Cebu – Cebu City (February 24, 2017)

My first full day in Cebu was spent chilling at the Plantation Bay Resort and Spa. For Day 2, it was time we got out there and explored Cebu City.

Before heading out to Park Mall for lunch, I grabbed some quick breakfast at one of the nearby bakeshops… You can find one literally on every corner around here, they are quite popular…

5 Philippine Pesos is equivalent to about $0.10 USD.

From the apartment, it’s about a one hour ride into town… By the time we arrived into Cebu City, yup, as usual, it was just about lunch time (isn’t it always just about lunch time?)!

Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly is a most popular and recommended spot for good eats!

Roasted pork, Filipino style!

I had plenty of roasted pork in Hong Kong, but I must confess, I quite prefer and enjoy the Cebu version (it’s got some spice to it which adds a very nice kick) to this popular dish.

Think that the ABC Store is popular in Hawaii? And Cafe de Coral is everywhere in Hong Kong?

In the Philippines, it’s all about the fried chicken served with a plate of rice lathered with extra gravy.

In one word — Jollibee!

Making our way to the start of Colon Street, and the Heritage of Cebu.

And right adjacent to the Heritage of Cebu.

Everyday life…

Fresh fruits galore… Particularly, pineapples…

Welcome to Public Market Module II.

Public transportation.

The famous Magellan’s Cross.

From Wikipedia.

Magellan’s Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on March 15, 1521.

Making our way to the Cathedral.

Spacious quad area.

More statues.

Haha, I couldn’t resist taking a shot of this! Work is always on the mind… 😉

The sun was really starting to heat up around mid afternoon, so we made our way towards the newly constructed, inside (air conditioned and MASSIVE) SM Seaside City Cebu shopping mall.

Taking photos of some familiar sights… like Uniqlo.

Similar to HK, you’ll find your favorite “usual suspects” of American fast food joints.

Refined to cater to the local palate, of course…

You know, I don’t think I ever saw a Burger King (outside of the airport) in HK, though…

Oh yeah, they even have Gong Cha here! The popular Taiwanese boba tea shop that is slowly expanding its reach worldwide…

I didn’t try any, but it looks legit…

Tim Ho Wan too? Man, I almost felt like I was still in HK…

OK, just making sure I was actually still in the Philippines…

Goldilocks… It reminded me of the Bay Area, since it was there where I first came across this bakeshop.

Jollibee, again and again…

You know, there were quite a few Jollibee restaurants in Vietnam as well… And even in the Bay Area… Surprisingly (or not), I had never tried Jollibee before…

Well, when in Rome Cebu!

Oh man, that’s gravy…


And that was Day 2 in Cebu!


Tomorrow, I catch a ferry and start island hopping. 🙂


Fight On!

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Income Surfer
3 years ago

Glad you’re having fun buddy. I notice those American food joints were vacant in your pictures…..but Jollibee was swamped. Was that indicative of what you’ve observed? Enjoy the island hopping, and look us up when you come back to civilization 🙂

3 years ago

Hey Jay! Glad you’re settling into Cebu, awesome pics! Love the one with pineapples, and even the fast food, haha! Haven’t tried Jollibee either, looks yummy! 😛


3 years ago

Really nice to read your blog. I’ve been here for some years and it is amazing to see what your life has become. How are your real estate properties? Do you think you will give us the monthly reports again?

And the pictures are amazing! Thanks!