Maggie In Cebu!

Welcome To My New Life In Cebu The Philippines

Sewing, Art And A Whole Lot More…

For all those who know me for my love of sewing and art, I finally made the move to Cebu in the Philippines and I would like this blog to reflect my new beginning and tell this part of my journey through life.

I hope my new found surroundings provide new inspiration for my work and I look forward to sharing new work and new teachings in my true passion for sewing.

Also, I will be writing about various topics on how to start a new life as an expat…Enjoy!

Bondi&Bourke Davao

Bondi&Bourke Davao

Bondi and Bourke restaurant Davao city

The Bondi&Bourke restaurant chain has its flagship restaurant Davao city is an oasis where guests can enjoy a quintessential Modern Australian dining experience, headed by award-winning chef, Wade Watson. In its bright and airy guise, the restaurant offers a bespoke menu featuring some of Australia’s favorite dishes.

bondi-bourke-restaurant in davao

Experience Bondi&Bourke from within the intimate atmosphere of its signature Private Dining Room featuring its own Chef’s Table, where up to 20 guests can get an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse of the kitchen in action. The exclusive space concludes with a mind-blowing degustation package of amazing appetizers, entrees, desserts, and “the best roast in town”, paired with specially selected wines. Also their new hotel The Bourke is one of the best hotels in Davao and situated on the grounds.

Bondi&Bourke Davao is perfect for any occasion, whether it be a business function or a celebration with family and friends.

Bondi&Bourke Restaurant Davao City

115 P. Pelayo Street, Poblacion District, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur

0998 593 3763




Cebu Boat Tours

Island Hopping in Cebu  – Abentura Cruises

An island hopping boat tour a class above the rest

Cebu island hopping boat rental specialists Abentura Cruises explain why they are different

Cebu Island Hopping

Mactan Island Hopping

Here’s An Extract From The Abentura Cruises Website That Explains The Concept And Creation Of This One Of A Kind Banca Boat


Abentura Visayan Cruises is a dream come true formulated in the mind of Mark Salem an Australian Entrepreneur who first visited Cebu in 2008 for a vacation.

In this time discovering the beauty and fun of Island hopping for the first time and becoming familiar with the local Banka style boats Abentura slowly formulated.

Deciding although the Banka style boats used in the area were fun and offered customers a traditional and true feeling of being on the water with their open style decks covered by tarpaulins he felt that they were lacking luxury and comfort. At first appearance, The MB-Adventure-1 has all the attributes known to be attached to the style of the Filipino Banka, the sleek narrow hull that sits more above the water than below, traditional bamboo outriggers used for their strength and flexibility but that is where the similarities stop. Her superstructure boasts 7 feet ceilings and the main cabin runs more than 40 feet in length by 12 feet wide. On her 2nd deck, you will find the wheelhouse large enough to sleep 2 crewmembers comfortably and a rear viewing deck.

Island Hopping in Cebu

In 2014 the project commenced and Abentura was born, from the pegging of the ground to her completion, it took 2 years. MB-Adventure-1 grew from a timber log into more than 33 tons of timber, epoxy, copper nails, nylon and more, she is considered to be the first Native Banka Yacht built in Cebu and has been nicknamed in her building stage as “The Ark” for her sheer size. At a grand 110 feet in length and more than 30 feet from port side outrigger to starboard outrigger, the MB-Adventure-1 boasts many additions that you simply will not see on other Banka’s.

In the planning stage and all throughout the building attention was given to safety and reliability of the boat, reinforcing the hull and engine bays and adding foam to her hull along with fire retardant foam in both the engine bay, generator and fuel bay. Hydraulic steering was added for better control of her passage and as a safer alternative to cable steering. Her fuel tank holds 580 liters, which is, situated dead center of the hull separated in an insulated bay from both engines. A 1000 liter water tank is stored in the lower front compartment to help with ballast, although the fresh water tank is mainly for shower and faucets it can double up for fire safety measures if needed.

Wave breaks have been built into the design of her hull to help keep her steady in the water and push the waves away from her hull this design also has the added effect of more floatation and gives her hull a sleek finish. All her machinery is new and marine grade along with her electronics and wiring.

The MB-Adventure-1’s framework was built out of local wood and we mainly used Lawaan Red timber which is considered to be the Philippines Mahogany the side walls were made from marine grade ply and covered with 4 layers of marine epoxy resin. All the decks have been finished in fiberglass and marine epoxy paints. The nylon twine used to secure the outriggers would probably run into many kilometers and are a high-grade nylon.

All the timbers used on the MB-Adventure-1 have been treated with solignum and had been checked by the boat Master Builder to be true and clean.

Traditionally built every length of timber was doweled, epoxied and fastened with copper nails, once her hull was completed she was launched and floated and tested. The main cabin and decks were then built as she floated to ensure the stability and balance. Although by modern boat makers opinion this would probably seem a little strange from a traditional point of view and with many tens of thousands of these crafts plying the waterways of the Philippines it’s is a tried and true way.

