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Plantation Bay, Resort, Mactan, Cebu

April 15, 2016
by Jonny
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16 Must-Try Things To Do In Cebu In 2016

If you happen to find yourself in Cebu this year and don’t have any idea of what to do or where to go, look no further than this article, as I bring you 16 Must-Try Things To Do in Cebu in 2016!

It might already be late March but this is regrettably my first post of 2016. Now, followers of this blog (or newcomers who have browsed some of my previous articles) will note that I did a very similar post 3 years ago entitled ‘50 things to do in Cebu‘. However, this was written in 2013 and many of the places mentioned have closed down and don’t exist any more, notably Tree Lounge Bar, Irie Gastropubliko, Urban Cellar, and many others, so if you are reading this now, do not attempt to go to these places – they aren’t there! It would really require a lot of work for me to go through and correct/alter everything on my blog that I have written in the past so I’m not going to do that. Instead, just read this article for an up to date guide to tourist activities in Cebu. If you are reading this in 2018 or 2019 though then again, I can’t guarantee these places will still be here! Do your own research!

1. Check out Plantation Bay in Mactan

Plantation Bay, Resort, Mactan, Cebu

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December 21, 2015
by Jonny
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The Best Gyms in Cebu and General Health Tips

I was recently asked whether I was ‘Happier, Healthier, and Better off’ since I moved from the UK to the Philippines. I’m definitely happier and better off, however staying healthy in Cebu has been a challenge, and I’m sure that is also the case for many people living here, particularly the typical expats in Cebu that live on a diet of Pilsen beer and TGI Fridays. Back when I attended school and university, I regularly played sports like football and rugby, and perhaps due to my age I was able to eat what I liked without any consequences, however the older I get the easier it is becoming to gain weight. After I graduated, I was still able to stay in shape and that was in part due to London having a fantastic selection of health food, opportunities to go to the gym and play sport, lots of great places to cycle, a regular working pattern etc.

By contrast now that I live in Cebu, I have a late working schedule (finish at midnight Monday-Friday), only play sport once a week, don’t get a lot of sleep and occasionally get tempted by late-night convenience food. However, I have recently been getting back into shape again and through years of working out and extensive reading of fitness blogs and magazines, I would say that I have quite extensive knowledge on this particular topic, and would even go as far as saying that it is one of my main passions in life. This article will provide some advice to anyone living in Cebu on how to keep fit and look after your health.

Working Out at Power Gym Crown Regency Cebu

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December 18, 2015
by Jonny
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The Top 10 Things To Do in Manila in 2016

Manila is an action packed city and the capital of the Philippines (more about the Philippines). There are approximately 12 million people living and working in the capital and the gridlocked roads during rush hour bear witness to this. The backdrop is a mixture of Spanish colonial buildings and high rise skyscrapers. The city is also referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ and a few days here will help you to understand what a gem of a city this is.

Manila is also a city that has had more than that its fair share of natural and manmade disasters, but nothing can keep this great place down for long! With so much to do let’s take a look at the top 10 things to do in Manila.

  1. Visit The Oldest Church In The Country

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October 2, 2015
by Jonny
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The Top 5 Most Useful Mobile Apps In The Philippines

Despite the infamously slow internet speeds in the Philippines, the way that people in this country use the internet has changed dramatically, even since I arrived in 2012. While smartphones have been available to purchase for a long time, they have only become accessible to the mass market very recently. Smartphones were previously viewed as an elite product, reserved for the upper echelons of Filipino society, whereas now you can walk into any local mall and buy one from a kiosk from as little as 1k pesos. This has opened up a host of new possibilities for local businesses and app developers, allowing them to create innovative (and possibly lucrative) apps that will be used by ever-increasing numbers of people.

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September 24, 2015
by Jonny
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Top 20 Things To See and Do in Boracay

Boracay is undoubtedly one of the most established tourist destinations of the Philippines, with the infamous ‘White Beach’ still ranked as the no.1 beach in Asia by Tripadvisor. It’s especially popular among 18 to 30 year-old travel-goers due to it’s buzzing nightlife, cheap backpacker-friendly hostels, exhilarating water sports and picturesque, instagramable beaches. However, it’s not exclusively for the young, as Boracay certainly has something for everyone.

White beach, Boracay, Blue Sky

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