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Carcar, Cebu: GIG Valley Villa

We transferred to this private villa after our stay at Sundaze Farm.

What attracted me to this place was their Glass House, as it had sweeping views of the mountains and the sea.

They actually have smaller rooms (the Native A Frame and Modern Bahay Kubo), and I initially thought of booking the Bahay Kubo, but I changed my mind after seeing photos of the Glass House and its private tub.

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Of course, this is one major factor in my decision as I now travel around Cebu with Hobbes.

Here he is at the villa’s side entrance, looking oh so dapper in his suit.

The Glass House
Aside from the views of the mountains, the Glass House also has nice views of the villa’s pool.

Here’s Hobbes chilling on our bed while enjoying the view of the mountains.

Beside the bed was a reading nook, which was the perfect spot for chilling in the morning because of the views of the cottony white clouds floating above the lush mountains

Rate: P8,000 per night (Monday to Thursday) and P10,000 per night (Friday to Sunday).

This rate is good for 3 persons and comes with breakfast. (The maximum capacity of the Glass House is 6 persons, with P750 charge per additional person.)

The Glass House is fully air-conditioned with two toilets and a bath (one on the ground floor and one upstairs). It has a spacious living room, too, complete with a karaoke set.

The Kitchen is modern and comes with a refrigerator and microwave.

Everything is provided for, from the cooking ware to the plates and glasses and cutlery. (Though I stayed here for only a night and because I couldn’t be bothered to cook, I ordered a pizza for dinner.)

The Pool
I super love their pool and its views of the mountains.

Too bad it has no heater, so it was cold during the night and early in the morning.

At dusk, the views from the Native House are really nice, as shown in the first photo for this blog.

Here’s a wider shot of the same view.

Come nighttime, colorful lights added to its charm, though I personally did not like it when the pool was red or green, so I always timed my shots when the color was light blue, dark blue, or purple.

This was my favorite part of my stay. Initially, I thought the sunrise wouldn’t be pretty since the sky looked mostly orange-yellow at around 5 AM, but gradually, the sky became prettier.

I thought the above would be my best sunrise photo, but I was mistaken because while walking Hobbes, we chanced on this lovely – the loveliest from this set, I think – sunrise.

Isn’t it pretty, especially with the wisps of clouds crowning the mountains and Hobbes obviously enjoying his walk? (Though later he was too tired, I had to carry him home, hah!)

Our breakfast was ready when we finished our walk, so I quickly changed into my swimwear since I requested a floating breakfast.

The room rate includes breakfast for 2, so I ordered corned beef and bacon. These were served with a glass of (powdered) used tea.

This was where my Gig Valley Villa experience went downhill. The bacon was tough and tasteless – homemade? – and everything was presented without care. Instead of plating the fruits and each set meal separately so that the basket would not look empty, they just put the fruits together and the 2 set meals on just one plate!

I even heard the two staff talking among themselves in the vernacular.

Staff 1: Put flowers (in the floating breakfast).
Staff 2: This is okay. She’s alone, anyway.

Like wut?! I was alone, yes, but I paid for the entire villa for 6! So the least she could do was give me the bare minimum service-wise.

When the owner asked how my stay was, I reported the above and even showed her the difference between their floating breakfast and Sundaze’s. She apologized and even said there should be coffee in my breakfast. (I didn’t want to cause trouble to the staff, but I reported it so it wouldn’t happen to others.)

Good thing the views made up for my sad excuse of a floating breakfast.

Despite my dissatisfaction at my breakfast and the service, I still had a great time at Gig Valley Villa because I finally had a “me (bathrub) time” after a hectic month at work.

I had a great time swimming in the pool, too.

Gig Valley Villa is located in Upper Sangi, Guadalupe, Carcar, Cebu.

Contact them via GIGValleyVilla@gmail.com or +63947-329-0079, or visit their official Facebook page.


Carcar, Cebu: Sundaze Farm

We stayed in Sundaze Farm to celebrate Hobbes’s 5th Gotcha Day last week.

I loved how spacious it was. Everything, from the rooms to the gardens, to every nook and cranny, was well-thought-of and well-maintained.

Of course, the main reason why I chose this place is that they’re pet-friendly.

The rooms
For Php 5,500 on weekdays and Php 6,500 on weekends (good for 4 persons), we got two villas (though I don’t consider them villas as I found them small).

One villa had a queen-sized bed.

I love its flooring, lighting, and accents. The bed was comfortable, but the pillows were too soft and thin. Also, as I have a sensitive nose, I didn’t like how their linens smelled strongly of fabric softener.

The other room has two small beds, ideal for guests with children.

