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Last Leg: Luzon to Visayas in two weeks (December 2017, Part 5)

So, we are now in the final segment of our Luzon to Visayas adventure trip — and what a ride it has been! Yes, just one more sea travel and two land trips then finally, we’re back to Cebu City; but not after a few memorable days in Bacolod City, of course.

Anyway, while traveling by plane is cool — as you get to your destination faster and thus have more free time when you arrive — traveling by land and sea are simply much better. After all, if it’s adventure you really seek, then long land and (at times rough?) sea travels would get really your juices flowing right off the bat — yep, whether locally or internationally!

Okay, okay, adventure is out there in your intended destination — whatever part of the world it may be — but really, aren’t they just mostly beaches or slices of nature? See?? Then why not make the Philippines part of that experience? Yeah, especially if you’re a local, otherwise, a foreigner who is already in the country or planning a vacation somewhere on earth. See for one, the Philippines’ got thousands of islands to hop around and consequently beautiful sceneries and beaches to relax and enjoy! So.

Last Leg: Bacolod to San Carlos to Toledo.. then eventually Cebu City

Bacolod City to San Carlos City. Bus. 2h 20m. P153. Now while San Carlos is still part of Negros Occidental, understand that it is almost 80 kilometers away from Bacolod, so you got to get to South Ceres Bus Terminal first which is in Luzuriaga Street for that bus ride.

In this trip, you would be passing by the towns of Murcia and Don Salvador Benedicto before reaching San Carlos. There are actually some nice sceneries and tourist spots (like the Negros Chocolate Hills, mountain resorts and some man-made forest of sorts) along the way that if you are traveling by car and got some spare time, you could actually stop first and make some memories. I was in a bus, so the most I could do was take pictures on the go. Not bad.

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Rich sugarcane fields of Murcia, Negros Occidental

San Carlos City to Toledo City. Fastcat. 1h 10m. P150 + P20 terminal fee. It was about 4:10PM when the bus arrived at the San Carlos bus terminal. And I found out that there were still two trips scheduled for Toledo City, 5PM (Fastcat) and 6PM (Lite Ferries) — and so, I started asking around about the place like accommodation, malls, places of interest and stuff. You know, maybe I could spend even a night or two first before boarding the ship to Cebu. Haha.

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Gaisano San Carlos City

Then again, I’ve just been away too long and it’s already a new year so okay, better next time since I am also planning to climb Mount Canlaon (2,435 meters in Negros Occidental) anyway. Yeah, hopefully sometime this year I’d be at its peak. Hopefully.

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Port of Toledo City, Cebu

Toledo City to Cebu City. Van. 2h. P100. Here I took the 5PM trip to Toledo and arrived after an hour. Yeah, it’s nighttime once again. And they say there are only two Ceres buses that ply Toledo that by the time I arrived, only vans remain for trips to Cebu City. And so, after taking some pictures, I then joined some of the ship’s passengers in the tricycle (P10 per head) to the van’s terminal.

20 minutes later, our van left Toledo for Cebu City.

Travel Philippines: Luzon to Visayas in two weeks (December 2017, Part 1)

The holidays inarguably gives most of us more free time not to mention a little more funds at hand; and so encouraging us to do something a little more adventurous as well. And perhaps that’s exactly what happened this Christmas season of 2017 to many of us..

With a business trip to the north, Luzon that is, I felt that it was time for a different kind of experience — at least after my purpose has been done, of course. And so, a two-week adventure!

MY ROUTE: Cebu City to Manila to Batangas City to Calapan City to Roxas, Oriental Mindoro to Caticlan to Iloilo City to Bacolod City to San Carlos City to Toledo City and back to Cebu City!

Luzon to Visayas travelogue: 5 land and 4 sea travels. Actual travel routes are not straight paths

Wow, I could have just flown back again to Cebu! But yeah, this time it was a mix of air, rough seas and long hours of land travel that even included night and dawn trips, most of which you could not imagine how exhausting they actually were — but in the end, just all worth it.

For your reference and in case you plan to do such an adventurous trip, oh connecting trips, as well — guess there’s no real need to tell you the exact days of my travel (since you may want to cut it short or prolong your stay in one or several places depending on your time, interest and budget) but just the costs (as of December 2017), the time it took and some comments. Take note that these are basically my travel expenses and not counting the hotel stay, laundry, meals, snacks, supplies, souvenirs, in-city fares, tourist spot fees and some emergency money. And so, without further adieu..

