To be direct, Mountain View Nature’s Park in Sitio Garahe, Busay, Cebu City is one of the most famous places you could hear from talks in town because of the overlooking indulgence of the entire Cebu city, and I’ve been here for plenty of times but never experienced the way I did on the Holy Week passed.


Same as my blog for Lantaw Native Restaurant, which is just around the corner of the entrance there in Mountain View, if you don’t have a car, you can go there by taxi which you can rent from J.Y. Square, P250.00, or by Habal-Habal (motorcycle) which costs P50.00 per person, or if you have your own car; that’s probably the best.



Because of a family affair, I got there again. To make the story short; my mother and brother rented a stay for one night just for P1,200.00 non-air conditioned room.

The P1,200.00 Cottages

The P1,200.00 Cottages

I have a short knowledge that there was lodging in Mountain View! So bummer of me.

So the clan went there for a hike and ended up gasping for breath because no one expected how difficult it is to reach on top since it was most of their first times.

Back to the room: it was big, enough for my clan of ten (imagine that) but sush, they didn’t know we were that plenty. Though some of my family members brought with them tents and just stayed outside. The room is (as they say) good for four people. The bed is humungous and very good to sleep into.

You can order food in their canteen and have them delivered in your room if you like.


TIP: If you’re planning to go there, have your rooms booked ahead of time, especially on weekends and holidays like the Holy Week. And I, most especially, like for you to book on the air-conditioned room, good for P1,500.00 on the overlooking deck part because you can see the city lights from the windows of your room, and there’s no need for you to climb up just to see it.




You can also enjoy their amenities. They have an Adventure Obstacle that is variety for P150.00. Their trail entails a lot of challenges; from walking on an unstable hanging bridge (but safe) to zip line-ing your way to excitement. This is available 9:00AM to 7:00PM daily.


You could also experience their very cold swimming pool that’s good for P100.00 on adults and P75.00 for youngsters. It’s very good for kids because the highest is just 4 feet, so no fret.


You can do camping, as I’ve said a while ago. There are certain places you can do it, but mostly, people build their tents when the dusk hits the horizon.

I’ve seen people grill outside of their rooms too.

You can soul search, or try marathon from the top down to the entrance of the vicinity. (Just kidding, you’ll end up getting killed)

And when nightfall comes, the city lights below will enchant you. It’s very amusing and enthralling yet at the same time very serene. Looking away from the busy city makes you go past through everything you’ve been through and ponder about your life. It’s very nice, I tell you. I’ve been there many times, yet the city lights never fails to amaze me.


It’s best to see it in their viewing deck which you could also have a booze with your friends. Thank GOD there’s no entrance pay.



Here’s the catch, is all the amenities too expensive or too much? Well for me, there are a lot of transactions to be done in the spot, and the prices are quite revamped from the normal prices in the city, but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt that it’s really quite difficult to transport goods from down below up there on the mountain, that serves justice.

Also the crew’s salary hehe.



Telephone – (032) 231 5444




Another evening shot

Another evening shot

Cebu in the morning.

Cebu in the morning.

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–          ★★★★

The dreading city life requires you to escape from it in order to maintain balance in your life. Ahh, the relaxation you acquire gives you pleasure. Whenever you look online for a place to stay or to escape; there’s always something that holds you back. But this time; try to pursue it, and you’ll be pleased.

And one resort that’ll give you that exact relaxation away from the city is in Huna-Huna Cliff Resort. It is located at Buyo, boundary Carmen/Catmon, Cebu.

Huna-Huna is a Visayan word for thinking, pondering or contemplating. True to its name; Huna-Huna Cliff Resort offers you a peace and serenity for a calm experience.

With its European Villa inspired theme; you could never go wrong to its relaxing feel facing the vast Camotes Sea. This European situation requires your full attention to its nonchalant ambiance convalescing from your city life.

The white walls and marble tiles of the villa are idyllic, hinting Santorinni, Greece.


The overhead pass is nostalgia of somewhere in France; and the Family house for number of guests makes me remember of an Italian Villa.


The beaut of the place gives time for yourself to escape and contemplate your life while sitting on the bench looking afar on the effervescent Camotes Sea.

Guest House in Huna Huna

Guest House in Huna Huna



Going to the resort is easy.

All you need to do is to ride a bus bound north at North Bus Terminal, near SM City Cebu. There you will find huge busses; and all you need to find is Ceres Liner. It’s fast, hourly and safe (sometimes, depends on the driver).

When telling the co-operator of the bus (kondoktor) where you’re heading; you can directly say in Huna-Huna, because most of them already know where it is. If not, then tell him at Buy, boundary Carmen/Catmon. The cost will only be P55.00 per person; so it’s not that really expensive.

