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KoldKiss Milkshake Factory

It has been such a long time since I made a blog post. I continuously say I would get on it, but I’m a professional procrastinator. A clear example is today. I’m supposed to be reading a few notes for a predictor exam, but here I am typing away. I just can’t seem to get my thoughts organized enough to focus on a certain task. So, I think happy thoughts, and it leads me to the cold, sweet, refreshing, addictive drink that KoldKiss Milkshake Factory gives me.

I’ve been craving their drinks like a pregnant woman for the past two days now; especially the Wild Strawberry and Heavenly Vanilla. I would gladly get one of course, if not for the fact that I live all the way South and I have to drive a full 20 minutes to get to SM, the only place I can get them from.

I came across their humble stall by accident. I just finished shopping for random things at SM and I decided to walk around. I passed by their stall near the front, right side of Ace Hardware and simply walked past it; however, for some reason, I took a few steps back and read their menu. The girl in the stall was very accommodating and friendly. She asked me what I wanted to order but I have never tried their drinks before. She was quite assertive so she offered their best seller: Wild Strawberry. I didn’t really think it would be anything special, but when I finally took a sip…OMG, it was so good. I think “so good” would be an understatement, but it really is good.

When I finished it all up, I was craving for another one! Unfortunately, I was already at home. The week after that I decided to meet my friend Kim at SM to have dinner and of course get my second dose of KMF. I made her try it and took pictures because I decided to blog about it. This was around December of last year. I know, I know…It took some time! Anyway, she got the Mocha Supremo and loved it. She’s usually very picky when it comes to food and drinks. Her liking the drink IS a big deal.

So, 2010 flew and it was January 2011. It was Sinulog Festival, my family and I opted to go to SM rather than to the streets to watch the parade because it was raining non-stop. I passed by their stall and automatically made my whole family get one. My dad had the Tropical Mango, I had Heavenly Vanilla, and my sister had Mocha Supremo. We even took pictures in front of the stall just for kicks.

Now, my sister is addicted to it as well. Just yesterday, she made my mom drive to SM just to get one. I was calling my mom on her mobile while driving from a make-up gig to see if they were still there because…YES, I was craving for it as well.

What is the point of this random blabber? KoldKiss Milkshake is the BOMB! If you’re still not convinced after reading this blog, it’s either you’re a hater, lactose-intolerant…or simply dense! Just kidding. Seriously though, you really should try them. They have a limited menu but you get hooked to each of them. It’s too bad they only have one stall and it has to be all the way at SM. But I did ask the sales lady about it and she mentioned that hopefully they would expand. I really think they should!

Although the prices might range from 50 to 99 pesos, they are all worth it. I mean come on… Starbucks Frapuccinos cost more than 120+ and Bo’s brewed tea is about 100+. Personally, I would prefer a KMF drink if I had to choose. I just wish they had a real place to chill at instead of a simple stall. But I guess everything has its humble beginnings.

If you haven’t tried a KMF drink, get your butt off that seat and get one! You will not regret it. Who knows, you might end up like me and tell everyone you know about it. I wish them all the best and I hope they would expand and improve very, very soon!

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Where to Eat: Simply J’s Cafe

Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of having dinner with my friend Kimmy at this place called Simply J’s Cafe located at Escario street, across Imagine, near Park Lane Hotel. It’s actually inside a Furniture store called Country Classics; a small area painted all in white with a big white tent right at the front. She told me about it a few days prior and was raving about the food, ambiance, and especially the prices. She called it “The White Tent Place” in reference to the big tent I mentioned earlier.

When I arrived at the area I was in love! The place was so homey and the furnitures and crafty things displayed everywhere were divine. It reminded me of European classic stuff with a touch of countryside. Right in front of the place is the furniture store that’s packed with Christmas ornaments in preparation for the coming holidays. You have to walk at the side of the store to actually find the cafe. It’s that small! If you didn’t know about it first-hand, you would miss it, I think.

When we walked inside, the soft, warm glow of the chandeliers greeted us and a variety of tables and chairs displayed teased our eyes. It was like we were in a different country! To be honest, the first thing that popped in my head when I took everything in was that it was so ROMANTIC! I can imagine myself having a quiet, pleasant dinner with my boyfriend inside the place. We actually saw a couple doing exactly that! It was really sweet. There was also a serious-looking man busy with his laptop in the middle of the room. He was probably Facebooking since they had a WiFi connection (haha.) There was an old lady sitting at the corner writing too. From that alone you can really tell that they cater to different patrons. Whether you are a couple, an old lady, or a busy executive, you still crave for that certain unfathomable comfort that Simply J’s Cafe provided.

