Cupcake Girl Goes Solo: Cebu City 2

UPDATE: My life has been too hectic I keep forgetting to update this posts before it gets published. Huhuhu. To start off this post if a photo of my room after a nice long sleep. :)

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Took a bath (while singing in the shower no less) and headed down to breakfast.

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The free breakfast that comes with my accommodation is a buffet breakfast at Rica’s. To keep up with the theme of the hotel, the restaurant is kept as quirky!

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I honestly wanted to try out the high chairs, but I was all alone and it was a big table.

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So I settled for a booth instead.

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The staff here is very helpful also. I requested for an omelette and orange juice (they only had mango juice on display), and got the first and declined the offer to get the latter because nakakahiya naman

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After an hour and a half of hoarding on bacons, I did a selfie to check my makeup which led to more selfies. Haha!

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Finally on my way out!

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Since I was alone, I used Pinay Solo Backpacker’s  A Guide to Old Cebu Walking Tour which kicked off at Plaza Independencia.

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Fort San Pedro is adjacent to the plaza. The entrance fee is at Php 30.

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There were a lot of ongoing photoshoots when I was there. Can you imagine posing in that heat?!

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Cupcake Girl Goes Solo in Cebu: Bantayan IslandAnika Island ResortThe Henry Hotel, Cebu City 1, Cebu City 3

Cupcake Girl Goes Solo: Cebu City 1

My official first day in Cebu City started the moment I got back from Bantayan Island. After checking in at the hotel, I decided to walk around the vicinity.

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The hotel is walking distance from Banilad Town Center. I made the mistake of crossing the street without using an elevated walkway and for the love of me, I don’t know why it’s much more scarier to cross the street there than in Manila. Maybe because I am more confident in Manila and I am pretty sure I won’t get hit accidentally because the streets are basically one huge parking lot. Haha! Pnce I crossed, I chanced upon this cute little store though!

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Trust me that the first shop I will enter is for pastries!

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I like taking photos of fondant cakes. I don’t like making one nor eating one, but I enjoy looking at it.

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So the second store that made me stop (to buy things) was Macaron Tang Cafe.

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Sweets never fail to catch my eye!

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Aside from macarons, they have a variety of cakes as well.

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Their macarons is at Php 45/pc.

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And I bought one for every flavor! Haha! The taste was good but nothing extraordinary to be honest.

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There was this quirky home stuff store, Hutch. I passed it by but this cupcake stand caught my eye!

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I wanted to buy both of the cupcake stands but it unfortunately cannot be disassembled. Sigh.

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They also have it in gold.

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After roaming around at BTC, I asked around on how to get to Larsian’s BBQ. This guy was a traffic enforcer at BTC and he gave me instructions and tried to hail me a jeepney to get there. After 20 minutes of trying to do so, he offered to bring me there via his motorcycle. I know riding on a stranger’s motorcycle (and a female solo traveler at that) is risky, but there were two other traffic enforcers who saw us and I did it (I was sending C messages while in the back of his motorcycle haha).

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Finally! Apparently, how to do this was grab a plate and put on all the food you want to be grilled.

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The waitress was asking me if I wanted puso (heart) and I kept saying no until she showed me a sample.. which was leaf-wrapped rice. Haha! I had chorizo, chicken wings, pork barbecue and liempo. Everything in the photo below cost me Php 98. Not bad.

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Beside the hotel is Cable Car. Since the hotel bar is closed for renovation, I went in for one glass of Tequila Sunrise to cap off the night.

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Playing around in my bed while watching TV - the perks of being on my own. :P

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Good night Cebu, you have been so good to me. ;)

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Cupcake Girl Goes Solo in Cebu: Bantayan IslandAnika Island ResortThe Henry HotelCebu City 2, Cebu City 3

Cupcake Girl Goes Solo: The Henry Hotel

From Bantayan Island, I was going to spend a couple more days in Cebu City because.. lechon. As usual, I became all too dependent on Trip Advisor in finding an accomodation which led me to The Henry Hotel.

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Since I was travelling alone, I found it a bit more expensive (as you can see, even though I am not a luxurious traveler, I’m not exactly a budget traveler either) but since my accommodations are where 75% of my travel budget went, I made sure I was going somewhere well worth every single cent.

