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Temple of Leah : Cebu's very own Taj Mahal

Let us talk about love this time.

20 to 30 minutes from Sirao Garden, you can visit Temple of Leah before catching that flight back to Manila. 

The temple was constructed in 2012 as a symbol of undying love and devotion of Teodorico Soriano Adarna to his wife, Leah Villa Albino-Adarna.  Dubbed as the Taj Mahal of Cebu, the owner adopted an architectural and structural design that can withstand time and still be appreciated for a millennium where future generations of the Adarna clan can trace their roots and heritage.

If the surname sounds familiar, it is because Leah is the grandmother of actress, Ellen Adarna.  Leah's lifetime collections are showcased in the 24 chambers of this Temple principally for the members of her family who will cherish her memory.

The chandelier had been hung in pride since July 2018 in the grandi
ose hallway. This sparkling jewel complements the massive pillars and the high vaulted ceiling.  

You can also find bronze statues everywhere that accentuate the patteron the floors and walls.

This line of enormous pillars is a great background for that mala-goddess photo you have been wanting.  Aminin! 

I have been wanting to visit Europe, but reality bites,  I am not really ready for it. This is the closest I can get to have this kind of shots na mala Europe feels. Pwede na!

Entrance fee 
Php 75  

Graje Roosebelt Rd., Mandaue City, Cebu

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Sirao Flower Garden : A Pictorial Garden with Amsterdam-ish Feel

Google “ New Attractions in Cebu City” and you will be blown away by the long list of tourist spots in Cebu.

If you have six hours to spare before heading back to  Manila, you may opt to visit Sirao Flower Garden and Temple of Leah to get your next  IG photo or most probably your next FB profile photo or cover photo.

Visiting Sirao Farm and Temple of Leah also proves to me once again the influence of social media in our society.  I’ve seen a lot of great photos taken in these places and I was really amazed and told myself I should have one too.

Sirao Flower Garden

A lush garden on top of the hill? How can I resist that view? 

Dubbed as the Little Amsterdam of Cebu City, Sirao Garden is located in Brgy. Sirao in the upland Busay area is showcasing the abundance of their red and yellow "burlas" flowers.  There is also this windmill for that "Amsterdam-ish" feel.

Be prepared with the right OOTD. I recommend for a flowy dress or a maxi dress for that mala-dyosa or mala-diwata feel in the garden.

Check out my IG worthy photos below :

Takot sila, but not me :-)


"Ang itlog, bow!"


"Mga lakwatserang frogs!" peace!

How to get there?  

It is suggested to take a private vehicle to avoid the hassle of transferring from one vehicle to another. 

By private car : use waze and search for "Sirao Flower Garden, Little Amsterdam"

By MotorBike : Take habal habal from JY Square Mall to take you directly to Sirao
By Van : Take a V-Hire going to Sirao either from SM Cebu or Ayala Cebu PUV Terminal, whichever is nearer to your hotel

Entrance fee : P60 pesos

Operating Hours : 6am to 630 pm for all visitors / 630pm to 630am for campers
Contact Details : 0946-937-7891

Skywheel : Conquer your Fear at Eden Nature Resort and Park Davao

Davao's  Eden Nature Park and Resort has a new attraction that will trigger the adrenaline junkie in you.

Recently, I gathered all the courage I have to try the Skywheel. I actually enjoyed that thrill of balancing in a metal wheel, just like a hamster wheel for 200 meters each way and 60 feet up in the air.

Somewhere in the middle, there is a tendency that the wheel will move a lot, so you need to actually lean forward and do your catwalk like a mowdel :-). Don't worry, all you have to do is take bigger steps so you won't stop in the middle.

Launched in May 2019, this newest offering from Eden Nature Park and Resort is one for the books. Make sure to bring with you a lot of energy, strength and stamina because it is also very tiring.

The Skywheel is open from 1 pm to 5 pm (Monday to Thursday), and 8 am to 5 pm (Friday to Sunday) for only 200 pesos per head.

Picturing Marawi at SM Supermalls

Revisit the tragic backstory of the Maranaos at SM's Picturing Marawi Photo Exhibit featuring the heart-tugging photos of the Marawi siege aftermath immortalized by former journalist Mylah Reyes Roque from June 3 to August 31 in select SM Malls.

 Ms. Mylah Reyes Roque
"The exhibit memorializes the tragedy in Marawi with the aim to engage mallgoers and help them have a greater understanding of the conflict," said Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls Senior Vice President for Marketing.

Picturing Marawi narrates the aftermath of human conflict through images of buildings, homes, and mosques that are deserted by the war but nevertheless speak of the community that used to make it alive. These are stories of  a siege fought in close  quarters.

Catch the photo exhibit in the following SM malls : Megamall (June 4 to June 11), Southmall (June 24 to 29), Sucat (July 22 to 28), Rosario (August 5 to 11), and Telabastagan (August 25 to 31). This endeavour is in partnership with National Museum.

The Marawi siege was an armed conflict that took place in Marawi, Lanao del Sur - a city filled with pulsating energy that was silenced by war. The battle started on the 23rd of May 2017 and lasted for five months - leaving the city in ruins and ending the lives of many Filipinos.

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Old San Juan Hotel and Restaurant : A Blast from the Past

If you are looking for a place to eat if you are going to Laiya, Batangas, I recommend Old San Juan Hotel and Restaurant located in San Juan, Batangas.

We were on our way to Laiya for our "Huling Hirit sa Tag-Init 2019" summer family outing and we decided to eat here for breakfast. Walang masyadong tao when we arrived at around 8am, and we felt like we rented the entire place.

The Ambiance

The  Old San Juan Hotel and Restaurant lets you experience an extraordinary urban escape and would bring you back to the old days. 

Naalala tuloy namin yung luma naming bahay sa Quezon City. Nagbalik tanaw kami nuong panahong lagi kaming nag aabang sa bintana sa pagdating ni Nanay. Yung capiz sa bintana, yung kahoy na sahig at higit sa lahat yung hagdan.

And the best part, halos lahat ng kanto rito is IG worthy. 

The Food
With its distinctly Filipino features, syempre lutong Pinoy din ang aasahan natin. We ordered Silog meals with Kapeng Barako for breakfast. The food is just alright for an average of 120 to 150 pesos per meal.

They offer the following for breakfast : 
Pork Tocino with egg
Longanissa with egg
Bacon with egg
Hotdog with egg
Beef Tapa with egg
Dried Fish with egg
Daing na Bangus with egg
Ham with egg

The Hotel
The Old San Juan Hotel and Restaurant offers accommodations with the following amenities: Spa and Wellness, Beauty Salon, Private Room for Karaoke, Coffee and Tea Bar, Swimming Pool and Gym.

About Old San Juan Hotel and Restaurant
Address : Javier St., San Juan, Batangas
Phone : (043) 5755400

Sulit ba? YES. Sulit naman na considering the price for breakfast sa isang themed restaurant. I heard na masarap and best seller din ang sisig nila.

Sa akimg muling pagbalik, paghahandaan ko na talaga ang OOTD ko.