Chinese New Year Travels in the Philippines!
What a week!!
Cian and I went to Cebu, Philippines for a week and we just returned. We still have another week off of teaching so we have been slowly working on TONIK Design and other projects too.
Cebu was beautiful, I enjoyed the majority of the trip.
We started at Malapascua Island, a few hours drive from Cebu city, and then a short boat ride away.
The hotel we stayed at, Tepanee resort was idyllic and gorgeous. Cute little huts for rooms, gorgeous ocean views, reasonably priced (about 80USD a night). The only BIG issue was the customer service and management. The staff were just plain RUDE to us. Cian tried to talk to the manager at one point and she was in denial about the staff were treating us. Plus, they overcharged us numerous times, wi-fi was SPOTTY, and they forgot my food order on numerous occasions.
On the last day, we paid for our transfer back to Cebu and the next morning ten minutes before leaving, they told us the coast guard had stopped all boats from leaving Malapascua Island so we had to stay for "maybe" another day.
We were upset, especially because we had three days with very limited wi-fi and Cian forgot his books. We got over it though, and checked into another hotel because Tepanee resort was that rude.
Our last night on Malapascua Island was our favorite, the service made all the difference.
We relaxed a bit too much though definitely, sleeping, eating, sleeping, eating, and tanning. We needed it though, Shanghai life can get stressful. We are both so involved in so many projects, plus our business. We needed some down time to ourselves.
After finally getting off that tiny island, we hopped back over to the fabulous Movenpick hotel, more of a resort. Great service, large luxurious pool, multiple restaurants, room service, and a private beach.
We spent the rest of our time in Cebu there, and did more of the same. Relax, eat, drink, sleep, read. We both got pretty burnt our last day too. They had this chocolate happy hour from 3-4pm everyday where you could eat as many chocolate desserts as your heart desired. Truffles, toffees, cupcakes, etc. They were alright. Quality wasn't as good as I would've hoped.
Their "Ibiza" restaurant was pretty freaking amazing, we had their Valentine's meat buffet there for about 80USD each including free flow wine/beer. Pretty good deal. I thought it was going to turn into more of a club after 10pm but nope, it emptied out. It's a nice place though and attached to the hotel so uber convenient.
Now, we are back in Shanghai and Chinese New Year is in full force. I am still rocking the red as much as possible because the Chinese superstitions have rubbed off on me. I am okay with it though, China is an amazing country and it's been a nice few quiet days back in the city.