combo squad: SOUTH CEBU

Part of my travel dreams (yes, dreams because “bucket list” has become mainstream) is a do-it-yourself field trip, leaving the comfort of a package tour. A seat sale from AirAsia made it all happen; booked a flight, read informative blogs, off to Cebu!

South Cebu is one destination that can be simply described as an out–of–comfort–zone adventure. If you’re willing to spend more, then go ahead pick a package tour. But if you’re up for a real challenge and adventure, Ceres buses at South Bus Terminal are waiting to bring you to your destination. It is relatively easy to go from one town to another; provincial buses pass by the main road every so often and the tourist spots are accessible through the main road. Bato via Barili and Bato via Oslob are the two routes you have to keep in mind when traveling south; well these are the only routes, though. As long as you are traversing between the mountains and the sea, you are still right on track. 😉

 

The way down south

We arrived at the Mactan-Cebu International airport by 8:30 in the morning. We asked the information desk at the arrival area as to where we can ride a taxi to South Bus Terminal and how long the travel is time knowing the EDSA-like Metro Cebu traffic. They answered my queries BUT offered and referred us to a transfer services from Plantation Bay resort. I listened to their offer hoping that the price is medyo mura“South Bus terminal P800 po mam, Innova po ang gagamitin, kasya po kayong lima.” Oh, no thank you! We immediately went out of the airport and found a shuttle to SM Cebu, fare is P25. We wanted to try it but we didn’t know how far SM is to the bus terminal. We took the taxi to the terminal instead. Taxis in Cebu only allow 4 passengers so if you’re a group of 5 like us, might as well split by 3 and 2 per taxi.

                       ***(If you want to save money from metered taxi, ride the shuttle to SM Cebu then       from there, ask what jeepney route passes by the south bus terminal.)

We arrived at the terminal after almost an hour. We asked the guard at the terminal what bus route we should take to Dalaguete for our Osmeña Peak journey. We were then instructed to proceed at Door 8; we boarded the bus to Alcoy (or any buses to Bato via Oslob) and comfortably waited for the bus to depart. It was already 10:00 A.M. when the bus left the station.

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EXPENSES:
Taxi meter

Php 200.00

Bus to Dalaguete (Oslob via Barili)

105.00 (a/c bus)

But first, Lechon

As the bus dropped-off and picked-up passengers at Carcar City rotunda, we decided to fill-in our tummies with tasty lechon. After all, it was already 12noon. We immediately went down the bus not thinking of the excess fare we paid up to Dalaguete proper.

The tasty roasted pigs are situated at the back part of Carcar City Public Market. Sellers offer free tastes of their own specialties so you can try who’s the tastiest pig of them all.

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How did we decide? Well apart from the flavor, we chose the one who also has a stall where we can devour our lechons – Miling-Jeffrey Special Lechon won our tastebuds! We also bought 10 puso to partner our lechon.

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We spent a good hour savoring the goodness of Carcar’s Lechon. I don’t mean to make you drool but their lechon is reeeeaaaally good!

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Way better than those I’ve tasted before. No need to dip it in sauce because the meat is already very tasty. It has this distinct flavor that is “nanunuot hanggang sa laman” which doesn’t exist in other lechons in Manila. Juicy is the word for it! Even the balat is still crunchy despite being exposed for several minutes. Puso. Puso is just your ordinary rice packed like suman but in triangular form.

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Carcar’s Lechon is the first of the three lechon Cebu we tried during our trip.

EXPENSES:
Lechon

Php 280

Puso

25.00 (3 puso)

Mountain Dew

10.00

Finally up the peak

With our tummies full of lechon, we proceeded to our next destination. We rode another bus at 1:30 in the afternoon and reached Dalaguete town proper by 3:00 P.M. There are locals who offer habal-habal ride up to Osmeña Peak registration area. We traversed several mountains and I was surprised when we passed by a small community in the middle of these mountain ranges! I kept telling my friends, “Ang galing naman, kumpleto na dito. From palengke to school. Hindi na nila kailangan bumaba unless kailangan talaga.” The community is Brgy. Mantalongon.  The weather slightly changes as we come near the registration area. Plots of vegetables, particularly cabbage are basically everywhere. Osmeña Peak will not be described as the vegetable bowl of Cebu if not because of that.

