N was only 2 months old when our whole family decided to go to Cebu for our annual vacation. As a neophyte mom, I was a bit hesitant to fly with a newborn in tow.
We took an afternoon flight to Mactan via Cebu Pacific Air. At the counter, we didn’t realize that we were falling in line next to a local celebrity, Sam Milby. We managed to have a snapshot with him before we all proceeded to the boarding gate.
The gang was almost complete–my parents, my siblings, and my brother’s fiancee. My husband would be taking a separate flight since he’s only a few minutes away from Cebu. It was also my daughter’s first airplane ride.
When in Cebu, the must-go places are the Plantation Bay, Lapu-Lapu Shrine, Magellan’s Cross, Museo Sugbo, Philippine Taoist Temple, and the Sto. Niño Basilica.
When dining in Cebu, you should try their famous Sutukil. Sutukil, meaning grilling is very popular in Cebu, and has got the same concept with the Dampa or what the restos in Seaside Boulevard serve. You personally buy for your seafood ingredients and they will cook them for you. It is a Visayan conventional way of cooking dishes.
Another must-try I should say is, Zubuchon Acupuntured Lechon! By hook or by crook, your should get some of its oil in your hands. A few hours before we depart, I remember buying a kilo of it to take back to Manila, and guess what, when we arrived here, the lechon skin was still crispy! I’m not kidding.
When travelling with an infant or a toddler, you should always keep a copy of his or her birth certificate handy. The security personnel at the airports, even at the check-in counters, randomly check a child’s documentation. I remember these people at NAIA Terminal 3 not looking for N’s birth certificate, but it was a different scenario altogether at the Mactan International Airport. Better be prepared than sorry.
Today is the start of a long weekend to pay respect to our Muslim brothers and sisters. A lot of families are taking advantage of this short break from work, to spend time with each other by taking a quick escapade somewhere. A staycation will also do–like what N and I are doing now.
Have you ever been to Cebu? Do you have any other travelling tips that you could share? Any additional must-see or eat when in Cebu? ❤