When in Cebu

This is a continuation of my blog post regarding our short vacation in Cebu. I will not make a detailed blog about how to get anywhere but you can just ask me thru the comment section if you like. 🙂

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My friend, Roxan, rockin’ that cute neon top. This was in Sumilon Island.

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What a fine, sunny day. A great day to go beaching. 

These photos are in no particular order because I am that lazy to sort pics. :p

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A view from the shore. You see those boats out there? They transport tourists and bring them to where the Whale Sharks are swimming. Plenty of people.

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Kenneth trying to be brave. Ditching the life jacket and acting as if he knows how to swim.

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This is me with my bubble face. Yes, the boatman pushed me down the water that’s why I look so funny.

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This girl here was the bravest among us. She doesn’t know how to swim but she looks happy when the boatman did his job.

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This one here had many beautiful selfies with the Whales. 

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School of fish and the Principal Whale Shark. 🙂

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Osmena Peak

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“The hills are alive with the sound of music.” Me, feeling Maria. 

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Simala Shrine in Sibonga, Cebu. 

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It looks like a castle. So beautiful and huge!

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My friend here, Cherry, rented these shawls because you can’t enter wearing shorts, above the knee dresses or skirts and sleeveless tops.

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Wine cellar of La Vie Parisiene.

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A group pic would be nice to end this blog. 

There are many more places that are in stored for us for our next visit to Cebu. We really enjoyed out trip and we will surely comeback soon.

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Cebu, 2016

Travelling and going to new places is always a humbling experience for me because It made me realize that the world is really gigantic and the places where I have been to is just a tiny bit of this beautiful world. One of the things that I consider as an investment is travel. Invest in travel. Make good memories and unforgettable experiences. My boyfriend always tells me to invest and save money and build business. Uhmm but I am not into to business. Not yet. That is why one of my hesitations when travelling is to tell my boyfriend how much I spent because you know, travel is an investment. 🙂

Even though my boyfriend always nags me about my expenditures in stuff, food and travel, he goes with me by the way because that’s how he loves me. Charot! Or ayaw niya lang talagang ma-miss ang fun?

So, last year, on October I went to Cebu with Cherry, Roxan (our close friends) and Kenneth (my boyfriend). Since our goal is to travel at least one new destination a year, grab na agad and promo fare, Bes. We booked our flight February 2016. Diba, ilang months din para makapag-prepare at mag-ipon para sa allowance. 🙂 Ganun yun, Bes eh!

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At Mactan Airport while waiting for a cab.

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At Larsian while waiting for our food to be served.

When we land in Mactan Airport at about 6PM, we queue for taxi. And guess what? It took us almost 2-3 hours to get one. I guess Mactan Airport needs to get more taxi so that the people will not be late for their meetings and commitments. Buti nalang talaga wala kaming planong gumala. Pero may plano parin kaming kumain, Bes. Ilang oras din tiniis and gutom. Nagpahatid kami sa Larsian, kung saan maraming Barbeque na iba’t-ibang klase ng isda, manok, baboy, lamang dagat, etc. The place was nice and the food was great. The people were super accommodating, even the Lolo who plays guitar and sings outside the establishment, he was very sweet to offer us a song. We gave him tip as his reward. After eating, we decided to rent a room and rest our tired body since the bus going to Oslob (which was our first destination) will depart at 5AM and we still have 7 hours to kill. Looking for a safe yet cheap room is hard kasi di kami familiar sa place at tight din ang budget. Thank God, Jan-jan, Roxan’s cousin who live in Cebu invited us in their place. Talking about good timing. 😛

Jan-jan’s father advised us to be early in Oslob so that the sun will not that painful when we go Whale watching. Our plan to catch the 5AM bus is not really a good plan after all since it will take 3-4 hours to reach Oslob. So change of plan tayo mga Bes. Instead of 5AM, 3:30AM bus nalang. And since Jan-jan’s place is an hour away from Cebu City, the travel hour for Oslob becomes lesser. Good! We rode a Ceres bus and it cost us 125 pesos, I think? We arrived in Oslob at 6AM and since we do not know the place yet we decided to enter a resort which is called MB Sunrise View Resort. They charged us 100 pesos per person and gave us lock for our lockers. Yay! We need not worry about our luggages.  Immediately we signed up for the Whale Watching. Sorry, I might or might not give you the exact amount because Cherry, my friend took charge of being the squad treasurer/auditor. So I guess we paid 550 each for the Whale Watching inclusive of the life jacket, snorkeling gear and boat ride. You may or may not, but we paid 500 (that’s 500 divided by to the four of us) for the GoPro because we do not have underwater camera.

