Coffee shops and tea shops are the latest craze in town. They are emerging like sprouts all over the metro. Each shop has their theme, some shops has post it’s all over the place, big stuff toys, and kawaii interior designs. I guess in order for you to become the “craze”, you will need to be unique, not just with the taste of your food and drink but most importantly the ambiance. The cooler, the better. Let us have a look at Cafe Tiala. The first time I saw the place and the photos that people are uploading, I said to myself that I need to see this place ASAP.

 

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When we arrived, they are indeed full packed. I guess this is always the case if you go to a place where all people want to go. So we have to patiently wait for our turn.

 

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This is the waiting area. You surely wouldn’t mind waiting if this is going to be your waiting throne.

 

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This is what you will see when you enter the cafe. It is very polished from top to bottom.

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The interior design suits the theme of Princess room. Who would not love to become a princess for a few hours, right?

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This is the second floor. Please don’t be shocked if there are no seats, because they really do not have seats. You will need to seat on the floor. No worries because the floor is really clean.

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This is just so lovely.

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Ever wonder what this cute box is?

 

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Chadahhh.. It’s the menu.

 

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This is really interesting. I know this is hard to read, so let me write that down for you.

  1. Student 10% off (show your school ID)
  2. Birthday 10% off (show your ID)
  3. Couple 10% off (show me love)
  4. Reserve 10% off
  5. Post on your Facebook directly 15% off

BUT, You cannot get DOUBLE discount.

 

Let’s now try their food and drinks.

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Java Chip Frappucino, P179.00. This is my favorite frap flavor that I love to order in Starbucks. It’s really amazing how Cafe Tiala exceeded my expectation with their Java Chip because I think this is creamier and tastier than the other Java Chip fraps I’ve tried in other coffee shops.

 

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Blueberry Smoothie, P149.00. I love everything Blueberry, may it be cheesecake, jam, and candies. That is why we also tried their Blueberry smoothie. The only issue that I have with this smoothie is that it is too diluted. I guess they were not able to calculate that they’ve added too much water than Blueberry flavoring.

 

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Tiala Sandwich, P179.00.

 

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Gimbab, P129.00. Since I love maki and sushi, I loved their Gimbab as well. Taste really good. A must try food in Cafe Tiala.

 

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I am on one of the rooms with flat screen TV. What they play are mostly Korean music bands such as Girls Generation and 2ne1.

 

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Look how cute their waitresses on their Lolita outfits! Definitely loved it.

 

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It’s verdict time!

 

My own scoring is 5/5. That is 2 points for food, 2 points for place and ambiance, and 1 point for customer service. For food, I will give them 2 points even if their Blueberry Smoothie is a little diluted. The rest of the foods that we ordered are really amazing, so it doesn’t matter anymore.

 

For place and ambiance, still 2 points, because the place is polished, clean and really stands for their theme.

 

Customer service is 1 point because their cute waitresses are really courteous and smiling. That makes it 5/5, my perfect score!!

 

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Looking happy and full. Burp! Opps..

 

Cafe Tiala is located at:

2nd Floor, The Forum Bldg., Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City

Phone Number: (032) 260-5503

Operating hours: 10AM-12PM

 

 

 

 

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Summer is always the best time to go to the beach. The weather is just too hot that all you wanted to do is to relax and swim.  This season is also the best time for group outing that is why our team at work decided to have Team Building at Plantation Bay.

 

Check out my Plantation Bay photo blog below:

 

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This is their not so grand entrance. The lobby is kinda dark and furniture’s are antique, but wait and see until you see the main beach. I guess entrance do not matter anymore if that is the case. But being the person who always loves a nice interior would notice everything from top to bottom. I would suggest for Plantation Bay to have a major make over on their lobby entrance.

 

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This is your view from the lobby. Beauty at its finest. Indeed a breath taking sight. That is why dark lobby would not matter anymore. Do you agree?

