Cebu Crafts: Snowy Flowers, Anyone?

Last year, my parents celebrated their Silver (25th) Wedding anniversary by renewing their vows. My mom then asked me for any ideas as to what the giveaways should be.

We both agreed it should not be the usual figurine, and I first thought of going to Pinterest to scour for DIY ideas, but I realized I don’t really have the time to handcraft at least 100 giveaways.

Snowy Flowers close their petals when sprayed with water.
Snowy Flowers close their petals when sprayed with water.

Fortunately, I came across a Facebook page called “Cream of the Craft” and they specialize in personalized giveaways and gifts that feature what they call “Snowy Flowers.”

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Temple of Leah: A Piece of Europe in Cebu

Just last week, my mother visited Cebu as part of her yearly devotion to the Holy Child, Sr. Sto. Nino. Together with her friends, we decided to finally go and see Temple of Leah as a bit of a side trip during their stay in the Queen City.

I have seen the pictures and heard a lot about the place, but I never got to stop by when we went to Sirao.

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Some random Greek statue at the Temple of Leah. Definitely not Leah.

So anyway, a lot of people already knew the “story” of the Temple of Leah. The popular story goes that Leah is the mother of known actress, Ellen Adarna. But nope! Leah is actually Ellen’s grandmother. You’ll know this because a family tree is listed inside the temple.

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2016 Summer Outing at Medellin Cebu: Bakhawan Beach Home

This post was meant to be published last year, May 2016, but certain events had kept me from finishing this post (and updating the whole damn blog) thus, the very late publication.

Since I started working in IT Park, my team usually organizes Summer outings each year. This is not really a company-wide thing, so we are free to discuss among ourselves as to where, when, and how much we’re willing to spend for it.

img20160416122827That year, the team decided to go to the same place as last year (I wasn’t able to go last year, so this is my first time to visit the place). It is somewhere near the boundary between Daan Bantayan and Medellin – it is a private beach house called Bakhawan. Continue reading

A Sequel That’s Supposedly Epic: A Book Review of Ken Follett’s “World Without End”

So here I am again, this is still the second time that I’m posting a book review in this blog. The first one is a review of Gillian Flynn’s debut novel.

This time, it will be a book from another favorite genre of mine: Historical Fiction.

My love for Historical Fiction obviously has its roots in my love for History – most specifically, the Medieval to Renaissance period.
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Burrow Lounge: We Fly High with Unlimited Chicken Wings

Who doesn’t like crispy fried chicken? Not us, certainly! Fried chicken is probably the Filipino’s most loved fast-food choice. It’s evident by how almost every food shop offers it: Jollibee, Greenwich, Chowking, etc. You can even find crispy fried chicken sold for 12 pesos a piece in the streets (I’ve tried those and they’re actually good!).

So Burrow Lounge – a recently opened restaurant in Cebu banked on this love for fried chicken by offering an eat-all-you-can option for chicken wings!

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WHERE IS IT? As far as I know, Burrow Lounge already has several branches. There’s one in Lahug (near JY-Campo), and a newly opened one in Parkmall, Mandaue (2nd level, facing City Times Square). Continue reading

The Buffet 101 Experience

Last January 2016, the whole marketing department where I worked had its annual pigging out session – this time, at Buffet 101.

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Buffet 101 claims to be the longest buffet tableĀ in the Philippines. They have a selection of international cuisine: Japanese, Italian, German, American, Chinese, and Filipino food among others. Continue reading

Perfection as a Hipster: “God Help the Girl” Movie Review

Last December 2015, I got to spend Christmas alone. So it was the perfect time for me to line up a movie marathon that basically also doubles as an anti-thesis to that annual sh*tfest calledĀ the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

I picked a movie that was selected for the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. Well, the other reason why I picked this movie is because Emily Browning plays the lead role and she is like, my ultimate girl crush. If you aren’t familiar, she’s that girl from “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “Suckerpunch” among others. Third but not the least reason is, the movie is also a musical project by Stuart Murdoch (from the music band Belle & Sebastian), more on that later.

This movie is God Help the Girl.

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