I thought I’d do my long overdue Cebu/Oslob travel post a little differently. You only need to google it to fall in-love with the place and add it to your travel bucket list. I do have one tip for getting around Cebu though, and it seems counter-intuitive… but. DO NOT BOOK OR JOIN A TOUR.
Instead, find a driver slash tourist-guide. You’ll save heaaaps more money. You won’t have such a tight schedule to do things. Also, the chances of the driver/tour guide being friends with people in the tourism industry (whale shark watching guides, boat hire, canyoneering guide, snorkeling gear hire, etc) are HIGH. Which means, they will try to get a discount for you. At least our driver/tour guide did, anyway.
We stayed at an Airbnb in the city that has an amazing city view but will not recommend. It was in the same street as Cebu’s Edge Coaster though. And yes, it’s what it sounds like – a “roller coaster” at the edge of a 130-meter tall building.
For our time in Oslob, we stayed at this resort. Once you’re in Oslob, there are a lot of options of things to do, which I think suits both the extreme and chilled-out traveler. Cebu (especially Oslob) is such a beautiful place to just relax and be still. Seriously, google it.
It’s FRI-YAY! And it’s the first day (and first Friday) of June (and the first day of winter, too), which means I have a printable for you! Yes, this type work is inspired by the Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun”, but, since it’s winter on this side of the globe, we hardly ever see the sun. Okay, maybe that’s not completely true. But I feel like we see more of the stars and moon than the sun now. Hello winter!
So, I’ve created a little A4 print for you that you can download here. If you print it on a cardstock paper, you’ll get a better result. Just remember that this is for personal use only x
We (Australian-based family and I) only stayed in Hong Kong for 3 days, and to be honest, it felt waay too short. I love the idea of travelling, and I’ve always told myself that when I do travel to a new city, I’d like to stay long. Long, like at least a week (unless it’s a really really small city). I felt like there was so much more to this city than Disneyland and night markets.
The thing that impressed me the most about Hong Kong is their public transport. It is so easy to navigate – everything is colour-coded, from the signs around the train station to the signs inside the train. And it’s so much faster than Auckland’s trains (Sorry, Auckland.) Despite it’s chaos, you can’t get lost trying to get from point A to point B.
We stayed at this Air BNB in Jordan, and I loved its location. It was close to the train station (10-minute walk), and it was close to a couple of bakeries (if you know me, I love bakeries … because bread and pastries) and Temple Street Night Market. I could try to give you advice, but I think A Pair and A Spare’s Hong Kong guides will be so much more helpful than mine. I basically did my research on Hong Kong through her blog. Anyways, I don’t think I can say much about Hong Kong, so here are a few photos to make up for my lack of words.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39)
Yes and amen. A billion times amen.
So… it’s here. My first freebie on my first “First Friday Freebie”! As I like giving titles to things, this one will be called “Monsterra Madness”. This was created with black watercolour on paper, scanned and then the colours were changed with Photoshop. Hope it brightens up your screen!
Listen to Kristene Dimarco’s “Hope is Alive” here.
Today we remember Jesus’ death and resurrection. To me, this revolutionary act whispers, “Come home. Come, taste and see that the Lord is good.” It’s THE ultimate invitation that bridges the chasm caused by man’s rebellion against God.
To some, Jesus Christ is just another man. To some, a myth. To some, He might just be a good guy who did good and noble things. And maybe to some, the cross is a foolish act, a joke. But to us being saved, it is the promise of heaven that there is life after death, rejoicing after sorrow, freedom from chains, restoration from brokenness, revival after destruction, healing from sickness, and there is beauty for ashes. There is hope upon hope.
I pray today that you encounter the love of a Father that bankrupted Heaven to be in close proximity to you. He is alive, He is here, and He loves you with a love that can’t be fully grasped or explained even if all the superlative words in the dictionary are put together. (Yes, His love is that extravagant, and He is that good.)
Nothing will undo the work of the cross. Hallelujah, indeed.