Air Travel: Cebu City to Manila

Cebu City to Manila. AirAsia. 1h 20m. P2,300. The plane trip left as scheduled but was actually 20 minutes ahead of its ETA (estimated time of arrival) which has sort of become a signature for AirAsia as this has always been the case whenever I fly the airline. Hmm, that’s good. The airfare, on the other hand, varies depending on when and where you booked and when you wish to fly. Frequent flyers know this. The nearer your flight date, the more expensive it becomes. On the contrary, the farther your flight date, the lower the airfare would be, of course with consideration to the airline’s price threshold.

Manila to Batangas City. Bus at Taft Ave. cor. Buendia. 1h 40m. P168. When in Manila, be mindful of the traffic so watch your sked. Anyhow, considering the distance (103 km) and traffic, my long-time friend informed me that the trip could take 3-4 hours. But to my pleasant surprise, it only took less than two hours. So yes, great!

Port of Batangas

Batangas City to Calapan City (Mindoro Oriental). Roro ship. 2h 30m. P200 fare + P30 terminal fee. I actually got to the pier at about mid-morning in hope that I could leave by lunchtime at least — but the rains just had so many passengers caught in disarray that even with several shipping lines open for booking, I was only able to secure mine for the 3PM trip that only left at around 3:30PM.

Calapan City to Roxas (Mindoro Oriental). Van. P200. While both places are in the same province, the distance was really quite far (119.3 km) so it took the van 2h 30m to reach Roxas in this north to south trip. What’s tough in riding a van though is the placement of your luggages. With most everybody having at least a backpack or two and no real compartment in the van, you would be forced to just let your baggages sit on your lap for the trip. At least, initially.

Port of Calapan

Mindoro’s basic disadvantage: No buses. So, consider your itinerary.

Watch out for our second part, The Boracay Enigma!

TODAY: 10 Famous Landmarks in Cebu City

So now, how about those top landmarks in Cebu City? Well, especially if you are new or have not really been to Cebu, visiting these attractions within the city would surely be worth your time — as more than just souvenirs, having photos wherever you may go are memories to cherish.

Still, while the older the landmark, the better it is for posterity — there are some spots that are not even a decade old which is a good sign since it only means Cebu City is not just trying to preserve its tourist attractions but making new ones as well.

And so, here now are the 10 Famous Landmarks in Cebu City..

Basilica Del Sto. Niño
Magellan’s Cross
Fort San Pedro
Cebu Heritage Monument
Colon Street: The Oldest Street in the Philippines
Pedro Calungsod Chapel
SM Seaside City Cebu: The 3rd Largest Mall in the Philippines
Cebu Taoist Temple
Sirao Flower Farm: Cebu’s Little Amsterdam
Temple of Leah

There are certainly other sites in the city, like our featured image — it’s the Cebu Provincial Capitol; however, while some of them may also be beside those we picked (like, Plaza Independencia is just in front of Fort San Pedro, also, SM Seaside and the Pedro Calungsod Chapel are just fronting each other), we actually chose spots based on what truly defines Cebu City — yes, as of today.

TODAY: Top 10 Mall Games in Cebu City

It’s the Halloween, and what timing! Longer holidays and sure, people just enjoying their vacation. Well, while many may have gone to their hometowns, else, beaches and other interesting places. Malls still do offer some unique fun, not just movies but in games as well — yes, whether for children or adults!

But before we proceed, here’s an interesting trivia. Did you know that most of these mall games have various names depending on the mall that you’re in? This could be confusing, thus, we just decided to give them our own descriptive name instead — so, just take a careful look at the pictures for you to recognize these games.

Here goes..

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Shooting Hoops

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Kiddie Fun Ride

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Combat Video Game

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Stuffed Toy Grabber

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Car Driving Simulator

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Deep Sea Board Shooting

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Coin Treasure

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Videoke Box

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Gun Shooting Video Game

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2K Basketball Video Game

If some of your favorite mall games are ranked lower, or are not even on this list — then it means they are not found in most malls but are only seen in selected or larger malls in Cebu City. And so if they are not around, how could they be played with, right?

Anyway, there’s just so much more to add or improve in terms of mall games in this part of the world — no worry, we’ll get there.

TODAY: Top 10 Food Kiosks in Cebu City

Okay, let’s now get into kiosks — not those big, fast food chains or restaurants that we instinctively think of but the more popular, little ones that we usually see in the malls of Cebu City.

Yes, while a couple of them may have already found their way out of food carts and onto resto-type spots with a few tables and chairs — they still could not be categorized as a full-fledged food store as they still don’t have enough of such franchises instead many still thrives on kiosks that we know of.

And so, we bring you today’s Top 10 Food Kiosks in Cebu City which we categorized as follows: Current Craze, Fast Rising, and Old Favorites.

