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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Best of 2013

Happy New Year!!!

Sorry for no update. I was on a blogging hiatus because of a very important matter. Anyhow, it's the last day of the year, I thought I'll post an update at least before the calendar turns 2014. This year has been a good year to me, blessing poured, traveled here and abroad, gave birth to a beautiful daughter, but at the same time, some events broke my heart and left the rest of us devastated. This post should be all about the best of 2013 only so allow me to focus on the best memories alone. Here we go.









January
We started the year with fun and happiness as a family, watching Disney Princesses and Heroes on Ice at the Big Dome.


February
I met some of the girls from our online Turkish-Filipino community. Link to my post is HERE.


March
Blogged about my Baby Bump for the first time.


April I was able to finally buy a Michael Kors Jest Set Tote. Yay!


May
It's summertime and we spent it in Turkey. One of the best summers ever!!


June
I turned 33. Older but wiser.


July
Had an ultrasound of my baby at In My Womb. Whoa, she was hiding really well, covering her face in my tummy.


August
And she came. Her name is Suna Isobel. My lovely second daughter.


September
My elder daughter celebrated her 5th birthday with her dream Disney Princess theme.


October
The little one reached an amazing milestone. Link to my post HERE.


November
My daughters and I went to Romblon to visit my Papa Jose, the best grandfather in the world. Part of the travel was mentioned HERE.


December
We went back to Cebu for a 3 day vacation. I haven't blogged about the whole experience yet, my busy mommy life makes me suck at blogging, but it was truly amazing. Part of the visit was narrated HERE.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Kid OOTD: Red Bubble Dress

The elder daughter attended her school Christmas party just the other day in a red bubble dress. I bought the dress in October but told her she'll be wearing it in December. Glad the wait is over because she has been very excited to wear it. If I'm not mistaken, she asked my permission to wear her party dress in three of different occasions and I explained why she couldn't every time.






The DIY flower headband matches her dress perfectly.




A photo op with her teacher.




Another photo op with her classmates this time.


What she wore: Nina Collection bubble dress, DIY headband, Pitcheco tights and Natasha boots.

New Year, New Blogger Template

I am looking for a new Blogger template these days. As usual, I first checked my favorite free template website, Btemplates.com. I used to have this magazine template somewhere between 2010 to 2011. Now I am thinking of taking it back, though I am not sure if I still know how to customize it. I want a template that has a feminine color. It should show at least 4 to 6 latest posts. The sidebar must be medium. Lastly, it should be easy to tweak.




 


I know there are some affordable blog designers out there. It's not that I can't afford to pay one. I am just being stingy. However, I will be very proud of myself if I can find a template that suits my taste and improve it without someone else's help.

The new template should be up in 2014 so I gotta work work work! :)

Maruya or Banana Fritters

I am currently craving for this. It's one of my favorite Filipino snacks when I was a still a kid was. In the province, people normally used rice flour when cooking it but later switched to regular flour for convenience. I remember a relative frying her maruya in jackfruit leaves to stop it from sticking to the pan. Thanks to whoever invented teflon pans. My banana fritters look perfect and yummy.












Ingredients:
2 pieces ripe saba bananas
1/2 cup flour
1 tbsp sugar to taste
1 tbsp water
oil for frying

Procedure:
1. Cut the bananas into small cubes.
2. Mix bananas, flour and water.
3. Divide the batter into small portions.
4. Form into patties and fry until golden brown.
5. Serve hot.

If you think 2 bananas are not enough. Just double every ingredient and you're good to go. Happy snacking!

Blogger Events Do's and Don'ts

This is an old post which I lifted from my old blog. I am seeing a lot of blogger-related complains these past few weeks so I thought it is the best time to repost this one. As a blogger, I do love attending events like product launching, exclusive parties, runway shows, and the like. However, I don't say yes to blogger invitations all the time. I carefully choose the event depending on the kind of product or service being launched. Plus, I make sure it is something I will enjoy writing about and willing to share to my readers. The event location should be accessible and not too far, too. Lastly, the time and date must fit my schedule. I have a preschooler and a newborn baby so the chance of going out is very limited.






A photo I took at KEDS X I Love Koi event which I attended somewhere in Libis last year.



