HCafe's Themed Nights Buffet



I am always fascinated how Cebu has grown and improved when it comes to the food business sector. Everyday, a lot of restaurants are sprouting like mushrooms in the City making their own signature tastes and styles with the goal to satisfy their customers’ hungry stomachs, thirsty throats or even curious minds. Do they really make an impact to the customers’ tastebuds and inquisitive mindset? Are the customers willing to come back? Well, this really depends on the restaurant’s effort to please the people and the prize it associates.

Tell me: Do you know of a restaurant that caught not only your hungry stomach but also your inquisitive mind? Would you agree to dine in a restaurant with different themes throughout the week and keep coming back for more? Well… if you ask me, I did know one in Cebu and YES, it made me want to keep coming back! (I bet you guys would do it too!)

HCafe, located at the ground Floor of Harolds Hotel, serves enjoyable and gastronomic dinner experience to Cebuanos and tourists with their NEW Themed Nights buffet with local twists. This has been officially out in the open just this year every 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM everyday (except Sunday because it’s a rest day).
At a price of 458 pesos for every person, you got to enjoy variety of foods that compliments your mood on that particular day plus salads, desserts and limitless mocktail drinks included.

Grills, grills!

As for me, I dined in this restaurant on a  Thursday. It was just so amazing and totally worth it. I was with my blogger friends that time. We laughed, shared stories, made fun with each other over a sumptuous “Grill Gone Wild” kind of themed dinner. The whole experience was totally fun, tasty and unforgettable.

More grills!

There were also several food choices aside from grills on that night. I tasted their tender and crispy Harolds Lechon Belly, Roasted Peppercorn Chicken and Tuna with Cucumber. I got to choose my favorite salad - Greek, Fruit Macaroni and Coleslaw with Raisin and Nuts. I spoiled myself in their Maki Station as well as indulged in their sweet corner - cupcakes, cakes, brownies and a bunch of other sweets! And oh, their Laksa Noodle Station was so good too.

Harolds Lechon Belly and Roasted Peppercorn Chicken

Tuna with Cucumber

So much salad. I don't know what to choose. Okay, I'll taste them all!

Cupcakes and everything sweet. My heart!

Some more sweets!

Asian people will surely love.

Pick your Themed Nights


1. Truly Asian | Monday
Experience a delectable feast of cuisines from the south, southeast, central and east of Asia all in one night.  The ever famous Harrold’s Lechon Belly with native sauce, Ebi Tempura, Char Kway Teow, Pata Tim with Bok Choy and various Asian desserts featured to take your palate to greater oriental heights.

2. Mediterrasian Night | Tuesday
Discover the exceptional fusion of unique Mediterranean cuisines and traditional Asian cooking. Enjoy a balance between a selection of Japanese Maki Rolls and a healthy salad with special choices of Hummus, Baba Ganoush, and Moutabal. Also showing off the fresh Seafood Paella cooked to perfection ans Stuffed Pork Loin with thick Mushroom Sauce for a full MediterrAsian experience.

3. Eastern Western Fusion | Wednesday
The best of both worlds showcased in one night of fascinating tastes from the East to the West. An extensive array of oriental and western specialties ranging the Mongolian Stir Fried Beef, Chicken Tikka Massala, and Harolds' Crispy Pork Belly with Native Sauce that will surely tantalize your taste buds.

4. Grills Gone Wild | Thursday
Smokin' hot Hungarian Sausage, Grilled Pork Belly, Beef Fillet Mignon, Mini Burger and Fish Kebab all night long! Savor the premium Roasted Pepper Chicken and Grilled Tuna with Cucumber and Pomelo Salsa to satisfy your carnivorous appetite.

5. Wordly Treasures | Friday
Lush dinner courses highlighting different flavors from around the world! Begin your journey with the appetizing assorted Japanese Maki Rolls and Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce. Then go on with some Roasted Pumpkin with Green Beans and Rellenong Manok in hefty servings to guarantee a wonderful voyage for your palate. Finally, settle in with the finest premium Prok Ribs that comes in different flavors keeping you hungry for more.