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The Henry Hotel is a boutique hotel, which isn’t one of the generic fancy looking hotels. I would go as far as say it’s hipster paradise. Every spot is picturesque!

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It had an “unfinished” vibe overall and it’s very quirky. All the hotel staff wore hipster glasses and bow ties.

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I don’t think a lot of taxi drivers are aware of the hotel. It’s not quite near from the North Bus Terminal as it cost me Php 125 to get there. If they are not familiar with the area, inform them it’s near Banilad Town Center (BTC). From BTC, just look for a black building near the flyover and intersection.

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This red statue was the same photo I kept seeing when I researched on the hotel. Also, I took this photo while sipping on my welcome drink. I wonder where I could buy that dalandan juice..

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Since this is my best attempt at a hotel review (something I rarely ever do because I usually do not go on staycations), my only gripe about this place was with reservations. I reserved the room through email (I do not plan on getting a credit card, I don’t trust my self control when it comes to impulsive buying), and they take too long to respond. I tried calling their mobile number, but when the line got cut they did not even make an attempt to call me back. Also, I was told that I just needed to pre-arrange a late checkout (up to 2 PM), so I did, but was denied that on the day itself.

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Graffiti art. I took the stairs half the time since I was only staying on the third floor.

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On my way up to my room.

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I may work in an IT company but this was the first time I encountered an elevator button that looked like this. I literally stared on it for 5 seconds before realizing it was the elevator buttons. Haha!

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I did not get the chance to check out the Qube Gallery on the 1st floor and the entire second floor (Scrapyard Bar was closed for renovations, I wanted a drink okay). The Reading Room on the third floor is something you can use for a fee (it had a computer, couches, etc), but whenever I take a peek, a group of foreigners were there.

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This chair is actually big! I wanted to sit on it and have a photo taken but I rarely chance upon other people in my floor.

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If I ever buy a condo, I would probably use this room as inspiration!

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The room I got was so spacious! The smallest room in the hotel is called ‘Big Room’ and for good reason. It is at 36 sqm which was spacious even if I had C with me.

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Some of the rooms do not have bathroom doors and I’m glad I have one. I hate taking a bath in a cold bathroom. See that brown door on the right? It’s locked because it connects my room to the adjacent one. Unfortunately for me, the family that booked that room had noisy kids. I had half a mind to call the reception to ask if I could transfer, but decided to do it later if they still were noisy when I am trying to sleep. Luckily, it seemed that the kids slept earlier than I did so I had no problems in that area.

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Even the bathroom is spacious!

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No single detail left untouched in this hotel.

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Sleeping in this bed is one of the most memorable experiences I have in Cebu. Haha! I know that sounds lame but I have a sleeping problem and I get so restless at night. When I was in Cebu, I slept soundly.

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Whenever I’m out the whole day, I get back in the evening with a made up room.

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This hotel is so keen on details!

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On the table is a menu for room service. I was tempted to order a milkshake one time.. until I fell asleep on the chair while contemplating. Haha!

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Even the escape route did not seem impersonal!

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If you follow me on instagram (@teeshue), you’d find out just how much I was raving about their attentive hotel staff. When one of the staff saw me head to the pool in my swimsuit, he followed me to ask if he could get me anything to which I thanked him and declined. While sitting in a pool chair, browsing through Facebook, the same guy asked again. 15 minutes later, he went out with a fresh towel for me (even if I had one with me). The day after, I asked if I could go swimming anytime I wanted to but was informed that the pool was only open from 6 AM-10 PM. It was perfectly fine by me until someone from the reception called the room to tell me that I can go use the pool anytime I wanted, I just need to inform the reception whenever I do (obviously for safety purposes). Nice!

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They also have a boutique in the hotel which I did not check out. I now regret it.

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Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here! C and I have even agreed to stay here if we ever find ourselves in Cebu again. :)

The Henry Hotel

One Paseo Compound, Ma. Luisa Entrance Road, Banilad, Cebu City 6000

+63 32 520 8877

Cupcake Girl Goes Solo in Cebu: Bantayan IslandAnika Island ResortCebu City 1Cebu City 2, Cebu City 3