Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lowaii weekend

Once in a while I try to get away from the usual scenario of me when I'm alone during weekends - falling prey to sloth, staying all throughout the day in my small, rented room doodling online or sleeping like a log. I wanted to go somewhere else, somewhere new, somewhere private, somewhere nice but near. And so Lowaii (Cebu Marine Resort) was the place to go. 

Here, finally!

Nicely landscaped garden

Their grass was so green, I had to humor myself about "keeping off the grass". haha

Beach placid?

I was, at first, excited to hit the beach for a swim but didn't find it too tempting. I found their beach rather weird. I don't know - no waves, not even a sound of 'em. The water didn't look clean to me either. 

Bean shaped pool

I brought two pairs of bikinis and to not be able to wear either one of them would be a sorry of waste of my time and energy preparing them. So I just took a dip in the pool. Lucky I had the pool all to myself. Yay! 

Lobby

I like that the resort's lobby is wide enough to seat a good number of people. I love their sofa chairs. They're so comfortable you could sleep on them.

View of Baybayon restaurant at night

Lowaii resort's only restaurant, Baybayon, serves a variety of Filipino and international cuisines. The restaurant looks really nice in the evening, replete with soft and warm lights - makes for a romantic dinner date. 

Dig in! 

Ordered chicken adobo and a plate of grilled shrimp, squid, chicken and pork. Their food serving is generous enough but I later found that it was actually not at all, because the food was delicious - I wanted more. hehe

Chicken Adobo - heaven

I have this knack for remembering food that reminded me of my mama's cooking. Whoever prepared their chicken adobo should be my personal cook! (fancy, fat chance, I know) haha

So maybe looking at our dinner bill made me cringe a bit, but I had to tell myself to just pay without the guilt because, after all, the food and service was good. My little mistake, though, was not reading the details of the bill. I could've saved on the tip had I carefully checked that they put the service charge on the bill.  

Nothing like waking up to a nice morning with yummy breakfast! 

After a few hours, I was back to reality. Oh well, it was good while it lasted. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Chikaan Chow

When I'm not home spending the weekend with my family, I find that most of my Sundays are spent with my dear chum Davey, pigging out and 'trading frustrations' (haha). We've always loved to indulge in gastronomical excess, nevermind if we'd often find ourselves not talking at all halfway through our plates.

I guess that's pretty normal when you've been friends for longer than you could remember, and that by being too comfortable with each other, you couldn't care less whether or not you have something to talk about, as long as you're just together. 

So after a few rounds of cardio walking around at the mall on a fine Sunday, we settled for dinner at Chika-an sa Cebu. Chika-an is ideal a place if you are craving for Filipino food and makes for a homey spot to make chika with family and friends, as the restaurant's name suggests.

Nothing like  Bob Ong to wile our time

baked scallops

I'm a sucker for baked scallops. Theirs is something I always ask for whenever I dine at Chikaan.

Pinakbet

Davey's choice. I couldn't resist the chicharon bits I just had to have some - the veggies I left to Davey. teheee!

Pork belly

Didn't like their pork belly though. It had that gross 'porky' aftertaste.

Sinuglaw

A fusion of sinugbang baboy (grilled pork) and kinilaw na isda (ceviche). Reminds me so much of home where papa would prepare the yummiest kinilaw I've ever tasted!  

Stuffed!

The next time I dine at Chikaan, I think I'll probably want to stick to their seafood menu- they're more appetizing than their pork meat-based dishes.

And because Davey paid for our dinner, ain't I just the luckiest friend he could ever have? haha