 

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This is the map of the Plantation Bay. Yes, you would need a map so as not to get lost if you are looking for something. All guests are given a paper map to carry that looks exactly like this. Plantation Bay land area is approximately 300 acre. This is the biggest beach resort in Cebu that I know with almost all amenities that people will love.

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(aerial photo not owned by the blogger)

 

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With my teammates hanging out in the veranda of our room with the beautiful view of the Orion Beach.

 

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Summer Frolix sand castle. It’s like a fiesta here in Plantation Bay everyday!

 

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This is the best part of staying in Plantation Bay. They have a bike that you can ride on if you are too lazy to walk for a stroll.

 

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That’s the sign going to Savannah Park for some recreational activity.

 

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This is the wall climbing area. This time I was not able to climb because there are a lot of us and it is almost closing time. I remembered back in 2009, the first time I came here in Plantation, I was able to finish wall climbing in 15 minutes.  I was still working out at that time with very good upper body strength. I wonder if I did climbed at this time, will I be able to finish it? That I don’t know. Lol.

 

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This is the archery area and my most favorite area of ‘em all. I am always fascinated with bow and arrow. From Legolas to Katniss Everdeen to Ygritte the wilding of Game of thrones, I have always wanted to target and give it my bull’s eye shot. So you see, the bow is taller than me. Haha

 

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Aiming for bull’s eye right there.

 

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That’s my shot, 2 arrows in the blue and 1 in red. I was not able to hit the bull’s eye, but that will suffice.

 

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The beautiful West Salt Water Swimming Lagoon.

 

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My beautiful teammates at the Peninsula Beach.

 

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Team shot!

 

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My view at the back is the East Salt Water Swimming Lagoon.

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Night swimming with my team mates at the East Salt Water Swimming Lagoon.

 

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After all the booze and the not so good night sleep, I was recharged for a good round of billiards in the Game room the next day.

 

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That is my friend Danica in the Gazebo.

 

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And me, the view in the back is the Natural Lagoon.

 

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The beautiful view of the Gazebo and the wooden path walk that divides the West and East Salt Water Swimming Lagoon.

 

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Sulking in the early morning sun in the pristine clear water. This is heaven!

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Hot weather refreshment, the Coconut Bar.

 

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I may not be good at swimming but I am good at biking. 🙂

 

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Another round of biking for today with Nikki.

 

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Cafe Palermo, restaurant on the west side.

 

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The Figi restaurant on the east side of the beach.

 

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Kalimanjaru Cafe is another restaurant. This is the restaurant that is inclusive with the guest accommodation.

 

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This is inside the Mogambo Springs. They have Spa for therapeutic massage here.

 

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So we are now called the Mogambo ladies.

 

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Miniature Chinese temple all around the area inside the Mogambo Spring.

 

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Looking at this makes me think that I am on another side of the world.

 

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Approaching the tunnel with the Philippine flag on top.

 

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The traditional gas lantern. The tunnel is really dark, this lantern indeed served its purpose.

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Danica and Nikki beside the biggest surf board.

 

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I really don’t know what these seats are for but I find them really cute.

 

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Islet in the middle of the lagoon. The hammock will make your sunbathing relaxing.

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I hope you enjoyed my little Plantation Bay tour.

 

For information:

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa
Marigondon, Mactan Island
Cebu, Philippines 6015
Tel. + 63 32 505 9800
Fax + 63 32 505 9818

 

 

 

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I have been curious for the very long time about this restaurant. I have always wanted to visit this place where they say food is great and view with all the yacht is just so magnificent you would not expect that this place really exist in the heart of the island of Mactan, Cebu.

 

Without having a second through, we travelled all the way from Cebu City to Mactan for a glimpse of this place and taste the luscious food they offer.

 

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Vue is a French word for view. I guess that is where the name of the restaurant derived from and it really speaks for itself because just in front of the restaurant is the view of the sea, yacht and azure blue sky. This is located inside the Cebu Yacht Club.

