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Theosophical Buffet Breakfast at Parklane HotelJuly 15, 2012

Theosophical Buffet Breakfast at Parklane Hotel

Location: Parklane Hotel, Cebu City, Cebu (province), Philippines

Accommodation for 2
When I close a hotel deal, I usually get accommodation for 2 which includes breakfast. I've already wasted 30 days eating by myself until I realized that I can invite a friend to be my +1 for breakfast. Duh! I missed that chance at Golden Peak Hotel and Regal Hotel. However, now at Parklane Hotel, I started lining-up friends, ensuring I have a breakfast guest every morning to the hotel's sumptuous buffet breakfast.

Theosophical Buffet Breakfast at Parklane Hotel

Buffet Breakfast
The breakfast offering is decadent as it is lavish - salads, bread, coffee, puto maya, continental offerings, etc. My favorites? Camembert cheese, croissant, tablea hot cocoa, noodle soup cooked in front of you, fruits, and the charming server who wears a welcoming smile, Bern. The rest of the staff are equally courteous and helpful. Window table gives me visual space - nice!

   TheLoneRider: "I love Cebu. It brings out the good in me. Unlike other big cities, I don't have to put up with insensitive dog owners who let their dogs bark the entire night, or indifferent neighbors who bang their gates at 2am. Cebu is really doing it for me."

Robert (suppressed eye roll): "Dude, you live at Parklane Hotel"

Evolution Talk
The topic of conversation was anything under the sun, and ranged from hilarious to somber, from light to profound, but underpinning the talk was essentially self-awareness and higher evolution - not surprising since I only invited people who were within my immediate orbit; yoga practitioners, meditators, free-thinkers, Buddhists, etc.

A Bonding Thing
I didn't realize it at first, but what started as a simple way to share free breakfast, turned out to be quality one-on-one with acquaintances who potentially became friends. We'd have hours of conversation while returning to the buffet table for seconds, thirds and fourths! We laughed, reminisced, contemplated, and shared ideas. Before, I just see them within a big group. After the initial Hi's and Hello's, nothing more happens - we remain along the far perimeter of each other's social circle. By 'breaking bread' with them, I discover hidden layers that add more dimension to their unique personalities.

"Let's Have Lunch"
There are friends I would sometime bump into and we both go into auto pilot telling each other, "We should have lunch sometime!" I realize that unless you force the issue and make that happen, a few years down the road, you'll bump into each other again and say the same thing. Golden opportunities are missed and glorious potentials remain exactly that - unrealized potential.

Ratings and Comments
To kick it up a notch, with their breakfast experience, I can ask them for their impartial rating or comment on the establishment, which in turns populates the business' webpage and adds transparency. This benefits my online users.

Ending Thoughts
I eat nice breakfast, my friends get to eat too, we bond and become better acquainted, the establishment gets reviewed, and my online users make informed decisions about the business. I like this. Things usually operate on a zero-sum game (someone's gain has to be someone else's loss). But coming from abundance, I make it a win-win game - everybody happy.

--- TheLoneRider

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Google Map Cebu City, Philippines

tourist attractions in Cebu City tourist attractions
  • Tops in Cebu City Tops - hilltop offering panoramic view of the city
  • Taoist Temple in Cebu City Taoist Temple - temple on a hillslope in Lahug with panoramic view of the city
hotels in Cebu City hotel
  • Hostel Seven Cebu - newly opened, resto/bar, central location, solo/group travellers
    Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City
  • S Hotel Cebu S Hotel & Residences - new hotel, luxury rooms, central location
    827 M. Velez corner Andres Abellana St.
cafes in Cebu City resto / cafe / bar
  • Fujinoya Fujinoya - new and refreshing twists to Western style desserts using Japanese techniques
    Wilson St., Lahug, Cebu City - tel. 888.6075
  • Bad Boys Wingz Bad Boys Wingz - Buffalo Wings, unique versions of sauces! Great service, accommodating staff, bad boys vibe
    Kasambagan, Cebu City | (032) 415 4811
yoga in Cebu City yoga
  • Love Yoga World Love Yoga World - yoga studio
    11/fl, Skyrise 2 Tower, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City
  • Yoga Now Yoga Now - first Yoga and Wellness studio in Mactan offering daily Yoga Classes
    at The Yacht Club Mactan
mountain biking in Cebu City mountain biking
  • Cebu Mountain Bike Adventure Cebu Mountain Bike Adventure - MTB tours, bike sales and repairs. Bed and Breakfast + Resto Cafe + wifi
    1298-b V.Rama Ave, Guadalupe, Cebu City | 0942.959.7451

More Information about Cebu City

Cebu City to Camotes Island

  • via Poro - from Pier One in Cebu City, take the Ocean Jet for Poro, 2 hours, daily trip - 6am and 3pm (0936.823.8762 |0956.270.6610 | 0999.889.9999).
  • via Consuelo - from Cebu City, take the northbound bus passing through Danao and get off at the Danao Port. At the Port, take a Jomalia Shipping boat for Consuelo (San Francisco, Camotes), P220/pax, a/c, 2 hours, daily trip - 5:30am, 7:00am (special trip), 8:30am, 12:00 noon (express), 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:00pm (express, Fri/Sat/Sun only).

Camotes Islands to Cebu City

  1. Poro - Cebu City (fastest and most direct) - go to Poro and take the 8am or 5pm Ocean Jet to Pier One in Cebu City, P380/pax/aircon, 2 hours
  2. Consuelo - Danao - Cebu City - go to Consuelo (San Francisco) and take the Jomalia Shipping boat to Danao, P220/pax, a/c, 2 hours, daily trip - 5:30am, 7:00am (special trip), 8:30am, 12:00 noon (express), 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:00pm (express, Fri/Sat/Sun only). From Danao, take the Ceres Bus to Cebu City

Cebu City to Dumaguete, Negros Oriental by Boat

  • George and Peter Lines - Mon/Thur/Sat/Sun 10pm, (035)225.4337, 0922.557.1023
  • Oceanjet - via Tagbilaran, daily 6am,, 0918.898.2188
  • Cokaliong - Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat 7pm, Sun 12pm, 6 hours, (035)225.3599

Suggested Destinations in Cebu

  1. Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
  2. Cebu City - rich in culture and history, 2nd largest city in the Philippines
  3. Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
  4. Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
  5. Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
  6. Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
  7. Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
  8. Barile Waterfalls - Barile
  9. Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
  10. Carcar - chicharon and lechon in public market

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