From the city, you’ll be travelling 1 hour and a half if there’s no traffic. The resort can be found on the right side of the path; and there’s a marquee on the side of the road, if you have a car of your own or the co-operator forgets about you and where you’re heading.


TIP: Whenever you reach Carmen, Cebu; call the co-operator’s attention and make him remember where you’re heading. Or better yet, open Google Maps if you’re on 3G, but I doubt it will operate well on the countryside.



Booking ahead is always the best thing to do whenever you want to go to a certain place so that you’ll have a guaranteed stay. And when calling the resort (numbers at the end of the post), they will ask you to pay full at their Banilad, Cebu office.

For me, trying to book a room for the next day was lucky because I was only giving a promise to them that my partner and I will not cancel our reservation. But that was really our plan, so cancellation would be inevitable (hehe), but really, try to book really ahead of time.

The air conditioned rooms are available for P2000.00, good for 2 pax with breakfast, and the check in time is 1:00PM, check out on the next day, same time. (Room rates below)


They also have a 2 storey guest house, good for family or group of people.

The resort also offer some relaxing spa treatment for the price range of P900.00-P1,500.00.



We stayed in Room 11 of the resort, and that is on the bottom-most part on the cliff near the beach where you could take a dip.

The room is just fabulous. Its clean and our stay there was marvellous. If relax is what you’re looking for, then this is perfect for you.


The room is small BUT very, very relaxing. You’ll have your own veranda with table and seats; and for us at Room 11, the sea is just beneath us. It really looks luxurious even thinking about it right now makes me want to go back there.

Staying in their room makes me want to stay there forever.

I love their lights which have the control switch on how bright you want it to be; the very functional hot and cold water which for other resorts are not present; and the bed is soft, so as the pillows and the comforter.

The bed is facing the glass door with the sea as our breath taking view. The window on our left side is a perfect instrument for the sunrise to take a peek before we realize it.


Sometimes you’ll forget to close the glass door and hear the rushing sound of waters outside while you are lying like a king or queen in your very comfortable bed.

And our veranda is perfect for dinnertime, with the warm, romantic lights plus the stars above us.


It was just pure lux. C’est la vie.


TIP: And you should try to ask if Room 11 is available. *wink



The food is variety there, and mostly it offers Filipino style of cooking. But their breakfast is mixed from Filipino to American to whatever it is in their menu that you’d like to have.


You’ll only have to order ahead of time because they still have to prepare your food from scratch, so it takes a bit of time to finish and serve it to you.


The price ranges from P130.00 – P250.00 depending on what MEAL you order. There are also offers that reach P300.00-P500.00; these are specialties.



The beach is just part of the resort with no shoreline that is a little bit rocky on most parts. I did not get the chance to swim because I really did not want to. I just wanted to relax in our room, and in our sophisticated veranda.




When we checked in, we were greeted by a huge black dog (I have no idea what breed it was) which I was much afraid of at first due to its size; when we walked down to our room; he was ahead of us following the attendant, and whenever we stopped, the dog looks at us trying to signal something; then we realized he wants to take us to our room. The dog named ‘she-she’ (I think) was really, really sweet. She had our hearts just for a short stay there because of her kindness to visitors.




I’m still pondering how relaxed my partner and I were on that resort, and wishing we could just lie there forever… with money magically appear on our table. HAHA

But then, Huna-Huna Cliff Resort is a resort away from hassle.



Cellphone: 09173179741/09322242375





*According to as of 4/8/2014

Air Conditioned Rooms

Php 2,000

Inclusive Breakfast for 2 (two) persons

Prices are regardless of single or double occupancy

Extra Bed without breakfast Php 500


Fan Rooms

Php 1,000 to Php 1,500

Exclusive of breakfast

Prices are regardless of single or double occupancy

Extra Bed without breakfast Php 500


*Day use (maximum of 3 hours)

Air Conditioned Rooms

Php 800 (Php 100 each extra hour)


Fan Rooms

Php 500 (Php 100 each extra hour)


Entrance fee is Php 75 with free use of our cottages. Huna Huna Cliff Resort reserves the right to refuse or discontinue at any time any accommodation to any persons it deems unacceptable under its standard.



Rooms – 5

Food – 3

Service – 3

Facilities – 3

Ambiance – 5

OVERALL – 3.8/5




our veranda in the evening

our veranda in the evening


Our veranda in the morning


Our room in the evening

Our room in the evening

















–    ★★★★

How authentic is authentic?

One evening, when my partner and I went to a restaurant that serves “authentic” Spanish cuisine (mixed with Filipino), I was undeniably disappointed. First and foremost, two of the specific cuisines they offer are supposed to be amped up with flavors because Spanish people once hailed towards far Asia to search for spices specifically here in the Philippines, and this should be elementary, but it results to a bland taste, which for me is unrighteous. And second, the price does not compensate the offers.