DO's and DON'Ts of Blogger Events

1. Do come on time or at least 10 minutes early.

2. Don't forget to always bring the ff. blogger paraphernalia, depending on the kind of event you are attending:

-camera or video camera
-laptop or netbook
-pad and pen
-calling card

3. Avoid tagging someone (blogger or not) unless allowed or with consent from the host or PR.

4. Dress appropriately. Follow the dress code if there is any. In my observation, most events are casual while others may require a semi-formal or formal attire.

5. Do not just chatter around. Try to focus on the product or services being launched to be able to write well about it.

6. During snack or mealtime, it is proper to get just enough food for yourself. Never get more than you could consume and never ever ask for a "take out".

7. Don't show too much excitement towards freebies, giveaways and press kits. Wait for the host to hand you one (just one lang talaga) if there is any.

8. If you have to go early, tell your host about it and don't forget to thank him/her for inviting you to that event.



I am not a perfect blogger and am still learning. These are just some of the important things I learned since I first entered the blog events scene in 2009. If you think you have more to add, please feel free to include them in a comment below. Thanks.

My Baby's Development

It's amazing how a baby develops and reaches a certain milestone. Honestly, I feel happy and proud every time Suna Isobel learns something new. My younger daughter is now 4 months old and below are the notable things that I observed from her.

Rolling Over
She's been practicing to roll over since she learned the trick at 3 months. This time, she does it quietly and plays on her stomach until she gets tired.






Taken today in our bedroom. I thought she was already sleeping so I left her and was about to take a quick shower. To my surprise, she already rolled over and positioned near the edge of the bed. Good thing our bed has a quilted mattress which is firm and doesn't sag just like a foam mattress at this site, or else, my baby already fell to the floor if not because of the wall.



Sitting and Holding her Head
Suna started to hold her head at 3 months and she can sit with back support because of that. When shopping, it is already convenient to use a baby carrier.

Sleeping & Feeding Pattern
She takes a nap 3 times a day after feeding. Her sleeping time is in the morning, at midday, and in the afternoon. She gets cranky if she is not able to follow that pattern, so I try my best not to disturb her during those times. On the other hand, she sleeps longer at night and wakes up on her own whenever hungry.

Laughing Out Loud
She doesn't recognize funny facial expressions yet, but she loves smiling a lot at people. When teased, she can give a giggle to a barrel of loud laughs.

Playing with Objects
She loves staring at objects with interesting shapes and colors. For example, she can look at the DIY pom poms which I created for the pink room for minutes while making adorable baby sounds. She also loves playing with her bugs music mobile, staring at it the whole time, reaching a toy with her hand over and again.

Uttering Sounds
This is the most exciting of all. She doesn't just coo anymore. She is actually beginning to imitate sounds like "maa" or "yaa". She is babbling all the time.


Babies are not all alike. Some babies maybe developing faster than the other. In my baby's case, I cannot say she's late nor advance. I am just a typical mom who feels happy with each milestone that I see from my little baby.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Strawberry-Yogurt Smoothie

It's strawberry season in Baguio. Hubby wants to go up and visit the city for the holidays while the elder daughter is craving for some pink smoothies. What should I do? I did not approve the long ride because of our little baby, plus we already have a reservation in a Tagaytay hotel. I guess I better buy some strawberries and make our all-time favorite strawberry-yogurt smoothie, right?







Ingredients:
1 cup crushed ice
8 pcs frozen strawberries
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp plain yogurt
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk

Procedure:
Put everything in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve in tall glasses and enjoy.

Quick Tuna Paella

One of the rice meals that I normally cook at home is tuna paella. Hubby tasted a certain brand of canned tuna paella and liked it so I thought I'll home-cook them to satisfy his craving. Besides, he prefers the freshly cooked tuna paella than the canned one. I'm already done with my Christmas menu but might as well add this to the list.








Ingredients:
200 grams flaked tuna fillet
2 cups glutinous rice
1 cup organic rice
1 cup carrot and corn
3 stalks of green onions, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp achuete
1 tsp saffron
salt and pepper to taste
cooking oil
water

Procedure:
-Put the achuete seeds in a bowl with 1/2 cup water. Let stand for 3 minutes. Rub the seeds to extract color. Drain the seeds away and set the achuete water aside.
-Saute garlic and onion in a pan until brown. Add mixed veggies and spring onions.
-Combine glutinous and organic rice. Wash them well.
-Pour the remaining olive oil from the San Marino can and 2 1/2 cups of water to the sauteed tuna and vegetable mixture.
-Add the achuete water, saffron and salt and pepper according to taste.
-Mix well then cover the pan and let the paella set until cooked.