6. The Great Harrold’s Steak Out | Saturday
Take pleasure in devouring the flavorful, tender and juicy US Angus Chuck Eye of Beef paired with creamy Mashed Potatoes and perfectly cooked pasta with your choice of Carbonara, Alfredo, Bolognese, Pomodoro and Pesto. Finish off the night with the Great Steak Out dinner desserts that are simply sublime!


Discounts


1.  Amazing Birthd888
Your birthday dinner buffet is free when you dine on your birthday month together with 7 full paying guests, or when you dine 8 days before, 8 days after and on the exact birthday. Just bring an original and valid ID with picture and birthdate printed on it.

2. BPO Employees
Avail 50 pesos worth of discount when you dine on a Monday.

So what now? Start marking your favorite day of the week then head over to HCafe restaurant and be amazed with its equivalent themed dinner waiting just for you!

For reservations, please call : +63325057777
Visit: Cebu Office
Gorodo Ave. cor. Rosal Street,
Lahug, Cebu City 6000 Philippines
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Skin Day Out at KEVLO



How did I celebrate my birthday a few days ago? Well, I opted for a royal and relaxing facial treatment! Then an ice cream treat afterwards because who would not love that?

Together with some friends, my instagram buddy Rady invited me for a skin day out at Kevlo Skin Clinic on that special day of mine, my birthday.  I heard great things about their products online, so I was very keen to try it for myself. And I was in no way disappointed. In fact, my expectations were met.
And nope, he didn't know it was my birthday because I had these feelings he would post those awkwardly stolen pictures on my timeline and I just didn't want that to happen. Hahaha sorry Rady!

Kevlo Skin Clinic has 2 branches in Cebu City:
- 2nd level of Bonifacio District, F. Cabahug St., Panagdait (across Citi Park Hotel, the old Paseo) +63933 854 1347
- 2nd level of Orange Bldg., Gov. Cuenco Ave, Nasipit, Talamban (across the entrance of USC Engineering Bldg.) +63916 794 0456

We went to Panagdait branch. The clinic is new and has a very good ambiance which is perfect for instagram post if you'd like to. Their staff is super friendly. In fact one of them braided my hair and it was just so classy!

Before going on with the procedure, we had a chitchat with the owners of the skin clinic - Mr. Mark Phillip Geniston and his daughter Lovely Geniston. They narrated how they come up with the business and what were their products and services. They started as a distributor of skin care products in 2007 and now working on opening clinic branches in the city.

They also educated us about the five ways on how to care for our skin: Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize, Protect and Exfoliate.

1. Cleanse – Eliminate sweat and dusts on the skin by cleansing it with soap or any of your favorite cleansers. Remember to always be gentle on your skin.
2. Tone – For the face, close those pores by using a toner solution that is best for you.
3. Moisturize – Cleansing and toning processes eliminates the essential oils on the skin. Restore those and maintain skin's elasticity by applying moisturizer.
4. Protect  - UVA/UVB rays are the worst enemies of our skin that leads to aging and wrinkles. Block the harmful rays from entering inside by protecting your skin with sunblock. You will thank it forever.
5. Exfoliate – Human beings are shedding dead skin everyday. Make sure to exfoliate at least thrice a week to totally get rid of those which most of the times causes skin allergies and acne.

I had my Kevlo Signature Facial after then. It took almost an hour. Mind you, it was one of my fastest one hour ever. Maybe because I just didn’t want the facial treatment process to finish just yet. I wished time stopped that moment because it was so relaxing and I really felt I was pampered very well. The therapist who handled me was very polite and friendly. Her very soft hands go very well. We talked a lot of things that ranges from relationships, beauty and life in general.

Based on my experience, I can guarantee that their services exceed its equivalent payment. After all, they aim nothing less for the skin of their clients but all the best, glow and fairness. That is their mission and it is very soothing in the ears. They entrust our skin to their well-trained staff.

