“Sa LOVE, walang bingi, walang bulag, walang pipi…pero TANGA marami”,“Labs para kang damit na suot ko ngayon. Simple lang pero bagay sa akin”.
HUGOT SIZZLERS is not your typical fancy restaurant but this place became a hit to the millennial because of their “HUGOT LINES”.
What is Hugot?
Hugot literally means pull out, but today, it is a trend among the youth. It is a statement or quotation learned from experienced or past romantic relationship so from this, come the term “hugot lines”. Hugot lines are made for fun but sometimes can be a painful truths as well.
Hugot Sizzlers just open up recently but the place is always jam-packed with people. The place is small yet their loyal patrons and fans lauded into the place. It is a perfect place for “Barkadas” friends and couple who are looking for fun of exchanging “Hugot Lines” for a healthy conversations over a cup of coffee or a plate of their mouth-watering sizzling cuisines.
The burnt orange wall with Hugot Sizzlers logo and Hugot Lines has become an Instagram icon perfect for your selfie or creative shots with friends.
The place is owned by a young entrepreneur and a photography enthusiasts. So don’t be surprised that you will be seeing beautiful and gorgeous Radify Inc. models in the place. Radify Inc. is a social media marketing agency dedicated to offer creative outputs and distinctive results to any marketing campaign.
This 24/7 establishment at almost any given hour, you will find an influx of hungry customers walking into the establishment because of their budget friendly menu.
So if you are looking for decent place and cheap food to emote with all your hugot lines, you should definitely visit Hugot Sizzlers.
Last week we went to Singapore for a short vacation and opted to book our accommodation through Airbnb and not staying in hotel for a unique experience and wanted to have that feeling of home away from home.
What is Airbnb?
Airbnb is a website and online marketplace which simply connects hosts with properties to rent with travellers who are looking for lodging.
We found Zora’s place through Airbnb and booked for 4 nights. The place is located in Holland Village, surrounded by lush trees, green space with a nice sounds of chirping birds and peaceful neighbourhood. The place is easily walkable to public transit, banks, restaurants, pubs and shops. Holland Village is an oasis of fun.
Zora’s place has an Asian-style interiors that evoke an image of serenity, tranquility and calmness. It is a peaceful abode that allows travellers to embrace nature with a soothing backdrop that offers a relaxed and laid-back ambiance with a wide space for air to circulate and an open space to relax in.
We haven’t met Zora when we were there because she has a work overseas but her helper Eugenia is a gracious hostess and very attentive to our needs.
This is an extremely peaceful place to escape from the busy city of Singapore. Wake up to the sounds of chirping birds surrounded with greenery that offer you a sense of calmness and strength filling your spirits. This is a place that makes you think many thoughts and make peace with yourself.
Zora’s place indeed an abode of calmness.
If and when we will definitely book this place again and I highly recommend this place to anyone!
For more details about Zora’s Place kindly click the link below:
The Trap Door Tasting Room by Illusion Brewery isn’t your usual bar though – it is speakeasy.
What is SPEAKEASY? Otherwise known as ‘blind pigs’ or ‘blind tigers’, these underground cocktail bars first came into prominence during the U.S. Prohibition era in 1920, when a nationwide ban on alcoholic beverages prompted the creation of secret drinking joints. Naturally, people spoke quietly about these word-of-mouth places in public hence the term ‘speakeasy”.
The Trap DoorTasting Room by Illusion Brewery is the only speakeasy bar in Bacolod where people can enjoy quality drinks, conversations and relaxed night out with friends or loved ones. Finding the place is a bit tricky. The place is located at the back of Pizza Republic and beside the Orange Karinderia on 22nd Lacson Street. Make sure you have a sharp eye if you plan a visit. The place is hidden in a concrete wall, with nothing but a small ace spade door knob. When you pull the door knob, the door opens to show another set of door. Cool isn’t it? It create a bit of mystery and fun before stepping into the bar.
Stepping inside the pub you have this feeling of being transported into an old speakeasy with lounge and library with a dimly lit chandeliers that added charm to the place. The bar’s wall line up with faux shelves filled with hardbound books and on the other side are frames of photos of famous magicians hanged.
