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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Alluring Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

Last Holy Week 2014 we spend our 6 days vacation in Cebu and Bohol. We travelled to Bohol via OceanJet and reserved our tickets online for 400php per head. It was a 2 hours boat ride from Cebu to port of Tagbilaran and we did not regret choosing the open air seats because of scenic view along the way. We even met a retiree from U.S and fell in love with Bohol province proving that Bohol is a perfect zone for retiring hive.

We chose Alonaland resort as our home in Panglao, Bohol for roughly five days and we personally recommend this resort for everyone who loves to travel from one place to another specially to families who are planning to bring their loved ones to Panglao Island in Bohol. Alonaland resort has the cheapest offer among other resorts in Alona Beach Panglao, Bohol. Since we are on a budget we immediately reserved their House 13 good for 6pax for 2,500php per night. We are not expecting any extravagant from this hotel since the rate is so affordable but we’re so amazed when we arrived. Surprisingly you will be captivated by the fusion of Asian-Mediterranean inspired houses, the gardens are well maintained, and at night, you will hear nothing but the sounds of nature, the croaking of frogs, the relaxing noise of cicadas on a fine hot summer's night, I even saw fire flies enchanting a mango tree. Everywhere you look there were scenic views and great spots for relaxation. The whole resort is so huge and not that crowded. Every house or room accommodation assures you a great privacy and relaxation.

Facade of House 13 Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol 

 Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

 Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

 Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

Our accommodation is a 2 – storey house composed of Living room with television, verandah with big wooden table and chairs, kitchen with complete cooking utensils and refrigerator, a bathroom with shower and washroom, an air-conditioned room on the ground floor with 2 double beds and cabinet, an air-conditioned open room upstairs with 2 double beds and lastly a terrace. They also have grilling areas and billiard table free of use. If you plan to cook for your meal during your stay, plan ahead your menu to save time and trike(150php) fare going to the wet and dry market. Though this resort is 15 to 20 minutes walk away from the beach, they offer a free shuttle service every hour. Their staffs are all accommodating and they even helped us with our transfers and tours (1500 – island hopping/dolphin; 2500 – countryside tour; 600 – transfer).

 Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

Living room  Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

Bedroom  Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

Bathroom / Comfort room  Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

Wash area  Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

Wash Area  Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

Kitchen  Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

hammock area  Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol
View from the terrace of House 13  Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

Bed upstairs  Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

Terrace  Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

 Bed. Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

 Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

 Their well – maintained swimming pool is so relaxing even at night, and we really enjoyed dipping every day of our stay. Our 5 days stay in this resort was really great and so relaxing most especially seeing greens all over the resort and breathing fresh air. Having said that....this was by far one of the best vacations our group has experienced because of the very relaxing and homey atmosphere in this lovely and huge resort. Highly recommended for a family or group vacation. Two thumbs up!

Billiard table  Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

House 13  Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

Pathway  Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

 Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

 Lovely swimming pool of Alonaland Resort Panglao Bohol

For further details about  Alonaland Resort please contact Rolf and Elsie Eggli at:

(63) 917 - 3040211

or at their email adress:

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Cebu City the 3rd time around!

Cebu and Bohol are my second most favorite provinces in the Philippines after Palawan. If going to Bohol we always make sure to drop by at Cebu first to visit Sto Nino Church and of course to eat at our favorite Larsian.

Larsian Cebu

Chicken Barbeque larsian

Longganisa Balls - Larsian Cebu

Puso (Sticky rice) Larsian Cebu

Grilled sweet lonnganisa - Larsian Cebu

Grilled Milkfish and Tuna - Larsian Cebu

Salted Egg - Larsian Cebu

Larsian Cebu

Larsian Cebu

Larsian Cebu

Bestfriends For Life at larsian Cebu
Super enjoying our lunch at Larsian Cebu

Last Holy week 2014, we started our 6 days Cebu - Bohol vacation in Cebu City arriving there Holy Friday to spend some time praying and offering candles in Magellan's cross and Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino. We arrived Cebu City 5:30 in the morning and we still have time to rest so we immediately checked - in at our preferred budget accommodation, Verbena Pension House.

On our way to Cebu on board Air Asia

Traveling Feet! Mactan International Airport

Mactan Bridge Cebu

Verbena Pension house is one of the most budget - friendly hotels in Cebu City that offers room for big groups. If you are coming from Mactan International Airport, taxi fare going to Verbena will cost you 150 - 170php. Just tell the driver that you will stay at the old Verbena or else you will be brought to the new building. We booked the family air - conditioned room for 6pax with 1 double bed, 2 double - decked beds, bathroom/toilet, and television set. This room cost us 3,200php per night inclusive of buffet breakfast for 6. What I really love about this place aside from its wallet - friendly rate, is Verbena's ideal location. It's really near Fuente Circle, Shamrock "Pasalubong stall," Robinson's mall and of course our favorite eating place, Larsian.

Verbena Pension House Reception Area - Cebu

Verbena Pension House Cebu

Verbena Pension House Cebu

Feunte Osmeña Circle Cebu City

Whenever there's a chance I always make sure to stay at least overnight in Cebu. I can't really expound why but  there is something about Cebu that keeps me coming back. I just love this province. Actually, Cebu and Bohol are top 2 on my list of favorite provinces in the Philippines because I believe that Cebu and Bohol are equally beautiful in terms of landscape and having some of the best beaches in the country and the world. I will never get tired traveling back to these two wonderful provinces in Visayas region.

Magellan's Cross Cebu

Magellan's Cross Cebu

Magellan's Cross Cebu

Magellan's Cross Cebu - offered a prayer to a Mandadasal
Magellan's Cross Cebu with brace due to earthquake 2013

Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño Cebu City

Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño Cebu City

Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño Cebu City

Sto Nino stall at Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño Cebu City

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