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I can barely remember the times when I have had my vacation- I mean not related in any way of work and studies. I guess this trip has compensated the things that I was lacking just right after graduation- friends, adventure, and me-time. Though I was surrounded by sets of lovers, just then I thought that I can enjoy everything that comes my way without someone. Thanks to Jelah/Joshua and Bridgette/Francis for making me fathom that being alone doesn’t mean I’m lonely.

I fell in love with Cebu several times. Of course, we prepared for this trip several months ago. Me, Jelah, and Joshua agreed to implement the rule “no-restaurant-eating” during the entire trip, to lessen the expenses and use the money instead exploring all the things possible in Cebu. We seldom use the cab and ride the jeepey (which costs Php 8.00-12.00 every trip), ferry boat (Php 12.00), and motor cyclye (Php 20.00) instead, to reach our itinerary every day. The mode of transportation in Cebu since the jeepneys have number coding (e.g. 12I, 1k, 12J) so if you’re in a hurry, taxi should get along your way.

When we arrived, we were starving, a lot, and decided to eat Ginat-an along the streets. We had meat soup, rice and soft drinks, just enough to satisfy us. With our stomach full, we only paid Php 280.00 and there were five of us. The entire trip was this thrifty but worthy, and we never expected the trip to be two times as thrifty as we expected.

Here’s an overview of where we went:

The Mactan Shrine

This was me in Mactan Shrine :)

This was me in Mactan Shrine 🙂

Cebu IT Park

Cebu IT Park now vibrantly brings together top-class talent and technology in a community that was master-planned as a convergence of Asian architectural warmth and efficient Western functionality.

Cebu  IT Park also strives to preserve its beautiful environment through well-maintained landscape and greenery to complement the high-rise infrastructure of its global locators. Tall buildings, brightest lights ever!

Fort San Pedro

Squad goes to Fort San Pedro

Squad goes to Fort San Pedro.

Fuerza San Pedro, the fort is described as built of stone mortar with a terraplein where guns are mounted. The fort contains the necessary buildings. The largest of these buildings was the “Cuerpo de Guardia” where the personnel that manned the fort lived. Adjacent to it was the “Vivende del Teniente” which was the living quarters of the lieutenant of the Fort.

Basilica Menor del Santo Niño

Sorry for the wrong dress code :)

Sorry for the wrong dress code 🙂

“Basilica Minore del Santo Nino Cebu” is the oldest Roman Catholic Church of 16th century in Cebu city. Located in the center of the city and is a perfect example of combination of three different architecture styles . The church was built at the exact location where the image of Santo Nino that means the Black Holy Child Jesus was found. Unfortunately, we were not able to go inside the church since we wore improper dress codes for a religious institution.

Magellan’s Cross

Me with my anak, Jelah :)

Me with my anak, Jelah 🙂

This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Menor del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street (Magallanes being the Spanish name of Magellan), just in front of the city center of Cebu City. A sign below the cross describes the original cross is encased inside the wooden cross that is found in the center of the chapel. This is to protect the original cross from people who chipped away parts of the cross for souvenir purposes or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers.

Rainforest Park Cebu

Rainforest Jungle Adventure

Rainforest Jungle Adventure.

The first of its kind in Cebu of a well-thought unique concepts that encloses an inspired mix of entertainment, adventure, leisure, educational, dining and unwinding for the entire family.

SM City Cebu

SM City Cebu with these girls.

SM City Cebu with these girls.

We went to SM to have snacks and God, it was a hell of a shopping mall!

Butterfly Sanctuary

Me, my eye bags and the preserved owl butterflies.

Me, my eye bags and the preserved owl butterflies.

Prof. Jumalon amassed a vast collection of butterflies through his travels worldwide and by trading local Philippine species with foreign ones. Jumalon’s fascination with Lepidopterans did not just end in having them preserved and framed. He wanted the butterflies close by especially the rare ones. So to invite these insects he planted his residence with butterfly food plants. He also caught live specimens and released them in his garden. His butterfly collection is known to be the oldest and perhaps the biggest in the Philippines. So amazed by the little creatures I’ve witnessed. Wonderful were the masterpieces made out from dead butterflies.

Taoist Temple

The Taoist Temple.

The Taoist Temple.

