WORKPLACE CAFÉ: A Favorite Place for Work and Study, A Guaranteed 100% Productivity

How many of you love the atmosphere of working in a café? Perhaps for some, they love the smell of a brewing coffee; others may after the air-conditioned place that makes them stay cool and comfortable; some would love the cozy background perfect for their social media posts; or for most, they seek for the strong internet connection they need for their research and other stuffs.

For a person like me who originally came from South of the Philippines, Zamboanga and Basilan, studying or working in a café is a new thing to do. When I first came to Cebu to pursue my higher education, I didn’t know this thing is a trend! When I was studying in college, I remember working for my school-related stuffs and studying for my exams either in the boarding house only or in the school library. We only had internet shops then where most students indulge in playing online games or doing some research for a school project.

When I came to Cebu to study, I had a hard time doing my school works, reading hundreds of pages of articles, writing my papers and meeting my deadlines because I had one nursery and two pre-schoolers who would always interrupt me when I am about to work. Then, I was able to enter this very cute café (that was my first) and I had a pleasant stay there studying and working on my school notes.

I realized that there are actually many cafés in town, and the choices are limitless! In my 11 months of stay in Cebu now (as of this writing), I had been hopping from cafés to another in search for a perfect place to work. I was never satisfied for the total service of each of these cafés. There are those with little space that gets crowded when too many gets in. Others also may have a nice, instagrammable ambiance but offers a poor internet, which is a sad thing for me. For most of the cafés, students who get in are merely chitchatting, others in high tone that distract others’ work.  For these reasons, my work is always interrupted and I cannot perform at my best and fullest potential.

What type of worker are you?
“The only way to do GREAT WORK is to do it with GOOD COFFEE”.

At last, I Found You!

Just 2 months ago, my husband’s classmate introduced us to this café in F. Ramos. Those were the days when our finals were coming, and the school year is almost to end. We had a lot of papers to do – strenuous writing that needs 100% concentration. The first time I went here, I posted it already in my Facebook account because I was so happy and satisfied. Since then, my husband and I have been coming here whenever we needed a place to work.

I posted this as one of my 365 photo challenge in my FB Personal Account

Even if it is far from our place, Bacayan, we don’t mind coming to this place because nothing compares the comfortability and super-fast internet connection that the place gives!

Friends and laagans, I introduce to you my favorite café in town – WORKPLACE CAFÉ! Everything in my checklist, things that I look for in a café, are all present here, with still a lot of things to offer that makes us a happy and contented customer.

What Makes Workplace Café Different From Others?

Workplace Café is the first co-working café in the Philippines and is such a best place to study and work while you are enjoying a coffee shop ambiance. I have enumerated below the things I love about this place – the reasons why I always love to come back whenever I have a serious work to do.

1. Super-Fast Internet Connection

This is my topmost favourite reason why I love coming back to Workplace. They actually offer a fiber wifi connection that is super fast and super strong. With Workplace, you will never be disconnected!

Two voucher codes for your two gadgets valid for 20 hours

2. Power Outlets

Whenever I go to a café, I always position myself to a table close to a power outlet. Here in Workplace, wherever you are seated, power outlets are present! You will never have a problem charging your mobile phones, laptops or any gadgets you’re bringing.

Outlets, everywhere! Meanwhile, MM in front of me studying for his comprehensive exam.

3. Comfortable Seats

I love the swivel chairs here. I always feel comfortable even if I stay and sit for long hours. I never feel any discomforts.

You are relaxed 100% with this type of chair
Restobar-like chairs for those who woul just want to chill

4. Cozy and Peaceful Ambiance with Cool Interior Design

The place and its interior design is very relaxing, and upon your first step in the café, you’ll say that the people here are very engrossed with whatever they’re working. It inspires you to work harder, too. You’ll hear no shouting or talking in a loud voice – peaceful, indeed!