Note: To improve the taste of your paella, you might want to add green and red bell peppers. Instead of carrot and corn alone, you may use mixed vegetables (the one with green peas). Also, substitute leeks with spring onions or prawns and clams instead of fish.


*This recipe is good for 8 people.

Cristmas Present #2 Watch Box

I am now down with Cristmas Present #2. So what did I get? It is this very lovely watch box. I like it a lot because it looks classy and expensive. I am now using it to organize my watches. Below you can see my Cherie watch, Fossil charm watch, and Guess watch all neatly kept in the box.








Thanks to my college friend named Josh who gave this gift to me. This watch box has 3 compartments so I guess that's a sign that I don't need a new watch to add to my collection. What I am thinking of buying at the moment is a set of affordable pearl earrings like those mikimoto designer jewelry. Pearl is my birthstone so I really feel the need of owning a south sea pair. Any idea where to buy them?

Christmas Present #1 Sheer White Top

Gotta love Christmas. It is the best time of the year. My favorite holiday ever. This year, I am taking notes of all the lovely gifts I receive for the season. First is this sheer white top which a blogger friend gave me during the Fab Moms Christmas party. I wished to get a stylish white top and it was just granted.






Thank you Bedalyn dear for this one. I haven't worn it yet but I'm sure it will be used a lot once I gained confidence in wearing white sheer tops again. Shhh.. I am still a little chubby and need to lose more weight after pregnancy.

I am Turkish. Well, not really, but yes I am!

So I guess you understand what is this post all about by merely reading the title. Yes, I am Turkish. Well, not really, but yes I am. Hahaha! Kidding aside, I was granted Turkish citizenship this year. I received my Turkish ID in June through the Turkish embassy here in Manila. Some people ask how come I call myself as Turkish when I absolutely do not look like one. For those who do not know me yet, I am married to a Turkish man that's why I was able to get Turkish citizenship.







My orange card with me wearing MAC Lady Danger in the photo.



I love being a Filipino. However, I needed to claim my right as Turkish for the sake of my children and our entire family. Also, we might go back to Turkey for good so my next step is to get a Turkish passport. In the meantime, I am planning to buy some specialty paper and start working on my new DIY calling card. I made my first card in 2011 and was quiet impressed with the result. I don't have same old template anymore. Now I'm looking for a new one. Saw these cheap business cards from zoo printing and got an idea on how to improve my card. Will show you the end result once it's done.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fear of Santa Claus

The elder daughter used to fear Saint Nicholas. She would agree about taking photos with Santa but cried after seeing him up close. I don't know what's wrong with Rudolph's boss that some kids are uneasy beside him. Anyway, I am glad that my firstborn finally conquered her fear of the big guy.






This photo was taken last year. See that expression on her face? Haha.




This is her photo with Santa taken just recently. Pretty smile this time huh.



Christmas day is fast approaching and I am sure we will stumble on Santa somewhere again. I remember way back 2005 when my husband and I were still dating. He revealed to me that Santa was Turkish and I couldn't believe it. Later on I learned that he was actually a Christian saint and a bishop in an ancient Greek town called Demre, now part of Antalya in Turkey, contrary to the belief that he is from the North Pole. The image of Santa these days do not match the original saint. He wasn't overweight and he didn't have white hair and beard. Although he was said to be very kind to children, it is not true that he has elves working for him, making toys to be delivered through the chimney to all children all over the world.

Sophie's Mom's Cupcakes

Do you crave for sweets every once in a while? You feel like having a taste of ice cream or chocolate and you run to the nearest grocery? You know I don't have a sweet tooth, but I love to eat desserts on cheat days. On one occasion, after a tiring shopping at SM Megamall, I was tempted to drop by at Sophie's Mom and get a box of cupcakes to share with my family.






Here is snapshot of their store at Mega A. I love the lovely pink details.
If I were to own a store, I think it will be as pink as this.