Here are the services they offered. Their services are affordable as you can see. A tip for you, visit them on a Monday and avail a 100 peso off on any of their services. Wink!

Get the glow with Kevlo. For more information and inquiry, visit them on Facebook and Instagram or call/dial the numbers stated above. Basta Cebu, KEVLO!

Oh by the way, here is my ice cream. Love, love!


Airplane Mode Dinner at Inflight Cafe



"I have not ridden an airplane yet."
Yeah, I know what you are thinking. In fact, most of my friends say it is a joke. I know! It is not that I could not afford, it is just that I am not travelling faraway places right now. My hometown does not have an airport as well so everytime I go home, the ship is always my bestfriend - either tiny or huge. I almost had my first time to ride such gigantic bird machine last few months for a squad escapade to Bacolod, but guess what, I did not show up on my flight day. (Ouch!) It was because I had an obligation to take care in one of the organizations I am in, the Cebu Google Developers Group held an event I could not deny. In order to make the long story short, I ditched my flight and until now I have not ridden an airplane. How come I am laughing typing this?! Lol.

Anyways, eventhough I haven't been in an airplane yet, I get to experience being a pilot for a couple of minutes and had a dinner inside it in one of Cebu's newest cafe - the Inflight Cafe. How cool is that? Very cool! Same as the hugot line "It is okay eventhough there is no us as long as I experience the feeling of being with you." Ganern!

Inflight Cafe is an airplane-setting-inspired resto built and owned by a retired Cebuano pilot. He loves his profession so much and that serves as his motivation in building this rare restaurant. It is located besides the main road of Subangdako, Mandaue City, just across ADG I.T CENTRE and near BIR building.

This cafe is awesome! You can really say that as soon as you will enter the entrance. Situated in the middle, a real airplane cockpit will surprise and welcome you just like what it did to me. The cockpit is where the pilot sits and controls every command of the airplane. Of course I sat and pretended I was a  cool pilot you can ever think of. Hahaha. I touched the steering wheel, controlled any button or switch I saw and wore the iconic headset every pilot is known for.

The place is perfect for you if you want a setting different from the ordinary cafes in the city. It is also a good chitchat spot for you and your squad. The seats of the cafe are absolutely real airplane chairs. The decorations are also real parts of an actual airplane. The waitresses are dressed same as the flight attendants and stewardess.

Here comes the food.



Happy eating! Happy imaginary flying! 

I Am A Grateful HIBSTer



What triggered me to pursue a blogging career was Cebu Blogging Community’s summit held at iiiOffice Cebu last November 2016. There were really awesome blogger speakers that day who motivated me to build my own website and become a blogger/owner of it. Two months after, I created my own blogsite!

I told Rome, one of the awesome Cebu Blogging Community leads and also my co-program manager in GDG Cebu, that I wanted to become part of the blogger group he's in. He gave me useful tips on how to become one and how to be a member. I was very excited and happy. Since then, I started writing out of nowhere. There was no clear pattern as long as I am writing happy moments of my life. I tagged my blogsite as Personal and Lifestyle because I just wanted to write everything that’s happening. In that way, I could assess myself on which field or on which niche I fit best. I’m happy that I enjoy doing it until now.

I also enrolled to CBC’s program called High Intensity Blogging (HIB). Bloggers enrolled in this program must write at least 8 posts per month within 3 months. It sounded easy at first but it's very challenging. I committed myself to do it because I wanted to prove to myself that if others can do it, so do I. I also wanted improvement. Who wouldn't want that? This post is actually my last entry of the program in order for me to be officially named as “HIBster”. Yeah, that’s what they call us – bloggers who enrolled in High Intensity Blogging program.



In the duration of my HIBster life, I’m very happy to share the following realizations and experiences. I never thought something great like this would happen to me. I pat myself for taking on the challenge and a big thanks to my blogger friends who welcomed me to the pack!