5. Power Nap Station

When you feel sleepy and drained from long hours of working, you certainly  would want to pause, take a break and take a nap. Don’t worry there’s a place, too, where you can comfortably close your eyes and sleep. The last time we went here, I honestly had taken a long nap! Haha

6. Open 20 Hours Daily

We don’t need to worry on rushing things thinking that the café will soon close at a specific hour. In most cafés, they are only open until 12MN or 2AM at most, the next day. At workplace, they operate from 10AM to 6AM (the next day). Usually, MM and I come to Workplace even at 8PM or 9PM because we know we still have long hours to work.

7. Buying of Foods Not Compulsory

Most of the cafés will require you to buy and order food first before you can use the amenities. Here at workplace, you’re not required to buy, you can actually bring your own food if you don’t like to buy. You only have to pay here their hourly/daily/monthly rates and you’re good to go:

  • Hourly Rate: 60php on the first hour and 40php on the succeeding hours.
  • Daily Rate: 320php (best for those staying 8 hours or more)
  • Monthly Rate: 5000php per month inclusive of a locker

The rates you pay include a complimentary drink, either an iced tea or a brewed coffee. Paying the rates above will grant you access to the amenities offered by Workplace.

Your choice 🙂
SPOTTED! A regular monthly customer who just celebrated her first year as a happy and satisfied customer!

8. Delicious Meals and Snacks that Support Local Products

They may not require you to buy their food but in case you want to order, their menu offers palatable meals. Aside from this, their coffees are fresh from Bukidnon Farms and their signature chocolate drink are chocolate tableas from cacaos harvested from a local farm in Argao, Cebu.

9. Conference Room

When you are in a small group who would want to hold meetings, conference and workshops, Workplace also has a conference room that caters to this kind of event. Check out the conference rooms and its rates below:

F. Ramos Branch:

  • 1 to 8 pax
  • 550php first hour
  • 450php succeeding hour
  • One-time consumable of 200php worth
  • 40php/hour per person in excess of 8
  • Maximum chair capacity is 12

Mandaue Branch:

  • Up to 20 pax
  • 750php first hour
  • 650php succeeding hours
  • One-time consumable of 300php worth

Banawa Branch:

Meeting Room (Ground Floor)

  • Up to 15 pax
  • 650 php first hour
  • 550 succeeding hours
  • One-time consumable of 200php worth

Meeting Room (Second Floor)

  • Up to 20 pax
  • 750php first hour
  • 650php succeeding hours
  • One-time consumable of 300php worth

10. Friendly and Approachable Staffs

It is important for the customers that the staffs are very warm and friendly and they have it here. The guard in fact is very welcoming as he opens the door for you.

Very welcoming staff!

11. Systematic Ordering and Checking-in

When customers get in, they log in and are given a certain number and the voucher code for the wifi. When this customer will order food from their menu, the orders are registered systematically to their computer with the customer’s corresponding number. Payments will be settled upon the checkout of the customer.

You will be given a number upon checking in.
Log in your number, name, hourly/daily rate and chosen drink (coffee/iced tea)

Three Branches to Choose From

Choose which place is near you and experience studying and working in a coffee shop vibe:

Ramos Branch (Main Branch)

  • #4 Yap Building, F. Ramos St., Cebu City
  • (032) 401-3324
  • 10 AM to 6 AM (nextday)

Banawa Branch

  • #2 Autogas Station, Banawa, Guadalupe, Cebu City
  • (032) 328-8829
  • 10 AM to 6 AM (next day)

Mandaue Branch

  • Jamestown, Mantawe Ave., Tipolo, Mandaue City, Cebu
  • (032) 326-1245
  • 8AM to  4AM (next day)

A Tour at Mandaue Branch

How to Go to Workplace Cafe?

If you’re bringing your own vehicle, or riding a taxi or a grab, the place can be navigated using Waze or Google Map, just search for “Workplace Café” and select the location of the branch you would like to go.

