Monday, April 24, 2017

Cebu Blogger

Bantayan Island, My First Time Experience!

You may find this funny but yes, you read it right - it was my first time in Cebu's top beach destination, Bantayan Island. Together with CBS Blogger friends, we enjoyed the white sand, clear blue water and of course, the foods that locals can offer. That quick trip was made possible by Arlei Travel and Tours which brought us to the island safely.

FaceCebu Author Mark Monta in Virgin Island During Sunset
FaceCebu Author Mark Monta in Virgin Island During Sunset
It was early 5 in Saturday morning when everybody met at a food chain in The Walk, IT Park. We were all excited to enjoy another summer weekend. With Arlei's "rent a car" service, we had an amazing trip riding a Coaster going to Hagnaya Port. Aside from a comfortable ride, the driver is friendly and accommodating. So, how's our Bantayan Island experience?

CBS Bloggers with Arlei Travel And Tours Van
CBS Bloggers with Arlei Travel And Tours Van with Background of The Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Pic by Lloyd Chua of LloydAndbehold.com
Here are some activities I recommend when you visit Bantayan Island.

1. Island Hopping - You should visit Hilantagaan island for a quick snorkeling activity and then go directly to Virgin Island for a romantic Sunset experience.

FaceCebu Author in Hilantagaan Island 

FaceCebu Author, Mark Monta in Virgin island
FaceCebu Author, Mark Monta in Virgin island
Sunset Shot at Virgin Island
Sunset Shot at Virgin Island

Sunset Shot at Virgin Island
Sunset Shot at Virgin Island

Sunset Shot at Virgin Island
Sunset Shot at Virgin Island

Sunset Shot at Virgin Island
Sunset Shot at Virgin Island
2. Visit Obo-ob Mangrove Forest - I  did not try this last weekend but base on my online friends, this spot can give you another way of experiencing the island aside from beaches and white sands.

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3. Tour the island with a Bike or Motorcycle - You can rent a bike or motorcycle to be used during the Tour. Locals from the port or in local Market area can offer you in just PHP 150.00, you can already enjoy the island within 24 hours.

Travelers Couch Blogger in Bantayan Island
Travelers Couch Blogger in Bantayan Island
4. Stargazing in the beachfront under a Tent - There are public beach fronts which you can set-up your tent with your friends or loved ones. But if you are lucky to have booked a room in a resort which is beachfront, then you can get those blanket or towel, set them up in the white sand and enjoy the stars at night.

5. Enjoy local foods / Visit Food District - Everybody loves to visit MJ Square and I don't disagree because comfortable foods and other fast foods are available there. But personally, if you are in hurry and hungry, please do not try Chef Panyang Restaurants and I mean all branches inside MJ Square. Here are the reasons:
a. For 3-4 branches of Chef Panyang inside MJ Square, they only have one and only Kitchen which will cook all the orders of the 3-4 branches. (Which I think the reason of 45 mins to 1 hour waiting time)
b. Untrained Personnel - Waiters will get your order in details but food will come "not in details".

Kai Adventure Apparel T-shirt was worn by FaceCebu Author, Mark Monta
Kai Adventure Apparel T-shirt was worn by FaceCebu Author, Mark Monta
And of course, before I forgot. A shout-out to Kai Adventure Apparel for a comfortable T-shirt. Kai Adventure Apparel is an outdoor brand apparel that specializes in adventure souvenirs for outdoor enthusiasts alike. It also provides customized t-shirt souvenirs for outdoor events and activities. For inquiries, check out their website www.kaiadventureapparel.com or visit them in Facebook at @kaiadventureapparel.


Arlei Travel And Tours Contact Details

Facebook: @ArleiTravel
Website: www.arleitravelandtours.com
Email: arleitravelandtours@gmail.com

Phone/Mobile:
(032) 514 2184
+63942-557-0141
+63917-777-0045
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Cebu Blogger

Enroll Your Kiddos In McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop This Summer!

Summer is more than just beaches and vacation - it can be productive for all your children who might be bored at home! How? Let them join to McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop, McDonald's newest and biggest program for this Summer!

McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop Cebu
McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop Cebu
Now on its 25th year, McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop is McDonald’s flagship family program that gives kids an opportunity to experience in-store restaurant training and learn time-tested values such as teamwork, hard work, discipline, responsibility, and sharing.

McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop Cebu
McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop Cebu

McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop Cebu
Drive Thru Team

McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop Cebu
Make Your Own Cheeseburger during the McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop Cebu
Registration is ongoing until April 30, 2017, in close to 500 participating McDonald’s restaurants nationwide. Kiddie Crew Workshops happen weekly from March 20 to June 2, 2017. The registration fee is P650 only, inclusive of workshop materials, meals for 5 days and the official Kiddie Crew shirt, bag, lanyard with ID, chef’s hat, apron and graduation tokens.

McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop Materials
McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop Materials
This year, McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop excites participants with a refreshed program that combines their all-time favorite activities with new ones guaranteed to make them look forward to the five-day sessions! Well-loved activities are back, including the Make-Your-Own Cheeseburger, and on-floor, Drive-Thru, and front counter training that give kids the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a McDonald’s crew. For the first time, participants will get to satisfy their sweet tooth with the Make-Your-Own Dessert activity and experience how to prepare customers’ orders through the McDelivery Game.

McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop
McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop
With McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop, kids will surely have a delightful summer to remember! Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity for your kids to learn new skills and values, experience new things, and make new friends while having fun.

Infographics for McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop
Infographics for McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop (click picture to view higher version)
For more information on McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop, visit mcdonalds.com.ph.
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Cebu Blogger

Starbucks Brings Back Childhood Faves For Summer 2017, Die-Cut Cards Are Cute!

World-renowned Coffee Company, Starbucks has introduced an ultimate throwback on our Frap! Starbucks is introducing a new Frappuccino® flavor and will bring back a well-loved flavor from last year. This summer, get ready for an unexpected throwback as Starbucks brings together two of our childhood favorites—popcorn and pretzels—in one delectable drink. Pop'zel Coffee Frappuccino® Blended Beverage is blended with delicious popcorn and pretzel syrup and topped with real caramel popcorn and salted pretzel over whipped cream. For more exciting surprises and offerings this Summer, check below featured beverage, coffee, food and the cute Starbucks cards.

Starbucks Summer 2017 Offerings
Starbucks Summer 2017 Offerings


Cebu Bloggers Society Members and Media during private preview of Starbucks Summer 2017 offerings
Cebu Bloggers Society Members and Media during private preview of Starbucks Summer 2017 offerings



FEATURED BEVERAGES

To make summer more exciting and refreshing, Starbucks is introducing a new Frappuccino® flavor and will bring back a well-loved flavor from last year. This summer, get ready for an unexpected throwback as Starbucks brings together two of our childhood favorites—popcorn and pretzels—in one delectable drink. Pop'zel Coffee Frappuccino® Blended Beverage is blended with delicious popcorn and pretzel syrup and topped with real caramel popcorn and salted pretzel over whipped cream.

Pop'zel Coffee Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
Pop'zel Coffee Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
A returning favorite, the Roasted Marshmallow S'mores Frappuccino® Blended Beverage is flavored with vanilla, layered with smooth marshmallow whipped cream, indulgent chocolate sauce, and graham crumble. This delicious concoction is then finished with whipped cream and more graham crumble on top. Both flavors will be available for a limited time only starting April 18.

Roasted Marshmallow S'mores Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
Roasted Marshmallow S'mores Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
“This summer, the iconic Frappuccino® blended beverages are inspired by our customers’ personalities: fun, creative and bold,” said Keith Cole, marketing head for Starbucks Philippines. “We have created beverages that match customers’ summer moods, handcrafted with flavors that blend sweet with savory or delight with the most exciting toppings”.


FEATURED COFFEE

For a different kind of refreshment that is perfect to be enjoyed during hot summer days at home, Starbucks VIA® Iced Coffee has you covered with its flavor profile defined by hints of citrus and a caramelly-smooth finish. For those who prefer brewed coffee as a delightful start of your day or as a way to unwind during sweltering summer afternoons, the Starbucks Kati Kati Blend is perfect with its balance of citrus and spice notes from Kenya and floral aromas and crisp acidity from Ethiopia. Speaking of exotic coffee destinations, Starbucks Reserve® Nicaragua La Roca and Starbucks Reserve® Costa Rica West Valley Yellow Honey will bring you to a journey of flavors.