1. It’s all about friendship and fun.

2. Learning never stops. It’s an unending loop.

3. Surround yourself with awesome people and you will eventually become one.

4. Life needs not to be lonely; it must be funny!


First Metro Securities: The Grand Unveiling 2017


For those who doesn't know, I really love attending events may it be about technology, self-growth, relaxation, forums and many more. I bet you noticed that already on my social media accounts and even on my previous posts. Attending to community events is one of my outlets from the corporate work. Through it, I can feel that I belong to the community I'm in. It is always a fulfilling feeling I get at the end of the event.In this post, I will share another event I attended and it's about FirstMetroSec's the Grand Unveiling party.

I attended FirstMetroSec’s Grand Unveiling party at LIV Superclub, Mandaue City, Cebu last April 19, 2017.  It was one of the most exclusive and most insightful launch parties in Cebu. A party where you can chill, hang out with friends, and learn how to make your money work harder for you. Yeah right, I partied with business owners and business minded people.

When I arrived at LIV Superclub, the upbeating music pounded my whole being and made me feel alive. I then saw my friends chilling and headbanging in one of the tables. There were raffle draws before the program. I had few lucky friends that won cool prizes. It was also a drink-all-you-can kind of night. There’s food we could grab whenever we wanted. We really had good times.

What is First Metro Securities?


When I first heard “First Metro Securities”, I honestly thought it was about IT security stuff. Later on I knew that it is a brokerage corporation. A stockbrokerage house licensed to trade in the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Established in 1994, they have been a trusted provider of equity brokering services and solutions for over 20 years. They provide easy and convenient access to the listed securities in the stock market, either thru our state-of-the-art online trading platforms or with the assistance of our seasoned and knowledgeable equity brokers.

Wait, what?! That sounds too technical.


I feel you! As I remembered, my jaw dropped out of awe the last time I heard these definitions. Hahaha!
In other terms, First Metro Securities is the all-in-one online investment platform. It provides products and services about stocks, mutual funds, investments and other financial services. They help you become good investors and traders.

They launched the following on that night:

1. Fundsmart – MutualFunds Online Platform
Let’s you invest in over 25 peso mutual funds of the leading fund houses in the country with no paperwork hassle, sales loads and transaction fees.

2. Margin Financing Facility
Enables you to buy more stocks using securities you already own as collateral. Double your buying power and magnify your earning potential for a very low interest.

3. Enhanced Mobile App
Trade how you want, when you want. View realtime reports and charts with the use of mobile apps.

I know these all sound confusing at first but the main point here is that if we want our money to do the work for us, then we must opt to become an investor or become a trader. First Metro Sec is just one call away to helping us along the way. I’m pretty sure I just cover the tip of the iceberg on this post. So, for more information and one-on-one coaching, please visit https://www.firstmetrosec.com.phhttps://www.firstmetrosec.com.ph .
Email: customerservice@firstmetrosec.com.ph
Phone: (02) 859-0600        

Glance: Celebrating Timeless Distinction



I grew up with all fairy tale fantasies in mind. Princesses, princes, queens, kings, castles, gowns, marriages and happily ever after were my thing when I was a kid. Those were the kind books I read and movies I watched. They firmly encapsulated my childhood days. Wayback then, I didn’t know anything about the “real” world and how opposite it was to my perspective until I studied college and lived in the City all by myself.

Although the reality awakens me now that life is not all fantasies and happiness, there is still that little voice in my head telling me to go and experience gown parties and fancy celebrations every once in a while. I guess it’s normal because I was once a firm believer of that stuff before the truth pokes my eyeball.

So when an invitation arrived at me last March 10, 2017 about a gown party, I said “Yes”!
Marriot organized a three-day Open Bridal Fair and I witnessed the grand finale! The event had a theme “Glance: Celebrating Timeless Distinction”. It featured highlights of Marriott’s 20 years in Cebu alongside wedding industry influencers who had also flourished in their craft over the past two decades. The event also featured Marriott’s 20 years of brilliant hosting and seamless segue from sleek business hotel to romantic wedding venue while still incorporating their signature technology-enhanced guest services for a unique and memorable “I do!”

