08 January 2012

Pre-trip plans at Starbucks

I love to travel and I spent a notable number of times traveling in 2009 to 2010 because of training and company incentives. And for the year 2011, I roamed both ends of Cebu and quick side trips to Bohol, thanks to my job in the resort.

This year, my friends and I are planning to go to Baguio. For dinner parties and out-of-town trips, we usually have barkada meetings at Starbucks where we can sip our favorite cup of coffee and hog the couch for as long as we like.

While the rest are busy with their phones, Chumz, the researcher of the group, googled the transpo and the possible transient house to stay while Jo-An assisted her with the budgeting. Hans and Ana, the smug-married couples are busy playing (online) poker and googling more possible transient houses. Me, on the other hand is checking out stuff to do in Baguio. Majoy, who's not joining us for the trip brought a box of caramel bars from Max's Corner Bakery, and we ended up eating the entire thing while debating whether we stay in Baguio first then go to Manila proper or vice-versa.

So basically, here's what we've planned so far:

Thanks to Cebu Pacific and their Piso Fares, we are able to book affordable flights for our barkada outing on February. Baguio, here we come! #itsmorefuninthephilippines

04 January 2012

Sinulog 2012

It's the time of the year for Cebu to pay homage to the Child Jesus, also known as Snr. Sto. Nino. 

It is also the time of the year where tourists flocked over to Cebu to witness the colorful Sinulog Mardi Gras. While most tourists would go to Abellana to witness the showdown of all Sinulog Contingents, others would prefer to watch the street dancing on the bleachers. My family would rather choose to laze in front of our TV set to avoid the crowd. 

For the adventurous peeps, go for a breath-taking bird's eye view of the Sinulog Mardi Gras. Y101 offers chopper rides around the Sinulog Grand Parade routes for P1,700 per person. It will last for 10 minutes with three laps around the Sinulog routes. Maximum of 5 passengers aboard excluding the pilot.

If you opt for the traditional walk around the city during the festival, the Sinulog Foundation made maps available to online viewers. This will give you an idea which areas have traffic jams, closed roads, best seats on the bleachers, water stations and medical stations.

See you this Sinulog! Pit Senyor!

Señor Sto. Niño Procession Route
Sinulog Festival Carousel Route

Sinulog Festival Location of Bleachers

Sinulog Festival Water Stations
Sinulog Foundation Medical Stations