If you are riding a jeepney, you may follow these routes:

F. Ramos Branch:

  • Ride a jeepney going to Ramos and tell the driver to drop you off at St.Paul College which is fronting Workplace. Ride a 14D jeepney (from Ayala), 17C if you are from Lahug and 13B jeepney from Talamban.

Mandaue Branch:

  • From SM City or E-Mall, ride a 01K Jeepney bound for Parkmall.

Banawa Branch:

  • From Ayala, ride a 12L Jeepney bound for Labangon and ask the driver to drop you off at 7-Eleven Banawa.

Wait, There’s More!!!

Avail Workplace Café’s promo now of unlimited brewed coffee and/or iced tea when you check-in the café anytime between 10AM to 12:00 NN. Promo valid until July 31, 2019! Come and visit at the branch near you!

Something To Share?

Tell me about what you think of the place. If you have gone here, share to me your experience or your pictures working on this cafe! Enjoy wandering and happy working, laagans!!!

STAY N’ SAVE: An Affordable and Nature-Perfect Hideout in Oslob, Cebu

If you are looking for a place to stay in Oslob that is a perfect escape getaway with a very affordable and reasonable price, then worry not because I found a secret haven for all of you, and now, it’s no longer a secret! 🙂 “Stay N Save” is the best place for you. 

As I mentioned in my previous blog , I was a happy and satisfied customer and so I am writing this separate review to commend the resort for the service and place they offer.  As I said previously, you can book at this resort through booking.com. In our case, however, because it was very rush, my debit card was not accepted. Luckily, I found them on Facebook, so I was able to messaged them, transferred money thru BDO online banking and finally I was able to book with them through their Facebook page account.

Because of the many tourists coming to Oslob, I suggest you have to book earlier as walk-ins are not guaranteed to be accommodated.

10 things I love about Stay N Save

The following are the highlights of the things I love about the place.

1. Affordable Rates

Stay N Save is perfect for those who are looking for a nature-looking, cool, instagrammable place yet one that comes with an affordable price. If you are like me who checks on two things first before booking: (1) amusing place with great reviews and (2) affordable rate, then Stay N Save is indeed the perfect place for you.

Check out below their reasonably priced rooms:

credit: Stay N Save (they sent me this through messenger)

We booked for Glamping Double, and truly, we enjoyed it, as narrated in my previous blog. Others are also very refreshing in the eyes. I personally would have wanted to book on Teepee Double Room, because it is very interesting and captivating (though I saw it only on their Facebook Page. Please check their page to learn more. Unfortunately, there were no more rooms available for two and we ended up Glamping. That might have been a blessing in disguise since we were offered with this brand new experience , I bet you’ll never regret glamping, too! 🙂

View outside as seen from the window of our glamping tent.

2. They have their own resto/mini-bar.

If you need something to eat at any hour, they have their mini-resto bar which offers different variety of foods to taste. You can either stay in their resto bar or you can let the staff bring the food to your room.

OMG! Never mind my face. This is actually taken at their mini resto bar. MM and I are waiting for our lunch here. I totally forgot to take a picture of their bar; but I tell you, it’s cute and cozy.

3. They offer and set romantic dinner/date.

When you want to surprise your loved one for a romantic dinner date, Stay N Save will do it for you. You just need to inform them ahead about your plan. In my case, I messaged them thru Facebook and they are very glad to do it.

Price: 500php per person inclusive of a starter, main course dessert and a glass of wine or drink.

That’s our table they set for our romantic dinner, just in front of our tent. This also faces the ocean. What a lovely view, indeed!
Romantic dinner: Done! Haha

4. They prepare anniversary cakes.

If you also want to have a cake on your dinner date, anniversaries or birthdays, or whatever the occasion maybe, they are also very willing and happy to prepare this for you (Price ranges from 250php and above). You just have to inform them ahead as well about the details on what to write for dedication on the cake. I also just messaged them about this thru FB.