Coffee : Nicaragua La Roca
Coffee : Nicaragua La Roca
For those who want something filling and can be perfectly paired with either a Frappuccino® or a cup of brewed coffee, there's the Banana Chocolate Danish, a baked pastry filled with chocolate and banana. For a savory option, you may try the new Roast Beef Deli on Ciabatta Bread, sandwiched between tender rosemary ciabatta are slices of slow-roasted beef, button mushrooms, tangy and sweet pickles, and finished with horseradish spread.

Starbucks Via Iced Coffee
Starbucks Via Iced Coffee

Meanwhile, chocoholics out there will surely be pleased with the new 65% Dark Chocolate. This single-origin chocolate bar was sourced from the award-winning Malagos Chocolate from Davao. Every bar has 65% cocoa solids and has a distinct fruity flavor profile.

FEATURED STARBUCKS CARDS

For My Starbucks Rewards® members, Starbucks Frappuccino® die-cut cards will be available in new colorways, and can be bought for an initial activation fee of ₱1,000. Meanwhile, the new 'Stay Cool' card will be available for ₱300. Both will be in Starbucks stores starting April 18.

Starbucks Summer 2017 Die-Cut Cards
Starbucks Summer 2017 Die-Cut Cards

Starbucks Summer 2017 "Stay Cool" Card
Starbucks Summer 2017 "Stay Cool" Card
FEATURED FOOD (to be updated )

To mark Earth Day, you can purchase a Starbucks Night Sky Reusable Cup on April 21 and 22 for just ₱100 with every purchase of a Grande handcrafted beverage. You may also opt for a 10 % discount on any merchandise.

With summer already here, there are more and more reasons to keep refreshed and ready for whatever fun and adventure the season holds. And as temperatures continue to rise, Starbucks will be with you throughout summer to help you cool down and unwind.
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Cebu Blogger

Watsons Safer Mt. Mago Hike, Standing In Three Cebu Provinces

Last Saturday, together with my girlfriends, we conquered the infamous Mt. Mago in northern Cebu! It was just a week of preparation and we thought it was an easy hike as mentioned by some mountaineers' in their blogs. But we got "lucky" since the day before the hike, Cebu was experiencing heavy rains and as a result, we were trekking a muddy route going to the top! By the way, Mt. Mago hike is a fulfilling one, why? Because when you are able accomplish this so called "Boundary Climb" then you will be standing in three provinces of Cebu, namely Danao, Tuburan and Carmen!

FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago
FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago

FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago
FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago

FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago
FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago

FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago
FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago
Here's our timeline for your guide.


Ate Chubz, FaceCebu Blogger Mark Monta and Geemiz Blogger, Geezelle Tapangan at Mt. Mago
Ate Chubz, FaceCebu Blogger Mark Monta and Geemiz Blogger, Geezelle Tapangan at Mt. Mago
At 8:10 AM, we arrived in Carmen Market to buy some lunch and of course, this Blogger is a chicken addict. So, the girls decided to buy lechon Chicken at Ogis.
At 8:30 AM, we got a motorcyle ride (Habal-Habal) from Carmen Market. Fare is PHP 100.00
By 9:10 AM, we arrived in Santikan Elementary School to secure the motorcycles. Good thing, our Habal-Habal driver decided to become our Guide going to the peak. It was his second or third time and we were amazed how professional and humble he is.
At 9:15 AM, we started the walk from Santikan to Mt. Mago Peak.
At 10:55 AM, we arrived at Mt. Mago Peak. It was almost an hour of hike and it was a "mid-easy-mid-average" walk. So it is recommended to wear hiking shoes most especially if it's raining - muds are everywhere!
At 11:21 AM, we started going down - going back to Santikan Elementary School.
By 1:30 PM, we finally arrived in Santikan Elementary School where the Habal-habal (motorcycle) was parked. We actually arrived late because in between our walks, we couldn't resist the beauty of nature and we got some snaps!

FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago Peak
FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago Peak

FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago Peak
FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago Peak


TAKE NOTE:
1. Wear your hiking outfit ( don't follow mine, please! (wink) )
2. Bring foods and beverages ( it is recommended to bring 3-4 liters of water )
3. Do not forget to bring First Aid kit ( not just for yourself but of course, for everyone in your company )
4. VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not leave any trash. Bring it and put it inside your bag.

FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago Peak
FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago Peak

FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago Peak
FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Mt. Mago Peak

EXPENSES:
Motorcyle Ride - Back and Forth is PHP 200.00 (PHP 100.00 one way)
Guide Tip - PHP 300.00 (because Sharex is so accommodating and he even knows a good angle for your shots!)

Contact: Sharex Damelis - 0936-844-4722

Selfie while riding a habal-habal
Selfie while riding a habal-habal

The hikers on their way to the top!
The hikers on their way to the top!

Rest in between walk...
Rest in between walk...

Our last hill going to the peak!
Our last hill going to the peak!

SIDE TRIPS:
During your Hike to Mt. Mago, you can actually stop to these spots for some instagram-worthy shots!

Carmen Old House
This old house located near the Carmen Market is just amazing that we ask the owner if we could get a pic.


Forest Shots at Carmen Roads


FaceCebu Blogger doing that pose again!
FaceCebu Blogger doing that pose again!

FaceCebu with his Friends
FaceCebu with his Friends

FaceCebu with his Friends
FaceCebu with his Friends

FaceCebu with his Friends
FaceCebu with his Friends

FaceCebu with his Friends
FaceCebu with his Friends
St. Benedict Monastery


St. Benedict Monastery
entrance to the monastery

Durano Eco Farm


Durano Eco Farm
River beside Durano Eco Farm

Durano Eco Farm
With my Travelmates
Camp Enzo and Marco's Vegetable Garden - Though this is a private property, you can actually peak in the entrance and make some pose. Do your ninja moves!

Camp Enzo and Marco's Vegetable Garden
Camp Enzo and Marco's Vegetable Garden

Camp Enzo and Marco's Vegetable Garden
Camp Enzo and Marco's Vegetable Garden
Make Your Hike Safer and Sexier With Watsons!

I thank my friend (Geezelle of Geemiz.com) for her Belo Sunblock that she bought from Watsons for protecting our skin. Though I forgot to put in my face and neck part, still i got a got my arms and legs saved from the heat of the sun. Good thing, there's Watsons’ “Make Your Summer” campaign. Throug this, we don't need to hide but other wise, create a perfect summer!

FaceCebu Blogger Mark Monta  with Belo Sunblock
FaceCebu Blogger Mark Monta  with Belo Sunblock 

Make your summer sun-proof and be confident to go anywhere! Travel to the serene islands of Camotes, and choose between relaxing on its paradise-like beaches or hiking to its amazing caves and majestic waterfalls. There’s no more need for covering up and hiding from the sun because at Watsons, we know that it’s important to get protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. That’s why we have all the sun-proof tools you need for a safe and awesome summer. Defend your skin from burning and sun damage with amazing sunscreens like: Nivea, Vaseline, Banana Boat, Beach Hut, Solstice, Biore, Sunplay, Belo, Neutrogena, Cetaphil, Celeteque, Kojie San, Hawaiian Tropic, Dermplus, Ponds, and Olay.
FaceCebu Blogger with his girlfriends! LOL
FaceCebu Blogger with his girlfriends! LOL
Make your summer more exciting with this super exclusive treat for all our SM Advantage Card Members. Get a chance to explore the wonders of the Philippine islands with getaways for four to Batanes, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, and Palawan. Just buy our participating products and for every PHP500 single-receipt purchase, you get 1 e-raffle entry. So, go to any Watsons store or The SM Store Beauty Section now and get summer ready as the promo is from February 23 – April 26, 2017. And if you’re not yet a SMAC member, now’s a great time to join. The new “MEMBERS GET MORE” program makes shopping more rewarding than ever before. Time to get MORE POINTS, MORE SAVINGS, and MORE VALUE!

Now, here are some good and nice jump shots with my ladies!


Jump Shot at Mt. Mago
Jump Shot at Mt. Mago

Jump Shot at Mt. Mago Peak
Jump Shot at Mt. Mago Peak

Jump Shot in the road
Jump Shot in the road



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