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Thursday, July 05, 2007

NEW PLAYGROUND: Cebu City







Sofia has to try the spa that our friends in Singapore are talking about. So we have to go with her. She promised we’ll only stay 3 days and she paid for our tickets so, why not. I so would like to go home first but an additional 3 days in the Philippines wouldn’t hurt.

I called Cebu City a “new playground” on the post title because this is our first time here. We took Singapore Airlines flight MI566 at 9:00 am but they are actually sharing codes with Silk Air it’s our first time to take Silk Air too. We arrived at Mactan-Cebu International Airport around 1:00pm.

We are staying at the Shangri La Mactan (which is actually in Lap-Lapu City, Mactan Island – 30 minutes to downtown) because this is where the Chi Spa located (as if other Shangri Las don't have it, ha!) AND IT’S NEXT TO THE BEACH! The lobby is great! Huge glass panels overlooking a garden and the staff are polite.

Cebu is an island province in central Philippines and Cebu City (it’s capital) is actually a metro areacities group together to form a huge city. Maybe we will explore the place more in the coming days to see what’s out there. Cebu is where the explorer Ferdinand Magellan first landed and converted the first Filipinos to Christianity – the dominant religion of the Philippines. Unfortunately, he was murdered 20 days later on this island (Mactan). *he should’ve made some friends first, before exploring farther! Ha!*

The architecture around the city bears proof of European influences – like the cathedrals and churches, but modern buildings (comparable to Saigon and Johor Bahru) dominates the skyline. The city is reachable by direct flights from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Taipei, Doha, Tokyo and many others.

Cebu City was the host of the 12th ASEAN Summit last January. Proving that this city is joining the big league (in a rush!), whether we like it or not.


I guess this is enough of an introduction for the moment. We’ll feature things and places as we visit and worthy mentioning as our SE Asian “treasures”.


"Maayong hapon bai. Kabalo ka og English? Gigutom ko."

Take that!


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20 Comments:

Bjrane of Norway said...

Oh my god! Go home and rest! LOL

Danica said...

What did you say on the last part? Looks harsh! :-) Kidding. Enjoy yourselves there. You should've went straight to Manila.

Akihiro said...

Hey guys! Am back to Bangkok now. Thanks for a wonderful time in Singapore. I should hang around more with you guys >>> you are all crazy!!!!!!!!!! Wooooot! See you back here. So, is it Saigon or Jakarta next?

Anonymous said...

I sent M. over there to look after you and I hope you won't be too naughty or crazy because M. is a famous face over there okay? You enjoy your weekend there. TOMMY

Mariani of Italy said...

Go try Colon St. Tell me what is there, please?

Anonymous said...

Don't even try to go out of the hotel for your own sake.

Juan de la Cruz said...

hoy! manakot ka ba jan? echingera ka no? bat nman ayaw mong palabasin sila? may gera ba sa cebu? bobang to!

(I told the anonymous poster: "hey! it's safe to go around cebu, what are you talking about?" > that's it! :-)

Enjoy our beaches!

FARAH said...

YOU PEOPLE NEVER LEARN! YOU ARE IN THE PHILIPPINES AGAIN? YOU WANT ME TO SET UP ANOTHER BLOG EXCLUSIVELY FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO US THERE 2 MONTHS AGO? DON'T DARE ME.

Sofia for BiSEAN said...

farah, bitch! shut the fokk up. we'll see you in 3 days.

misterhubs said...

Enjoy your stay guys

aries said...

wow. never thought someone would say something negative about cebu.

cebu is my second home and i love it. there are actually more fancy places other than mactan island.

the last line says:
good afternoon bai. do you know english. i'm hungry.

fernando magallanes said...

what happened to you 2 months ago? pisanu, you never posted that experience in this blog, did you?
you posted the trip to camiguin, but what exactly happened was not told... the reason why the quest for siargao was aborted. right? so what really happened??

anyways, welcome back sa pilipinas. enjoy! donut bai!

toxicboi said...

im a pinoy and in the interest f d "viewing public" can u pls tell us wat happend 2 u guys n cdo/butuan ct 2 mons ago? is it really dat bad? i hope ur not traumatize but thanx 4 cumin bak in d phils esp cebu its nice in der try d dried mangoes n OTAP hope u like it and enjoy ur stay! ",) we want details! ciao!
ps: nice blog u have hir im hooked reading it kip up d gud work! inspires me to make a blog too but not now in d near future perhps wen im not dat busy...

Q The Conqueror said...

He said "Good afternoon dude, Do you know how to speak English? I'm hungry." Haha. Most Cebuanos I know are really really friendly :D The ones I know also speak better English then Tagalog. Hehehe. Enjoy your stay there. :D

benignboi! said...

@toxicboi!!! well you really are a pinoy...you've proven it... it says with those text-typing! my god, this is an internet blog. this is not your mobile phone!!! save your text-typed messages for your txtm8s!
get out of here!!!! scoot! shoo!

ang lagay nyan, nagbabalak ka pang maglagay ng sarili mong blog? GOODLUCK!

toxicboi said...

@benignboi: dude ur an ass! clear case of filipino crab mentality!!! i thought pisanus blog is a celebration of everything SEasian eg pop culture/lifestyl and hir i am proudly expressing myself bigtym pinoy style!and wat do u do?...btw hu r u agen 2 critcze me f d owner of ths blog yes PISANU(RIVER) doesnt mind...now is there any BENIGN thing in that? UR MALIGNANT!

PS: all apologies 2 u pisanu 4 d mess this MALIGNANTboi causd...i hoped u lyk dried mango n otap in cebu...2 other readers as well let us not let this stupid MALIGNANTboi ruin our day....now on wid d show...err blog..",)

danyhael said...

LOL. i'm loving this site more. especially the two above me. they're so delicious i can't contain it.

anyway, i love to go to Cebu and buy tons of local donut and danggit.

Japan_Cebu122 said...

MAAYU!!!!!(GOOD)
TAGA CEBU KA BAI?(ARE YOU FROM CEBU?)
AKO CEBU KO NAA SA MANDAUE(ME ALSO IAM FROM CEBU HERE IN MANDAUE)

flipislandboy said...

hmmm.....i really missed my native island
CEBU. Been gone for 24 yrs. now. North America is not the same. I was a teenager when we left the country.

Anonymous said...

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anyways, Plantation Bay of Cebu City belongs to the 25th best resorts in Asia and 100th resorts in the world. they offer the best spa experience. visit their website at Plantationbay.com.

Ciao!

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