Cebu: The Queen City of the South (Philippines)

I am a nurse who loves to travel every chance I get. I go to places for ultimate de-stressing and unwinding. On this blog post, I’ll be sharing my photos on one of my favorite places to go to – Cebu.

Cebu is the Philippine’s Queen City of the South. This province is part of the Visayas Region, which is mid-part of the Philippine Archipelago.

It was 2009 when I first visited Cebu. I had a chance to be off work for a week and booked a flight with friends to unwind.

My friends and I went to the different historical places, beaches, restaurants, souvenir shops,etc. This was the most memorable thing we did…

The Sky Experience!!!

(Skywalk and Edge Coaster Thrill)

Skywalking is best done at night to have a great view of the city lights and sky line. We walked at the edge (fiber glass floor) of the 38th level of Crown Regency Hotel in Cebu City.

I was just making mini-steps at first but when I already conquered my fear after a few minutes, I was already hopping ’till we finished.

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My second visit in this beautiful province was last November 2011. Here are my shots that highlighted my trip.

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Dried Seafood
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Magellan’s Cross
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Words cannot really describe how it is to be in this place. I can assure you, however, that it is worth your holiday.

Just posted some of my photos I took during the trip, to encapsulate the well-spent vacation I had in Cebu.

Sagada (Lomography Edition)

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Taken with Lomography Fisheye No.2 with Fujifilm Neg ISO 100

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Lomography Fisheye 2, Fujifilm ISO 100

 

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Sumaging Cave
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Lomography Fisheye 2, Fujifilm ISO 100

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Lomography Fisheye 2, Fujifilm ISO 100

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Lomography Fisheye 2, Fujifilm ISO 100

 

 

Nature Trip: Sagada

Last year, my boyfriend and I decided to go on a holiday trip Р more of an adventure. It was during my college days when I first heard of Sagada, Mountain Province. All I knew is that this is where the Banaue Rice Terraces (one of the 8 (previous) Wonders of the World) was found. And I thought  the strawberry farms were located there.

Tourist Attractions – Banaue Rice Terraces, Hanging Coffins, Caves, Falls, Historical buildings, Marlboro top, where you could have an amazing view of the sunrise

Mountain Province
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The Banaue Rice Terraces
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We’ve seen a lot of people from different parts of the world during our trip. I know they’d love it there because of the nice weather, ranging from 7 to 13 degree Celsius (unlike where I live where it is frickin’ humid). The natives of the town are very hospitable. The fruits and vegetables are crispy and juicy fresh! People serve a variety of good dish as well. At night, it’s best to cap of the day with an ice cold beer.

Travelling Tips:

1. For the techies – Bring extra batteries for flashlights, mobile phones or wireless chargers for other gadgets. I’m sure you don’t wanna get bored during the 12-hr bus ride.

2. Bring a bunch of chips or nuts and lots of water during the travel. You need energy to walk up and down those hills so eat and hydrate yourself.

3. Bring lightweight clothes for your cave adventure. Lots of zip locks and a pair of disposable gloves are also needed. You don’t wanna touch bat shit with your bare hands.

4. The hostels only provide 1 towel for each person even if you stay there for 2-3 nights. If you’re not used to not changing towels everyday, bring one.

5. Never forget to bring a camera. You don’t wanna miss capturing the majestic views you are to see. Treasure the trip.

6. It is best to travel in groups. Tour guide’s fee is 500-800 per destination. You might not want to spend that much on that alone.

7. Be early in going to the bus terminals so that you may not be left by the last trip. Daily trips are on a first come,first serve basis. Be in the Baguio-Sagada Terminal by 4am to catch the first trip. That’s the ideal trip because it is so risky to pass by the cliff when it’s already dark.

¬†When you come and visit my country, don’t forget to include in your itinerary this awesome place. I’m sure you would enjoy!

Have a Little Faith

I keep on telling myself to have faith in my career path. I have a lot of plans for my future. (Yeah, I have this feeling of 24-year-old-nurse-who-isn’t-successful.) I feel bad now. I really do. My only consolation is that at least, I am practicing my ¬†profession.

In our country, where there is a big percentage of Registered Nurses added to the population every year, it’s really frustrating to know that the demands are less likely to give even half of those people the right job. Yes we have A LOT of nurses here and we only need a few. This results to migration to different countries like The US, UK, Middle East, Australia to work. Some would sacrifice not being with their families just to get a good paying job. (Yep, third world problems.)

I, on the other hand, didn’t choose to apply for a work abroad. I chose to stay here and accepted a job as a nurse for a government unit. I am just not sure if I’d love it here. I want to love my job. I am seeing myself getting old in this one. It is a little frustrating though, ‘cuz I wanted more than this. I wanna have a Masters degree. I wanna have a part-time job, like being a clinical instructor in a university here. So much for a goal, but I have faith that I will be able to fulfill my dreams.

 

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.  -Gustave Flaubert