The temple is the a center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tze. You can see Taoist devotees following their traditional rites and rituals on Wednesdays and Sundays, as they climb the 99 steps of the temple to light joss sticks and have their fortunes read by the monks. Took a lot of pictures because the aura was so Chinese. I felt Chinese back this time.

Ayala Center Mall

The nice thing about Ayala Mall in Cebu is if you need a break from shopping you can go sit at one of the many shops on the Terraces and just relax and have a drink or dine on one of the many different cuisines that are offered on all levels. Ayala Mall Cebu is located near the IT Park and in the heart of the Cebu City Business Park. Ayala Mall Cebu is the area’s most beautiful and comfortable mall to go shopping and dining with live entertainment events on the ground floor almost daily. We ate lechon for snacks, and oh, the mall was pretty much big!

Crown Regency Hotels Crown Regency Hotels and Resorts Sky Experience Adventure

Our jump shot after 6 exciting activities.

Our jump shot after 6 exciting activities.

We were asked to wear an orange jumpsuit and white sneakers before stepping out in the platform. There were also guides that walked us through the edge of the building aside from the harness as support of course. I briefed myself not to look down because it may just take away the little courage I have left. Fortunately, nothing bad happened to me after that but still my fear of heights is still present until now.

We tried the bucketlist challenge which includes Skywalk, Edge Coaster, 6D Theater, Tower zip, Wall Climbing, and Vertex. Oh my gosh, amidst the heights, we made in in 5 hours! You guys must visit http://www.skyexperienceadventure.com/page/rates-and-schedules if interested. The activities are a little bit expensive. However, the experience will be worth the price, I tell you.

Karancho Beach Resort

The lovers.

The lovers.

Karancho is a nice and spacious resort located in Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island, Cebu Province, Philippines.

It is a resort that is friendly to family picnics and group gatherings. And, it is a great place for parties, event venue, and obviously a beach resort with facilities for various activities. We had so much great times here since girls did the grocery and the boys made all the cooking- which is something I’m proud of. We went boating and of course, swimming!

Of all the food we tasted, the Tuslob Buwa (Deep Bubbles) was my favorite. It was made out from pig’s brains (yep, you read it right), liver, onions, and oil. Amazing it is since we were the ones who cooked for it and it tasted like so heaven. It;s the first time I tasted it and i will never get tired of dipping the puso (steamed rice cooked in coconut leaves). Really one of the best!

This is how a tuslob buwa menu looks like

This is how a Tuslob Buwa menu looks like.

Me and my friends waiting for the Tuslob Buwa :)

Me and my friends waiting for the Tuslob Buwa 🙂

Traveling is not for the rich. Traveling is for the people who wanted to see the world and to explore new things- going out of their comfort zones and see what the universe has to offer. Honestly, I didn’t bring too much money but I’m glad I still have enough when I get home. Travel is giving yourself a chance to relax and the chance for the world to know you more.

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(Note: Some of the historical descriptions were grabbed from the internet)

                Complains are inevitable. As long as people see anomalies and transgressions on the Philippine government, they act like lawyers and decide like judges as to what to think and condemn them for. Can anybody stop and look at the other side of it, even just once?

                There is no part in the world where corruption doesn’t occur. May it be in school, institutions and most especially in politics. Yes, the Philippine Government have flaws as well. But if someone would think, those flaws are not a single tip of the good deeds and the invaluable sacrifices our government has given us. Everyone should know that the Philippine Government is as good as that of the USA because our laws and regulations were patterned after theirs. The only problem is, the application of such laws.

                Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has tested the Philippine government. They had been hit by complains about scarcity of goods, military power, and most of all they have been stoned by criticisms about slow relief operations. We could not deny that these are really happening. Most people say, there is corruption happening even just in the re-packing of the goods. Again, we could not avoid that.

                Government is composed of officials of different culture, ages, values, and doings. They have been hired because they are capable of serving the Filipino people and perhaps, it is our business to know everything that they are doing. Therefore, not all officials are corrupt so do not generalize. But, we cannot control them. What I am trying to emphasize is that, we, the Filipino people don’t have the power to control the official’s personal interests. It is natural to satisfy their needs and wants- it is just that, they are doing it in a wrong way and it’s up to their conscience to carry them, if they have one.

