They call the place Plantation Bay Resort & Spa.
While it is true that at first glance the resort looks luxurious, and the staff speaks English or whatever they claim they can speak, I just did not like the attitude of some of the staff. They seem to be busy or trying to be busy. I was made to understand by our tour guide that we can have a close look of the resort's amenities and what it has to offer. To my surprise, after waiting in the lobby for around 15 minutes, we were asked to get on a motor driven tram (or whatever they call it) and went around for approximately 5 minutes with the tour hurriedly done.
I can't believe these people. Can they have some sense of humour?
How can I recommend this resort to my friends who requested me to do a survey of a resort to stay when they visit this part of the world. To go there, in my opinion is a....waste of time.
Fun Alternatives: I learned a lesson. I am not checking in this kind of what they call..... "luxurious 5-star resort." I will be contented with a recommended tour guide and an ordinary resort.
- Sailing and Boating
The two main forms of public transport around Cebu City are metered Taxis & PUJ`s commonly called Jeepneys.
1 Taxis are the safest way around Cebu City but there are things you need to do & know to ensure your safety.A common thing is a driver refusing to turn the meter on.Don`t accept his excuse(he will have one)just get out & get the next one.
2 Jeepneys are the cheapest way around Cebu City but are a haven for snatchers & petty criminals.Unless you are with a local I wouldn`t attempt to ride one for the above reason & also the fact they all ply different routes so unless you know where you are going it`s very easy to end up nowhere near you wanted to be.
Unique Suggestions: Taxis....I stick to well kept clean taxis, if possible I stay away from taxis that are older,damaged panels, If it looks untidy outside there`s a very big chance the inside will be the same.Every taxis licence number is easily visible both in & out of it so if you feel the need, write it down.Try if possible to stick to the major taxis like Holiday or Max`s to name a couple(sometimes that`s not possible but keep in mind).
Jeepneys....If you must ride these keep your cell phone in your pocket,jewellery to minimum,don`t flash any cash & watch for pickpockets sliding up close to you.Especially be aware around traffic lights when the jeepney is at a stop.The thiefs are not alway recognizable so have your wits about you at all times.I know principle takes over but if you are a victim just give them what they want. Murders are known to have happened.
Fun Alternatives: Just stick to A/C Taxis it`s the coolest & safest way
Beware of peddlers at the Magellan's Cross
It's difficult to have a quiet, uninterrupted time at the Magellan's cross when children incessantly peddle candles to you. It's difficult to take a good picture even.
Unique Suggestions: Ignore them. If they continue to pester you, continue on taking photos and then leave as soon as you take a satisfying photo.
Fun Alternatives: Next to Magellan's cross is the Basilica del Sto. Nino. It's relatively quiet and peaceful. I suggest you head on inside.
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
thanx again for ur reply.
i took danny noy's taxi, he's a nice guy.
charged 3000pesos (which i think is the maximum)
ok though coz hassle free, he picked us from airport n we went straight to kawasan, which took almst 3 hours thru the mountainous road.
right when we arrived these guides people came n told us that it's policy to have guide to go to the falls (which of course is untrue)
we took him anyway, he initially said it s 200p, then when we've been up, he said we have to pay 100 for each falls we visited making it 400 (which he didnt say before we went up), we were also pushed 2 unwanted guides on the raft which costs anther 400), basically we were being ripped off
i lost my temper when he asked for another 400 for association, n told him off (i said they were cheating if they dont tell that they r charging b4 giving the service etc........i can be pretty outspoken when i'm angry;).....he then became quiet n we just paid 400, n got rid of him.....
all in all kawasan is very beautiful, with the turquoise clean refreshing water n panorama....except for the annoying so called guides it was a nice experience:)
Unique Suggestions: there s no written rules anywhere that a guide is needed to go to the falls, just protect ur right....ask beforehand how much they r charging n what for, otherwise they ll charge for every single little things
Fun Alternatives: the best way is to go with a filipino friend:)
- Hiking and Walking
- Jungle and Rain Forest
There were snatchers and pickpockets in the Colon Area and other downtown parts.
Unique Suggestions: Be always alert, secure your cameras and belongings.
Fun Alternatives: Walk around downtown areas during daytime. Do not entertain peddlers.
On going to the 38th floor of Crown Regency Hotel
This is so funny...
It will be my first time going to the Crown Regency Hotel....for their Skywalk Adventure....
and I ask the guard at the main entrance of the hotel....
On the location of the Skywalk Adventure...
and the guard said "Its in the 38th floor"....
and I said wherre's the elevator lobby.....
and the guard said....'Its there pointing to a direction....
and i said to myself ok.....
and the Elevator thing happened
It took me two times to realise the eventhough i push the 38th floor elevator button
i could get into there...until finally an American said that I should have a card he showed me his card pass...for me to be able to access the 38th floor.......
He coudnt help me because he went out of the elevator already...thanks to the Koreans who lend me their guest pass so I can go to the 38th floor...
The said elevator lobby going to the 38th floor for public access is the second elevator lobby...farthest from the main lobby.....for the first main elevator lobby is for the guest only......
ummmm....Now I know.....;):)
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