Hanging in Cebu

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Philippines  , Cebu City,
Monday, November 23, 2009

In all my time of flying to various countries, I've never caught a red eye. Yes the flights out of Europe to London tend to be late, but this flight we had picked up was at 01:50 !!!

Once landed, we grabbed our bags, found a taxi and made our way to our hotel. It was a cheapie at £15 per night and looked good on the web. Upon arrival, I realised I had fucked up. I had booked for three nights, but starting the next day !!! But the people there looked after and said no worries, your three days start now.

Day 1 GPS Trail

After a couple of hours sleep, we got up, had some breakfast and hit the streets. Cebu is actually the oldest of all Philippino islands as this was the place that the Spanish landed at first. Realistically, I didn't really know much about the place, and having no guide book, we were relying on some material that we had from Wikitravel !!!

Hitting the streets, we eventually came across a huge Cathedral. As it was Sunday, a service was going on and it was standing room only with people spilling onto the street. It was quite a scene seeing this. After the service was over, we had a walk around. It was a little plain, but interestring. Across the road was the large Basilica of Santo Niño and just like the cathedral, it was jammers. As stood there, the service ended and as the locals were leaving they were all waving goodbye to the church !!! There was more inside this one, but it was a bit hard to see much as it was dark and there were loads of people hanging around. Just outside was a huge courtyard which had something to do with the Basilica, but it was locked up and we could not enter.

Out the otherside was the most important monument on the island, or so we were told. It was Magellan's cross, the one he had put up nearly 500 years ago. This is what the locals told us, but wiki said a splinter lay inside. I kind of believe that story !!!

There was one more Spanish site to see, and that was the Fort San Pedro. It was small and reminded me of some that we had seen in Cuba. It was nice to walk around, but it didn't take long to see it all !!!

One thing that Cebu does have is massive shopping malls, so we when over to have a look. Lucy and Jacinta went crazy running around, spending money as only girls can !!! Everything was there, even a food hall, just goes to show that consumerism was rife down here !!!

Day 2 GPS Trail

Once up, we took a walk over to the otherside of town. There was a Taoist temple that I wanted to see as the island is heavily populated with people of Chinese origin. Upon arrival, it did look pretty good from the outside. We attempted to go in, but there was a security guard on the door who would not let us in. We tried reasoning with him, but his English was as useful as my Philippino and all he could say was, members only !!! And with that, we left.

We jumped in a cab and asked him to take us up to Tops. It is a scenic lookout on top of a mountain with great views, or so wiki told us !!! The drive up was good, in fact, our cab struggled, which made it a laugh !!! The view was pretty good, so we took our photos and then came down.

Back at the hotel, we cleaned up as we had a date with the boys who would be coming on the yacht trip. It wasn't far to their place and we found them, including the leader of the pack, Davey, playing pool and drinking beer. We joined in for a few, shooting the breeze as you do, before we jumped into some cabs and made our way over to some other bars. It was good to catch up with the guys who had been on our last trip and there were a few newbies as well. After a couple of hours, the majority of them wanted to go on and hit the gilie bars, and as this isn't our scene, we turned them down and went back as tomorrow was the start of the yacht trip and we did want to be fresh.

Day 3 GPS Trail

And Finally

It was a nice small introduction to the Philippines, the people were so fresh, and it has made me want to go back and see more, now it is just a matter of finding the time.
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