Visiting Cebu this time was great! There were no flight delays (thanks, Cebu Pacific!) and weather was generally cooperative. Knowing the routes made me a better tour guide too, and nothing makes a vacation smoother than already knowing somehow where to go. My sister has been frequenting Cebu recently, but haven't been around the tourist spots because of work.
We arrived on a rainy Friday morning. Unlike my experience back in 2014 when we waited a good 2 hours for a cab to take us to Palm Beach Resort in Punta Engano, we got a cab immediately upon reaching the taxi bay. We arrived at Quest Hotel in Cebu City 45 minutes with traffic!
First order of business was the breakfast buffet. It's Php 550 per head, but worth it I must say. The have the wildest and softest croissants and berry danishes :) Check in's a bit late (read: 3 PM), but they have large couches in the lobby. Upon check in, we were greeted by Koreans, Iron Man participants, and (what do you know!) Ping Lacson!
We dropped by the Ayala Town Center to kill time. We shopped for stuff, grabbed milk teas, and of course, stuffed ourselves silly with CnT Lechon. At that point, I haven't eaten Zubuchon for a second opinion, and I was immediately smitten by CnT's generous portions of pork skin. We also did a bit of grocery shopping for water, soap, and snacks at the Metro before going back to the hotel to call it a day.
Since my sister and I were with our mom, we decided to get rent a car the following day, which we dedicated for 100% touring, shopping, and eating.
This is just a portion of what we ate in Cebu! Glorious, glorious food! Thank you, Lord!
We recommend the prompt and efficient services of the Guani Rent a Car Agency. We booked a Sedan car for 12 hours with a driver. It only costed us Php 3,500.
We first visited the Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills Subdivision. Entrance is free. It's uphill and the path going up the temple resembles The Great Wall of China. The view from the top is absolutely breathtaking! And as you go up, you'll also see the beautiful Azure Dragon. It's a feature common in Taoist temples and also often paired with a White Tiger.
Aside from buying money magnets and trinkets, we also (and very specifically) visited the monk to ask for the hu. It is a piece of paper taped outside of a front door for luck and fortune. It is not bought, but requested from a monk. We also had the money magnets blessed. My takeaway from our experience at the Taoist Temple is this - transcend worldliness. More details of our trip to the temple (as if what I had been blabbing aren't detailed enough!) on a separate post.
Actually, more details of our Cebu trip and our weekend itinerary will be on a separate post. I'm just on a high right now to share what a travel-filled Q3 of 2015 it has been!