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We reached the registration area after 40 minutes or so but my butt feels like we traveled more than that. The experience of riding on a motorcycle along with two other passengers (that makes it 4 pax in a single motorcycle) passing by a steep road with occasional ravines is heck scary but definitely one for the books!

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We registered our names, paid the fees, and hired a local as our guide. They also let us leave our stuff in a vacant room as we hike our way to the top. It was an easy trek as Ate Vilma leads the way. Halfway through the peak, Ate Vilma volunteered to take our group picture. And boy, she takes good pictures! She even directed us where to stand for she basically knows every angle and the picturesque views in the mountain.

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It was a bit tiring 30-minute trek but the magnificent view swept the sweat away!

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From here you can see the island of Negros and the town of Badian. Osmeña Peak is the highest peak in Cebu located at 1,072.6 meters above sea level. It was windy that it looks like it will rain anytime soon but Ate Vilma said that it’s the usual weather at the peak during noon time.

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We spent 30-glorious-minutes enjoying the view and taking pictures at the peak. The small hills looked similar to that of Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, obviously rough but its imperfection makes it stand out. We didn’t wait for sunset for we are traveling to Badian later.

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Our habal-habal driver waited for us at the registration area. The usual 30-minute ride turned into almost an hour because our driver assumed that we agreed to his offer of bringing us directly to Kawasan Falls area via shortcut road only the locals and small vehicles can pass through. Little did we know, we’re already on the shortcut road when he asked “Mam, derecho Kawasan na po kayo, d’ba?” And politely replied… “Hindi po, kuya. Sa Dalaguete po ulit kami.” He was seemed to be disappointed because the rate for shortcut habal-habal ride to Kawasan is freakin’ Php 500.00 per person! He had no choice but to go back to the original way down to Dalaguete proper. He was still trying to convince us that we can save a lot of time if we opted to go through the shortcut. I know it’s a shorter way out but we’re on a “backpackers” a.k.a tight budget and we’re trying to experience the south with no shortcuts. Downside is we had to travel for at least 3 and a half hour more for a 300-peso savings.

It was already 6:30 P.M. when we reached the town proper. We decided to have our dinner at Maria’s Batchoy and Restaurant just right across the main road. Aside from their specialty, of course, batchoy, they also serve selections of viand. I haven’t tasted an authentic batchoy but I can say that theirs are yummy, a bit salty but just right for me! We also had their version of “adobo” which looks like a typical lechon kawali.

EXPENSES:
Bus to from Carcar to Dalaguete

Php 60 (air conditioned bus)

Habal-habal to Osmeña Peak

200.00 roundtrip (we gave additional 100 per habal-habal for the gas and time wasted for misunderstanding)

Registration Fee

80

Ate Vilma (a.k.a guide fee)

250 (for the whole group)

Dinner at Maria’s Batchoy

150

Long and unending road

With our bodies tired from the day’s activity, we rode an ordinary Ceres bus to Carcar (any buses going to Cebu) for 1 and a half hour and Carcar to Badian (with routes Bato via Barili) for almost 2 hours more.

54.jpgUpon sitting at the bus going to Badian, a stranger whom I was seated next to immediately asked where our destination is. I think he overheard me asking the bus conductor to drop us at Badian Town proper. I was hesitant to answer his queries until he said he is a police officer and also a canyoneering operator at Badian –  Mr. Dave. It was sign of a relief to know that were traveling with a person of authority up to our endpoint. He said it was an hour and a half travel to Badian. Luckily still, he knows the resort where are staying and our contact person for Kawasan Canyoneering which I am also in constant communication while we are on our way.

