(Cebu, Philippines | November 2017)
This is another Cebu blog.
On a bright, sunny day, my cousin and I took a habal-habal to explore the city. Habal-habal is a local motorcycle ride which hires a driver to accompany renters to their desired destination. Normally, a motorcycle can accommodate 2 passengers. But, in some cases, locals think of many creative ways to cater a large number of riders. Locals (particularly, another cousin) suggested this is the most convenient choice for two tourists like us.
Prepared with shawls and backpacks, I never thought of anything I’d miss but the guts to hold tight on the backseat of the motorcycle which will climb the hilly roads of Busay! FYI, no helmets on. We were hesitant at first but we just had to. At that moment, all I could think of is: “This is going to be an adventure of a lifetime!” .
And to conclude the experience, it definitely was. I can’t think of any other way to have relished that day.
(Besides, who am I to talk if I am in a developing country and am jeproks enough?)
For the price of PhP 400, we ticked off 4 destinations:
Given the fact that flower farming is a budding (pun intended) industry in the town, we took the chance to visit 2 flower farms during the trip. It was captivating to see places in the country create a fresh vibe with flowerbeds in a variety of floral species. This is a new sight to the Filipinos. Terrazas de Flores is groomed by a local university making it home to plant information, too. Located in a gated knoll which requires quite a hike through its outdoor steps, Terrazas possesses a splendor landscape. As I gasp for breath on every step, the cool breeze relieved my exhaustion. On every head-turn, a plant is labelled with its designated names, commonly and technically. There are also cabanas perfect for stopovers during the hike. Amidst the flourishing flora, a small, lovely cafe has smitten our company. Terrazas was serene.
Sirao Flower Farm, on the other hand, is a fun playground for tourists looking for photogenic portraits and alike. Surrounded by the vivid colors of Celosia flowers and garden decor, the place poses festive and giddy influence to its visitors.
Then, Temple of Leah, a picturesque attraction which boasts towering ceilings and Grecian columns, is also a must-visit. Photos taken in the temple appeared impressive. Just to add, the temple signifies a romantic gesture of a husband’s love for his wife.
This sums up our drive uphill. We left the prides of the flatland to travel via jeepneys and cabs.
A destination we missed from the habal-habal ride was Cebu Taoist Temple. It is also located uphill, in one of the city’s villages. Tourists are allowed to enter the premises, but not the temples. From a distance, I observed the Chinese do their daily rituals and traditional dancers performed on the grounds.