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When in Cebu: Simala Church, Sirao Flower Farm, Temple of Leah & Taoist Temple

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

I was so excited knowing that I’ll be going to the Queen City of the South –  CEBU!! Just last August(2016)  I went to Cebu for work purposes. That was the first time I step foot in the Visayas area. I was anxious and excited to meet new faces, new places and new adventures. I stayed there for two weeks and everything is Free :). Well of course, except for my escapades, trips and the pasalubongs for my family.

During weekends we got the chance to roam and start our Walkathon adventure. Accompanied by my new found friend, Jane. We’re both tourist and doesn’t have any idea what the city looks like. I was researching all the time and screen shot every place that I planned to visit. The struggle is real when you’re not familiar of the place: no idea of what jeepney you’re am going to ride, no idea of what street your into. We were lost most of the time (ha-ha) and we don’t matter anymore since we’re seeking adventure. We’re walking almost three hours and went to different places that we passed by, eat street foods, got thirsty, stopped at different churches and monuments. That was awesome!!

We’ve been to Sto. Niño Basilica Church, but didn’t have the chance to attend mass since we don’t have an ample time so we just lighted a candle and pray. Visited the museum in Sto. Niño Church, but sadly picture taking is not allowed inside since it displays mostly antiques, golds, old paper coins, old paper money from different countries, dresses of Sto. Niño with embedded gold in it, the gifts of the people to Sto. Niño: jewelries, diamonds, branded watches, toys, books, pictures, etc. My eyes we’re an awe seeing them. They also display different Saints, old churches in Cebu, Old houses that give history in the city and many more. By the way, the museum has an entrance fee of  50.00. Right across the church is the widely known Magellan’s Cross. I’ve seen tourists all over, mostly Koreans and some of them has a tourist guide. 

The city is loaded with tourist spots, old churches, good people and not to mention the lower fare of jeepneys, which is PHP 7.00 only. But sadly, traffic is all over, especially during rush hour, the supposedly 20 minute ride will take you to 1 hour sitting in the jeep. That’s terrible! And I experienced it just once, when we went to Ayala Mall from Banawa, where I stayed. 

We continued walking to Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral it’s just steps away from Sto. NIño Basilica Church. The beauty of the ceiling is amazing. It goes to show that the churches here are well taken care. That’s why the churches are becoming tourist spot. Surrounded with color gold, the lights and different Saints. During our visit, there is a wedding event that made me jealous thinking when will I be married? Since the wedding hasn’t finished yet, we decided to went Fort San Pedro and rest for a while. The weather is gloomy, perfect to relax our feet for the long walk and enjoy the fresh air. We didn’t go inside the Fort since we wanted to take a long rest before we head home. That day was a fun filled experience, full of laughter and food trips. On the next day, we went to Simala! 🙂 I contact my cousin staying in Minglanilla to accompany us since it’s far from the city. Riding a jeepney to South Terminal Bus, we dropped at the old building of SSS (Social Security System) where you can see an overpass. Take a walk going to the Bus Terminal. In terminal dispatchers are everywhere. Don’t ride the taxi cause it will cost you bigger fare. Instead, ride the bus with signage Simala. The bus will take you up and it’s just a few steps away from Simala Church. 

 

We traveled 2 hours and that was all worth it! All I can say is WOW! when I first look at the infrastructure. It was indeed an eyeful picturesque. I can’t take my eyes off thinking how enthralling it is. Despite of its ongoing construction, tourists like me still want to see it physically. We arrive at 12 noon and the picture above is damn hot but still manage to smile 🙂 cause you can’t get to see this every day. Since it’s Sunday, numerous church goers and tourist are there. I didn’t have the chance to enter the church because it’s too crowded. The heat, the sweat makes us weak. We roam a little bit in the area and rest for a while. Since it’s a 2 hour ride, we only stayed there for 2 hours and back to the city. As much as we wanted to explore other area in the South but we’re tired not because it’s really far, but because of the heat from the sun. It dries  and weaken our body to easily. Sadly, Jane had to return home for some emergency purposes.  

For my last weekend of stay, I wanted to go to the Temple of Leah and Taoist Temple, but the motorcycle driver offered us a tour as well to Sirao Flower Farm that costs me and my cousin 250/head. Well, it’s a nice idea and we save at least a little compared to our original plan. From the city we headed to Lahug and dropped off at motorcycle terminal fronting JY Square Mall. From their that’s where we met Kuya driver. We traveled an hour going to Sirao. During our visit, the flowers are well matured and ready to harvest sooner. It’s noticeable that the area is still in it’s development and beautification process. There are areas that don’t have flowers and they’re still cultivating it.   Though such a lovely place to see, the cold weather feels like you’re on the top of the mountain. Next top, Temple of Leah 🙂

Temple of Leah is built for the undying love of a husband to his wife. Owned  by the Adarna’s, the grandparents of Ellen Adarna. Such a huge place and the structure itself, you can see the glimpse of their lives. The gold statue in the center is the representation of  Mrs. Adarna. It has a story below the statue,including their family tree. The temple is mixed of gold, black and white. The construction is still ongoing cause it’s too obvious that it’s incomplete yet. I was wondering what does it look like when its finish? I definitely go back here. And oh! by the way, the entrance fee is PHP 50.00. We didn’t stay too long since we can’t roam anywhere  cause most of the doors are closed. For our last destination: Taoist Temple at Lahug.