They have red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
I know I just had to try one. They sell these at P50 each.




If life gives you lemons.. make some lemon meringue cupcakes.
I swear they will sell like lemonades too. Chos!




These are the flour-less chocolate cupcakes.
By the way, all the cupcakes cost P50 each.




And, this is the sunflower cake. It's red velvet with cream cheese frosting.
I believe they sell this cake for P900 and the designer could be customized.



What I took home was a box of four cupcakes for P200. I had red velvet, dulce de leche, tres leches with mango and creme brulee flavors. It was my first time to taste cupcakes from Sophie's Mom and I can say that their best cupcake is dulce de leche.

Did I buy from them again? Of course yes. In fact, my elder daughter's Disney Princess cake for her 5th birthday was made by Sophie's Mom!





Sophie's Mom
Mega A Ground Floor
SM Megamall Mandaluyong

Sophie's Mom Main Branch
8760 Santol St., San Antonio Village 1203 Makati

Phone 856-4849 / 0920 946 3048
Email sophiesmom75@yahoo.com
Website http://www.sophiesmom.com



NOTE: This is not a sponsored post.

When Kids Get Sick

Red, itchy, and puffy eyes.. I hate those! Sore eyes plagued my family for weeks. It started with my husband to my elder daughter, from the elder daughter to me, then lastly to our little baby. She would wake up with her left eye closed because of pus. Her right eye got infected, too. They became so itchy that she scratched so much until her face turned red.







Here is a photo taken on her 4th month birthday with red and swollen left eye.




I am glad that we have a kind pediatrician who right away replies to my text whenever I need help like if the kids are sick and do not know what to do. She recommended Terramycin eye ointment for faster healing. I just had to wait until the next day to buy the said ointment 'cause the pharmacy in our block doesn't operate 24 hours. I wish we have online drugstores in the Philippines like http://www.tcds.com/ in Canada. It can be very convenient and hassle-free to have medicines delivered to your home.

In any case, it is really hard for me to see my children getting sick. I always remind my husband and elder daughter to wash hands once they come home from office or school in order to prevent any germs or virus to spread in the family.

Monday, December 16, 2013

DIY Project: Christmas Headband

Before actually thinking of a remedy for my elder daughter's old Barbie ballet flats, I first tried to figure out how to make a hair accessory that would match her Christmas dress. I have this stash of used and excess ribbons in different colors, width and texture. I keep them in one plastic and would recycle them into headbands or use them as decor for presents and other stuff. I have this flower headband as my newest project.






The photo above illustrates the process in doing this Christmas-inspired headpiece, a flower headband which my elder daughter loves so much.




She will be wearing it at school this coming Wednesday. I am sure it will look pretty together with her red party dress.



Materials Used:
-red ribbon
-white ribbon
-used buttons
-threads and needle
-scissors
-glue gun
-old headband


I have another headband finished together with this one but will show it in a separate post later.

Ready for Christmas?

Looking at our Christmas tree this afternoon while breastfeeding my little baby and adoring those red and gold ornaments that hang on it, I couldn't help but ask myself if I am all set for Christmas. I am 90% done with shopping, my Christmas menu is ready, and we started delivering most presents for friends and family.
















Majority of the presents left under the tree are for my elder daughter's classmates and friends. Some of them are for my friends and the rest were given to us. Gotta keep in mind that I need to visit the nearest mall at least once before the holiday break in order to get something special for hubby. Discount offers are everywhere in December and they can be very tempting. However, my husband is a little choosy and unpredictable.

Honestly right now, I still do not know what to buy for him. He works as a programmer and website or software developer so he's more of a gadget and technical person. He doesn't like perfumes or accessories. Clothes don't stay long in his closet and he gets easily tired of them.

Ahh.. any gift-giving tips and ideas?

Domain Authority

I heard about domain authority today and thought I need to read more about it and what does it mean to my blog site. I'm happy though that my knowledge when it comes to SEO is improving little by little. Back in 2005 when I started blogging through Xanga, it was only as simple as keeping an online journal, writing poems, letters and stories. I moved from Xanga to Friendster, then later on from Friendster to Blogger. Fast forward to 2013 and here I am, a proud owner of Pink MagaLine. I am not a famous blogger but I am satisfied with my own progress, looking back to all the trial and errors, considering the number of blogs I owned and all.