 Below is the cake I requested for our 6th wedding anniversary. 

We only had two slice, and we brought this cake home the next day 🙂

5. Their staffs are friendly and accommodating.

Their staffs are all approachable and whatever you need, you just have to tell them and they will give it to you. They were also very polite in asking and reminding of the time when to serve our dinner food.

6. Their bathrooms have hot shower.

Although we booked for glamping only, that did not limit us to enjoy their hot showers. They actually have bathrooms outside, and two of the four public bathrooms are with hot showers. So you need not to worry of waking up early and getting a cold bath because you can still enjoy their hot showers amenities.

7. Their place is along the highway.

Their place is not difficult to find. I actually got worried at first that we might get lost and will not find their place. But when I messaged them on Facebook, the only instruction was to say to the bus’s conductor to drop us off at STAY N SAVE since their place is along the highway, and truly the conductor of the Ceres Bus knows the place, and told us that we already have arrived.

8. Walking distance to whale shark encounter registration.

This is also one of the main reasons why I booked here. We don’t need to get up so early or commute for the registration area of the whale shark encounter, Stay N Save is only about ten minute-walk down to the main activity area. However, based from our experience, I advise travellers and tourists to still get up early, like 5:00AM to go to registration area for this activity. We went past 6AM already and the area is already fully packed with tourists at that time. We waited for around 1.5 – 2 hours before we were able to ride our boat for the whale shark encounter.

The registration area can get crowded, so please come early.

9. Perfect place for sunrise viewing.

What a delightful morning it is to wake up with a sunrise view! This is my favorite unexpected event before walking down to the registration area. Just in front of our glamp site is the perfect sunrise telling us a wonderful day ahead! Check out below my sunrise photos you will surely love!

What a wonderful world, indeed!
The sun, the sea and sky – they are very energizing.
Tell me if you wouldn’t love this view?
Watching sunrise is lovelier when you’re with someone who inspires you to become better and better each day 🙂

10. Very attractive, peaceful, picture-perfect scenery.

This is exactly the main reason why I chose to book at Stay N’ Save. They have this private, super excluded area that is a perfect beach getaway – an impeccable escape from the busy, noisy, crowded place that a city gives! So, if you’re like me who adores the smell of the sea breeze, the splash of waves coming to your feet, the beauty of rock formations from sediments, the nature-perfect scenery in front of your eyes, I tell you, “Stay N Save” is the right place for you!

Can’t still believe? Check out my photos below:

The 226-steps stairways will take you to a breath-taking view paradise.
The cooling breeze and the splashing waves are enough evidence of how blessed we are for this gift of nature.
Tired of the busy schedule? Stressed from paper and school works? Exhausted from the noisy and crowded city? You need a therapy. Come at Stay N Save!
Are you not yet convinced?You should come here and see for yourself.
Very private, secluded area for resting and reflecting.
Staying glam on cam 😀

So, what are you waiting for? Come stay at STAY N SAVE and save those pennies you’ve been working so hard! A wonderful experience need not to be expensive. It’s finding the beauty in every ordinary things and simple places. BUT, wait! STAY N SAVE gives you an extraordinary place and remarkable experience, all at an affordable amount! This is something you would not want to miss when you’re around Oslob. Why not give it a try?

Read on the last few paragraphs of my previous post about how to go to Oslob and visit STAY N SAVE on their Facebook Page here to learn more about their resort.

Share to me about your thoughts regarding this and I am very much willing to help you and reply to you. See you on my next blog. Happy wandering, laagans!

Amazing DIY Trip to Oslob, Cebu: Affordable, Instagrammable Place To Go Plus Wonderful Things to Do

Your Guide To A Wonderful Oslob Experience

Are you planning to go South of Cebu to finally experience and meet Oslob’s famous and friendly whale sharks? For me, it has been my dream to step at my father’s hometown – Oslob, Cebu, for the very same reason. In fact, it has been in my bucket list for so long.  However, my father has no more information about the whereabouts of his relatives since my grandparents already died. Left with no choice, I said to myself that once I will have the chance, I will really go and travel to this must-visit tourist attraction.