It was already 10:30 in the evening when we arrived at Brgy. Lambug, Badian where Frank Coronel, our guide, was waiting for us. He also tagged along a tricycle to bring us to our reserved place. After 10 minutes, we reached the shores of Lambug Beach and walked further to Grandeur Beach Resort.

Junever, the staff of Grandeur Beach Resort was already waiting for us inside the sari-sari store fronting the beach. He delightedly welcomed us and brought us to our room. We rented a beach front, air-conditioned room for two which can accommodate up to 6 persons. Mr. Guillermo Escarpe, owner of the resort, provided us extra pillows and mattress. The beach was so inviting for night dip but we were so tired that we opted to just sleep the night away. DSCF1746.JPG

We were up by 7 for our call time for canyoneering at 8 in the morning. We just had bread and coffee for breakfast, the ones we bought from SM hypermarket in Carcar. Junever gave us hot water and lent us mugs for our coffee.

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Before we went out for canyoneering, we asked them if we could check-out by 2pm so we could still prep our things. Mr. Guillermo would allow us given that the group who reserved the room next to us will cancel. Else, he will allow us to use the other room for extension.

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EXPENSES:
Bus to from Dalaguete to Carcar

Php 54.00 (ordinary bus)

Bus to from Carcar to Badian

60.00 (ordinary bus)

Tricycle to Lambug Beach

20.00

 

WARNING: not for the faint heart!

 The tricycle we rode last night was the same one that brought us to entry point of Kawasan Falls. We reached the area after 15minutes where Frank and his brother-in-law were waiting for us. It is located beside the church in Barangay Matutinao.65.JPG

Our original plan was to take the full-course canyoneering but due to government’s ongoing revision of regulations, the temporary closure was extended and will resume by September 1. We just availed the half-course canyoneering and enjoyed what the nature has to offer.

We started walking to the back of the church and reached the Kawasan falls after a 20minutes. We walked further for another 20minutes until we get into our first jump. Frank gave us few reminders before proceeding. He also let us dip in the pristine waters for a bit of warm-up.

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There was another group still hesitant to jump when we arrived at the first jump station. Frank once again reminded us that “wag kang tatalon kung hindi ka sigurado”.  Brother-in-law demonstrated us the how-tos then we proceed with our first jump.66 (8).JPG

All of us survived the jump. It was a breathtaking experience having to run for a short distance before launching to a 25-feet plunge in the cold water! It was so fun that the boys climbed back to have their second jump. 66 (7).JPG

We also tried swinging down to the cold water like that of Tarzan. Frank let us experience the mini slide before continuing our jumping sessions.

The path back to Kawasan is where the next jumps are located. I was awed to see that it is 30 feet higher than the previous one. Warning: this is not for the faint heart. But it seems that boys don’t really have a faint heart. Three of them jumped in the 50 and 40 feet drop while we girls just watched them do it. I guess it would be awesome to jump especially with the waterfall on the side. Maybe we will do it next time heeheehee.

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The last one is just an easy-peasy 20 feet jump but the climb is rather tough. We have to pass by the edge of the mountain and hold by the branches and protruding roots of the trees to move further. If you so decide not jump then you shouldn’t climbed on it at the first place because there’s really no other way to go down but jump! We all survived the last drop and proceeded to our last station. GOPR2330_1471424675867_high.JPG

We walked back to Kawasan Falls for our final activity: bamboo rafting to the majestic Kawasan Falls.

67 (9).JPGIt is a nature-controlled, Ace Water Spa-like hydro massage. The pressure of water pounding at our tired bodies is very relaxing.

67 (14).JPGThe three-hour activity calls for a sumptuous lunch. We ordered our lunch at Willy’s and ate our hungry tummies out. We had calamares, liempo, and fried fish. Frank and brother-in-law joined us for lunch.

