Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tuslob Buwa in Azul

Okay, Let me start this entry with the definition of Tuslob Buwa. 

What is Tuslob Buwa? Literally in the Cebuano dialect, it means 'to dip in bubbles'.

Tuslob Buwa set in Azul Cebu for P99

Tuslob Buwa is one of Cebu's exotic treats you can find in the streets of Carbon or Pasil actually there are different versions in Barangays across Cebu but one thing for sure it has pig brain in it. Tuslob buwa is a local dip made of pig brain, oil, fish sauce, onions, shrimp paste and all other assorted flavorings. What's nice about this dip is you will appreciate and enjoy it most when eaten with friends, neighbors, family, well, the more people (mostly strangers) involved, the better.

Big Brain for the Tuslob Buwa Experience

Tuslob Buwa after cooking (boiling) is usually served straight from the wok and most of the time paired with Puso (cooked rice wrapped in coconut leaves) or just plain rice. Still not quite sure what im talking about? okay, imagine your taco as your Puso and the Tuslob Buwa as your dip, that's just it. Still nothing? okay, try to search in google about Tuslob Buwa, you may be grossed or you might become interested, it's up to you. 

Honestly, this is not for the faint of heart. Why? Tuslob Buwa is mostly served  for free by the street vendors, and what you will be paying for is just the rice or the Puso usually around P3.00 or higher. Come to think of all the hands dipping into your Tuslob Buwa, to other people's mouth and back to the wok. Yes, sadly sanitation wise it won't pass the Department of Health's standards.

However, there are places of course that serves Tuslob Buwa exclusively for you and your group. That's when Azul came into the picture. Originally, Azul was just a liquor shop or a convenience store until they decided to add Tuslob Buwa in the menu and it clicked, attracting a lot of visitors (not just locals) every day (or night). 
Azul Cebu

Azul is located in Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City just across Asilo de la Milagrosa Church, (near the old LBC bank) I don't think they accept reservations now due to the queue of people waiting to be served with Tuslob Buwa. For only P99 a set, you will get yourself 12 pieces of Puso, a dish of pig brain, onions, shrimp paste and chopped liver (as far as i know and the smell of it, it was liver) and a single burner butane stove. Isn't that cool? its like an affordable version of shabu-shabu right?. They also serve other dish like siomai, chicken skin and other sort of food, and of course liquors are available and other beverages.

Crowd in Azul Cebu
So for those who wants to try worry-free Tuslob Buwa, visit Azul for a unique experience. As far as i remember they also do beer pongs there, so might as well try it. And I almost forgot, they also invite bands every now and then to play and entertain you while you enjoy dipping in the Tuslob Buwa:)

My wife Ivane preparing the Tuslob Buwa

My one-cent:
  • Bring along with you a set of tissue and alcohol or hand sanitizer. I did not find any wash area around or maybe I just chose not to bother asking their busy attendants where to find one. lol.
  • Ink Ian tattoo and a new Skills and Bones branch (clothing line) is right beside Azul, so you can also check them out.
  • Tag along as many friends as possible, its fun with more people around.
  • They said Tuslob Buwa is better in Pasil or in Carbon, well, if I am to choose between taste over sanitation, I have to go with the latter.
  • Its a crowded place for the "mass", so please, dear, leave behind your conyo and your fine-elegant-classy attitude at home. its helluva our-kind of party there. :)

You can visit Azul's facebook page here: AZUL CEBU

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ohana - Hidden Beach, Aloguinsan Cebu - twice the fun

Ohana means family, and yes, they were my reason why I went to Hidden Beach in Aloguinsan Cebu. This is actually the second time I have visited the place, the first time was over a year ago with my wife (Click here).

Children playing in Hidden Beach Aloguinsan Cebu
Coconut trees near the shore

flock of people in Hidden Beach Aloguinsan Cebu

one of the cottages for rent Php 300

rocky part of Hidden Beach 

The mocha sand of Hidden Beach

Ivane and Brea playing on the sand

Me and my wife Ivane

Earl and Lory


My sister's birthday falls on a weekday and it's almost impossible for us to find time especially everyone's busy with work and school, so we decided to have it advanced and on a weekend.

Of course if we have the money we could have celebrated on a fancy restaurant, munching on heavily decorated Frittata with caviar or a costly Sushi. But, since the lack of it, we decided to go to our mom's place in Toledo City, bought few fish and squids to grill, a kilo of Pork Lechon, some fruits and a simple cake with a cute message that said "Happy birthday Pretty" and we had ourselves a simple yet catchy celebration.
The simple meal

Happy birthday Pretty!!!

Since Aloguinsan is just half an hour drive Toledo City and my sister have been wanting to visit the place, we've decided to celebrate her birthday in that beach.

Pinamungajan road heading to Aloguinsan

Not much change in the resort except for some new huts/rooms and a new Php 15 entrance rate, the same laid-back and no-frills feeling is still there. I guess that's the reason why a lot of patrons wandered their way from afar just to visit this place. Well, that's what I like about the place too.

new rooms

We still saw few starfish nearby and hermit crabs are still abundant in the place making it still a healthy environment for sea-animals. Which should be protected because of the increasing number of visitors.

Although my sister's celebration was just simple and the place was simple too, I guess which is true, what's important is the people that surrounds us during special days and the memory that we all shared is what matters most.

tried this new iphone app split pic on Mama Daisy

I've been saying I have a lot of favorites, and i just realized with all the fortune or the lack of it, what I like most is not a particular place I've visited or not a particular food I've tasted but whoever I shared it with, and mostly that's my Ohana (family).

Here's a short video during our stay in Hidden Beach, Aloguinsan Cebu

How to get there?

please refer to my other entry for more details, click here

contact details

  • Contact them at (0939) 476-9012