Monday, November 28, 2011

cheap room and free breakfast, anyone?

It is rather a quite evening here in the boat. The sea is flat and the world stand still. The stillness like in the eye of a storm. Everyone at the economy section is sleeping. Save for a couple talking in gibberish, killing time until their eyelids grew heavier than their dreams. 

The ship crawls on a slow, steady pace. Cebu, inch by inch, is now reduced to an afterglow. This is the kind of heightened departure that escaped me in a very long time.

I'm tightening my bolt and screw in my head. Now, back to regular programming. hahaha

Earlier this evening, I had a photo walk after a long debate with myself whether or not I'll have a P150.00 dinner in Zubuchon (actually in the same block) or take a brisk walk toward the Capitol building, then to Fuente Osmena rotunda where Larsian, Robinson's food court, Cybergate plus a dozen more restaurants are located.

quaint and rustic | the pension's lobby and reception area (with free wi-fi).

So, how often do you stumble upon a gem of a hostel or pension house? This time around its within my budget and it's quaint and rustic and all things in between.

The pension house where I stayed though centrally located is tucked in a quiet neighborhood. Cebu's famous pocherohan where Anthony Bourdain had his tasty beef stew is just 2-minute walk. Did I mention a Zubuchon branch is located in the same block? For lazy mornings, there's a coffee shop called Coffee Dream 'round the corner and if budget became an issue, there's a hawker stall and bakeshop. For long staying guests, a laundry shop is just nearby. During Sunday, the street market across the Capitol has the bagsakan of the freshest fruits and vegetables.

Ayala, Labangon, Lahug and downtown Cebu are just a jeepney ride from here. Taxi to the pier cost me P75.00.

my room is located in the seclusion of Bohol wing which had a nice charm to it

The room is basic and I'd have to say very clean. If you get lucky, you will get a room with a balcony. There's hot shower, cable TV, aircon, drawer, side table and bed all cramped in a 2 by 4 meter room but yes, it's tastefully done. Reminds me of the small hostel rooms in Hongkong. The downside for me are the thin curtain (read: short snooze time) and non-cotton bedding. Wi-fi and breakfast are complementary. The staff are all very friendly and accommodating. Over-all, its good value for money.

The Capitol ground was in festive mood. The performers' laughter lifted the drab of the old building. There will be foreign guests tonight the police said. I took a couple of pictures and walk around the area a bit. Minutes later, busload of Korean guests arrived. The drumbeat drowned the chuckles of the children playing in the closed section of the street. 

The cool night air and the newly renovated sidewalk of Osmena Boulevard made walking nice and easy.

Behind the beautification projects in uptown area, there's always this sad reality: homeless people and rugby or solvent sniffing boys. 

A group of rowdy street kids passed by, rousing these two from their sleep.

I made a quick stop in Larsian, had dinner there and walk my way back to the pension house.

I stayed at East Capitol Pensionne along East Capitol Road. Most taxi drivers did not know the address. I told them it's the road between BPI Family Bank in Escario-Capitol and the new mid-rise building.

Here's the map:

"East Capitol Pensionne has cozy and affordable rooms that will fit anyone’s budget. In fact, we have 33 of them!
If you are a backpacker, you can stay in the dorm but if you want your own privacy, you can get a studio room. There are also bigger rooms you can choose to stay in like the Executive or Ambassador room.
All of these rooms are air conditioned, have a hot and cold shower, a telephone which you can use to contact room to room or make outside calls and cable television."--from their website

Single Room is P600.00, Standard is P800 while Superior Room is P1,200. The rates include free breakfast. The free breakfast was very simple though-- rice and ham and then a cup of Kopiko 3-in-1 coffee.

Here's the contact information:
East Capitol Pensionne 
DS Regner Bldg., 
92 C Eeast Capitol Road
6000 Cebu City

telephone numbers: (035) 416-5588/416-5668
mobile number: 0922-846-6601

Have a good time in Cebu--the gateway to a thousand journeys!

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