Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Dulgies' Indulgence

What makes me feel good? FOOD. On my first night and last night in Iloilo City, Jenny brought me to a new place, Dulgies.
Dulgies Desserts and Cafe is in La Salette Building, Valeria St., Iloilo City, right across SM Delgado.
Sweet as always, Jenny dearie, treated me to a sweet indulgence of Tres Leches. I loved the how it melts in my mouth, the subtle combination of the sweetness of the of sponge cake and the light cream made it heavenly.

It is close to dinner time, we ordered Dulgies' Club Sandwich, Mango Muffin and Cold Cappuccino. I was so full after our short meet up. Well, we'll be seeing each other again tomorrow morning for our theater group reunion.



Dulgies has a homey feel to it, making it a perfect place to relax after work or school. And it served great foods.


It was a great way to once again experience Iloilo City's gastronomic indulgence.

Home Away from Home: Iloilo Grand Hotel

Thanks to my good friend Jen, for booking me a overnight stay at Iloilo Grand Hotel. Arrived at the hotel, around 10:00 A.M., which was too early for check-in time, but they graciously accommodate my request to checked in.
Iloilo Grand Hotel is located at Iznart St. Iloilo City, just across Iloilo Central Market. I choose to stay in this hotel for one reason, I want to explore some nooks around the heart of Iloilo City China town.
3rd Floor Lobby
I got a standard room for Php700.00, on the 3rd Floor. It has a toilet and bath, cable T.V.,  and a single bed. The room has high windows, that I have to get a chair to stand on to see what was outside my windows. 



The toilet and bath is not well maintained. And a piece of advice when checking in, buy  your own bottled water. Better to be safe.

Would I recommend it? If you got no other hotel choice then, go and booked it, and you want a hotel within Iznart St. 
View from the 3rd Floor Lobby's Window


Nothing grand in Iloilo Grand Hotel, especially if you want a clean and comfortable place to stay.
Inside the elevator....

Check-in Date: June 29, 2012
Check-out Date: June 30, 2012

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I AM BACK......ILOILO City

I am back, those green rice fields, rain, traffic and familiar signs;Jaro, Molo, Lapaz and more......
Iloilo International Airport is politically part of the Municipality of Cabatuan, but geographically nearer the Municipality of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. From the airport, it is a 30-45 minutes ride to Iloilo City. And since I here for my college organization's reunion, no cousin or uncle is around to pick me up, and I did not even inform them that I am coming. 
I took an AC Van instead of a taxi cab. I paid Php 70.00 from the airport to SM City Iloilo Travelers Lounge. Taxi cab from the airport is Php 200.00-300.00. 
Entrance to Smaville along Benigno Aquino avenue

Benigno Aquino Bridge
From SM City, I took a taxi to Iloilo Grand Hotel, my home away from home for 2 days and 1 night, which cost me Php80.00.
I know I am back in the City of Love, Iloilo, because I CAN HEAR IT. The waves, the sweetness of HILIGAYNON.
More Mai Wanders!!!
Date: June 29, 2012

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Home Away from Home: Green Windows Dormitel

Arrived in Davao City around 7:00 P.M., passed the regular check-in time, but I still went to Green Windows Dormitel to try my luck, and get a Php 188.00 accommodation. Unfortunately, they were fully booked and the only available room is a Deluxe Matrimonial for a whooping Php 1,800.00, with free breakfast for two.

5th Floor Lobby
I may not get a Php 188.00 accommodation that night, but still I highly recommend, Green Windows Dormitel, for 8 reasons; (just like the 8 reasons they got on their website)
VALUE for MONEY
Paying 1, 800 is way beyond my suppose budget for a night stay in Davao City but with the comfort I got, it is a real deal. The room has WIFi service, a toilet and bath, cable television , good lighting system, toiletries, big bed and air condition. 




5-STAR BED
Green Windows Dormitel is a 2-star hotel with a 5-star bed. The bed spells COMFORT, it is big, soft and clean.
THE BED
 

SERVICE PLUS+
The moment I entered FTC Towers, I get a welcoming smile from Mr. Guard, then when I stepped out of the elevator on the 5th floor to Green Windows Dormitel Front Desk, I get a welcome greetings and great smile. Despite the number of clients on the front desk, they were able to accommodate each one. Another plus, because I am getting a room for two, I get to have a breakfast for two then. Since I got an early flight to Iloilo the next day, I asked if I can get it for the dinner and the other for my breakfast. And yes they allowed me to have one dinner and they packed the other one for my breakfast.
Dinner: Vegetables & Chicken Curry
The Canteen, it got a Common Living Room
24-Hours SECURITY
Did I say they got a Security Guard on the Ground Floor of FTC? At the lobby on the 5th floor, they got another one and when I got to my floor on the 8th floor, there is Lady Guard, who will open the room for you and even check it first before you enter, that VIP security.
GO GREEN
All they have are "supot" or brown paper bag. After I had my dinner, the canteen in-charge asked me what I want for breakfast, and suggested that I choose something that is dry because he is packing it using a "supot.
Toiletries were packed using biodegradable materials. I was so pleased with how they try to make efforts in going green.
FREE WI.FI
Who wouldn't love a 24-hours free WIFI access? 
FREE PARKING
They have do, and it is secure parking.
LOCATION
Located within the city center at the 5th Floor of FTC Tower, Mt. Apo Street, Davao City.