As I traveled solo with Hobbes, we didn’t use this room.

Tip: Book direct through their official Facebook page instead of through Airbnb because it’s cheaper by at least P1,000.

The Pool

Sundaze Farm is known for its heart-shaped pool, which I found corny. Heh.

As we arrived at nearly 2 PM, it was too hot, so I decided to forego swimming and nap instead because I was tired from the almost 3-hour land trip.

Around Sundaze, Day 1
I woke up at nearly 4 PM, and by this time, Hobbes was raring to explore the place, so off we went.

It was nice to go around the farm because the gardens were well-kept, and there were so many picturesque nooks and crannies. We found another pool, too, as they were building a 3rd villa on the farm.

Of course, Hobbes was my model; again, he took his sweet time posing for photos, especially when he was on the swing!

Sunset at the Farm
Ever the sunset-lover, I kept going around the farm to determine the best spot to catch the sunset. This was taken at the view deck.

I thought this was the best that I could get, but when we went to the main hall – I actually don’t know the specific names of each area on the farm as they had no map and no one took us on a guided tour – I was struck by how beautiful the pastel skyline looked!

And from here to our room, we passed by this pretty arch, which looked even prettier because of the colorful stained glass lamps.

As it was no longer hot, I took a quick dip before I had our dinner. The water was perfect, not too cold or warm, and the muted lighting was perfect!

I really couldn’t be bothered to bring my own food or cook whenever I travel, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out they could cook for me.

I ordered Tapsilog (Tapa, Sinangag, Itlog), and it was good. The meat was tender and it wasn’t too salty or too sweet as most tapas tend to veer towards either taste.

The two cups of rice were too much, though; I consumed only half.

After my dinner, I fed Hobbes and intended to go night swimming, but I must be so tired because it was already 4 AM when I woke up.

I figured from yesterday’s position of the sunset that the sunrise would be on the other end, so I again went to the stairs view deck. This was the best shot I got.

Hobbes was again his usual model self, so I took snapshots of him, too.

They were still working on this during our stay, and this is the only spot on the farm bearing its name.

Floating Breakfast
This was such a nice arrangement from the farm. Note that this requires prior advice.

I had spam, eggs, fresh buko (young coconut), and fruits.

The buko was sweet and the mangoes were, too. And while I was so looking forward to eating the guyabano (soursop), I wasn’t able to as I was just too full!

Around Sundaze, Day 2
After my sumptuous breakfast, I again holed myself up in the room because it was just too hot outside. I read a book and listened to some music.

Despite the heat and remembering that we booked this only for one night, I explored the farm again before we checked out. So, again, Hobbes became my model.

The farm is a popular photo shoot venue in Carcar, so there are so many places and spaces that one could pose to his heart’s content.

This doorway was my favorite and if you noticed the change in Hobbes’s bandana, it’s because we brought 8 accessories on this trip!

I mentioned on this post that Hobbes loves swings and again, the swings became his favorite spots in Sundaze.

Overall, we had a short and enjoyable stay here. The place was lovely, and the staff was hospitable and accommodating.

It’s perfect for an intimate get-together, especially since you can bring or cook your own food without worrying about the necessary supplies, as Sundaze has spacious dining and kitchen areas.

They even had drying racks, which was very convenient.

The Catch
There were ongoing refurbishments during our stay so we heard some noise in the morning. While tolerable, it would have been nice to be told about this when we booked or before we arrived at the farm.

(For the curious, they were still building the third villa (pictured below) and some tents for camping, so in the future, this place may have more people.)

Another thing that I didn’t like was the fact that the shower and restrooms are outside the guest rooms, with only curtains for privacy. It was a hassle, especially when you get nature’s call at night.

My most unsatisfactory experience here was the presence of a smelly stray dog. Typically, stray dogs don’t bother me. I even feed them, but the one here took off with my swimsuit and later, my newly bought running shoes! Good thing we recovered them, though the shoes sustained chew marks. The owner and the caretaker were very apologetic, and there really wasn’t anything anyone could do, so I just let it be.

My tip? Don’t leave your things, especially your footwear, in the foyer. Also, secure your food, as the caretaker mentioned that other guests had complained about their food being taken by the same brown dog.

I’ll end this post with two of my favorite photos taken at Sundaze Farm.

This was taken during sunrise. I just loved the blue and light yellow colors and the wispy clouds that covered the mountains.

Next is this photo of Hobbes. I just thought he looked so cute here.

Sundaze Farm is located in Valencia, Carcar, Cebu. To book, visit its official Facebook page or email sundazefarmph@gmail.com. You can also reach them via mobile: +63 929-859-4249.