My Top 5 Apps for Budget Traveling #TopListSaturday

In my recent travels, I found a few mobile apps that are very useful when I look for special deals and promos (to lessen my expenses). Using these apps doesn’t guarantee that you can immediately get cheaper deals, but if you know how to use them (and if you are a wise user), you can definitely get a great bargain. The following are my top 5 apps ideal for budget traveling. More »

Ten Important Things You Need in Working While Travelling

Indeed, working while traveling has never been so much easier than it is today. However, merely working and efficiently getting things done are two different things. After all, what clients appreciate more than anything else are tangible results. To accomplish this, you might want to take a look at the following pointers. More »

A Few More Months to A Location Independent Lifestyle

Traveling while working lessens the cost as you can stay in that particular location longer, thus you don’t need to go home right away. Instead of staying at expensive hotels you can stay in budget apartelles or pension house. More »

5 Reasons Why I Prefer Palawan Pawnshop over Other Money Transfer Services

I’ve already been to lots of money transfer services and most of them didn’t meet my expectations. Some have very rude clerks and others employed security guards who are not trained how to treat a customer properly. Others, on the other hand, have unnecessary rules that make the lives of customers difficult, to the point of ruining their day. More »

Why I Decided that I Should Live Frugally

Living a frugal life is not easy. This is the very reason why I decided to blog about it so that I can keep track of my progress. For people like me who can’t resist the temptation in spending money every time something comes to fancy – living frugally can be very difficult to achieve. More »

5 Ways to Bring Your Freelancing Career to the Next Level

Being a freelancer is a very rewarding path for creative and self-motivated people. You’re not tied to a mind-numbing commute or the same drab office day in and day out. You work on different and exciting projects, and meet new people all the time. More »


Avalon is this Year’s Venue Host for the 7th Best Cebu Blogs Awards

The Avalon Cebu Hosts Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 - Entrance

Last year’s trophies
Last year, Avalon hosted the venue for the 6th Best Cebu Blogs Awards.  This coming 7th of December, they will host again  the venue for the awarding night of our 7th year of recognizing Cebu’s finest bloggers.  We had a great awarding night in there last year and we look forward to a more fun and enjoyable event this December.  Below are a few throwback photos of last year’s awarding night.

And below is a peek of the entrance to the venue inside the Avalon.

For this year’s awards, we have already wrapped up who the winners are.  […] Continue Reading…

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Harmonis Residences – Affordable House and Lot for 7K Plus/Month

Harmonis Residences Lagtang Talisay Cebu

Photo Credit: Harmonis Residences Facebook
Are you planning to buy a house and lot to be your future home, or perhaps as a property investment? Harmonis Residences is Citrineland Corporation’s very first residential subdivision project located at Lagtang, Talisay City, Cebu.  For at least Php7K  plus (the lowest monthly amortization either bank financing or PAG-IBIG) a month, you can now have the dream home you want.
Top 5 Reasons Why Harmonis Residences is Ideal For You
Aside from the fact that Harmonis’ target is the middle class market (thus the much affordable rates), this subdivision is also the very first residential project […] Continue Reading…

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Project Happiness Bakehouse Opens in Cebu

PH Bakehouse Cebu Opening

I used to just gawk at PH Bakehouse’s creations via Facebook because they were only exclusively distributed near Cavite area before.  Just lately, I was really surprised that the owners, Iris and Marcel Pulga, had officially opened their very first store here in Cebu.  Project Happiness Bakehouse opened their door to Cebuano customers last Saturday (November 8).  You can visit them at Arcada 5, Highway Tipolo, Mandaue City.
PH Bakehouse Creations
Project Happiness Bakehouse specializes in custom-made celebration cakes for all occasions and dessert buffets.  One thing that I like the most with their cakes is the fondant decorations.  Their Candy […] Continue Reading…

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Home Buying Tips: Bank versus In-House Financing

Home Buying Tips Bank or In House Financing 2

There are definitely many things to consider when buying a house, but this does not stop anyone from dreaming of their very own home. One of the biggest challenges that people face when it comes to house ownership is actually having the cash to purchase one upfront. Applying for a housing loan provides a viable option, and these can be provided by the government’s Social Security System (SSS), the Pag-IBIG Fund, or commercial banks. In recent years, another option has surfaced wherein real estate developers have also begun to offer in-house financial services.

Property experts from Lamudi have created a […] Continue Reading…

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Nominate your Favorite Cebuano Blogs for the 7th Best Cebu Blogs Awards


Are you fond of reading blogs? Do you have a favorite blogger you want to be recognized? Then nominate him/her by filling in this nomination form.

The Best Cebu Blogs Awards  is still accepting nominations for Cebu’s finest blogs.  If you haven’t nominated your favorite blog yet, you have until October 25 to do it.

Mechanics and guidelines for the competition can be found here.

