LA VIE PARISIENNE

La Vie Parisienne is French Bakers, Deli, Wine Library located in 371 Gorordo Avenue Lahug, Cebu City. Opens everyday from 7AM-12Midnight. My second time here at La Vie Parisienne. One of the reason why I love coming back to Cebu. This time was special because it’s my 31st birthday. I love their peach wine and croissant, you should include it in your itinerary. Perfect place to chill with friends and loved ones. 

Love the ambiance of the wine cellar.
Love the ambiance of the wine cellar.
Macaroons, cheese and other pastries to choose from.
Macaroons, cheese and other pastries to choose from.
Kinda expensive but yummy
Find a perfect pair for your wine.
Kinda expensive but yummy
Kinda expensive but yummy
We had peach, cheese, french toast and ham & cheese croissant. Total of P500 plus good for 3 pax already.
We had peach, cheese, french toast and ham & cheese croissant. Total of P500 plus good for 3 pax already.
French girls maybe
Cebuana vs French girls 😀
Spendt birthday with these two, Karl and Ace. Thanks for the company guys! <3
Spent birthday with these two, Karl and Ace. Thanks for the company guys! ❤
Cheers to more travels.
Cheers to more travels.

I’d like to say thank you to my friends in Cebu who generously shared their time to meet and tour us. Thanks to Migo Ian (IG: @ian_ko) and idol Sherjade Vanz (IG: @shervanz). I will be back soon Cebu. Photos are edited thru #picsart.

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BANTAYAN ISLAND – JANUARY 14, 2015

Bantayan Island is on my top 5 beaches in the Philippines. This is my second time here, just enjoying the sunshine, blue skies, turquoise ocean & warm weather on the island. But first let me post shameless selfies lol.

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Beach Placid Resort
chillin
chillin
chillin
mowdeling 101 shot by Wil (@willianism09)
mowdeling 101 shot by Wil (@willianism09)
<3
faceless
faceless
photowalk
photowalk
skimboarding
skimboarding
brb
brb
i honestly don't know how to use this :D
i honestly don’t know how to use this 😀

 

<3

 

island girl
island girl
#selfeet
#selfeet

Enough selfie hehe… sharing you the must visit tourist spots when in Bantayan Island. But first you have to rent for habal-habal (motor scooter) for you to explore the island. The rate in the resort is P350 for 24hrs rental but you can negotiate it outside up to P250. There’s no driver for hire, the resort will give you a map of the island, you can ask the locals if ever you’ll get lost, tour yourself – exciting right? Yes it is for my friend Wil lol.

I'm just a passenger :D
I’m just a passenger 😀

1. Saint Peter and Paul Church – Built in 1863, it is the seat of the first and therefore the oldest parish in Visayas and Mindanao which was founded on June 1580 then known as the Convento de la Asuncion de Nuestra Señora, the parish was under the direct supervision of the Diocese of Manila. Source: http://bantayan.gov.ph/tourism/old-catholic-church

Saint Peter and Paul Church
Saint Peter and Paul Church
Interior of the church
Interior of the church
Sta. Fe park
Sta. Fe park

2. Bantayan Island Nature Park & Resortan 8 hectare wellness and leisure hideaway located in Tamiao, Bantayan Island, north of Cebu, Philippines. This seaside resort is only 20 minutes away from the port of Sta. Fe.

Warm welcome :)
Warm welcome 🙂
Bantayan Island Nature Park
Bantayan Island Nature Park
Cliff diving
Cliff hanger
Bantayan Island Nature Park
Bantayan Island Nature Park
Infinity pool - overlooking Virgin Island
Infinity pool – overlooking Virgin Island
Sto Niño Cave
Sto Niño Cave in Nature Park

The resort features a spring-fed cave pool, the biggest in the island. It also has the biggest swimming pool in the island. There is also access to a wide expanse of white sand by the cliff side where guests can swim and even indulge in “manginhas” or shellfish picking. We availed the day tour and paid for P100 for the entrance fee.  They also have room accommodation, check out their website http://www.ilink.ph/bantayan-island-nature-park-and-resort

3. Bantayan Wharf – drove fast to catch the sunset.

Bantayan Wharf
Bantayan Wharf
You'll definitely love the sunset - no filter needed
You’ll definitely love the sunset – no filter needed
dusk
dusk
Bantayan Wharf
Bantayan Wharf

4. Sunrise – woke up 5am to catch the sunrise which is just in front of our room

Sunrise
Sunrise
While waiting for mr. sunrise
while waiting for mr. sunrise
Morning routine
Morning routine
Hello Mr. Sunrise :)
Hello Mr. Sunrise 🙂

5. Tabuan – went to the town proper to buy danggit (dried fish). Most of the danggit in Cebu come from Bantayan and Leyte so it’s cheaper here and can bargain the price.

Danggit bai:)
Danggit bai:)

After buying pasalubong, we ate in the turo-turo 😀

Brekkie
Brekkie
Finished breakfast around 9am - heading back to the resort for some Vitamin Sea before going back to Cebu
Finished breakfast around 9am – heading back to the resort for some Vitamin Sea before going back to Cebu
Back in the resort for quick dip
Back in the resort for quick dip
Hammock outside our room
Hammock outside our room
Beach
Beaching

To follow itinerary and expenses 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KAWASAN FALLS, BADIAN CEBU – JANUARY 17, 2015

The last stop of our package tour (Osmeña Peak, Cambais Falls and Kawasan Falls). Paid for P500 per head – not bad. Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu is a peaceful natural place where you can enjoy many waterfalls of natural spring water. A gentle hush of rushing ice cool water. From the entrance you will register and pay for P10. We also paid for a guide (P200) but it’s not actually needed because there are lots of locals and tourists going uphill. You have to walk for about 1.5 kl to get to the first waterfall.

