We left for Asia on 2/13. The first stop was Cebu, Philippines. The travel day was FOREVER. I got up at 4AM for my first flight at 6:15AM to Detroit. We then flew from DTW to Incheon (Seoul, Korea). Our last flight was from ICN to Cebu City. Our driver picked us up at the airport & took us to our hotel the Marriott in Cebu City. Total travel time 29 hours, 54 minutes! Yep, I started a timer prior to leaving.
Since we crossed the date line we arrived at the hotel on 2/14 at midnight. Our plan was to work on Friday & Monday in the office but we would have the weekend to explore.
The main person I was meeting with, Noel, in Cebu arranged a boat ride & island lunch on Saturday for us. There were 2 other Lexington co-workers besides myself going as well. Our driver took us to Mactan Island where we would start our boating experience. You can see from the maps below that the Philippines are nothing but lots & lots of islands.
The boats were pretty interesting. They are made out of bamboo held together with twine then painted, wooden boards, a tarp for shade & what appeared to be a dingy sized motor. Oh & a super awesome 'head' that I actually had to use for, you know, girl stuff.
|Wooden floating box|
|This boat looked just like ours|
|The Head - It was awesome b/c your head sticks up over the top. I was too mortified to have a photo taken of me in it!|
|Look at all the fish! See the flip flops?|
On Sunday we went on a Cebu City tour. Our driver picked us up around 9AM & we first headed to the Taoist Temple. The temple was so beautiful & very similar to the ones I had seen in China on previous trips.
|Our Awesome Driver / Tour Guide|
We then went to the oldest Catholic Church in the country. I didn't realize Catholicism was so prevalent here either.
|Founded April 28, 1565|
Our next stop was Fort San Pedro.
Our final stop for the day was back to Mactan & the city of Lapu-Lapu. The city was named after the ruler of Mactan that killed Magellan in 1521.
At dinner on Saturday night I captured the current weather. Remember this is winter. I'm not sure I want to visit during the summer!
Writing this post I realized how much we crammed into this one weekend in Cebu. I originally named this post Asia trip but quickly realized I needed to break it into 3 different posts. Stay tuned for Guangzhou & Hong Kong posts.
Thanks for reading!