Monday, January 19, 2015

c e b u p o s t 2 ( a n d l a s t )


i am just going to cram the rest of our cebu trip into one post. if i tried to talk about it all, i could go on for days and i am starting to forget parts of it... which means it must be time to go back. 

the only bad part about going to cebu is that the trip is usually at least 24 hours one way. that means sitting and eating and sitting and sleeping and eating and sitting and walking around the airport posing for weird pictures and eating and more sitting. we typically stop somewhere in california (this time LA), then seoul korea for a few hours, and then finally cebu. on the way home we had to stop in manila this time which was odd, but another adventure. we always take books and casey can somehow play hours of tetris on the plane. i usually watch several movies and make several trips to the back of the plane to stretch my legs. it is really miserable and i hate the smell of traveling so i run to the shower when i get to the hotel. weird, ya i know. oh and the swollen feet.... i could not even get my shoes back on. sick.

true story: on our last trip casey, decided to watch the hangover in the middle of the night. everyone was asleep and there was casey laughing his ass off with his headphones on, literally waking up everyone on the plane. not funny.

 always the same options.. over and over and over

one of our favorite parts of going to cebu is the resort we stay at.  which used to be called imperial palace.. but unfortunately changed it's name to jpark or something boring like that. i did not get to relax much this year because we only went for a week and i worked every night, BUT i did sneak down to the ocean and pool a few times when i should have been sleeping. the resort we go to is amazing!! literally the nicest place i had ever stayed at. there are several pools with bars to eat and drink inside the pool. you don't even have to get out. perfect lazy, american style. ;) casey went scuba diving alone this time since i was working and they offer a ton of activities. in all honesty, it would be the perfect honeymoon destination and probably just as cheap as hawaii... choose CEBU!

the view from our room looked over the ocean and it's neat to watch the fisherman every morning. you wake up to roosters and head down to the buffet to stuff your face. the buffet has every type of breakfast from countries all over the world. sushi, rice, noodles, cereal, fruit, waffles.... you name it, but i gain 10 pounds eating the fresh mango. seriously, nothing better.

blue bell!! the texan in me had to take a picture.

and then there is my team- by far the greatest people on the planet! we have a lot of fun. it always involves shoving a van full of people and going to check out cool places. luckily, this year we didn't run over a goat and have to pay the owners so they didn't call the barangay captain... oh always an adventure.

we went to some historical sites, ate lunch, sang and danced our hearts out at redbox (karaoke rooms you can rent out), visited a mall (the malls are like 10 times bigger than anything we have here), and of course.. got a lot of work done. it is my pleasure to work with such awesome people!

barkada: group of friends
 nescafe: the only thing to keep me awake during the night shift and the tastiest thing on the planet
the APAC team, but we still love them ;)
 my team threw me a party my last day!
dave- the company driver and our really good friend. last time he drove us all over cebu. he is such an awesome guy!

and then more airport food (seoul, south korea)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

c e b u p o s t 1

in october, i had to go back to cebu for work. as with most of my work trips, casey comes with.  we love my team in cebu! it's like going to visit family, except that i work their nights and play during the day which means i don't sleep the entire stay.  it takes me almost a week to recover when i get home, but it's always worth it.

one of the highlights of the trip was a big team lunch at lantaw, a floating restaurant.  it looks over the ocean and cebu city.  we took the company jeepney.  i normally travel in the company van, so it was fun to experience how my team members commute everywhere.  the seafood at lantaw is so delicious!  they bring you a basket of live crabs and you pick your meal.  it was fun to have everyone there and this time my coworker karen, from rotterdam joined us.  she is always the life of the party! can't wait to go back!