summer of one-oh! ocean series: imperial palace resort

the imperial palace resort and spa at maribago, mactan island.  a free ride with harry’s management in his company…woohoo! with rooms at P7,600 ($160) a night, i don’t think i can afford it very soon..LOL. this was after i got home from the island hopping, slept at 8:00 PM..woke up 6:00 AM to get ready for another day at the beach! yey to summer!

here’s a lowdown on our stay in imperial palace:
♥ all met at I.T. Park at 9:00 AM
♥ ate lunch at one of mactan’s best italian restaurant (very cheap too!) — MB’s Tavern
♥ settled in our mediterranean-inspired room complete with a comfy bed with plush sheets, a a huge LCD TV with cable, iPod dock, a bath tub with hot and cold water and a view to the whole resort
♥ was surprised to find sooo many koreans in the resort — welp, it is after all owned by a korean..hehe.
♥ swam and played all afternoon at all 3 pools of the resort BUT was too chicken to try out the towering slides…boohoo for me!hehe.
♥ had dinner at SUTUKIL — a line of restaurants in mactan island where you can choose from an array of fresh seafood (fish, crabs, shrimps, scallops..etc) and choose how to have them cooked — sugba (grilled), tuwa (to prepare it in soup) and kilaw (eat it raw usually soaked in vinegar) — so YUMMY!
♥ had drinks at cowrie cove in Shangri-la Mactan — sooo expensive…whoa!
♥ woke up to the sunrise on our window and to my period…damn! LOL.

day 1: black halter bandeau – props | red printed high-waist skirt – thrifted | woven hat – boracay | green flip-flops – havaianas | pink sunnies – thrifted at manalili | black beaded necklace – a gift | coral bracelet – boracay | faux gold bangles – a gift 

day 1 night and day 2 going home: floral dress – thrifted | tan leather bag – thrifted at baguio

day 2 at the pool: polka halter bikini top – props | navy blue drawstring shorts – thrifted | beach bag – roxy

Follow vanilla ice cream


  1. Absolutely gorgeous! 🙂 The sunset is very beautiful and you look AWESOME!


  2. Dane says:

    Amazing! Love your skirt and missing SUTUKIL very much right now…


  3. Denise says:

    amazing bandeau!love the skirt!very summer!:)


  4. DaMnViXeN says:

    its half way through summer and I havent even dipped my toes in seawater.. boooo!


  5. Jen says:

    gizelle!! you have no idea how jealous i am of you right now. i would kill to be tanning and relaxing on a beach 🙂

    anyway, i'm loving that skirt of yours and the black necklace. they're killer! and that black bikini top is awesome! 😀


  6. kot-itsa says:

    the skirt is amazing!cant wait for summer!


  7. sharonlei says:

    Gizelle…looks like you're having a blast!! I haven't been to the beach in months… and it's only steps away! Terrible, right?! Hopefully I will get a beach bod soon! ha ha ha.. oooo and I love your skirt.. Super sweet.

    xx Love & Aloha


  8. michelle_ says:

    i love the skirt and your ipod bling very much !



  9. Jing says:

    i love the combination of black and red!sexy ni gizelle!


  10. Sher says:

    Wow girl! you look hot sexy in that bikini and fedora!! Love the pics:)



  11. Elaine says:

    How fun!! Seriously, I'm so jealous. I can't wait til we go to the Philippines!!!! P.S. I love your black bikini top.

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  12. Gahhhh!!! Gorgeousness! I love these photos. I wish I could be there! It looks magical. 🙂 And you are so pretty in these photos. I'm glad you're having a lovely vacation. xoxo


  13. Jess says:

    Totally loving the printed skirt! I'm so jealous – that resort looks sooooooooo amazing


  14. Leah says:

    Gizelle, is the Imperial the one near Shangrila? I miss Sutukil. And this popular place that sells broiled native chicken. Alam mo ba I'm always in Cebu during Sinulog for about 10 years na. Na-miss ko lang the Sinulog this year kasi out of the country ako.

    Love all the pics here… love the red skirt and white tank ensemble. xoxo


  15. Leah says:

    You have a blogger meet-up… oh how I wish I can join but I'll be out of the country the whole May until mid June. I miss Cebu now. xoxo


  16. julianne. says:

    i wanna go therrree! it looks so beautiful.
    and so do you.
    i love how summery and beachy your style is.
    i am inlove my dear.<3


  17. Total stunner 🙂 gorgeous 🙂


  18. Psyche says:

    whoah! Imperial Palace is that expensive diay? Shocks.


  19. maribago, mactan island – mental note to myself that this place is amazingly beautiful! i love the beach and tropical weather. i'm going to have to remember that this could be a great place for a destination wedding.

    i just wanted to stop by and say thank you for loving my DIY Miu Miu tights over at The Haute Pursuit's blog.



  20. Lucy says:

    I love the red skirt!!


  21. Carmen says:

    Love the red skirt, so cute!



  22. Coco says:

    The skirt and bikini top look super cute together!


  23. love the skirtt!


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