Cebu

by Nelson Caparas

Some time in the middle of 2011, my friends and I organized our first trip for 2012 and that is to visit and stay for a week in Cebu to witness Sinulog Festival for the first time. But before the scheduled flight, plans changed. It’s going to be more fun if we explore the city for a few days and then go somewhere that has white sand and exceptional view of sunset instead. :D We then decided to spend the first day in Cebu and the rest of the days in Bohol. :)

On the first day of our long vacation (after leaving our things in SM Cebu Travelers’ Lounge), we hurriedly went to CnT Lechon to have lunch. The three of us were excited to finally devour Cebu’s famous sinful delicacy and compare it to normal lechons in NCR. I did not like it, it’s too salty for me. Aside from that, I ended up hating myself because of the guilt that almost killed me for eating pork.

Cebu Lechon

CnT Cebu Lechon taken by Nelson Caparas

After the tasteful lunch at CnT, we all agreed to check out one of the temples in Cebu, the Philippine Taoist Temple. Because unlike Phu Sian Temple, the Taoist temple is open to the worshipers and non-worshipers. Devotees have this ritual where one prays to the gods to grant one’s wish. I didn’t try it though, I am focused on taking pictures and resting because reaching the top of the temple is no joke.

The Philippine Taoist Temple

The Philippine Taoist Temple taken by Nelson Caparas

This is the view from the top of the Taoist Temple.

The view from the Taoist Temple taken by Nelson Caparas

We left the temple at around 12:00 noon, we still have 2 hours til check-in time so we just went back to SM City Cebu to shop, eat and explore. After all of the time killing, we just slept in the hotel and wait til the clock hits 6:00PM for our Sky Experience Adventure.

Located on the top of Crown Regency Hotels and Towers are Skywalk Extreme, Edge Coaster, etc. Before we hit Sparkz and stuff ourselves with different kinds of food, we experienced Edge Coaster which is a bit disappointing because it’s only a 2-minute ride on the edge of the building. :D The view is breathtaking though and I admit, it is way more exciting than just walking on a wide glass ledge wearing a terrible orange jumpsuit (I’m talking about Skywalk Extreme). Good thing I survived that ride in one piece.

Sky Experience Adventure - Edge Coaster

I was so happy in the picture because I know, I get to eat all gourmet food I can from different countries after the ride. :D
Here are some of the photos I took while having dinner at Sparkz (put your cursor on the image and scroll to view all).

Nelson Caparas Sparkz Crown Regency PhotosNelson Caparas Sparkz Crown Regency PhotosNelson Caparas Sparkz Crown Regency Photos

The downside of having laid back friends like myself, we are all so lazy to go out and explore. :D
Right after having breakfast in Jollibee, we spent our second and last day in Cebu buying pasalubongs (at Tabo-an market). We were able to check out Magellan’s Cross too which is just right beside Basilica Del Sto. Niño.

Magellan’s Cross taken by Joy Marie Lapuz

Magellan's Cross taken by Joy Marie Lapuz
Basilica Del Sto. Niño

Basilica Del Sto. Nino, Cebu taken by Nelson Caparas

That’s pretty much it. At exactly 12:00 noon, we were already at Cebu Port waiting for SuperCat bound for Tagbilaran. All of us were very excited for the beach. Ha! Here’s a collage of the photos I took from our Cebu trip. Just click on the image to view a slideshow of pictures.

Cebu Collage by Photovisi

:)

P.S.

I really appreciate the cab drivers’ honesty. They were indeed way better and nicer than cab drivers in Manila. ;)
I <3 Cebu.

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