It feels like an eternity since I last posted on my blog. Lol. But since I traveled to Cebu last November, I believe this deserves to be posted. I still feel like I haven’t really moved on because I wanted to stay for just a few more days but of course we have responsibilities, amiright?
Our first day was actually what we consider a “rest day” because basically, we wanted to get settled first before going to different places AND we were really tired so we rested first. Ate Cleah, who is a close friend of mine, and I planned to meet in Cebu because she was relocated there for her job and fortunately, we got to see each other! We dined at this cute restaurant in IT Park called The Pyramid. It’s like Louvre Pyramid-inspired. The food was good and they have promos, too.
Oh, and by the way, we booked two joiner tours, Cebu City and Oslob, at Cebu Affordable Tour which is way cheaper (if you’re only 2-4 pax) than the private tour—that is if you don’t mind being with strangers, of course.
DAY 1 (of Tour) — Nov. 8, 2019 | Cebu City
We started the tour at around 10 in the morning which was the Cebu City tour. Here’s the list of the places we went to:
📍 SIRAO FLOWER FARM
📍 TEMPLE OF LEAH
📍 TAOIST TEMPLE
📍 House of Lechon
📍 Pasalubong Center
📍 FORT SAN PEDRO
📍 MAGELLAN’S CROSS
📍 10000 ROSES
OKAY FIRST, since you have plenty of places to go to, the tour guide will only let you wander around the specified locations for 30 minutes so make sure to take photos fast because the time allotted is really short.
Sirao Flower Garden/Flower Farm. This was the first place we went to and the place is Bali and Amsterdam-inspired. Make sure to take photos on the “big hand” concrete though it may look scary, just don’t look down and you’re good. Lol. You should also try their Bali-inspired nests!
There are stalls there that sell souvenirs and snacks. I recommend their fruit shakes, they’re very refreshing! I also bought sweet corn which is my favorite.
Temple of Leah. Out of all the places we went to on the City tour, this one is my favorite! Temple of Leah is actually owned by the family of Ellen Adarna and currently, some parts of it are still under construction. This place is just instagram-worthy and you get a view of the city, too!
Taoist Temple. I wasn’t able to take many photos here because we were already tired. #oldies haha! But you should try the binoculars there, just insert a 10-peso-coin and you will be able to see the view.
We also went to a pasalubong center but the items there were so pricey. It wasn’t worth it to buy. I really don’t know where to buy cheap souvenirs in Cebu but you can buy straight from the airport at Island Souvenirs, the items there are cute and affordable, too! Shirts have very nice design and they also have dried mangoes.
Sto. Nino Church and Magellan’s Cross. Both of these are just in one location. It is believed that the Sto. Nino Church or the Basilica del Santo Nino is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the country. When we went there, there was a mass going on so we didn’t stay too long. There are some people who sell keychains here too and it’s way cheaper than buying from pasalubong centers.
Fort San Pedro. Originally, this is a military defense structure built under the ruling of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. It has a museum inside where you can see portraits of Magellan, Lapu-Lapu, and others.
1000 Roses. I’ve seen photos of this one on instagram before and yes, it’s pretty in person but I wasn’t able to appreciate it more since I haven’t seen it during day time. It has a cafe, but we weren’t able to try it because it was already closed by the time we arrived.
Oh, and by the way, those aren’t real roses but led-powered roses and I’m not sure if there are really 10,000 of them. Lol. Anyway, all entrance fees were already paid by our tour guide so I’m not sure how much is the entrance fee.
DAY 2 (of Tour) — Nov. 9, 2019 | Oslob & Sumilon Island