Cebu: Our Pre-Siargao Destination

If you’ve been following our Honeymoon Backpacking trip on my Instagram last June, or if you’ve seen the map of our entire route for this trip, you might be wondering why we chose Cebu as our pre-Siargao destination. Well, it’s mainly because of only one reason: flights to Siargao are cheaper if you’re coming from Cebu vs Manila. Haha! So we made it a point to include Cebu in our itinerary. And besides, Cebu City is almost my second home, and my dad is there, so why not stay for a few days before returning to the island life?

Day 6
We decided to check-out early from our hotel and headed straight to Bacolod South Terminal, hoping to catch the earliest bus to Cebu. At 7:30 am, we were already at the terminal, and found out that the bus will leave by 9 am. Hmm. Waiting for an hour and a half? No worries, we thought, as long as we do not miss that bus. We’ll be travelling for 8 long hours and we cannot afford to arrive in Cebu later than 6 pm, which is going to happen if we miss the 9 am bus. And so, we patiently waited. The ticket costs 700php per person and that includes the bus and roro fare, plus the needed terminal fees at the port.

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Early birds. This is the same terminal where Karla and I rode a bus bound to Dumaguete in our backpacking trip last 2016.
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The guy who searched the world that is full of 3in1’s for a brewed coffee. I think he was able to buy one. Hahaha.

9:00 AM
When the bus started to leave, it wasn’t a surprise that there are only few passengers. It was the same with what I experienced the last time I was here, but the only difference was the bus was bound to Dumaguete that time. We bought snacks like bread and hard boiled egg at the terminal because we’re not sure if the bus will stop somewhere to have lunch. (We did by the way, and it was around 11am I think, somewhere in the mountains). We chose seats with a comfortable view of the TV, because Ceres buses have TV on board. The leg room is okay, good enough to put some of our stuff. The seats can be reclined, and there’s a toilet inside the bus. I didn’t try it though. Haha. My curiosity didn’t win this time.

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Happy faces! Hi Cebu! We’re excited for you!
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A glimpse of the South Terminal. It’s quite similar to the ones we have in Manila. The Bacolod North Terminal is the new one (we passed by when can came from Lakawon) and how I wish I’ll be able to ride a bus from there. Haha. Ang babaw ng goals. Pero saan nga ba mga byahe nun?
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Things we did in this long bus ride: Sleep. Watch. Sleep. Repeat.
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So much GREEN outside the window.
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And there’s a lot of roadworks too, which is not bad at all.

THE RORO SURPRISE
After 3 hours, which makes it 12nn, we found ourselves about to ride the roro at the Port of San Carlos. Of course, we had to go down and leave our things in the bus, present our tickets at the boarding gate, and be at the roro, not inside the bus which will ride the roro too. Haha. Labo. It was a hassle free transfer because we didn’t have to pay anything or do anything else at the port aside from just “boarding”.

It was my nth time to ride a roro of this size, but I was surprised to see that there are seating assignments found in our tickets. And it became even more surprising when we saw that instead of seats, there’s a floor full of bunk beds waiting for us on the 3rd level. We have an assigned “bed”. How cool is that? I’ve always wanted to experience travelling by ferry and spend few nights on the sea, and I almost did it few years back but realized that it’s quite risky if I do it alone, so it never happened. So I was excited like a 3 year old as we roamed around the floor looking for our beds. We eventually found it but realized that anyone can choose their own space as long as nobody occupies it. We went to the far end part of the roro (only few people like it there, I don’t know why), and admired the sea.

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Finally! Enough of the bus environment for a few hours!
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Oh hey! There’s our bus!
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I have no idea how many bed are there on the entire floor, but with this spacing, I am assuming that it’s a lot.
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There are many people on this part so we went to the other end.
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Numbers. Numbers. So you won’t get lost.
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I saw some Siniguelas for sale at the boarding gate and I can’t resist it. I just had to buy one pack. Where else can you buy this that’s only worth 20 pesos?! Uggh. It’s one of my favorite fruits.
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Looking at this photo made me realize that you can actually kind of “recline” the portion of the bed.
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Few more hours and we’ll be in Cebu!
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Here you can see Refugio or Sipaway Island. I initially wanted to stay in San Carlos even just for a few days and visit this island. However, after doing some research about it, it seems like there are only few interesting things to do there, so I decided to just skip it for now. Maybe next time?
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Apparently, it’s Darel’s first time to ride a roro of this size. So, he spent most of the time roaming around, amused with everything. Hahaha.
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Darel was joking when he said, “FastCat? Kasi mabilis?” (It is indeed faster then roro haha). I told him there’s another one, and it’s named “SuperCat”. I’m serious. Google it. Hahaha!
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Here’s what it looks like in the second level.