Kawasan has many waterfalls. The first one is the largest of the three, and is usually the most crowded.

The first falls
The first falls
Mandatory gopro shot
Mandatory gopro shot
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Back view
I always see this spot on Instagram and I thought it's worth a try :D
I always see this spot on Instagram and I thought it’s worth a try 😀

An uphill climb for fifteen minutes will take you to the second falls, and another, and another.

Second falls
Second falls
I thought this was a good shot
I thought this was a good shot
The third falls
The third falls

There are cottages for rent rate from P1,500 – 2,500 but we got the table for P300 since it’s me and Wil only. Our guide stayed near the table to look for our stuff while we are swimming/taking pictures. It is a good idea to bring in your own food, the resort’s restaurants are expensive and it does not taste good. You can rent a raft for P300 to take you around the “pool” or for a refreshing “shower massage” under the falling water. There’s shower room after swimming, you just have to pay for P10 and there’s also a sari-sari store where you can buy shampoo and soap in case you forgot to bring.

We left Kawasan around 4pm, there are Ceres buses going to Cebu City. Bus fare is around P120. Gopro shots from Wil, my edit. xoxo

CAMBAIS FALLS, ALEGRIA CEBU – JANUARY 17, 2015

This is the continuation of my trip to Osmeña Peak, the next stop was Cambais Falls in Alegria, Cebu. It was just a motorcycle (habal-habal) road trip from Mantalongon. This was also part of the package tour offered to us for P500 per head. Inclusions are Osmeña Peak, Cambais Falls and Kawasan Falls. Nothing much to do here so we didn’t stay long and proceed to Kawasan Falls.

Enchanting
Enchanting
Photo credits to Wil (@willianism09)
Photo credits to Wil (@willianism09)

 

For itinerary please refer to Osmena Peak post.

 

 

SECOND VISIT TO OSMENA PEAK – JANUARY 17, 2015

My second time was with a good friend William. We tried to catch the sunrise so we left Cebu City at 2am. Arrived in Dalaguete junction by 6am and hired haba-habal for 30 minutes. It was a bumpy ride, cold and foggy. It reminds me of Xander and Agnes of Forevermore (telenovela) lol. My third visit would be a sunset session. I personally love this place.

Good morning
Good morning
Hoping to find my forever <3
Hoping to find my forever ❤
Our guide
Our guide
We're at the peak after 20-30 minutes
We’re at the peak after 20-30 minutes
I guess Mr. Sunshine is still sleeping at 7am
I guess Mr. Sunshine is still sleeping at 7am
Baguio feels <3
Baguio feels ❤
Wil took a couple shots for Instagram so I had this outfit even if it is very cold :D
Wil took a couple shots for Instagram so I had this outfit even if it is very cold 😀

Because Mr. Sunshine didn’t show up, we ate pansit canton, hard boiled egg and grilled chrorizo de Cebu and coffee of course after the climb. We had breakfast first before heading to Cambais Falls and Kawasan Falls. My next post will be waterfalls of Cebu. For itinerary and budget of Osmeña Peak please refer to the first trek post. Photo credits to Wil (IG: @willianism09) my edit.

xoxo

FIRST TREK TO OSMENA PEAK – NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Wait, am I in Bohol? My reaction when I first saw the green jagged hills of Osmeña Peak because it’s like a deformed chocolate hills lol. And oh, I’ve never been to Bohol.

Osmeña Peak is located in the Municipality of Dalaguete in the province of Cebu. The peak is approximately 1,000 meters above sea level making it the highest peak in the island of Cebu.

Dalaguete is called the “Vegetable Basket of Cebu” because its foggy hillsides are perfect for growing the healthy greens. Every day, 60 tons of farm fresh veggies are harvested in Dalaguete and transported to Cebu City.

More from: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/305619/newstv/biyahenidrew/48-hours-in-dalaguete-cebu-a-biyahe-ni-drew-itinerary

I’m not fond of climbing mountains but this one’s an exception. I learned from a good friend Ian who is from Cebu (@ian_ko on IG) that the trek is easier compared to the other mountains so I included this in our 4-days visit to Cebu with Ma-an and Jean.

happy kid
happy kid
deformed chocolate hills :D
deformed chocolate hills 😀
approved for non-hiker like me
approved for non-hiker like me
I think someone wants to give me flower :))
I think someone wants to give me flower :))
photo ops from our guide, the local kids of Mantalongon
our tour guides are the local kids – here’s Ian as their mowdel 😀
#caughtgramming
#caughtgramming
Thank you Migo for joining us here, I know you want to be a mowdel so here's for you :D :)
Thank you Migo for joining us here 🙂
Met harkor mountaineer - they asked us to join them traverse to Kawasan Falls
Met harkor mountaineer – they asked us to join them traverse to Kawasan Falls
may forever... friends <3
may forever… friends ❤

 

 

 

How we got there:

  • Get yourself to Cebu. From the Mactan Airport, take a taxi to the Southern Bus Terminal. This won’t cost you more than P150.
  • Take a bus going to Oslob and gef off Dalaguete junction. The fare is about P95 one way only and travel time is roughly 2-3hours.
  • Hire a motorcycle (habal-habal) at the crossing or you may contact Kuya Jun-jun at 0946-3793733. The charge per person is P200 – round trip already
  • Travel time to Osmeña Peak is about 30 minutes.
  • There are kids who will be the tour guide, you may pay any amount or just give a tip or food.