                As a simple citizen of the Philippines, what do you think can you contribute to help our country to surpass this big tragedy that happened in Visayas? I bet complains and anger wouldn’t give any aid at all, would they? There are many ways to help the victims recover. You can check your cabinets out for unused clothes, spend a bucks or two for food, and a family you will help will be more than thankful.

                You know, complains are not the only solutions for problems. Yes, it is sometimes effective as you are being heard by the authority but then you can make a step that will produce a bigger impact and utility.

                Stop complaining, help our government, help every Filipino people, help rebuild the Bisaya, Ilonggo and Capiznon, make Philippines stronger!

 

                “We prepared for Yolanda, we just didn’t expect she was this cruel”, people from Northern Iloilo exclaimed.

                  As typhoon Haiyan rocked the Philippines on November 8, 2013, everybody was shocked and horrified about its strength. Posts and trees have fallen, roofs were flying and many lives have ended.

                Typhoon Haiyan made its landfall in Iloilo particularly in the Northern Part at exactly 11:45 in the morning of November 8.

                It was not the rain that melted hundreds of homes but the strong winds made people homeless. The strong winds lasted for just almost 6 hours but it left thousands of people who lost their houses, establishments, and lives which they protected for decades.

                5 days have passed but the number of death toll in Iloilo is still increasing. As of 11:00 AM of November 12, 2013, death toll due to super typhoon Yolanda in Iloilo soared to 150, while the number of houses totally damaged is 65,481 and those partially damaged is 44,370.

                Number of relief operations are now implemented. Even universities in Iloilo are campaigning for funds which can really be if great help to the typhoon victims. The West Visayas State University is now campaigning for “Tulong ng West sa North” in which this project asks for bottles of mineral water from their students and other fortunate people to be given to the victims since they for see that water is really a need.

                Capiz and Antique are the most affected on this situation. Until now, there is no easy way of getting in those area as their ways are not yet cleared from the fallen debris, posts, and trees. Thus, giving the people there the least chances of media attention, and relief and rescue operations.

                Governor Art Defensor of the Province of Iloilo has called the attention of authorities as Estancia, Iloilo had oil spill after Haiyan struck the area. Estancia, Iloilo is also a part of Northern Iloilo and the first town which discovered number of 30 deaths few hours after Haiyan had its landfall. 

People don’t know how damaged Visayas is. They thought that homes have been destroyed, posts have fallen, and trees have been unrooted. It is more than that. Lives has vanished.

This week has tested the Filipino humankind and their sense of volunteerism. Everyone is making a way or two to help other people who have been victimized by Yolanda. There is Tacloban where people have to shoplift the closed stores just to get anything that they can use. They do not get enough food, and worse, they don’t even get to satisfy their thirst. In Tacloban as well, there were more than 5,000 deaths that have been already recorded and countless are still missing. After the typhoon, corpses are seen hanging on the posts and trees, and many have been found under debris. Tacloban has been crying for help to the extent that no authority can handle them, thus forcing PNoy to call them under Martial Law.

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Since I belong to the Western Visayas, I will focus more on my area. Yes, every one of us here suffered Yolanda’s cruelty, but then there are really people whose situations are worse. The Northern Part of Iloilo has been the very target of Yolanda. Yolanda was successful. She hit all of the houses, ruined establishments, knocked out every tree, and she ended number of lives. From Anilao, Banate, Barota Viejo, Sara, Ajuy, Concepcion, Carles, Balsan, Estancia, Capiz, Antique, and Roxas City. Name it, damages have been recorded. Worst thing is that, Antique and Capiz has been very poor. Poor from Media attention and Relief goods. I wonder when will those goods arrive?

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As I was browsing on my newsfeed two days ago, I have seen news articles saying that numerous countries have donated millions of pesos to used for Yolanda victims. Thank you all to those countries who indeed help us financially. Thank you so much Denmark, Sweden, Norway, UAE, UK, Canda, Netherlands, Elements of Okinawa, Australia, European Union, Germany, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia.

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To those who are following my blog, here are some sort of help to all the people in the Philippines. Please continue praying! Thank you very much.

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P.S. I do not personally own any of the pictures. Credits will be duly recognized to the owners.