I have not seen anything like it in Cebu. They had Polvoron for sale, Bath and Body works, Victoria’s Secret colognes as well. I took a few photos of some items. I particularly liked a hanger made of metal and shaped to spell out “Forever” and a compartment box with the word “Believe” carved on to it.  I was even considering shopping there the next time I wanted to give someone a gift. Why am I ranting about the displays and not the food? Well, this is a good way to occupy your time while waiting for the food. They actually prepare it so it takes a bit of time and there is only one girl serving the guests. So it’s awesome, right? It just served so many needs and purposes all at once that I was in awe.

Now, it’s time to talk about the menu. They have limited choices but all of them are delicious! They have a three-paged menu that contained salads, entrée, pasta, sandwiches, soup, main dishes, desserts, and drinks. Their ribs are good but their Carbonara is the best! They also have big servings so it is definitely worth the money. The price-range, as you can see in the picture below is from P100-P200 which isn’t bad at all. They use fine dining utensils and they have really cute plates and bowls too!

I have to say it was a truly great experience. Thank you Kimmy for introducing me to it. I loves you 😀

So what are you waiting for? You HAVE to check it out! Tell me what you think about it on Twitter or subscribe and comment on this blog. I hope you will like it just as much as I did 🙂

Camotes Island Trip

Last May 15-17, 2010 my mom, sister, and I went to Camotes for a Summer trip. She planned everything. All I had to do was split the expenses with her. But I decided to know more about the details in case I have friends who would like to go there as well. And so, I came up with this blog so I can help other people plan a trip there too. In this post you will find information about the islands and the itinerary of our trip.

The Camotes islands are situated in the Northeast Visayas. The islands are divided into 4 municipalities: Poro, Tudela, San Francisco, and Pilar. The main language is Cebuano except in Poro where the people pronounce the “y” sound with a “z” sound. For example, instead of saying “Maayong buntag” they say “Maazong buntag.” The people are very friendly and trust-worthy. Unlike most tourist spots where they rip you off as much as they can, they are very honest and reliable. So if you would like a fresh destination for your next vacation that is very affordable then Camotes should be one of the top 3 on your list.

These are some of the pictures I took when we went there:

How to get there:

There are no direct flights to Camotes; however, I heard that that will be happening soon. Anyway, you need to go to Cebu via boat or plane.

  1. Danao port, Cebu – You can go straight to Danao if you are not from Cebu but if you are, there is a V-hire terminal at SM City that will take you to Danao port for 40 pesos/pax. The drivers usually wait for the van to be filled before leaving. So that could be a problem if there are only two or three of you.
  2. Boat ride to Camotes – This is the list of Shipping companies, schedule of trips, and the fare prices: Link We availed of the Jomalia Shipping line and it took exactly 2 hours to get to Consuelo, San Francisco which is only 15 minutes away from Santiago Bay Garden and Resort where we stayed at.
  3. We took a multi-cab ride from Consuelo to Santiago which cost 50 pesos/pax. motorcycles or habal-habals are also available for the same price.
  4. Santiago Bay Garden and Resort – Santiago Bay Garden and Resort is very affordable. The ambiance is nice and the best part is that it’s the partner resort of Mangodlong Rock Resort so you don’t need to pay an entrance fee when you stay there. All you have to do is get a motorcycle ride for 30 pesos/pax. These are the positive and negative feedbacks of Santiago Bay:

Positive:

  • There is a swimming pool that is situated by the edge of the resort overlooking the beach

    This is the picture of their swimming pool.

  • The rooms are simple but comfortable. They also have villas available.
  • They have a restaurant, bar, 2 pool tables, and they offer diving courses, banana and jet ski rides.
  • Their food prices range from 100-200 per order
  • The use of the pool table is 50 pesos/hr which is quite cheap considering they play music and the tables are good.

Negative:

  • During our last day there, they ran out of water!
  • during the middle of the day there is no beach shore. That’s where Mangodlong Rock Resort comes in.
  • They don’t have internet and cable.

Camotes Island Tour

If you want to tour the island, the resort offers packages but there are also freelance habal-habal drivers that offer tours for 500 pesos/motorcycle and the fuel refill is on you. There are also multicabs available for hire. We took the motorcycles and we went to the following places:

  1. Bukilat Cave
  2. Buho Rock
  3. Timubo cave
  4. Green lake Park
  5. Lake Danao Park
  6. Mangodlong Rock Resort

To be honest, it was well worth our money. We got to take beautiful pictures, swim in the calm, cold waters of Timubo Cave and sun bathe on the beautiful shores of Mangodlong Rock Resort.

If there is one regret I have is that I wasn’t able to try their delicacy which is the fried dry tilapia I heard it’s really good and I wish i knew this before I went there. At least I have the chance to let other people know about it and so they won’t miss this!

I made a video of our trip and it includes some of the pictures we took while we were there: Camotes Trip

So, when you go back to Cebu you have to be at the port early so that you can get a ticket. They usually ask you to form a line and discard the list that you need to write your names on for documentation purposes.

So I hope this helped. Feel free to comment for any questions and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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