I'd booked a slightly more upmarket hotel this time mostly as I wasn't sure how we would be feeling after 5 days in Moalboal. I had planned for us to go pretty hard so I thought some nice airconditioning for two nights would be the order of the day. Our hotel was still quite budget but had nice rooms, comfy beds (to Jakes delight) and affordable breakfasts.
Check out the Mandarin Plaza Hotel on Booking.com. We loved it and it was central, affordable and the staff were fantastic, especially when the boys safe wouldn't open the morning we had to go to the airport.
There is not a lot of action stuff to do in Cebu and the boys (after spending a few action days in Moalboal) were chomping at the bit for some action. I felt bad that we had missed the Zipline in Puerto Princesa as it was supposed to be the best one in the Philippines. Not super long but you actually zipline over the beach to the other side which would have been pretty cool. Jakes foot wasn't really up to it as you had to climb up a hill side track to get the the start point, although I knew he would try (which probably wouldn't have been the smart thing to do) so when we didn't have time after the Underground River, it wasn't exactly the worst thing. Never the less I felt bad so I researched "Cebu Action Adventure".
I found the Sky Experience at the Crown Towers not far from where we were staying, mentioned it to the boys that evening and by 8pm they knew how to get there, what there was there and were planning our day the next day. I'm up for any adventure stuff and we all know Brad will do anything so off we went after a nice sleep in that is.
The three Sky Experience Adventures are:
- Sky Walk
- Edge Coaster
Skywalk is exactly what it sounds like. You put on overalls and harnesses and they clip you to an overhead rail and you walk around the outside of the building on a platform. The disorganisation was supreme! The biggest theme that reverberated itself around the Philippines was that the small companies (tours, action adventure etc) do the best job and the larger companies have no frigging clue. Of course you can't take anything out with you so you have to rent a locker. So we do that and put all our stuff in there and then they tell me I need socks. I am wearing trekking sandles, I don't just randomly carry socks! Oh we have socks they are 50 pesos. So back to the locker I go, get my money and pay for my socks. Wanting to avoid other locker trips I checked that we can have our sunglasses. Of course madam, yes you can keep your sunglasses. Just as we are about to go into the waiting area they guy tells us we need straps for our sunglasses. You can hire them for 20 pesos each! Of course you can! The boys all just ditched theirs but I can't be outside without my sunglasses so back to the locker I go, depositing glasses, getting money and back to the waiting area I go.
5 minutes goes past and then the guys comes in the check us all and lo and behold, You have to take your watch off Madam! OMG - are you frigging kidding me!! Back to the locker I go... Furious at this point by the way.
So we finally get out onto the skywalk, they hook us in and then I hear Brad immediately tell the boys that this rail (that we are hooked on to) is good for 100kg per meter and between the three of them they are almost double that! Good one Brad - way to go! I immediately pinch him behind the ear and tell him to shut the hell up and off we go.
I thought they would point out all the interesting places around the city but nope, its purely a photo op. The first turn the guide shows you how to stand with your left foot right on the edge and then hang out over the edge with your right for a photo. Jake flat out won't do it. Turns out Jake is scared of heights. Well his comment was that he didn't think he was... Jake my boy - YOU ARE SCARED OF HEIGHTS! So Jake just stands there, Noah does a good job, however Brad is surprisingly well inside the edge. The old boy is slowing down I do beleive!
Brad is slightly freaked out and won't let go of the bar for the photo op, however later when the boys teased him it was because he was concerned about the maintenance level. Honey, if you don't think its safe you don't get on at all. You can't pansy out and then blame your concern over maintenance issues. Doesn't work that way I'm afraid. It was fairly tame until we stop half way around a corner suspended out over the city. I thought it was so that they could offload at the other end but Brad immediately starts playing with the tilt lever lowering us back slightly and then forward again - smashing right onto my shins! OMG - I'm suspended off the side of a building with all the force now going through my shin bones into the bar that is holding my feet inside the chair. Thanks Brad. Of course then the controls would only bring us back a smidge and did nothing to alleviate it. So I spent the next 3 minutes sitting there chanting "Its not hurting, It's not hurting" until we finally got going again. NO mention of the forced stop when we get to the offload area, however they unbuckle us and then (of course who else would it happen to) couldn't release the bar.
Brad got out fine but my side was stuck. So they pull and push and the bloke in the control booth shuttles me forward and back and to and fro and still no release. So - and this is where it gets really hairy - they decide to send me again. I DON"T THINK SO!! I think their line of thinking was that they would move the car on, the mechanism for the safety bar would release when I came back to the stop. There is NO WAY! What if its just stuck on the last chain link. What if it is already undone and its just caught. I'm brave but I'm not stupid. So with much yelling and Brad also intervening they keep trying and finally it comes loose. Longest 5 minutes of my life. But I'm out and safe and back on dry land. So to speak.
We celebrated with frappe's from Starbucks and headed back to a place across the road from the hotel for Korean BBQ. Not a bad day considering I wasn't sure how I was going to entertain two 17 year olds in Cebu without involving a shopping mall.