Cebu, Philippines: On “Sinulog”, Saang, and Reunions

Save the Piggy Bank: Work With Travel Opportunities, Metrodeal, and Plane Fares on Sale

My wife and I received a call from our publisher that we are going to give a two hour talk at Cebu to promote our books. I love it when opportunities like these present itself since it means that we can have fun and get paid doing it. Not a shabby deal if you ask me. First things first: Since the publisher will only be paying for two plane tickets then that means we have to shell out some dough for the plane fare of my son and mother-in-law (who are critical players in the vacation part of this gig). That also means we need to book a hotel that will fit all four of us. Here ‘research’ came into play.

As usual we looked at agoda.com and nearly settled on Plantation Bay at Mactan Island. However, we decided on the last minute that it will be a shame if we cannot stay long at the luxury resort to fully enjoy its numerous pools and lagoons. Alas, we can only stay at Cebu for three days which won’t do justice to all that Plantation Bay has to offer.

By sheer luck, we stumbled upon Metrodeal. Crown Regency is offering not only accommodations but bundled it with buffet dinners, buffet breakfasts, and Skyadventure tickets. What luck! Needless to say, with Metrodeal Crown Regency vouchers and Cebu Pacific tickets for my son and mother in law we are good to go!

We checked in at a room at the 17th floor of Crown Regency’s Tower One. Any traveller worth his salt knows that it is good to gather ‘insider information’ from Tripadvisor for hotel reviews. I read that after the 19th floor, one will have to transfer to another lift making room movement a bit troublesome for guests checked in at the rooms at the higher floors. The review was right and we were happy to be spared from a possible inconvenience.

The view from the room was amazing. The room itself was very comfortable. Don’t expect five stars though because Crown Regency is anything but that. However, we were quite satisfied with what we would call home for the next three days.

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