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Sumilon Island Resort, Oslob November 8, 2007

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The dock Bangka in front of Sumilon Island

The picture on the upper left is a dock. Through it you get on the boat that takes you on a 30-minute ride to Sumilon island, Oslob — a slice of near-heaven with its sand bar and intimate, middle-of-nowhere ambience. While it’s better to go to this island via Dumaguete, it’s always nice to take that roadtrip from the city to the countryside. Observe your anxieties melt away as you drive, and you’ll believe me.

While there are many options available on the island — for one, romantic picnics for two, scuba diving another, a boat tour one more — the reason I’d come here the most is for good old-fashioned peace and quiet. Believe me, with Cebu developing at a rapid pace, we need it now more than ever. Rooms are, well, roomy and they all come with a view. Life is quiet, and you might want to try sleeping on the beach under a blanket of stars. On my last stay, I saw three shooting stars in one unbelievable night.

The beach is okay — you’ll be lying on naked white sand with barely a cabana to shade you from the sun. Some irresponsible beach-babies have left shards of broken glass on the beach. Sumilon island is open for daytrips and given the popularity of the resort, you’re bound to run across apathetic beachgoers. The water is an unbelievable blue but the bed is rarely anything other than coral and rock formations. Proper footwear is a must. It takes a while before you get to the deep in the normally low tide.

You’ll need to order food eventually but let me tell you that it’s nothing great for the price.

 

Cebu Restaurant Trifecta November 8, 2007

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I am a college student studying in Manila, and I find that when I head back home to Cebu I always ask my parents to take the family to one of three places:

1. Marco Polo

2. Cafe Laguna

3. Port Seafood Restaurant

Thus, what I’d like to call my Cebu Restaurant Trifecta. There is a close runner-up which I will mention later but these restaurants are always where I head to for comfort food and where I like to go to for good eats, and bang-for-your-buck meals. Allow me to expound on the three restaurants which have won my stomach over.

Marco Polo Cebu is a hotel which sits atop a hill in Lahug and offers a view of the city which is as good as it gets. The view is simply one of the things that makes the place a winner. The clincher is their buffet, which for around 700Php is the best deal you can get in the city, given the wide selection their restaurant proffers. Myself, I stick to the salads and dessert. I really just come here for the salmon sashimi (for which I have frequent cravings) and their heavenly brownies for which there is no contender. Come on Sundays if you want a more quiet surrounding as the restaurant experiences heavy traffic usually. Reservations will save you some hassle. Use your HSBC credit card for a 10% discount.

Cafe Laguna is practically a city landmark for being a restaurant which has been around for so long. It’s hard to find another restaurant which has been as successful, and is the favorite stop for family dinners. Filipino cuisine is at its best here, and the busy atmosphere takes away the formality of dining out. I just come here for the food, which is great. Maybe your lola can make the sinigang better but if you’ve got relatives from out of town and you don’t want to cook for such a big crowd, this is perfect. This restaurant satiates my cravings for a variety of dishes Filipino cuisine has got to offer.

Port Seafood Restaurant, aside from its homey and intimate atmosphere, offers another great buffet for about 300Php. I say this is great because they offer on the menu succulent lechon and refreshing halo-halo, but only during dinnertime. A more intimate place for family gatherings, and always well-decorated (nice to look at when your date’s not going so well). Head over to Waterfront Lahug for a nice meal at this restaurant.

I like using the word trifecta. Doesn’t it sound nice? Trifecta. Trifecta. But there’s another restaurant that I like for the authentic Japanese cuisine that it offers. It’s Nonki at AS Fortuna, Banilad. You can tell the authenticity of the cuisine that a Japanese restaurant offers by the number of Japanese diners it has on any given day. Nonki is one of those restaurants, and I must say, this is the restaurant that started me on my love for zaru soba, chilled buckwheat noodles. I haven’t eaten soba at many Japanese restaurants but Nonki gets it right with the sweetness — not too sweet, and every bit as refreshing. A Teisyoku box should be more than enough for yourself so be prepared to share. It’s not a cheap restaurant but the times that we stumbled into it to satisfy a craving for good sushi, we’ve managed to score discounts. So it just might be your lucky day.

Hello world! November 8, 2007

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