A journey begins with one small step without trepidation. Armed with the desire to take on a new adventure, inexperience is blocked with enthusiasm for exploration. Every step guided with a glittering path towards a resplendent break. This is what expedition is all about. What defines traveling is the thirst for exciting activity be it food sampling, trekking, culture adaptation or simply rest and recreation. This is what I aim for to impart to people who shares the same aspirations.
Nothing beats a seaside ambiance where the air breathes of
the ocean whiff and beneath you are schools of small fishes generously bordering
the floating restaurant.
Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant is conveniently located at
Day-as Cordova, Mactan Cebu, Philippines. They opened
their store to the public last June 22, 2012. Accepted credit cards are Visa,
Mastercard and American Express.
The restaurant is said to float only during high tide or when the seawater reaches the shore.
Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant is an affiliate of the infamous Mooon Cafe. You may contact them through (032) 5142959.
It is also best to call them for reservations especially on weekends
because it is the part of the week that they are the busiest. Although
you can also go there directly and wait to be seated if they are already
This is the Grill station where they cook the pork belly, chicken
barbeque, and other grilled produce such as fish, squid and prawns.
What sets them apart from other restaurants in Cebu is the beach setting
featured with sumptuous feast of seafood collection and a wide array of
original bacolod chicken barbeque @ P130
(chicken barbeque paired with java rice topped with garlic crunchies)
sweet chili crablets @ P110
spicy blend of crustacean mixed with bits of chili sword and onions)
lechon kawali @ P185
is a lechon kawali like no other, tasty and crunchy. It is best enjoyed by dipping
it in soy sauce and vinegar.
buttered prawns @ P180
(some portions of the prawn’s shell are conveniently peeled off
for easy consumption)
Express @ P145
It is a delicious combination of fish and crustaceans. It is mainly composed
of shrimps, squids and fish blended with malunggay leaves, chili sword, onions,
and tomatoes soaked in coconut milk.
of orange juice, slices of lemon and orange plus fruit bits such as watermelon.
refreshment and dessert station
(a unique design of a station wherein the facade resembles that of a jeepney)
How to get there:
Through Jeepney and Trisikad
You need to ride a jeepney going to
Opon Terminal - at the Terminal transfer to a multicab going to Cordova and
inform the driver to drop you off at the Crossing of Cordova. While at the
Crossing you can see "trisikads" bound for Day-as Port. Fare per
person is P10.
If you are from Manila and start your journey from the airport,
you can ask the taxis to transport you to the floating restaurant. Approximate
taxi fare from airport to Day-as Port Cordova is P250-P300. If you are from the City of Cebu, approximate fare is P350 –
If you have plans of going there on a late schedule, it is best to bring your own transportation since no taxis are available during the evening and the restaurant's location is quiet far from the main road.
A few months back, I was surfing the net and was looking for a hostel to
fit my needs; economical, clean, with warm & accommodating hosts
and definitely accessible for all the tourist spots and places to
explore in Singapore.
Luckily I was able to come across the hostel that would certainly meet my requirement – A Beary Good Hostel.
from being Singapore’s number one hostel in Trip Advisor, it also
boasts of being the cleanest and most accessible amongst other hostels
in Singapore. Besides, the hosts in this hotel are really superb in
terms of dealing with existing guests and incoming guests regardless if
it’s daytime or nighttime.
They are superb in the sense that they
just don’t provide quality service but exceed the need of the guests by
providing extra mile service. These services may be in the form of
quick responses to room problems such as facilities e.g. fixing of AC,
provision of fans if the AC is not cool enough, changing of bed sheets
and pillow covers. And they even assist you with the laundry machine.
Toilets and Bathrooms are always clean but you can never discount the
fact that there are some guests who are really cluttered and messy in
nature thus it is not the hostel’s liability. Breakfasts in this
hostel are always on time and as scheduled. Although there are times
that they do extend their breakfast schedules to those who wake up late.
talking about accessibility, it is just a few steps away from the MRT
station. It is very near the souvenir shops, the Chinatown night market,
the food street and very near hawkers that provides cheap but tasty
Asian food. People’s park is just across the street with so many
varieties of food and native delicacies. It is also very near Maxwell
Food Center which is by far one of the best hawkers I’ve visited not to
mention the delicious Almond Soya Bean Curd at Lao Ban which is in this
By staying at this hostel, you can have the best of both worlds because not only are you close to souvenir shops but you
will be able to binge on your taste buds like trying the famous Chili
and Black Pepper Crabs, stingray, baby squid, desserts at Mei Heong Yuen
and the tasty Bakkwa.
To top it all, tourist spots are just
nearby. Sri Mariamman Temple and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple are just
close to this hostel. You can also go on foot if you want to go to
places like Clarke Quay, Fort Canning and even the well-known gadget
hub, Funan Digitalife Mall.
I so love this hostel that I even stayed for 48 days!
Room Tip: Dorm 2 Bed 8 is by far the best bed. I have stayed at the 3 dorms but so far dorm 2 is the best dorm.
