Saturday Photo Hunt: Steps


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. It was Buddha’s birthday when we went there, hence the many saffron and yellow flags. 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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32 thoughts on “Saturday Photo Hunt: Steps

  1. Wow – 268 steps, that sure is a track. I am sure your legs felt like rubber when you made it up there.
    Thank you also for the information on Baguio — maybe one day, my Sweetheart and I can make it to the Philippine Islands 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Fantastic photos for this week’s theme. Makes me want to visit soon. I especially loved the photo of your daughter and her friends as well.


  3. Great pictures of some very interesting looking steps! I would imagine that climbing those 268 steps would be well worth it – though very tiring!

  4. Great shots! Wow that’s a lot of steps, but I’m sure the view up there was probably worth it. I’ve never been to Cebu, but I certainly intend to! Happy Hunting 🙂

  5. Wonderful pictures! I would have to stick with the steps in the second picture. Those 268 things made me tired just looking at them!

  6. These were precious.. Thanks for sharing

    Dont forget the blogging scavenger hunt over at Amys Random thoughts. Details and prizes were just announced and the more who participate, the more fun there will be..Hope to see you there!

  7. Beautiful photos! 🙂 Climbing those 268 steps would be a great workout! Thanks for the information about each of the sites – they sound like great places to visit!

  8. Oh I love Cebu! I get to visit this lovely island at least once a year whenever we go home to my husband’s hometown in Leyte. That’s the place where we take the Supercat. 🙂

  9. Lovely pictures. Symbolic theme — steps. Pero basta mas mahirap umakyat kaysa bumaba. I remember going up the Mabitak church in Laguna in one of our yearly bisita iglesia — i thought it was going to be the death of me.

    Memorable din yung 360 steps you have to go down to reach Tinago Falls in Lanao. It was worth it for the scene took my breath away. Pero siempre, I was also breatheess going up on the way back.

  10. I love these steps leading to the Buddah or to be exact I prefer the Buddah to the steps, lol, and it was very interesting to read that the Spanish built a fort that early, they probably started then to eliminate all the natives. I also have some history to show but a little later in 1815 !

  11. Wonderful pictures !!! what a beautiful place, thanks for a bit of history too!!!
    just wonderful.
    Happy weekend!

  12. Lovely photos. I’ve never been to HK and Cebu so I’m glad you shared these interesting places. Great shots and such vibrant colors. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy weekend!

  13. First of all, I totally agree with you on the second to the last sentence. hehehe

    The trip to Hong Kong was perfectly timed!

    Patchy looks so adorable! I just love looking at aged steps… whenever you walk through them… you can’t help but imagine who walked there maybe 50 years ago.

  14. nice shots, chats. ikaw ba yong naka t-shirt na maroon? pretty mom! i love hiking, i love climbing stairs so long i rest every now and then. if those steps were nearby, i would walk there often to get my exercise.

  15. Siyempre, sa Baguio muna ang unang pasyalan, di ba, Chateau?

    Nice photos. I’m sure you had nice time in those trips. Wish I could have an out of town/country trip too one of these days. 🙂

  16. Hey alternati! si patchy- mana sa mama hehe

    Hi Belle! Thanks for the compliment! Matyaga ka talaga sa exercise, no? I wish i was as driven as you hehe. Although my fitness project continues naman so far, thankfully!
    Hi rhodora! It’s been a while too since we went out of town (Baguio doesn’t count coz that’s home!).. Yes, it will be nice to get away once in a while.

  17. Hi niceheart! I was in better shape during those days. But if i climbed those steps now, i don’t know if i’d make it all the way to the top!

  18. 268 steps, I’m not so sure if I can make it on top. Hmmm..maybe, I will try. Running the three blocks from my workplace to Megamall when my son got lost last week gave me sore legs for two days. Ugh! Kids look like they were enjoying Fort San Pedro. It has been so long since I’ve been there. 😀

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