My first impression of Cebu was totally different than what I saw when I landed. Unlike Manila, Cebu is still lacks infrastructure and is still very rural.
My heart really broke when I saw people lined up on the side of the streets working in the trenches in little shops with limited electricity and no air conditioning. Let me remind you that it is about 100 degrees outside and sunny. =( I must say it was a total culture shock to see so many people living in extreme poverty. I mean, this is like 10 times worst than Compton. And, to make things worst, the wealthy here live in houses that put Newport Beach to shame.
However, I must give credit to the beautiful dressmaker’s in Cebu and the massive “Irvine Spectrum” like shopping/restaurant plazas. Did you know world famous designer Monique Lhuillier is from Cebu?
Anyhow, here is where I went on my first day in Cebu. The Terraces, which features 37 new restaurants and even Starbucks!
Cafe Laguna features local specialties like cripsy prata, sauteed squid, fresh green mango shake, and four seasons drink!
It’s been almost exactly 1 year, since my last visit to Singapore. Everything looks about the same, with the exception of more high rise residences popping up in the neighborhood. Orchard row is still bustling with people, shops, and so many eateries.
In Asia, Mc Donalds has another chain of eateries called, Mc Cafe. The one in Singapore is always packed with teens and young adults. From afar, you can hear “Womanizer” by Britney Spears blasting from Mc Cafe. I personally think it’s a pretty hip place to just hang out!
In addition to Mc Cafe, you can grab some desert and small treats in many small shopping plazas. In SF, I love egg puffs, but here in Singapore they have sponge cake treats that are made right in front of you! They come in plain or glazed over with green tea, strawberry, or cheese. It’s basically fresh deli manjoo.
And , last but not least, they had these gorgeous strawberries imported from Japan on display at the market. I remember seeing the same variety being sold at Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa, but it was just super over priced! In the US, it was just about $30 for a package of Amou strawberries. I guess they are like supposed to be like the “Ferrari” of strawberries from Kyushu, Japan. Aside from its hefty price tag, these strawberries looked juicy, bright red, and just perfect.
Stay tuned for more entries in my travel journal from HK, Singapore, Philippines, and Japan!