Cebu Business Trip turned Turista Trip

Last January 3 and 4, I didn’t get to enjoy New Year’s long weekend since I need to go to Cebu for a business trip. I was sad but what motivated me about the trip is that it would be my first time to ride an airplane (yes, of my 24 years existence, it was the first time.)
I was with my Graphic Artist officemate – May, so it was not a boring trip then. Call me “mababaw” but I really enjoyed seeing the clouds while travelling. Got lots of pics of it! (Not to mention I was just staring at the window during the entire trip)
Here are some of the pictures upon arrival and during the airplane ride. 🙂

Upon arrival, we immediately checked in at Regal Business Park Hotel which is at the vicinity of Ayala Business Park. First day (January 3) was all for work, me and my office mate were able to wander nearby places by the next day (January 4).Before checking places and going to pasalubong shops, we had first our breakfast at Regal Hotel which is included on what we paid for the stay. For 1440, you’ll get overnight stay for 1 bedroom with 2 beds, plus free breakfast buffet. I love the food they served especially the fresh milk and champorado!

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Jeepneys at Cebu don’t have signs which shows their route. They use numbers and letters instead. From Regal Hotel going to Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, we took the 62C jeepney and paid P8.50. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is one of the oldest house built in Cebu. For you to get inside the ancestral house and check antique furniture, you have to pay first 50 pesos for the entrance fee.
Before reaching the ancestral house, you’ll pass by The Heritage of Cebu Monument which are made of sculptures of the important events in the history of Cebu.
Just walk for few minutes, you will see a big church which is the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral which was established on 1595. At first, I thought this was the Basilica de Sto. Niño but you have to do few more walks before reaching the said church. It was still being reconstructed when we came, too bad I don’t have pictures.
After visiting the church me and my office mate went to Tamboan Market which is the famous one stop pasalubong market.Upon arrival, you can already smell danggit and other dried fish sold in the market, but what me and my office mate were eyeing were dried mangoes! And no regrets, there are lots of dried mangoes of different brands. You should know how to ask and check other stalls so you’ll get the best deal.

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Here’s what I got. 🙂 Big ones are for 45-55 pesos (depends on the brand) Peanut Kisses (must try): 100 per pack (7 pcs) Small Packs of Dried Mangos: 100 for 8 pcs
Last stop is at SM Cebu where me and my office mate took our lunch. What we tried? Cebu Lechon!

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Yum yum… 140 pesos for 1/4 kilo and it’s already good for sharing. 🙂

The entire experience was tiring but fun!By the way, if you don’t want to go to Tamboan, you can get pasalubongs at Islands Pasalubong which is just beside Regal Business Park Hotel. Prices are 5 to 10 pesos higher than what you’ll get at Tamboan.

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