When travelling to a new country or city, whether we plan ahead or not, we always consider some things when looking for a hotel. We all travel differently, and we all have different preferences when it comes to choosing our type of accommodation. To some, staying at dormitory-type hostels is the perfect choice while some prefer a more private and comfortable option for a hotel room.

One of the most visited places in the Philippines is Cebu City. And because this small island in the southern part of the country is flocked with thousands of tourists every now and then, there are also hundreds of hotels built in order to sustain the need of catering these tourists.

Here are five things that you need to look for in a hotel when visiting Cebu City.

  1. Select the affordable ones.

There are so many affordable hotels in Cebu, Philippines. One must only need to look the right place to book for the most affordable hotel rooms in this island. There are a lot of options out there that in fact, you don’t really need to book ahead to get the best deal. However, please take note though that during Sinulog festival every third Sunday of January, hotel rates will go up that is why it is advisable to book ahead if you visit Cebu City for the Sinulog festival.

  1. Choose the ones near the bus stops and terminals.

Almost every destination in Cebu City and other parts of the island are pretty much accessible via public transportation. Which is why, when you are on the lookout for the best hotel in Cebu City, choose the ones located near the bus stops and terminals. This is a good option if you do not want to walk for several meters just to get a cab. This will also save you time in your commute around the island.

  1. Choose hotels that offer complimentary breakfast.

A complimentary breakfast may be a standard offer in many hotels in several parts of the country but there are also some hotels where it is not included. In order to save money and time, it would be best to research first if the hotel you are considering checking in to offers a complimentary breakfast.

  1. Determine if the hotel is near the destinations you are looking to visit.

This is one crucial thing that you must not overlook. Knowing the distance from the hotel to your destination is important so that you won’t have to waste time and effort just to get there. This will also save you from getting lost and being scammed.

  1. Make sure that it suits the level of comfort that you need.

You may choose the most affordable hotel there is but it doesn’t suit your preferences. Look for hotels that could offer what you need. After all, it is where you will rest while you are on a trip. Do your research prior to booking and read some reviews of other travellers.

Who is your local hero?

Take a minute to think about it, because there always IS one. It might be that mum at school who is forever organising fundraising activities for the local playgroup at the same time as being a foster parent, or that guy a couple of streets away who you know spends his weekends collecting donations for refugees.

Perhaps it’s someone who came to the rescue in your hour of need. It might even be a whole group of heroes – a local community group who use their spare time to make a difference in the lives of others. Or maybe you work for a local charity and you have one volunteer who always goes above and beyond.

Whoever they are, they could be in for a treat. Pork Farms wants to throw them a party! Hoorah! 

To give you a flavour of things, here’s what happened at some of last year’s pop up parties:

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This is a post about salted caramel.

I hadn’t given a lot of thought, past vague annoyance, to salted caramel as a concept until I did a poll on Twitter about scones. (It’s afternoon tea week.) Someone replied to my poll saying that they had actually just come onto Twitter to complain about the fact that they had seen a salted caramel scone which, we agreed, is all kinds of wrong.

Firstly, scones should be plain. The jam and the cream are the stars there. But that’s not the point. The point is that SALTED CARAMEL HAS TAKEN OVER THE WORLD.

too much salted caramel

(Not literally obviously, that would be impractical.)

Salted caramel needs to get back in its box.

Salted caramel was fun and exciting for a little while back in 20XX*, but JUST STOP NOW. Yes, yes, it was very clever, putting something so sweet with something so salty, (salt), but enough already. We’re over it.

I had a quick look at all of the different salted caramel things you can get now and it’s just stupid.

Salted caramel rice pudding, salted caramel coffee, salted caramel tequila, salted caramel lip balm, SALTED CARAMEL GREEN TEA?! Nope. If you’re looking to build a bit of muscle you can even get salted caramel flavour ‘impact whey protein’, whatever that is.

That’s enough salted caramel. We tasted your salty sweet goodness and we liked it, but hush now.

*I was going to do some research and pin it down but I didn’t want salted caramel to WIN.

Image – by MaraZe/shutterstock


It’s a surprisingly fraught question. How many of us have decided to redecorate or renovate our homes and suddenly thought how much better the skirting boards would look, stripped back to the bare wood?

This may well be true, especially if the house is a few decades old and those boards have a few layers of yellowing gloss clogging them up. If you’ve spent several days with a sander and paint stripper, losing the will to live, then you may well ask yourself why on earth anyone would ever paint over a skirting board – ever. However…

Painting isn’t always a bad idea

It has to be said that painting over wood can be problematic, especially if you don’t prepare the surface properly – including using a knotting solution to stop sap leaking out over the years. If it’s done right, though, with just a coat of primer and one or two layers of topcoat, you can avoid that classic (as it were) thick gloss look. You can also choose a colour to go with your overarching scheme, or even contrast with it if you want to be bold.

There are even more options

However, not all skirting boards are the same nowadays, because we have MDF. MDF, or medium density fibreboard, was something of a revolution when it came out. It can be moulded into as many shapes as wood, but it provided a cheaper, lighter-weight alternative.

What’s more, it’s much less prone to warping and cracking than wood, so for a long-term application like skirting, MDF is a great alternative. If you’re looking at skirting boards from skirtingsrus.co.uk, for example, then you’ll notice how many different sizes and profiles are on offer.

Yes, but should you paint it?

If you want to, then you can paint an MDF skirting board with much more impunity than a wooden one. The fact is, as MDF is cheaper than wood, that if you’ve painted it and you grow tired of the colour, all you have to do is swap it out. You can’t sand MDF or use stripper, so once the paint is on, you’ll have to take the board off if you fancy a change. This isn’t a huge ordeal, though, as many modern skirting boards are actually clip-on, so for a few tens of pounds you could refresh your décor (or at least, the décor near the floor…).

Is it hard to paint?

It’s not difficult at all. Some boards will be pre-primed, ready for your brushstrokes; so all you’ll have to do is choose the right colour and lay on a couple of coats. You could even do the painting before the boards are put in place, so there’s no need for masking tape and dustsheets – result!

Some are already finished, but you don’t have to settle for boring white if you don’t want to. However, you will need to use a primer before you get going, as well as two layers of topcoat to achieve professional-looking coverage.



‘Are you busy?’

I swear I’ve been asked this at least half a dozen times this week by different people. And not in an ‘are you busy because I need a quick word’ sort of way, but in an ‘is work generally busy’ way.

‘No,’ I answer.

That throws people. They look confused, as though I’ve just admitted out loud to being a FAILURE AT LIFE.

I’ve had to start explaining to people that the reason I wanted to work for myself in the first place was for the flexibility to take time off whenever I liked, or to have quieter periods during the school holidays. For me, that’s the whole point of self-employment. Why on earth would you give up a stable, reliable income and then continue to work like someone was watching you all the time?

I’m not busy at the moment because I choose not to be. SHOCK HORROR.

It’s the middle of the summer holidays and next year Belle goes into year eleven, so I want to be at home while she’s still vaguely interested in hanging out with me. We also moved into a new house at the end of June, and it’s nice to be able to potter about arranging books into pretty colours and generally settling in.

Just because I’m not busy, does that mean I’m not successful or hard working? Does it mean I’m lazy, or that no one wants to work with me? View Post