Check-in Date: June 28, 2012
Check-out Date: June 29, 2012

Friday, February 15, 2013

Foodie Finds: Crepes & Cream

Crepes & Cream stall in SM City Cebu is our next stop after a heavy meal at TOSH. Having dessert is a must when Sissy is around, and stopping by Crepes & Cream is her choice.




We had; Blueberry Crepe for Php 159.00 and Do It Yourself Crepe for Php 129.00. I find the Blueberry Crepe too sweet, while the Do It Yourself Crepe of Sissy is a perfect combination of; peach, vanilla, cheesecake bits, caramel sauce and mango.

Foodie Found & Tasted Crepes & Cream!!!
Table Date: May 21, 2012
Table Buddy: Sissy

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Foodie Finds:The Old Spaghetti House

Back in the Queen City of the South after 6 days in an island of Northeastern Cebu. And I am back foodie wandering. It is also my last day in Cebu City.
After our afternoon nap, me & Sissy went to SM City for some "pasalubong" shopping. And of course, its foodie time, the choice, The Old Spaghetti House in SM City Cebu, North Road, Reclamation Area.
The Interiors
The restaurant got an old world feel, dimly lit lights, antique furniture and wall ornaments. During our visit, we ordered; Spaghetti Meatballs - Php 175.00, US Angus Cheese Burger - Php 230.00 and 2 Glasses of Bottomless Iced Tea - Php 65.00 each.
US Angus Cheese Burger

Spaghetti Meatballs

Big & Juicy
We shared our orders because of its big servings. I love how refreshing to the palate the Spaghetti Meatballs, the sauce is not too heavy.The US Angus Cheese Burger is so juicy and tasty. After our suppose afternoon snacks, we were so full that dinner is no longer longed for.





Foodie Found & Tasted The Old Spaghetti House (TOSH)
Table Date: May 21, 2012
Table Buddy: Sissy

Mai Walks: Danao!Danao!

Bastion of Catholic faith in Danao City, Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Church
Finally we are back in mainland Cebu via Danao City. Danao City is a 3rd class city in the province of Cebu. And considered as one of the gateways to Cebu.
While in the ferry me & sissy were salivating for a Halo-Halo because of the hot weather & "walang ligo style." Since it was not her first time to be in Danao City, she told me we can walk from the port area to the bus terminal. Along the way we can drop by for a Halo-Halo in Mang Inasal.
And so we did, from the port or ferry terminal of the Danao City, you can walk to;
  • Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church
Located across the ferry terminal is one of oldest church in the Philippines, built in 1755. The church was damaged during World War II, as it served as a hiding place for the townsfolk of Danao.










From the Church, you can walk to the city center, passing through the City Hall, Plaza and other Government Offices.

  • Mang Inasal
With no decent breakfast, we were too hungry to look for a Danao original restaurant or food house. We went straight to Mang Inasal at F. Ralota Street, Danao City. We had Combo chicken thigh and Halo-Halo.



After lunch we were back on foot to Danao City Terminal. Instead of taking a bus, we rode a jeepney to Cebu City. 
Walk Date: May 21, 2012
Walk Buddy: Sissy

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Our Consuelo Experience, Goodbye Camotes Island

Stranded and ended up staying in Santiago for a night. Manong driver knocked on our door at exactly 3:30, on time talaga si Kuya. In the cold morning, nakasakay na kami ni Sissy sa motor on our way to Consuelo Port, and VIOLA! Ang dami ng tao......
D'"Claudine-Tulfo Scene", ang bastos na Cashier.....
It was fun. Why? because me & sissy reminisced on our "buwis-buhay" moments every after class during highschool, where we have to climbed bus windows to get a seat going home. After 12 years, ito naman kami, nagstastratigize how to get a ferry ticket, "linya ka dito, line ako sa kabila, kung sino mauna, GO!" And we did, yong walang sabi-sabi, biglang nawala ako, only to find out later ni Sissy, I was able to get our names listed sa manifest and first page pa! Hahaha, di pa rin daw pala ako nalalaos sa agawan and siksikan.
wa-poise moment(Thanks Sissy)
We even got student's discount on fare! It was Sissy's turn na pumila and magbayad ng ticket. I gave her my Driver's Licence and she got her School I.D for proof of our names as listed in the manifest.(only in the Philippines, una ang names sa boat manifest before ang ticket) Lax talaga si Kuya Cashier, just because school I.D. yung na una hindi tiningnan yung 2nd I.D, kaya naman we got an extra cash for two instant coffee and bread for our tummy fill. We just keep telling ourselves, na hindi naman kami nanloko, dahil students naman kami, Sissy is a Med. student sa South Western University & me is a Law student in MSU General Santos, so tama lang na we get those discounts.
FINALLY

EXCITED lang lahat makauwi and balik ng Cebu mainland
After getting our ferry tickets, we have to wait for 3 hours for the ferry. Overall, Camotes  is an island of life. And I promise to be back!!!!
GOODBYE for now, but I will be back!
More Mai Wanders!!!!
Travel Date: May 21, 2012
Travel Buddy: Sissy