 

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This is the restaurant. This is an open area with only ceiling fans to help customers feel little cooler in this kind of weather. Seriously with the temperature of 33 degrees, these ceiling fans didn’t really help at all as I am already sweating like crazy. I think it would be better if this restaurant has an air conditioned room for their customers who would love a cooler area to eat, because Philippines is a very tropical country with a very terrible climate during summer.

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I was still able to take a descent shot for my own outfit of the day before my make up become smudgy as the heat melts them all.

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I totally agree that this place has a very magnificent sight. I could stare at this all day, watch the boats come and go and memorize all the names of the yacht.

 

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It was a little cloudy when we went there but the temperature is still at 33 degrees.

 

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Cool wall decor!

 

Let’s go to the menu.

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This is kinda microscopic but they have a wide variety of food to choose from. They have Breakfast meals, Starters, Soups, Salads, and Entrees.

 

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At the back page is the list of Sandwiches, Panini, Baguette, Burgers, Pasta, Sausages, and Desserts.

 

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We ordered Bacon Quesadilla as a Starter. Price: P150.00. Very tasty with the tomato sauce.

 

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Chicken Scallopine. This is a breast fillet in herbed bread crumbs and caper cream sauce. Served with veggies and mashed potato. Price: P250.00

 

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Chicken Toscana. This is also a breast fillet in tomato sauce with olives and mozzarella. Served with veggies and rice. Price: P230.00

I really love their main dish because it’s very tasty, flavorful and well cooked in a huge serving. You will already be full before finishing the whole thing.

 

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Iced Choco. I swear to god, this is the worst Iced Choco that I have ever tasted. It’s all water and I think choco is just for coloring as I cannot taste it anymore. I am a lover of chocolate and I can surely tell that Milo and Ovaltine are much better than this. Price: P75.00. Not worth it after all.

 

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Iced Latte. This one tastes bitter. They didn’t even add sugar to at least make it a little sweeter. It is not worst though, but still not that good. Price: P80.00

 

The whole experience was good, so now I am giving my verdict. If I am to dine in restaurants, I have my own scoring criteria. That is 2 points for Food, 2 points for place and ambience and 1 point for customer service.

 

If I will to rate their food that will be 2 regardless if I did not like the Iced Choco and Iced Latte, because I super loved their Quesadilla, Chicken Scallopine and Toscana.

 

For the Place and Ambience that will be 1 point, because the place is just too hot, we are sweating profusely. I would highly suggest for them to at least make the place half air conditioned and half al-fresco. I think that would really be fair enough for all customers.

 

For the customer service, I will give 0.5 points. Their staffs are not friendly and not even smiling. People in the kitchen are yelling at each other, customers can hear it. We were also outside the restaurant taking a little picture of the place when a woman maybe cook or serving person or someone working in the restaurant (what made me think so is because of the uniform and the hair net that she is wearing) approached us and told us “Nanguyo na mo ug permit nga magpicture mo?” Did you already ask for permit that you will be taking pictures?

 

So I told her, “I saw the sign that taking of picture is only prohibited beyond the road point” (I said that in Bisaya).

 

She replied with wrinkled eyebrows and forehead. “Bisan pa, kay naa gud mo sa sud sa Cebu Yacht Club, makit an gani mo makabayad gud mo.” Regardless, since you are inside the Cebu Yacht Club, you should not be taking pictures or you will be penalized for that. And she walked out. I was speechless as I was able to read the sign about photography policy and shocked how they treat customers. I was taking picture because I want to blog the place for their good food and good customer service perhaps but I received a really sour treatment.

 

Therefore, the total score for this whole experience for me is 3.5/5.

 

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For everyone who are curious just like me and wants to visit the place,

Vue Dine and Drinks is located at:

Cebu Yacht Club, F. Martir St., Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

Phone: (032) 341-4754

Open from:  Sunday-Thursday 9AM-12PM and Friday-Saturday 9AM-2AM

 

 

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