Cebu: Work and a little play

Friday, April 30, 2010

Thru Francis' Eyes

Cebu 2010: Work. Very short notice from the bosses and off i went. Stayed for almost 2weeks. Barely saw the city coz i was just cooped up inside the walls of the site. Had a weekend blast though coz francis flew in to spend the weekend with me. Tour and Eat basically. Lechon! Lechon! 


FOOD
Cebu is the lechon capital of the Philippines. Fun Fact: If you go to the different towns in Cebu, the lechon is cooked differently. My favorite is the lechon in SOUP from 2 towns below south of Cebu City. YUM!
CNT Lechon then a heart attack!

Puso
The combo of lechon is the PUSO. This is rice that is very compacted. Very cheap too. When you open the wrap, it is almost 1cup of rice. But of course, puso tastes a little different from the normal steamed rice but tasty nonetheless.

The gooey food below is Sizzling Nilagang Baka from Abuhan Tres. It is somewhere in the middle of the Ayala Business Center. It tastes different. The normal Nilaga soup is in a separate bowl. The sizzling beef has a unique taste. Must Try!
Sizzling Nilagang Baka

THINGS TO DO
Try the Sky Experience Adventure. Ride the Coaster Edge and tilt is to see the city face down or try the SkyWalk and walk outside the building where the floor is clear glass so you can see directly below. Don't worry coz there are harnesses so you wont fall off. You can even dangling your legs on the edge. They may be a little costly but it is a must try.
On the edge!

Go to the beaches. There are a lot of beaches to the north and south of the city. We went to a free beach around 2hrs away from the city. It was a nice drive and the beach is clean too.

Beach Life
You also have to visit the Cross of Magellan right smack in the middle of the market. It is a big part of the history of the Philippines so that can't be missed.
History right there.

TRANSPO

The jeepneys there have a number and letter combination. There is no way to memorize the combinations and there are no guide maps so just ask around from the locals which to ride to get to a certain destination. If you get lost, the Ayala Mall and SM mall are good landmarks.

Caramoan: Far Away Paradise

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Why Camaroan is NOT worth it:



An island we passed by.
TRANSPO
To get to Caramoan, you have to ride a:
1. Bus going to Sabang/Talisay Port. The ride will take about 10-12hours. Be sure to arrive at the port before lunch break.
2. Wait for a ferry that will take you to Caramoan. Depending on the arrival of the bus, this may take up to 2hours. The ferry is scheduled almost every 2 hours with the last trip being at around 1pm.
3. Climb on top of a porters shoulders if you don't want you and all your belongings to get wet. Pay P20.
Porters to the rescue!
4. Ride the ferry boat for about 2hours. See blue all around.
5. Arrive at the other port and wait for a jeepney that will take you to Caramoan.
6. Take a jeepney ride for about an hour across mountains. This can be a very bumpy ride. 
7. Arrive at Caramoan beach. If you feel sick, we understand.
8. To get to the white beaches, ask for a tour from the locals. The give out tours for P1500-2500 depending on the duration and number of islands that you will visit. I am advising that you do this the next day since all the traveling has probably made you sluggish and sick.

The way back is the same. Just do it on reverse. Leave very early the next morning so you wouldn't miss the ferry that will take you to Sabang Port. On the way, visit this very old church and take some pictures.


A sight (not) to see.
ACCOMMODATIONS
Photo from a friend. The only church there i think.
Bring a tent and set it up on the beach for a minimal fee per person. P150 i think. With this fee you can make use of the toilets and showers and outlets already. If you don't want to pay for your stay, find a local's home and ask if you can make use of their deep wells to take a bath. You can go to the Captain's house as he is very accommodating.
If you aren't much of a tent person, there are ready rooms for reservations. There are also restaurants so you wouldn't have to worry about food. However, might as well bring gas and stoves if you want the whole outdoors experience.

I can say that Caramoan is pretty but is very toxic to visit just for a long weekend. If I had money, i would probably take a flight to Naga/Legaspi, then travel to Sabang/Talisay port via bus or jeepney. This would at least take the 12hour bus ride off. 


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