Weekend Wanderings: Celestial Gardens

To be honest, I don’t think this place was made for sightseeing. Considering the graves neatly lined in this vast place, it is evidently a memorial park. This did not stop me from exploring the place though.

Please don’t get me wrong, I mean no disrespect to the dead. In fact, I envy them. No, I don’t envy their dead state, I envy their view. The dearly departed seemed to have the best view of the city. Now, i feel like a loser 

I mean, just look at this view!

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Now, do you agree with me? Trust me, the dead has a better view than I have. Imagine waking up to that view everyday (not that they will wake up) and seeing the sunrise with Cebu city’s skyline. It would be awesome.

This is not the only thing you can see in this place though. When my internet connection is better, I’ll post the other photos. For now, I hope you enjoy the view.

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*I apologize for any spelling or grammatical errors. Proofreading via mobile is a challenge for me.*

Temple of Leah: A Monument of Love

Often when someone tells you they will build you a castle as a symbol of their undying love, they do not mean that literally. Well, here in Cebu, someone did just that. He didn’t build a castle for his one true love, he built her a temple.

I have often been skeptical about undying love. I have always questioned the possibility of loving someone forever. Well, seeing the scale and grandeur of the Temple of Leah made me think that maybe, just maybe, there really is such a thing as forever.

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With its greek-inspired architecture and intricate designs, the whole place looked like a movie set. It makes you momentarily forget you’re still in the Philippines. When I visited the place, a large part is still under construction but it already looked timeless.

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What a way to show your love! When you see the magnificent view, the sculptures and the artistic design of the place, you can’t help but be amazed.

Imagine the time, effort and money it took to build this temple of love? The goddesses of Olympus must be jealous.

Here’s a sampling:

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So next time you visit Cebu City, don’t forget to visit this place. See it for yourself!

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*I apologize for any spelling or grammatical errors. Proofreading via mobile is a challenge for me.*

Cebu’s Hidden Treasure: Kabang Falls

I am glad that despite all the “developments” happening around us, a place like this still remains. A pocket of beauty in a world that slowly turns into a sea of concrete and steel.

Safely hidden in a forest most people didn’t know exist, is a world that is so different you wouldn’t believe you are still in the city. When I see places like this, unmarred by industrial development, I can see hope. Perhaps, we may still be able to preserve something for our future generation. Perhaps our children will still experience nature as it actually is instead of the commercially developed “adventures” nature parks offer.

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Reminds me of LOTR. I half expect an elf to appear.

Reminds me of LOTR. I half expect an elf to appear.

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I tried to put into writing the feeling of being there and experiencing all of it. I’m afraid words fail me. Perhaps you would like to visit the place instead and experience it for yourself.

The Chill Life @ Cafe Caw

May 18, 2014 started the same way normal day starts. There was nothing in the air or the rare cloud in the sky to indicate that bizarre things are about to happen. For one, it was a Sunday and the only thing remotely entertaining that happens on a Sunday is church service. Everything was going as normal as expected until my friend came out of her bedroom, joined me for breakfast, hatched a plan to travel in the next few months and convinced me to go out and try these cafes she’s heard of.

So we spent two hours sipping frapuccino at Cafe Tiala when I remembered that I did plan to go to Fort San Pedro to try and take photos. We decided to go there, not thinking it was midday and spent at least an hour doing our best not to faint from the sweltering summer heat. I don’t know where you are but summer here is unforgiving. When we can no longer take it, we decided to look for this Cafe Namu (not sure how it’s spelt) which she said was in Lahug. We didn’tfind it but what we did find is Cafe Caw and its Mac N’ Cheese burger that I would brave the heat for.

Where the magic happens!

Where the magic happens!

Unlike Cafe Tiala with its princess-themed rooms, Cafe Caw has more of a chic look to it. Its mismatched chairs and living room look makes it feel cozy and comfortable. While Cafe Tiala brings out the child in every girl, Cafe Caw brings out the woman in every child. Or at least that is how it felt. They have the urban, artsy kind of feel suited for their mostly young adult clientel.

It doesn’t hurt that their food is so good. Their fries alone is enough to entice me to go back. Add their Mac n’ Cheese and I’m in love.