The Best Cebu Blogs Awards has been recognizing Cebu’s finest bloggers in the past six years.  Now, in its 7th year, BCBA continues to pool the best online writers in the Queen City of the South.  Qualified […] Continue Reading…

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Parkmall Celebrates Cebu Talents

Parkmall Cebu Events

Parkmall continues in giving recognition to homegrown Cebuano talents by having VISPOP artists Earl Andrei Ornopia, Kenneth Corvera, Johnever Canlom, Jerika Teodorico as featured guests on October 17 and 18 for their month-long anniversary celebration .  On October 24 and 25, BISROCK band The Agadiers will also jam with the mall goers.  Earlier this month, the Quaruplee Band and violinist Adrian Niño Beltran had also performed.

Catch these local performers at the Atrium as Parkmall commemorate their 6 years of improving the lifestyles of Cebuanos.
Parkmall’s 6 Years of Celebrating Cebu Life

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SKILLS Cebu Offers Guaranteed Employment for 500 Scholars

SKILLS Cebu Offers Guaranteed Employment for 500 Scholars

Photo Credit: SKILLS Cebu Offers Guaranteed Employment for 500 Scholars after they’ll past their trainings.

The skills trainings are FREE because they have funds for 500 scholars but do not have the scholars/students.

SKILLS is offering FREE Construction related TESDA training for:

Carpentry NC II
Masonry NC II
Reinforced Steel Bar Installation, NC I
Scaffold Erection NC II
Heavy Equipment Operation – Wheel Loader NCII
Heavy Equipment Operation- Rough Terrain Crane NC II
Heavy Equipment Operation- Tower Crane NCII
Heavy Equipment Operation – Hydraulic Excavator NCII
Heavy Equipment Operation – Road Roller NCII
Heavy Equipment Operation – Bulldozer NCII
Heavy Equipment Operation – Forklift NCII

Minimum Qualifications:

At least High School […] Continue Reading…

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La BUSA Italian Restaurant & Bar, Newly Opened Hangout Place for Italian Food Lovers

La Busa Italian Restaurant Cebu - Namesign

Last night I went to La BUSA Italian Restaurant & Bar with my CBSi pals to check out the newly opened place.  We were entertained by Stefano Quaquarelli, the chef and owner of the resto.  We had a good time checking their menu while catching up with each other.

La BUSA is located at the ground floor of  Tsai Hotel and Residences.  It is a few walks away from JY Square Mall in Lahug.
Highly Recommended Courses in the Menu
Chef Stefanno assured us that all foods in their menu are cooked from fresh ingredients.  He goes to the market daily to […] Continue Reading…

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Help Victims of Childhood Abuse, Join Gaisano’s Fun Run on October 26, 2014

Gaisano Country Mall - Cebu Fun Run October 26, 2014

Run for your health and of course, for a Cause.   Gaisano Country Mall is organizing a fun run on October 26, 2014 to help children who are victims of abuse and cyber sex/pornography.  This is also to celebrate their 21st Anniversary.  All the proceeds of the activity will be given to C.U.R.E. Foundation, an organization that helps and rescues victims of child abuse.
How to Join?
Registration has already started last September 15 and still going on.  You can register at Gaisano Country Mall Customer Service Area or at Runner Ayala Center Cebu.  You can also RSVP through Facebook here.
How Much […] Continue Reading…

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Doctor Stranger – Final Review and 14 Episodes of Quack Couple Moments Plus HoonHyun Alternative Ending

Doctor Stranger - Quack Couple Fan Art by Kiyasnow

I need to close this bitter-sweet chapter of my Kdrama viewing experience by ending it with a more “balanced” review.  I’ve already ranted my disappointment last week and that’s the end of it.  I’m promoting good vibes as I bid farewell to my two favorite characters (Oh Soo Hyun and Park Hoon). Warning: Don’t continue reading below if you hate spoilers.
Final Review and Rating

Of all the Kdrama series that I’ve watched, Doctor Stranger is the only one where I have a love and “more” hate relationship.  Story-wise this series is a big let down, plot-wise the worst, and OTP-wise, […] Continue Reading…

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Shogun Suite Hotel, Manila – Not Worth It, Shady Surroundings

Shogun Suite Hotel Manila Mural at Reception Area Reception Area

The title of this blog post summarizes my overall impression of this “budget” hotel.  I was totally not pleased because they charge higher room rates but the service and accommodation are not good.  Also, I can’t disregard the fact that their rooms are stuffy and dusty.  That feeling when you entered a room and what you expected is the contrary.  Don’t trust the room photos they featured in Agoda.  They don’t look and feel the same.

Family Standard Room

Though, my overall review is negative, still I don’t want to disregard the […] Continue Reading…

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Doctor Stranger Episode 19 Preview – Agent Cha is Back!

The hot North Korean villain is back! LOLz!

English translation of Episode 19 preview
Translation by @oyeleyeolusina in Soompi.

SH: Tell me, did you all along plan for my father to die.

JJ: Soo Hyun

SH: Get out of this hospital immediately.