HELLO, CEBU!
At 3 pm, the roro finally made it to the island of Cebu, particularly in Todelo City. But we still have to travel for about 2 hours to get to Cebu North Terminal. I’m happy that my dad was available to pick us up, and you know what’s the first thing we did upon arriving in the city? Look for a laundry shop! Hahahaha. We wanted to have fresh clean clothes when we leave for Siargao so that’s really a must in our Cebu itinerary. ;)

We had dinner that night in STK ta Bay! — the one in Capitol. I must agree when they say that they offer the best seafood meals in the city for a very good price. I am actually craving for baked scallops right now as I type this. Haha.

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While waiting for our bus to get off the roro
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After about 10 mins of walk (with our backpacks) because the bus dropped us way too far from where we are supposed to meet my dad, HERE WE ARE SAFE AND SOUND! Hahaha.
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STK ta Bay!’s scallops. Yum!!
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After we ate dinner, we were able to get our clothes back. Yup. So quick like that. We stayed the night in my dad’s place.

DAY 7
The next morning, we decided to visit the mall to buy supplies and look for a coffee shop with wifi so we can do some “work”. Well, we also took the chance to pamper ourselves by getting a facial (me) and haircut (Darel). Hahaha. Sobrang random. SM City Cebu used to be my go-to place because we used to live near the area.

We waited for my dad’s work hours to end so that he can join us visit the 10,000 Roses Cafe in Cordova. Few years back, the tourist place was all over social media because it was unique and beautiful, so I had high expectations when we got there.

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My friends and I saw this last year in our Backpacking Cebu. It was the Apple One Banawa Heights project that I was part of. In fact, I wrote my experience about it here.
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HAHAHA! This has been the most random mall visit ever. I was starting to have breakouts because of too much sun I guess, but Flawless was a life saver. Their service was so nice to the point that I told myself that I’ll switch my clinic when we get back in Manila.
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Post-facial and haircut selfie!
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Why did Darel cut his hair? HASSLE DAW SA DAGAT.

10,000 Roses Cafe
We got there a little past 6pm, and considering that it was a Thursday, I have no idea why the place was kinda full of people as if it’s the weekend. I was actually expecting that the LED roses would look so beautiful but it turned out that most of it really needs replacement. I mean, it looked so gloomy and not really that breathtaking because some roses doesn’t even light up anymore. I honestly think that visiting this on day time would look so much better in photos than trying to capture it at night be disappointed.

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It was so windy because the place is just beside the sea, so taking a good selfie wasn’t really possible. Hahaha.

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I literally had to wait for a couple of minutes just to have a photo of this one without people beside it.
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They even have this love lock fence.
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We didn’t bother to try the cafe so we decided to just have dinner here in Lantaw, which is just across the 10,000 Roses. Seafood again. Yum!!

THANK YOU, CEBU!
And that was it! Those are the things we did in our 2 nights stay in Cebu. Nothing much to see really because we decided to take things slow in our very quick stay in the city. In my previous backpacking trips, I always squeeze my schedule to fit every possible place I can explore in a very limited time. But that is so tiring, I tell you. So this time, since we a have a total of 3 weeks to explore the country, taking it easy was so worth it. I mean, the fact that we didn’t have to rush to get from one place to another in this trip was so satisfying in so many ways because you get to actually enjoy the little things. And even if sometimes things don’t go according to how you have planned it, travelling teaches us to be more appreciative of everything that we see and experience. There’s a lot of life lessons I could share from the backpacking trips I’ve had, but for now, let me just end this post with an exciting announcement that up next would be all about SIARGAO! ♥

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