May 4-31, 2017
Location: Cebu City, Cebu (province), Philippines
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.
City 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.
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.
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.
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.
One 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.
Cebu City, Philippines
More Information about Cebu City
Cebu City to Camotes Island
- via Consuelo - from Cebu City, take the northbound bus passing through Danao and get off at the Danao Port. At the Port, take a Jomalia Shipping boat for Consuelo (San Francisco, Camotes), 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).
Camotes Islands to Cebu City
- 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
- 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
- George and Peter Lines - Mon/Thur/Sat/Sun 10pm, (035)225.4337, 0922.557.1023
- Oceanjet - via Tagbilaran, daily 6am, email@example.com, 0918.898.2188
- Cokaliong - Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat 7pm, Sun 12pm, 6 hours, (035)225.3599
Cebu City to Dumaguete via Liloan
- Cebu City South Terminal - take the southbound Ceres bus to Liloan, P200, 5 hours
- Liloan - the bus drops you off at the Liloan Port where you board the Fastcraft to Sibulan, Negros Oriental, P62, 30 mins
- Sibulan - at the Sibulan Port, the jeeps wait for Fastcraft passengers to take them to the public market in Dumaguete, P12, 30 mins.
- Public Market - at the market, you can take any tricycle to your hotel, P8 for short trips
Cebu City to Tagbilaran, Bohol
- 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
- 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
- SuperCat (2GO) - Pier 1, departs 08:15-13:30-15:10-18:00-19:40
+63 32 233 7000
- 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
firstname.lastname@example.org / www.liteferries.com
Suggested Destinations in Cebu
- Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
- Cebu City - rich in culture and history, 2nd largest city in the Philippines
- Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
- Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
- Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
- Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
- Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
- Barile Waterfalls - Barile
- Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
- Carcar - chicharon and lechon in public market
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