THE OVERLOOKING INDULGENCE | MOUNTAIN VIEW NATURE’S PARK EXPERIENCE [PHOTOS]

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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.

 

HOW TO GET THERE?
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.

 

STAY THERE

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.

 

WHAT TO DO?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

TOO EXPENSIVE?

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.

 

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PHOTOS

Another evening shot

Another evening shot

Cebu in the morning.

Cebu in the morning.

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COWBOY JUNCTURE | THE RANCH | RESTAURANT REVIEW [PHOTOS]

 

The Ranch in Banilad

The Ranch in Banilad

-          ★★ ½

Have you remembered my past blog about a grill restaurant in the Queen? Well, here’s another grill station that you’d fancy.

The Ranch, housed at Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Banilad, Cebu City is a western/cowboy themed restaurant abundant with anything grilled. They have a variety of offers from beef; pork to chicken that will suit your westernized taste buds.

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The Ranch in Banilad Panorama

The place is decorated with dark and precise wild-wild-west bar reference, with the exception of a smelly barn of course.

But whoever said that this place was affordable?

I’ve heard and read lots and lots of reviews here telling how cheap the price is here and how they could easily afford it. Well, it’s either they’re rich or their favorite hobby is social climbing. But truth be told; their price ranges from P270.00+ to P300.00+ and they even reach to P500.00 peso mark. And that for us, when the price range reaches P300.00, I don’t think that’s affordable.

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Don’t get me wrong; their food is okay, but the price was not that friendly at all. my partner and I were on a budget and we gave our faith to the blog reviews and Foursquare tips but it wasn’t what we’ve experienced in sense of money.

Nevertheless, The Ranch in Banilad is a true blue/perfect cowboy themed restaurant good for people who want to experience this kind.

The Ranch in Banilad

The Ranch in Banilad

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RATING:

Worth of money – 2 ½

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Food presentation in The Ranch in Banilad

RODEO GRILL | RESTAURANT | REVIEW [PHOTOS]

Rodeo Grill

Rodeo Grill

Have you ever dreamed of being a cowboy/cowgirl and ride your way to the bar and while you’re entering the swinging doors everyone’s staring at you because you are a famous head-shot assassin in the Wild, Wild West?

Oh yes, you got it right at Rodeo Grill. (Except for the part where you ride a horse)

Located across Café Noriter and just beside Hotel Elizabeth at Archbishop Reyes, Cebu City; Rodeo Grill is a Cowboy slash Texas slash Wild, Wild West slash Barn themed restaurant, with offers that are mostly hot plated grill.

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Outside Rodeo Grill

The vicinity is truly remarkable, with its barn-like ambiance. Although the grill is quite hidden from the glimpse of the highway, and just a marquee on its entre; Rodeo Grill offers a revamped luxury barn experience. Yet, I would recommend going there in the evening, rather on the daylight, since the lighting captures the essence of Western living, and eliminates the loud and uncomplimentary details of the trees and some unnecessary junks in the surroundings.

When you enter the grill, you will then be amazed of how close-captured it is from some of the bars we see in the movies: but not to mention their counter which is really modern and not Western, plus the air-conditioner (which is forgivable). Although the grill is too small; I cannot deny the inviting feel of the home-ish style restaurant.

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Panorama inside Rodeo Grill

I loved how they designed the huge picture of a riding cowboy on their wall, and how detailed their windows are, complimentary to the theme (unlike the one I mentioned in the Grecian theme inspired restaurant CYMA), and their tables were wooden: just the sound of rodeo it is. The floor wasn’t polished too, which creates excitement and a perfect feel of western.

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Cowboy picture on the wall

They have a wide range of grilled offers: I ordered their famous Sgt. Pepper Sizzling which is grilled pork that costs us a shocking P169.00 BUT a huge serving great for two!

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Sgt. Pepper Sizzlers at Rodeo Grill.

