Scape Skydeck, Cebu

It was Mother’s Day, and we didn’t really have any dinner reservations or things like that. In fact, we were just aimlessly driving around the city when we decided to go to Scape Skydeck. Having seen rave reviews about it on various social media sites, it has been one of the restaurants in Cebu that I’ve been really wanting to try out. As it was a holiday, I thought that we wouldn’t be able to nab a table (for 5!) here, but fortunately, we were able to do so!

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Their signage.

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Scape Skydeck is located on top of this building – which is a residential building, though not sure if it functions as a hotel too or what.

Scape Skydeck Pool

As we were 30 minutes early, the guard said that we could wait here by their pool area. The pool area is small, but strange enough, it wasn’t hot here. There was a constant breeze even though the area is closed off. Also, from behind the foliage, you can hear children playing and other street noises.

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The pretty view! Pretty much the reason that we came here was for this, haha. Scape is located at the Mactan side of the city, so the view is different from, say, if you’re at Tops or at the Marco Polo area. I think that the view here is refreshing as you get to see the new bridge, and old bridge too!

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Staying at Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel & Spa, UK

During our  2-week trip to the UK, we stayed in a lot of hotels, and yet, one of the hotels that I really liked would have to be Mercure Warwickshire. After spending the whole day touring around Chester and Stratford upon Avon (blogging about that soon!), we headed to Mercure, which is just 8 miles from Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

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The view from our hotel room. It overlooks the parking lot actually, but you can also see Walton Hall from here.

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

One of the places I’ve really taken a shine to when we went on our UK trip was Glasgow, particularly the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Before our trip commenced, I already looked at all the sights and places that we were going to and even before seeing it in the flesh, I already knew that Kelvingrove was going to be a favourite of mine, and I was right!

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My first glimpse of Kelvingrove.

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From Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, we caught a glimpse of the University of Glasgow.

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You may think that this is the front, but this is actually the back of the museum! A popular myth about Kelvingrove is that the building was built the wrong way, while another myth is that the architect committed suicide here by leaping from one of the towers. As most myths usually are, neither of the two is true. Way back in 1901, when Kelvingrove first opened its doors to the public, the main entrance was at the back as visitors came from Kelvingrove part, but fast forward to today, most visitors now enter from the main road located at Argyle Street.

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Exploring Edinburgh, UK

I didn’t really expect to fall in love with Edinburgh – before the start of our trip, I thought that I would moon over London, but that wasn’t the case. Edinburgh was the first stop on our trip; as our flight arrived at 8 in the morning, we immediately got to explore Edinburgh, as well as made a quick stop at Rosslyn Chapel. We were only able to stay in this beautiful city for a day, but I think that we at least saw some of the important sights to be seen here like Calton Hill, the Royal Mile, and, of course, Edinburgh Castle. Too bad though that we weren’t able to go to the Elephant House, where Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, wrote the books while enjoying the cafe’s coffee and cake.

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So as soon as our plane landed at Edinburgh Airport, after getting through customs we were fetched by our coach driver and we headed into the city to start our tour. We first fetched our guide, and then we were off to Rosslyn Chapel, which was quite a drive (around 30 minutes) from Edinburgh, and after staying there for a while, we drove back to the city, went to Calton Hill, and then had lunch. After lunch, we went to Holyrood Palace (which I’ll probably have a short post about it up sometime soon!) and then Edinburgh Castle – on the way, we were greeted by this.. This creature. Haha, I honestly don’t get what it’s supposed to be! 🙂

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A shot of the castle I took while waiting for our tickets. The structure is massive! Images of Game of Thrones popped out unbidden in my mind when I finally saw it for the first time. It doesn’t help that Edinburgh Castle stands on Castle Rock – Castle Rock.. Casterly Rock? Lannisters! I don’t even know anymore, haha.

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Dinner Buffet at Cafe Ilang-Ilang, Manila Hotel

A week or so ago, we went to Manila Hotel to belatedly celebrate my Aunt’s birthday. Anyway, we arrived there at around 7:30PM and the place was already quite packed. Since we had a reservation, we were able to be seated immediately.

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Some of the food they offer in the Japanese area of the buffet.

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Dinner at Lantaw Native Restaurant, Cebu

After going to Temple of Leah, we were famished and so we headed to Lantaw Native Restaurant to have our dinner.

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Since it was still quite early, we were able to catch this beautiful view of the city. This is probably my most favourite time of day since I love the pinkish hues of the sky before dusk.

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Night out at Sugbo Mercado

Sugbo Mercado’s one of the few food night market in Cebu that operates from Thursdays to Saturdays from 5PM to 1AM. I’ve only been able to pass it by time and time again during my trips to Cebu, but finally, during my last visit I was able to go!

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We didn’t actually plan on going to Sugbo Mercado – in fact, we had just come from dinner and were just driving aimlessly when we ended up in IT Park and saw Sugbo Mercado. As we saw a parking space, we decided to get down and see what it’s all about! 😀

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7 Flavors by Chef Logro, San Juan

7 Flavors Buffet and A la Carte is co-owned by Chef Boy Logro. He’s a local celebrity chef so to speak, and he has his own show on GMA which airs every Saturday. I actually didn’t know that he has a restaurant of his own, until I received an invite to have dinner there!

Aren’t you curious as to why the restaurant is called 7 Flavors? Well, there are 7 different types of flavours (sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter, astringent, and umami), and that’s where they got their inspiration for the name of the restaurant.

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The facade of 7 Flavors, which is really nice and very pleasing to the eye.

Diners here at 7 Flavors won’t have a hard time at all when it comes to where to park their car because they have ample parking spaces here. According to Mr. Albert M. Borja II, COO of 7 Flavors, if there’s no more parking space, they will offer free valet services to their customers.

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Yoree Korean Dining, Molito Alabang

As I don’t live near the South, it’s really rare for us to go to Alabang. Hence, when we were in the area, I was really overwhelmed with the food choices there. We ended up deciding on eating at Yoree Korean Dining.

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Some of the side dishes that they serve per person. You can ask for free refills too!

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Lunch at Casa Verde, Ayala Cebu

Though they do have several branches now in Manila, I still think that a visit to Cebu isn’t complete without a visit to one of the branches of Casa Verde (During my last trip there before this one, I went to their newest branch at SM Seaside which you can read about here.). Casa Verde is one of the most bang for your buck restaurants in Cebu. Huge yet yummy servings of food offered at an affordable price? Well, you can count me in!

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For our appetiser, we had their chicken quesadilla which is one of their best-sellers. Is it good? You bet it is! The quesadilla is stuffed with spicy fajita chicken (if you don’t like spicy food, you need not worry about the spicy level of this dish as it’s not spicy at all), onions, tomatoes, and of course, cheese! Their homemade salsa and sour cream’s really good too.

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