Quilted leather couches run on the other side of the wall of the bar which are ideal for groups who want to occupy more than one table and watch the waiters do some magic card tricks to entertain their guest. There are also few seats by the bar up front, and the area is made intimate by the dim lighting and dark interior.
The restroom is hidden within the bar, behind a trick bookshelves.
The antique grandfather clock is another eye catcher. It is a swing door leading to their kitchen area.
Since it is a very cozy and small speakeasy, its best to call for a reservation. Please bring cash with you when you visit the place. They don’t accept credit card. The business started its operation last year, September 2016.
What makes people keep on coming back here beside from being a magical place thrilled with lots of mystery is their craft beers brewed by the owners itself. According to the waiter, the owners brewed the beer in small batches and uses only the best ingredients imported from Belgium. Their beers are premium kind, carefully crafted and brewed to perfection.
Aside from beers they also served meals and appetizers. Price of their drinks and food are affordable. Their head twister gambas is a must try!
A great place! Magical speakeasy bar, the service is best, something so unique. We will definitely return.
I urge everyone to visit this place and see for yourself. HOPE YOU FIND IT! 🙂
Tuesday to Saturday 3:00PM to 2:00AM
Sunday 3:00PM to 12AM
For reservation you may contact their mobile number +639270269030 or
CAFE VELO my new favorite coffee shop spot in the city. This pretty cool café is located along the national road going to Silay International Airport. The place is not hard to find, it is accessible by foot, tricycles, bikes, cabs and cars.
The place serves everything instagram-worthy from drinks, food, to their interior design which is sleek and modern. Either you just want to relax and chill with friends while sipping a cup of coffee and take a perfect instagram photos for your instagram feed, Cafe Velo is the right place. Clean, bright and cool, this lovely little spot has a very welcoming atmosphere, comfy and inviting backdrop for enjoying a cuppa with their charming chirpy staff.
CAFE is usually small and informal establishment serving various refreshments (as coffee) while VELO may refer to a bicycle a two-wheeled, single-track vehicle.
Now, I know why there are bicycles inside the place. 🙂 Actually the two siblings owners are a bike and coffee lover. Their passion and enthusiasm for what they do assures an engaging experience each time you’re here.
The place is small with limited amount of seating but that’s part of its charm. They have a nice outdoor seating which is nicely spaced to catch up with friends and chilling out on a good day.
They have great indulgent of menu choices. Warm delicious coffee and lattes with several flavour choices to add. For those who don’t like coffee the matcha green tea cream based is highly recommended.
Cafe Velo doesn’t offer WiFi to encourage a stimulating conversation on a quality time to a cup of quality coffee. Besides, unplugging is what we need sometime. Engaging ourselves to conversation are more social, relaxing and free from distraction. Less time spent on our phone gave us “free” time to spend with friends and family.
So if you’re looking for a bite after having a great cup of coffee and if you are in the neighborhood, I suggest you stop in.
Are you planning of visiting Morocco? Do you have in mind where to stay? Why stay then in a riad for a unique and authentic Moroccan experience. Staying in a riad is something that you have to do when travelling to Morocco.
What Is A Riad?
Riad is a traditional house in Morocco. It is characterised by having an Andalusan-style inner courtyard that contained a fountain or a garden as the central element of the building, normally with two or more storeys. The word riad comes from the Arab word ‘ryad’ which means ‘garden’.
Why Stay In A Riad In Morocco?
There are lots of hotels and sort of accommodations in Morocco from five-star to budget hotels with great amenities but staying in a riad is so Moroccan with a personal touch. Most of the riads are owned by a wealthy Moroccan family such ah as merchants and courtiers. Since riad is small with a limited number of rooms (usually have between 5 and 10 rooms) the service is more personalised and welcoming. The service is much the same as the hotel but a lot quicker when you ask for something to be done.
Most of the riads nestled within the ancient walled city tucked in a narrow historic cobbled street of the old town. Markets, galleries, museums, abound and there is something to discover around every corner.
However, prices of riads are very high compared to hotels and other sorts of accommodations in Morocco. If you are in a tight budget or in backpacking exploring the country all day then a standard hotel accommodation would enough for your needs.
