longer and longer.




And in my latest quest, I’ve finally had the chance to dine in Bistro Carcosa. I’ve always wanted to try it out there but to no avail since I’d always have a busy schedule in going to the city or my shopping time gets a little longer. Lol

But as a self-proclaimed foodie, I never missed my chance on trying out this café having all the buzz around.


The place was cozy- a little minimalist with a little rustic feel. It was my kind of café.


As soon as we got there (convinced my mom to go with me), the place was really inviting. Although you can’t easily spot it along the highways or streets as it’s found in the corner area of the Uptown Place. Still, being an eager beaver, we headed in.

When we got there, at the most unlikely hour to have lunch, there were a few people who were also dining. And I thought this place must really be good that even after past the regular lunch time, it was still relatively packed with diners.


For the food:
It was worthy of its price; the taste was uniquely good. It’s almost like your comfort food plus a fine touch of classy gourmet dish rolled into one. Absolutely gastronomical. (Or at least in my case and based on the dish that I tried)


Big Boy Ribs x Garlic Mashed potato



Truly coming back to try more of their dishes and as such, I highly recommend this bistro. 

Xoxox

Faye



Bistro Carcosa is located at the Uptown Place, in front of Sarabia Manor Hotel.
Open from 11AM-11:45PM ( Monday- Sunday)

Friday, June 5, 2015

SWIM SESH WITH THE GENTLE GIANTS





Capping off my summer 2015; and another check off my bucket list, is a day well-spent swimming with the gentle giants.


From the meek town of Oslob, comes the vast playground of whale sharks. For years, the town was just merely a stopover and a passing route going to Sumilon Island or the Tumalog Falls. It has only  been in the late years when it became a whale-shark tourism site.




Whalesharks (also known as “TUKI”), has been captivating hearts of local and foreign tourists in the place. They have been in the area, playing and swimming around without harming a single spec of humans. I find them really cute despite their enormous size.



Going there, it will take you a minimum of three hours from Cebu City, depending on the traffic and the mode of transportation that you use. I suggest you leave the city very early as the whale shark’s visibility is best early in the morning between 6AM-9AM. Also, the whale-shark interaction is only held until 12:30PM. You don’t want to rush your encounter with the main attraction so again, come a little early unless you’ll stay overnight and catch them the next day.


Being my first time to swim with the gentle giants, I must admit that I REALLY got scared at our first encounter. Sure I know how to swim, but the time I saw the baby whale shark, I think I forgot how to even breathe. Haha! The baby whale seemed as big as a typical sedan car and the mother whale was as big as a bus! (I’m not even kidding). But as gentle as they are, they were the most harmless giants I’ve come so close with; and with a few more dives, I’ve got to enjoy the whole encounter. It was one of the best 30 minutes of my life and sure it was a wonderful experience I’ve got to try all in all.





Now if you’re heading to Oslob as well, here are a few tips that you might want to consider before your Tuki encounter:

  • ·         Pack light. Especially on your boat ride going the whale shark spot. The boat is not as spacious as you might think and it’s just relatively enough for your snorkel gears and a small bag.

  • ·         Wear your life jacket if you don’t know how to swim. Also, you can borrow them for free, so if anyone asks you for a renting fee, you can ignore them by all means.

  • ·         Bring your own mask/ snorkel gears for hygienic purposes. But you can also swim without the said gears.

  • ·         DON’T wear sunblocks as they are considered poisonous to the whale sharks. Further explanation about this warning will be given at the Briefing Area.

  • ·         Bring extra cash. And don’t forget to give tips for the divers that will accompany you. (OPTIONAL)






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 There you have it- my whale-shark experience. 
Can’t wait for your encounter with them too! 
Don’t forget to take loads of photos and enjoy, alright?





XOXOX,
Faye

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Katy Fever: Prismatic World Tour 2015; Philippine Stop





Approximately 30,000 people came to the Philippine Arena to catch Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour- Philippine leg last May 7, 2015.

Despite the horrific traffic brought about by the concert, Katy Perry rocked the country at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. It was a great time for music, dancing, sparkly things and colorful concert outfits. It was also filled with notable personalities from the country.


“We want everybody to feel uplifted at our show,” Katy said. “We’re gonna show up every single time because we said so. They’ll have to take me on a stretcher before I quit.”

