Archive | March, 2011

Day 1 in Cebu: Cebu City Tour

26 Mar

It was our first time to try Cebu Pacific. We were told by friends that the flights are usually late so it was a surprise that our flight to Cebu was on time. Bravo! ūüôā

view from the plane

The weather was gloomy in Cebu when we landed. With all our lugagge, it was kind of hard for us to go to the main road to get a regular metered taxi since it was raining. There were other regular cabs at the airport, but they were asking for Php350 – Php400 for the fare to the hotel. Rip off!!! So my boyfriend and I decided to take the airport cab instead to take us to Verbena Pension House which only cost us Php278 (to think that the airport cabs’ flag down rate is Php70).

Since the check-in time in Verbena is at 2PM, we were advised by the front desk officer to just come back at 2PM. He informed us that we could leave our things in their storage room so we could tour the city. NOTE: Verbena has no tag number to give you when you leave your bags with them. I hope they would have claim tags in the future to ensure the safety of their guests’ luggage.

Anyway, after leaving our bags, my boyfriend and I took a jeep (minimum jeepney fare is Php7.50) to JY Mall (JY-Apas-Lahug sign board) to get a habal-habal (motorcycle ride) to take us to Tops in Busay Hills. It’s better to take a habal-habal to get to Tops since cabs would charge Php850 or even higher to the said place. Depending on your negotiating skills, a habal-habal ride would cost around Php200 per head (price could be lower or higher) for a two-way ride. Make sure to have an agreed price before going to Tops and don’t forget to ask the driver if they have additional charge for waiting. The entrance fee for Tops is Php100 per head, which we think was¬†REALLY pricey.

Tops in Busay Hills

After getting to Tops, our habal-habal drivers dropped us off at JY Mall and we took a cab to the Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills. It cost us around Php60 – Php65 for the cab ride. The temple has no entrance fee, but you just have to take note of the temple’s rules.

I must admit though, I was not a fan of the temple, mainly because I did not like the smell of the burning incense sticks. We ended up leaving immediately because it was drizzling and also¬†because¬†I felt like I was going to barf, too! ūüė¶ (Sorry, no offense meant to our Chinese brothers and sisters).

Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills

We did not ask for our cab driver to wait for us (wrong move!) so we had to wait for a cab near the temple to drop us off at JY Mall. So for the ride back to JY Mall (or to wherever you’re going to), it’s better that you ask your cab driver to wait for you. Anyhow, ¬†since it was still early for check-in, we decided to go to Ayala Center (just take a jeep with an Ayala sign board) to have lunch. The outside of Ayala Center looked so much like the Ayala malls here in Manila. The inside looked more like the old Glorietta mall though.

Finally, when it was time to check-in, we took a jeep with a Capitol sign board from Ayala to get to our hotel… If you’re on a tight budget, I suggest you stay in Verbena Pension House (they have a newer¬†hotel called Verbena Capitol Suites).¬†This was suggested to me by my friend, Salve, who stayed in the said place last August when she went to Cebu.¬†Well,¬†Verbena Pension House is not really a hotel and the place is not as fancy as real hotels, but Verbena’s staff are friendly and accommodating. They also offer free¬†WIFI for their guests and a free breakfast for 1 person, too (an additional breakfast meal is around Php75 plus Php20 for the drinks, but you can just have their free water from their restaurant’s¬†water dispenser). The room obviously looked kind of (take note: just kind of) old, but it’s clean.¬†We were¬†provided with 1 roll of tissue, 2 towels,¬†and 2 small soaps. The room that we got costs Php850 a night¬†beacuse we wanted¬†a private bath with cold and¬†hot shower. There’s a Php750 room without a hot shower though.

This is the old Verbena. There's a new one called Verbena Capitol Suites.

