Back-blogging here: It was one lazy afternoon in Istanbul. The weather was at least a little hotter by 14 degrees. I opened the fridge and saw lots of strawberries. When I noticed a bucket of plain yogurt beside them, I know I just have to make myself a yummy and healthy snack. At first, I thought I could make some strawberry-yogurt smoothies. I didn't find my mother-in-law's blender, so I ended up making this.
It's fresh strawberries with yogurt and vanilla ice cream!
Easy to prepare. Just wash and slice some fresh strawberries.
Scoop some plain yogurt in a small bowl. Mix it with strawberries.
Top the mixture with vanilla ice cream and serve.
This treat may serve as a dessert too. Just substitute strawberries to any fruit in season.
It's the best snack you can enjoy for summer!
My family went to Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa for a day tour on our second day in Cebu. We left Islands Stay Hotel at 9 o'clock without any breakfast so we had to look for a place to eat right after paying for our tags. Tides was inviting but it was already crowded when we passed by. Hence, we tried checking the Buko Bar but unfortunately, it doesn't open until 10 in the morning.
Our feet guided us back to Tides. We queued to get a table, then asked the waitress for an al fresco dining when it was already our turn. I ordered Filipino breakfast for hubby, pancakes for me and cereal with milk for my daughter. While waiting for our food, the complimentary tea, juice and a plateful of cake and pastries came. We realized there was too much food on table that we had to cancel the cereal with milkby the time the pancakes and Filipino breakfast arrived. The pancakes alone were too much. They gave me 4 pieces served with fresh fruits on the side. I couldn't finish it since I was almost full with the cakes and pastries alone. Anyhow, I managed to consume the fruits and a piece of pancake. Total bill with what we ordered.. P995.
The al fresco dining during breakfast was nice so we did it again at lunch. This time, we chose a table nearer the talisay tree where we could see the birds closely. It was just fun eating while watching them flying from the tree to the empty tables, looking for some crumbs to eat. It was even more enjoying having that scrumptious buffet lunch (available from 11AM to 2PM) inclusive to the day tour tags which we paid P2500 per person; while the little one was free of charge.
The Tides around 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
Bird advisory for diners and guests.
Maya birds occupying the empty seats.
A bird alone in the tree.
More birds waiting for something to feed on.
-That's all for now. Will write separate posts on food from our Cebu trip later! :)
Hello ladies! How's your Wednesday morning?
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I was fascinated with this hotel's fun and modern design. I love its location, very near the Cebu Mactan International Airport, only a 3-minute taxi ride. If you need to go to a store or restaurant, you just have to walk for 2 minutes. There are awesome beach resorts and spas within the same island, too. Well, just some of the reasons why I chose Islands Stay Hotel - Mactan branch for our recent Cebu trip.
I wasn't able to photograph the facade of the hotel, but this is the front desk.
The left side is the newly opened Zubuchon, famous Cebu lechon, Anthony Bourdain's "Best pig.. ever!"
These are the rooms with the parking lot on the right.
It's more like a motel from one of those Hollywood movies, right? :)
The Islands Stay Hotel - Mactan Branch has Small P980, Medium P1450 and Large rooms for P1650 per night. Ours was a large room that could occupy up to 4 pax.
There are just a few colors you can see in this hotel.
They are white, orange and green.
Each room has an LCD TV, aircon and land-line telephone.
However, only Large rooms has tables and chairs and kitchenette (below).
The bathroom has hot and cold shower other than toilet and lavatory.
And, supplies of clean towels, shampoo, soap and cotton buds come everyday.
Things that I DO NOT LIKE about the hotel:
-Most pillows, including this bean bag lack fluffiness.
-The kitchenette is bare*. There is nothing in it.
-They do not serve breakfast in the hotel. Thus, the affordable rate.
-There were no chairs on our first night and just a single one came the next day.
Things that I LIKE about the hotel:
-All the things I mentioned above.
-There is free wifi for everyone.
-They have Zubuchon at the hotel lobby.
-The staff are friendly. You forget your complain after you see them smile.
Overall, I am giving this hotel a 7/10 rating.
If I were to go back to Cebu, I would possibly stay at the same place.
*They charge P200 per night for the use of ref as per request.
Note: Book a medium or large room 1 month in advance to get 15% discount.