Thresher Cove Resort and Dive Center

Welcome to Thresher Cove

Welcome to Thresher Cove

Situated along the eastern seaboard of Malapascua, Thresher Cove is just a small resort equipped with amenities you need for an absolute relaxation. Imagine yourself under the sun looking out to the crystal clear water cutting through the creamy white sand and the clear blue sky all by yourself. Yes, all by yourself. Thresher Cove is so isolated you can have an entire hundred meter of shore to run around and do whatever you want. In terms of my criteria when it comes to booking a resort/hotel, I always visit TripAdvisor to see unbiased reviews of travelers from all over the world. Thresher Cove at the time of my visit was ranked number 1 on the list which was a plus. I also considered the location and the number of things I can do without going out of the resort. And Thresher Cove gave me everything I can possibly hope for in a resort–you can have the entire beach for yourself, canoe all you want, snorkel all you want, swim all you want, play billiards, learn to scuba dive, watch movies, eat good food, and of course relax.

Our everyday view

Our everyday view (c) http://www.threshercove.com/

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Discover Scuba Diving with Julia Bradford

Under the... pool muna! ;)

Under the… pool muna! 😉

Out of the blue, Fjell and I decided to take on the Discover Scuba Diving on Thresher Cove. Why? It’s a no brainer, we were in one of the most amazing dive sites in the world, and if we didn’t try it, it will probably be included in our ever growing i-should-have-done-this-while-i’m-young list.

To be honest, never in my life I thought of diving as something I would enjoy. Until the day came when we decided to take on this challenge. Yes it is a challenge, for a fact that I am not a good swimmer, so is Fjell I presume. Hahahaha. We’ll get to that later. But you know what? It was really fun, it was something you can tell others over and over until they get tired of hearing it. Haha. But believe me, you should try it at least once, or a couple, or come on get certified.

Ready to dive

Ready to dive

I woke up to the sound of the waves and surprising amount of sand on my bed that day–April 2nd. My cold has gotten completely mental, my nose was just so clogged. I was on the verge of not pushing through with the DSD. I asked myself if I can still do it, my alter ego answered “yes, come on it will be just once in a lifetime you have to do it“. So after my interpersonal conversation, I decided to push through with the dive.

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My Not Really Solo Trip to Malapascua Island

Alone in Malapascua

Solitude

Since the first day of the year, I was itching to book a flight to another country for the Holy Week break. Time passed in a surprisingly fast pace, amidst the endless taping days that gave me my humungous eye bags and countless pimples. A couple of weeks before Holy Week, I found myself planning a trip to either Batanes or Cebu alone. I cannot believe that I was actually ready to do a solo trip. But as the days pass, my nerves are eating my insides in a dying fashion. I was constantly in communication with Vhik and Shiela if they want to do a trip to Malapascua but no one responded affirmative.

I was ready to take on this journey. After this, it could be added to my ever growing arsenal. Until… “Ha? Sa Cebu ka rin?“–in the middle of a dinner break in one of my tapings, a colleague said he wanted to go to his hometown. So after a few talk, we agreed to go to Cebu, BUT, no definite plans after that.

7 days before the trip, I found myself swiping my new credit card to book return tickets to Cebu. I was pretty bummed that in a matter of minutes, I actually paid my hotel, flight, and other things I saw on the internet (which I’m not really that proud of! Hehe).

View from the top

View from the top

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Escario Central Hotel Cebu

Red Room with 2 Double Beds

Red Room with 2 Double Beds

Last July 2013, I had the chance to revisit Cebu with my family. The trip was my brother’s and cousin’s first in Visayas so I wanted them to have the best experience. Although the hotel where I stayed on my last trip was good, I decided to look for a new one. My previous hotel is located in a crowded area and the ambience is not relaxing that is why I decided to search for the recommended but not-so-expensive hotels. I visited blogs and tripadvisor and then I discovered Escario Central Hotel.

Escario Central Hotel is a relatively new hotel with 46 guestrooms. Some cab drivers are not yet familiar with the location. Just mention the Zubuchon and Escario Central Mall and they will know where to take you.

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Plantation Bay Day Tour

Sun, sand and a whole lot of fun!

Sun, sand and a whole lot of fun!

With the kids!

With the kids!

On my recent trip to Cebu, I decided to take my brother and cousin to Plantation Bay. I read good reviews about the resort and wanted to experience it firsthand. So regardless if the weather was gloomy that day, we still visited Plantation Bay. And it was surprisingly still full of tourists considering that it was already the rainy season in the Philippines.

RATE – The Day Tour rate at Plantation Bay is Php2,000 per person. This includes 9AM-5PM use of all facilities like shower room, game room, all the pools (kayaks), play areas (archery, wall climbing, courts), bicycle and free lunch (appetizer, main dish, dessert and drink). No need for reservations. You can just go to the resort and tell the reception staff that you are in for a Day Tour.

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Cebu Chronicles Part 2

September 2011

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Lapu-Lapu Shrine

Our morning started a little late since we were very tired from all the walking the other day. Before checking out from our hotel, we decided to buy danggit from Tabo-an market. It was one jeep away from where we stayed and quite easy to navigate. Thank you to our very helpful front desk personnel and the jeep driver.

We were greeted by the mouthwatering smell of the market. There were a lot of dried seafood everywhere; from dried pusit, to danggit and daing. The prices were a little expensive, good thing we were able to haggle and get a good price. I brought daing and danggit.

After buying our pasalubong, we went back to our hotel to take a bath and check out. By 11am, we were on our way to SM Cebu to visit the CNT Lechon restaurant. CNT is one of the popular lechon restaurants in Cebu and is located opposite of SM Cebu.

We visited SM Cebu first to buy more pasalubong and to see the mall. Then we left our baggage at the service area of the mall. It is very convenient for tourists who want to roam around but has a lot of bags. Then we went to CNT.

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