There is a wide array of luxury riads in Morocco for you to choose and here are some of the best-value to stay in this magical city based on my experience.
LA MAISON BLANCHE – TANGEIR
A beautiful place situated at the top of the Kasbah. Once you walk inside the place your eyes will delighted with the beauty of the ornament hand-picked by the owners themselves. The owners Aziz and Pilar spent years in renovating the property and have their eyes on details from a beautiful hand painted ceilings, gorgeous fabrics adorning the walls, antique wood carved doors and classy Moroccan decor. The place is immaculate clean and cozy. They have a nook area where you can spend some time reading books while sipping a glass of their Moroccan mint tea and listening to the sound of the courtyard fountain. The smells of rose petals all over the place are absolutely heavenly.
Beautiful wooden door leading to the entrance of the riad
Steps going upstairs
Small area to unwind
Beautiful hand painted ceiling
Courtyard inner fountain
The riad is small with 9 rooms and each room has its own personality, well decorated, clean and comfortable with a nice tub, hot and cold shower.
Second floor leading to our room
My partner and I stay here and was never disappointed. Aziz and Pilar are perfect hosts, very welcoming and helpful to us. Aziz personally served breakfast to his guests with traditional Moroccan breads, pancakes, crepes, pastries all served with freshly made orange juice, coffee , wine ( Moroccan mint tea) and egg omelette. Breakfast can be served in the lobby or in the roof terrace with the panoramic view of Tangier.
La Maison Blanche don’t have its own restaurant but there are coffee shops and restaurants nearby the place. Breakfast served daily.
No elevator and there are many stairs leading to the entrance. The place is not advisable for people with mobility problem and for elderly people.
The neighbourhood is quite noisy at night. You can hear the chattering of the neighbourhood but not really a big problem. It didn’t really bothered us at all. The riad is located in the Kasbah,, where houses are close together and the streets are narrow so expect some noise 🙂
La Maison Blanche was not one of the most stunning riads we stayed during our trip but we had truly a wonderful experience in this place. It was a good stay. The owners and the staff went out of their way to make sure that their guests had everything all they needed. They are certainly exceptional to make sure that each of their guests enjoy their stay in this little gem in Tangier.
Nestled in the heart of the medina, Lina Ryad and Spa is one of the best place to stay in Chefchauen. Perfect and great location away from the noisy central square. With great comfort, exceptional staff and service especially Ibrahim the front desk manager is truly amazing. He made sure that our stay was enjoyable and fun.
The property offers a full-service spa that you should not missed while staying here. Their Hammam is absolutely worth the price. It has a restaurant and an indoor pool.
The room is big and clean with comfortable bed, minibar and big windows. The bathroom quite outdated and really needs improvement.
The place has a rooftop with panoramic view of the rif mountains and the old medina.
I really like this place because the service and hospitality of the staff are exceptional.
There is no elevator and too many steps to climb. Not advisable for people with mobility problem and elderly people.
The hotel is not accessible for cars. The place is located in the narrow hilly streets of the blue city. Quite a long walk from the main road to Ryad Lina and Spa. If you have lots of luggage you need to tell the riad that you need a porter to help you with your luggage.
Breakfast and dinner served in the reception area on low coffee table. I am an Asian, my legs are short so I really don’t mind hehe..but my partner is a tall, long-legged American guy. Sitting in a low chair is quite uncomfortable for him.
The place is close to the central and surrounded with stores and souvenirs shops
There is a spa and indoor pool
Ibrahim made sure that he treated us like a king and he certainly did during our stay.
Set in an 18th-century traditional, Moroccan building, this luxuries riad is located along the alleys of the old medina of Marrakech. The property has been restored by one of the most renowned antiques dealer in the city. The property is absolutely stunning. The moment you step inside you will mesmerised by the magical charm of the place. The chirping of the birds, buzzing of the bees in the fountain area, the sweet smells of roses scattered all over ohhhh the place are truly heavenly.
Ryad Kniza is an oasis of calmness, truly beautiful and relaxing place to stay after a long and tiring road trip from Fes to Marrakech. It is a masterpiece of traditional artisanal handwork ranging from carved stucco walls, hand-painted beams, mosaic fountains, hand-embroidered silk curtains, antique furniture, rare bedouin jewelry, antique books. The entire place is tastefully decorated immaculately.