As we head back to the church, we were surprised to know from Frank that there are over 160 canyoneering operators in Badian and sometimes they only get tours only once per week. We were very grateful to have them as our guide. I highly commend Frank for being such an awesome guide! He constantly encouraged us to jump and also took all our pictures and videos the entire time. I get to know him through a friend’s referral that also hired him as their canyoneering guide several weeks ago. We will contact him again once we get the chance to go back for the full-course canyoneering.

Frank Coronel +63975-347-0250 / +63932-919-0902

We got back at Grandeur by 12:30 P.M. Luckily, Mr. Escarpe allowed us to stay up to 2pm; just ample time to prep and leave. Grandeur Beach Resort has the access to a peaceful beach front which we unfortunately and obviously didn’t experience. We will definitely   be back once full canyoneering opens again.

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The same tricycle brought us the main road where we will wait for bus going to Bato station. Apparently, he lives in Brgy. Lambug which is why it’s convenient for him to bring us to and fro our destination.

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EXPENSES:
Tricycle to Brgy. Matutinao

Php 50.00

Half-course canyoneering

600.00

Kawasan lunch

300.00

Tricycle back to Lambug Beach

50.00

Tricycle back to main road

20.00

Grandeur Beach Resort

470.00\

*** Grandeur Beach Resort rate:

Beach front a/c room (for 2)

Php 1,800.00

Excess person (P100 ea.)

300

Late check-out fee

250

What to wear for Canyoneering? We wore our rash guards paired with board shorts or any shorts will do. There were foreigners jumping on their bikinis so I guess it’s about wearing whatever is comfortable for you. Aqua shoes, running shoes, and trekking sandals will also do for footwear. We opted to wear trekking sandals so that we don’t have to wait for it to dry before packing/wearing it again. Canyoneering operators provide safety gears such as life vests and helmets (for full-course canyoneering). We left our phones and non-water resist cameras at the Grandeur for it might get wet and damaged during the whole activity. But still it’s up to you to bring them just make sure to put in a waterproof case to save it from being soaked in water.

I’ve seen several accommodations the area. I didn’t get their contact numbers but try searching for Willy’s Place at Kawasan Falls area.

Other side of South

Our journey continues as we travel to Oslob in the afternoon. We boarded Ceres bus enroute to Bato.

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After two hours, we arrived at Santander bus terminal and transferred to another Ceres bus bound to Cebu City. This time, our route will be up to the city. It was a short trip and arrived at Chateu de Tan-Awan after 30 minutes.

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We were welcomed by Marjane to their humble home. Chateau de Tan-Awan is strategically located at the main road in front of Tan-Awan Elementary School. It is a typical house which was converted into a bed and breakfast homestay with a view of Oslob beach at the back. We occupied one of the biggest rooms in the house for we are a group of five.90 (7).jpg

It was already dinner time and fortunately, Big J’s Restaurant, one of the most talked-about restaurants in Oslob is just a 2 minute-walk from the Chateau. Big J’s serves an array of Filipino and International dishes. They have this wall of their costumers’ testimonials and it makes me wonder how and what makes their typical Filipino dishes special… We ordered their liempo, sinigang, adobong pusit, sisig, and chapseuy. First bite and I already understood why. Their liempo is yummy, the balat is so crispy and the meat is very soft, and the rest is history. 76.jpg

We went back at Chateau after an hour and finally had our most awaited drinks overlooking at the sea.78 (2).JPG

We didn’t stayed long because the schedule for whale shark watching starts early at 6 in the morning.78

EXPENSES:
Bus to from Badian to Santander

Php 65.00 (ordinary bus)

Bus to from Santander to Oslob

30.00 (ordinary bus)

Dinner at Big J’s

200.00

Morning with the butandings

We woke-up at around 5:30 in the morning to catch the sunrise as we have our loaf of  banana bread and coffee by the beach. Chateau serves breakfast with the choices of longsilog and baconsilog with banana bread on the side. We opted to have our heavy breakfast after our meet and greet with the butandings. 79.JPG

