Wowza. That was an unintended two-week break from blogging! Finally breaking my blogging silence now that I'm in a better mindset + found a new source of momentum (hello journaling!) that's been keeping me pretty excited, motivated and pumped up for the last stretch of 2015 (which coincidentally is probably my *busiest* (blog) months ever). In light of all this busyness, I thought now would be the perfect time to do a throwback on a recent vacay that I went to with my bestest friends.
This Keds x Taylor Swift sneaker collaboration is probably my most worn piece of footwear! It makes my feet look a lot smaller than it actually is + it's incredibly comfortable and stylish. Checking all the boxes, Keds.
I'm slowly embracing the memory-keeper in me by actually going to great lengths just to take a photo that will help me document my stories. I actually stood at the end of the aisle for a good five or so minutes, playing with my camera's settings. The entire time, I was dreading the possibility of the cabin crew going up to me and asking me to sit down /shame
Clicked the shutter button way too early! Totally love the accidental shot though ;) My friend Jeri was definitely more prepared that I was.
Flying with Cebu Pacific again! I got this ticket during one of their Piso Fare Sales (one peso fare). Cheap airline tickets are always delightful. Of course, the obligatory airplane wing shot!
Touchdown Cagayan de Oro! As much as I love huge, sprawling airports (totally looking forward to landing on the Singapore one), this small and quaint airport was a refreshing change. When you enter the building, you'll be greeted by the baggage claim area and then the next door leads you to... the outside of the airport!
Today's agenda was basically to EAT. Jeri's family friends picked us up from Laguindingan Airport and took us to Panagatan for lunch. We ate TONS of fresh seafood! The cheesy scallops were divine. And eating by the sea just added to the whole experience. I could get used to this.
On the way to the hotel! In case you haven't read my Countdown posts on this trip, we stayed at Red Planet Hotel (formerly Tune Hotels). I would describe as a basic + convenient hotel for budget travelers. It's not as cheap as a backpackers hotel but it's practically a bare, stripped down version of a regular hotel. No bells and whistles but totally worth the money! I'm very picky about accommodations since I can't relax when I'm not comfortable with the room but this one was A+. For sure, if I get the chance, I'll book with them again :)
We napped for a couple of hours since we were tired from the plane ride + drive + we're super full from the lunch we just had. At around 7PM, we headed out to our next destination: dinner!
We had NO plans at all for this day so we did a quick Google search to find a good place to have dinner and just chill. We stumbled on an article on a night market near our hotel so we hopped on a cab and discovered that the night market didn't exist anymore. Instead, the area was converted to a place resembling an inuman place (where you would go to drink alcohol). Close enough, eh?
Boodle dinners seem to be all the rage in the area so we had that for dinner. If you're not familiar, a "boodle" dinner is basically this: different meat + vegetables laid down on banana leaves with a mountain of rice in the middle. You eat with your hands and just take what you want from the pile of food! It's a lot of fun but it can get super messy. The restaurant gave us plastic gloves to keep things somewhat neat, ha! Good thing this photo was blurred since that table was a hot mess of grilled tuna, eggplant and rice!
Side note: we realized that the article was from 2011/12. It's amazing how much places can change in just a couple of years!
To end the night, of course we had to get dessert! We went to Circa 1850, a hip cafe / restaurant just beside our hotel (actually, it might have been part of the hotel!) and before we headed out to dinner earlier, we already decided to have our dessert here.
Totally digging their warm and cozy interiors! I loved the use of wood and industrial elements (hello exposed pipes!).
I ordered an iced mocha for my weekly Thanks a Latte! blogpost and true to theme, it came in a mason jar! We shared a matcha cheesecake and chocolate pudding which also came in tiny jars. So good and yummy! The matcha wasn't too overpowering so you can still really taste the cheese in it. The chocolate was rich but it wasn't that sweet, which is perfect in my books.
Unexpected plus: their food is made with sustainable and natural ingredients from local farmers! #WINNING
And being the "millenials" that we are, we spent the first 10 or so minutes finding the perfect Instagrammable shot. It's not easy, kids.
Dessert with friends is always a great way to end a day!
Next in this series will be the photos from the main destination, Camiguin! And at the end, I'm thinking of tying it all together with a more detailed post on our budget, itinerary and the nitty-gritty of traveling. Stay tuned for that!