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Cebu Living May 4-31, 2017

Cebu Living

Location: Cebu City, Cebu (province), Philippines

Letting Go
It's been nearly a month of chilling-out since I arrived Cebu. It's relaxing to simply allow things to take shape and happen - not unlike the way of the Tao. By letting go, I allow my Karmic process to happen unimpeded. I am taken where I need to be and I meet the magnificent lives I need to meet.

Cebu MTB AdventuresCity Bicycle Commute
Perhaps the biggest difference about my stay this time, is that I now commute by mountain bike (courtesy of Cebu MTB Adventures). It gets me places a lot faster without traffic, without the mandatory 18-min walk to the guardhouse, saves me transport money and gets me fit - as in weight-loss fit as I climb the steep road of Beverly Hills to Jeanne's house with a full load of groceries/laundry on my back. How cool is that? The one challenge I have is that I'll be arriving to my destination sweaty and panting - so attending an art opening exhibit with cocktails and hors d'oeurves with well-heeled folks poses a challenge.

Cebu Living
city commute by bicycle

Last time I had time on my hands was in Camotes Islands where I caught-up with web technologies and learned new skills. There was no downtime as every minute counted. Here in Cebu though, it felt strange. I seem to enjoy chilling-out too much - because I initially had a congestion that lingered, because I was viewing too many Anonymous videos and getting caught-up in StubleUpon web features. Sure, I was still productive, but compared to Camotes, I'm just plain living a lazy life here.

My Camotes Islands days epitomized life on the workout lane where mornings were characterized by calisthenic exercises combined with yoga. I was in my elements then. I tried simulating that in Cebu at Jeanne's - calisthenics, rope skipping, asanas and interval-training. I could emulate the workout of elite athletes like Chris Heria, with one advantage going for me - as a yogi, I synchronize breath with movement and I finish off with pranayama and meditation. When it's all done, I'm a Phoenix rising out of my ashes where a renewed version of me is reborn - akin to a cleansing baptismal rite. In my pedestrian parlance, "boundary na ako" - the rest of the day is just gravy.

morning workout
rope skipping, inversions, pranayama, meditation, asana, etc.

It sounds clinical, specially in Cebu where the genteel culture is more tolerant and forgiving, but in my black-and-white world where the tentative gray is minisculed, I simply found it best to clutter-clear the energies again - discern which energies I have to hug close to me, from those I have to keep at bay, and those I need to love from a distance. With no excess baggage, I am optimized. Let's just say I travel light, carrying with me, only what I need.

What would I do without Fujinoya Cafe? It's my default cafe where I can treat my friends (because I have an ex-deal with them) to the best coffee in town, subtle pastry (yes, it's a weird description for pastry) in laid-back ambience that encourages conversation among friends instead of being glued to their hand-helds. Outside of Beverly Hills, Fujinoya is my oasis. It simply makes my life in Cebu exponentially more conducive to my across the coffee table conversations. With extreme-barrista Tidow back in town, the cafe just got a little livelier.

Ending Thoughts
It never fails. Even though Cebu remains largely unchanged with the exception of its increasingly crippling traffic, the energies are as dynamic as it gets. Cebu offers a different flavor and experience with every visit.

Jeanne TorrefrancaOne thing remains reassuringly constant though - Jeanne. Our friendship remains my cornerstone for Cebu. Without that, Cebu would be another destination amongst many - albeit a beautiful destination. I am grateful for our deepening friendship as I am grateful for everything unfolding in Cebu. I'm no spring chicken, but I remain this wide-eyed child, awed and mesmerized by all the wonders unveiled before me.

With my dear Ashtangi dentist, Doc Jean, treating me and asking me to see her again after 6 weeks, it seems like my Cebu stay has just been extended. I am in eager anticipation on how the next 6 weeks unravel.

Thank you Jeanne, thank you Cebu, even though the last chapter hasn't been drafted yet.

--- TheLoneRider

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

Cebu City to Camotes Island

Camotes Islands to Cebu City

  1. Poro - Cebu City (fastest and most direct) - go to Poro and take the 8am or 5pm Ocean Jet to Pier One in Cebu City, P380/pax/aircon, 2 hours
  2. Consuelo - Danao - Cebu City - go to Consuelo (San Francisco) and take the Jomalia Shipping boat to Danao, P220/pax, a/c, 2 hours, daily trip - 5:30am, 7:00am (special trip), 8:30am, 12:00 noon (express), 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:00pm (express, Fri/Sat/Sun only). From Danao, take the Ceres Bus to Cebu City

Cebu City to Dumaguete, Negros Oriental by Boat

Cebu City to Dumaguete via Liloan

  1. Cebu City South Terminal - take the southbound Ceres bus to Liloan, P200, 5 hours
  2. Liloan - the bus drops you off at the Liloan Port where you board the Fastcraft to Sibulan, Negros Oriental, P62, 30 mins
  3. Sibulan - at the Sibulan Port, the jeeps wait for Fastcraft passengers to take them to the public market in Dumaguete, P12, 30 mins.
  4. Public Market - at the market, you can take any tricycle to your hotel, P8 for short trips

Cebu City to Tagbilaran, Bohol

  1. Weesam Express - Pier 4, departs 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 2 hours
    one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
    round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
    round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
  2. Ocean Jet - Pier 1, departs 6-7-8-9:20-10:40-11:40AM, 1-2-4:20-6:35PM, 2 hours
    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63 932 8734 885 / +63 922 8572 300
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - Pier 1, departs 08:15-13:30-15:10-18:00-19:40
    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000
  4. Lite Ferries - Pier 1, departs daily 12:30pm, 10:00pm and 1:00pm (Mon, Wed, Sat)
    Standard (Lying) Php 150, Tourist (Lying Aircon) Php 340
    +63 977.822.5483 / +63 998.999.5483 / +63 925.347.5483 / (032)255-1721 to 26 / (032)414-9001 to 03 /
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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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