Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Cebu Backpacker's Haven

My biorhythm during the 3-day Cebu trip was a tad too low. Given the "autistic mode" I was in, conversation with backpackers, if there was any depth to it that day, was limited to "hi, hello, where you from? what are you up today?" kind (so autistic i did not bother get everyone's first name!).

Right across my bunk was a New Yorker who teaches English in Taiwan. She was on wanderlust mode that morning but it seemed my schedule that day proved to be rather tight since I had to do some leg work between my previous employment and the travel agent processing my visa.

The hostel, guesthouse if you may, adds variety to the Cebu travel-on-a-budget map. Whenever I am in Cebu and needs my own space at sundown, I either get a room at Ms. Bambi Beltran's Kukuk's Nest or Capitol Tourist Inn. I prefer Kukuk's Nest for its Bohemian vibe and its proximity to Turtle's Nest where Cebu's literati crowd gather. Besides, there's free wi-fi.

With an info plucked straight from a travel log, I tried Cebu Guesthouse (also known as Aysha-Lily Guesthouse on Mango Avenue) for 3 days and 2 nights. With the 3-week Mindanao backpacking trip in December sucking every single penny in my savings, I want to keep my expenses at a minimum this time. So I got the bunk in the aircon dorm room at Php360.00 a day. The friendly front desk and staff were kind enough to keep my baggage in the storage area while I was away, in Ayala Terraces, meeting Cathe straight from Surigao for the surfboard (!) and a loot.

The common living area with couch and cable TV provides guests an area to trade travel stories with or simply find a travel buddy for the weekend or so. And if funds are running low, there is a common kitchen with a fridge and a stove and a laundry area as well at the rear of the American colonial main house. There are three common toilet/bath for guests to use. One for each floor and one near the service area. Pinned in the wall are information about the guided tour to the Dancing Inmates and couchsurfers. I have a couchsurfing.com account since October but did not activate my account until last week.

It should not be difficult to locate the guesthouse. It sits on a property two buildings away from Jollibee-CIC (where I had my breakfast at Php50.00) and just right across Lighthouse restaurant.

for reservations: (63) 910 663 1733 or (63) 928 906 1129
telephone number: (032) 233-6010

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