Domain authority checker Moonsy.com says www.pinkmagaline.com has a score of 35.





I also checked blogsites that I frequently visit and saw their scores.


42  chuvaness.com
20  itsparadigma.com
40  earthlingorgeous.com
41  hapatime.com
35  fashionpulis.com
94  thebeautyjunkee.blogspot.com
43  kryzuy.com


If you know a lot about domain authority, please help me understand it better and will truly appreciate it. Happy blogging! :)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Food Menu and Grocery Shopping for Christmas Dinner or Noche Buena

It's Christmas in 10 days! Are you mommies ready with your menu and done with grocery shopping? Perhaps some of you are still thinking of what to prepare this year. I know it's sometimes hard to think of what to cook, considering the number of people in your family, the picky-eaters, kids with food allergies, etc. Here are some of the foods we served during the Fab Moms Christmas party. Most of them are famous noche buena favorites. You might as well consider them if you haven't finalized your menu yet.






Clockwise from upper left are fruit cocktail gelatin, cassava cake, noodles with vegetables and shrimp, talong (eggplant) steak, and chicken lollipops.

For our own menu this Christmas, we'll have a Filipino-style family feast of the all-time favorite buko salad, three choices of kakanin (delicacy), chicken embutido, beef caldereta, lechong manok (chicken roast), and barbecue. There will be a slight change too if hubby requests something else.

On the other hand, we are yet to complete our grocery shopping 'cause these past weeks have been busy. Yesterday was elder daughter's reading recital and dance performance at her school and I have some visitors coming today, so that means we'll have a little bit of a delay in buying stuff.

Ahhh.. good luck to everyone. Enjoy the holidays with whatever you can prepare for the family. The most important thing is the wholeness of the family, everybody is healthy, and there is love that grows strongly in your home. Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 13, 2013

DIY Project: Giving an Old Ballet Shoes A New Look

I bought this gold pair of Barbie ballet flats for my elder daughter to wear on her 5th birthday. It used to have jeweled bows but they fell off easily. Hubby saw it and he decided to pull out everything, leaving the shoes bare and looking unpleasant. I was supposed to buy a replacement for my daughter to use for her reading recital. I couldn't find a pair that looks very similar so.








As a remedy, I cleaned the old ballet shoes, brought out a gold ribbon, a brown thread, some beads and a glue gun. I made a couple of bows then sew and glued them to the Barbie shoes and viola!





Now my elder daughter has shoes that matches her Greek costume perfectly. Happy that I was able to recycle something instead of throwing it. Not to mention, I was able to save money too.

Till my next DIY project mommies! :)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Our Christmas tree is up!

If not for Fab Moms' Christmas party, I wouldn't think of putting up our tree and decorate it as early as November. Honestly, I was feeling a little down and didn't feel like celebrating yet because of Typhoon Haiyan. Later on I realized that no matter how devastating Yolanda was and no matter how frustrating the news I hear everyday, I still need to put up our tree and prepare for the merrymaking. In my mind, I became hopeful that things will eventually turn out fine.








This is how our tree looks like with the lights on. It's only 5 feet and its theme is same as last year-- red and gold. This tree is the same old tree we used almost 4 years ago.






I wish to buy a bigger tree next year and use white decors. Also need to glam up our living room with some accent and display lights. Nonetheless, there's still 13 days more to go before Christmas. Aside, from the tree, I also hung a garland at the dining area, a wreath by the door, and then a centerpiece following the same theme. I think that's all and we're ready.

How about you? Is your Christmas tree up? Are you done hanging all the ornaments? Tell me about it.

Snowy Istanbul

I see photos after photos of snow both in my Facebook timeline and in Instagram these days. Indeed, snow came early this year. A brother-in-law just sent these photos and I was like, wow, it is really snowing already in Istanbul. Exciting but too bad we will miss it again this year.


















Actually, it is our elder daughter who wants to see it. Snow already melted when we visited Turkey this April. We initially planned to visit a country that turns into a winter wonderland in February but the little one is too young to brave the snow. Not yet. So, I guess next year.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Barbie™ Live! The Musical

We had a blast today at SM MOA Arena, watching the musical Barbie™ Live! The show started promptly as soon as we entered the event place. My two daughters, hubby and I enjoyed sitting at the VIP section, having a very nice view of the performers.





