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.
--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Thank You Cebu(Jun 12, 2017) Life continued to roll by in Cebu...art openings, live music, alfreso dining, chill nights at Dragonfly, but at the tail-end of things, there was a growing restlessness...more »»
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About Cebu City
Cebu City Google Map
Cebu City, Philippines
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
firstname.lastname@example.org / www.liteferry.com
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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