Tuesday, April 29, 2008


It is your lucky month this May because we are having a major SALE! Up to 30% off and if you bring me cake, I might even add another 5%!!!! If you bring me a cake AND a certificate for a weekend stay at Shangri-la Mactan, then I would say, YOU ARE CRAZY! (Bwah ha ha)

But seriously, this is a rare occasion for us to hold a sale at this time of the year and you should take advantage of this opportunity to have Jul B. Dizon and Janina for Jul Dizon pieces at a super special price.

We will also have a corner for loose stones/raw materials with marked down prices at the Shangri-la branch.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Sunday Sun in Cebu!

On our way back from Cowrie Cove, we passed by a Kiddie Pavilion where you can drop off your kids for their own activities and sports. This is what makes Shangri-la Mactan a great resort. It caters to all ages! From my niece of 8 months old to my dad of 70! We will all find something to do and not a single minute of boredom. After one cocktail, this is what happened to my possy.

This is the Adventure Zone. It is open from 9 to 5 pm. Rates are as follows:

Two-hour session - P300.00/person
Half-day Package- P650.00/person
Full day Package includes lunch - P1,250.00/person
Three-day Package includes lunch - P2,750.00/person

I say...it is worth every centavo! Your kids will love it so much that they will forget they have parents!

Our last rays of sun in Cebu was the reason I am now half woman-half lobster. The snorkling was too good to pass since the fishes were so abundant and friendly. A snokling set is readily available for a cheap price of P300.00/hour.

We were given a bakeshop for feeding the fish and now, it will be difficult for me to see them steamed, fried, baked or served uncooked. Fish and I are friends. Anyway, here are some random photos that I took while unknowingly being cooked myself.

Had this double sided bag tag made for P150.00 at the Pier. A good remembrance of a trip, don't you think?

And for my last post on my Cebu experience, you would have to come back tomorrow for I am pooped! My body aches and I want to sleep but I dread the thought of the bed touching my skin. 


Cowgirls Hit the Cowrie Cove.

It was our last night in this paradise so we had to make sure we party.

11:00 pm. We went to Cowrie Cove, the only place in the resort that closes at 2 am. Everything else, closes quite early. But we were young and party like rockstars! So when we went to the bar, it was a bit of a disappointment when it was quite empty. Where were all the whiteys we saw at the beach earlier? Well since I am the only single gal anyway, the 2 cowgirls were not wondering where they were. Sigh...

As our party animal instincts were drifting off to the vast sea....entertainment came in a way of bottle throwing and breaking! Thankfully not by some wild drunks but by the bartenders who thought that we looked bored and tired. So they decided to put on a show! Sure they dropped a few bottles but it was nice of them to liven the evening up (even if in reality, these cowgirls were exhausted and wanting to get some zzzz's).

The bar chow here was actually very good. 3 cocktails and 1 order of calamari, shrimps in garlic sauce and chicken skewer came out to P2,031.97 including taxes.

Not so Blue in Bohol.

Blue Bohol....get it? (Bwa ha ha) Blue...? Get it now? (Haha) No? Hmmm, never mind.

April 26, 8:00 am.
We decided to take a day trip to Bohol and check out the Chocolate Hills, tarsiers and manmade forrest. But before we did that, we had our breakfast at Acqua, a poolside restaurant that has a great view of the garden. Continental breakfast is served with lots and lots of fresh fruits and a wide variety of breads. (1,307.25 inclusive of taxes)

We took the ferry which meant we had to go to the Pier 4 in the city. There's a shuttle from the hotel to SM so we took that (P100.00/person, round trip). At the pier, we had to pay P425.00 for a one way ticket to Tagbilaran, Bohol. While waiting for the Supercat, I saw this lady who was dressed to kill! I wanted to send it to Chikatime.com but I figure, they just post famous people.

Anyway, the Chocolate Hills is about 1:20 minutes away from the Pier. You will be swarmed with hundreds of taxi drivers and tour guides who want to show you around. There are about 5 keyspots in Bohol aside from great resorts. The hills, tarsier, old churches, Lobok River (floating restaurant) and man made forrest. Since we only had a few hours in Bohol (last ferry departs at 6 pm) we decided to skip the churches and the floating restaurant since we were still so full from the heavy breakfast.

After haggling, and to those who know me, you know I am so good at it, I was able to bring down the rate of 2,300 to P1,500 for a SUV. And so our Bohol journey began with the long trip to the hills shaped like Kisses, the chocolate. When we arrived, it was 218 steps to the top of the viewing site where you can see the brownish hills which are actually turning a bit green already. There were hundreds across the fields. But to tell you my honest opinion, I was not impressed. I have seen other works of Mother Nature that just takes my breath away. The 218 steps was the only thing that took my breath away this time.

On our way back, we stopped at the man made forrest which is spooky! As soon as you drive through, the light disappears because of all the tall trees up above. There were not much cars so we decided to stop and get our photos taken.

It started drizzling so we decided to end the Bohol WItch Project and head on to to our last destination.

Tarsiers are small animals with enormous eyes and very long hind limbs. Their feet have extremely elongated tarsus bones, from which the animals get their name. The head and body range from 10 to 15 cm in length, but the hind limbs are about twice this long (including the feet), and they also have a slender tail from 20 to 25 cm long. Their fingers are also elongated, with the third finger being about the same length as the upper arm. Most of the digits have nails, but the second and third toes of the hind feet bear claws instead, which are used for grooming. Tarsiers have very soft, velvety fur, which is generally buff, beige, or ochre in color

At 6:15 pm, we take the 1 hour and 45 minute trip back to Cebu where the night life awaits us.

Our tour driver: Rey Villacorta, 09265748655, STAREX

Info about Tarsier