Unknown voice ( maybe lollipop ahjussi): It was done by Cha and I definitely have to find it.

PM JSJ: You did it on purpose, you doing this is going to be the end for me.

TS: To betray the PM.

PH:A person like Jang Seok Joo is someone with no right to lead the country.

President: There is a person I would like to meet


President: Doctor Park Hoon.

JH: You are meeting the president.

PH: […] Continue Reading…

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Doctor Stranger Episode 18 – Jae Joon Is Entrusting Soo Hyun to Hoon

Final scene in this episode. Soo Hyun trying to open the door to his father's office.  She suspects Jae Joon did something awful against him. My favorite “Quack scene” in this episode. (:

In the previous episodes, we saw Jae Hee telling Soo Hyun that Park Hoon loves her.  In this episode, we saw Jae Joon telling Park Hoon that Soo Hyun really likes him.  With this train of events, it is safe to conclude that within the final 2 episodes, we’ll see Park Hoon realizing his feelings towards Hyun.  Awww! Pretty much exciting. *spazzing* Still, I’m keeping my emotions intact because there’s actually a high probability that my delusion won’t happen. ): Check this link to know why I’m focusing […] Continue Reading…

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Bacolod’s The Ruins – Picturesque Burnt Remains of aTragic Past

The Ruins in the backdrop.

In the midst of a vast sugar cane plantation, there lay a stunning panoramic European structure, a non-living witness of a violent past that will be remembered forever in history.

The burnt remains of  Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson’s grand mansion is now a famous tourist spot in Talisay City, Bacolod.

Tagged as the largest residential mansion built before the World War II era, The Ruins is now just a pale reflection of the 903 square meter structure that was once a symbol of wealth and abundance.
The Violent History

Don Mariano […] Continue Reading…

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Doctor Stranger Episode 17 – The Shattering of Jae Hee’s Pretense

Jae Hee talking to Lollypop guy about their mission.

I decided to review Doctor Stranger even though it’s already too late because it causes so much disturbance in my Kdrama routine.  If I’ll rate this series, story-wise, I can’t even include this in my top 15 best dramas.  Honestly, I have second thoughts if I’m gonna recommend this to anyone.  I still have to see the ending before I’ll decide if this drama is worth anyone’s time.  As of this writing there are 2 more episodes to go until the finale.  This series will end next week, Tuesday night.

Though I enjoyed the medical suspense part, the utterly obvious […] Continue Reading…

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Grand C Hotel – Value for Money, Not Ideal for Meticulous Travelers #CheapTraveltoSingapore

Grand C Hotel Singapore small private room

Singapore is indeed a very expensive city.  But, I did manage to travel there (with my hubby) on a “budget”.  One of the difficult things I had to do before our trip was the search for the most affordable room.  Since my hubby doesn’t want us to check-in in motels or dormitory type inns, I had to look for a hotel that has private rooms.
Grand C Hotel at 165 Kitchener’s Road
Photo Credit:

In Agoda, this hotel only garnered a 5.9 (above average) rating.  This is really too low considering that I have never booked a […] Continue Reading…

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Doctor Stranger Episode 16: Review, Thoughts, and Reactions

Soo Hyun slapped by a thug - Doctor Stranger

Oops! You’re not lost. This is still my blog. Incorporating dramas and gore movie topics in this blog has been part of my content plan long time ago, but I excused myself for always being “too busy” that I never had a time to do it.  Yet, I’m doing it now. *claps*

Though I’m now too late to start reviewing this messy series that has disturbed my normal Kdrama routine, I still want to get on and ride along with the “crazies” who decided not to drop it until the very last episode.
What is Doctor Stranger?

It is a Kdrama series […] Continue Reading…

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Top 5 Deadly Reasons Online Freelancing is Not for You

5 Deadly Reasons You Should Not Become an Online Freelancer

Almost two months ago, I received a private message via Facebook from one of my ex-colleagues.  She told me that she needed my opinion whether she’ll go full time in freelancing and leave her regular job.  Of course, the very first thing that I told her was to go for it.  That was in the context that I know fully well that she’s a pro in her field and she’s a very talented, skillful, and resourceful woman.  A few weeks later, she informed me that she just handed in her resignation letter.  Hooray!!! *Claps*  But wait…

I might be an […] Continue Reading…

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A Visit to the Farm – Toledo, Cebu #TravelReview2013 (Photos)

Note: This is part 7 of my #TravelReview2013 photo-blog post series.  Since I haven’t blog that much last year, I’m doing this series to feature all the travels I did on that year.  And, because my brain is still not yet ready for lengthy word combats, let all the photos do the talking. (:

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WellCome – A Budget Hotel with a Rooftop Pool #TravelReview2013 (Photos)

Note: This is part 6 of my #TravelReview2013 photo-blog post series.  Since I haven’t blog that much last year, I’m doing this series to feature all the travels I did on that year.  And, because my brain is still not yet ready for lengthy word combats, let all the photos do the talking. (:

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