Island’s Ngong Ping 360 was a 25 minute cable car ride with a choice of crystal
cabin and a regular cable car. We rode the crystal cabin (glass floor which
means everything beneath you is visible from the seawater to the trees) and
paid HKD230 each inclusive of round trip ticket, monkey’s tale theater (which
we failed to watch due to time constraints) and walking with Buddha (an
immersive, multimedia attraction allowing visitors to follow the life of
Siddhartha Gautama - the man who became Buddha - and his path to enlightenment;
as described by the Ngong Ping’s website)
This cable car ride literally takes your breath away because of the scenic
view of the mountain and the calming sight of the ocean underneath. It is a joy
ride of your life.
The Ngong Ping Village Opening
Weekdays: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Weekends and Public Holidays: 9:00am to 6:30pm
in Ngong Ping, you better check first the schedule of shows (walking with Buddha,
monkey’s tale theater) to be able to maximize your tour and at the same time cover
all there is to explore.
have to climb the 240 stairs before you will reach the 34 meter high Buddha. Once
you reach the top, the view is breathtaking and ushers a blissful experience.
may seems exhausting to go up the stairs but seeing the Buddha getting bigger
and bigger as you go nearer appears to be the driving force to soar higher.
Buddha statue supposedly sits on a lotus throne atop a three-platform altar.
Lantau Buddha statue is considered to be the world’s largest Buddha statue and
is made of bronze material. It is said to weigh at 250 tons.
are photos of three of the six smaller bronze statues known as "The
Offering of the Six Devas". These statues show an offering of flowers,
incense, lamp, ointment, fruit, and music to the Buddha.
path towards Po Lin Monastery is scenic since you get to see a distant view of
the big Buddha and at the same time gets to enjoy the landscape surrounding the
How to get there:
Take the MTR going to Tung Chung (orange) station. You have 3 options: ride an air-conditioned bus, via a cable car or through a ferry.
Take the bus number 23 from Tung Chung Town Centre going to Ngong Ping. Travel time is approximately 40-45 mins. Bus Fare is $HK16.
Via Cable Car (Travel time is 25 mins.):
Round Trip Tickets:
Standard Cabin: You have to pay $HK 125 for adults and $HK 62 for children (aged 3-11) and $HK 98 for Senior (aged 65+)
Crystal Cabin: You have to pay $HK 188 for adults and $HK 165 for children (aged 3-11) and $HK 161 for Senior (aged 65+)
From Central Pier No. 6 (near Central's Star Ferry Pier or MTR's Hongkong Station), catch a Ferry to Lantau Island's Mui Wo (Fast Ferry is approx 40 mins. and Normal Ferry takes 60 mins.) Upon arrival at Mui Wo, take New Lantau Island Bus No. 2 to Ngong Ping (approximately 50 minutes.)
been awhile that I and my friends went on an adventure barely to relax and get
away from the bustle of city life. Our choices were moalboal and sumilon and
for obvious reasons the vote was unanimous and we chose Sumilon island.
to go there on a weekend and agreed to meet early in the morning. We took the
630am trip and arrived around 930am. The trip from Bancogon to Sumilon Island was
quite a rough ride because I believe there was a tropical storm coming on that
Before we went to Sumilon Island we haggled if
it’s ok to pay P1500/person excluding snacks instead of paying the P2000/person.
And luckily our request was granted.
Weekdays: Php 1,500 nett per person
(Saturday / Sunday) & Holidays: Php 2,000 nett per
Roundtrip boat transfers from Bancogon (Oslob) to
per person at the Pavilion Bar
Island activities (snorkeling, paddle boating,
kayaking) and use of picnic huts and swimming pool
Trip Schedule from Bancogon to
*Make sure you arrive at Boncogon
before the scheduled trip. Schedule may change
Monday to Sunday
1st trip - 7:30 am
2nd trip - 9:30 am
3rd trip - 11:00 am
4th trip - 12:30 pm
Last trip - 4:30 pm
Trip Schedule from Sumilon to
Monday to Sunday
1st trip - 9 am
2nd trip - 10:30 am
3rd trip - 12 noon
4th trip - 1:30 pm
5th trip - 3:30 pm
Last trip - 5:30 pm (5pm for Saturdays)
The plated lunch was actually a gastronomic
display of delicious food. We were served with soups and our own choice of main
course (grilled squid, pork humba and chicken bbq) plus mouth-watering desserts
(macaroni fruit salad and choco pudding).
Pavilion Bar (octagon nipa hut)
soup with garlic bread
pork humba with egg
chicken bbq garnished with cauliflower, string beans, broccoli and carrots
macaroni fruit salad
When in Sumilon, you have a lot of physical
activities to enjoy such as kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. You can also do trekking and go to Baluarte (historical watchtower)
How to get there:
You can either ride a bus or v-hire at the south bus
terminal. Ceres buses can take you to Bancogon (Oslob) approximately 3 hours of
travel from Cebu City and 15-minute travel from Oslob to Sumilon
Island via a banca (motorboat) which is owned and operated by Sumilon Bluewater island
·PhP 155.00 for air conditioned buses
·PhP 145.00 for non-air conditioned bus
·approximately 100-150 price range
TIP: Contact ahead Sumilon Blue Water Island Resort through (032) 481 0801 / 516 7236 for ease in travel. They will also
assist you and tell you about the schedule of your trip and where to take a