Things I Love: Ginabot Dates with My Mom

Someone needs to tell my mom we don’t want to see her underwear. Not me. She might stop paying for stuff if I do.

You know you’re Cebuano if you [1] love ginabot/ chicharong bulaklak and [2] are willing to eat it at the side of the road, plastic in hand.

I didn’t start loving this Cebuano delicacy (is it a delicacy?) up until I was in college but since then, I occasionally find myself dragging my mom to our favorite secret ginabot spot by the guard house of Horse Shoe Hills in Guadalupe.

So here’s me being a typical Cebuana girl, with my typical Cebuana girl needs. I hope you enjoy this!


Kaon ta bai,


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Gibbs’ Hot Wings @ The Streetscape + Giveaway


Gibbs’ Hot Wings has always been a personal favorite of mine and Paolo’s, too. As a couple who enjoys eating together, Gibbs’ has quickly and more importantly, consistently proven itself to being a place where Cebuano’s can go to to relax and enjoy good food. To be quite honest with everyone, I first stepped into Gibbs’ some time last year by invitation (check out the blog here) but every other trip after that was self imposed and my cravings have gone so far as to me abusing Food Panda for constant home deliveries. No shame.

It’s quite ironic that I constantly crave for Gibbs’ Hot Wings when the reality was, at first I was not an avid  chicken wings eater nor am I a fan of spicy food.  I have Gibbs’ to thank for my change of heart! Paolo on the other hand is crazy about this combination is always raving about how their wings are by far his favorite in Cebu.

So what are my favorite dishes at Gibbs? The wedges, the pasta (especially the carbonara), the Angel wings and a bunch of the items on their new menu!


With Gibbs’ finally opening their 2nd store at a more accessible location, they have also added a couple of new dishes to their menu such as: The Hickory Wings, Wasabi Wings, Nachos, Mac and Cheese and a bunch of new desserts!


Hickory Ribs

It’s the perfect combination of sweet and barbecue flavors. It’s not spicy either so it’s perfect for us people who can’t handle anything too spicy.


Wasabi Wings

This new dish is Paolo’s new go to dish. He says he loves the incorporation of the chicken and wasabi but it can be a little bit strong on the nose which is normal for any wasabi eater.



If you’re a chips eater, you’re sure to enjoy this dish. It’s a great replacement of the potato wedges and



Mac and Cheese

Easily one of my favorites from their menu!


With my favorite, Coy Oliva!


NOW for my favorite part, giveaway time! I will be giving out P600.00 worth of GC’s to ONE lucky person. Follow me on Instagram: @issaplease to find out how to win these babies!

For more updates, follow them on Facebook

 Good luck,


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Kwentong Salu-salo @ Hukad & Golden Cowrie

Every Cebuano’s favorite go- to restaurant to get their Filipino food fix have given us another reason to put them on the top of our list. Aside from providing us with great food, an upbeat ambiance, amazing service and a place to create lots of memories with the people we enjoy spending our favorite parts of the day with; Hukad has given us more reasons to love them through the Kwentong Salu- salo campaign.

Everyone has a great story to tell whether if it’s with friends, family or even both at the same time and the Kwentong Salu- salo campaign encourages everyone to share it with the whole world! By simply sharing your memories at Golden Cowrie/ Hukad and uploading them hereyou get a chance to win a P10,000.00 GC or an iPad mini.

Everybody knows that the Filipino’s favorite part of the day is meal time and when we combine the two things we Filipinos are best known for: Food and Selfies, who knows what greatness can come out of it? So whether you’re a Dalagang Pilipina, one of the boys or a part of a Pamilyang Pilipino- make sure to capture and share your favorite memories at Hukad and Golden Cowrie!

Check out their other videos for inspiration:


Follow Hukad/ Golden Cowrie on Facebook
Visit their official website for menu listings/ more information
Can’t wait to see your entries!


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The Monastery feat. Jing Pascual Photography

Sharing my second set of photos from my adventure at The Monastery but this time with Jing Pascual. I previously shared Jong Ong’s set here and soon enough, I will be showing you my last and final feature about this amazing place.


11703083_10152886446826326_5607102793092200569_n Finding the right backdrop for my photos is always an integral process to my more creative photo shoots. I always find myself keeping an eye open for interesting places that allow me to relay a story or that complement personality through the clothes that I am wearing.

  At the Monastery, I was able to do just that. With their laid back, cool ambiance and spots for great photo ops; I was able to play out the story of a young lady who isn’t exactly fully grown up but didn’t want to be treated like a kid either. Obviously, me. I’m floating in between those two realms but between all this uncertainty, I’m pretty sure that I wanted to have a good time. 

Thankfully, Bree Esplanada was there to my rescue and helped me portray these characters through his awesome designs, as well.





















 Location: The Monastery, Lahug

Photography by: Jing Pascual

Designs by: Bree Esplanada


Issa P.

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(BLOG GIVEAWAY!) Food Panda Arrives In Cebu

Food Panda, a global online food ordering marketplace has finally arrived in Cebu! It’s the perfect mobile application for foodies, yuppies or just those who’d prefer a nice meal in to discover and choose from a wide range of food that usually isn’t available for delivery. Now ordering your favorite food just got so much better.
I’ve used the Food Panda application a couple times already and I’ve been impressed by their services so far. For those who haven’t tried using it, leave it to me to show you how it’s done! Enjoy 🙂
Step 1: Download the Food Panda application on your Android/ iOs devices OR visit the Food Panda website. Fill up the necessary information and choose your current location so Food Panda can locate the nearest establishments to you for a faster delivery.


Step 2: Choose your restaurant.


Step 3: I chose Burger Joint (for obvious reasons).

As soon as I clicked on the restaurant that I wanted, I was directed to their menu which was categorized based on main dishes/ side dishes/ etc. based on the restaurant of your choice. I love how the application is easy to use but for this part, I would’ve preferred that there were descriptions for each dish.


Step 4: Validate your order, choose your payment method, enter your promo code (if you have any and there always are!), wait for your confirmation text message and wait for your food.

The Food Panda application comes with it’s own countdown timer and luckily for me, my food has always arrived within the allotted time.


  Also, if you’re lucky, the Food Panda delivery guy’ll come in his special Panda helmet. HAHA.



Make sure to download the Food Panda application and follow them on their social media applications such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and promotion codes!

And because I love you all so much, I am also giving away P1,000.00 worth of GC’s from Food Panda! To join this giveaway, check out my Instagram account (@issaplease) for instructions.


Good luck to you all,

Issa P.

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