A warning for anybody just using an ATM card & are going to transfer money around their bank accounts via internet banking.Find a reputable internet cafe as some cafes are known to have had keyloggers installed on their keyboards to track your account details.
I suggest unless your financial institutions internet banking has a movable keypad that you enter your pin number into don`t use internet banking
Most hotels now have WIFI & most people now travel with a laptop or a WIFI enabled smart phone which makes internet banking a whole lot safer but you still need to heed the above advice if you are using a public computer.
Have a massage, as they are good and very affordable. but please don't visit the Banyan tree spas at elegant circle inn or the raja hotel very close to it, why? because they have the same owner and manager and share staff, and its the place where i was robbed of $100 whilst enjoying my last massage in nov 2010 after another 3 month trip. After the massage complained to manager etc, said he would look into it, then approached him again on my jan trip, and they just don't want to know about it, and what makes me more angry is that the gay girl who robbed me is still working there. Also owner wants to know nothing about it either. So keep away, let your friends know, that they are very unprofessional and can't be trusted.
While me and my fiancee were on our way to the mall in a taxi,a small child came up to the window while we were stopped at a red light.He was a cute kid,maybe 6 or 7 at the oldest.he wanted money for food,so i rolled down my window and gave him a few pesos.My fiancee,since she is from there told me not to give them money,because if you give one,then others will flock to you like birds.If you are on foot,the same will happen as well,but same rules apply,don't give them anything.Be nice about it and they will eventually leave you alone until you run into the next one or two.Just say no and they will leave you alone until you come to the next one.
There is a very specific reason that you DO NOT give them anything,but I can't discuss it,but take my advice,JUST TELL THEM NO.
Colon Street in downtown Cebu is a familiar name to me, having heard a lot about this place from my Visayan relatives who frequent Cebu. They say Colon is much like downtown Manila, inclusive of the old buildings, the vehicular traffic and the crowd loaded with bad elements. Colon didn't fail me on my second visit (July 2007).
On my trip back to the hotel from the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, the multicab (Cebu's version of Manila's jeepneys) passed by Colon and pulled over to the side of the street to take in some more passengers. Here I witnessed a snatcher from the outside grabbed the earrings of a shocked fellow passenger right next to me. He pointed his finger to the lady victim and angrily told her not to move a bit and then left like nothing happened. All these in a matter of a few seconds.
Avoid Colon Street or if you have to pass by that street, be very extra careful.
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
There are two things you have to remember when you visit the temple and decide to climb the 81 steps to reach the top.
*On a Hot and Humid Weather - Take it easy in climbing. You may get tired so easily. Bring an umbrella and a fan to protect yourself from the heat.
*On a rainy day - Watch your steps, it may be slippery. Bring an umbrella or anything to cover yourself when it rains.
Really this place to the westerner is quite safe compared with most other cities worldwide. The people are friendly and helpful, so aprt from the initial culture shock, relax and enjoy the place. Remember you are rich compared with the majority of local people, so keep your money and valuables close and just use common sense where ever you go. Remember the majority of people are just like you and me and work for a living and are decent people.
I've never had any problems in Cebu and have been going there for many years, taxis are ok, just make sure they switch on the meter or alternatively fix a price before you start. multicabs are really fun because they are cramped and open so suffer exhaust fumes from other vehicles. If you fancy a days excursion somewhere hire a taxi for the day and the driver will look after you, hoping you will use him again, plus he will know what is a fair price if you want to buy anything!
The only real problem with Cebu is that nothing is done quickly, so chillout and relax and allow plenty of time for everything.
Have fun and enjoy the lifestyle, its slow, very slow!
There is little of danger in CC.
It is one of the best cities in the world to visit or to live in.
The people are friendly Cebuanos, who generally ignore tourists unless you ask for advice.
Obviously there are the same risks as for any city,
i.e. pickpockets, downtown especially. beggars, few, ignore them
taxis, always use a working meter,older drivers are more honest, safer
nightlife, hospitable, mostly honest. (streetwalkers, same worldwide)
hotels, a variety of all types, from resort to guest houses.all excellent
shopping, also excellent, 3 or 4 major malls, famous stores,etc
shipping, you get what you pay for, superferries have bad cheap bunks!
airport, superb, under used, cheaper on internationals than Manila.
Enjoy your visit, inexpensive, friendly,english speaking, very worthwhile.
There are people who are quite desperate for some of your money. They think you are rich, even if you are carrying dirty and old backpacks and not designer luggage cases. And you are rich, compared to them. You were able to come up with the money to fly to their country weren't you?! But, although we are rich compared to them, we do not all have money to throw away with abandon...
so, if you don't want to be forever 'tipping' people, don't let them get a hand on your luggage to 'help' you carry it into the hotel, or put it into the taxi or bus, because they will demand payment for that 2 or 3 seconds of 'help' that their hand was on your bag!
Don't get into privately run cars, who tell you that they are cheaper than a taxi. They are not.
Always make sure you know where you're going (keep a map out) or look like you know where you're going. Or taxis WILL go the long way.