Cebu Trip Day 3 of 3

June 06, 2010 

Last day in Cebu! We met with my sister’s officemate, Eric, then went again to the Basilica del Sto. Niño and Magellan’s Cross. Right after a quick breakfast, Tabo-an Market was the next destination to buy pasalubong or treats for family and friends then went to the South Reclamation Project (SRP) to snap some shots. We went home and got ready just in time for our 12 noon flight.

I forgot to tell you from my previous posts that I forgot to bring clothes for sleeping. I bought an extra shirt in the Island Souvenirs in the Ayala Center the day we went to Casa Verde. Souvenir shirt + extra shirt! I love it! :) If you’re gonna buy souvenir shirts, buy it there. I think I bought mine for only P299.50! Lesson learned: don’t bring enough clothes so you have to buy a souvenir shirt! =P

Souvenir shirt from Island Souvenirs

We woke up very early (around 6 or 7 AM) to cover some ground since we have to leave the hotel around 10 AM to catch the 12 noon flight. We went first to the Basilica because Eric wanted to light a candle and say a short prayer. After that, we went for a quick breakfast at Chowking.

Basilica del Sto.Niño early in the morning

Tapa, Longganisa, Ham and Egg at Chowking

Tabo-an Market was the next destination after the breakfast. Eric’s Cebuano friend was our guide and he knows where to buy the best treats or pasalubongs. We went to Niño and Khristy Dried Fish and Pasalubong store and to get there, you have to criss cross inside the market to find this store. Just a warning, if you will go here, don’t take a bath yet. You will smell like dried fish or danggit after. That’s what we did. =P Unfortunately, the strap of my camera caught the fishy smell. Of course that smell is now gone.

A mound of dried fish and squid (danggit and pusit)

A mound of dried fish (danggit)

Danggit is a Cebu delicacy. “It is a salted dried fish that is best paired with hot rice and dipped in vinegar” (from Cebu Central). We bought around 6 bags of this mainly for our family and friends. We bought also Titay’s Rosquillos, Chicharon, Dried Mangoes (another Cebu delicacy), etc. 

My sister and Eric inside the store

We went back to Magellan’s Cross because it was closed when we went there before the Basilica earlier that morning. Eric paid a dancing lady to say prayers for him (she’s the lady in the yellow skirt below) about his career, life, etc. They do the traditional Sinulog dance for the prayers. We snapped a few shots again in the Magellan’s Cross. After that, we dropped off the boxes of pasalubong in our hotel then went out again. 

Dancing lady saying prayers for Eric

Me, the cross and the painting above

Eric’s friend brought us in the South Reclamation Project (SRP) to take pictures and chill for a moment. It’s like Manila Bay or Subic Boardwalk. The place we stayed for a bit was an area with several chairs facing the ocean. The shore have rocks that looks like jackstones.

Big jackstones along the shore of SRP

The sun reflecting the shore of SRP

My sister enjoying the view of SRP

Finally, we went back to the hotel to fix ourselves then went to the airport to catch our flight. We requested a window seat and unfortunately, the only available window seat is at the back row. I thought it would be ok but it was not. I still enjoyed taking pictures of the clouds and the ground below. :)

Lovely clouds

What island is that? Hmmmm..

Overall, I did enjoy my stay in Cebu but it was quite short. On the other hand, I was disappointed because we only ate at Casa Verde and according to my research, there are lots of places to eat at Cebu. It’s alright I guess because it was our first time and we still don’t know where to go. I surely go back in Cebu! :)

You might want to see:
Cebu Trip Day 1
Cebu Trip Day 2

Cebu Trip Day 2 of 3

June 05, 2010 

2nd day at Cebu! Half day of exploration around the hotel area. My sister and I went to Magellan’s Cross, Basilica del Sto. Niño, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, and Shamrock. We also went to Ayala Center to eat the famous Brian’s Ribs at Casa Verde and we also ordered their scrumptious desserts Death by Chocolate and Lauren’s Lava. After lunch we went home and got ready for the main purpose of our visit in Cebu, the wedding of my sister’s friend at the Redemptorist Church. We ended the day at the Waterfront Hotel for the reception.

So,first stop, Magellan’s Cross and the Basilica. Those places were just literally a few steps away from our hotel. We woke up very early to visit a lot places and also to avoid the swarm of people.

Magellan’s Cross

After Magellan’s Cross, we went to the Basilica del Sto. Niño. We lit up a few candles and said our short prayers. Then we went to the Sto. Niño inside the Basilica.

The pink candles outside the Basilica

Basilica del Sto. Niño

Note: After the shot above, my 18-55 lens decided to not work. My kit lens likes to have tantrums when I need it the most. I should have it checked out soon.

Some details of the church

We stopped at Jolibee to eat breakfast since it’s a hot day and we need to rest. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral was the next destination.

