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Thank You Cebu, til the Next Time Oct 21, 2013 - May 15, 2014

Thank You Cebu, til the Next Time

Location Google Map: Cebu City, Philippines

When I was still in Compostela Valley and received a text from Jeanne Torrefranca saying, "come to Cebu, let's do yoga everyday", I didn't think I'd be staying in Cebu a good 7 months. Many things happened, but the one overiding activity is definitely yoga. Not since I took my 200-hour Empath Yoga teacher training with Erica Boucher have I immersed myself in yoga. For some stretches of time, I was thinking, living, dreaming and waking up to yoga. Yoga became the black hole that sucked me deep into its inner bowels. It was a fix, an obsession and a passion.

Yoga with Jeanne Torrefranca
Through Jeanne's friendship, I smoothly transitioned into teaching yoga to many of Cebu's yoga studios, resorts and hotels. Jeanne was my benefactor who made things happen - introduced me to her community and friends, provided a roof over my head (and not accepting my rent money), taught me how to teach Ashtanga Yoga (I didn't finish it) and tagged me along her many gigs. We would be engaged in long, sometimes heated discussion about everything under the sun. Indeed, Cebu would be a radically different Cebu to me if not for Jeanne and her magic wand.I would affectionately refer to her as the Dragonfly Goddess (and us, as her Warriors of Light). Thank you Jeanne. I am always grateful.

Yoga Training with Veer (Vaibhav Rana)
(Dec 6, 2013 - Mar 14, 2014) When I resumed his class again after more than a year of absence, it reaffirmed that I found the teacher whose teaching style and yogic philosophy I could subscribe to. I learned a lot from Veer. My practice grew exponentially. Every session was a level-up from the last. I was pushed beyond my comfort zone. I learned new approaches to yoga, it's history/mythology, I learned mudras and bandhas, meditation, pranayama and kumbhaka, etc. By the time I left, I had a vast overview of yoga, I could connect several difficult poses on arm-balances using bandhas, kumbhaka, etc. I learned how to enhance a pose given our human anatomy and more importantly, knowing what a pose is supposed to do. Even if I didn't stay long enough in Cebu until he would return back to India (~Aug 2014), I feel that I could more or less blueprint my path into the bigger yogic landscape he painted for us, my beloved YogiVeers (the same people who show up consistently to attend his classes). For everything I learned from him, I will always be profoundly grateful. Thank you, Veer!

The handstand has been my burning passion in Cebu. This has been the most elusive of them all. For years now, I'd been trying to perfect my handstand. Even though my longest recorded handstand is 13 seconds, I was never into a steadystate. I would still be walking my hands all over the place. Nearly all my yoga injuries resulted out of my handstand practice. I have developed the strength to support my body weight on a handstand and I have developed the technique of throwing myself up for a vertical pose...but I can't achieve a steady state that would allow me to hold it long enough as a meditative mudra.

Cebu Activities
I dipped my fingers on a few regular activities during my stay. They simply added dimension to my Cebu experience.

Real Estate
Apart from yoga, many things were reintroduced to me in Cebu. When the hotel deals dried up, I realized I had to find a more reliable way to put a roof over my head. Of course, I usually meet magnanimous people who offer their homes for me to stay at, but that's more of an unexpected surprise. It would be a cheat if I rely on that - or to even be accustomed to that. If land developers continuously renew their subscription to my website, then that tells me they are selling properties out of it. So, instead of having a fee-based web subcription from them, why not be an agent for them? For the same work, I stand to make more. I won't have to knock on developers' doors to sell them a webpage subscription (something I don't like doing), but instead, develop a realestate website on my own and sit back, relax, and let the powerful search engines do the selling for me - to a global audience. It's just a game of numbers anyway. The more properties I develop on the web, the increased likelihood I'll get inquiries. At least that's the plan.

Online Trading and BMWs
An unexpected Cebu surprise was attending Online Trading talks and test driving BMWs. In my renunciate paradigm, these are relics from my distant past - a failed attempt to own a Lamborghini through online swing trading. Sadly, I have neither the money nor the desire for either. But I think it's an affectionate curve-ball my benevolent universe throws at me as a practical joke. In my thought bubble, "nice try :)". Here in Cebu, Kaye Luym-Salas (otherwise known as the Director of Possibilities for A~List Events), keeps me in her short list of invitees to essential events here in Cebu (like online trading talks, fashion shows, art openings, etc.) - thank you, Kaye.

Ending Thoughts
Leaving Cebu came to me as an unexpected curve-ball. I thought I would settle here. My yoga practice with Veer was going strong. I was thriving. I found yoga practitioners within the community I could resonate with, I was beginning to expand my social horizon as I continued to meet new and interesting people, I shifted business direction requiring a more stable residency...I had "Cebu" practically tattoed to my forehead. I had an open invite for a beachfront resort in Boracay but I chose to remain in Cebu. An invite to pursue advanced scuba diving in Apo Island with hotel stays in Dumaguete but again, I chose to remain in Cebu. But in the rare episode of energy discord (yes, I am trying my best to be vague here), a new path was once again blazed for me. It was a choice - stay in Cebu and continue what I've started, or choose the uncertainty life is putting on my plate. It was another case of Red Pill vs. the Blue Pill. As a seeker, I had to choose the red pill and allow life to take me where it takes me. But given how life has been unraveling for me as I follow its bidding in full compliance, I take faith that there is something else in store for me outside Cebu. For all the abundance, the generosity, the warmth and the bliss...daghang salamat, Cebu and to all the wonderful people who call it home.