Whale shark interaction area is just 4minute walk from the chateau. We arrived at the area by past 7 in the morning and registered our names immediately.86 (4).JPG

There is a short briefing before they allow you to pay and proceed with the encounter. Distance from the butanding should be kept to at least 4meters; putting-on sun block is not allowed for chemicals might be harmful for them; big tourist boats and/or motorboats are not allowed at the encounter area. 86 (3).JPG

Five of us fit in a small banca with two bangkeros paddled up to the encounter site. There are separate paddled bancas feeding the butandings. 86.JPG

We immediately jumped onto the water with life vests on. It was only after several minutes when we saw the butanding come near our boat.89 (3).JPG

I panicked as I saw this big gentle giant under the sea. When I finally composed myself and conquered my fear, I removed my life vest and tried looking at the butanding with my hands at the katig.89 (20).JPGThey are so enormous and even longer than a regular banca. These butandings, as they say, are relatively harmless unless of course provoked. But we’ll never know because they are still “sharks” afterall.

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Our 30minute encounter time has left us lightheaded; perhaps because of the alat and lansa of the water plus the heat of the morning sun. There are shower rooms located at the area. We took a short shower to wash away the salt water then we immediately walked back to the Chateau. DCIM100GOPROGOPR2534.

While walking, we came across a local selling raw and pure honey. He said they got it from the bee hives in the mountains of Oslob. We bought two bottles for we are convinced by its rawness. Heehee!90 (5).jpg

Ate Marjane prepared our breakfast by the sea at 8 in the morning. We all got baconsilog for breakfast and the set includes bacon, sinangag, scrambled egg (to your liking), cucumber slices, 3-in-1 instant coffee, a slice of banana bread, and a halved ripe mango. 90 (4).JPG90 (1).JPG

EXPENSES:
Banana bread loaf

Php 105.00

Butanding encounter

500.00

Baconsilog

125.00

Honey

200.00

 More of Oslob

Part of our original plan is to go to Tumalog falls and Sumilon Island sandbar but did not proceed because unfortunately, water running-down at Tumalog Falls is starting to dry up because of El Niño and it was high tide at Sumilon Island sandbar in the morning.

So, we decided to take a bath and sleep a little more before we check-out by 12noon. After all, it was only 9 in the morning.

Part of the original plan again was to drop by the heritage site of Boljoon but Ate Marjane suggested that we visit Oslob’s baluarte instead. We check-out by 12noon and Chateau was so kind enough to allow us to leave our things as we explore Oslob’s heritage site.

We reached the baluarte after a 30minute-jeep ride. The old town of Oslob still preserves its cuartel which was built in 1899.

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The Immaculate Conception Parish Church was still standing after having built in 1830 and hit by a fire twice.91 (15).JPG91 (26).JPG

The history geek in me rejoices as we walked down Calle Aragones, the oldest street in Oslob. 91 (21).JPG

After almost an hour, we head back to Tan-Awan, had our lunch at Big J’s, and went back at the Chateau to get our stuff.

Leaving Chateau de Tan-Awan is like leaving home. The whole household is very warm and hospitable. It is definitely one of the places I will recommend and probably will go back to.

Chateau de Tan-Awan +63917-912-7783

EXPENSES:
Jeep to baluarte

Php 10.00

Bus to Tan-Awan

30.00 (a/c bus)

Lunch at Big J’s

200.00

Chateau de Tan-Awan room rate

450.00

 

Back to the city

We boarded a Ceres bus bound to Cebu City at 3:00 P.M. and reached the South Bus Terminal at 6:30 in the evening. Our hotel, GV Tower Hotel is just a 5minute walk from the terminal.

Upon checking-in, I informed the front desk that we intend stay until 5pm of the following day for our flight is at 9pm. They agreed but of course with additional payment for late check-out.

