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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cebu...







I was so exuberant about this trip as I've heard so much
about this place and its beautiful scenic spots. What could be more damping than a storm


on the very day we were about
to leave! Even more fascinating was that after a short 30-minute plane ride, we were greeted from rainy manila into Cebu by humid weather and a brilliant sunshine perfect for the beach. We checked into Days hotel, which was not a superb idea as it was a bit farther from the city. Excited as we were, we did not waste time hanging about and rented a van straight
away to tour us into the city. The weather was hot in the very essence of the word, far more hotter and humid than manila, it saps your
strength. The city was swarmed with jeepneys, all brightly colored and chromed out like low riders on steroids. The people speak cebuano and it is a little strange to hear vendors even more versed in English than you are. Cebu has some interesting sites, such as: Fort San Pedro, a fort from the 1560s with 8 foot thick walls and a great interior garden area; Basilica del Santo Nino and Cebu Cathedral, which houses the oldest religious relic in the Philippines brought here by Magellan in 1575; and Magellans Cross, which marks the location where missionaries first baptized Filipinos as Christains in 1521. Another is the Taoist temple, which is a must see especially for photography buffs. The entrance to the temple is a replica of the Great Wall of China. The temple includes a chapel, a library, a souvenir shop and a wishing well. The spacious balconies offer a scenic view of downtown Cebu and the awesome dragon statue.The Cebu Taoist Temple is located in Beverly Hills Subdivision in Cebu City. The temple was built by Cebu's substantial Chinese community, with an elevation of 300 meters above sea level. The temple is a towering, multi-tiered, multi-hued attraction accessible by three separate winding routes. After touring, we were taken on this off site resto for lunch, overlooking the beach and offering local cuisine where you were given the choice of fresh meat and fish and have it cooked the way you prefer. The only downside to the place was the visayan music that kept playing and playing disrupting the peace. After a satisfying lunch, we visited Shangrila Hotel and the beach was sensational! All white and fine with beautiful people and catching scenery, I was really sorry we did not check in to the hotel. It was getting dark by the time we were through and it was almost time for one of the reasons we came to Cebu... the skywalk and edge coaster! It was a thrilling experience especially for a person with fear of heights like me. It allows one to walk the outer rim of the hotel tower on four-foot wide walk path with no hand rails. The walk path is found on the 37th floor of the hotel tower. There is no reason however to fear since each walker will be hooked on an overhead safety harness system, the same one used in James Bond movie stunts. Trained mountaineering and rescue teams will be there to assist the walkers in order to ensure their safety. The Skywalker can accommodate ten people. It was truly an experience! Although, if you wanted a remembrance, you would have to buy their photos since cameras are not allowed inside. Anyway, after this activity, the day was done and we were completely famished and spent. We went to Mr A for dinner, a resto-bar with great food, drinks, and ambiance overlooking cebu. You can enjoy the great music with the cool night wind blowing which was totally relaxing. And that was it... Our great day in Cebu... We hurried back to our hotel to recharge for our next adventure on the nearby island. Next stop.. Bohol!

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