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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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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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Boon Tong Kee at Power Plant Mall, Makati

Boon Tong Kee’s one of the restaurants in Power Plant that we only got to try out this year, despite the fact that the establishment has been inside the mall for years. It was only after going through some food review apps that I suddenly became interested in trying it out. That, and seeing the display of their pork buns was enough to seal the deal.

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Pork buns that they had on display.

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Look at it! So fluffy and flaky. 😀

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10,000 Roses Cafe, Cordova, Cebu

One of the most trending spot in Cebu for the past few months would be the 10000 Roses Cafe located in Cordova. As soon as it opened last February, I think almost in tandem with the Sinulog festival, it has been swarmed by people. With a lot of posts about it on various social media such as Instagram and Facebook, its popularity just kept on rising. Though its located quite far away from the city centre, people still make a point of visiting it.

There’s no entrance fee per say to get in the cafe, at least not one that the owner of the cafe put up – the Korean owner, Mr. Miguel Cho had been asked if he planned to impose an entrance fee but he said he doesn’t have any plans to do so. However, due to rowdy tourists, the local government has decided to implement a 20 pesos fee to enter the place – supposedly because these tourists were harming the environment (e.g.: throwing trash wherever).

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Last week, my family went to Cebu for a short vacation, and because we were already there, we headed to 10,000 Roses Cafe! We got there at around 5 PM, which is, I think, the perfect time to head on there as it isn’t too hot and you’ll also be able to catch two views of the place: One with sunlight and one without. 😀

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Brunch at Bag of Beans Twin Lakes, Tagaytay

Bag of Beans is probably one of the most well-known establishments in Tagaytay for years now. However, it’s only recently that I’ve been able to try it out – in fact, my mom and I just stumbled upon it by mistake. As we walked around Twin Lakes in Tagaytay trying to decide where to have brunch, we ended up in Bag of Beans.

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Our table. It’s not clear in the photo but in real life, you can juuust see Taal Lake from where we were seated.

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The Bag of Beans branch here has two floors. However, during our visit the one below was reserved for a party so we didn’t get to take a look downstairs.

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