We then proceed to our room and were a bit disappointed by it. Nothing to complain because it was a discounted budget room, as the saying goes, “you get what you paid for”

It was already dinner time and our tummies are craving again for lechon. The nearest lechon place that is still open at 8pm is Zubuchon in SM Cebu. We rode a multi cab with signboard of 01K and reached SM Cebu after 20minutes.

We ordered, of course, lechon! They asked if we like our lechon deep-fried because the balat is not crunchy anymore considering that it is already few hours before closing. I didn’t like the “fried” texture but still flavorful. We also ordered lechon sisig and it was bomb! I ate more of this than their famous roasted pig. They also serve Kamias shake which tasted like green mango shake. We consumed 3 platters of rice for we are all hungry backpackers from Oslob. Zubuchon is the second out of three lechons we tried in Cebu. There are several branches of Zubuchon in Cebu City.

We went back to the hotel for some drinks before a good night sleep. The jeep is still 01K with routes going to Osmeña and EMall.

EXPENSES:
Bus from Oslob to Cebu City

Php 160.00 (a/c bus)

Jeep to SM Cebu

7.00

Dinner at Zubuchon

300.00

Jeep to GV Tower Hotel

7.00

Queen City of the South

We dedicated our last day in Cebu to explore the city and to buy pasalubongs. Our lechon journey continues as we had our brunch at CnT Lechon. The nearest branch to our place is located in front of SM Cebu. We took the same jeepney route and walk towards the other side of SM for lechon. We arrived at CnT at around 10:30 in the morning, just a little bit early for lunch but just right in time for their supply of lechon moves out fast. We ordered half kilo of lechon and 10 cups of rice. It was the third and final lechon Cebu we tasted. The meat is savory and the balat is crunchy but I guess we were kind of umay already we didn’t finished the whole of it.  Still, it was not like the lechons served in Manila. 20160819_105946.jpg

We continued our journey and proceeded to our next stop. We boarded the jeepney just outside CnT with route going to Colon. After 10minutes, the driver dropped us off in Fort San Pedro. Fort San Pedro is the walled fortress of Cebu, a smaller version of Intramuros.92 (1).JPG92 (6).JPG

We spent almost an hour taking pictures and exploring the small museums inside.92 (11).JPGDSCF2338.JPG92 (18).JPG

The sun is already getting hot so we walked towards Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu for 5 minutes.92 (33).JPGDSCF2371.JPG

After we offered our prayers, we walked to the other side to visit the Magellan’s Cross. It was already my second time here and I was so happy to see that the rehabilitation of the church’s bell tower and Magellan’s Cross is already finished.DSCF2383.JPGDSCF2404.JPG

No time wasted for our final hours in Cebu so we then immediately went to Tabo-an market for Cebu’s famed dried pusit and all that dried seafood. We rode jeepney bound for Tabo-an Market. Tabo-an is like the Divisoria for dried seafood. The prices may not be very cheaper from the ones in DV but the taste made all the difference. Danggit and tuyo is not very salty unlike those in Manila. We bought pusit, danggit, tuyo, and dilis. Sellers in Tabo-an market seals these dried goods in a thick plastic so it will not be as smelly and can be allowed inside a carry-on baggage in the plane. IMG_9436.JPG

Upon getting all we need, we went to another pasalubong center for another Cebu’s famous.We looked the jeepney en route to Shamrock. We were so confused that we ask around for directions. Fortunately, the local we asked for direction will also go to the area where Shamrock is located. After 5minute jeep ride and 2minute walk, we arrived at Shamrock (Fuente Osmeña branch) and were overwhelmed with the choices of pasalubongs. They sell several Cebuano delicacies such as otap, broas, barquillos, dried mango, and mango puree. After almost buying everything, we head back to the hotel riding jeepney routes to EMall with signboard 01K.

It was already 3:30 in the afternoon when we reached the hotel. We used our remaining time packing our things and freshen-up a bit.

We check-out at around 5:30pm and booked a GrabTaxi to the airport.

