An Insider Look on bai Cebu Hotel

An Insider Look on bai Cebu Hotel

An Insider Look on bai Cebu Hotel

Dayun, bai! Such greeting is commonly heard when someone comes inside an edifice. It can mean that you are welcome in a place. Here in Cebu, we use the word “bai” more than once in our daily existence. This is connoting a friend in Cebuano, and still, the word can be attached to phrases that would mean gladness or inviting you to partake a hearty meal. It is also a reminder that you are treated well when you are here in Cebu, as most locals would use this to address you or a situation.   The island of Cebu has

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Coming Home for the Holidays: Pasko Sa Bluewater 2018

Coming Home for the Holidays: Pasko Sa Bluewater 2018

As a child, I always look forward to celebrating Christmas with family and friends. It is a time when everyone is more happy, more kinder and has that certain glow and contentment. Christmas is also one of the seasons that became my constant favorite, and just because, I can now cook for family and friends without any hesitation and fear of being criticized of being a bad cook. You see, I grew up in a family where cooking gourmet, savory food was always the priority and a skill. Even simple dishes such as Spaghetti and Lumpiang Shanghai can spell a

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Discovering Myself Again at Bunzie’s Cove [Part 2 of 2]

Discovering Myself Again at Bunzie’s Cove [Part 2 of 2]

Bunzie’s Cove is just a respite from everything. Once we had already settled on the villa with our things, we had already agreed on where we will be sleeping at night. CJ and Glister chose the mezzanine floor while Aleah chose the Master’s Bedroom. Me and Clarissa actually opted for the room on the “basement” but technically just below the main living room. In Bunzie’s Cove, the surroundings even at night time evokes a feeling of serenity. It has been my calm refuge with all the chaos I had experienced. For once in my life, everything made sense. I was

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Kuta Bungliw: Sustainability At Work

Kuta Bungliw: Sustainability At Work

In a place in between Daraitan and Genenal Nakar, stood an unspoiled hidden fortress that housed a sustainable eco sanctuary. It is quiet an effort to reach the place owned by my good friend and kumare, Jacquiline Go-Laruan and her partner, Ronald “Onad” Avenilla. The decision to visit Kuta Bungliw at Daraitan was one year in the making. I had my reasons why I just dilly-dallied my visit. Priorities, #adultingislife, messed up priorities and the like hindered my visit to this hideaway, not to mention inflated plane fares, movement on work areas and jobs, blogger events and the like. Back

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Discovering Myself Again at Bunzie’s Cove [Part 1 of 2]

Discovering Myself Again at Bunzie’s Cove [Part 1 of 2]

Lately, I have been subjected to undue stress from friends, family, career and life in general. It had me shaken to the core and left me, for a time, lifeless. Life has been a series of unfortunate events that need to be adapted well. Coping is not enough. I had been depressed ever since I had been out of the island life, though I am still located technically in an island. I had been in a whirlwind of events that somehow contributed to low self esteem and low morale. I was close to seriously calling it quits when I chanced

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At HideAway Dive Hostel, Feelings Aren’t The Only Ones Being Hidden

At HideAway Dive Hostel, Feelings Aren’t The Only Ones Being Hidden

Cebu, Philippines — I have been itching to get that sandy feel on my toes and salt on my hair the entire summer. Truth to be told, I dreamed of becoming a mermaid and spend life underwater, much to my disappointment. I never knew how to swim beyond my height, though I had tried diving thrice in the beautiful underwater world of Maribago [Kontiki]. I still had this hydrophobia that gnaws every single time I wanted to learn how to swim. I easily get cramps but that does not hinder me to enjoy the azure waters of the ocean. When

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