The first time I went solo in my travels was when I went to Cebu last year. And the whole time I was there I kept thinking, “Oh, how I wish Moche could see this.” Now don’t get me wrong, I truly enjoyed my first stay there. But I also wanted to share the experience. Because of that, I didn’t hesitate to book another flight to Cebu when I came across a seat sale, reserving the dates for this year’s great Valentine’s date. Good thing too that I came to associate Cebu with Airphil because we eventually got upgraded to a PAL plane.
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Day 1: Cebu City Tour
It was raining a bit when we landed in Cebu but we still made our way to the Arrival area to get a regular metered taxi. En route to the Lapu-Lapu Shrine, the taxi driver kept marketing his tours but we had to decline. I had already been to Cebu City and I felt pretty confident that I could handle showing Moche around.
It was still raining when we got to the Shrine and since we did not check in any baggage, we had to rent an umbrella (P20) so we could look around. I was so happy that I finally saw the Lapu-Lapu Shrine and not just the Magellan obelisk.
After having our fill of Lapu-Lapu, it was time to take the long jeepney rides (Park Mall jeep – P15, then 01K jeep – P10) to Cebu City. We got off at Mabini St. and started the walking tour.
We were already pressed for time so we took a taxi to the Islands Stay Hotel, where I also stayed last year. I liked it so much back then because the rooms were cozy and neat and the staff was also very helpful to me. I booked a month in advance so I was able to avail a 15% discount. However, upon arrival, I was shocked to find a sign that says they were currently renovating. And true enough, the whole place reeked of paint. Another letdown was the lack of proper reception for the cable TV. We could only watch a grainy ABSCBN and that was it. And when we asked the receptionist about it, she just said that the cable company advised that they were fixing something and the signal should be okay by the time we returned. Well, by the time we had to return to Manila, the cable was still shot.
We had a very tight schedule (and budget, so we couldn’t really afford to change hotels) so after depositing our bags to our room, we immediately headed to the Crowne Regency Hotel to do the Edge Coaster, the Sky Walk and the Tower Zip (Combo 3 – P1000). I already did the first two before but I wanted Moche to experience them, too. Ending was I was still terrified of being in the Edge Coaster and bored with the Sky Walk. The Edge Coaster was incredibly uncomfortable as the chair was tilted so much and my shin was digging into the protective bar. But terrified, yes, because it was one of those rides that felt like I really had the danger of falling over. On my head. Splat. Messy picture.
The Sky Walk was still boring as an activity because I have no fear of heights and the ledge was wide and there was a harness. But it was more fun this time because I wasn’t alone; we were included in a big group and the guy behind me was literally shaking. It was both pitiful and amusing to watch him tremble his way to the safer side after each time we had to do some “daring” pose along the edge.
The new feature was the Tower Zip. I have done ziplines before but I have to admit I was a bit nervous on this one. I would like to blame the EKstreme Tower Ride at the Enchanted Kingdom for this newly-developed nervousness of heights. But the ride was short and, just as I remembered them, fun.
I was already really hungry after so we went back to the Ayala Terraces to try Casa Verde. Unfortunately, it was a Valentine’s weekend and people really lined up to eat there. We repeated this exercise of rushing to Casa Verde the next day, only to be disappointed again because of the long list of reservations. I guess it wasn’t meant to be.
February 15, 2013
Summary of expenses in Cebu (good for two):
- Accommodations (3N in Islands Stay Hotel): P3705
- Transportation (taxis, buses, boats, tricycle, multicab): P3,395
- Activities (Crowne Regency Combo 3, whale watching, bluewater day tour, etc.): P7830
- Food (includes tips in restos): P1265
- Pasalubong (dried mangos, otaps, etc.): 1306.75
- Miscellaneous (restroom fees, etc.): P125.75
- Total: P17,627.50