There were live performances by the Cebu Phil Harmonic Orchestra and singer Anna Feji. It was a long gown, suit and tie event attended by Cebu's elites, fashion designers and wedding suppliers. Everybody was glammed and presentable.

I was really happy to be one of the lucky bloggers who witnessed such breathtaking gowns and tuxedos fashion show as well as the timeless couture collection of our homegrown world-class Cebuano designers. I also enjoyed the artistic displays of the wedding industry partners present during the event.

With all the beautiful things I saw that night; I wonder who is ready to walk the aisle for a memorable “I Do”. Anyone?

Special thanks to:

Marriott Hotel 
Location: Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu City, 6000. (032) 411 5800.
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Road To Fashion Blogger Poses


Are you hoping to have that perfect blogger kind of pose that Instagram celebrities have? Are you at somepoint wanted to add a little bit of spice as well as drama on your photos? Well, if your answer is yes, then you are not alone. I, too, always dream that. I just want to have a break with my wacky poses and peace signs everywhere, hahaha. I mean who wouldn’t want a candid shot or  a perfectly genuine unscripted kind of shots?

Just recently, I learned a few new techniques on how to strike that blogger pose we always been dreaming to achieve. I am not saying that I am pro when it comes to these. I just notice that when I followed these, there’s really a significant improvement. These may not applicable to all of you but I just thought I ring a bell somewhere out there in your mind.

1. Look away from the camera. Think as if you are shy of the photographer that is why you to got to away. Look to the left or to the right side, not to the center.


2. Flaunt your sexy back. If you have it, then flaunt it!

3. Take a picture of your legs. Don’t you think your legs deserve some show time? After all the bottles of lotions it absorbed through the years, it needs to show off yeah?


4. Fix your sunglasses or your hat. Fix it yourself because if it is not you, then who else will be?


5. Look back, baby! …because why not?


6. Background matters darling. Choose a good background. Beaches, walls, sky, buildings, etc add up style and give life of the lifeless photo in general.


7. Pretend as if you are walking in slow mo. Pretend to be in a movie slaying the slow mo drama. Trust me, it almost always ends up with a candid shot!


8. Laugh/Smile your heartaches out. Laugh/Smile hard and wide because life is not always cries and tears.


9. Look innocent. Think as if you don't know how things work on Earth. "Parang siya, innocenting-inocenti na may feelings ka sa kanya."


10. YOLO. You Only Live Once so try to break some rules just like me in this picture. I entrust my life on a shaky rock that will surely fall if I'm not mindful of my balance. And oh, mr. lifeguard is yelling at me to come back up. And I am like, "kuya, wait for a while please!". #YOLO


11. I think I'm lost. ...lost in his eyes! Nah, kidding! Think as if you are in a forest and you don't know the right way back.


12.  Feeling like a superstar ...even if not, hahaha!


That’s it! I hope it helps.
How about you, what are your techniques? Let me know in the comment section below because I’d really  love to hear what works for you. To more amazing blogger poses, yeah?!


Sharing Kindness During Cebu Worldwide Instameet 15


All kids! Kids by age and kids by heart! (photo by @foureyedlaagan)

"Hitting two targets with just one stone." This is Cebu Worldwide Instameet 15 was all about - Outreach Activity and Instagrammers' Meetup.

Worldwide Instameet is bi-annual meetup event of Instagram users in order to connect and network with fellow users and participate in different activities related to a given theme. Instagrammers will have the chance to enjoy each other’s company, gain new friends and at the same time gather ideas and plans on what will be good and beneficial for the group.

The 15th Worldwide Instameet was held last March 26, 2017 at Brgy. Luz's Barangay Hall in Cebu City. It was organized by the Cebu Instagram Community. The event’s theme correlated the act of sharing kindness to the little children living in the said barangay.

