GIDDYAP MOUNTAIN RESORT: A Nature-Perfect Getaway at Moalboal, Cebu

Moalboal, Cebu – I’ve heard the place four years ago. Since 2016, I’ve been travelling to Cebu every summer to celebrate my husband and I’s wedding anniversary. Last May 2016, my husband and I applied for a DOST graduate scholarship, and as a side trip, I’ve googled for some tourist spot destinations in Cebu, and there, I saw the famous ‘Sardine Run’ of Moalboal. However, due to time constraints, we were not able to go but instead, we went hiking to Osmena Peak, but I said to myself, one day I will come here! That ‘Sardine Run’ has been in my bucketlist since 2016 yet.

Moalboal is not just famous for the sardine run that’s visited by hundreds of local and foreign tourists everyday, but is also famous as a perfect place for turtle watching, corals and coral reefs viewing, and scuba or free diving. Aside from this, this town in the south of Cebu, also takes pride of Pescador Island, where you you can snorkel, too, and see beautiful and varied species of fishes.

After 4 years, finally, that dream of seeing God’s wonderful creation in Moalboal is coming true! I have imagined watching the school of sardines, and taking pictures or videos of it! But you know what? I never imagined how beautiful and picture and nature-perfect was the place where we stayed at! It’s like a hidden homestay and staycation away from the city, something that’s very refreshing, something that every naturalist heart will surely love!

Where to Stay at Moalboal?

Giddyap Mountain Resort is Moalboal’s best deal of staycation! A home away from home 🙂

If you are like me who loves nature, then this is highly recommended! This place is truly a NATURE-PERFECT GETAWAY! If you’re looking for some place to stay at Moalboal, where you see both (mountain and sea) of natural wonders scenery, consider booking at Giddyap Mountain Resort! You will surely love you stay here – whether you’re in a vacation, recreation or relaxation. You can find those here, all in one place!

Giddyap offers delight to your naturalist heart and eyes! It’s a beautiful place with a wonderful and picturesque scenery. Imagine, you’re facing in a sea, overlooking Pescador Island, while watching mountains on the other side! That is super crazy and amazing! It’s very hard to find a place where you enjoy both scenes or backgrounds – mountain and sea with an island, BUT you can find it here only at Giddyap! Truly, this one’s a paradise and one-of-a-kind!

While you’re at Giddyap, book at Ocean View Lodge for a very friendly price of 750.00 per head inclusive of a breakfast meal. Ocean View Lodge is within Giddyap Mountain Resort, with a swimming pool and a mini-bar. Its design is very unique as it’s originally from a trailer van renovated into a lodge and a home staycation! How cool, isn’t it? The lodge consists of two rooms with standard double beds plus bunk beds perfect for backpackers. The whole place can accommodate a total of 16 heads comfortably, and it is air-conditioned.

The “hill” just facing the Ocean View Lodge is a perfect spot for that golden hour moment.

Things to Enjoy at Giddyap

Giddyap Horseback Riding. This is something that the resort is proud of and is well-known in Moalboal. Local and foreign tourists come at Giddyap to experience riding their famous race horses. For a price of 500php per head, you can enjoy horseback riding and roam around the farm and the mountain resort in an hour.

Videoke/Karaoke. At the very top and end of Giddyap, there’s an open bar there where you can sing in their videoke machine and sing your heart out!

This space here is good for dining, singing and playing mini-billiard.

Mini-billiards. While your friends and family sing, you can also play billiards with some friends.

Swimming. Ocean View Lodge has its swimming pool on the side which you can enjoy day and night.

Chasing golden hour. Because Giddyap faces a sea and an island, and a mountain on the other side too, this place is perfect for your sunset and sunrise viewing!

Best way to end the day! Who doesn’t love sunsets? Anyone?

Other information:

Facebook Page: None so far, but you may check Giddyap Horseback Riding.

Contact Number: 09175176680

Exact Location: Giddyap Mountain Resort, Buay-ay, Balabagon, Moalboal, Cebu

The map above shows the location of Giddyap from South Bus Terminal.