We decided to rest for around an hour after checking in. We then resumed our tour and took a jeep going to Basilica Minore del Sto. Ni√Īo (Magallanes-Church-Jones sign board). Behind the Basilica, you could see Magellan’s Cross. Cebu Cathedral is also a stone’s throw away from the Basilica so we checked out the Cathedral’s schedule for the English anticipated Mass. From the Basilica, ¬†you could walk going to Plaza Independencia and Fort San Pedro. Fort San Pedro’s¬†entrance¬†fee is Php30 per head. After touring the old fort, we rested for a while. We then walked back to Cebu Cathedral to hear Mass at 5:30PM.

Basilica Minore del Santo Ni√Īo

Thank you, Magellan, for bringing Catholicism to the Philippines ūüôā

Fort San Pedro

Plaza Independencia is currently under renovation

Malaca√Īang in Cebu

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Two of my friends from the office (Chyng and Salve) tried Larsian near Robinsons Cybergate Center at Fuente Circle when they went to Cebu. My boyfriend and I love¬†barbeque’s¬†so we decided¬†to try out the grilled food¬†at the famous Larsian. The rates are pretty affodable, too! ūüôā

where everything is grilled

For our last stop, we headed to Crown Regency to try out the Sky Adventure. My boyfriend decided not to try the rides out (wuss! :P) because he was so full (nabusog ng sobra sa Larsian)¬†and he also found the price pretty expensive — Php750 for the 2 rides plus 1 free shirt. Since guests are not allowed to take pictures, you wouldn’t have a choice but to buy your souvenir pictures which is Php230 each photo!!! ūüė¶

Sky Adventure at Crown Regency

Crown Regency has a new ride called Vertigo. I did not try it out because it was not part of my budget. Had I known about the new ride, I would have allocated money for that. I think it costs around Php600, if I’m not mistaken (will try that when we get back!). Oh, by the way, if you’re going to try the Sky Walk, bring your own pair of socks (Crown Regency will sell you a pair for Php20) or better, wear sneakers/trainers/rubber shoes so you would not have to wear the sneakers they offer (no rental fee though).

Anyway, here’s our ITIN for DAY 1:

06:35AM¬†¬†¬†¬† Departure (Cebu Pac’s 2nd flight to Cebu)
07:45AM¬†¬†¬†¬† Arrival — airport cab (yellow) to Verbena — fare: Php278
08:20AM¬†¬†¬†¬† Left things in Verbena’s storage area
09:00AM¬†¬†¬†¬† JY Mall (JY-Apas-Lahug sign board) — fare: Php18 for 2
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† *habal-habal ride to Tops — fare: Php200/head (two way ride)
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† *cab from JY to Taoist Temple — fare: Php60-Php65
12:00NN      Lunch at Ayala Center
01:45PM¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Jeep to Verbena (Capitol sign board) — fare: Php15 for 2
02:00PM     Check-in at Verbena
03:00PM¬†¬†¬†¬† Basilica (Magallanes-Church-Jones sign board) — fare: Php15 for 2
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† *Basilica Minore del Sto. Ni√Īo
                            *Magellan’s Cross
                            *Plaza Independencia
                            *Fort San Pedro and Malacanang sa Cebu
05:30PM     Anticipated Mass at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
06:35PM¬†¬†¬†¬† Took a jeep going to Larsian (Capitol sign board) — fare: Php15 for 2
07:00PM    Dinner at Larsian
08:15PM     Walked going to Crown Regency for the Sky Adventure

Stay tuned for our Day 2 in Cebu (this was our favorite part of our whole Cebu trip!) ūüôā

On Cebu Pacific

23 Mar

There was a seat sale by Cebu Pacific last June 2010 in time for Independence Day. My boyfriend and I took advantage of the Php1 sale since it was pretty affordable. We decided to get the 4th flight from Manila to Cebu on March 19 and the last flight from Cebu to Manila on March 22, 2011.

After 9 months of waiting for our trip, we finally¬†had a tour in¬†Cebu. I’m going to blog about our Cebu tour per day beacuse I don’t want to strain your eyes reading¬†our whole trip in just one entry. I’m going to include our itinerary, too.

Anyway, before writing about our trip, I first want to write about the stress I experienced with Cebu Pacific.

