More than just a city bustling with history, Cebu is also home to picturesque sights and their own former colonialists, Americans (retired) as well as a city to mini Korea, evident from the many Korean tourists and students studying English there.
Standing atop a mountain surrounded by private homes the locals refer to as ‘Beverly Hills’ lies the biggest Taoist Temple in Cebu. To get there, one could either choose to take a stroll uphill or via public transportation aka taxi or rented car.
Even so, if you went through a different entrance, you might be faced with a 200-step climb to reach the temple’s prayers’ ground but your exercise will be duly rewarded as you’ll be able to enjoy a magnificent view of part of Cebu as well as enjoy the breath of fresh air away from the dusty streets.
Entrance is free but you are expected to be silent at all times and be appropriately dressed if you wish to enter the prayer hall or the guard will ensure that you keep to the rules. NO JOKE!
From the Taoist Temple, I then headed next to the highest point in Cebu where human civilization existed. The drive up the hill was winding and rather narrow but you’d be treated to beautiful sights of homes built on an uphill slope and your ears, the changing air pressure.
Once atop, there’s nothing that you’d want to do more than to just sit back, relax and watch the scenic view of Cebu and its’ neighbouring city as well as Mactan island and to a certain extent, Bohol island.
If you’re with great friends or loved ones, you might want to ring the bell to let people know how much love you have for each other. Otherwise, do bring some snacks and drinks cause the only shops available on the mountain will probably overcharge you for its’ exclusivity. Do be careful though cause clouds will pass you by or cover your vision of the view below – Don’t Jump Down cause you won’t die, you’ll end up in a pile of bushes or land on the road ahead.
If you’re not into scenic sights, you might want to head down to Ayala Mall or SM Mall, the two biggest malls in Cebu. Ayala Mall is a mall offering you plenty of eateries for the grumbling tummies and is the biggest in Cebu, so you can rest assured that there are lots for you to see and venture about. Besides, it’s also a good place for you to feel like you’re in Korea, evident from the many Koreans there.
I don’t have photos of Ayala Mall but here’s a photo of the food I was eating with my friends whilst eavesdropping on a conversation between an American guy and a Korean girl. It was failed date. The guy was talking wayyy too much and using huge jargons in hopes to impress her.
My next entry will feature Bohol, home to the smallest primate in the world, Tarsier and that what happened to that video earlier?