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Goodbye Cebu...Daghang Salamat! Dec 20, 2015

Goodbye Cebu...Daghang Salamat!

Location: Cebu City, Cebu (province), Philippines

Another Goodbye
I've said goodbye so many times to Cebu, but invariably, I keep coming back. Cebu is that inviting, given its energy, the people she keeps, the yoga scene, and notwithstanding the horric traffic, it remains a destination in the Visayas, or at least a jumping board to the rest of the Philippines.

Happy Holidays
With the holidays, my last few weeks have been one of festivities for the yuletide season. It was also my last chance to thank and bid farewell to those who have shaped my 7 months in Cebu into one of abundance, discovery and introspection.

Jeanne
Cebu and Jeanne will always be synonymous. She has been a friend since I met her 3 years ago at Chu Un Temple. Loved and known by many, she exudes the authentic yoga aura that radiates. She's too giving, generosity morphing into magnanimity. She has always been my gracious hostess in Cebu who looked after my well-being, oftentimes behind the scene. Thank you Jeanne. I still don't know what I've done to deserve your friendship, but know that I am grateful.

Gossip
Cebu is bursting at the seams with spiritual groups who profess high evolution, but sadly, gossip remains a pastime within some circles. It came to my attention that my name was being mud-smeared by those who see something on the surface and propagate a mindless speculation through the gossip mill, presenting their juicy speculation as fact. This is malicious, a lie and irresponsible to say the least. It damages the very advocacy they crusade for. The people adversely affected by this know the real score as they take ringside seat on this. The gossip mongers, not surprisingly, are the outsiders trying to look in, weaving fact, fiction and wild imaginings into something called GOSSIP.

Ending Thoughts
Also with the Christmas season with my Dad recuperating from his cancer treatment, it was imperative for me to make the trip to Manila and spend the holidays with him. It also meant abruptly cutting short my stay in Cebu notwithstanding the looming horizon of opportunities that awaited. I don't plan my travels, but if the wind takes me back to Cebu again, I'll pack up with no hesitation.

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Manila

2 of the most important women in my life are with me here - Tuyen and Jeanne with some of the fresh graduates of Pascale's 200-hour Teacher Training Course meeting Anmari and connecting the dots on common friends in Surigao farewell lunch with Chai
at the Thanksgiving Dinner of Chu Un Temple where I used to attend the Thursday meditation my birthday gift to Mary Deen. Being cash-poor, I find creative ways to say Happy Birthday at the Ananda Marga Christmas lunch at the ferry boat after taking Tuyen to the airport
goodbye coffee chat with AJ and friend at Studio 108's Cooking Demo with Chef Sweetie with Amithaba at his vegetarian resto, Healthy U - a healthy and affordable way to eat vegetarian food with Tito, a coffee connoiseur who takes pride in his coffee at Fujinoya
meeting Stacy again at Mary Deen's birthday lunch at Golden Cowrie coffee with Ronet at Barako Haus karaoke with the Book Club members - meeting Maya thank you Metz for the kindness and the nurture
meeting Klaire at the Cook Demo followed by a few dance struts at Paseo Arcenas' Xmas party with the ever-so-bubbly Bobette at Love Yoga World's Xmas party we were the  last surviving 6 after everyone left. We talked and drank until the wee hours
another goodbye, this time to a long time friend, Nandinii charade night at Dragonfly Jeanne leading the kirtan at Dragonfly Yoga Studio Jeanne conducting Aqua Yoga at Dragonfly
trading laughs with Mary Deen with power yogini, Yves exploring the newly opened SM Seaside walking around the Xmas festivities at IT Park
Jeanne singing a melodic tune at Paseo Arcenas. Jeanne has a velvety voice reminiscent of Sade at Gusto with Metz, Jeanne and Regina attending the annual Theosophical Society's talk on happiness Tuyen arriving in Cebu to deepen her yoga practice. Here with Pascale Wettstein.
private yoga practice at Studio 108 best efforts to make the most of a very difficult situation    

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Reader Comments:

Angelo A. VillanuevaAngelo Villanueva
(Dec 27, 2015) Happy pasko! Where is the road leading you next?

Chum BasubasChum Basubas
(Dec 27, 2015) Hope the road leads you back to Cebu again soon, git! Safe travels!

Jackie SanchezJackie
(Dec 27, 2015) Take care, Git! Happy New Year!

Wella Marie Daclan-AceroWella Marie Daclan-Acero
( Dec 28, 2015) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I wasn't able to formally say goodbye to you.. I'll surely miss your class.. come back to Cebu soon.. take care on ur next journey.

Roxy PalmesRoxy Palmes
(Dec 28, 2015) hpi new year!

Bobette OuanoBobette Ouano
(Dec 27, 2015) come back soon. don't take too long. tc always.

Google Map Cebu City, Philippines

tourist attractions in Cebu City tourist attractions
  • Tops in Cebu City Tops - hilltop offering panoramic view of the city
  • Taoist Temple in Cebu City Taoist Temple - temple on a hillslope in Lahug with panoramic view of the city
hotels in Cebu City hotel
  • Hostel Seven Cebu - newly opened, resto/bar, central location, solo/group travellers
    Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City
  • S Hotel Cebu S Hotel & Residences - new hotel, luxury rooms, central location
    827 M. Velez corner Andres Abellana St.
cafes in Cebu City resto / cafe / bar
  • Fujinoya Fujinoya - new and refreshing twists to Western style desserts using Japanese techniques
    Wilson St., Lahug, Cebu City - tel. 888.6075
  • Bad Boys Wingz Bad Boys Wingz - Buffalo Wings, unique versions of sauces! Great service, accommodating staff, bad boys vibe
    Kasambagan, Cebu City | (032) 415 4811
yoga in Cebu City yoga
  • Love Yoga World Love Yoga World - yoga studio
    11/fl, Skyrise 2 Tower, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City
  • Yoga Now Yoga Now - first Yoga and Wellness studio in Mactan offering daily Yoga Classes
    at The Yacht Club Mactan
mountain biking in Cebu City mountain biking
  • Cebu Mountain Bike Adventure Cebu Mountain Bike Adventure - MTB tours, bike sales and repairs. Bed and Breakfast + Resto Cafe + wifi
    1298-b V.Rama Ave, Guadalupe, Cebu City | 0942.959.7451

More Information about Cebu City

Suggested Destinations in Cebu

  1. Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
  2. Cebu City - rich in culture and history, 2nd largest city in the Philippines
  3. Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
  4. Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
  5. Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
  6. Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
  7. Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
  8. Barile Waterfalls - Barile
  9. Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
  10. Carcar - chicharon and lechon in public market



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