Quick Weekend Trip to Cebu, Philippines
To escape dreary, hazy Seoul, Alex and I decided to take a quick weekend trip somewhere a). warm, b). with a beach, and c). with a direct flight from Seoul. We settled on Cebu, in the Philippines. Apparently many Koreans had the same idea, because Cebu seemed to cater to Koreans (signs at the airport in Korean, we passed several Korean restaurants, and our Crimson Resort hotel on Mactan Island was full of Koreans… many of whom brought their own kimchi!).
Our goal for this trip was to relax, enjoy the weather (and the blue sky! Something that is extremely rare in Seoul these days), and eat (always), and we did just that. We read on the beach, joined in on a morning yoga class and afternoon water aerobics class, and snorkeled. We’ve never been anywhere where there were so many fish right off the beach… and these were fairly big fish too! The next day, we learned the reason: the hotel takes the leftover croissants from breakfast and feeds the fish. The sand on the beach was coarse (I’ve heard Boracay’s beaches are amazing) but we didn’t mind.
We ventured into Cebu City one afternoon when the hotel shuttle dropped us off at the downtown SM Mall… it was sensory overload! Blaring music and tons of people. We took a cab to see Magellan’s Cross (covered up for renovations), then walked over to see Santo Niño Church, the country’s oldest Roman Catholic church (we couldn’t even step inside because it was so crowded… we forgot it was Palm Sunday). We did manage to walk around Fort San Pedro (while a child’s birthday party was going on). There was a painting of the Lapu Lapu warrior in a battle with Ferdinand Magellan (killed in that battle). We tried using my selfie-stick (very popular in Korea), but we couldn’t get the angle correct, so we took a few funny pictures (one of which you can see the shadow of the selfie-stick!).
Our favorite dinner was at Zubuchon, a popular lechon (Cebu suckling pig) restaurant. We ordered the traditional lechon platter (enough to feed 4 people… but we finished it all), a salad, garlic rice, and a kamias (a green fruit that’s very tart) shake. The lechon was delicious- the meat was well flavored but my favorite was the thick, crispy skin. 😀
We enjoyed our trip to Cebu and have tans to prove it!