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Manila - Cebu City: from Touch-down to my Hotel Oct 13, 2022

Manila - Manila - Cebu City: from Touch-down to my Hotel

Location Google Map: Cebu City, Cebu (province), Philippines

Touch-Down Manila
When my plane touched down in Manila, it was a relief for me to know that all my Thailand concerns (immigration, etc.) were over. The plane taxied to its bay but stopped short of it for quite an uncomfortable amount of time...30 minutes on standstill? Apparently, there was a red light situation in the airport prompting all activities to be halted. It wasn't explained what caused the red light. A lot of passengers including myself, got jumpy and the queue to the toilet got long. What if I miss my connecting flight to Cebu? But finally, the plane moved and we disembarked.

Manila - Cebu City: from Touch-down to my Hotel
long wait inside the plane after touch-down

I still had to get my luggage and had it manually transferred for my connecting flight to Cebu. The flight to Cebu was full but otherwise uneventful.

Manila - Cebu City: from Touch-down to my Hotel
sighting Cebu from the plane window

Touch-Down Cebu
When my plane touched down in Cebu, I had an increased sigh of relief - a lot of steps and preparations from packing in Chiang Mai, itinerary in Bangkok, immigration/Covid documents, etc. were now behind me. My mental baggage was lightening up.

It was time to open up my next list called "To do upon touch-down in Cebu". By doing this ahead of time, it allowed my mind to stop racing because all I had to do was mindlessly follow the steps I've already researched on, and then chronologically follow them.

  1. Go to Park Mall - I followed Ayn's advice (a friend in Cebu) to take public transport to Park Mall, buy a local sim and book an Angkas Grab motorcycle ride from there. I didn't want to take a cab and I didn't have a local mobile sim card.

    Going to Park Mall wasn't that easy. It entailed 2 rides and it was drizzling. Also, a crowd of people was waiting for the same ride. I had one big backpack and one small backpack with me. How do I fit myself inside a crowded jeepney with all that? Sure, I should have taken the cab, but it would feel like bailing out.

    1st Ride
    Fortunately, while waiting for the jeepney, an empty cargo van stopped by and the people requested the driver to give them a lift. He agreed. Not wanting to be left behind, everybody scampered inside, myself included. We found out there was practically no seat inside - maybe for 4 pax only. Most of us had to squat with nothing to hold on to. When the van stopped at a traffic light, we would all be thrown to the front! It was rough-hewn, but honestly, I was loving it. It felt like the good old days when I lived life like a guerilla.

    Manila - Cebu City: from Touch-down to my Hotel
    squatting inside an unlit van with nothing to hold on to

    2nd Ride
    I got off where I needed to take the 2nd ride. This was another hurdle. I got inside what they called the 'modern jeep'. It was really nothing more than a bigger van with seats but it had a/c. I had to sit down with my big backpack still on me, leaving my butt only about 2 inches of support. When the driver stepped on the brake, my butt would slide off. It wasn't comfortable. But as a yogi, I saw it simply as my tapas - enduring discomfort with a calm and non-reactive mind. But again, to be honest, I was loving it. In the meantime, I was talking to the locals beside me and having a nice time connecting with them - we can communicate in Tagalog! It's something I couldn't do with the locals of Thailand.

    Manila - Cebu City: from Touch-down to my Hotel
    seated with my backpack still strapped to me...my butt kept slipping off the edge of the seat

    Finally, I reached Park Mall. Who would have thought that covering this little distance from the airport to Park Mall would be an adventure all its own?
  2. Buy a local sim card - for me to book an Angkas motorcycle ride, I had to buy a sim card, buy data, download the Angkas app, and book the ride. Since all that was confusing to me in my current situation and state of mind, I asked the counter lady to do everything for me. She was so nice. I was enjoying my engagement with the locals.
  3. Getting the Motorcycle Ride - there was no available Angkas driver! Frustrated and tired, I just approached a guy with a motorcycle and offered to pay him PHP 100 (US$2) for a ride to my hotel. He agreed. We continued talking all the way until I reached my hotel. I was really enjoying myself talking with the locals.

  4. Manila - Cebu City: from Touch-down to my Hotel
    on the motorcycle en route to my hotel

  5. Check-In at Hostel 7 Cebu - after 12 hours on the journey since Bangkok, I finally reached my hotel where I could rest my weary body. It was close to 10 pm.

Ending Thoughts
Of course, I could have avoided all the difficulties by simply taking a cab. At this point, I have the money for it anyway. But if I took that easy and safe route, all this adventure would have been forfeited. It's no different from taking a choice - blue pill or red pill? By doing it the hard way, I enhance my tapas, fortify my mind, feel the rough-hewn texture of life and I meet new people who add animation to this mundane-turned-exciting sojourn. In a way, I would venture to say that taking life this way is like drinking the fountain of youth - you'll simply stay forever young as vitality and adrenaline flows through you.

--- 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 / www.liteferries.com

More on Cebu Province:

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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