All our builders are traditional boat makers from Punta Engano and have come from long family histories of boat makers and seamen. The MB-Adventure-1 exceeded all expectations in her sea trials and was registered and certified by Region 7 Cebu Maritime Industry Authority on March 7, 2016. In the process, the mariner authority considered her the first of a kind and she was given her certification as a luxury vessel.

Satisfaction of Customers

We designed the MB-Adventure-1 to allow a more comfortable and stylish experience to Island Hopping, we intend to supply a high level of service and attention to our customers with our 10-man crew. Our Captain is certified BC2 level Captain we have accredited first aid officers on board a well-trained team of deckhands as well service staff including massage therapist.

Fun, adventure and style are what we aim to provide our guests with the knowledge that safety is always our priority.

Article Courtesy Of Abentura Cruises And First Posted Here  – 

If you are interested to know more or enquire about a booking here are the details

Abentura Cruises

Amani Grand Arcade Building, 3rd Floor, Number 8
M.L Quezon Highway, Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City, 6015
Telephone: +6332-564-2013
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dental implants

Eximus Dental Implants Makati

Dr. Erlinda M Dyson of Eximus Dental in Her Dental Implant Clinic in Makati (Manila) tell us about the latest implants technology

Conventional oral implants involve a treatment that lasts 6 months or more. The implant is put, and enabled a period of six months to incorporate with the bone and recover prior to it is crowned. Improvements in new dental implant technology have led to ‘instant filling’, making teeth implants a one-day procedure.

Current Dental Implant Improvements

Modern implant innovations have actually changed the way tooth replacement is performed. Improvements in finishing technology Dental Implants Makati, advances in the shape and thread designs of implants and 3-dimensional scanning systems are a few of the transformations that are altering the way implants are done.

Improvements in Coating Technology: New approaches of finishing technology have actually made it simpler for oral implants to take in with the jawbone, therefore boosting their stability and toughness. Among the current advancements in the field includes the finishing of oral implants with a bone product that is synthetic in nature. This helps the implant to include much better into the jaw bone.

dental implants makati

dental implants makati

3 Dimensional Scanning System: A 3D dental CT scan usages Cone Beam Volumetric Innovation (CBVT). It allows the scan to be performed with the patient in a sitting position, providing a clear view of where precisely the implant must be placed. The quality of the scanned image is excellent and the level of the client’s direct exposure to radiation is minimized.

Tooth Implant Forming and Thread Styles Developments: Implant thread design has a major effect on primary implant stability. Modern dental thread implant innovation uses optimum primary contact, boosted stability, increased area of the implant and easy combination with the bone with no stress. This development in implant innovation reduces bone loss.

dental implants makati

dental implants makati

Screwless Dental Implants: Another recent advancement is single tooth dental implantation without using screws. This novel method offers a clipping system to bond the abutment and the material of the crown.
Immediate Loading or Osseointegrated Implants

Osseointegration describes the fusing of the dental implant into the bone. The success of brand-new implant technology depends upon reliable osseointegration. Modern implants are comprised of 2 parts – the implant correct or synthetic that is surgically implanted in the jaw bone and kept in place with tiny titanium screws, and an abutment which links the root to the crown.

CT Scanning Technology

The 3D dental CT scan is used to image the mouth and the implant is then located properly. CT Scans enable cosmetic dental experts to fully plan a total tooth implant procedure prior to the oral surgery. The cosmetic dental expert is able to see a comprehensive 3-dimensional image created by the scan from any direction possible through 360 degrees. With traditional strategies, there was a need for the dental cosmetic surgeon to separate the gum tissue from the root and jaw bone and use probes to precisely measure the thickness and density of the jawbone. With this new dental implant innovation, there is no waiting period involved, the procedure is frequently described as ‘Teeth in an Hour’.


Eximus Dental Implants Makati

Further Reading

Functions Of A Sewing Basket

Functions Of A Sewing Basket

Once upon a time women everywhere were blessed with the ability to sew. Not just because they loved it; as a matter of fact, love had very little to do with it. Sewing was an absolute necessity in the households of yesteryear. Mothers in addition to their role as caretaker, cook, nurse, and cleaner held the role of seamstress, making and mending clothes for the family and linens for the home. Subsequently, sewing was a skill that was passed down from generation to generation an essential ability of all up and coming women. Today, with a bevy of retail stores at our fingertips, sewing is not something we have to do; but, rather, is something we choose to do. And many people choose to sew for a variety of reasons. Chances are, if you are someone who enjoys sewing than you have had many a sewing basket on hand throughout the years.

We may remember a sewing basket from the days of our grandparents; perhaps you remember one sitting near the feet of your grandmother as she sewed. The sewing basket has modified its appearance for modern times taking on a variety of looks to suit contemporary tastes.

Questions To Ask Yourself When Buying A New Sewing Machine

Questions To Ask Yourself When Buying A New Sewing Machine

Buying a sewing machine can be a daunting experience, as well as an exciting one, a little like buying a new car, remember you might be committing to spending a few hundred dollars and a sewing machine is something you are going to use a lot, you need to make sure that the one you spend your money on is really the right one for you.