Heaven on a plate.

Heaven on a plate.

This!

This!

Having spent the whole morning with a Frap, we choose these cold drinks instead…

Cotton candy

Cotton candy

My friend ordered this and i don’t know what this is.

My friend ordered this and i don’t know what this is.

We spent at least over 2hrs sitting there, talking, laughing, enjoying the music and basically just chilling. We spend sleepless nights working, I think we deserve that break.

Who would have thought that a normal boring Sunday would turn out like this? We practically spent the whole day outside, battling the heat, literally hopping from one cafe to another. Oh, did I also mention that we capped the day by going to Tops Skyline and enjoyed this view:
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So, how did you spend your weekend?

Cebu, some days i love you.

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Cebu’s skyline is best viewed from Tops.

I still haven’t decided if I love this place or not. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. I have praised it and cursed it with equal passion especially since the start of summer. On normal days, when I could allow myself to look beyond the traffic and feel beyond the sweltering heat of the summer sun, I do find myself loving this place.

On days when I am exploring its hidden-and not so hidden- wonders, I can feel myself getting attached to the place. This is a city so rich in history, natural beauty and opportunities. It is a metropolitan city with a lot of possibilities and less traffic congestions. Life here is less stressful.

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(p.s… I have changed my blog name. For no reason. Really. Sometimes I’m just fickleminded.)

Note: sorry about the pic. I am having problems uploading photos. I keep getting an http error and i don’t know what to do. I shared the photo via google plus. The photo is mine though, taken from tops skyline 051814.

Cafe Tiala- Where a little girl becomes a princess

So, we went here:

..this is where every girl becomes a princess.

..this is where every girl becomes a princess.

Cafe Tiala is a princess-themed cafe located at the 2nd flr of The Forum building. To make it easier for you, The forum is the building at the left hand side of the Cebu Grand Convention building along Archbishop Reyes ave. They open at 10AM until midnight.

I don’t always have good experiences with cafes and I always think of their products as overpriced nonsense. So imagine my surprised when I actually enjoyed the 2hrs I stayed at Cafe Tiala.

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To be honest, I love the whole set up. The little rooms, the little tables, the stuffed animals and lighting. I just love everything. I can take photos complete with props while filling my stomach and chilling with my friend. Win-win.

As usual, I became the annoying customer who must take photos of almost every corner of the place. But since it was still early and there was no other customer yet, my friend and I enjoyed taking most of the stuffed animals, take as many pictures as we want and borrow all the props we could get. It was fun!

Java Chip Frappucino is delicioso! You must try it!

Java Chip Frappucino is delicioso! You must try it!

We had their Java Chip Frap which was really delicious. We were told it is a bestseller. And we also had this…which I can’t remember the name of vut was really delicious.

Uhm...for the life of me I cannot remember what this is but it was delicious!

Uhm…for the life of me I cannot remember what this is but it was delicious!

And of course, being the monkey-with-a-camera-who-desperately-wants-to-be-a-photographer, I diligently practice my “craft” every chance I get. So…

You can’t be a princess without a tiara. Right?

You can’t be a princess without a tiara. Right?

I don’t like yello but this one is cute.

I don’t like yellow but this one is cute.

Props aside, i love the place for its quaint, wonderland-like quality. It’s like being a child again, surrounded by toys and holding your make-believe tea party. Only this time, you can make it real complete with tiara and your own little tea room.

Although, I could do with a more relaxing type of music. I mean, I know the concept is Korean but I just don’t think K-pop is the best choice of music. The music is a bit off and kind ofcontradict the whole ambience of the place. That’s just me of course. If the rest of the clientele is good with it, k-pop it is. Also, the costumes and the props need cleaning. Music aside, the place is great.

The customer service is good. The ambience is great. The food is awesome. Will I go back? Most probably. Do I recommend it to anyone who is interested in visiting Cebu city? If you don’t mind the color pink, then yes! I do recommend the place. If you’re tired of going to starbucks or any usual cafe you go to, I recommend you try Cafe Tiala.

Cafe Tiala is also in Facebook. Check it out.

Next stop…Cafe Caw!

(P.S. This is not a paid post or an advertisement. Just a blogger’s honest view of the place.)