This week’s theme is steps.
This was taken in 2004 at the foot of the loooong steps that lead to Sakyamuni Buddha of the Po Lin Monastery on Ngong Ping Plateau, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.Â It was Buddha’s birthday when we went there, hence the many saffron and yellow flags.Â The trip up the 268 steps is a pilgrimage in itself. Once you get to the top, though, you will feel very blessed and all the tiredness will seem to disappear.
My daughter Patchy with cousin Soapy Bubbles and a friend’s daughter at the foot of one of the old steps in Fort San Pedro, Cebu City in December 2005.
Fort San Pedro is the oldest fort in the Philippines built by the Spaniards in 1738. Construction actually began much earlier – 173 years earlier to be exact – in 1565. The first Spaniards came to the Philippine islands in 1521, and it was on Cebu that they first set foot. The Fort came handy in keeping away the natives and Muslims who resisted the colonizers. Learn more about Fort San Pedro here.
Cebu City is the Philippines’ Queen City of the South. It is the second biggest metropolitan center outside of Metro Manila. Next to Baguio, Cebu is my second choice for retirement (or residence if it were only possible at the moment).
Cebu City has got everything Manila has, and more! It’s got an international airport, good schools and residential areas, shopping malls, a busy business district, traffic jams too (though not as horrific as Manila’s). It’s a throbbing, lively city and yet people seem to be more laid-back. The people are friendly (based on my experiences so far!), and the sights definitely beautiful. Both beaches and mountains are within driving distance, so take your pick!
When you come visit the Philippines, see Baguio first, then catch a flight to Cebu second. 😉
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