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The Travel Vlog Begins
Approximately 24 hours had passed from when I left Norway until I landed in Manila. Flying business class with Etihad made the long haul bearable, and even pleasant almost. The flight was 3 parts, 1 part went from Stavanger - London, 1 part from London - Abu Dhabi and last leg was Abu Dhabi - Manila. The Etihad lounge at London, Heathrow was more than impressive, and my camera thought so too.
Before I had reached to even start to look at my footage from my business class flight, the business class lounges to when I arrived in the Philippines ,and my first days there. It happened. I lost my camera in a taxi.
In my travels I run into a couple of problems. I have lost my camera and my girlfriend forgets her bag in th taxi from the Pier to Alona Beach. To top it off we also face some problems with our host on AirBnB. The host doesn't answer the phone and the place we booked does not match the description.
We Start In Bohol - The Island for Beach Life & Relaxation
By inspiration from other youtubers I embark on travel vlogging Asia. Philippines is one of the countries I visited.
I first discover the AirBnB I booked is far away from the beach, and we decide to try and cancel our booking there and move to a hotel closer to the beach area. The problem is our host has his phone off and does not answer on messages.
Shy off the Airbnb problems we embark upon an exploration trip; we find an old abandoned church, a school and another church. We round up our explore trip at Tagbilaran city where we eat some delicious spicy street food that was not only delicious, but also incredibly cheap. I am really getting the taste for street food!!
We enjoy lazy days at the beach, I make some filipino friends, I discover how cheap the Philippines is and I have an unpleasant visit to the floating restaurant.
The travel vlogging continues in the Philippines, and me and my girl are traveling from Bohol to Cebu city by ferry. In our last day in Bohol I need to catch up on some work, meaning I need to upload a couple of videos and also catch up on social media. Even when you are “on the road” you need to work.
On our last days in Bohol I get a haircut as well as a shave at a barber place, you won`t guess how cheap it was!! 100 pesos in total!
AirBnB can be great or a complete disaster, and usually one or the other. Seldom do you have an average stay when booking with AirBnB. I like the thrill, more often than not you get lucky, but it is the bad ones you remember.
Our new AirBnB host is delayed to meet us in Cebu, she has booked a hotel for us for the night, free of charge on our behalf. We are staying at the Hotel Europa Mansionette Inn, a hotel where time seems to have stopped in the 1980s. Nonetheless of the standard of the hotel we get upgraded to an executive suite there, I do appreciate the gesture.
After the initial problems with the AirBnB host we are almost ready to explore Cebu. First we need a massage to relax and an extra good service is being provided by the Imperial Spa in Cebu city this day. The full body and feet massage with facial relaxation is nothing short of awesome after much stress.
We are checking into our AirBnB in Cebu city.
Link to where we stayed: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9203116 (recommended)
Welcome to Cebu, The Queen City of the Philippines
Fort San Pedro
The well preserved fort is uniquely-shaped triangular, it is fringed by 14 cannons. Fort San Pedro takes pride for housing the first Spanish community in the Philippines. Fort San Pedro is the smallest and the oldest fort in the Philippines. Construction began in 1565 under the command of the Spanish colonizers.
The iconic cross is the top tourist attraction of Cebu. The huge cross is encased inside a wooden cross and enshrined in a chapel. According to the inscription on the plaque, it is the original cross used by Ferdinand Magellan.
Santo Niño Church
Inside the Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño is the oldest image of Santo Niño (The Child Jesus) used for Cebu’s grandest festivity, the Sinulog Festival. Inside you’ll be surprised by its lavish interior. Artistic ceiling hemmed by religious murals and a beautiful courtyard.
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral architecture is distinctive with baroque colonial churches in the country with squat, cruciform, and with thick walls to withstand typhoon and other natural catastrophes. The Cathedral was ruined by Allied bombings during World War II with only the belfry (built in 1835), the facade, and the walls as the remains of the church. In 1950s, the church was rebuilt
In Colon Street you’ll find The Heritage of Cebu Monument, a massive sculpture show the rich history of Cebu.
Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
One of the oldest houses in the Philippines. Built in the 17th century, the house has remained in its original state.This was the house of Don Juan Yap and Doña Maria Florido with their 3 children: Maria, Eleuterio and Consolacion.
Cebu Taoist Temple
The Taoist temple located in Beverly Hills Subdivision of Cebu City. Built by Cebu's substantial Chinese community in 1972. Elevation of 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level. The temple is the center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Zi.
Temple of Leah
A truly mesmerizing work of art built as a symbol of one man’s undying love to his beloved wife. Built in 2012 by businessman Teodorico Adarna. This huge edifice has been appeasing its visitors with its eye-catching statues, elaborate architecture and sweeping panoramas of Cebu. Built in ancient Rome and Greek style.
It is about 30-40 minutes from the center of Cebu. When inside, you can see the wonderful view and the spectacular city lights of Cebu and Mactan.
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