July 15, 2012
Theosophical Buffet Breakfast at Parklane Hotel
Location : Parklane Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines
Accommodation for 2
When I close a hotel deal, I usually get accommodation for 2 which includes breakfast. I've already wasted 30 days eating by myself until I realized that I can invite a friend to be my +1 for breakfast. Duh! I missed that chance at Golden Peak Hotel and Regal Hotel. However, now at Parklane Hotel, I started lining-up friends, ensuring I have a breakfast guest every morning to the hotel's sumptuous buffet breakfast.
The breakfast offering is decadent as it is lavish - salads, bread, coffee, puto maya, continental offerings, etc. My favorites? Camembert cheese, croissant, tablea hot cocoa, noodle soup cooked in front of you, fruits, and the charming server who wears a welcoming smile, Bern. The rest of the staff are equally courteous and helpful. Window table gives me visual space - nice!
|TheLoneRider: "I love Cebu. It brings out the good in me. Unlike other big cities, I don't have to put up with insensitive dog owners who let their dogs bark the entire night, or indifferent neighbors who bang their gates at 2am. Cebu is really doing it for me."
Robert (suppressed eye roll): "Dude, you live at Parklane Hotel"
The topic of conversation was anything under the sun, and ranged from hilarious to somber, from light to profound, but underpinning the talk was essentially self-awareness and higher evolution - not surprising since I only invited people who were within my immediate orbit; yoga practitioners, meditators, free-thinkers, Buddhists, etc.
A Bonding Thing
I didn't realize it at first, but what started as a simple way to share free breakfast, turned out to be quality one-on-one with acquaintances who potentially became friends. We'd have hours of conversation while returning to the buffet table for seconds, thirds and fourths! We laughed, reminisced, contemplated, and shared ideas. Before, I just see them within a big group. After the initial Hi's and Hello's, nothing more happens - we remain along the far perimeter of each other's social circle. By 'breaking bread' with them, I discover hidden layers that add more dimension to their unique personalities.
"Let's Have Lunch"
There are friends I would sometime bump into and we both go into auto pilot telling each other, "We should have lunch sometime!" I realize that unless you force the issue and make that happen, a few years down the road, you'll bump into each other again and say the same thing. Golden opportunities are missed and glorious potentials remain exactly that - unrealized potential.
Ratings and Comments
To kick it up a notch, with their breakfast experience, I can ask them for their impartial rating or comment on the establishment, which in turns populates the business' webpage and adds transparency. This benefits my online users.
I eat nice breakfast, my friends get to eat too, we bond and become better acquainted, the establishment gets reviewed, and my online users make informed decisions about the business. I like this. Things usually operate on a zero-sum game (someone's gain has to be someone else's loss). But coming from abundance, I make it a win-win game - everybody happy.
--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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(July 15, 2012) Enlightening Breakfast 🙂
(July 15, 2012) I just got into this part of your timeline, by accident, what's the idea of commenting on your breakfast trysts? It looks like a friendly superbreakfast treat to me if you are my old friend, but you have to email me the rest of the details. I forgot to take note of the hotels address here -- they are all in Cebu, or outside of Manila. hahaha
The pilgrim professor walks on... wait, Richard Wagner that German composer who changed music with his subliminal passion (my fav composer) has something on the Pilgrim ... listen to his Youtube classic pieces...he is electifying yet amazingly soft and gentle till he roars and thunders.
If ever we have something in common, it's poetry and music, or poetry in music, it's Rumi's mysticism in poetry, it's the baring and stripping of one's soul as you said, once and no amount of deleting it will erase it from memory, hahahah...just to balance off things, I laugh. When the frequencies are rising up, we try to lower the vibrations to keep humble and stay grounded.
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Cebu City to Camotes Island
Cebu City to Camotes Islands
- 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
Cebu City to Dumaguete 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 (bus, boat, jeep, tricycle)
- 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
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
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Cebu City to Siquijor by Boat, via Tagbilaran
Cebu City to Siquijor, via Tagbilaran
Cebu City to Siquijor by Bus, via Liloan (Santander)(as of Jan 2023)
There is only one bus plying this route - Sugbo Urban. Tourist class coach, a/c, comfortable, Sun-Fri (these dates keep changing). P420 for bus, P275 for ferry to Liloan. Leaves Cebu City (South Bus Terminal) at 8 pm (Sundays 1 am), heads south to Liloan (Santander), takes the ferry to Larena Port, Siquijor, docks around 5 am, makes a clockwise roundtrip around Siquijor Island - Larena, Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi (stops at Lazi market for breakfast and leaves 6:50 am), San Juan, Siquijor (arrives 8am, P50 from Lazi to Siquijor Poblacion) and catches the 1pm ferry at Larena Port for Liloan, Cebu and resumes its land route. Arrives Cebu City 10 pm.
Sugbo Urban is the cheapest and most convenient way because when it reaches Larena Port (Siquijor), it continues its trip around the island (clockwise) along the circumferential road, passing through - Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi, San Juan, Siquijor...and back to Larena. It spares you the cost of hiring a tricycle or habal-habal which charges exhorbitant fares. Besides, it's a long trip to the other side of the island to be taking by tricycle.
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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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