How to Get There

  • You may opt to ride any bus at the South bus terminal that’s going to Moalboal. Fare ranges from 100 – 150php. V-hire is also available at Sanciangko, near University of San Carlos, Main/City Campus. Fare to Moalboal is 150php. From the market, ride a tricycle or motorcyle to Giddyap Mountain Resort/
  • If you are bringing your own vehicle, the place is navigable on Google Map and Waze.

What are you waiting for? Get relaxed and enjoy the beautiful view – only here at Giddyap! Tara lets, mga laagans!

Watch the video below to give you more glimpse of how beautiful Giddyap Mountain Resort is!

Enjoy watching, mga laagans!

Watch out for my Moalboal adventure soon here on my blog and on my Youtube Channel – Maistrang Laagan. Please don’t forget to subscribe and hit the notification bell for updates! Thank you so much!

See you next time! Remember to be forever be wonderfully wandering!

Charabento Food Art, Coffee and Tea House: Your Cutesy and Student-Friendly Neighboring Cafe

It was around July of last year when I first learned about Charabento and visited the place by accident. My friend, Chasing James and I had our very instagrammable bento meal that time. Later, I learned from the owner, Ms. Ajero, that Charabento offers tutorial sessions on how to prepare these very cute bento meal arts. Without second thoughts, I jumped into a new fun and learning experience. I was able to create my very first “bunny” bento meal. Read my blog here or you may also watch my experience on this video below.

My fun experience creating my first ever bento meal 🙂

Well, obviously, I truly had fun in my very first ever creative bento meal art! 🙂

You would just love to stare on these super duper cute meals, you forget how hungry you were when you came in the cafe 🙂 There’s no doubt, this is still my favorite order whenever I come to Charabento Cafe.

What’s I did not show you is how comfy it is to stay here at Charabento cafe. The store is spacious and can take quite a number of guests. Students love coming here hugging giant teddy that makes you feel always a kid at heart, plus there’s a sense of “home” in here.

Because this coffee and tea house is located at Timesquare Talamban, students from nearby schools (Talamban NHS is just in front) are the major customers. During my first dine here, we were surrounded by a lot of teeners chit-chatting, students who just had a break from school. Why not? It’s not just near and the place is not only cozy, but the prices are also affordable – VERY STUDENT FRIENDLY.

Every corner is a nice spot for that perfect smile, too. Make sure to bring that photographer friend of yours and ready that “pangmalakasang-pose” 🙂 I tell you, there are a lot of instagram-worthy corners here.

Nephew and nieces enjoying their stay here 🙂

Aside from the bento meals that this cafe is very well known of, they also have a wide array of different drinks. One of my favorite is the Sunset Drink – it’s very colorful and it can really quench your thirst.

Of course, who would miss the favorite drink of today’s time – MILKTEA! They offer different flavors of milktea, too, which use fresh milk and not just creamer. Watch my video below and get a gyst on how they prepare their milkteas.

So yum-yum isn’t it?

Can you take these jars for refills? Unli milktea that comes with unli fries, too.

For milktea lovers, make sure to drop by at their store this Sinulog month. They have a promo running until January 31, 2020. For a price of 199php, you get to have unlimited milktea and unlimited fries! Sobrang sulit na!

Other information:

FB: CharaBento FoodArt, Coffee and Tea House

IG: @charabentocafe

Exact Location: CharaBento Café, 2/F Talamban Time’s Square, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave. Cebu City.

Other Branches: Charabento Mactan and Charabento Canduman

Bring your squad, enjoy your talks over these jars of milkteas!

Bringing my squad 😀
Succulents are available in their cafe… You might consider to take one cutie home 🙂
Hope to see you there! (*winks)

MOMMA’S NEST: Your Natural Beauty Mommy, Eco-Warrior Buddy

In this world were aesthetic beauty is like everyone’s priority, how will you keep that beauty without sacrificing yourself from the hazards of chemicals, keeping that #naturalbeauty?

