Sirao Garden, Cebu City 2018 (not a good review)


The only reason we went here is because of my uncle. He loves garden, flowers and everything about nature. This was included in our itinerary because of the reviews online.

As posted in the picture, they claim that they are the “Little Amsterdam” of the Philippines. I doubt that. I have never been to Amsterdam but I have seen the picture and it’s beautiful and Sirao is nowhere near. First let’s talk about the location, the location is pretty far. It was an hour drive from the resort. When we got there, we spent 15 minutes of just navigating from the people walking, street vendors and cars going out of the place. It was a mess. Second, the loos. I think the owner forgot that their garden should also have well maintained toilets. My third and the most important thing I think, is to have at least a well air-conditioned canteen or room or whatever you want to call it room. It was freaking hot. After all the walking and picture taking of the fake tulips and fake windmills, visitors need a place to sit in and relax for a while. The events place  they call with fan and stinky teddy bear is a bleh. If that place is their source of income, they better do something about it because before they know it, it will be too late. I really hope they rethink their marketing strategy and design. Not everyone who will visit can endure walking in 34 degree direct sunlight. I also hope they advertise the need of umbrella and hats and wet towels before going there.

If I were you, save your 25 pesos. Until they renovated the place, you can skip this on your list.









Crimson Resort & Spa, Island Hopping Tour


First Activity we chose that the resort offered is the Island Hopping. I am not sure how much my aunt paid per head but as far as I remember it was more or less 1,500php with refreshments included. A little pricey but that’s what you get if you are staying in expensive resort.

I am not really confident with my swimming abilities. I need to feel the floor tiles of the pool before I swim. In short, being in a bottom of the sea is not really my cup of tea. I always tell my friends when I do head stand or handstand in yoga that I have trust issues so I need to do it near a wall. I never outgrew this fear.

My aunt pushed me to try going in the sea since it was expensive and second, we have life vest. Though she herself wouldn’t do it coz she’s scared as f*ck. Well, I tried it. My life guard said he will not let go of my hand. I don’t know how to use the snorkels so I kept on drinking salty water. He said I can remove it, so I did. It was better. But I cannot balance plus the waves are getting bigger. I thought for a moment that I will die because the “life guard” was so busy swimming and snorkeling.

I think he felt my little struggle there so he let me up. Good decision. I am very much okay staying in the pool than being in the middle of the sea. Though it did not end up really nice, I gave myself a pat in the back for being so tough there. I will practice using the vest next time so I know how to move with it. I think that’s the key on manoeuvring in the middle of the sea. Wish me luck in my next floating experience.