Thursday, April 26, 2012

Summer is definitely more fun with NIVEA SUN! My top summer wonder is CEBU

Cebu, the Queen city of the South, definitely deserves to earn the distinction as part of the 7 Summer Wonders in the Philippines. Talk about a myriad of endless possibilities! There is no stopping to what Cebu has to offer. 

Your beautiful experience starts as soon as you touchdown Mactan International Airport. Are you pressed for time? What if you only have an entire day and would like to treated in pure bliss, rest and relaxation... then, I highly recommended to spend the day here! No travel time wasted! This fascinating city boasts of the best white sand beaches, clear blue green waters in luxuriously chic resort hotel settings merely 15 mins drive from the airport. Talk about accessibility! 

Lets start with Shangri-La's Resort & Spa. I consider this my favorite beach in Cebu! The Philippines' Premier Resort offers 530 luxurious and expansive guestrooms.

Various water sports are endless! Diving, snorkeling, kayaking, para sailing, windsurfing, sailing or deep-sea fishing. For diving enthusiasts, there are more than 20 dive sites teeming with marine life within half an hour's boat ride from the resort, including the resorts' own Marine sanctuary.

The cowrie cove offers delicious al fresco dining in a charming beach side location. At night, this transform in an ultra romantic setting. Have an amazing candlelight dinner while listening to soft waves crashing against the shore.

Set amidst 13 hectares of lush tropical greenery with Kenneth Cobonpue-ish beach furnitures.

 Gorgeous infinity pool! 

Such a perfect day for just plain lounging and lazying at the beach!

Hands down to the yummiest buffet ever! The Tides, featuring a buffet of International dishes, offers an interactive, open-kitchen concept that makes for an all-day dining experience. 

Here's more! Newest addition is Crimson Resort & Spa 

  • I sooo love this stunning view of the sea and shaded loungers by the beach! 

  • You can opt to do these activities: fish feeding, sand castle building, beach volleyball, kayak, sea walker adventure, water ball walking.

Find comfort and luxury in premium guestrooms and villas with a charming neo-asian feel. 

Saffron Cafe serves continental and asian-inspired cuisine in distinct sorroundings. Enjoy the buffet and catch the majestic view of the infinity pool through floor to ceiling windows.

This Waterpark Resort and Spa boasts of  556 elegantly furnished rooms. It consists of 128 deluxe rooms, 380 suites and 48 pool and jacuzzi villas. 

It features 5 different themed pools. This is the Amazon River Pool- a flowing river pool that you can enjoy best in an inflatable tube. The Wave Rider- an artificial tide pool. Capt Hook's Pool- features a pirate ship and slides. 
Nearby is the Toddler Pool - for the little ones. The Aqus Pool Bar- serves signature alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, light snacks and drinks.

A sumptuous buffet at the Familia Resto awaits you! It has four live stations: Japanese, Western, Oriental and a Dessert station. 

The highlight to Cebu's journey to a fun-filled gastronomic experience starts with purchasing a Zubuchon Lechon! Each of their lechons is generously stuffed with the finest spices and ingredients, and roasted by hand over a charcoal flame by old fashioned lechoneros who are proud of their craft. 

 Quoting Anthony Bourdain (Celebrity Chef, World traveler, Hosts No Reservations) It is "The Best Pig...Ever!" 

The essence of herbs and spices are evident in each cut of the tender meat. Very tasty, indeed! What goes into the pig: lemongrass, lemons, rosemary and olive oil. Skin is sprayed with coconut water as final touch. 

A hot steaming bowl of sinigang na hipon definitely complemented the lechon. 

Grab a pack of Zubuchon Chicharon for pasalubong! 

Kamias shake boasts of its anti-fat properties. Pair it with your Zubuchon meal and feel less guilty!

 I can still go on and provide you endless 101 ways how I love Cebu, but this is all for now. Cebu would always leave a special spot in my heart. warm and humble happy people, beautiful beaches and of course, the yummiest foods!

Have I enticed you in spending your summer here? 

Join the on-going Nivea Philippines 7 Summer Wonders contest on FB and get a chance to win NIVEA Sun gift packs, Charina Sarte swimwear, SONY products or a trip for 2 to the Ultimate Summer Wonder! Just click to join and vote now!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

SG Shopping: Orchard Road & Bugis Street Market

With close to 2,000 brands to choose from, Orchard Road is your ultimate shopping haven.

Hennes & Mauritz AB, more popularly known worldwide as H&M, is a retail and clothing company established in Sweden in 1947. The chain has almost 2,200 stores in 38 countries. 

H&M dresses, tops, trousers, jeans, skirts, jacket & coats,blazer & waistcoats, sportswear, swimwear, lingerie & nightwear, shoes, bags, and accessories are highly in demand, much sought after, that fans are even willing to shell out extra to pay shipping (since the nearest branch is in HK)

Its like Forever21. I hope they bring it here in the Phil, soon!

Call it serendipity that it was on SALE during my uber short (READ: 48 hours)  visit to Singapore. (Yey!) 

What tickled my fancy? 
Here's my haul: Bright Orange Sleeveless Lace with long fringe at hem. SGD 24.90, Orange tube top SGD 7.90, Black aviator SGD 15. 

Inspired by this!

Great Brands!

Marc by Marc Jacobs

For beauty junkies out there!

The Paul Frank Store

Miu Miu

 This is such a bustling street! 

More shops! Myriad of malls!

Charlie Brown Cafe. 
Awww, ain't snoopy sooo cute? 

Here's the ever sooo famous I LOVE SG shirts. 
 Choose Giordano for quality shirts. Great for pasalubongs!
Located at The lucky Plaza ( a.k.a the pinoy mall. Find pinoy food, groceries.. and a lot more!) 

I Love SG roundneck shirts 1 for SGD 19 / 2 for SGD 15
Lion collared polo shirt 1 for SGD 39 / 2 for SGD 33

These are from the Lucky Plaza ( Dollars and Scents store) trial sizes of: Clinique Derma White SGD 28 and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair SGD 28.

 Can I just mention that I'm currently loving the advanced night repair! I put it inside the fridge, and come night time its like a saving grace to my skin! It feels well nourished upon waking up in the morning. I've already emptied the Derma White in just a span of  few days, trial size wasn't enough (Tee-hee)

I love love love Bugis Street Market!

It reminds me of Divisoria 168 mall. Get the latest uber cute fasyon finds at such cheap prizes! Eeeek!

Sleeveless tops go for SGD 10 up. Denim Shorts and skirts 15 up. Dresses SGD 18 up. What I loved the most? Hoarding mullet skirts!
Tops with detachable collars are soo in!

Pasalubongs! Keychains, ref magnets, bagtags, caps, souvenir items, clocks, dolls, can openers... Choices are endless!

I'm such a sucker for korean clothes. Its pure love! Was I a korean doll during my past life? Tee-hee! 

Scallop tops, polka dots, dresses, palazzo pants. I was just shy to haggle down the prices. I should have done that! 

Hungry? Fancy some singaporean foodies, Bubble teas...

And here are my Bugis Haul:

Brown Mullet Skirt SGD 20
Brown sleeveless SGD 15
Peach Mullet Dress SGD 20
Black Top with Polka Detachable Collar SGD 12
18 keychains for just SGD 10 ( I know right! its super cheap!!)

Cutesy earrings 3 for SGD 10

1 SGD: P34
Title of this blog post should have been How To Go Broke In 48 Hours! (tee-hee)

I'd love to hear about your SG shopping experience! Share it here!