(No) Thanks to my very comfy hotel, I overslept.
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My plans of going to Shangri-la Mactan went up in smoke. I was supposed to get up at 7am, take a taxi to Shangri-la and have myself some beach time. But what happened was that I woke up at 7am, Moche called, then I went back to sleep, woke up again at 9:30, took a really long shower (because the water wouldn’t get hot!) then watched some TV then managed to get out of my room by 10:30. I walked up to the front desk to ask for some idea on what to do for the day. I asked for directions on how to get to the AA Barbeque restaurant that Shirley mentioned while I was doing the Sky Walk. And then Lisa suggested that I go to the Casa Gorordo and was so kind as to actually look at Google maps so that I may know where I should get off.
I took a jeepney to AA Barbeque and again, I had to ask some local where I should get off. The girl was very nice and luckily again for me, her stop was the same as mine so I had no trouble finding the place. According to Shirley, AA Barbeque is famous for its barbecued seafood. So I chose this fish barbecue and had some mango shake. Too bad I did not take a picture of the mango shake because it was de-li-cious! Its consistency is just like that of the Boracay shakes and the taste is just right. The fish barbecue was also very tasty! Total bill: P215 + P15 tip.
After eating, I went to Casa Gorordo. I enjoyed looking at the house furniture left behind by the Gorordo family. I found out a lot about the olden ways of entertaining guests, like there was the part of the house called the “descanso” where the guests should stay unless they were invited to the second floor where the proper living room was. Then there was also that part of the house where the suitors and the ladies stayed during visits. There was this chair opposite them where the chaperone would sit and supervise their courtship. Then there were two dining areas, one slightly casual and another more formal. Then, I went to the library and found this copy of the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. It was so cool!
It was there at Casa Gorordo that I met these college students who were doing schoolwork for their Humanities class. One of them got chatty and told me that they did not know about the museum prior to their class assignment. Then he went on to ask my number and all that. It was really funny, and embarrassing at the same time, to be asked about my number by college students because I felt like I was 10 years their senior. And I even told them about it, that I have already graduated and that I was really older than them. But they insisted, telling me that there’s nothing wrong with texting. Given an argument like that, how could I still refuse? So I gave them my number and tried to avoid them even if they still followed me around.
According to NJG, the Cebuanos are really friendly people and that I shouldn’t have been too keen on snubbing these boys. Well, too bad because I already did. Had I known that that was case, I should’ve invited them to join me at the Ayala Terraces that night, not having anything better to do.
After Casa Gorordo, I was left with absolutely nothing to do. So I walked to the jeepney stop, and went to Ayala Terraces. And it was like being transported back to Makati. The mall was so modern, and grand, and spacious! It was beautiful. But I didn’t take pictures though because I thought it’d be weird. Instead I just walked around, bought my sister her postcard (that I never got to send), window shopped and attempted to eat at the Casa Verde. But as they do not have any table for one available, I went to have merienda instead at the Tablea Café. I like the Choco caramel frio that I ordered. The tablea chocolate balanced the sweetness of the caramel so I was left with a delectable treat. Their tablea mousse was also very good.
After about an hour of merienda, I went to the grocery store to buy pasalubong. I bought dried mangoes and dried green mangoes with the brand Philippines. I chose this brand because I heard two ladies discussing which was the better brand and one of them boasted her experience of having been able to go to the factory of Philippines and the factory was clean, etc. Sold!
Then it was time to go back to the hotel. I watched a bit of cable and reviewed one of my guides to Cebu for my Cebu lechon experience. Since Cebu is considered as the number one place to have lechon, I must have that Cebu experience. So, I selected Zubuchon because their Escario Branch is near. After consulting with the front desk again, I walked to the terminal in front of Ayala Terraces to get the 12L jeep. It was there that I found one of the jeepneys labelled as if it’s from Makati.
And it was in that jeepney ride where I really felt my language handicap. At one point in the ride, there were was a commotion wherein there were MAPSA-like men shining flashlights into jeepneys. There was a lot of shouting, traffic halted and confusion was all around. However, the other passengers looked calm enough so I tried my best not to worry. Thank God, Zubuchon was just near so I was able to have dinner without further incident.
Lechon at Zubuchon was gingery. There was no Mang Tomas sauce because there was no need for it, whereas using soy sauce just made the whole thing too salty. However, I did not scan the menu thoroughly before ordering so I did not see that the Kamias shake was recommended as a match to the lechon. So I ended up with the mango shake that I ordered. Too bad it wasn’t as good as the mango shake from AA.
After dinner, I took a jeepney back to my hotel for more TV time. Great vacation! =)
To be continued… <read part 4 here>
March 14, 2012