A Sneak Peek of Cebu

The Magellan’s Cross

 

June 12-14, 2009

Long weekends are just not enough for escapades. We went down south the second time this year, to the city of Cebu or some people call it in Spanish as Sugbo. 3 days and 2 nights is all we got to squeeze everything in the itinerary from the travel package we got online. We planned for a tour in the said oldest city in the Philippines, to visit the famous eating places and island hopping at the coast of Lapu-lapu city.

We stayed in one of the pioneer in the hotel industry in Cebu, Cebu Beach Club, a sister company of the Tambuli Beach Club. It is noticeable in the room that they are indeed one of the few who started hotel business in the City, evident that is the age of the furniture and the place shows. Looks like the staff who helped the business to success before already left at this time due to old age. Unfortunately, it also appears that they took with them the hospitality that is now lacking within the current employees, particularly the front desk, welcoming us with no smile or enthusiasm at the moment we arrived at the hotel. Even the breakfast served in the morning is having deficiency of vibrance; we dare not look forward starting our tomorrow with the same pale morning rations.

We thought of trying out the famous eating places then in Cebu, but to our surprise, the taxi getting out of the hotel is paralyzing as we have to pay 200 pesos each time we get out of the inn. Leaving us with not much choice, it is better than being exhausted by a long walk to the main road.

Eager of seeing the Cebu places and food, I was expecting so much of the famous Tongs, Su-to-kil and Cebu Lechon that I was drooling in my sleep going to Cebu. But I think I was expecting too much and the two being over-rated by many. Good food indeed but not as orgasmic as I was thinking. But I still do understand why the Cebu Lechon is so prominent not just all over the country but of the world. Yummy!

We were greeted by an effervescent tour guide in the second morning by a man named William. A lively person who is all smiles you can see his enthusiasm in what his doing. A man with much gusto reminds me of a good friend in GMA, Mr. Larry Ligunas, who sounds and talks like the good man as well. 😛

Me, being a Philippine enthusiast enjoyed the city tour, it was educating and fun seeing its famous places and lending a good ear to the history of the city. But then again, the much needed time is of scarcity.

Interior shot of Basilica de Sto. Nino

 

There are many things to do in Cebu, and we still have long unmarked points on our to-do list. What we did after the tour is to enjoy Island hopping and snorkeling cum diving in the middle of the sea, with fish bread crumbs and a life jacket. It is amazing to see the fishes and the color of the deep sea. I am very eager to share with you the photos in my mind at that moment but the lack of an underwater camera prohibits me to do much of that here. My getaway partner, Yule, being not into deep waters, obviously missed a lot. She only enjoyed our tasting of the Viagra-like Black Sea Urchin meat in the middle of the sea, being caught by our Muro Ami like tourist guides/boatmen.

To sum it all up, the Cebu getaway is so much bitin especially after being ruined by bad weather in the late afternoon. Oh well, hopefully Bantayan Island, Bohol, Plantation Bay, that Crowne Plaza top coaster something, and the other tourist spots won’t be going anywhere when we get back packed with monetary ammunitions and the much needed vacation leaves. 😛

A freshly caught black sea urchin

 

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