 Coming from Katy Perry, one will automatically love her, or even more if you’re already a big fan. It was a real statement showcasing how she is so professional and hard-working when it comes to dealing with her audience and performing as best as she could. She wanted people to get the idea that they are getting their money’s worth, and based on her performance, there’s no doubt she did.


Opening the show with ‘Roar’, Katy Perry filled the arena with fantastic vibes, extravagant set and braced through the night with songs from her Prism album: Part of Me; a remix of Wide Awake; Dark Horse; Walking On Air; The One That Got Away and a mash-up of This Is How We Do.


Another notable breaker was when a very lucky guy from the audience got the surprise of his life when Katy asked him to join her onstage to teach her Tagalog. She even asked for a selfie, drawing yells and screams of desire from everybody else in the Arena.


After a few more dance hits, Katy sang all the way back to her top hits from previous albums: I Kissed A Girl; Hot ‘N Cold; Last Friday Night; and a medley of Teenage Dream and California Gurls. She ended the night with “Fireworks’’ complete with a rainbow-themed setup making it definitely a night to remember.


Must admit, still on a Katy fever high. Hopefully I can watch her perform again when she gets back here.


xoxox
Faye

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Summer Sweetness at Sugar Beach





 From the humble coast of Sipalay City, lies the truly beautiful shore of Sugar Beach. I never thought there was even more from the last time I visited Sipalay. It was really just a glimpse I had back then. Now, basking in its beauty and soaking the sun, sand and the sea all over, I've actually found another perfect beach spot. Sure there's a lot more beaches to explore, but trust me on this one- It's actually worth visiting.




     Traveling from 6100, it will only take you approximately 3-4 hrs. depending on your driving speed and/or the traffic. So I suggest you leave early so you won't get stuck in the congested road and end up reaching Sipalay in more than 5 hrs. AND, when I say early, that's around 4-5AM-early. ;)

And although it's a long travel time, reaching the destination won't disappoint you. From the point of stop in Sipalay, you will then take a boat ride to the island-Sugar Beach. And from Sugar Beach, the possibilities of a perfect and peaceful getaway are endless.



    Sugar Beach is like a mini-Boracay sans the malls and a rather uncontrollable crowd. But they have a long strip of cottage inns/hotels complete with cafes and bars. If you're lucky, some inns offer a package deal where you can enjoy snorkeling, island-hopping and diving. 

     The island is really peaceful and for me, it's really an ideal beach destination for you if you're the type who goes to the beach to really enjoy the sun on your skin; the clear water drenching your body; and just relaxing your toes to the powder-like sand without worrying for annoying humans trying to sell you lotions, drinks, souvenirs, henna or hair braids, like every five minutes. 

But seriously speaking though, it's a go-to spot perfect for those random beach cravings that you have. Plus, it's really budget-friendly. Sounds really perfect right? :)




      Discovering this island is like finding a precious gem. Luckily, it's for all of us to see. So, if you're up for a random beach trip and your thoughts are focused on this beach, then I guess you're on the right track. 





Hoping to get back here real soon. --And I'll see you there, yes? ;)

XOXOX,
Faye

Thursday, April 2, 2015

SUMMER STATE OF MIND: A day at Urban Sands

 

 On my latest and short trip to the City of Love, I've managed to incorporate a quick dip at the Urban Sands. I've always wanted to visit this relatively mini resort as it's just a couple of minutes away from where I live. Gotta love the idea that it's a quick summer getaway without even leaving the city. 

Pool Day Essentials


Soaking it all in
 


 Although it's a small place, you can actually enjoy a whole lot of privacy. They have rooms where you can check-in; a cafe where you can just have snacks on random days; or you can just walk-in like us and have a little cottage/hut enough to lounge around and a table where you can put your things.





Guess this little paradise is perfect for days when you just want to relax but you don't have the luxury of traveling to really far destinations. It's fun for a summer-starter if you ask me. :)

Heading to Urban Sands anytime soon? Here's a list of pointers.

  • Urban Sands is located at San Pedro St, Molo, Iloilo City
  • Swimming Fees:  (Day Rate) Adult: 250Php; Children: 200Php /// (Night Rate) +50Php to day rate
  • Swimming is free for Registered hotel guests and two of their children only.
  • They have a barbeque grill available at the pool area upon request.
  • BUT- outside food and drinks are not allowed. Corkage fees apply.
Hope it'll help you through and don't forget to enjoy your mini-vacay! ;)

xoxox
Faye