10 things to do in Cebu

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The following are for me, some of the interesting things to do while you are in Cebu, Visayas island, Philippines.

1. Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu – I think every “cebuano” (a term to indicate the residents and original inhabitants of Cebu knows what this monument is and where it is located). For me, it is not only an important historical monument  but it also represents a place of serenity and prayer.

2. Yap – Sandiego ancestral house. Built during the 17th century, located in the Parian district, it is considered as one of the oldest houses in the Philippines.

3. Heritage monument. Though “recently” built ( July 1997 – December 2000), yet, I believe it is still very interesting to see because the monument represents and illustrates in one block the major and significant events in the history of the city of Cebu. Oh! It is also a 5 minute walk from the Yap Sandiego ancestral house!

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4. Fort San Pedro “Fuerte de San Pedro”. The original structure was made of wood built after the arrival of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and his expedition and in the 17th century a stone fort replaced the old structure to repel Muslim raiders. Considered as the oldest triangular bastion fort in the Philippines, this is surely a monument worth visiting. The following pictures are just a few of the things to see in this well maintained landmark.

5. Museo Sugbo. A Cebuano heritage museum really worth visiting!

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6. Sirao gardens. I heard a lot of interesting stories about this flower farm garden and so three years ago I decided to visit this place.  Sirao garden is beautiful to see but I believe I visited it at the wrong time. Even so, the place beautiful and relaxing.  It was really fun to  drink fresh coconut juice and pulp from a booth located outside of the entrance of the garden.

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7. SM and AYALA. For shopaholics, window shoppers and for those looking for a place to meet friends and to spend a moment with love ones, one of the best options is just to let the hours pass away in these two mega malls in the heart of Cebu. I did got the feeling of  having it all on one place! (Though I would prefer throwing my time island hopping and swimming!)

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8. Island hopping. I never miss this everytime I go to visit Cebu. Oh! I discovered that the best time to start the tour is to begin it not later than 8 a.m. and to return to the mainland not later than 3 p.m. (after 3 pm the waves are bigger!)

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9. The Taoist Temple

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10. Temple of Leah. It was still under construction when I visited it three years ago. A Cebuano version of  the Taj Mahal in India? 

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Life is an interesting journey.

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it is incredible how a rose can still be beautiful even after days of rain!

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Food for thoughts, Photography

Though it is not only today that I remember a very special woman in my life but I do feel so fortunate to have a mother like my mom. In her way she taught me a lot of vital things which made me what I am today (of course with the help of my Dad. My first lesson about the value of teamwork!). Though it was not always easy to understand her teachings (fortunately, I followed and improved some – evolution), the proof that she was right is in what I have sowed and harvested in these years. Time has given the answer…I am one of those lucky persons in this life to have an amazing mother!

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms!

It’s Friday!

Hobbies, Photography

Hello everyone! Aside from the fact that today is the last day of a working week for me and in the past days, here in the province of Treviso, it has been raining since the time we planted the crops (27th of April) for our vegetable garden and I thought of how companion planting helped us to have a good harvest every year without using pesticides. The following are my favorite plant combinations:

1.) Tomatoes + Onions + Basil + marigolds

2.) Beans + Eggplants + Celery + Marigolds

3.) Bell peppers + Spinach + Marigolds

4.) Beans + Cucumbers + Nasturtiums

And…flowers everywhere!

Wishing everyone a restful and happy weekend!

Good morning!

My recipes, Photography

While I was thinking of the beauty of this beautiful rose, I thought of a vegetable salad prepared with walnuts, pieces of orange and apple.

Add a tablespoon of olive oil from the Puglia region, Italy + mix everything well…a healthy vegetable salad without having to add salt. 😋

Happy Thursday to all!

Valli di Comacchio e l’Abbazia di Pomposa, Trepponti, Italy

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Hello everyone! In Italy, Holy Week and Easter Day are considered until this day, very important moments in the life of all the Catholics residing in this country. But there is this one tradition, I do not really know if it is true to all the regions of Italy, which is always celebrated and a source of joy for everyone. The celebration of “Pasquetta” – Easter Monday. It is about having a picnic somewhere with family and friends. Since Italy is full of beautiful sites for a day out with friends and family, sometimes it is even difficult to choose where to go. But it’s been a lot of years now that we have chosen to visit a new city/place every “Pasquetta” although sometimes we just choose to go again to a city which we think, is really so interesting that we are never tired of seeing/visiting it again. One of these places are: Pomposa Abbey (Abbazia di Pomposa in the province of Ferrara) and Trepponti, Valli di Comacchio, province of Ferrara. The following are pictures taken during this year’s trip to celebrate “Pasquetta” celebrated on Easter Day instead of the traditional way, Easter monday.

The wetlands…. and the Abbey…

The park…

Trepponti, Comacchio, province of Ferrara, Italy

The only thing that I could really say is that…Life is a wonderful and interesting journey. I continue to learn a lot of things and strangely, I keep yearning for more!

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!