Engr. Charmane Esper was My Partner-In-Crime for 3 Days!
Meet Engr. Charmane Esper! Yes, again! She is my Work Spouse, Church Mate, Blogging Mentor, and Good Friend. So yes, you can say that we do spend a lot of time together. And this time, we were flying together to accomplish a mission that was set before us in Iloilo City.
La Bella Pizza Bistro
La Bella Pizza Bistro will always be my favorite waiting spot at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. This is where I grab my coffee fix, while waiting for boarding time for any domestic flights. Alone, I would normally go for their Panzerotti. But since I had someone with me this time, we’ve decided to go for the Garden Pizza. It’s the healthiest option without pork.
I usually go to the airport at least 4 hours before my flight most especially when I have check-in baggage. I do this, so I will not get stressed before my flights. And having a comfortable place to stay in, while waiting, is one of the best things about our airport now. Waiting need not be boring, you know.
We were on our way to Iloilo City for work. Engr. Cha Esper and I, both work for CIM Technologies, Inc. We had a series of Product Demos and meetings scheduled for 3 days. This was definitely a very hectic trip for the both of us! Our company is a technological solutions provider of software, hardware, trainings, technical support and so many other services catering to the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction industries.
I usually prefer an aisle seat but I am usually placed beside the window. It’s like a default spot meant for me. I don’t really mind though since I have always been able to take really good overview and sky shots whenever I fly.
Cebu Versus Iloilo
Cebu from above the clouds already looks like a concrete jungle. With all the fast-paced developments indicative of a progressive province. Iloilo on the other hand still has a lot of gorgeous green sceneries to feast your eyes on. Don’t get me wrong though, it is also one of the fast-developing areas within the Philippines as we speak. There is a lot to look forward to in the very near future for both cities.
So, first stop? We checked into our hotel so that we can leave our luggage while we hunt for lunch. We wanted to go for JD Bakery Cafe but they were quite full. And then we found Reyes BBQ! Was thinking that since it wasn’t as full, it might not be worth a try. But, we’re glad we did because their Grilled Squid and Bangus Meals were quite good.
Nick’s Original La Paz Batchoy
I have always heard of how good the original Batchoy in La Paz is. So, after our first meeting, before heading back to the hotel, off we went to the market. Cha brought me to Nick’s Original La Paz Batchoy. They make fresh Piayas in front of the store. Which I have failed to try because we have a different plan afterwards.
La Paz Batchoy
And so, here it is! Nick’s Original La Paz Batchoy Special! Heads up! I am not a batchoy person. I’ve tried the different batchoy places in Cebu, but I don’t really crave for it. And yes, there’s also Lucky Me Batchoy, but that’s a different story. What happened to my no pork rule? I don’t have a choice! It comes with pork rinds and probably pork inner organs as toppings. The verdict? Don’t ask me to rate it, because it would be unfair. I am not the right person for that. However, I can say that it definitely tastes way better than the ones that I have tried in Cebu.
Now, this is more like it! I am a coffee person and I’ve liked my experiences at Madge Cafe before, so a comeback was in order. This cafe has been around since the 1940’s! Imagine how good their business is running. And people from all walks of life have their coffee fix here.
Media Regular, Iced Coffee with Milk, and Pan De Ciosa
Cha had the Media Regular, and since I have had it before, I chose to try their Iced Coffee with Milk. A cup or glass from them is always very good. Okay, so since I can’t speak Ilonggo, I have made the mistake of asking for a Pan De Ciosa. What I actually wanted was their Betchokoy! I know, they don’t even sound the same. But anyway, at least I got to try something else this time.
We stayed at Go Hotels, just beside Robinson’s Mall which makes it the perfect location to be in. Their hotel accommodations don’t come with breakfast meals, so having it situated beside the mall was indeed necessary.
Y2K Talabahan Atria Park District Branch
We’ve went for a late dinner since we needed a few hours rest at the hotel. I’ve liked the talaba by the bay that I have tried last year. And so Cha brought me to Y2K Talabahan & Seafood Grill: Seafood Restaurant In Iloilo located at Atria Park District.
Originally went for the talaba but my heart went to their Chicken Adobo with lots of toasted garlic! Still makes my mouth water as of writing. Definitely one of the things that I would go for on my future Iloilo travels. Their talaba is still as fresh as what I have tried, you can really taste the sea in each shell. Plus it melts in your mouth.
Madge Cafe Atria Park District Branch
Really surprised to see this new modern branch of Madge Cafe a few steps away from Y2K Talabahan. This cafe has indeed come a long way. So for those who can’t go to the market and would want to have a night-time Madge coffee, this is the perfect branch for them.
Moana Day Spa
This is definitely the highlight of my night! I loved the 300-peso massage at Moana Day Spa! It has relieved me of all the stress that I have had and prepared me for the series of demos and meetings scheduled on the next days ahead. It’s located at the 2nd Floor of the building and you will never think that there is a spa up there.
It was my turn to bring Cha somewhere, I suggested it rather. Curb Cafe is a very simple open-air coffee shop with a car wash beside it. I fell in love with its then 60-peso but now 65-peso Iced Vietnamese Coffee! Still as good as I remember. We went at a time that it was full though, in the late afternoon. They only have 2 staff who will do everything, so patience is key. It was my first time trying out their 35-peso Egg de sal Sandwich. It was really good! Really surprising for the price that it came with. I give them a 2-thumbs up!
What I’ve always loved about Iloilo is that their really good coffee is also really affordable. I’ve heard it’s because they have their very own coffee plantation. Correct me if I am wrong.
Chikaan Sa Cebu
Another surprise was finding this unlimited corn coffee (I think) in Chikaan sa Cebu Robinson’s Iloilo Branch! At only 59 pesos, it is already refillable. There’s a lot of good coffee deals in the area! I love it and miss it. Because coffee in Cebu are usually pricey.
JD Bakery Cafe
On our flight back to Cebu, was so happy to find a JD Bakery Cafe inside the Iloilo airport! Definitely one of Iloilo City’s best cafes! Super loved their Ginat-an and Buko Royale. Missing these already!
There’s so much to go back for. And I am looking forward to more Iloilo finds later on. How about you? What’s your fave Iloilo discovery?