A year ago, we grabbed our baking tools and a few things to Cebu with hopeful hearts that we will make it big here. Unfortunately, things didn’t go the way we have planned it. Yes, shattered dream it was. What kept us going was the thought that maybe, just maybe, God has other (and better) plans for us. After all, who knew what lies ahead but Him?
Earlier this year, I went from hopeful to hopeless. The move has left us broken hearted, in debt and nowhere to go. I felt so lost! My husband, on the other hand, remained hopeful that things will work out well in the end. AND IT DID. It may not be what was written on our original plan, but it was better.
Don’t get me wrong. We are still in debt. We hit rock bottom, but we were able to rise above it all and had the strength to try a different path.
Hey, life is still beautiful!
My husband and I are still together despite it all, my kids are all doing great and healthy, we can still eat 3x a day and yes, we’re still alive! There is so much to be thankful for!
Cebu is such a beautiful place and our journey here doesn’t end on our failure as entrepreneurs. The place has taught us to have patience, eat well, enjoy life, tap our inner kindness and pray!
- Patience is a virtue. Relaxed na relaxed ang mga Cebuano, at least majority of them. They still have time to stop and smell the flowers and that’s one of the reasons why I love them. Seldom would you hear people getting pissed and honking like crazy while on traffic jam. I then wondered bakit parang under the moonlight sila maglakad kahit rush hour, ganun lang talaga sila. At natuto na rin akong maglakad ng mabagal na di nagmamadali, na di mainis sa haba ng pila, at namnamin ang oras ng pahinga habang nasa gitna ng Mandaue traffic.
Personal application: Maybe I should stop and smell the flowers, too.
- Eating is a must. This place is bursting with homegrown, foreign and mainstream restaurants that it is a sin not to eat! How can you not love BBQ or lechon paired with puso, saang, chorizo and pochero? Try Laguna Cafe, Chika-an, Lantaw, Sunburst, Pino, and La Vie to name a few. Jologs like me? The BBQ in eskina Mactan are to die for! Larsian is okay but we noticed that their prices are steep already, tourist spot na eh. Are you into burgers? Try Flame It! Big Toms, Burgaholic and Front Gate. The list is endless!
Personal application: Eat to avoid depression.
- You Can Have a Vacay without Breaking Your Bank Account. In our case, there’s no bank account to break. Despite it all, we were able to travel to Leyte 3x since March 2015 and 3x to Manila since October. We were able to go swimming a few times already in different resorts and hotels in Cebu because we live close to resorts, beaches and mountain resorts. Isang tumbling, pwede kang mag swimming! Dalawang tumbling, pwede kang mag hiking! Our next plan is to visit Bohol, Bacolod and Dumaguete soon.
Personal application: Make a bucket list and visit the rest of the places above.
- It doesn’t hurt to be genuinely nice and trustful. When we first came here, we noticed how genuinely nice Cebuanos are. From someone who has lived in Manila and Cavite, magiging praning ka at mautak. Here most still use their hearts, may mga tuso alright but most are still nice.
Personal application: Pwede naman maging nice, why not?
- Prayers move mountains. Cebuanos are religious. You’ll see them flock to churches and pray. You will notice how attached they are to God. Ang maganda, isinasabuhay nila ang salita ng Diyos.
Personal application: After going through so much trauma when our business failed, I have learned to pray, trust God and rely on the community we are with. Without the Feast, I am not sure if I would still be okay right now.
As we start another year here, we will still do our best, but to plan long term? Nope. We are leaving it all to Him.
His plans are always better anyway.
If we have touched your life, one way or another, here in Cebu, please feel free to comment below 🙂