Longganisa breakfast at Jolibee

Some details of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

After the Cathedral, we went to Shamrock to buy some treats or pasalubongs for our family and friends (I forgot to take a picture of the place. hehe) We went straight to Ayala Center and ate lunch at Casa Verde. My sister and I ordered the very famous Brian’s Ribs (P188) and their bottomless drinks, Raspberry Iced Tea and Panama Orange Iced Tea (P60 each). Mine was the raspberry and it tasted like medicine. I recommend the Panama Orange. It tastes like Calamansi juice. We decided to order separate desserts. Mine was Death by Chocolate (P125) and my sister’s was the Lauren’s Lava (P120).

Store front of Casa Verde located at the 3rd floor of the Ayala Center

Brian’s Ribs

See how big the ribs are?? It’s approved by us! =P

When I say it’s big, I mean it’s BIG! I think I didn’t finish mine. My sister said she still prefers the Ribs of Meat Plus here in Subic. Me? I think the special thing about the Brian’s Ribs is the size and the price. I still liked it though. The sauce is great and the meat is very tender. I still recommend it! :)

Death by Chocolate

My sister asked what I wanted for dessert. I looked at the menu and I stumbled upon this interesting name of dessert: Death by Chocolate. Hmmmm.. Yes please! =P I’m a chocolate lover and I’m also curious what it tastes like. After the ribs, we requested for the dessert. When it came, I was like OMG. This is really DEATH by Chocolate! It’s like an ice cream cake with chocolate syrup. I love it!

Lauren’s Lava

Lauren’s Lava is also a chocolate based dessert. The top is vanilla ice cream covered with chocolate coating and the bottom is like a chocolate brownie with chocolate and caramel(?) syrup around. Yummy! :)

We went home after our lunch to get ready for the wedding at the Redemptorist Church. The wedding was scheduled for 3 PM and it was a very hot day. Luckily, there was man selling fans outside the church and we bought one.

Inside the Redemptorist Church

My sister’s friend, Stella, and her mom walking down the aisle

After the wedding, we went to the Waterfront Hotel and the place was gorgeous! It was huge and the lobby is so beautiful. There’s a casino and I think shopping boutiques were also inside the hotel. I would like to stay at this kind of hotel someday. The reception was scheduled to start at 6 PM so we have to wait at the lobby. 

The lobby of Waterfont Hotel

We decided to go up in the area where the reception would be held and there was a photo booth. We lined up and there was a Singaporean couple in front of us. When it was their turn, the operator of the photo booth kept speaking Cebuano to the Singaporeans and they were like :| (poker face) and just kept staring at the man. LOL! My sister told the operator that he should say it in English and so he did and finally, they understood him. There were a lot people lining up so I was shy and the result can be seen below. =P

Me and my sister at the photo booth

The reception hall

The centerpiece and the place of the bride and groom

A brownie for dessert

The reception was buffet style and there were a few choices of food. Chopsuey, Cebu Lechon, Tomato Soup(?), Singkamas salad, chicken teriyaki, Lumpiang shanghai, and another meat dish that I forgot. Brownies, leche flan and cake for dessert. I think that was it. I didn’t took a picture of my plate because there’s nothing much at my plate. 

After the reception, we went home and because I was so tired, I easily fell asleep. That’s about it for the second day! :)

Wanna see my experience at Cebu during day one? 

Cebu Trip Day 1 of 3

June 04, 2010

Friday, June 04, was our departure to Cebu for the wedding of my sister’s friend. My sister’s officemate has also the same flight as ours scheduled for 12:15 PM. We decided to eat first since we’re a little bit early. We went to Yellowcab for a quick snack and I ordered a slice of NY Classic (P65) and New York’s Finest (P80).

New York’s Finest and NY Classic

We thought we were the last ones to board the plane because there were no more people in the boarding area but we’re not the last. I wanted a seat by the window but my sister forgot to request for a seat so there’s one person between me and the window. Weird thing is every time I fly, I always get a seat near the wings. hmmm…

Clear skies for the plane

We arrived at Mactan Airport right on time. When you get there, don’t forget to get a free map from the Information booth or the Department of Tourism booth. The driver of my sister’s friend was already waiting for us so there was no hassle in finding a transportation going to our hotel. Or so we thought.

Cebu traffic was just as horrendous as the Manila traffic. It was very hot that day and the vehicle was not airconditioned so imagine that combination. After the grueling traffic, we were dropped off at the wrong hotel by the driver. We have to take a cab going to Sampaguita Suites near Sto. Nino Basilica. 

Heavy traffic at Manadaue

We arrived at the hotel around 3 PM and we just checked-in and rested for a while. We were tired and hungry so we just decided to eat at Mang Inasal since we don’t have the energy to explore the area. I ordered the PM3: 2 pcs Pork Inasal.

PM3: Pork Inasal

After our super late lunch, we went back to the hotel and slept until 7 PM. We just woke up because we have to go to the house of my sister’s friend for dinner. There was a buffet but I didn’t get the chance to take a picture of the food. We stayed for awhile then got back again in the hotel and call it a day.