It was my first time to join this. I never knew this existed until one blogger friend of mine shared the details to his wall. Upon reading the event description, I got interested so I signed up. It was perfect on my schedule as well because the date fell on a weekend, my rest day from corporate work. Few days before the event, the organizing team were looking for some volunteers in order to provide assistance on the actual day. You know me, yes, I volunteered myself. Volunteering is one of my ways not to get intimidated or feel awkward especially that this was my first time. The act of volunteerism gave me the feeling of "belongingness" to the group.

On the day of the event, my journey going to the venue was very funny and a little awkward, too. I almost wanted to go home because I was lost literally, lol! I’m not very good nor a master of directions and places of Cebu. Instead of going to the Barangay hall, I went straight to the school because that was the only place I was familiar with. It took me almost 15 minutes before finally able to hit the right place. Thanks to my friends who picked me (Iji and Ciji).

I saw many little, innocent kids as I entered the venue. I’ve never seen such plenty of kids for 5 years already. I guess that’s what happens when you plant your butt in the office and at home, hehe. Moving on, we started the program for the kids. We threw games to them that they surely enjoyed namely “Don’t Break the Fita”, “Heep Heep, Hooray!” and “Paint Me a Picture”. Through these, they’re able to work as a team and gave their best strategies to win…which are really good. We also provided them goodies as prizes. With the help and kindness of our sponsor, we were able to give them free lunch. Yay!



After the kids' activities, it’s time for the grown ups – us! Yay! We gathered a circle and started the getting-to-know each other session. Some of the instagrammers were already my friends (but not close though), some I just met online through social media and some I didn't know. We introduced ourselves and state a sentence or two about what we’re doing in life. The group was composed of bloggers, developers, entrepreneurs and more. Very cool because there’s a diversity of individuals at that time. We also ate together in one big table just like one big happy family and continued on discussing, might as well chitchatting, about our daily lives, activities and future plans.

This is one of the memorable events I have attended to so far because I met and greeted really lots of kids approximately 50 of them.  I was happy to see such innocent faces because I could think of my childhood days. I was once like them - innocent and vulnerable. Apart from that, I was able to gain new cool friends and got to talk a little bit of their life – work, likes and plans.

Yay, new friends! Follow us and we'll followback :)


Thanks to our generous sponsor - Virginia Food Inc. and Virginia Premium Hotdog for making this event possible. Thanks as well to Christopher John and the rest of the team for spearheading. Until next time, see you guys!

Michel’s Bistro: My New Favorite Place to Chill And Eat



Michel's Bistro, the newest restaurant located at G/F Skyrise 1, IT Park Cebu is now officially open! At a very reasonable price, you can enjoy exceptionally delicious and properly cooked foods as well as savory drinks served with great care in a very comfortable place.

Here are top 5 main reasons why I love this place:


1. Great foods and drinks
At a reasonable price, you can choose a variety of foods and drinks that you will surely love. Paella Seafood Pasta, Paella Valenciana and Pork Stroganoff are extremely my favorites.
If you want to sip a glass of wine or any of your favorite drinks, this is a perfect place for you as well!


2. Comfortable ambiance
The place is very clean, cold and elegant. The lighting is of blue shade which makes it so cool.



3. Party rockin' rest room
This is my most favorite part of the restaurant. There is a speaker in the rest room! When I was inside, I felt like I was having a private concert. Headbang here, headbang there, headbang everywhere. Sometimes, I intentionally went to the rest room not to pee but to re-charge and feel energize with the music inside.



4. Smiling staff
The staffs are very friendly. They make sure to cater your needs. They smile to the customer as well. I like it so much especially that I am a “feeling-close” (sometimes) kind of person.



5. Accessible location
The location is reachable because it is located in G/F Skyrise 1, IT Park Cebu. Whether you are from Fuente, Ayala or Talamban, there are accessible one-call-away jeepneys. If you have your personal car, there are parking lots as well. Just prepare 50 pesos for the fee.



Indulge goodness and yumminess in Michel's Bistro. Their foods, drinks, staff, place and price are definitely check na check! Barato na, layshoo pa!
Will definitely go back here every now and then.


Doing the #MichelsPose