Airbnb in Cebu

Wander with S and spend your vacation with Airbnb
Disclaimer: This isn’t a sponsored post. I just want to share our Airbnb experience to give you readers an option when you go out of town or the country. 

It is my second time booking with Airbnb. The first was when we went to Hong Kong where we rented a huge flat for 2 nights and it was the best decision ever because it was affordable and roomy, it made our stay comfortable. With this positive experience, Mark and I decided to book a room again with Airbnb for our Cebu getaway. Hotel room rates were quite pricey and we want to allocate our budget to other activities we might want to do there.

So off we went browsing through the airbnb site and a week before our departure, we decided to get the Spartan Room of whose hosts are Eula and Francis.

It was a breeze coordinating with them. Though we never actually had the chance to see them during our stay, everything was smooth.

Their apartment has 3 bedrooms, of which they’re all for rent. I believe that the other two rooms were booked on the day we arrived. But, no problem, you won’t be bothered because, just like us, they kept their activities to theirselves.

Our room is a spacious one, with a king size bed that was so comfortable I always had the hard time waking up. There’s also a big cabinet where you could settle your things.

No heater for the shower though, but it’s okay! The bathroom was also roomy.

There’s also a TV set with cable channels. I love watching and this saved me during the times that we’re jusy chilling inside the room and while getting ready.

There were also free supplies for breakfast and complete kitchen appliances should you decide to make your own meals before heading out.

This is the address of the place. Its location is accessible and you can go to Ayala Mall Cebu in minutes (without traffic and on foot) and also near Fuente Osmeña Circle.

We got the room for 893php per night plus its cleaning fee.

Mark and I enjoyed our stay here and had good sleep for two nights before transfering to ABC Hotel.

Anyway, thank you Eula and Francis for the nice stay! Will definitely recommend this room to you guys!

Booking with airbnb is as easy as 1,2,3. But of course, always be vigilant! We may never know… but will consider this helpful site again whenever we need a nice place to stay at.

Should you want to book this place click this link –> Spartan Room Cebu

Hope all is well!


Note: all photos were from the airbnb site except my featured image which I got from Google image.

MSTravels: Cebu, a rundown

I’ve been stalling. Or must be too lazy. But hey, here I am now, going to talk to you about our most recent trip, our year ender–CEBU!!!

I sounded so excited, but I can’t help it! It was over two weeks but I can’t still move on. I will try to collect my memories to give you a blow by blow account of what happened during our 4 days and 3 nights stay in the Queen City of the South. I will be posting separate entries for some our activities to be organized, unlike my thoughts. Lol.

Anyway, this is a rundown of what happened:

Nov. 29, 2016 – Flight and Settling down

Our flight was at 8:35am in NAIA Terminal 3. Days before, Mark and I agreed to leave the house before or around 4am to cover the travel time going to Dau Terminal, estimating that it will take us 2 hrs to get to Pasay and 30 mins ride going to the airport, leaving us 2 hrs ahead of our scheduled flight. Even with a heavy traffic in North Edsa, our calculations were correct. But I was already sweating in bullets because I thought the traffic will take longer we would miss our flight!

Travel Tip: If you’re a first timer, your flight is in NAIA Terminal 3 and you’ll be coming from Pampanga or anywhere near, take a bus going to Pasay and tell the driver or conductor to alight you on where you could take a taxi going to the airport. From there, do not agree to take a fixed rate taxi. Get a metered one! Because our flight was early, traffic was still tolerable and it only cost us 75php instead of the 300php manong taxi driver was offering us. Or you could take the airport loop located near Taft Ave MRT Station, behind McDonalds for a minimal fee –20php! 

After a hassle free check in, we went straight to our gate and ate breakfast. I don’t like eating before and during transition in fear of taking emergency bathroom breaks, I just don’t like being bothered by it. But Mark was hungry and I gave in when he bought me a Chicken Empanada.

We utilized the now faster wifi and updated our social media accounts while waiting for the boarding time. The flight was right on the dot and arrived at Mactan International Airport at exactly 10am. I was swimming on the sea of clouds on our way.

Again, it was an easy breezy one, going out of the airport. I downloaded the Grab application but forget about it when we saw My Bus right outside which is going to SM City Cebu for 25php only! Saved us a costly taxi ride, again!

Travel Tip: MyBus is a perfect mode of transportation going to and fro the airport. You won’t be needing the MyBus card if you’ll be coming from the airport to the city but from the city to the airport, it’s needed. We only found this out on our way back to the airport, unlike on the day we arrived, we just purchased a ticket. Good thing we have an E Plus card, it saved me from going Hulk over the lady behind the counter (who is not very helpful at all!!!). So you have to make sure you have those cards or if not, you will have to take the taxi. MyBus stations are located in SM Seaside City, SM City Cebu, Parkmall. 

As soon as we arrived in SM City Cebu, we looked for a place where we could eat. And we found ourselves eating inside KFC. Lol.

We had to wait until 2pm inside the mall because that’s our check in time in the Airbnb room I booked for 2 nights prior the trip. Will share to you the room we rented in a separate post. We took a taxi and the building was easy to find. We settled almost immediately upon seeing that spacious white bed.

