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Cebu Living May 4-31, 2017

Cebu Living

Location Google Map: 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

Semi-productive
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.

Workouts
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
Workout: rope skipping, inversions, pranayama, meditation, asana, etc.

Clutter-Clearing
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.

FujinoyaFujinoya
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 TorrefrancaJeanne Philippines
Yoga Teacher
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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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
    1298-b V.Rama Ave, Guadalupe, Cebu City | 0942.959.7451
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, dumticketing@oceanjet.net, 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
    info@liteferries.com.ph / www.liteferry.com
Cebu City to Siquijor, via Tagbilaran

Cebu City to Siquijor, via Tagbilaran

  1. Lite Ferries - Pier 1, departs M/W/SAT at 1:00pm, economy Php 649 (through barkota.com), layover in Tagbilaran 6:30pm-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
    info@liteferries.com / www.liteferry.com
  2. Ocean Jet - Pier 1, departs daily at 1pm, 5 hours
    Open Air P1600
    +63 932 8734 885 / +63 922 8572 300

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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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