I did for the first time in my life something I have ever dreamt of: To travel alone in a place where I am an alien, doing something outside my (boring) life routine. Queen City of the South, Cebu City, is the place.
Home of the first Christians, brought by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, Cebu positions itself as an emerging economic power with the advent of modernization and progress without sacrificing its history and culture.
Home of the Sto. Niño, Cebu is a place where one would want to get lost because of its warm people who are very assitive and willingly answering queries.
I went to Cebu last month without itenerary. I strolled around the city the way I randomly want to. Turn left and Turn right without directions. Yup, You are right, I went to Cebu primarily to get lost — that’s where the thrill is.
Transport system in Cebu is very tricky because jeepneys have transport codes — or I assume they are codes — like 01K, 02C, etc. You really need to talk to the locals what and where to ride if you don’t want to get lost. And for my case since I want challenge, I experienced I getting off to the jeep way far to my destinations thrice because I did not tell the driver where I’m heading until it’s too late. I just acted as if I know where I’m headed. I also experienced walking to nowhere while raining, wearing a shorts, plain white shirt and my backpack.
But please imagine the grind on my face, the deep breath I took, and the success I felt when I finally reach all my destinations. It was tiring but all worth it.
I went to renowned tourist destinations like Basilica del Santo Niño, Metropolitan Cathedral, and Magellan’s Cross. Took some photos, eat and do whatever I want to do. I drank alone smoke cigars and while listening to other people’s conversation trying to understand their native tongue. It’s amusing and liberating at the same time.
Nothing beats the feeling of being in charge of your own life. Your life is yours to enjoy while listening to yourself for a while. You discover your own self. You got to love the freedom when you get when you travel alone.
Whoever reads this, I encourage you to do the same once in your life. Be free and be liberated and you’ll never regret it.