New Adventures

Last Sunday, I was finally able to leave the city and travel down south. The last time that I traveled was almost one year ago. So, why exactly did I travel down south? We drove all the way to Santander to break in my new motorcycle. Yes, I got a new motorcycle. I must admit one of the reasons why I stopped traveling temporarily was the failing ‘health’ of my old bike. It was almost eight years old and I felt that it would conk out all of a sudden if I drove it all the way to the southern tip. (Yes, it was as old as MyCebuPhotoBlog.) So, I made the difficult decision to sell it while it was still salable.

So, yeah. Here are some photos of my trip with Sven, my parents, and of course my new motorbike which shall be known beginning today as Dodong Gotham. Hehe.

Southern Cebu – always a beauty.

I must say, the roads have improved tremendously. Now, traveling is a breeze! 🙂

This widened stretch in Naga looks really neat.

The city of Carcar has constructed a new welcome arch after the old one was torn down during the widening project.

Indeed, it’s been a really long time since my last visit. Carcar’s Metro Gaisano is opening soon! Can you believe it!

And the old Gaisano Carcar (a different Gaisano Group) is now a real mall! It has a Jollibee store, too!

Pretty neat. They’ve also improved the side walk as well as the loading and unloading bays.

And would you look at that! A SaveMore market right across the Carcar market!

We made a quick stop in Carcar to visit one of Dad’s good friends. Nong Boy used to be our neighbor here in the city but he had to move to Carcar after he suffered a stroke. I think it worsened a little because now he has lost his voice. Get well soon, Nong Boy.

This stretch in Alcoy is very lovely.

And this coastal road somewhere in Oslob is one of the many reasons why I love Cebu’s southern towns.

We had to make a lot of stops during the trip due to torrential rains. Actually, I think we were basically chasing a rainstorm the whole time. Haha.

We reached the town of Santander just before lunch. Wonderful view, don’t you think?

After lunch, we relaxed for a bit and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery. We wanted to go swimming but we weren’t prepared enough; we forgot to bring shorts and undies. Too bad!

The beautiful blue between Negros and Cebu. Amazing!

A RORO approaching the Santander wharf.

Eager passengers. Good thing, despite the weather, the sea was perfectly still.

Ground crew making sure that the boat is securely fastened as a Ceres Liner is unloaded.

On our way back, we stopped at the park in Santander which was once called Sanayon. We noticed that a beautiful structure was being constructed in one area. I think it’s going to be a restaurant. Gorgeous, right?

View of Sumilon island from the park. Wow!

The park is perfect for afternoon strolls and other activities. I think this is actually where they hold their annual Tostados Festival.

The big open park sits right next to the national highway. Beautiful.

View of the restaurant from the main road.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Gotham. Gotham is a Honda XRM 125. My last bike was a Honda XRM 110. I decided to get a Honda XRM again because it’s the perfect bike for long road trips. Plus, it performs great on rough roads and other road types. Also, this model is relatively cheaper compared to other newer models. I couldn’t handle expensive monthly fees so I decided to get a cheaper one. Hehe.

Overall, I’m very happy with my decision to get a new bike. Hopefully, this will signal the start of more regular travels and updates for MyCebuPhotoBlog (which is turning 8 this November.) It’s a great anniversary gift for MCPB, don’t you think? 🙂

Posing in Santander. Haha.

I was quite alarmed to see this development in Boljoon. It looks like they’re making a road on top of the Ili Rock aka the Southern Bend. The Ili Rock is one of Cebu’s most recognizable natural icons.

The Ili Rock and the seaside community of Boljoon.

This was how the Ili Rock looked like a couple of years ago. What do you think of the recent development?

Tingko Beach in Alcoy is very pretty even when the tide is low.

I can’t wait to start traveling hardcore again. Thanks for sticking around, you guys despite my long-ish absense!

And happy 8th year to us! 🙂