Reminders:

  • Do not put on sunblock because the chemical in the sunblock will go to the water and may disrupt the marine life.
  • Stay at least 3 meters away from the Whale Shark.
  • Do not leave your plastic bottles in the sea. Bring it with you, paki-usap lang.
  • Do not shout. Kung pwede lang.
  • You only have 30 minutes to swim and watch the Whale Shark. You could extend if marunong kayong mambola kay Kuya bangkero.

After our time with the Whale Shark, we’re not yet done with our adventure. We sign up for another trip to Sumilon Island via boat. It costs 200 pesos per person inclusive of snorkelling gears and life jacket. The island was nice because it has white sand but a bit crowded. The waters are clear but no corals are visible so the snorkelling gears did not serve its purpose. But we had fun posing for selfies and groufies though.

Since Cebu is an island full of beautiful places and an adventure haven, we were able to go to Hidden Falls. It was a 45 minutes ride from the resort where we stayed at in Oslob. It was a falls for thrill-seeker for you can jump to the waters.

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Us, before Whale Watching. When going to the beach, always bring a ziplock plastic with you.

Taken on our way to Hidden Falls. What a beautiful day it was.

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Super clear waters.

 

Hello, again. 

I am still here. I really miss this secret place where I can cry my heart out without worrying that a friend may judge me. Where I can say I love you to the person I love without hesitating and thinking that he may find it so cheesy and all. Where I can rant about my work and how the people treat me. Where I can post anything that matters to me, but I really miss this. ❤️ 

Friendship

I am a dog lover. We have 7 dogs in our house. My friends always say that dogs are bad for my health because I have asthma but I say no, they are my friends too, just like you. 

Ever since I owned a dog, I cannot imagine my life living without a dog in our house. I just love them. They’re so cute and lovable. They’ve given me love as much as my human friends have given. They are so genuine. They are my vent buddies, my shock-absorber, my pillow and my joy. Whenever I’m sad, they sympathize with me. They don’t need to talk, I just felt how much they love me. 

I am very thankful for my parents for allowing me to have dogs in the house despite my health condition and for giving me money for their food and vaccines. I have such supportive parents. 🙂 I also thank my grandparents for taking care of them when I’m away and busy. They love them and considered them as part of our family. 

   
   
It always happens everytime I arrive. They greet me with thier wiggly tails and jump on me for a cuddle or a belly rub. 

   
 
Those times when we just want to cuddle. 

   
 
Post-workout selfie.

  
About to sleep but when you look on your bed, the dog has already fallen asleep. 

  
After taking the board exam for Psychometrician, I felt really down because the test was really hard but look at this cutie. She felt very happy on that day. Guess what? I passed! Yehey!!

   
 
That “sorry, I did something you don’t like” face. 

   
 1,2,3, Smile!! 🙂

  
The boyfriend and the pet. Quality time. 

  
My loves. ❤

El Nido

  
The wall where we had our stopover for lunch. Just outside Puerto Princesa Airport.

  
The land travel from From Puerto Princesa Airport to El Nido is approximately 6 hours. We arrived at 8PM and had our first meal in El Nido by the shore, a candlelit dinner. We enjoyed the grilled shimps, fish and squid.  The food was a bit pricey though. 

   
 
I miss waking up to this view. 😦

  
In case you’re curious what we’re eating.

   
    

  
 While waiting for the boat that will take us for island hopping. We got to enjoy the beautiful scenery just in fromt of us. Amazing view! 

  
My new found friend. 

  
Our boat ride to our island hopping destination. 

   
    
 
Island hopping stopover. 

When in El Nido, Palawan

April 11,2015. I and my friends had our first far-away-from-home vacation. That vacation was planned months ago before our graduation and that was our graduation gift for ourselves. It was a fun experience. We became independent people during that trip and it felt like we were already grown ups. No Mama and Papa to call, we just figured things out, just by ourselves. It was a really unforgettable journey for us.
Aside from the “feeling old” feeling, the most amazing thing about our trip were the beautiful sceneries. Palawan is really a beautiful place to visit. The time and money spent were all worth it. I wish to visit again soon with my family. 🙂
  
See how wonderful God’s creation is. 

   
 
This was the view from the hotel. 

   
 
Taken in our stopovers from the island hopping. No filter needed. 

  
The zipline connecting two islands.   

 I just love the view behind us. 

  
Going home. 😦