Ya girl needed some sanity time so one day when my friend and I had a rough day, we had an impulsive decision to book a ticket going to the queen city of the South, Cebu.
Before anything else, shout out to Ven for going to Cebu with me despite me being crazy and to T. Tinie for touring us around. 😘
Our ticket costed around less than 4000 for ven and I. I can’t remember the exact price but I think we got it on a seat sale.
Our flight was 10:00am and we landed in cebu around 11 or 11:30. I noticed that in Cebu, they have mybus, their version of p2p but we weren’t able to try it. T. Tinie picked us up and we went straight to 10 000 roses cafe.
It’s 30-45 minutes away from the airport (lapu lapu city). We paid 20 pesos as the entrance fee.
So this is what it looks like, however, instagram photos are deceiving. It is very small and I don’t think it’s worth the long travel to get here.
They also had a cafe where they served meals but it was a bit pricey. I was expecting rose inspired menu but it was just some regular cafe menu. The food was good though.
(in the photo: bacon rice meal)
After that we settled in our place and called it a night.
Second day was our city tour day. Our first stop was Temple of Leah.
Leah is the grandmother of an actress here in the Philippines, Ellen Adarna. They have multiple businesses in Cebu.
This temple was built (and is still being built) as a sign of her husband’s love for her. This temple will house all of their pieces from around the world. I was joking that Leah had a bit of hoarding problem.
At present, only the plaza and the main entrance are opened to the public but you can peek through the windows to see some of her antiques.
(sneaky photo of the inside)
The area was build with lots of statues. It had a view of Cebu City.
By the way, there is a 50 pesos entrance fee and 20 pesos parking fee.
After that we dropped by house of lechon for our lechon takeout.
The famous Cebu lechon . In house of lechon (which has a lot of branches around cebu), a kilo costs 700 pesos. They have it in regular and spicy variants.
This one has a sauce to have the distinct cebu lechon taste. I was kinda disappointed with the lechon skin though because it wasn’t as crispy anymore but the meat tasted good.
This ice candy tree also caught our attention.
After our lunch and siesta time, we went around the city to check the famous Magellan’s cross and Sto. Nino.
(photo above: magellan’s cross)
At night we also tried their food park: sugbo mercado.
Sugbo mercado is a night weekend food park located in Cebu IT park.
There were lots of food choices from grilled seafood to ramen to desserts.
They also had live music to serenade you while you eat and bond with your friends and family.
The Pyramid also caught our attention.
It’s actually a cafe that’s shaped like a pyramid. In all fairness, they serve good food and drinks. We didn’t drink there but their cocktails and local beers look interesting.
(photo above: cheesecake and coffee)
My favorite day! This is the day that we went to the beach.
We rented a boat for 1500, plus we gave the bankeros 200 as tip. We went island hopping around mactan.
The water wasn’t as calm but it wasn’t scary as well. I was just nervous that my phone might get wet from the splash of water.
We finally went to Sulpa island and decided not to transfer anymore. There was a 200 peso entrance and we paid 400 for the cottage.
We were welcomed with seashells to eat. We bought uni for 300 (8pcs)
They grilled some for us and it’s actually good.
We chilled and talked here for a couple of hours.
I suggest you bring snacks or meals when you go island hopping. The locals can grill food for you for a price (I think).
But please be mindful of your trash. If you can, please bring reusable items and avoid using single use utensils.
This was our last hurrah and our friend brought us to a complete game changer.
We woke up early and drove for about an hour and a half or two to get to Carcar. (Riding a bus going there is also an option)
Carcar is famous for their lechon and chicharon. I never understood why cebu lechon is special…
That is until I ate carcar lechon.
It was a wet market for lechon. You might think, meh it’s just that lechon but boy oh boy.
It was seasoned and marinated well. The skin was crispy. It didn’t even need sauce! I even brought some home to manila because I wanted my family to taste it.
I bet my mom will love it had she been here.
Lechon in carcar costs 400 pesos per kilo.
After that we bought chicharon from luis and matmat. 1/4 kilo costs 150 pesos.
After that we drove back to the city to buy the famous danggit and cebu chorizo.
We went to tabo-an market to buy the perishable pasalubongs.
Cebu chorizo has sweet and spicy variety. I forgot how much it costs but it is less than 300 pesos a kilo.
We bought dried fish (danggit) for about 280 pesos for 1/4 kilo.
You can also buy the famous dried mangoes and otap here in tabo-an market.
Just be prepared to smell after shopping here. Hehehe.
And that concludes our Cebu trip. It was a much needed detox from work and people and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Again special thanks to Ven, t. Tinie, tita and tito for accomodating us and being with me on this trip.
Where to next? Hmmm.