Tuesday, April 28, 2009

SUMMER'09: Cebu, Philippines (Mar25-27)

It's my first big trip as an adult (well, based on my age i am legal). Promo fare of Zest Air, 468pesos one-way. All in all roughly around 6-7k inluding pasalubong and transpo within the city.

7:50 flight MNL-CEB via Zest Air
9:45 arrival Mactan Int'l Aeroport (french??)
-taxi to cebu city
-Basilica Minor de Sto.Niño
-Magellan's Cross
-check-in Cebu Business Hotel
-lunch @ Gaisano
-Cebu Cathedral
-Cebu Cathedral Museum
-Lapu-Lapu monument
-Yap-San Diego Ancestral House (di kami pumasok.. mahal 30pesos. haha)

-Casa Gorordo. Art Exhibits. Paintings by an 18year-old deaf girl, from i-dont-know-what school and yung isang set of paintings, nakalimutan ko name basta deads na sya.
-Museo Sugbo (only 5pesos, super info-overload. may guided tour inside which makes it super sulit)
-SM City Cebu (memorable because of the cellphone snatcher sa jeep. inches away from me. :)
-Hotel Massage Service

at the foot of Magellan's cross

Halo-halo, famous summer concoction in the Philippines, 35pesos @ Gaisano Foodcourt

Massage Service @ Cebu Business Hotel, 150pesos 1 hour or so


6:00- wake-up

8:00-grocery sa Colonnade

9:30- off to Tambuli Beach Resort, baby!

11:00- Tambuli East Resor

13:00-lunch @ the resort, consumable food and drinks.. 350pesos

16:00-off to hotel

18:00-to Ayala Cebu

21:00- I.T. Park (para syang The Fort, infairness meron silang "The Walk")

22:00- back to hotel

I am with Alvin... its so beautiful! we're the only Pinoys and di crowded unlike Bora

Yanah and I, livin tha life...


6:00 wake-up

8:00 Tabo-an Market for pasalubong

10:00 University of San Carlos (oldest school i think, since 1529)

11:00 lunch at some carinderia

12:00 check-out

12:30 Casa Gorordo again. Ms Mae told us about Tambuli Resort and even contected them for us so we gave her a li'l somthing. She's so sweet. :)

14:00 a visit to Museo Sugbo once more. Mr. Ray, the guide, who reminds us of Sir G. In some reasons... we gave him a li'l something too for being so so soo nice to us.

15:00 Fuerza de San Pedro or Fort San Pedro. Where we saw actual MTV shoot for a bisaya song. Sa souvenir shop din pala nito umiyak si Yanah. Hehe!

16:00 Basilica Minor de Sto.Niño for the second and last time. Bought rosary and even had a one-on-one experience with the Santo Niño.

17:30 back to the hotel

18:00 SM City Cebu

21:00 to Mactan Int'l Aeroport

22:05 CEB-MNL23:20 arrival in MNL

inside the USC's museum
with Ms. Mae of Casa Gorordo
with kuya Ray of Casa Gorordo
with Mr. Ray of Museo Sugbo
Santo Niño up-close
souvenir shop in Fort San Pedro
It was a funtastic 3D/2N trip! Next stop? Uhmm, I wanna try trekking in Sagada... waaa! am excited. :)

SUMMER'09: Balayan, Batangas Kathie's 18th (Mar21-22)

(Kathie's famille: L-R. Dad, sister Krachelle, Mom and Kathie)

So we went to Balayan, Batangas for Kathie's 18th birthday celebration. There was a band, famously called as "mosiko" in the local setting. It was a typical debut celebration in the province with a wide variety of food served for the guests and the family's house as the venue. The guestlist are mostly relatives and family friends or simply the "buong barangay". A tradition for debutantes that is becoming less popular nowadays.

The Post Party...

(spot me in the photo: wearing gray with black dress by Mint)
videoke, overflowing wine and beer are snobbed by the drinkers' and smokers' circle where I belong. We're in bed before 11pm. :)

Let the newbies learn! Haha!

Next morning...

since we are fully charged the next morning, we walked around the village and found a basketballcourt.

"kuya, pwede po makahiram ng bola?" I asked politely. Kuya, shirtless, handed me over the ball. And the score? 12-6. In favor of the twin towers, Salyn and Yanah. Tsssk.

so here am gettin ready to go swimmin... not in the beach, but it's her treat so, go! go!