Perpie in Pinas 2014 – Cebu Once More: A Day in the Metro

This is the third part of CEBU ONCE MORE series. If you missed the first part, read it here – BE in Mactan. And the second part? Check it out here – Mactan Shrine & Sutukil.

Part of this post has been first published at The Filipino Expat. You can also check it out here – On Pinoy Malling and Cebu Lechon.

It was beautiful and sunny the following day we arrived, fitting for what we planned to do first in the city of Cebu. Since I’ve been here several times, as expected, I prepared an itinerary for the first-timer – my hubby of course! He had also been looking forward to this tour, as this was going to be the start for him to truly explore what my home country has in store, beyond the beach life that he’d ever been acquainted with. Read more

Perpie in Pinas 2014 – Cebu Once More: Mactan Shrine & Sutukil

This is the second part of CEBU ONCE MORE series. If you missed the first part, read it here – BE in Mactan.

Mactan Shrine Park is a must for first-time visitors in Mactan island. Here, you will see the shrines erected in honor of the two most significant figures in the Philippines history – Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who led the Spanish-commissioned expedition for the Spice Islands that resulted in the first circumnavigation of the world and the commence of discovery of the Philippines; and Lapu-Lapu, the chieftain of Mactan who bravely defended his sovereignty, through which it led to a battle that eventually killed Magellan.

We were planning to visit Mactan shrine after our Sutukil dinner, but the ever-annoying barkers led us to pass by it first instead. We found a slight relief after seeing a local police in the area. The park’s small so it was easy to find the memorial shrines. First, there’s a memorial tower in honor of Ferdinand Magellan, from which its spot is believed to be the area Magellan was killed in the battle on 1521. After a few walks we found a tall bronze statue of Lapu-Lapu. Read more

Perpie in Pinas 2014 – Cebu Once More: BE in Mactan

While everybody was getting ready to return home after celebrating the New Year in Boracay, my husband and I continued our escapade in the Philippines. Our next stop was the island hailed as the “queen city of the south.”

Cebu is not new to me; this must be my third visit already. The latest one was just two years ago, when my mom and I went to see the mall and the churches, and taste the popular lechons. And we succeeded; for just an overnight stay, we were able to do it all. In fact, this itinerary was specially crafted for first-timers like my mom (at that time). Now that it’s my husband’s turn, I felt the need to follow it again. Yet of course, it would be a bore for me if I didn’t add a few new things to do for our stay in Cebu. Read more

Perpie in Pinas 2014 – New Year in Boracay

Tropical storm named Feria and Zest Air overshot Caticlan runway,
Getting lost in the new NAIA 3 and 2-hour Cebu-Pacific flight delay,
Come high or hell water, we made it to Boracay.

Dazzling blue skies, breathtaking sunsets,
Fine white sands,blindingly turquoise waters.
Parasailing, windsurfing, snorkeling…water activities of all kinds.
Good eats and thumping nightlife.

Moroccan cuisines at Kasbah, go Greek at Zuzuni,
Refreshing dishes at Lemoni cafe, tasty Thai at Sa’Neh Thai,
More ice cream, cold drinks, and milk shakes to refresh us,
Seafood shopping and paluto at D*talipapa.

Free lunch buffet at Astoria Boracay only to be held up for sales talk.
We saw Boy Abunda as endorser, we left the building.
Another poster of him at Station 3, that prompted us to return to Station 2.
Then we met Jim and Michelle, that started a party. Read more

My 10 Most Unforgettable Travels in 2013 (2 of 2)

If you missed the first half of this post, check it out at Part 1 of My Top 10 Most Unforgettable Travels in 2013.

After getting married in a fairytale-like Nordic island called Aeroskobing, we flew back to Switzerland, packed our luggages again and went on to our honeymoon the next day.  Yet the honeymoon seemed to continue after Italy. We also went to visit Porto in Portugal for a long weekend, and the Philippines for 3 weeks.

6. Hiking through the five villages of Cinque Terre

Otherwise known as the “Five Lands,” Cinque Terre features five beautiful fishing villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. We stayed in Levanto, a village that lies at the northern end of these little villages of Cinque Terre. After many months of being in the cold, we had our first good dose of Italian sun at its beach. Read more

Perpie in Pinas 2012: Cebu, Bai

“Bai” is a Cebuano word which means a brother or a friend, and is typically used in addressing a person whose name you don’t know. 

Roughly 5 years ago, my former company sent me to visit one of our offices in Cebu. The 2-week stay was short.  It’s sweet nonetheless, because I got easily drawn to the charm of this city.

Re-visiting Cebu after 5 years is like meeting an old friend.  I recall the consistently friendlier, more courteous and honest Cebuanos. Taxi drivers would return fare change in almost exact amount. Staff in restaurants, shopping stores or hotels would give you a smile, greet you politely and cordially help you meeting your needs. Or just any Cebuano passing by, you ask a question or help, they’d go the extra mile. Read more