Friday, August 01, 2014

10 Days in Cebu!


Now, its no secret that I shuffle back and forth between Cebu and Cagayan de Oro. Mostly cause I was born in Cebu. I also lived there alone during my first year of college. But know that I'm in my senior year, I haven't really found the time to back,visit my home city and see my friends and other family. But when a chance came for a trip while school was on holiday, I snatched the opportunity! It was a fun and well-needed vacation. I spent most days with either my 3 cousins or my equally foodie aunt. We were always just hanging out and eating and shopping. It was really a vacation with no strict planning. We'd wake up one day, figure out where we wanna eat and move on from there.

My trip is sort of split between two places. for the first four nights we stayed at the beautiful Shangri-La Resort and Spa on Mactan island. This hotel was insane!! Beautiful beaches and pools, fun activities,great gym and an even better international buffet! I was stuffing my face all day! Now, for the next 5 nights, we stayed in the heart of Cebu. Very near everything we needed to see...and eat! 

Funny, when I got home, a friend told me that my photos from the trip followed a certain order, he said it was "OOTD, family, food." I checked, and he's basically right!! HAHA.

I kept everyone updated via Instagram and Facebook, but in case you don't follow me (@itsmiadurano) I'm putting the photos from IG and my scanned polaroids up here along with stories about my trip. :)


This is my Aunt Joy, who is my dad's sister. She's the equally foodie aunt I'm talking about. Aunt Joy was my buddy during the whole trip! And she was usually my photographer for IG too. 

These are my cousins (L-R) Justin, Alexander and little Aniana. I see these kiddos only once a year, but when they are in the country, I am usually assigned to watch them, and I don't mind! <3

Our first night, we took a service to the city to eat some Yakiniku at Moshi-Moshi. The Kobe beef was amazing! Melts in your mouth!



The next couple of days was all about enjoying the resort. I love this polaroid of my two aunts and grandma! Great smiles!

I captioned this very differently on instagram, but really this is just me hanging out on deck before our boat ride.

The next day, we took the 3 hour drive from Cebu to Oslob. Not just to see the whale sharks, but to swim with them. It was AMAZING. I'll tell you more in another entry. ;)

My cousins at the airport. I love these two silly boys.

My first #OOTD in the city. That backpack is now my new favorite bag! I've been using it everywhere! A steal at one of the mall's end of season sales. :)

My food adventure started in Phat Pho, a popular Vietnamese Restaurant in Cebu. I loved my Pho! The place was recommended by a friend and I'm happy I took her advice. :) 




I went out with my college classmate and best friend Maria for lunch and then we had that amazing fudge brownie for dessert. (See how intense this is? I have dessert after every meal. haha) After my lunch+ dessert+ shopping date, I went out for pizza with a few more members of the family. (We had cake after. haha)


More shopping the next day! Here's an outfit I put together. Actually, here's a funny story. My parents sent me on this trip without a return ticket. So I thought I'd only be staying 5-7 days and I didn't know I was going to stay in the city! I stayed 10 full days in Cebu! Laundry in hotels are just as pricey as new pieces so I decided to just buy versatile clothes that I could mix and match.  

I had lunch in Larsian with my aunt the following day. Larsian is this old and famous barbecue spot in the heart of Cebu's business district. Basically, Larsian is a hawker center. We had to eat with our hands and eat on banana leaves. I'd definitely recommend a visit here if you really wanna experience Cebuano food.  

P.S
Please notice I am wearing pink. This is rare. hahah

Spent the rest of the afternoon at the well instagrammed La Vie Parisienne. The place is so cozy and relaxing. when you enter, the smell of bread welcomes you. Along with many more French treats. 

Inside La Vie's famous wine cave. We actually had a bottle of bubbly with some cheese.

Macarons. My favorite treat! I was really excited to try these and I didn't know what to eat first so I bit each one and then ate them after. 

My last full day of this trip was a Monday. And I sort of have this rule about my fitness, I never miss a Monday, so here I am with the CrossFitPintados family. They a crazy funny CF family that reminded me of my own at CGYfit!


What's a better last meal in Cebu than LECHON?

Well, that's most of my trip. There's honestly so much more I could have shared if I remembered to photograph it first (or before I ate it.). I had the best time during this very long vacation and I cant wait to go on another!







Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Take in the Fresh Air.


Here's a dress I wore to a busy afternoon all the way to 3am. From the family portrait shoot to the Opening of Islands Souvenirs to Style Origins (with Tim Yap, Allison Harvard and Divine Lee. More on that in a separate post.) then to dinner and the drinks with them after. A long, productive, happy day. 

Carlo snapped these photos of me right after the family shoot and its one of my favorite sets ever. For starters, I'm actually really laughing in most of them and taking these was a breeze! 

I've been really focused on positivism lately. See, I just came out of a painful experience and its true what they really say about pain, that no matter how ready you think you are for it...pain demands to be felt. So I soldiered past the hurt and with time and a lot of help, I learned so much. I learned why things had to be that way and that all you can do is accept it.  When I finally got around to accepting it, things got easier for me and my perspectives changed. I saw that there was a great value in staying happy and doing things that made other people happy. 

So to everyone going through something, here's what I have to say...
"It's going to be alright. You may not be okay now, but you will be. And when you are, the world becomes a more beautiful place."




  
"Smile and breathe in, you'll see that your radiance makes the world a better place..."


Here's a quick snap of me eating a magnum and my siblings mocking me and joining in right after. HAHAHA My big babies!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Family Portraits.

  
My mom has been looking for an excuse to take family photos for ages! And when Daddy's golden birthday came up, she snagged the chance and we got our family portrait taken by my friend Carlo Gaid. All these photos really show how crazy and gleeful we are. Spend a day with us and you'd probably laugh your head off. But that's just how we are. One big happy "dimsum crazy" family! 

I guess I might as well take this chance to say how thankful I am to have them right behind me. My family has always been there to help me out, give me encouragement and make me feel better any given day of the week. I love them to bits and I wish I could show them more.







 Check out the daddy's girls!!





Tuesday, June 17, 2014

#wonderfulmindaNOW



Hey everyone! I'll be switching to social media for the next bunch of days, to show you all the wonderful spots all over my home here in Mindanao! Check out my posts via IG and twitter . And see more of Mindanao via the #wonderfulmindaNOW tag.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pine Grove.

 Took a quick drive with some family and friends so we could spend the afternoon in Dahilayan, Bukidnon. This trip was not planned so all I really had to battle the cold was this thin scarf. Thankfully, the smores just warmed me right up!! I always love coming here to unwind and relax.

It's been sort of tough the past few weeks. I think it's a sepanx symptom from summer..lol, For those of you who still have time left, make the best of it! Go out, see your friends, make some new memories. <3







Sunday, May 25, 2014

Travel with Spruce + Spruce Summer Picnic Party.


A month back, I attended the Spruce Summer Picnic Party. Hosted by Spruce, a young dynamic brand dedicated to bringing the best to CDO. We, #SPRUCEgirls, spent the afternoon chatting, laughing, talking about travel and Spruce's new campaign called #TravelWithSpruce (Check out the hashtag to know more!) 

It was definitely quite the afternoon, especially with all the best girlfriends around!