Hello! Hope you're well.
Cebu City is a wonderful city with full of joyful and jubilant. Indeed, in my free time, I went various attraction places around Cebu City. So here's the blog about my free time in first two weeks:
Cebu is a fast-growing city in the Philippines. It has developed several huge malls and high-rise business buildings. One of the Cebu's pride and glory establishments is the Ayala Center Cebu. Since arrived Cebu City, I went to Ayala Mall everyday as it is not far from my host family. Ayala Mall is the largest mall in Cebu and for me, it is Philippines version of Westfield. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Ayala Center each time. The mall interior has 6 floors and multi-level balconies with 24 hour restaurants, from Starbucks, Krispy Kreme donut to Mexican, Western, Chinese and other international delights. The Terraces is one of the most beautiful places I've seen at any Mall anywhere in the world, surround a large outdoor gardens with a waterfall and ponds. For me, it is a perfect place to unwind or relax after a whole day of busy and stressful.
We also went to one of the oldest and famous Roman Catholic Church in Cebu, Santo Nino Basilica. We took a tour of the church campus. It is a very special place for Catholics and the Filipinos are very devout there. To the side of the main church is a gallery that has amazing artworks and much information about the history of Cebu and the Philippines. The interior is magnificent, the stained glass windows and beautiful hand carved doors and pews and chairs!
We then went to National History Museum for Cebu where we take tour the history of the Philippines. It was breathtaking experience especially the stories of ingenious people in Cebu and the conquest of the Spanish. Later on, we went to ABS-CBN News Center where we met news presenter and its interpreter.
When it comes to public transportation, the Jeepney is heart of transportation tool. They are the most accessible transportation for everyone because there are no schedules and are much cheaper. About twenty people could fit in an average Jeepney. It was fun ride most of time but can be dangerous sometime especially overcrowded passengers, and night ride. The best part of the Jeepney experience is to pass on the money from a passenger to the driver (I hope you get it).
That's it for now for my free time in my first two weeks in Cebu City. Hopefully, next weekend, we will travel to Mactan Island for beach/swimming! So far, I am really enjoying myself in here, both work placement and host family, and free time.
At the moment, I'm doing my project for this week and it is important one. More information regarding on my project coming up on my next blog!