If you’re planning to visit the Taoist Temple from the city, you can ride a jeepney going to Lahug and drop off at JY Square Mall. From there you can ride a taxi or hire a motorcycle that cost PHP 20.00/head. The driver will drop you at the gate of Beverly Hills Subdivision. You can ask the guard where exactly the Taoist Temple and they will direct you. After 15 minutes of walking you will see the top of the temple already 🙂 

Luckily, the weather during that trip is just so perfect, not too hot neither rainy. We reached the Temple with tiring face already. Imagined our route, Lahug-Sirao-Busay-Lahug. That was exhausting! but for the love of exploring, no one is tired as long as your soul filled with adventure.

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block 

The Temple is so harmonious, you’re not allowed to make a noise since somebody is praying inside. The place is so relaxing, calming, peaceful, and the likes. It’s a perfect getaway if you want to escape the pollution, traffic and just wanted to unwind. Though it’s not the typical place like coffee shops wherein you can dine and chit chatting with your friends; here it’s a different set up. They also have a store that displays different kinds of lucky charms, of course Chinese tradition. I bought a three coin- for money, to be put in the wallet and a cell phone accessory with horse design- for success (cross-fingers). Hopefully it works for me. 

Cebu City has so many beautiful places to offer. I haven’t gone half even one third of it and hopefully I got the chance to see all those tourist spots. Tourists are escalating in the VIsayas area since some of the secret paradise has been discovered by many. 

Keep exploring guys! the world has so many wonderful things to offer. Travelling has nothing to do with how small or how big your income is. It’s a passion that comes from the heart and your action will definitely speak for it. Don’t miss the chance of seeing enchanting spots in every place.

This has been adz, your adz-venture buddy 🙂

 

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Camiguin: the island born of fire

Camiguin is an island in the Philippines located in the Bohol Sea, about 10 kilometers off the Northern coast of Mindanao. It is politically part of the Northern Mindanao Region of the country and formerly part of Misamis Oriental province. It is the second smallest province in the country both in population and land area after Batanes. The provincial capital is Mambajao, which is also the province’s largest municipality both in area and population. (source: wikipedia)

Heading North from South via Cagayan De Oro was my first ever experienced of a long road trip. We depart around 1am and reached Misamis Oriental around 6am. And because that was holiday, we waited half of the day to get to the front of the queue. We didn’t feel the pain sitting 5 hours straight in the van but the agony of waiting for 4 hours before we reach the port in Balingoan. That was a traumatic experienced for all of us. And thought that it’s not a good idea going their during holidays. But still the eagerness to see the wonders of that island didn’t change except our tired body and empty stomach. First stop..Bura Soda Water Park, it is located in Catarman and one of the popular places to get a relaxing dip on the island.  We first fill our hungry cells and feel the cold water in the pool. The Resort is not that big and crowded though it’s budget friendly. The pool is clean and it feels like bathing in the tub full of ice..freezinggg!! Before the night gets dimmer we decided to hop in the house where we stay. Some of the roads are not well lighted, just be careful in the street. 

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Day two! A day full of excitement and enjoyment is the only thing in my mind. We visited the most talked about island in Camiguin, the White Island. It is about 5 kilometers west of the town of Mambajao. It is a self-explanatory island on why does it called to be one. White Island became popular even though you can’t see anything, just the sea. Except the fact that it’s starting to vanish around 3pm. And by day, the island slowly gets higher and you can see the sand from afar. Amazing is it?? That’s why you have to make an agreement to the boat who delivers you to the island and set a time for pick-up.I loved how deep blue sea the water is. And the sand is so white and tiny as pulverize salt . My eyes doesn’t get tired seeing it’s beauty of nature. Fronting White Island is the Mt. Hibok-HIbok and Mt. Vulcan, as you can see in the picture below.

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Next destination, Sunken Cemetery. It is one of the all known famous tourist spot in the island because of it’s historic story. We didn’t had the chance to go the Sunken Cemetery because it’s low tide and the boat might hit the cemeteries under. It’s quite exciting seeing cemeteries under the sea and what does it looks like. Surrounds Sunken Cemetery are some shops full of collector’s item.  Shirts and key chains are so cheap that’s why i bought few of them 🙂 

 

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And for last stop, chillin’ in  Ardent Hot Spring. After the long road trip and hopping from place to place we had to relax our body. And no way we can’t submerge ourselves in this  hot spring. The area is quite huge, clean and the fresh air is so relaxing. Surrounded with green trees and flowers. We let the hot water released our exhausted body and  enjoy the moment. Some says, that the warmness of the water is because of Mt. Hibok-Hibok. 

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Camiguin Island celebrated Lanzones festival every October, cause it’s one of their major agricultural products. The famous Pastel is their delicacy that every tourist must give it a try. They also have old churches but unfortunately we didn’t have much time to visit it. 

No amount of money can be bought seeing in your naked eyes how God perfectly created this world. The amazing scenes and it’s story will be treasured a lifetime. Miles and distance are always be a challenging obstacle to everybody, but the result will always be worth the time and effort. Going to places, getting out of comfort zone and meeting new people are just a way of developing our maturity on how we look at things around us. Travelling is love. Travelling is my soul. 🙂