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Cheap Accommodation : Cebu City - Verbena Pension House

Sharing some information on a good place to stay when in Cebu City. 

Cebu City  (Last Stay : Dec. 2011)
Verbena Pension House
584-A Don Gil Garcia St., Capitol Site, Cebu City
Walking distance from Fuente Circle 

Rates : Standard single/double start at 750 Pesos with free breakfast-2,470 (Family Rooms, good for 6) Website : Tel. Nos.: +63 (Country Code)  (032) 253-4440 (032) 253-0203 (032) 412-3990 (032) 253-3430 Fax : (032) 256-0280  Mobile : 0922 870 2034 0927 9986 288 Email:
Facilities & Amenities :  • Fully Air Conditioned Rooms • Cable Television • Cafeteria & Minibar (Deluxe rooms) • Hot & Cold Shower • On-call massage • Transportation & Tour Assistance  • Refrigerators (Deluxe rooms) • PABX Telephone System • Free WiFi Internet Access • Safety Deposit Box

Location Map: (Please click on the  photo to see it better.)

Best Itinerary in 24 Hours for 2011! - Southern Cebu

While I also relish lazy travels, there are times when  I'm left with no other option but to squeeze in several activities within a day to address time and budget constraints so I can explore more. 

Here's  my top itinerary pick for the most number of fun activities in a day for 2011. :)
Many thanks to the friends who helped come up with this Itinerary (Doi, Ed and Maou)
Location : Southern Cebu
Route : Oslob-Boljoon-Dalaguete-Tisa
Activities : Swimming in Oslob, Boljoon Heritage Walk (pronounced as Bol-ho-on), Osmeña Peak Day Hike, Siomai sa Tisa food trip
Budget : Minus the airfare from Manila to Cebu which I was able to reimburse from my company less the tax and the terminal fee, total expenses amount to less than 1,500 Pesos!

Our hectic adventure began by waking up in the wee hours to catch a 3:30 AM bus bound  for Oslob from the Cebu South Bus Terminal. The ride's about 2.5-3 hours  (156 Pesos).  The bus dropped us directly in front of a resort in Tan-awan.

After swimming, w…

Osmena Peak - Finally!

I was browsing the web when I saw a photo of Osmeña Peak. It was taken at the summit and surrounding the area below it are smaller peaks - like Hershey's Kisses scattered on valleys! :) 

Two days before Christmas, together with friends and new-found friends, I finally set foot on this dream summit of mine.  :) It is not classified as an arduous climb but budget, time and a lot of other distractions prevented me from doing this earlier than planned.  However, when you want something so badly, things eventually fall into place. :)
Osmena Peak is located in Dalaguete, Cebu. Unlike most parts of Cebu, temperature here is low - similar to Benguet's. With its cooler climate, locals use portions of the land to plant vegetables which is why it's also dubbed as Cebu's Vegetable Basket. 

The trail to to the summit  has a relatively easy and forgiving terrain. You can just use slippers, however, it is recommended tha you use those types with good traction (Like those from Tribu, San…

The Search for the Kabayan Fire Mummies

As the bus swayed along the scenic rough road in Bokod, Benguet, I find myself feeling an odd mix of amusement and boredom. Me and two friend have been traveling since 11:00 PM the previous day and I haven’t slept much. It was already past 2:00 PM and we were still making our way through remote communities, passing through cliffs squeezed between mountains. The views were amazing but my ass was in pain. "Are we there yet?”. I sighed as I slumped on my elbow with my head out the window. We passed an area where clouds kissed the vast mountains that stretched for kilometers. It was astonishing that a community exists where this arduous journey ends.
After an hour or so, the bus made its final stop in front of the tourist center in Kabayan. Yay! I excitedly climbed down to stretch and take in our surroundings. The town is quiet. There weren't any other visitors in site and we received curious, friendly looks from the by-standers.