Almost a month before our trip, I received an SMS from Cebu Pacific informing me that our flight was canceled (no reason was stated!!!) and that our March 22 flight would be moved to March 23 at 4:05AM!!!

Of course, we did not want that sched. We didn’t have plans of staying another night in Cebu as that would entail another overnight accommodation (that we have to shoulder) and we did not file for a vacation leave for March 23. (NOTE: It’s not easy to go on a leave in our field of work).

I called up the airline’s customer service (phone number 702-0888) and was told by the agent, Raphaela (that’s what I think I heard her name was), that I could move our flight back to March 22, but the only available flight was at 5:35pm. I also asked the agent if I could change my March 19 flight since the March 22 flight at 5:35pm would shorten our stay in Cebu. The agent gladly agreed.

I asked my boyfriend to contact Customer Service himself to schedule our new flight since I have to leave the house for work. Gelai, the agent he spoke with, was very willing to accomodate our request. However, my boyfriend and I forgot to discuss what Manila-Cebu flight we should choose so my boyfriend informed Gelai that he would call back again.

My boyfriend and I ended up calling Customer Service again (conference call). However, we were told this time that we’re not allowed to change the unaffected flight! Chad, the agent, informed us that we can only change the canceled flight! I even asked for a supervisor. Venson Joson, the supe, told that us that my boyfriend and I were just misinformed twice! Argh!!!

I was once a call center agent (May 2004 – Feb 2006). I was even one of first Agent of the Year awardees of PeopleSupport Philippines (2005). Beacuse of this, everytime I phone a call center, I always try to be nice to the agent I speak with because I know what it was like to be shouted at. I know what it’s like to answer to toxic callers. I know how irritating and irate callers could get and I did not want to add stress to a call center agent’s stressful life.

However, because of this airline’s inconsideration, I really snapped and became such a heinous b*tch! The supervisor eventually escalated our request to the Reservations Department (no customer service line) and we would have to wait for 24 hours to find out if our request would get approved. See? There was even no guarantee! Good thing I got a call the next day from Pauline, a reservations officer from Cebu Pacific, informing me that our request was approved. Yey! ūüôā

I would like to apologize to the people I had a b*tch fit at, Chad and Venson. In my defense, I was irate not because of you two, but because of the airline’s policy.¬†But still, I would like to aplogize.

Ash Wednesday is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation

9 Mar

It’s Ash Wednesday and some of my officemates were worried that they were not able to hear Mass today.

For those who were not able to hear Mass, fret not. According to our Parish priest, Ash Wednesday is¬†not a Holy Day of Obligation¬†and having one’s forehead signed with ashes is not required, too. HOWEVER, we, Catholics are strongly encouraged to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday and have our foreheads signed with ashes since it’s fitting to mark the start of the Lenten Season. Also, I want to remind the Catholics¬†that today is a¬†day of fasting and abstinence.

I am so proud of my boyfriend. He may not have been able to fast because he has ulcer, but he skipped attending a party to hear Mass and to have his forehead signed with ash. He also abstained from eating meat and did not give in to his cravings (ice cream, chips, etc.). He also reminded his officemates to eat fish during their lunch break. I’m sssooo happy! ūüôā

PHOTO CREDIT: http://catholicipod.stblogs.com/files/2009/02/ash_wednesday.jpg

SM 3-Day Sale 2011 Schedules

8 Mar

For the 2012 schedules of SM’s 3-day sale, please visit: https://twitterpatedme.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/2012-sm-3-day-sale-schedules/

 

I’ve decided to compile SM’s 3-day sale schedules for 2011 in just one entry. I’ll just update this post whenever there’s an upcoming 3-day sale so be sure to check this page every now and then. ūüôā