Like I expected, there were fabulous stage props and pink accents everywhere.




This is the part where Barbie plays Princess Victoria.




My favorite part: The Princess and the Popstar.





I took a lot of photos but sorry to say that I can't share all of them here. I think too much picture in a single post is not a good idea.

Barbie™ Live! will be until December 15, 2013 at SM MOA Arena in Pasay City. if you have a daughter, you might want to consider purchasing a Barbie™ Live! ticket for her. I am sure it will pass as the best Christmas gift ever.

Fab Moms Christmas Party

This Christmas party happened in November. Can you believe that? Oh yeah, we, full-time moms, part time bloggers, have crazy schedules and the remedy was to do it in advance. Introducing the Fab Moms which is composed of Bedalyn, Jing, Honey, Rochelle, Jenny and yours truly. We agreed to take blue as the party color motif. Hence, everyone was wearing a matchy-matchy blue ensemble.







Too bad I couldn't find cheap table skirting for this potluck party. Anyhow, we enjoyed our feast of noodles, steak, fruits, cake, etc.





Partying while breastfeeding. This is me with Honey. Her husband, Arnold, took these photos. Thanks to him for the beautiful shots.




That's my tomboy. Hehe.




And to cap off the night, we had some party games for the kids and exchange gifts and for both kids and mommies. Till the next party Fab Moms. Merry Christmas! :D

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Congratulations Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich for winning Miss Earth 2013!

When I first saw Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich in Instagram as tagged by Miss Earth Air 2012 Stephany Stefanowitz, I followed her immediately and I right away  believed her capacity to take the Miss Earth 2013 crown. True to what I initially predicted, she won the title just a while ago.






Congratulations Alyz Henrich! I think you deserve it!!




From L to R: Catharina Choi of Korea (Miss Fire), Katia Wagner of Austria (Miss Air), Alyz Henrich of Venezuela (Miss Earth 2013) and Punika Kulsoontornrut of Thailand (Miss Water).






Source of Photos:
https://www.facebook.com/MissEarthPageant

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa Premier Room

When choosing a hotel room for a short vacation, what are the things that you consider first? Is it the size of the bed, the total ambiance of the room, or the rate per night? During my family's recent visit in Cebu, we were able to enjoy premier accommodation without having to pay extra at Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa. We originally booked a deluxe room but upgraded to a premier ocean wing room. Thanks to the kind hotel staff who ushered us and made our check in possible even at 9 in the morning.





The 34 sqm premier room has decors in traditional and contemporary Philippine styles. Pardon me with the quality of the photos tho. I took them using my Cybershot DSC W300 in low light while the little one was having her afternoon nap. Didn't want to disturb her.




The room is not as grand as the panorama room or presidential suite. Not richly decorated, no beaded chandeliers similar to what I saw at the lobby (for a sample photo Click here), and no panoramic view of the island. However, it's very homey and already conducive to relaxation.




Hubby loved the media & entertainment amenities so much. The cable TV was huge and perfect for our viewing pleasure. Plus, the complimentary Wi-Fi and broadband internet access was fast. In fact, I was able to stay online in Facebook and IG all day and all night.




Being a non coffee/tea drinker didn't stop me to enjoy the tea-making facilities. It's where I prepared my early morning breakfast cereal drink (regular breakfast was at Tides in a buffet setting). The small tray of fruits came free everyday as well as a couple of bottled water.




I super liked the toilet and shower room which was equipped with hot and cold water. Awesomness with the L'occitane toiletries. Plus, there were other stuff that women might be needing in the shower like hairband, bath robe, shower cap, cotton pads, and so on.




The private balcony with a coffee table and seating for two was overlooking a tropical garden. This is where I sipped my hot drink, feeling the morning breeze, and listening to the chirping of the birds, while the rest of the family was still sleeping.


If I were to book a Cebu hotel again, I think I will be choosing the same accommodation. Our experience at Shangri-La Mactan is always wonderful. The staff are friendly and attentive and the place  is world-class.

Note: An ocean wing premier room at Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa is around P15,000 per night. For more info, check http://www.shangri-la.com/cebu/mactanresort/.