So how do you make the decision on the sewing machine that is right for you? Well the first thing to do is decide what you need the sewing machine for, is it just some light repair work or something more complicated? Are you going to use it on just one type of material or many different fabrics? Is the brand you have at the moment the one you wish to purchase this time?

Are there certain functions on the sewing machine that you must have, list the features the machine needs in three categories, these should be features I must have on my sewing machine, features I would like to have and other features that would just be a bonus and might make you try something new with your sewing machine because they are there.

Cebu Plumbing Advise

Cebu Plumbing Advise

Cebu Plumber Gives Good Advice About Plumbing

Check Out These Helpful Plumber Solutions!

While there is a lot of information on plumbing available, learning what you can be a huge help to your projects. Completing your own research is not very difficult, especially if you find the right information. Remember the tips in this article so you can stay informed about plumbing and never hire someone again.

If any water pipe that you have frozen, be sure to turn on the faucet that is closes to the pipe to give the water an exit as the pipe thaws. This can relieve the pipe pressure that could cause bursting and further home damage.

If your toilet is clogged, the water level in the toilet is low, and a plunger is not doing the trick, you may be able to resolve the problem by pouring a bucket of warm water into the toilet from waist level or higher. The water should go down, and you can pour another bucket of water if the toilet is still clogged.

If you find you are having an issue with the garbage disposal, do not put your bare hands in the disposal. Your garbage disposal is a dangerous device, even when turned off. Locate your garbage disposal manual, or do an Internet search for troubleshooting advice and a diagram that illustrates your model.


You can check for damage to the floors around the toilets by checking for soft areas. Sit in a reversed position, putting one foot on each side of the toilet and shift your weight from side to side to check if the floor feels slightly unstable. Early detection of the problem may save you a great deal of money over time.

Ensure your overflow holes aren’t clogged up. The overflow holes are there to make sure the sink doesn’t overfill, which can become a problem if they are blocked. The overflow holes should be cleaned out regularly; do this when you are making your regular checks for other issues that necessitate fixing.


Make sure a new shower head is of high quality. People will buy the cheapest option thinking it will do the job they need it to do. Inexpensive shower heads are not terribly sturdy, though, and may not hold up to daily use.

If you take care of your plumbing, you will have lower plumbing bills. Clogs are the most commonly reported problems when it comes to plumbing issues. Hair can clog drains. Put a drain cover or a screen that is made to protect drains over your drain so that hair cannot get in. Cleaning a screen is a lot easier than cleaning out your pipe.

Frozen pipes can cost you a significant amount to repair. However, this problem can be prevented. The first concern is making sure that all water lines that run outside of your house are fully and sufficiently insulated. Secondly, when the temperature begins to drop, you want to drain and disconnect the hoses, then make sure you turn the outside faucet off. Be proactive about this and save on future repair bills.

Now that you’ve read this article I hope that plumbing doesn’t seem as daunting to you! Just like other aspects of life, there is much to learn about plumbing. Sometimes you just have to figure out where to start to so that you have the ability to jump right in. Hopefully, the tips above have given that to you.

For the best and most reliable plumber in Cebu go to this website –

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My Cebu SEO Guy

SEO? Now I Understand…

Search Engine Optimization In Cebu City

I thought I would dedicate my first post to a wonderful young man Colin Walter Lewis from Octopus SEO in Cebu.I met Colin recently by chance in a local restaurant in Kasambagan, while trying out some local Filipino food at lunchtime. I was sitting on the next table to him and overheard his distinct British Accent and once we both had finished eating I thought (being new in town) I’d strike up a conversation.

I asked Colin what he was doing here and he told me he was running a Digital Marketing Agency in Cebu. My next question was what on earth is digital marketing? Colin went on to say that he helps small business marketing their websites online. I must admit I had heard the acronym SEO somewhere before and knew in some round about way it was something to do with the internet.

After a good half hour chat with Colin I know had a simplified understanding and a new found knowledge of why Search Engine Marketing is important if you want your website or blog to be seen by the search engines like Google. I now know I need Backlinks from good quality Referring Websites, my site needs to optimize for On-Page SEO so the search engines can easily read and index my site. I need my Social Media Sites created and updated for Google to find Social Signals. Also, I found out the speed and load time for a website is important for visitors to stick around.

As result of meeting Colin from Octopus SEO, I decided to hire him as my new Web Designer and SEO expert. So far I must say I am very impressed with the look and feel of my website and very excited to get my name out there and receive lots of traffic.

I would highly recommend Octopus SEO for your Search Engine Marketing and if you would like to know more I would recommend him a top Cebu SEO Specialist.

You can check out Octopus SEO’s website here –



Comparing Prices Of Hollow Blocks

Comparing Prices Of Hollow Blocks

Liteblock for Cheaper Hollow Concrete Block Prices

The plans for our extension are now well and truly underway. What we didn’t realize is here is the Philippines the traditional brick isn’t used or if it is, it’s very rare. We have now found out that the construction industry uses types of Concrete blocks and then they render them.

So after a little bit of research, we found a block that was cheaper,lightstrong, and quicker to install.

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