Breakfast served in the lounge area or in the roof top with the 360 degree panoramic view of the Atlas Mountains.
Food served in their authentic Moroccan set-up restaurant are amazing , served with such elegance.
Many celebrities have been in this place.
No elevator, too many steps. If you are going to book tell them ahead to reserve the room for you downstairs. There are only two rooms available downstairs. The other room is quite small perfect for couple.
AN OASIS OF CALMNESS , PEACE AND TRANQUILITY. I highly recommend this place.
Riad is not a budget place to stay but the service if not better is comparable to a five-star hotels.
DISCLAIMER: All my reviews, thoughts, opinions here are my own and based on my experience. I am not affiliated with any of the riads mentioned on my blog nor I endorse them and they do not endorse me. I am not paid for my reviews.
A favorite hotspot that attracts young people, adults and the creative crowd. The place has a wide array of cafés, restaurants and bars to choose. It offers a unique experience, live music and local art. At night the square transforms into a vibrant meeting place for hip and stylish people. Expect crowds of people on Friday and Saturday nights.
Lose yourself in the alleys during the day by taking lots of photos of their art work displays and murals anywhere or come here at night for a drink and be merry.
I am not a party goer person nor enjoying night life he he, I check this place for only one main reason to ask about the yoga class and it happened that the yoga studio is located within the premises of Art District. I always passed by this place when I would go to Bacolod from Silay but never had the chance to scope it out. I was pretty amazed by the art works displayed in the area and the murals. Since it was too early and most of the shops were still closed, I decided to take pictures and photo shoot my children and myself of course. I should be in the pictures as well. 🙂
Are you the type of person who likes to dance the night away? Art district is a mecca for bars and night life. Bacolodnon (locals of Bacolod) and nearby cities want to party, they head over to this place. It keeps night revellers shaking their things on the dance floor into the wee hours of the night.
The place is perfect for a photo shoot and pictorial as well especially if you are into hippies, bohemian artistry as background.
Next time you visit Bacolod come here, relax have drinks with friends, listen to live music, or dance all night. Bacolod after dark has something for everyone especially here at ART DISTRICT!
Art District is located at the back of Lopues Mandalagan, Lacson Street, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines.
We came here to celebrate my birthday last year and to get some peace and perspective. From the moment we walked in we were greeted with a friendly smiles of the owners and staff. The place is not far from the centre of Silay City but secluded enough for relaxing surrounded by nature. The place is a blissful sanctuary which reminds me of Bali Indonesia. The place is absolutely lovely surrounded with big towering old trees like narra, coconut, mahogany, lunok, rubber and bamboo. One of the main reasons we liked the place so much. If you want to get some Balinese feeling, this place will meet your expectations. The atmosphere of the place is really unique. Every details of it seems to have a story sometime in the past.
Punong Gary’s Place is an Asian Fusion restaurant that serves five course – plated meal from appetizer, salad, soup, main course down to dessert for only 750 pesos for dinner and 600 pesos for lunch. Drinks not included. But better check their Facebook page from time to time as the price may vary depends on the season.
Punong Gary’s Place designed by the owner itself – Nonoy Ledesma, an architect by profession. The place managed by his daughter Bing and her husband Chef Joey Benin.
The Story behind Punong Gary’s Place:
Punong Gary’s Place aim is to transform community and bringing people together to enjoy Good Place Good Food for a Good Cause. Thus, Punong Gary’s Place was emanated not only to create sumptuous meals but to offer excellent customer service as well. The vision of the place is “to give employment to people in our surrounding community to endthe cycle of poverty”. Truly the owners has a big heart and compassion for their workers. A very inspiring noble acts of kindness. Their employees are from TAKAS Youth Community a local community which they are supporting by creating a platform for harnessing different talents, gifted with potentials. Their workers need not to go to far places in search for a better job to sustain their daily life. It it the dream and hope of the owner of Punong Gary’s Place to see dreams being fulfilled in each of their staff’s life and the generations coming after them.
