I’ve never been to Visayas. I was thrilled when I won a gift certificate for a round trip plane ticket to any destination in the Philippines! That’s like hitting two birds with one stone! Palawan was the first place that jumped in my mind. I always wanted to go and see the beauty of Palawan. Unfortunately, due to ‘restrain’ budget and lack of preparation, I forego my dream.

My sister suggested Cebu and I immediately agreed with the wonderful idea. I inquired about the GC and I was totally disappointed with the result. The round trip tickets were not free. I need to pay some surcharges which were not included with the gift certificate.

My sibling told me to give up the GC. She also advised me to just buy regular tickets. My sister already booked a flight to Cebu and she no longer could cancel it.

When Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) was forecast to hit Cebu, exactly the week of our trip, I lost hope to visit the Queen City of the South.

The day after the typhoon passed Visayas, it was our flight. We were expecting that my flight would be cancel but luckily our trip pushed through.

My flight was an hour delayed. When I stepped outside the Mactan International Airport, smelled the cool breeze and saw the city, it did not look like it was disturbed by Haiyan. The street lights and the buzzing sounds of the cars were welcoming us.

Coming from the airport, my sister and I went straight to the famous Mactan Shrine in Punta Engano. We rode a taxi and we paid 60 php. Unlike the one in Luneta Park, the statue of Lapu-Lapu is somehow smaller.

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Our first hero!

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Battle at Mactan

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If you are looking for pasalubongs, here is the best place to buy because most of the items are cheap but in good quality!

After we visited the shrine, we headed to SM City Center Cebu. We rode a jeepney from Mactan Shrine to Park mall were we paid 14php. From the Park mall, we took another jeepney going to SM Center Cebu and the fare only cost 8 php.

The mall was almost close when we got there yet we were able to had groceries and even watched Thor: The Dark World before we went to the place we were going to stay.

Express Inn is perfect hotel for an overnight stay. It is just a five minutes walk from SM City Center Cebu and it is just few blocks away from the bus terminal going to the Northern part of Cebu.

What you can see before you proceed to the elevator:

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Souvenir items from the hotel! Cute!

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It was already 11 in the evening when we checked-in at the hotel. We were worried that they won’t allow us to stay for our overnight stay but thank goodness we had availed our reservation!

The room is clean and tidy.

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My comfy bed!

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My sister’s bed!

The bed is fine yet I’m not sure why there is ‘table cover’ on top of it.

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I really like hotel with a dipper (tabo)! 🙂

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There is a flat screen television and an air condition which is functioning very well.

High five to Express Inn’s liquid soap! I love the heavenly smell!

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The only hotel I’ve seen so far that has a survey form. Nice job!

 

Breakfast time!

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Hi sis! We are waiting for our complimentary free breakfast!

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The free breakfast that was prepared for us was delicious!

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I can’t wait to eat them!

The platter contained bread, fruits, scrambled eggs and orange juice which were perfect starter of our second day at Cebu!

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