I was asked to go to the Queen City of the South for a 12-day business trip. I was unprepared since they only advised me four days before my flight. The flight, airport-to-hotel transfer and the accommodation had been set. Not complaining. In fact, I like going to Cebu. It’s like home away from home.
I left the house at three in the morning of February 24th for my 0700H flight via Philippine Airlines. But I arrived at NAIA Terminal 2 an hour after. When I was checking in, the officer offered me a 0500H and 0600H flights. I declined since the car service in my destination will pick me up at 7-ish. So I stayed for too long waiting. Unfortunately for me, the flight was delayed, but it was just for about half an hour.
NAIA Terminal 2
I was excited and a bit scared at the same time since it was my first time to fly alone.
I tried hard to sleep but I can’t. I was awed by the beautiful soft clouds that surround my country.
I checked-in to my hotel, had a quick bath and went straight to the office where the Cebu team was waiting for my arrival.
Diamond Suites & Residences
I spent two weeks working there and was even extended for two additional days for some company event.
Cebu IT Park
This block is just across the office. It houses several local restaurants where I mostly spent my time for lunch and dinner. It has Casa Verde which is known for its humongous back ribs, and Zubuchon with the best lechon ever according to Anthony Bourdain. I don’t eat pork though so I wouldn’t know.
Dolce Grill and Bar
This venue is one of the perfect spots for chilling out while enjoying desserts and tea.
Maya Mexican Restaurant
The place is located in Crossroads, just a few blocks away from IT Park and it offers good Mexican food and has a Greenbelt vibe.
Anzani Mediterranean Restaurant
For some fine dining experience, Anzani is the best place in Cebu. It was named as the Philippines’ Best Restaurant of 2013 by the Philippine Tatler.
They also have an underground cellar room filled with different wines from around the world.
Ayala Center Cebu
This is the first Ayala Shopping Center located outside Metro Manila. I could have gone to this place if only I didn’t do overtime work. It’s just a few steps away from the hotel.
Most of the time, I get to have realizations when I’m alone and far from my comfort zone.
“Over time, I learn to let go of what I once thought of life going to be. We should keep striving to make worthwhile decisions in life that will add value to who we are. Think less about the past and more about the future.”
I enjoyed my stay in Cebu! If given a chance, I would like to go back and take that opportunity to travel around and discover what the province of Cebu has to offer.