And then we have Ipar’s: Authentic Spanish Cuisine restaurant at Ramos St., Cebu City, (along the Velez University road) which is also offers “authentic” Spanish cuisine. I have a Hispanic bloodline, so I shall judge… (hehe)

Ipar’s has long been famous for obvious articles boastfully posted on their walls with the owner/chef’s in it. Ipar’s has been praised due to the dishes that is closely or a true replica of a certain dish from Spain, since the chef himself has studied thoroughly on why do Spanish cuisine ticks to millions of people around the globe.


I applaud the place.

It’s a real Hispanic interior; impressive, from its huge Spanish-restaurant rodeo cloth hanging above the high ceiling to their cooking pans that hung on the walls which gives the exact feel of a Spanish kitchen.

They have an array of canvass posted together with the pans and some Hispanic photographs and artifacts that makes you feel you’re in the right place.

I love how Ipar’s makes you feel like you’re not in the Philippines but in Spain. It’s a true plus point.


Now to their Food. They have a Spanish menu, which will be awkward if it’s not, that are separated according to their kind, whether it’s Carnes (Pork, Beef, Lambs), Ensaladas (Salads), Aves (Fowl/Chicken) or Pescado Y Mariscos (Fish and Shellfish) … (wow, so proud of me mentioning these Spanish words).

Try their Pechuga en Salsa (Chicken breast in cream sauce topped with sliced mushroom)… should I explain further? Anyway, it’s very tasteful. I love the overpowering saltiness that gives it a wow factor. This will cost you P180.00


Also their Chuletas de Cerdo al Ajillo which are porkchops sautéed in garlic sauce that costs P200.00. This is very delicious. The garlic sauce is a perfect component in this dish that gives enough flavor for you to savor.


For some, salads are eaten before the main course, but I really don’t. It could be I eat it after or during. I love for you to try their Ensalada Mixta Completa (Mixed green salad) that has this vinegar-ish flavor that culminates the salad experience. I’ve never tasted like that anywhere (if you do, let me know). This salad cost P120.00


They have this superstar offer that is ranted all over Foursquare; it costs P70.00 and it’s their Leche Flan. Some say it’s the BEST leche flan in town, and we certainly agree with all of them. It’s very flavorful, and you can’t stop taking a scoop of it until you get none.


The food in Ipar’s are good and how it stays true to the tagline “Authentic Spanish Cuisine”. My only concern is that because of its too much flavor, you may end up not finishing your food because it can always be too much for the taste, resulting to a feel of disgust it your gut. (BIDLI in Bisaya). Although the price range of the offers is from the lowest, P180.00 which are mostly salads, P200.00-P500.00 which are mostly the main dish, which is quite steep for budget diners out there.

But I’m happy because the other week it was closed due to a reserved party, so you plan ahead and call them before you go there.

Overall, it was a nice dining experience. Check out Ipar’s and tell me what you think.


Dinner – 6:00-10:00PM

CONTACT (for reservation)


032 255-4727 or 032 410-7727


Place – 4

Service – 3

Pechuga en Salsa – 3

Chuletas de Cerdo al Ajillo – 4

Ensalada Mixta en Completa – 4

Leche Flan – 5





Ever wonder how you could navigate your way through the entire cebu? Here’s a very helpful website to know the routes of such jeepneys you ride on.

Just click on this link to go to the website which can help you map out the routes of jeepneys in Cebu.

62B Route

62B Route



-          ★★★½

I’ve taken you to Paris, Greece and America, now I’m taking you to Singapura.

Although Singapore is a British colony; their culture and style doesn’t complement with the Britons due to the mixed race community they have there now. But Oriental people, specifically Chinese are the ones dominating.

And there’s no other place to experience the dishes you will eat in Singapore but in this cute little spot called One Claypot House.


One Claypot House is NOW located at C. Rosal St., Cebu City, across The Living Christian Church. Although the place is situated quite far from the pedestrian’s eyes; but finding this spot is worth it!

One Claypot House Panorama

One Claypot House Panorama

The restaurant is very small, good for 20-22 people, not including their outdoor seating; the interior is decorated with, just like Singapore, mixed culture hangings: with posh British boutique style chandeliers, to Oriental miniature boat-like hanging designs, to 50s American painting and so much more.


As it is a Singapore inspired restaurant; their offers are mostly Southeast Asian Cuisine which you will love with an affordable price range of P120.00 – P250.00 (one dish has P350.00).

Try their bestseller Lah-Lah-Lah Claypot which is a rice topping style that has pork, sausage, eggs and of course rice in it. The serving is in three, small, medium and large. Their ‘small’ is just enough for one person.