By dining at Punong Gary’s Place you are supporting this noble deeds. Part of the proceeds goes to TAKAS Youth Community in support of their Clean and Green Project. This project is about converting biodegradable materials into potent fertilisers through vermicompost. The fertilizers produced will go to homegrown farmers who will produce and supply vegetables and other root crops to Punong Gary’s Place. It is the goal of the owner to develop an organic farm of their own and cook healthy fresh food from the their harvest, delivered to their customers diner’s table.
Punong Gary’s Place is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am up to 3:30 pm. They also have Tapas night every Thursday and Friday from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm for 350 pesos per head. For the group of more than ten, no more reservation.
For those who would love to stay overnight they also have rooms or cabana. All prices comes with breakfast.
Punong Gary’s Place is upon reservation basis. Walk in customers will not be entertained. The main reasons of the place is to give its customers a quality service.
How To Get There:
Punong Gary’s Place is just a few kilometers away from the city proper of Silay. Just head up north going to E.B. Magalona. After passing the Hawaiian Philippine Company signage look for the Prycegas compound on the left. Just right after the Prycegas you can find the signage that says to “The Punong”. The place is also accessible by tricycles so just tell the driver to drop you to Punong Gary’s Place.
Address: Hda. Tinihaban, Barrios San Jose, Silay City, Negros Occidental.
We left filled with many memories of this beautiful place. Counting the days until we can return again.
Have you been to Punong Gary’s Place? What do you think of Punong Gary’s Place? I would love to hear from you.
When you are in Silay what would first pop up on your mind? Heritage houses, museums, cultures, arts and history right? But Silay is not just about heritage houses … it is also about CAKES!
ANN CO CAKES offer the best cakes and coffee in town. If you are a coffee lover with a sweet tooth for desserts and an art enthusiasts then this coffee shop will leave you buzzing from their coffee, desserts and ambiance. My partner and I been in this place many times, as this is one of our favorite place to dine out. Ann Co Cakes offers all day breakfast, lunch and dinner as well.
This cozy little café has a very inviting space. The interior decor painted with colorful paintings and art. The goal is to make it look warm, pleasant and friendly while trying to indulge yourself in their mouth-watering cakes which are made in-house with immaculate detail that can only be matched with their genuine smooth brewed coffee.
They also serve hot and cold beverages, variety of cakes and sweet treats. Frozen treats are also available for those who love their cakes chilled.
The café is very accessible as this is located along the national highway in Silay City, located at Margarita Bldg. Rizal Street, Silay City, Negros Occidental with contact number: 09173010938
I want to add more before I forgot, their staff are very friendly, attentive and accommodating. Service is fast with nice utensils!
I give this place a score 9 out of 10 if ten is the highest. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Craving coffee yet? make sure you have this coffee shop on your visit list when you travel to Silay!
One of Cebu’s finest French restaurants, La Maison Rose, comes another delightful French cadeau from the Llhuilliers, La Vie Parisienne it means the Parisian Life in English.
La Vie Parisienne is a French bakery, deli and a wine library at 371 Gorodo Avenue Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines.
A cousin of mine who happened to work in a call center in Cebu and a friend who used to work and lived in Cebu recommended this place to me. They said this is a nice deli for pastries, breads and wines. I was intrigued about the place and really wanted to see and scope it out for myself. I googled the place and the moment I saw photos of it, I was smitten by its charm. That day I listed the deli on my bucket list of places to visit.
It was 2014, when we went back to Cebu for a short vacation, so without any hesitation, the following day I told my partner we need to go and try their deli. After our tour at the Temple of Leah we flagged down a taxi and told the driver to bring us to La Vie Parisienne.
Outside, the deli doesn’t look fancy but wait until you step inside; the bakery is quite small but at the back door they have a spacious garden area where tables and chairs been set up surrounded by cherry blossom trees. The atmosphere is so relaxing, with a pretty ambiance and perfect location at the center of Cebu City.
I was a little disappointed we were not able to come back at night, we were too tired that we just wanted to relax in the hotel. La Vie Parisienne is a place to chill and hang out especially at night with all the design and lightning. Prices of food and drinks are reasonable. The deli with its unique atmosphere is really worth a visit. I will definitely love to go back and visit!
