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Cebu City, Philippines “Queen City of the South” (Mango Drive)

(Mid-2023, 1 MONTH)

Overall: A good choice for those who like city vibes but also don't want to be in a purely touristy place, as is common in many asian cities. IT Park is, by far, the best place to stay, walkable, rather clean, business center. A large benefit of Cebu City is the amount of day/weekend trips available and a similar, although on the hotter/humid side, climate all year round.

Dew Point (a better measure than humidity): 69F

Coolest, most unique, hidden gym restaurant: Aqua Dining Experience

The Airbnb I stayed in was located on a high floor in the Horizons 101 building, all taxis know where it's at on Mango Avenue. The host was very responsive, shipped me a forgotten item, and it actively improved the space.

  • The best cafe and coworking scene I've experienced in a long time. Plentiful, high-quality, comfy chairs, great variety (even charges designed into the cafe, see image above)
  • Colon Street, oldest street in the country
  • Haircuts come with a massage (true in Manila, too) which is awesome, but barber skill is poor.
  • I've gotten a foot massage at a spa and a back massage, both times maybe the worst I've ever had 🙁
  • Airbnbs are really bad, even filtering at the top prices. All look the same, some bigger.
  • Cebu City is the oldest city in the Philippines.
  • Some of the worst grocery stores. Low quality fruits/veggies, loaded with junk food yet expensive. The few nicer grocery stories are extremely expensive.
  • Nustar casino is NICE!
  • Almost every place has watermelon juice (which, if you didn't know, is the best type of juice
  • Only place where street food doesn't appetize me. Same with Filipino food, not enticing.
  • Barangays means neighborhood
  • The city is considered the birthplace of Christianity in the Far East
  • SM Seaside mall has 2 hours free wifi (with Philippino phone number) whereas all others usually have only 1 hour.

Known For: Lechon, sinigang
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I choose the items below as they’re generally available everywhere. Thus, easy for comparison. The prices reflect the cheapest option given my standard. In any estination you can find slightly cheaper prices if you wanted to sacrifice convenience (ie going to local market or out-of-town grocery store).
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  • Airbnb Nightly Rate
  • Coworking Day Pass
  • 10min Taxi
  • 1-Month Gym
  • Beard Trim
  • 16.9oz Water
  • 2KG Wash+Fold
  • Expresso
  • Salmon
  • Chicken Breast
  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Red Wine
PHILIPPINE PEOS (PhP)
  • 3,216.94
  • 380
  • 95
  • 3800
  • 250
  • 18.25
  • 29/KG
  • 120
  • -/KG
  • -/KG
  • -/KG
  • -/KG
  • -/KG
US DOLLARS ($)
  • 57
  • 6.79
  • 1.70
  • 68
  • 4.47
  • 0.33
  • 0.52/LB
  • 0.00
  • 0/LB
  • 0.00/LB
  • 0.00/LB
  • 0.00/LB
  • 0.00/LB
  • 0
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