Soooooo tired… It’s almost 5pm and I have a 5:30 dinner with another Cebu-based friend. But first, I thought I’d quickly fill you in on what transpired today
Brunch with Revie. She’s such a great host for this trip, taking me to the best places with the best and yummiest food!
We had Betsy’s Garlic Chicken and Crispy Tuna Belly from Orange Carinderia. I preferred the chicken more than the tuna. I think their signature (mystery) sauce made the difference😜
So my goal for the day is to tour the city and capture as many sites possible – the kinds that I only encounter in Geography textbooks during my grade school days.
My Own D.I.Y. Cebu City Tour
I’m usually a “walker” and somewhat “explorer”; but the sun’s unbearable heat made me take the cabs today.
First Stop : Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
The front facade of the Basilica is under renovation, so it’s partly covered.
It is the oldest Roman Catholic church established in the country on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño de Cebu was said to be found.
While inside, I said a little prayer and made a wish. Afterwards, I saw a queue on the left side of the church and realized they were all going to the image of the Sto. Niño, so I went to the end of the line so I can also experience getting closer to the image. 😇
Second Stop : Magellan’s Cross
Magellan’s cross is a sign of the Spanish religious influence in the Philippines. It has been said that Ferdinand Magellan and the Spaniards who came here planted the cross in Cebu. This is not the original wooden cross, it’s placed inside the new one to protect it from people who get pieces of it for souvenir.
However, there are rumors that the original cross disappeared upon Magellan’s death.
It’s a special moment for me ‘coz I still remember seeing this in my grade school books; and now I was this close to it. It’s weird, I know.
Third Stop : The I Love Cebu Sign
This one is a sign placed by Island Souvenirs outside their store; and it has become a new tourist destination. Since I’m alone, I asked people taking photos if they want me to take their pictures and they can take mine in return.
Fourth Stop : Malacañan sa Sugbo
Hmmm. I don’t know the significance of this building, but according to Google, it’s the official residence of the President in the Visayas. At least I learned something new 😧
Fifth Stop : Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro is a military defense structure built by the Spaniards. Right now, it houses a lot of historical photos and paintings. And of course the view is amazing.
(Photo taken by the kind guard)
Some parts of the place are under renovation..
The sad part of traveling alone is seeing beautiful backgrounds but not being able to have a photo taken there 😭
So I asked kind-looking people if they can take a photo of me. Unfortunately, we all can’t expect the same artistic shots from different people. Like this one, I look like I’m about to take a poop 😲
At least I was included in the photo lol.
Sixth Stop : Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Yay! Another church!
They say, when it’s your first time to visit a church, you are entitled to make one wish. In this trip to Cebu, I have visited three churches and I have wished for the same thing.
A wedding is happening in the last Catholic Church I visited today!! Must be a sign that the answer to my prayers is on its way lol.
Seventh and Last Stop : Taoist Temple
On my way here, the cab driver told me that the land upon which the Taoist Temple was built is owned by the richest Chinese people in Cebu. Their houses also occupy the area surrounding the temple.
While here, I was again faced with the unfortunate reality that I was traveling alone and no one’s there to take a photo of me.
My jumpshots could have been perfect in these areas:
This pagoda (am I right in calling this a pagoda?)
With this dragon
Or this structure. Gawd, I could do a cartwheel here!
I tried taking a photo by using my phone’s timer and here’s the result:
So that’s enough solo traveling for today.
#SoloTravel #Travel #Cebu #Philippines
Dinner with my Ex Girlfriend
Not really my ex girlfriend but our Boracay photos in 2011 made quite a buzz because we looked so sweet together lol.
We ate at Mooon Cafe in Ayala Mall Cebu. They have good and cheap food (food in Cebu City is always good and cheap)..
Pork Steak and Gambas.
Gambas are awesome, pork steak is well, so-so for me. Or maybe, I’m still hungover with this morning’s Chicken haha.
After dinner, we went to the mall’s rooftop to have one round of drinks. Of course I had a chocolatey cocktail lol.
It was a good catch up. She’s currently recovering from a heartbreak, so to all single guys out there, here’s a very pretty girl who’s very available lol. ✌🏻️✌🏻✌🏻