The Philippines Expat

An expat blog and local guide to culture, food, travel and the nightlife in Cebu City, The Philippines

September 28, 2014
by Jonny Lis
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A Weekend Getaway on Bantayan Island, Cebu

Bantayan is a small island located off the north-eastern coast of Cebu. It is actually still considered a part of Cebu due to its small size and close proximity, and is mostly known for it’s pristine water and tropical beaches. It was actually almost a year ago that I went there at the time of writing this blog post, but for whatever reason I never got around to writing about it before, so here it is.

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September 28, 2014
by Jonny Lis
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Why I’ll Never Go Back To Fifties Café

Fifities Café is pretty much as it sounds – a 1950′s themed diner-style restaurant in Cebu’s Crown Regency Tower 2, with a huge amount of vintage fifties paraphernalia on the walls. The design of the place is very cool, and it’s a great place for a photo opportunity – even the waitresses are wearing old fashioned clothes. However, there are a number of factors that let this place down, which I’ll go into below.

Fifties Cafe Restaurant Cebu

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September 11, 2014
by Jonny Lis
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The Social – Cebu’s Newest Café/Bar/Restaurant

The Social is Cebu’s newest all-in-one Café, Bar and Restaurant. It’s the brainchild of the people at Tadcaster Hospitality, who also operate several luxurious bars and restaurants in Singapore. It’s located in the new wing of Ayala mall in Cebu City, where previously the only hangout options were overcrowded coffee shops like Starbucks or the ultra-sleazy outdoor area of TGI Fridays. Thankfully The Social attracts a slightly classier crowd, which is in part due to it’s seemingly hidden location in the far corner of the 4th floor in the new wing and also it’s relatively higher cost compared to some local pinoy restaurants. Having said that, there is currently an offer on buckets of San Miguel beers and they also serve low-cost local filipino dishes such as sisig, so it’s somewhere that will appeal to both Filipinos and expats.

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August 4, 2014
by Jonny Lis
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Liv Super Club, Time Square, Mandaue | Cebu Nightlife

Liv is the newest nightclub in Cebu, having only opened a few months ago. The crowd is a mix of expats and filipinos as you might expect, and the typical entrance fee is reasonable at 200 PHP, which includes a free drink. Previously, J Ave was the only known ‘Super Club’ in Cebu (more like super seedy), and so it was an ambitious project to persuade Mango Square’s regulars into making an extra effort to go all the way to Mandaue. However, they have succeeded with flying colours and once all the locals find out about this place, I doubt they’ll even give a second thought to Mango square again.

Liv Super Club Cebu

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June 23, 2014
by Jonny Lis
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Where to Watch Football in Cebu

If you want to watch football in Cebu, but don’t know where to watch it, here is everything you need to know. There are several bars in Cebu where you can watch every football game and meet other expats, which I will tell you about in more detail further down. Evidently this blog post will be useful for anyone who wants to watch the World Cup in Cebu, but also for the 2014/2015 Premier League season which starts in August.

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