The family flew all the way to the historic city of Cebu, Philippines to welcome the year of Bugs Bunny – 2011.
Malipayong Bagong Tuig! Yes, this post is way too late. I know that very well. 😛 Anyway, just read on… 🙂
Few years back, my family, Uncle Jim, Tita Irma, Michelle, and Mama were in Cebu for a good old vacay. We stayed at Alegre Beach Resort that time, which is around an hour travel from the Mactan Airport, if I remember correctly. There, I have experienced scuba diving for the first time. And I’ve been wanting to do it again. All in all, it was a very nice Cebu trip.
Before 2010 ended, me and my family went back to the city of Cebu to welcome the [then] coming new year – 2011. To change our usual new year’s eve gig (read: Mall Of Asia with the Kapuso), we’ve decided to fly (again) away from Metro Manila.
From the Mactan Airport up to the Waterfront hotel, Airport Taxi meter will reach up to approx. PHP260.00, expensive! And as what I know, that’s the only option you have coming from the airport. Going to the airport, you may opt for the budget taxis instead. They would cost around PHP100++ only.
We didn’t have any concrete plans before we went to Cebu. So, we haven’t done much. We basically wanted to get out of the hustle and bustle of Manila and go to a
much lesser busy city, and welcome new year at a different place.
We strolled around the city: walked around, hopped on it’s colorful
elfs jeepneys, got lost and wandered. For the first time, I was able to see Magellan’s Cross. To my disappointment, the park wasn’t attractive for me. It seems to me that it is not well-maintained considering the importance of such historic shrine. Lapu-lapu will be intimidated to Rizal, just like Bonifacio (in Monumento). 😛
Aside from its history, Cebu is also known for its delicacies, and, not to mention, Lechon (Roasted Pig). Few of the delicacies that I know and like are: Otap, Dried Mangoes, Ampao, and Rosquillos. For more info on their delicacies, click this link. We, of course, bought a few for pasalubong.
Very unfortunately, I wasn’t able to have even a tiny munch of their famous Lechon (suckling pig’s mom/dad). Due to the new year celebration, all the Lechon stores were closed. A huge disappointment! 😥 To somehow make up for the loss, we just made sure that we buy another of their “musts” – Danggit (dried fish). Fortunately, some of the stalls at the Taboan Market were open.
To make our ‘new year welcome’ even more different than usual, we hopped into one of the tourist boats at Lapu-Lapu City and began our journey for a short snorkeling session. Totally unrelated to New Year celebration, huh?
At lunch time, we headed straight towards one of the floating restaurants, where they served us sumptuous (seafood) dishes. That was the first time I ate crab without hesitation (cause I’m somehow allergic), and the first time I ate a Sinugbang Saang (Grilled Spider Shell) – rubbery, yet nice.
Our lunch was great. We were served with quite a few dishes, coconut juice, and banana for dessert. What makes it even greater is it’s free. 😀 Fantastic!
After all the outdoor activities and strolling, we settled for the hotel’s New Year Celebration and waited for the countdown. There were lots of people at the hotel lobby that time, and most of them seem like Cebuanos. Rather surprising.
There was food, music, chit-chats, and whatnots. It was, well, a party. But more on the social side of the town. And, it was damn expensive! That’s why we stayed upstairs. Hahaha!
At the end of the day though, it’s not how you welcome the new year. It’s with whom you welcome it with. May ganon! Hehe…