This year, that dream of going to Oslob has finally come true! Since this year is already MM (my husband) and I’s third year of celebrating wedding anniversary in Cebu, I planned to celebrate it this time in Oslob! Just a quick recall I would like to share, we were in Simala Miraculous Church during our 4th wedding anniversary and in Bantayan Island on our 5th anniversary. This time, I was so excited to plan for our trip to Oslob and finally swim with these giant but kind butandings!

So, what to do and where to go in Oslob? I didn’t ask for somebody’s help as I was planning it secretly, although MM already had the idea that we are going to Oslob since I had been constantly telling him how eager I am to go. If you are like me who plan for a DIY trip and had no one to ask to, then you are on the right page! Let me help you achieve a superb Oslob experience!

Where to Go?

I learned that the whale shark encounter is only open from 6:00AM to 12:00NN. With that information ahead, I was looking for a nearby resort where we can stay a night before meeting with the “butandings”. I search for affordable hotels, resorts and inns through booking.com, and one resort really has captured my attention. Aside from its picturesque view and perfect vacation getaway, it is also affordable! It’s a secret haven I just found in the South of Cebu that offers affordable rates. The place is STAY N SAVE! Because I am a happy and satisfied customer, I will give a separate review for this very instagrammable place. Check it here!

Five Fun and Wonderful Things to Do in Oslob For A Day

If you are around Oslob, I suggest you do the following activities that will surely make your Oslob experience extraordinary. What’s nice to note is that you can do all of these in just one day!

1. Glamping

Glamorous Camping or “Glamping” for short is offered when you check in at Stay N Save. It gives a brand new and refreshing feeling to be inside a tent instead of finding yourself contained in the four walls of a room. It’s nice to wake up seeing the world from the window of your tent. If you feel you’ll have discomforts especially during sleep hours and worry about having backaches, this is not a problem at all! The tent is provided with a double standard bed and an electric fan inside, giving you enough ease and comfort. Perhaps, this is why it’s called glamorous camping! It’s our first time to do this and so we are very happy and thrilled with the experience!

Glamping Fee: 800php (good for 2, but the tent is wide which can fit up to 4 heads)

Our first glamping experience 🙂
MM feels working his dissertation inside our tent 🙂
You can actually stand straight in this tent
Selfie inside before we went to whaleshark’s registration area

2. Meeting with Butanding

Your Oslob adventure is not complete without meeting with the butandings! This is the primary tourist attraction of Oslob where tourists, local and foreign, always come and go! Finally I should say, this is something off my bucketlist!

You may choose either to watch only (500-800PHP) or swim with the butandings for a different price of 800-1000PHP. The fee includes boat ride,snorkeling gears and a life jacket. There’s also an activity for diving lovers for a price of 3000php and above. For non-divers like me, to get a best experience, I recommend you should swim with the butandings. I don’t even know how to swim, either, but I put all my courage to get this once in a lifetime experience. The boatmen are very gracious to teach you how to “fake” swim, so swimming skills are not an issue at all, take it from me! Your activity with the whale shark only lasts for 30 minutes so you really have to make the most out of it!

Posing like a pro! Who would think I can’t swim?
Still a best shot though if you really are a swimmer!
Wasn’t brave enough yet to let go
How to fake swim? Hold on to that bamboo pole , which is part of the boat.

Important Reminder: When you go to registration area, be sure not to bring anything, unless you have waterproof bags. I wasn’t aware of this so I had a sling bag when we went there; we had our cellphones, my cap, my shades, my coin purse and MM’s wallet. We thought that we can bring it on board and we can simply leave our things on the boat. However, the boat in-charge said to leave our things because the boatmen will not take care of those. In our case, we rely solely to the man whom I bought a zip-locked waterproof phone case for my mobile. He volunteered to take care of our things and fortunately, and THANKFULLY, our trust was not put into waste. The locals are trustworthy!

