Thursday, December 09, 2004


"There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory." - Marcel Proust, French novelist (1871-1922)

The new Marcelo Fernan bridge spanning Mandaue City and Mactan Island.

I am jealous of my friend Carlos for spending his next three months in Cebu, my "home" in the Visayas (1996-2000). I have been sending him SMS guides as to where to go, etc but Fugue Master that he is, he's even been to some places I've never been to like the runway of the Mactan International. Chatting with trainees under the night sky while aircraft land from overhead?! My cheeks redden with jealousy.

I am so tempted to visit Cebu again. The last time I was there was like two years ago when I accompanied my Aunt to a Rotary convention, and my friends there say that things continue to look up in that island paradise.

And wow, do I miss so many things!

I miss Aranos, my "secret" Spanish restaurant in Ferlane Village.

I miss the lobby of the Waterfront Hotel Lahug and its awesome paintings and excellent service.

I miss the beaches.

I miss the churches of Carcar and those of other towns further south.

I miss the real danggit. Manila's version is just so pathetic.

I miss my former girlfriend's Mother. She cooks sooo well and knows my favorites (chicharon Carcar and lechon Talisay).

I miss attending Mass at the Basilica Minore during Sundays. Nothing beats the sound of an all-male choir.

The Magellan Monument in Mactan Island. Nearby stand the huts of Cebu's famous SUTUKIL.

I miss Mactan's sutukil (sugba, tula, kilaw).

I miss Casa Gorordo.

I miss going out of my dormitory at midnight and eat at a University hang-out (spicy tuna and egg, please!)

I miss larsian. Nobody knows barbecue best than the Cebuanos.

I miss cappuccino at East, West. *smirk*

I miss the cool bars, the great nightlife, the art of showing off.

Sarcastic discussions with the girls in The Village.

Pizza at Il Sole.

Cakes at Oh Georg! And then there's another pastry shop whose name I can't recall right now.

Oh, yes. W.R.A.P.S., of course. I worked here for 5 months with dear friend Kuya Glen, then the owner.

I miss lazy afternoons in Cafe Laguna (rice cakes and hot chocolate!).

I miss travelling by ferry and fastcraft to neighboring Cagayan de Oro and Bohol.

I really miss the overnight trips to my other home, Cagayan de Oro. I miss my house there. I miss seeing Mom there and my cousins on a weekend.

I miss reading the Sunday edition of Sun.Star Cebu.

I miss seeing Cebu from the air. My heart breaks at the sight.

Mom said her happiest days were spent in Cebu when she was a student at CIT. I totally agree with her.



jove francisco said...

i'm already in this domain:

more power!

smiley>j said...

Nakakamiss talaga ang cebu. Dami kasing pwedeng maalala. Ang mga magandang tanawin, beaches, sea food, bbq, pati na ang lechon. Lalo na pg sa lechon cebu dot com. Yummy ang sarap talaga ng lechon.

Ainsly said...

Cebu is one of the nicest place to visit. How i wish to visit cebu again. Hope someday makabalik ako sa cebu kapag hindi na busy. I've been to cebu when i was a college my tour kasi kami sa Lit subject namin when i was a second year college. Ang daming mga magagandang tanawin, ang gaganda ng mga beaches. At ang mga pagkain wow ang sarap. Lalo na yung lechon cebu. Its great! Ang sarap ng lasa. Napaka crispy pa ng balat. With muching hanging rice or puso. Grabeh ang sarap talaga.

ann said...

Pagdating sa pagkaing pinoy panalo ang cebuano sa pagluluto. Masarap kasi ang mga luto nila. Tipong hinahanap hanap talaga yung lasa. Lalo na yung lechon cebu. I agree it taste good talaga. Masarap at ma crunchy talaga ang balat ng lechon nila. Tender at juicy pa yung meat nila coz they use native pig i think. Lechon cebu is the best for me.

Shiela of UP Los BaƱos said...’s lechon is very delicious. It doesn’t need any sarsa (sauce) to make it tasty. I am very much satisfied with the juicy meat & the crispy skin. It is indeed a quality lechon that every Filipinos’ crave shall be intensely satisfied. :)