Lah-Lah-Lah Claypot in One Claypot House

Lah-Lah-Lah Claypot in One Claypot House

Also try their Milky Fried Fish Soup which is a healthy and a bit spicy yet cream soup offer. I’m in love with this, although I was not careful enough to chew the chili and burned my taste buds (lol).

Milky Fried FIsh Soup in One Claypot House

Milky Friend FIsh Soup in One Claypot House

If you’re a fan Bagoong/Hipon(bisaya)/Shrimp Paste; then you’ll fall in love with Binagoongang Pork.

Binagoongang Pork in One Claypot House

Binagoongang Pork in One Claypot House

And when you’re done with your dinner; then the perfect drink to compliment is the Milky Bandung. Although it’s an acquired taste, but you’ll later realize that its bland taste will neutralize the sweet/salty/creamy experience in your food.

Milky Bandung in One Claypot House

Milky Bandung in One Claypot House

There are still a lot to choose from in their menu and I’m pretty sure it’s pleasurable for your taste buds. My partner and I sure enjoyed their offers.

Go and try One Claypot House and experience dining in Singapura.


Monday-Saturday: 10:00AM-10:00PM

Closed on Sundays


Reservations: 0908 279 1498



Location – 3

Ambiance – 3

Food – 4

Service – 4



-          ★★★★


Margarita Family Restaurant

Margarita Family Restaurant

While Lantaw sa Busay gives you the entire Cebu view from afar with amazement; Margarita Family Restaurant gives you the city view.

Located at Robinland Bldg., Tipolo, Mandaue City, across Cebu Doctor’s University; Margarita is one cozy dining experience while enjoying the nearby city view.



Dining in their spacious balcony is such a cozy spot for lovers. Feel the chill from the city wind OR you could choose the other sea-side view which has the ambiance that of a sea-food restaurant.

You can also have a booze in their bar which you can choose a variety of liquors.

Margarita Family Restaurant

Margarita Family Restaurant

Also, if you’re looking for function halls; Margarita Family Restaurant can give you that. With their spacious function, they can hold parties like Acquaintance Party, Christmas Party or even reception for weddings.



Have you ever eaten in restaurants like Manila Foodshoppe or Majestic? Well, if you prefer their taste; you may enjoy Margarita’s. The food is delish for an affordable price range of P120.00-P300.00 that is totally worth the money.

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Lunch: 11:00-2:00

Dinner: 6:00-10:00/12:00MN



(032)505 – 8288

505 – 3688



Ambiance – 5

Food – 4

Service – 4

Value for Money – 4


Margarita Family Restaurant

Margarita Family Restaurant




District 50

District 50

–           ★★★★


The emergence of crooners Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Judy Garland.

The reign of rock n’ roll with Elvis Presley as the main star.


Polka dots.

The film stars rose like Elizabeth Taylor.

And Fashion Icons that is still tattooed in our minds, hearts and style up to this date; Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn…

Let’s journey from now to the 50s, and there’s no better place to time travel in that era than in District 50 Restaurant. Housed at 2nd Floor, J. Centre Mall, Bakilid, A.S. Fortuna, Mandaue City; District 50 channels the era where the entre of this article reigns.


The restaurant is located on the far side of J. Centre Mall and it’s decorated with lots of 50s inspired; even a faux jukebox greets you on the restaurant’s entrance. But inside is much sophistication; from its 50s poster collection, to a Herbie ride, modified to become a serving table that gives excitement to customers.

District 50 Panorama

District 50 Panorama

You can sense a huge American inspiration on its walls, even the black and white tiled floor that screams UHMERICA which I fancy.

I also love the fact that their kitchen is visible to the customers eye who pigs there; so everyone can see how they work.


The prices are affordable which ranges from P120.00 to P200.00+ only; yet they don’t give you minimal serving and mediocre taste.

Barbaric Ribs in District 50

Barbaric Ribs in District 50

Try their Barbaric Ribs and savor the good taste of it! Also, if you are a fan of parmesan cheese; try their Parmesan Chicken that tasted like spaghetti yet its chicken! Those are their bestsellers which I am now a fan.

Parmesan Chicken in District 50

Parmesan Chicken in District 50

They also have a wide range of American inspired dishes that you’ll fancy.

The service was fast and their waiters are approachable.

What I only wished for the restaurant was to have their own spot in town; not just situate in the four corners of the mall that makes it generic, but that’s alright, it’s just a mere suggestion of mine.


You should go and try District 50, and like their tagline; come in for a taste, stay for a meal… it’s worth it.


Reservations – (032) 520 6562



Ambiance – 4

Food (Barbaric Ribs and Parmesan Chicken ONLY) – 4

Service – 4

Value for Money – 4