Recuperating in Cebu!
Trip Start Oct 18, 2007
51Trip End Aug 2008
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Where I stayed
Kukuk's Pensionne House
On a sidenote, one of the reasons I wanted to hit Cebu specifically during the third weekend of January was to soak in Sinulog, the annual colourful festival that rocks this city. Unfortunately, the crowds and the unrelenting heat and sun can get a tad overwhelming, then it started to rain during this year's parade. Thankfully, they organizers also host a yearly photo contest during Sinulog, so the web is FULL of pictures from this awesome street party. For a little sampler, check out the pictures on the following sites -
I've also experienced my first opportunity to surf on someone's couch while I've been in Cebu City. Yaaay! CouchSurfing!!! My first host, Joey, showed me Moalboal, took me diving at Pescador Island, and introduced me to Kawasan Falls
My Uncle Calixto (aka Awa aka Showha) who's my father's older brother, his wife Auntie Flor and my cousins Ate Kira, Kuya Kim, Alec and Juan as well as their spouses and children reside in Cebu City and I've had the chance of reconnecting with them as well while I've been here. It really shouldn't take me 10-15 years to visit my relatives out here. I need to close that gap and bring it down to maybe visiting every 3-5 years. But thank goodness for email and Skype!
Next stop in a week's time, the western outpost of the Philippines known as Palawan... Then my next country = THAILAND on Feb 1!
//Addendum, 28 January 2008//
Current Mission: "To find the happy space that exists between complete strangers."
This is what I've posted on my couchsurfing profile... and I think I'm fulfilling this mission quite well and with much pleasure! During the last ten days - my timeout from travelling - I've been based at the beautiful hub of all coolness, Kukuk's Nest on Gorordo St
Throughout the week, I've met the usual suspects of the place: Thorston, the big teddy bear viking philosopher, who's usually asleep at the bar in the morning, reeking of beer from the previous night, Sebastien the melancholic Frenchman who plays 'basket', Vijay and the rest of gang working at VSO (volunteer organization based in the UK), Ralph San Ramon, who rents space at Kukuk's for the Needlepoint Tattoo Studio (he would later be the artist to design and work on the tattoo on my right ankle that will forever remind me of this place, of my time here and my adventure around the world!)
The world is small... Through a random turn of events (smoky room at La Florentina Pensionne House on Acacia with no other room to spare), I found myself at Kukuk's and got to meet two girls who would be my sister-guides while staying there. My room was right next to Jamila aka Jammie and Carmella aka Carmel aka Massacre (properly pronounced "mah-sa-Kerrrrrrrrrr" hee hee hee). Coughing was what started off this spontaneous friendship... and from there, I learned that Carmel used to be neighbours with my relatives in Quiot and knows my cousins, Ate Kira, Kuya Kim, Alik and Juan. She also was a former climbing/mountaineering buddy of my first Cebu couchsurfing host, Joey, and is quite plugged into the artist and music scene here. MahSaKerr was also my guide in proper beach exit etiquette and am very grateful for her advice! Viva la revolution (HEE HEE HEE)!