EXPENSES:
Jeep to SM Cebu

Php 7.00

Lunch at CnT Lechon

Php 195.00

Jeep to Fort San Pedro

7.00

Entrance fee at Fort San Pedro

30.00

Jeep to Tabo-An Market

7.00

Jeep to Shamrock

7.00

Jeep to GV Tower Hotels

7.00

GV Tower Hotel 

577.00 (Php 1,925.00 rate for 5pax; Late check out fee: half of the room rate Php 962.50)

GrabTaxi to airport

250.00

Pasalubongs:
Dried Pusit (daing)

Php 680.00/kg

Dried Pusit (ballpen)

450.00/kg

Danggit

400.00/kg

Tuyo

130.00/kg

Dried mango

Ranges from Pho 45.00 to 85.00

Otap

46.00 (200grams)

Mangorind

37.00

Mango Puree

100.00 (1L)

Back to rainy Manila

Every happy trip will not be complete without a little misfortune. Upon passing by the x-ray inspection, airport officer saw the honey and mango purees inside our bags. We thought of not to check-in those liquids before knowing that we have to pass by another x-ray before proceeding at the boarding gates. We have no choice but to rearrange our stuff and buy a 15kg baggage allowance rather than leave our honeys and purees. It was only later when I realized that Mactan-Cebu is an international airport so they really won’t allow passengers to have liquid substances in any hand-carry bags.

An announcement of delays for our flight back to Manila were made 30minutes prior our flight. The rainy situation won’t let our plane depart in Manila. Our flight was 3 hours delayed and the only good thing about it is that there’s a PokeStop with continuous lure at the boarding area. Heeheehee!

Tips from a first time backpacker (hihi!)

Backpacking would not be fun without few wrong turns, misadventures, and good Samaritans you’ll meet along the way. Not to mention the long hours of travel and several kilometers of walking just to reach a breath-taking destination.

  1. Bring cash. If traveling to South Cebu, you must prepare your budget and extra money ahead of time because I rarely saw ATM machines at any town proper. I prepared Php 7,000.00 and it’s safe to say that it got everything covered up to our last meal at the airport.
  2. It never hurts to ask. During our entire trip, we got confused with directions several times that even Google wasn’t able to help us leaving us no choice but to ask the locals. Also prior our trip, I already asked our contact persons a lot and they don’t seem to mind my frequent and repeated questions. Cebuanos are relatively helpful when it comes to answering questions and giving directions. In all fairness, we got to our destination thru their instructions.
  3. Try their local food. Cebu trip will not be complete without tasting their famous lechon. We tried their different versions from Carcar, Zubuchon, and CnT. Among these three, Carcar City’s lechon is definitely the one I will go back for. It can perfectly described as a traditional, old-fashioned, non-commercialized lechon. The crunchy balat and savory meat is a no brainer. Slightly far from the city but definitely worth the travel time. We’ll still save a spot in our tummies for Rico’s when we come back.
  4. Travel light. This has been my personal rule whenever I do domestic travels. I make sure that I can carry my stuff in any given situation like riding a habal-habal for almost an hour. This will also save a lot from paying check-in baggage. But if you think you will be bringing home a lot of pasalubongs, do include a bag allowance when booking your flight. Also take note of the allowable items that can be included in your carry-on baggage; any liquid substances exceeding 100ml *ehem* honey and mango puree *ehem* should be in a checked-in bag.
  5. Be spontaneous. Of course we need to have a well-planned itinerary before going to an unfamiliar place. But what if one of your planned places to visit is not feasible anymore? Or you got hungry, passed by the place with lots of lechon, went for it not thinking of the excess bus fare you paid still halfway through your “planned” destination. As I always say to myself, spontaneity is the key. It’s like guiltlessly going against your own plan but still enjoys every moment of it.

 

You are very welcome!

To cap this blog, please do watch our amazing South Cebu trip in 3minutes, HD please!

 

See for yourself. Go ahead, book your plane tickets!

I would glad to hear if our itinerary works for you. Enjoy!:)

 

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