By the Bay

Most of you must know how much I love my hometown. I mean, how can you not? It’s full grown city with just the right balance between excitement and relaxation. Plus, when you’re 30 minutes away from a view like this, it’s hard not to fall in love with it! Mike and I were itching to have a much needed mini vacation from work, and we thought it would be fun to spend it at the beach! While racking our brains for which resort to head out to, we both came to the realization that we usually frequent the same places, and that we haven’t been to Plantation Bay since we were both children! Since we were looking for a change of environment, it’s only natural that that’s where we ended up going!

First up: breakfast. We only had one day to ourselves, so Mike and I decided to book the day use package, which meant we could spend 9AM-5PM using the resort facilities (lagoons, beach, game room, 15 minutes on the bike and 30 minutes on the kayak). The rate was P2000 per person and it only included lunch, so we went ahead and grabbed breakfast at A Cafe (Crossroads, Banilad) where I had the Salmon Eggs Benedict (photo above). It was sooo good! I totally recommend it!

When we finally arrived at the beach, the sun was scorching hot, and we couldn’t find any more cabanas or lounge chairs by the water. We were losing hope when I spotted this quiet little sanctuary right in the middle of the lagoon. It was perfect! But since we didn’t have a room, or a place to put our stuff, we had to find a way to get to it without getting any of our stuff wet! Enter resourcefulness! We got a kayak and used it to transport us and our things to the cabana! It was risky, but it was the best decision ever. This little cove made our beach day ten times more awesome! It’s not everyday you get to lounge at a hammock in the middle of a lagoon, completely shaded, with beautiful soothing music, enjoying an incredible view!

Mike also tried his best teaching me how to ride a bike (to no avail, unfortunately.) I never learned how to ride one and I wasn’t particularly keen on doing my best without the proper protection! Plus, you guys have to give me a break- I was wearing a swimsuit for crying out loud!

Because we went on a weekday, our day passes came with a set lunch (they offer Buffet on Sundays) at Kilimanjaro Cafe. Okay, #LetsBeHonest- this completely sucked. Plantation Bay has a great view and all that, but the food (we ordered snacks too) is all horrible. I suggest packing your own lunch if you do decide to visit here too! But, on the bright side, didn’t I make it look good on the photos? Right, right? Sensing a new career path here… Anyone for a high five? Anyone? lol

There is totally a techie side to me. I had all of these gadgets marked “necessary” (these were the ones we had to transport using the kayak!), and the funny thing is- all of them (except the black iPhone) is mine! Mike is a million times geekier tech-wise than I am, yet he only had his phone with him. Wonder what that tells ya! #SeparationAnxiety #NotReally

Another thing I was soooo happy I had with me? My Jabra Solemate! I had a giveaway for you guys to get one of these babies for yourself, but in case you missed it, I’m hosting another one next month- so watch out for that! The solemate was perfect because the rubber sole made it so durable and grippy that it didn’t fall off the kayak or our cabana and we weren’t even afraid to get it wet with splashes of water!

For the day, I had on my fave pair of Melissa Sandals that I overuse everytime I head to the beach. Mike had his Ipanemas on- they’re overused too! He’s had them since college!

I’m so thankful I got to spend this wonderful day with my bestfriend and boyfriend, and glad to have re-discovered a not-so-hidden gem in the city. If ever you’re planning to visit Cebu, hope this mini diary gives you a clue on what to expect! Enjoy!

Roxy Bikini (similar here), Luscious Closet cover up, Burberry sunglasses, Melissa sandals

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