It rained for the most of the afternoon and we decided to just chill and take a nap before we head out again.

After refreshing, we went out and took a taxi again, as it was raining hard and jeepneys were all full and the traffic was horrible. We had to walk meters away from the taxi we abandoned to reach Ayala Mall Cebu. There, we went grocery shopping for our supplies for the next 3 days.

There was nothing much else we could do for the remaining of the day and we have to wake up early the next day so we turned in early to save up energy for tomorrow’s activity — Canyoneering!

Nov. 30, 2016 – Canyoneering + La Vie Parisienne

I will be posting a separate entry for this one! This was the highlight of our Cebu Trip and we totally enjoyed it despite the countless of times I had slipped throughout the trek!

Another solo entry for our bread & wine experience at La Vie Parisienne.

Watch out for those!

Dec. 1, 2016 – Mark’s Birthday!

The reason behind this Cebu trip! Of course it had to be special. His day was a chill one. We changed hotel. We went around the city and celebrated his natal day at Tokyo Table in Mandaue. Separate post coming up!

Dec. 2, 2016 – Last day

We basically spent the entire morning inside our hotel room to just chill and let the previous days sink in. Checked out at 12nn and went straight to SM City Cebu to kill time and went last minute pasalubong shopping. Again, we took MyBus and headed to the airport where we spent the remaining hours of our mini vacation. We just lounged there, abused the free wifi, and ate. Our flight was an hour late and we got home by 12mn. It was a long day but we were super grateful and happy that God provided us this trip. It was a needed break and perfect way to celebrate Mark’s 27th birthday.

So that was it! I promise to post about our activities as soon as possible! Plus the video too!

Til the next!




5 Things To Do When You’re in Hong Kong

Wander with S in Hong Kong

It is my 3rd time to go to Hong Kong and I might say I’ve fairly come to know much more of this beautiful country. Wandering around Hong Kong is such a treat. So why don’t you let me show you the things that you can do in Hong Kong?

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How to get a Philippine Passport

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with DFA and the following post was made to share my experience in renewing my passport. The information I put here was based on DFA’s website: 

My passport is close to expiring and I decided to have it renewed since I have a free day which I rarely get these days. I knew it will be quick compared to the first time I got one since M procured one almost a year ago. The nearest DFA office we have was in Marquee Mall which was located on the third floor. And since the mall doesn’t open ‘til 10am, I didn’t rush to get there. 

Before going to the office though, make sure you have all the documents required. In general, one must take note of these:

  • Personal appearance
  • No need to submit a passport photo size.
  • For the renewal, bring your expired or expiring passport

Please keep in mind that DFA Marquee is on first come, first serve basis unlike other offices where you could set an appointment. I didn’t think it’s necessary too because the process was quick and you’ll not get bored and think of the possible time you’ll waste waiting. 

I came in at 10:30am and after getting the form from the guard, everything seemed to be a blur because it happened too fast I didn’t get the chance to take pictures at all. To guide you, here are the step by step procedure:

Step 1: If you don’t have a form yet, go to the guard and get one. Fill the form up, check and recheck all the details then come back to the guard and give the form and the needed documents. DFA doesn’t get the originals so have them photocopied. There’s a photocopy inside the waiting room in case you didn’t yet.

Step 2. If there are many people who got ahead of you, the guard will tell you to wait to have your name called. But in my case, I got immediately directed to enter the office and a receptionist will be waiting for you there and will give you a number. There’s a monitor outside that says how many are being served inside.

Step 3. Now wait for your number to be called. They have at least 6 windows so you won’t wait that long. The person behind the windows will then check your documents. If your documents were okay you will be instructed to do the next step.

Step 4. Go to Teller 9 and make your payment. Make sure you have smaller/ exact bills for faster transaction. The receipt will be attached to your documents. Those who got their papers checked first and paid first will be encoded first.

Step 5. Wait for your number to be called. The guard will remind you to take your earrings, necklace, and contact lens off. Using cellphones is not allowed. When your number is called, proceed to the window and hand over your documents. The DFA employee will instruct you to sit up straight, fix your hair in such a way that your ears were out and visible and you can’t smile at the camera. After taking a good shot of your fab face, you’ll be instructed to write your signature and have your thumbs scanned. Be sure to check all the information that they will encode to avoid amendments which would take some time.

Step 6. After taking all your biometrics, you’re now done. It is up to you if you want to have your passport delivered to you thru LBC for 200 php or you’ll pick it up on the scheduled date. I opted to pick it up.

There are no rush processing of the passport as of this moment. All passports will be processed for 30 days or more if there’ll be delays. The fee would be 950 php. So be sure if you’re going to use your passport for travels, make an ample adjustment on the days. The longer, the better. We don’t want to rush and waste tickets, don’t we?

In my experience, the process took an hour which is quite quick. The time would vary though depending on the volume of people that will get on the day you decide to get yours. But don’t worry, if you have all the requirements needed, everything will run smooth and okay. 

To get more information, go to

Hope I helped you in anyway.

Looking forward to help more…