Everywhere we turned our heads, there were mou…

Where to Stay in Zamboanga City - Hermosa Hotel

In a recent trip to Zamboanga City, we requested a local contact to help us find cheap lodging. When budget is low, so are my expectations. As long as there are no  bed bugs, too much dust (because I get the allergies) and the place is safe,  I'm fine with it. 
We were booked at Hermosa Hotel which is about two blocks the opposite side of  Alavar's, a famous sea foods restaurant. It is located along Mayor Jaldon street, a busy street and is near to public transport, convenience stores and a BPI Bank. 
I got a great vibe as we stumbled our way into the hotel and walked into a small hall. I was initially expecting something very humble, like a two-story hostel with a bad facade. This one from the outside looked simple, cozy and respectable. 
It was about 7:00 pm and we just came from a long walk from Paseo Del Mar.  We were tired and sweaty as we checked in  at the front desk. As with most hostels, we had to pay in advance. The rate was 750 Pesos for a room with two single beds, a …

A Tribute to a Great Friend and Fellow Hiker

A few years ago, I created a post  for one of the feeeew guy friends I have. You see, up until last year, I've always felt shy talking to guys (lil girl pa kasi, hahaha!) and so I treasured those limited number.  I made that post as he was leaving to pursue an employment opportunity overseas. The post was uploaded on a previous site which I had to shut down. As he is insisting I create a new one (:P), lol, as a loyal friend, I have obliged. (uhm, cge na nga, the truth is, I actually enjoyed writing this! eyes rolling
This time, I am creating this as a well-wisher's post as he commits to a lifetime of adventure with his kind, pretty, sexy partner! (Hola Sophia!)
Yton despite being the exact opposite of my bubbly, sunshine personality is someone I trust because he knows how to keep secrets and when to joke about it.  He's adventurous, loves football, mountains and traveling - sort of my male version. We even went to the same high school! 
He's the only one who's allo…

Unforgettable Misadventures

Sometimes, surviving a mishap is the main adventure. Here's some (and there's plenty more where that came from! haha!) of my life-altering accidents from way back. 
Warning : Unpleasant photo with blood, a few paragraphs away!
1. Got Run Over by a Boat - I was in my pre-teens, enjoying a family vacation in Batangas.I was happily swimming near the shore and waded a few feet away when suddenly, a small boat filled with passengers charged towards my direction! I hear a lady screamed "yung bataaaa!" ("The kid!").
I quickly dove under the boat and fortunately avoided the engine. As I raised my head to gasp for air, a part of the boat hits me on the face. Aaaargh.  It was the outrigger! To avoid getting dragged, I dove again and this time, I was able to get away from the boat. My face was swollen after that but I managed to join my family, a few minutes after the incident - for a boat ride. The irony!
2. 7 Stitches for the First Timer - two years ago, I agreed to joi…

Zamboanga-Basilan Birthday Weekend

I just hit 30 and though I'm excited that I'm still here for another year, I'm feeling a little anxious about growing old so I cling to the cliche that life begins at 40 - which means that the party's just getting staaaarted!!! :P  With that comforting thought,  I swore to myself that it’s going to be a blast each day I got older. 
And what’s a great  way to jump-start new beginnings? Travel to Mindanao with a travel expert and confidante!
My friend Jules of TrailRunningMistress works with an NGO and flies to Mindanao almost on a weekly basis, so when I told her I wanted to go to Basilan for my birthday, she agreed! :)
Here’s a  rundown of my happy, little adventures over the past weekend:
1. Got friendly with the cab driver  - and I don’t mean getting it on. :P  It’s just that drivers in general are great sources of information so I normally converse with them. When I boarded the cab, the driver took a quick glance at me and asked if I was a mountaineer. I guess it migh…

Destination Food Find - Patio Vera

As someone who was born and raised in various cities where noise can be overbearing , developed communities are not my top choice for a quick, quiet escape.  Once in a while though, I come across places that digress from the negative characteristics of urban living. 
Patio Vera, a new restaurant located within a community of modern and old houses in Marikina serves generous portions of Spanish and Filipino cuisines amidst an outdoor, classy yet comfortable set-up. It induces a relaxing vibe that entices friends, lovers, families and colleagues to openly converse. Despite being located along a busy street frequented by cars and jeepneys, the  noise does not make it past the gate and diners are able to enjoy a quiet, filling meal.
Patio Vera is furnished with art works, antique decors and footwear creations.  It formally opened on the 1st of October 2011 and is owned by a member of the Caballes family. Vera is the name of their grandmother who was a shoemaker. Today, their shoemaking busi…