8 hours in Cebu City: Where to go

IF you have only eight hours to spend on a layover in Cebu City, which is a pity because Cebu is such a beautiful city, here is a short list of places to visit and get a feel of this famous queen city of the south. I had been to Cebu City countless times in … Continue reading 8 hours in Cebu City: Where to go

Smiling Cove: favorite island hangout

  FROM its old view with sharp and rusty pieces of steel sticking out along the water’s edge, the newly-paved walkway with protective bars at the Smiling Cove Marina has become one of the newest destinations for joggers and sunset watchers these days. The long stretch of walkway at the Smiling Cove is an alternative … Continue reading Smiling Cove: favorite island hangout

A hidden beach beyond a golf course

KINGFISHER Golf Links in Talafofo has always been one of my favorite destinations on island, but I had never ventured beyond the golf cart parking lot — until one afternoon some weeks back. My Chinese friend Emily invited me for a drive around the golf course to shoot photos. I was not that excited, envisioning familiar … Continue reading A hidden beach beyond a golf course

Pika Festival: Getting hotter each year

THE heat is on as daring contestants take their places and wait for the go signal to chew a hundred pieces of red hot peppers in one minute. At the go signal, the contestants start to chew the peppers one by one while judges keep count. The first three to finish their peppers are declared … Continue reading Pika Festival: Getting hotter each year