For Cebu day 2, we felt energized after a good long sleep. We were ready to explore more of the city! After our nice breakfast at Parklane, we headed to the famous Taoist Temple.
And by the way, in case you missed the first day post, check it out here.
Cebu Day 2 Itinerary
8:30AM - Breakfast at Parklane International Hotel
10:30AM - Bound for Cebu Taoist Temple
11:10AM - Arrival at Cebu Taoist Temple
1:00PM - Lunch at Zubuchon
3:00PM - Pasalubong Shopping at Ayala Center Cebu
6:00PM - Back to Parklane International Hotel, Rest/Prepare for Dinner
7:30PM - Dinner at Puso, Quest Hotel
10:00PM - Wine Night at La Vie Parisienne
1:00AM - Back at Parklane International Hotel
The Cebu Taoist Temple was quite far from where we stayed. After a 40-minute cab ride, we finally reached the temple inside Beverly Hills Subdivision. Albeit a sacred place, glad that they accept non-worshippers and tourists inside. It was good to know more about their culture and a nice panoramic view of Cebu City. :)
Keep these in mind if you plan to visit the Cebu Taoist Temple:
• Wear decent clothes. Avoid entering in shorts, sexy tops or dresses (not quite sure if they allow slippers or flipflops). Follow their strict dress code as some are conducting rituals inside.
• Some areas are restricted for photo ops. Visitors are not allowed to take shots of their worship areas and altars. Don’t worry because there are lots of picturesque spots around!
• Be ready for long walks. Apart from the 81 or 99 steps you’ll have to go through upon entering, the Cebu Taoist Temple is really huge. If you want to explore, be in comfortable clothes and footwear, and have a bottled water plus towel with you. There’s a souvenir shop at the temple, though. They sell beverages in case you forget. :)
• Hire a cab. The Cebu Taoist Temple is quite far from the main road. If you don’t have a car, you can either rent the cab you’ve ridden going there (but it can get quite expensive) or use the GrabTaxi app to pick you up.
• Observe silence.
Get a closer view around the city with this telescope. Only Php5.00!
Managed to squeeze in a few OOTD photos!
On me: dress courtesy of Plains and Prints | Ferrin+Gruss sunnies | sandals courtesy of Kara Zapatos | sling bag courtesy of SM Parisian
I had so much fun walking around and taking photos! Aside from sightseeing, you can also go inside the temples and worship, drop two blocks of wood, or have your fortunes read by monks. Remember to leave a wish! :)
Make sure to include the Cebu Taoist Temple in your next trip! :)
After that long morning, we headed back to the city to have lunch at Zubuchon. FINALLY GOT TO TRY IT! No wonder why Anthony Bourdain declared it as the best pig ever! For me, it was the best I’ve tried! I think I can finish a kilo (and die a few hours later). Hahaha!
Ahhhh totally craving as I type!!! It’s THAT good.
Not sure if we have Zubuchon in Manila, because if we don’t, I might fly back to Cebu sometime soon to taste these crunchy babies again. Ughhh
Anymoo, we were off to Ayala Center Cebu after that awesome late lunch for pasalubong shopping at the grocery and Island Souvenirs. We rode a jeepney but we weren’t sure of the fare and how to para. Wish we researched or asked the locals first before that impulsive decision. Hahaha!
Walked from Ayala Center Cebu back to Parklane carrying our heavy pasalubong bags. Both of us had to prepare for our dinner hosted by Quest Hotel.
Releasing a YouTube video about our trip very soon! For now, please subscribe at https://www.youtube.com/c/ArnieVillanuevaBlog. Nothing’s in there yet but soon it’s gonna be packed with everything nice about the world! :p