I’m in love with the fact that their serving was big AND delicious. The meat was grilled viciously but with no excess coal which is not healthy and I don’t fancy. Also, the gravy is what I was raving about. The eerie taste of mixed flavors but still compliments to the grilled pork but will not give the taste of displeasure even after plenty of spoonful.

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Close-up shot of Sgt. Pepper Sizzlers

Next, was the Texas Sizzling Chicken which costs us P139.00 and still was a huge serving. The chicken was smothered with the said gravy on the heated plate plus extra random vegetables as the side dish same as with Sgt. Pepper Sizzling. The chicken was also soft and delightful.

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Texas Sizzling Chicken

We also ordered their Ranch Pochero which costs us P159.00, and, I’ll keep raving about their huge serving, because it’s truly commendable in a small amount of money but plenty offerings and tasteful, really. My partner ranted about how he would’ve ordered only the Pochero, since he’s in love with the taste, so was I.

And oh, have I mentioned their unlimited rice which is uh-mazing. And not just their rice, but also their bottomless soft drinks, offered in Coke, Sprite and Royal AND lastly their unlimited gravy. But I would comment on their rice, because I felt it was like in Golden Courie’s (a famous Filipino restaurant), which is quite a heavy kind. What I mean is that the rice itself is too concentrated that will make you feel full right after the second cup of rice is offered. And with the huge serving; I think it deserves a light kind of rice, so everyone can truly enjoy the grills.

The only comment my partner made was that they don’t offer charging your phone, which is a true bummer, and there was no WIFI around, and again, internet is everything especially when there’s Instagram. Although their waiters were OK, but I’d rather see a smiling and inviting one, so they should fire all of them… just kidding.

In totality, Rodeo Grill was a delight which only coss us at abou P577.00. A TIP, well, maybe you could just order two dishes and share it with your partner. Bring your friends too, it should be fun. Check it out and go home full and happy!

RATINGS:

Sgt. Pepper Sizzling – 9

Texas Sizzling Chicken – 8

Gravy – 10

Pochero – 10

Ambiance – 9

Service – 7 (No wifi and no free charging of phone)

Value for Money – 9

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CYMA | Greek Taverna | Restaurant Review [Photos]

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Amazing geographic peninsula. Inter-island amazement. Rich history. Extravagant culture.

OPA! Greece is what you name it. From its grand blue and inviting waters to Homer’s Greek Gods and Goddesses with their equivalent grotesque structural houses; definitely, you’ll come and visit the mysteries of Greece. (And I can’t go on with this review if I keep talking about the wonders of one of my dream destination. Hehe)

In the city, CYMA is a Greek Taverna located at The Terraces, Ayala Mall that invites customers who desire a Grecian inspired ambiance. Opened on December 2008; five years strong and still operates well to give that wonderful pigging experience.

CYMA offers a variety of dishes that encapsulates Mediterranean experience specifically Greek. The Grecian inspired restaurant allows making you feel like you’re not in the Philippines, but in Greece.

Well, technically.

The restaurant itself gives a feel due to the Grecian color palettes which are Blue and White. I love how the chairs are painted blue too. But, truth be told, the huge glass windows differ from anything Greece. I definitely have the knowledge that the Grecian tavernas walls are stone and white with (sometimes) not very angular in manners and windows are undeniably small square/rectangular. I only wished they stood by the thought of ‘Greece’ and revamped all interiors to Greece-like.

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But I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that they needed those huge glass windows for customers to see the full view of the restaurant from the outside.

The counter is a true touch of Grecian taverna with a huge blackboard marquee that tells their ‘specialties’ and some links to social media accounts, great.

Now the food.

Filipinos are rich in spices and extremely precise in tasteful dishes, and Mediterranean dishes offer usually the same.

One of the best things I learned about Greece is their Gyros. I read about it some time ago, and watched a travel show on TV which is some kind of Shawarma, a roasted meat with lots of spices wrapped in a pita. In CYMA, they have their specialty, the Chicken Gyros. Costing at about P160.00; Chicken Gyro gives you a taste of goodness. Offered as an opening for the dinner My partner and Ihad and sliced in two halves; the food simply wows me due to the fact that it’s not too much salty; a little bit bland that differs you from the displeasure sense right after mouthfuls (Pu-ol, sawa), resulting to disgust. With a spicy side sauce; you can never get away from the tasteful firework of flavors.

