An invitation to visit always excites me especially if it requires me to travel to another region. A traveler at heart you know! 😉
My friend, ReyJan, sent me a photo of ‘Ginabot‘ on Facebook Messenger saying ‘Come here, in Cebu, I’ll treat you.’ And of course, as a food lover would I say No? HAHA So, I planned my trip heading Cebu, bought promo plane ticket from Cebu Pacific Air and no need for hotel booking because I’ll be staying in his boarding-house/dorm. Big save for kinda backpacker type of me. Haha. This post features my city-tour in Cebu.
Sept. 24, 2014, around 3 pm – touchdown Cebu.
It’s always good to research before traveling. Thanks to Christian, a blogger from The Bisdak Explorer for sharing a money-saving transport-tip from Mactan Airport to mainland Cebu. I asked Reyjan if we could stop over in SM just so I can continue working my task; he agreed, so we took 05A from the airport then 23D to jeepney terminal heading SM and finally 21B going to SM. Just so know guys, I am a freelancer through oDesk.com.
I finished my thing around 6 pm, we head up to his dorm, fixed a little of my stuff and relaxed for a moment and then time for dinner. We ate at Surfin’ Ribs,
recommended by him, a seafood and barbecue restaurant. One word for their Pete’s Ribs, DELICIOSO!
After that satisfying dinner Reyjan tours me around to I.T Park, this was just my second time here, but my first was during day-time, and it is more beautiful in I.T Park during night-time because of the Waterfront Hotel which has a very stunning light. It looks like a castle. We didn’t stay late anymore because we still have an itinerary for the next day. 8 in the morning is early, I guess. 😛
Our first stop was at Taoist Temple. From UCMA, Lahug we took 17B jeepney then rode a habal–habal to Beverly Hills Subdivision where the Temple is located. Don’t expect a door-to-door habal–habal ride because public motorcycles are restricted to go further in the quiet/solemn subdivision, the driver will drop you off at subdivision’s entrance area. No fee needed. 😉 So ready your feet for 20-30 mins. Walkathon. When you visit Taoist Temple remember two things: (1)Observe S-I-L-E-N-C-E! (2)NO taking picture inside the Temple/Shrine!
Taoist Temple is such a good place. It gives you an opportunity to at least stay away from city noise, it’s really peaceful. I really love their mini Great Wall of China, cute. And that Dragon, I thought I can only see it on pictures. Hehe. After this visit, we agreed to grab some lunch because poor us, we haven’t taken our breakfast. We decided to have some ‘Gigabit.’
Finally! Introducing Ginabot. It is a streetfood, and I believe it is very famous and best in town. It is known as Chicharon Bulakbulak which is made up of pig mesentery. I think we ate somewhere in Fuente because it is just walking distance going Crown Regency in where I wish I’ll experience the Sky Walk.
After fulfilling our stomach which really obvious in my photo below, lol, Magellan’s Cross, Basilica Del Santo Niño, and Fort San Pedro were our next spots.
The first time I went to Magellan’s Cross, it was closed due to 7.2 magnitude quake that made Bohol & Cebu cried and Magellan’s Cross was one of the affected structure and so with the Basilica Church so gladly they able to start working on it. Moving on to Fort San Pedro, it was a few minutes away from Santo Niño. Pay Php30.00 entrance fee first, and then you’ll enjoy how old the place is. We actually had fun here, you know, more picture more fun. HAHA. Plus there were a lot of Korean tourist at that time. The fact is, I was really amazed how old this place is and how they manage the to maintain it. When I entered Fort San Pedro’s premises, I felt like I am Vigan even though I haven’t been there yet. Might not totally Vigan but you know, you can still feel the Spanish Regime.
Sept. 25 was indeed a long day. Reyjan has a dinner schedule with his workmates so after spending time in Fort San Pedro we went home and took a rest. Reyjan just can’t leave me in the dorm, so he invited me, of course, to that dinner. His workmates welcomed me and didn’t make me feel like I am such a stranger. They were so bubbly and funny and just full of happiness altogether. Dinner at Bigby’s Restaurant in Ayala Center Cebu but the night is not yet over because Reyjan and I decided to watch the movie: The Maze Runner. Superb movie! Super! Meanwhile, waiting for the scheduled screening, we had some ice-cream time at Gelatissimo with Sir Rj, and sorry, I forgot the name of his other workmate. This was my first try at Gelatissimo, it’s not yet in CDO which I hope soon. Our movie-date ended late 11 pm, I guess, and before we went home around 12 midnight, we had some photo shoot in Ayala Center garden area. We can’t resist the night-light view.
Ops! As I’ve said this post is more about my city-tour in Cebu, so please stay with me. Hehe.
The next day, Sept. 16, our itinerary was Oslob Whale Shark Watching, Tumalog Falls, and Simala Shrine. But the Whale Watching failed because we already left the city at 7 and took a bus heading Oslob almost 8 am. Whale Watching is only until 11 am, we didn’t reach the Simala area yet it is almost 11 already so we just decided to cross-out that spot heading South. So we stop over in Simala Shrine first which I will share in a different post, and you can check our Tumalog Falls experience HERE. 😉
Tell you the truth, we only had our breakfast at South Bus Terminal, no lunch but we at least had Carcar chicharron while on the bus heading Tumalog Falls. For my side, I claimed it, having motion sickness TRULY sucks! I haven’t really eaten because I might vomit. Unfortunately, heading back to Cebu City from Tumalog Falls I didn’t hold it anymore, less than 2 hours away from the city I let it out. <Ehw! lol> Pobrecita! But I will still share some sneak peak at Simala. 🙂
If I remember it clearly, we arrived in his dorm around 7 or 8 in the evening. After fixing all my mess, we headed to the Pizza Republic which just one block away from his dorm to fill our stomach for some goodie foodie in town. Have you noticed the Pizza Republic’s wall? The sweeter part was when we went to La Vie Parisienne. This time, not just the two of us but with Sir Rj and my college classmate Bethany who’s with her boyfriend. We had quite long but fun chitchat while sipping goodie champagne, I’m sorry I forgot what we had. LOL. La Vie Parisienne is a Bakery & Wine bar that has KILLER ambiance. Trust me.
T’was a long night, a new bond shared, a new friendship bloomed. The next morning, time for me to head home – back to reality. However, this wasn’t my last Cebu experience because just last January I enjoyed the Sinulog 2015 so much. Will share it here soon.