As I was strolling at the newly opened Ayala Malls Central Bloc, in IT Park, Cebu City, one particular store had really caught my attention. At first, my eyes were caught by the bamboo toothbrushes they were displaying in their store, and I thought, “Wow, this is another eco-warrior store we need to support”. I believe that if we truly care in saving the world, we just don’t care about when the problem is trending, but we need to care, more importantly, on the answers or solutions to that problem. I really have high hopes and I salute organizations and stores who are taking this great support. And I saw Momma’s Nest as such!

This one’s truly an eye catcher! 🙂

I went closer to the store and noticed the soaps displayed. I asked the lady what were those and the lady giddily answered. The store sells mostly natural and organic soaps. Yes, all NATURAL and ORGANIC.   

Soaps you think like literally a piece of cake. All natural and organic.

I was lucky that during my visit, I personally met the couple/owners of the store. I had a little chat with them, and I got inspired by the story of Momma’s Nest, and so, I did not doubt sharing it to you as well.

The Start of Momma’s Nest:

Ever since, Ms. Cathy, the owner, is a fan of beauty products that are all non-toxic and natural made. Before becoming a mom, she then decided to franchise a certain brand, but for some personal reasons, wasn’t able to pushed through it, until she got pregnant and gave birth to her son who gave so much joy to her, her husband and to the rest of the family. Her attention then shifted into becoming a full-time mom. She takes extra care of her son 100%, without getting a nanny, and breastfeeds her son since birth until today, who’s already more than a year old as of this writing. As a proud full time mom, she is meticulous with the things she uses personally, and with the things they use in housekeeping, securing the health of her baby son and the people at home. Thus, Momma’s Nest was born.

Behind that wooden grid bars is actually a private place for Ms. Cathy and her baby, where she can breastfeed her baby whenever they are in the store.

Ms. Cathy made it sure that they will use home and personal care products that are safe most especially to her, who’s lactating, and above all, products that are safe for his baby. So, she uses beauty products, household products like for cleaning his son’s toys and other housekeeping products, and even personal care products that are all organic and made of natural components and 100% plant derived. Having a dermatologist grandmother had influenced her, too, in these aspects! She thought of sharing that idea to the rest of momma’s out there, and to others who believe that it is best to keep our beauty by not sacrificing the health of the people around that are dear to us. This is what Momma’s Nest greatly believes in!

These sprays use in household are plant-derived! Momma’s Nest is a certified reseller of Messy Bessy.

Carelines/Products Available

Because the store was conceptualized and managed by a strong woman who draws inspiration from her son, and is by the way, exclusively breastfeeding, her products are all child-friendly, especially made for those lactating and pregnant moms. Aside from these, she also is supporting advocacies of environment-friendly and sustainable shops, and has a great support towards local products, too.

The following are some of the products you’ll see and expect at Momma’s Nest. First introduced and displayed as a pop-up store at The Rosario Boutique Hotel, finally they open their very first branch to public at the heart of the city, at the Ayala Malls Central Bloc, IT Park. These are the products you’ll expect in their humble store: Bamboo Toothbrush, Organic Soap, Natural Soap, Loose Tea Leaves ofdifferent variants and some other natural-made and organic products. They also resell now products of FHL Skinfood or the Faith. Hope.Love Vegan Skinfood, still in their advocacy of supporting locally-made and organic products.

You might consider trying these out! Relive your hair with these shampoo bars.
Visit this humble store at 2nd Floor, Trading Bloc, Ayala Malls Central Bloc

Watch out for the launching soon of Momma’s Nest Skin Care natural products…


For more updates, please check and visit the following:

FB: Momma’s Nest

IG: @mommasnestph

Store Hours: Mondays to Saturdays (11AM – 11PM)

  Sundays (11AM to 9PM)

Physical Store/Exact Location: Level 2, Trading Bloc, Ayala Malls Central Bloc, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City

Ano pang hinihintay natin mga eco-warrior mommies and soon to be mommies? Tara, sugod na sa Momma’s Nest!

Selfie with the baby behind Momma’s Nest conception… Baby Michio 🙂

PS: Photos were taken on the second day of their soft opening yet. Photos will be updated as soon as I get back to their shop.