Sinulog 2014: The Crazy Weekend Getaway

Last weekend, my college friends and I had a quick out-of-town-weekend to Cebu. This was booked early last year during one of those Cebu Pacific’s seat sales but I had the time to look up at our flight details only the night before the trip (yes I’m that busy! ugh). I didn’t even know what to expect during the trip as I’m the only one absent during our planning session.  All I know is that we’re attending Sinulog, one of the craziest and most sought after festival here in the Philippines. For those of you who haven’t heard this word before, this is an annual Philippine festival held in Cebu every 3rd week of January in honor of the Sto. Nino.  I thought this’ll be more of watching street parades from morning til night, of eating street foods, of going on long walks to point A to B, of going to churches and museums. Boy, was I wrong.

So what did we do?

January 17 (6pm) – The Chill Evening

We spent the first night celebrating the birthday of our January celebrants – Gianna, Eucel, Marc and Lea. With nothing planned during the night, we stayed at Ayala Terraces and ate at Casa Verde.

After our dinner, we then had spent the night buying personal toiletries, errands and pasalubongs as we might not have enough time in the coming days.

January 18 (2AM) – The Encounter with the Whale Sharks / “Butanding

In our effort to see the Whale Sharks, we forced ourselves to get up at 2AM to catch the early bus to Oslob, Cebu. The trip is a long 3 -hour bus drive. With the cold weather and early morning mist, we just slept all throughout the trip until the bus driver dropped us at Aaron Beach Resort.

Sad to say, I  didn’t have any close photo with the whale shark. First, I don’t know how to swim without a life vest. Second, I am so damn scared of it! I thought I am fearless when it comes to activities like this (I always do snorkeling during travels), but honestly, when I saw how big the whale shark is, I got real scared!

For a fee of Php 500, we can swim with the whale sharks for 30 minutes. We weren’t allowed to put too much sunblock because the chemicals may harm them. Good thing, it’s a bit of cloudy so we didn’t mind.

After the swim, we stayed at the resort til before lunch to cool off and eat breakfast. We are so damn hungry during this time.

January 18 (5PM onwards) – Paintensity!

After a heavy late lunch/ early dinner at Zubuchon,  we spent most of the early night wandering around Mango Avenue. We had our dessert at I <3 Mr. Coffee, which has a surprisingly good Chocolate Cake.

After texting a few friends around the area, we were invited to a paint street party near Cable Car. With nothing left to do, we jumped into a cab and head straight to the area. With loud music; overflowing, spilling alcohol (not from us though! haha!) and messy paint everywhere, C-R-A-Z-Y is an understatement:

January 19 (10AM) – #SinulogInvasion: The Whole Day Party

This was the highlight of this trip – the whole day party at Baseline. We already secured our tickets at around 11 AM and stayed at the venue the entire day.  The fee is Php 350/ person and you will be given a bracelet pass with 2 ‘free drink’ stubs. With all day party music, alcohol and paint, the rest was history. Let the photos speak:

As Marc mentioned in his Facebook album, “Crazy would be an understatement in describing last weekend in Cebu.” Ooohh,  I just can’t wait for our next travel! <3

PS. Some photos were grabbed from my friends – Marc, RA, Eucel and Gucci.

That’s it for now. <3 always, Irene


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