    • 18 – 20 February 2011:¬† SM Sta. Rosa, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Baliwag
    • 4 – 6 March 2011:¬† SM Megamall will have its Mega Shoes and Bag sale (Megatrade Halls 1 & 2)
    • 4 – 6 March 2011:¬† Podium (up to 70% off on selected items)
    • 2 – 6 March 2011:¬† SM HyperMarket JRU-Mandaluyong
    • 4 – 6 March 2011:¬† SM Fairview, SM SouthMall, SM Lipa, SM Bacolod, and SM Pampanga
    • 18 – 20 March 2011:¬† SM Makati, SM Manila, SM Marikina, SM Marilao, SM Dasmarinas, SM San Pablo, and SM Iloilo
    • 30 March – 3 April 2011: SM HyperMarket SM MoA Pasay
    • 1 – 3 April 2011: SM Quiapo, SM Mall of Asia, SM Taytay, SM Rosales, and SM Cebu
    • 15 – 17 April 2011: SM Bicutan, SM Lucena, SM San Lazaro, SM Clark, SM Cagayan de Oro, SM Cubao, SM Calamba, and SM Center Las Pinas
    • 29 April – 1 May 2011: SM Harrison, SM Megamall, SM Bacoor, SM Baguio, SM Batangas, SM Muntinlupa, SM Davao, SM Naga and, and SM Novaliches
    • 29 April – 1 May 2011: SM Mall of Asia, SM Marikina¬†— But I think it’s just the Department Store. I hope I could¬†double check the ad that I saw on my way to work. ūüôā
    • 10 – 12 June 2011: SM Megamall’s Freedom sale — in time for the Philippine Independence Day
    • 24 – 26 June 2011: SM Centerpoint Sta. Mesa — Basing from last year’s sched, I think other SM malls in Manila (SM Manila, San Lazaro, Quiapo) are also on sale for the celebration of Manila Day, but I’m not sure. I only saw SM Centerpoint’s ad
    • 1 – 10 July 2011: SM’s Mid-year Sale ūüôā¬† — Although I’m not sure if this sched is applicable to all the SM Malls. I saw the ad for Megamall, Centerpoint, MoA, and Marikina.
    • 13 – 17 July 2011: SM HyperMarket JRU (Mandaluyong)
    • 15 – 17 July 2011: SM North EDSA and SM Sucat
    • 29 – 31 July 2011: SM Sta. Mesa, SM Tarlac, SM Calamba, SM Cebu, SM Masinag, and SM Valenzuela
    • 19 – 21 August 2011: SM Makati, SM Fairview, SM Pampanga, SM Lipa, SM Bacolod, and SM Cagayan De Oro
    • 26 – 30 Aug 2011: I saw that SM MoA has a “long weekend” sale. I bet other SM stores, too, are on sale.
    • 2 – 4 September 2011:¬†SM Manila, SM Southmall, SM Taytay, SM Rosario, SM Baliwag, SM San Pablo, and SM Center Pasig
    • 16 – 18 September 2011: SM Mall of Asia, SM Marikina, SM Lucena, SM Sta. Rosa, SM Iloilo, SM Rosales, and SM Molino
    • 30 September – 2 October 2011: SM Cubao, SM Bicutan, SM San Lazaro, SM Dasmarinas, SM Clark, SM Masinag, The Podium, Muntinlupa City Center – Las Pinas
    • 14 – 16 October 2011: SM Bacoor, SM Baguio, SM Batangas, SM Cagayan de Oro, SM Davao, SM Delgado, SM Harrison, SM Marilao, SM Megamall, SM Naga, and SM Novaliches
    • 28 – 31 October 2011: SM Pre-Holiday Sale — Up to 70% off — Holiday selections mallwide
    • 25 – 27 November 2011: I saw an ad at SM Marikina and at Megamall. I’m thinking other SM Malls will have a sale, too.

P.S. I don’t work for SM so I do NOT have the complete list of the sale sched. I just check out their ads¬†to be able to¬†post the 3-day sale schedules on my blog. Also, if you’re going to copy the schedules on my blog to post them on your own blogs/sites, kindly don’t forget to link this entry on your post TO BE FAIR. Thank you very much! ūüôā

Robinsons Galleria’s 3-day sale this March

7 Mar

Robinsons Galleria will have a 3 day sale on 18 March (until midnight) up to 20 March 2011.