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Viva la Cebu! Golden Trip!

Stuffed Crab
Grilled Squid
Casa Verde Banana Split
Magellan's Cross
Fort San Pedro
Sweet and Sour Lapu Lapu

Casa Verde Chicken Fingers
Basilica de Sto Nino
Cebu is one of the places I dream t of visiting since I was a kid. The thought of flying the airplanes or sail in a ship was already plant in my young mind because my babysitter was from that place. She told me this stories about the woods, the river, the foods and so many adventures that I wanted to experience myself but my mother never let me. So when time finally came that I am earning on my own, Cebu is on top of my priority list. Of course, I traveled with my husband but he was already there when I came because of work. I decided to surprise him although he already knew that I am going there, but he doesn’t know the exact date and time. I choose Crown Regency Hotel and Towers for my first night because of all the adventures I can do plus the sumptuous buffet. When I got there, there will going to be a show from ASAP (Abs-Cbn) and Party Pilipinas (GMA7) so I am not surprised to see celebrities hanging out everywhere. When I finally decided to eat my dinner, I was with the table with Zsa Zsa Padilla, Karylle, and other Artist from Kapamilya network. I noticed that on the other table were Kapuso stars like Sexbomb dancers, Jay-R, Kris Lawrence and some more. After dinner, I tried Sky Experience Adventures and it was cool!!!! The adrenaline rush was awesome! I did all that while waiting for my drunk husband who happened to went out with his office mates (since he doesn’t have any idea that I was coming) so instead, I WAS THE ONE SURPRISED! Oh well, life goes on, I promised myself that nothing and no one can ruin my vacation. The same night, we went to IT Park where he is temporarily working and he showed me some restaurants and places that I might be interested to go to. We had coffee in Mocha Blends which sucks (not in Manila Branch I would say) and we had some beers and baby back ribs for the appetizer in this not so big food house near his office. There is a stage inside where you can already feel the face and breathe of the singer because of super limited space so we decided to stay outside so we can also smoke. After that, he was contacted by his staff housemate and they invited us for drinks and poker. I won! Hahaha!! And we finished at around 6 in the morning!                                                                                 
Casa Verde Baby Back Ribs
2ND DAY: We slept for about 2 hours and we hit the road again for the BEACH! We look all over, from Mactan to Lapu Lapu and finally we decided to stay in TAMBULI Resort. The place was nice and I will give them 6 out of 10 for the overall service. We hired a boat so we can explore the sea for about 1,200 exclusive for the 2 of us. We went to the fish sanctuary where we did snorkeling and it was so beautiful! There was an entrance fee but it was worth it. We can stay as long as we want but there was limitation in terms of the boat going near the sanctuary ‘cause they don’t want the fishes be disturbed.  After snorkeling, we had lunch at “Floating Restaurant” that doesn’t actually float. It was so EXPENSIVE! Since we were already in Cebu we’re kind of expecting that seafood will not be that much since it’s their product but OH MY! One piece of a medium sized Squid was P500, Lapu Lapu was P1000 a piece, local lobster was P1300 each, you can request to have it cooked the way you want it, and it comes with 2 servings of local beers and unlimited fried rice but still it was so expensive! Since we were already there, we ate anyway and unfairness the food was good (since it cooked fresh, I guess). We ordered the 2 squids, 1 local lobster, 1 Lapu Lapu, and we paid from whopping P3,600!!!!! I can’t really say it was worth it and we will definitely not go back to that place ever again! We went back to our resort to swim and for some more beers. For appetizers, we had Crispy Pata and Crab. Oh so yummy! At night we decided to have a massage and again it was a disappointment. They told us it’s for 600/hour but it only lasted 30 minutes (they thought we were sleeping, and they took advantage on that) They don’t have their own massage oil and clean towels.                                                                                                                                                                                       3rd DAY: Was all spent inside the resort. We had more drinks and we ate generously all the time! We enjoyed literally sky’s the limit way and it was all worth it. We checked out of the resort and went to the tourist spots like Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, and many more.                                                                                                                                     4th DAY:   It was time for me to go back to Manila alone because he still has to finish his 1 month work in Cebu. We went to places where we can buy goodies that I can take back home for pasalubong.  And for the record, I spent P30,000.00 just for that Cebu vacation where later on made me think, I can go out of the country for that amount!

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