CURRENT CRAZE

  • LEYLAM. Now, who doesn’t like beef? Well most everyone does except, understandably, for those bounded by religious beliefs as well as some vegans out there. And with options for rice, noodles or wrap, Leylam has become the biggest hit in Cebu City as you could have them for either a dreamy snack or a delightful meal.
Leylam
  • POTATO CORNER. Fries. And more fries. Guess, it’s more than just those flavorings but it’s simply the love for these delectable slices of deep-fried potatoes that even with just plain salt would do.
Potato Corner
  • HOTDOG ON STICKS. Cheesedog. Bacondog. Save for a real dog, hotdogs have been a favorite practically since time immemorial — that other similar kiosks have sprouted all over town!
Hotdog On Sticks
  • PEDRO PEDRICO’S. For pizza fans, this store must be heaven. While they don’t really have as many flavors as those big players, their options for slices and solo packs gives them that edge on affordability.
Pedro Pedrico’s

FAST RISING

  • TURKS. Here’s more meat and all wrapped for you in Turks — where the only disadvantage could in fact be its classy image and therefore its price, yeah, as we are speaking of the general public.
Turks
  • SANTINO’S SUPREME SLICES. Speaking of class and just like Turks, it’s the layout of Santino’s is what makes it classier than other pizza kiosks. Then again, with mainly just four common flavors, the only advantage it has compared to those bigger pizza chains is that it could be bought per slice — while against other kiosks is of course its size.
Santino’s Supreme Slices
  • LUGAW NI BOSSING. Clearly, many just liked the idea of bringing mother’s arroz caldo out of the kitchen and onto the public through Lugaw ni Bossing as we could see in its reception. But while there may be some differences with mom’s delicious home-cooked delicacy, this is the closest that you can get.
Lugaw ni Bossing

OLD FAVORITES

  • CEBU’S ORIGINAL LECHON BELLY. The simple yet not so simple lechon has been the pride of Filipino cuisine. Yet even with its crispy skin, how could we just forget its succulent belly?
Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly
  • MASTER SIOMAI. Another of Cebu’s pride is the siomai — or the dumpling as known by many other than locals is just as tasty as it could be. And probably the only fix here could be its consistency with the sauce.
Master Siomai
  • WAFFLE TIME. Nope, it’s not really tiring to have especially if it’s cheap and still tasty as pancakes but only with a hotdog or some filling inside. Waffles are simply a good choice for those on a budget.
Waffle Time

Notice that most of these kiosks are just about in every mall in Cebu City?

Food Review: Bam-I and Fried Chicken (Mother’s Fried Chicken)

Sometimes our choice of meals could be the same but dining at different restaurants, much more, at different places makes different experiences.

In this case, the affordable Bam-I and Fried Chicken at Mother’s Fried Chicken restaurant.

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Still, many times in dining, though the meal’s combination is crucial — understand that the region and the menu has something to do with our overall experience as well.

What would you pair with fried chicken? Mashed potatoes? Beans and carrots? All of ’em plus more. What else? Well, that’s normally the thing in Western meals. But at MFC, aside from rice, you got a choice amongst Bam-I, ‘palabok’ or spaghetti. That’s their packaging. Hmm…

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Anyway, while the chicken was okay as in a little juicy — the Bam-I was quite dry. As in dry. No moisture at all that you’d need to drink your lemonade to avoid getting your throat ‘scratched’! Haha!

Oh, why was that? Perhaps I should have just paired my chicken with spaghetti, but that’s too common. So maybe ‘palabok’, at least you know and could really see the sauce on top of the noodles.

Till next time.. Ciao!

In Pictures: SandTrap Bar and Restaurant (Banilad, Cebu City)

If you’re looking to unwind especially on a weekend, then today’s feature may interest you. And we’re talking of no other than the SandTrap Bar and Restaurant in Banilad, Cebu City.

To Get Here: Ride a number 13 or 62 jeepney to Talamban; but of course, you’d be getting off the Banilad area, so just tell the driver to drop you off Paseo Saturnino — or just before A.S. Fortuna.

If you rented a cab or got a car, check out these pics to guide you..

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From Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, The Henry is the most obvious structure that would tell you you’re already at Paseo Saturnino. Once you turn, you’d see the corner going to the ‘sports club’.

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Parking would be no problem especially during daytime as you could see in our photo. Adults and not families are the normal visitors, so..
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There’s your bar — with cable TV, band equipments and all!
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It’s really only one pool but we just tried to give you the different angles of it. And well, the size is just right for the bar.

So, if you don’t feel like checking in a hotel but do want some drinks and a live band to go with a pool — then t’is the place to be. Ciao!