Why choose Bed and Breakfast? Simply, people who stay at Bed & breakfast remember, because their experience is so unique and special. Innkeepers take great pride in their home, and enjoy sharing it with people who appreciate its distinctive history and personality. Just like the newly open Bed & Breakfast in Silay, The German Unson Heritage House, excel at providing their guests with warm hospitality and that home-away-from-home feeling.
A Brief History of the House:
According to Mr. Rolin Siglos, the House Manager of German Unson Heritage House who is very accommodating and warm enough to give us a tour and show to us the place, the original house was made of wood and built closer to Zamora Street. Built in 1938 in the Neo-Spanish style popular before World War II, this charming four-bedroom, two storey house is just relatively new to the business, opened its doors to visitors and guests on June 11, 2016. Welcoming both domestic and foreign visitors, either coming to the area for a romantic retreat, family vacation, girlfriends’ gateway, or business travel this charming ancestral house will sit your needs perfectly.
What great in this place is the location. Conveniently located from all the tourist areas ( Silay public plaza, Silay Parish Church, Heritage and Ancestral Houses, Museums), convenience stores, coffee shops, restaurants and a walking distance from the airport shuttle bus terminal.
Located at No. 5 Zamora Street in Silay City, Negros Occidental, the ancestral house of German Locsin Unson and Fe de la Rama Ledesma Unson declared a heritage house by the National Historical Institute on April 6, 1993.
The home built in 1938 has been completely renovated and allows one to feel like “home”. Warm hardwood floors, cozy living room, the owner’s antique collections and old family photographs hang on the wall of the living area on the first floor counts part of the house character rich in history and decor.
Mr. Rolin Siglos, said the property has four bedrooms, two downstairs and two upstairs: the German-Fe Room, the Rene Room, the Lourdes Room and the Carmen-Cristina Room. Each room has its own characters that added more beauty and uniqueness for a quiet restful atmosphere and comfortable sleeping accommodations that sure to visually please your taste.
The German -Fe Room the master bedroom on the ground floor named after German Unson and his wife, Fe. It has a king-sized bed, air-conditioning, private bathroom with hot and cold water, its own sitting dining areas and a study. The room is ideal for couples but can comfortably accommodate a maximum of four person.
The unique features of the German-Fe bathroom are the stepping tub and Fe Unson’s shell collection.
The Rene Room named after the only son of German and Fe used to be the German’s study/office room. The room has a two single beds, air-conditioning, private bathroom with hot and cold water. The room can accommodate a maximum of three persons.
The Lourdes Room which is named after the eldest daughter known as “Uding” on the second floor had two doubled beds, air conditioning, private bathroom with hot and cold water, its own sitting and a dinning areas a study. The room is ideal for families and can accommodate up to four persons.
Not like the German-Fe Room instead of having a big bathroom “Uding” wanted to have an office or a study room.
The Carmen-Cristina Room is named after their youngest daughter. Located on the second floor, the room has two singles beds, air-conditioning, private bathroom with cold and hot water, and a balcony overlooking the front yard garden and a view of the dome of the Silay Parish Church. The room can accommodate a maximum of three persons.
Mr. Siglos said they serve home-cooked breakfast included in the price of your room. Breakfast can be served in the privacy of your room or on their comfortable modern but homey dining area on the second floor. However, they don’t offer lunch and dinner but allows guests to bring their food inside. Guests can use the microwave oven to warm their food, coffee machine to brew coffee.
Convenience stores are just walking distance from the place if you need to buy some snacks.
Room rates range from PHP1,800.00 to PHP2,300 including breakfast and a free Wi-Fi access. In order to support the tranquil and intimate atmosphere, there are no televisions and telephone, in each room.
For bookings or inquiries, please call (034)432-2943 between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Philippine time or you can send them message through their Facebook page ” German Unson Heritage House”.
Warm, personalized service and mingling among guests are part of the appeal of bed and breakfasts. If you enjoy the experience of a “home away from home”, having personal attention and expertise of an innkeeper at your disposal, prefer charm over amenities, appreciate rooms that are individually decorated and prefer smaller, more intimate accommodations than a large hotel, German Unson Heritage -Bed and Breakfast is the right place for you. So the next time you plan a visit to Silay, stay in this place. You would definitely love it here!