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Blogs about Insight on Cebu

Veer (Vaibhav Rana) Blogs
  1. Thank You Cebu, til the Next Time Oct 21, 2013 - May 15, 2014
  2. Leveling Up: Veer-Yoga with the YogiVeers Apr 11, 2014
  3. Yoga Immersion with Veer (Vaibhav Rana) Mar 5, 2014
  4. Hiatus Feb 22, 2014
  5. Demystefying Ashtanga Yoga Feb 13, 2014
  6. Shifting Yoga Paradigm Feb 12, 2014
  7. Abundance in Cebu (Part 2) Feb 11, 2014
  8. Crossroads Jan 20, 2014
  9. Deepening the Yoga Practice in Cebu Jan 12, 2014
  10. Fab People: Vaibhav Rana (Veer) Jan 1, 2014
Blogs about Jeanne
  1. Cebu City Peoplescape Dec 4, 2022
  2. Ashtanga Primary Series Yoga in Cebu May 5, 2017
  3. 3-Night Cebu Stopover Apr 6-9, 2017
  4. Thank You Cebu, til the Next Time Oct 21, 2013 - May 15, 2014
  5. Aqua Yoga with Jeanne Torrefranca at Dragonfly Pool May 4, 2014
  6. SUP Yoga with Jeanne Torrefranca at Plantation Bay Mar 23, 2014
  7. Jeanne's Community Outreach Program Mar 2, 2014
  8. New Year Yoga at Dragonfly Yoga Studio Jan 1, 2014
  9. Fab People: Jeanne Torrefranca (Yogini) Dec 25, 2013
  10. Cebu Yoga Immersion Nov 14, 2013

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About Cebu City
  • Cebu City is the 2nd biggest city in the Philippine (next to Manila) - and it continues to build and expand. Traffic is getting bad. Decentralization is being developed with the SM Super Mall in the SRP south and the suburban towns in the north.
  • Boat from the airport to the city center - even without traffic, it takes about 4 rides to reach the city. But with Cebu's increasing traffic congestion, it has become a nightmare. Instead of taking the land route, take the water route - no traffic, fresher air and cheaper. From the airport, take the yellow multi-cab straight to the river port and take the ferry (there's only one destination) to the city. Take the 02B jeep and get off at UC near Jones - you're now on the city's main artery.
  • given its size and increasing congestion, Cebu really needs a mass railway system - something that is conspicuously lacking, but no one seems to complain about
  • Cebu is bursting at the seams on the yoga scene. There are about 20 yoga centers in the city - from yoga studios to gyms offering yoga and hotels jumping on the bandwagon
  • a trendy and safe place in Cebu where you can chillout for coffee and enjoy good eats would be at the Ayala Mall
  • there are other pocket-areas for trendy hangouts - Banila Town Center, Crossroads, Escario Plaza, La Vie, etc.
  • the tourist area where most of the budget hotels and restaurants are, are located within the Mango area, although it has a seedy belly feel. Kids may swarm on you pretending to be begging, but they could be picking your pocket or your backpack pockets - be careful
  • many pick-pockets in the Colon area - be careful
Cebu City Google Map

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
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Cebu City to Camotes Island

Cebu City to Camotes Islands

  1. via Poro - from Pier One in Cebu City, take the Ocean Jet for Poro, 2 hours, daily trip - 6am and 3pm (0936.823.8762 |0956.270.6610 | 0999.889.9999).
  2. 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

  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

Cebu City to Dumaguete by Boat

  1. George and Peter Lines - Mon/Thur/Sat/Sun 10pm, (035)225.4337, 0922.557.1023
  2. Oceanjet - via Tagbilaran, daily 6am,, 0918.898.2188
  3. 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)

  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

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 /
Cebu City to Siquijor by Boat, via Tagbilaran

Cebu City to Siquijor, via Tagbilaran

  1. Lite Ferries - Pier 1, departs M/W/SAT at 1:00pm, 10 hours, economy Php 649 (through, layover in Tagbilaran 5:45pm-8:00pm, arrives Larena Port, Siquijor at 11:00pm
    +63 977.822.5483 / +63 998.999.5483 / +63 925.347.5483 / (032)255-1721 to 26 / (032)414-9001 to 03 /
  2. Ocean Jet - Pier 1, departs daily at 1pm, 5 hours
    Open Air P1600
    +63 932 8734 885 / +63 922 8572 300

Cebu City to Siquijor by Bus, via Liloan (Santander) (as of Jan 2023)

Sugbo Urban
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.

Sugbo Urban

Sugbo Urban

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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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