After the whale shark encounter, we had our things back. Thanks to Kuya who took this picture. He was the one responsible for taking care of our things. Also, hang on my neck is the water-resistant double zip-locked phone case which was very helpful on this trip.
Another important reminder: Please come to the registration area VERY EARLY. Best time to register before 6AM. The area becomes crowded if you come after 6AM already.

3. Going to a Nearby Island: Sumilon

We finished around 9:45AM swimming with the whale sharks and we still have time to go to the nearest island from Oslob, the Sumilon Island. The man who took care of our belongings recommended us to a pump boat owner who took us to the island. Since we have enough time, and the island is less than 30 minutes travel, we took already the opportunity to see the famous sand bar, white sand and clear water of Sumilon. We were able to book the pumpboat for a special prize of 1000php back and forth. Normally, the pump boat carries 15 heads for a prize of 1500php. So, this island experience would be cheaper if you are travelling in a group.

Entrance Fee: 100php inclusive of snorkeling gears

Sumilon Island, here we come!!!
Papa MM strikes a pose 🙂
Blue sky plus clear blue waters, too.
Who wouldn’t love to take a dip on this clear, turquoise blue waters of Sumilon?
With just a short time I had here, definitely I love to come back!

4. Snorkeling

While in Sumilon, don’t forget to snorkel around the marine sanctuary. The activity fee is 50php with a tourguide/diver who will tour you around the protected sanctuary. I was able to use my ziplock phone case here and I was happy that it actually works and my mobile phone was safe!

Important Reminder: Best not to bring anything valuable when coming to Sumilon Island unless again you have your water proof bags with you. If you trust the locals, you can leave your things to them, either to the boatmen who brought you to the island, just like what the foreigner-couple did (who were with us), or just like me who left my sling bag with our valuables in the waiting shed where we paid for snorkeling.

5. Visiting Nearby Beaches

At 11:30 we were heading back already to Oslob. We still have half of the day, but we will be checking out already at Stay N’ Save. So, we were rushing to head back to the resort.

You can actually check out already with your things still in the resort. They will allow you to leave your things with them. You can maximize your time in Oslob by going to nearby beaches, like the Cancuaay Private Beach Resort, which is just a walking distance from Stay N Save. Although we went here at Cancuaay prior to our whaleshark encounter (actually, few hours before our check-in because we were too early to arrive at Stay N Save), you can still enjoy this private beach after your Sumilon Escapade, since you still have the whole afternoon.

You can also go to Tumalog Falls, which is also nearby, just ask the locals how to go and they will give you the instructions. We were not able to go to Tumalog anymore because my partner was complaining that he’s tired already! 🙂 Be sure to have a companion who is overflowing with energy! Haha

Below are my pictures enjoying the scorching sun, splashing waves, rocky background, picture-perfect view of Cancuaay Private Beach Resort.

How to Go to Oslob?

From South Bus Terminal (near E-Mall), ride a bus going to Oslob-Bato, Liloan-Bato or Dumaguete-Bato since all of these will pass by at Oslob. Tell the driver or conductor where exactly you want to be dropped off. Most of the places in Oslob are very known to bus drivers/conductors, so they can really help you on this, just don’t hesitate to tell them or ask them. Fare ranges from 150-200php. Travel time is approximately 4 – 5 hours.

If you are traveling with your own service, just navigate through google maps or waze.

Got Questions? I LOVE TO HELP.

That’s it for my Oslob adventure! I hope you had fun time reading and getting tips from this escapade. If you have something to ask, just comment down or leave a message. Tell me what are your thoughts about this and I will be very happy to reply. Till on my next blog! Happy wandering, Laagans!