The Philippines Expat

An expat blog and local guide to living, eating, travelling and the nightlife in Cebu City, The Philippines


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DEN Nightclub (Formerly The Loft) | Cebu Nightlife

DEN is a newly opened nightclub in IT Park, Cebu City. Formerly known as ‘The Loft’, this luxury club has undergone a huge renovation project for its re-opening. Although open for a few weeks now, they had their official ‘Grand Opening Night’ last weekend with the official ‘Need For Speed’ DJ Miki Taka performing.

Den Nightclub entrance, Cebu

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The Top 3 Online Dating Sites to Meet Girls in Cebu

If you want to meet Cebu girls but don’t really want to visit the girlie bars on Mango Ave and don’t like the bar girls in J Ave Nightclub, then perhaps a more discreet option like online dating might be a good alternative. Online dating used to be viewed as a taboo and still is to a certain extent. Although with the breakthrough of sites like Match and eHarmony, along with the more recent ‘Tinder’ app having widespread international success, there is no longer a reason to be ashamed of using these sites.

Tinder App Cebu Philippines

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F1 Hotel @ The Fort – Taguig, Manila | Review

The F1 Hotel is situated at the Fort in Taguig/Makati – right next to Bonaficio High Street. Not quite as glamourous or luxurious as the Shangri-La or Raffles (and apparently nothing to do with Forumla 1 racing), but this understated hotel has everything you could ever need for a short stay in Manila without breaking the bank.

F1 Hotel at Night

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Aracama at The Fort, Manila | Restaurant Review

Last weekend while staying in Manila, we visited Aracama restaurant – another place with ‘modern Filipino cuisine‘ situated at the Fort, Bonaficio. Until recently I had somewhat lost faith in Filipino food but this restaurant makes a compelling argument that food from the Philippines can compete with international favourites such as Thai and Chinese.

Aracama Restaurant Front

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Miniloc Island Resort, El Nido, Palawan

Miniloc Island is a luxurious and exclusive island resort located in Bacuit Bay off the coast of El Nido, Palawan, and last year I was fortunate enough to travel to this secluded paradise. Admittedly though, this was not where I intended to go – my plan was to go to Coron: another supposedly beautiful island off Palawan, although the trip didn’t quite turn out as planned.

El Nido bay

El Nido, Palawan

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