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Chicken Gyro is probably one of the best CYMA has to offer. You definitely have to order this.

We next ordered the Katoupolo Lemonato. Costing at about (an expensive) P420.00, Katoupolo Lemonato is a Chicken offering with a side dish of potatoes, but cooked in a different manner. Once we get a taste of it; it then counterparts our opening dish (Chicken Gyros), which gives the taste of mixed sour and salty. The food is really delicious, and how they’ve done it, I have no idea. BUT one thing gives the food extra excitement: Lemon. The balance the lemon gives is what makes the offering perfect.

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Katoupolo Lemonato in CYMA

But there’s one glitch of the food, after plenty of mouthfuls, it will give you the displeasure taste resulting to disgust (pu-ol, sawa). I pity the dish due to the fact that when we started to taste it; it gives me a euphoric moment because of the battling yet complimenting flavors.

TIP: The dish is good for 2, but due to the displeasure it give; I suggest you offer it to 4.

And then our last is Moussaka.

We started with Chicken Gyro that was oh-so-delcious! Then next was the Kotoupolo Lemonato that took me to heaven, but brought me down to earth just right after. Then we have Moussaka that took me from earth………….. to the deepest pit of hell.

Moussaka is Greece’s national dish that is layered in eggplant, beef, with smothering, thick white creamy sauce (béchamel sauce) and cheese at the top that looks similar to lasagna.

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I am hoping that Greece wont ‘persona-non-grata’ me with this review on their National dish because I still have plans to go there, BUT I believe as a Filipino, I wouldn’t appreciate the uncomplimentary taste of beef plus eggplant plus a white sauce that spoiled our dinner. Not to disrespect Greece’s national dish, but I will definitely not suggest Filipinos should order this.

Oh good Lord, if only you can see my partner’s face while tasting Moussaka. We were truly laughing our asses off for ordering that.

Oh well, the more bad experience we get, the more I can write things on my blog.

And now, their WIFI. Definitely available and fast, I was happy. Again, internet is everything.

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I would love to add that I like the fact that their waiters are in costume. I asked the waiter who was in cowboy suit, and he answered me that their ‘theme’ is United Nations. One waiter was wearing a Greek God costume, and you can only see a few restaurants doing that, and it’s much appreciated.

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Waiter in CYMA in full Greek Costume

And speaking of waiters, their all-male waiter (at that day and time) definitely were accommodating and F.U.N.! They have one dish there which was really interesting: I noticed the manager went near to the Korean customers saying “We will be shouting”, and I wondered what that could mean. And then the waiter with the Greek God costume was holding a heated plate with some bread-ish something on it and he grabbed a lighter and the plate started to burst in flames and everyone in the restaurant shouted “OPA!” which meant nothing in Greece but just an expression of being joyful or happy.

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We were so amused with that presentation that happened twice.

In a nutshell, there are lots and lots of offerings CYMA have, and we only get a taste of three. They still have fish, pork and pasta dishes also wines, so, there wouldn’t be a prejudice here for how bad will all of their dishes be. That’s why I’ll be giving ratings to the food we ate.

In a nutshell, I wouldn’t be planning to come back anytime sooner in CYMA not because of the roller coaster ride dinner we had, but because of the price range which is out of bounds and definitely will hurt your pockets, and not to mention, no need for tip since you give a service charge of P90.00. BUT there’s one reason why I can come back to the taverna: Chicken Gyro, a definite winner.

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Come visit CYMA at The Terraces, Ayala, with no reservations needed. Visit their full MENU on their website. OPA!

RATINGS:

Chicken Gyro – 10

Kotoupolo Lemonato – 8

Iced Tea – 9

Moussaka – uhm, -1? Just kidding, 2

Ambiance – 6

Service – 9

Value for Money – 7

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