Before even setting foot on the plane and travelling south to Mindanao, I’ve dedicated some time googling about what to do in Cagayan de Oro besides the famous whitewater rafting. We were about to spend 24 hours in the City of Golden Friendship with no idea what the place has in store for us.
But why didn’t we go for the extreme sport? Excluding the activities offered by Kagay from our itinerary was actually part of the plan because aside from the fact that my boyfriend and I didn’t have the luxury of time do it, we allotted 90% of our budget to our Camiguin trip.
So what would two people do in a faraway place with only a grand on hand and the rest of the night to spend? Eat.
I’ve read a lot about a place called Limketkai Center but didn’t know exactly what it was. Apparently it’s a famous local mall – a famous mall that closes a few minutes past 8:00pm. So much for spending the rest of the evening, right? In Makati, 5pm and 8pm are only separated by the sunset The night is young for everyone.But thank God and the Cagayanos for Rosario Strip. It’s a chain of really nice restaurants located right across the East Concourse of the mall that offers al fresco dining. I ‘m a huge fan of al frescos! Anyway, here’s how we spent Php1,000 and generously filled two hungry stomachs.
First stop: Appetizer
Where: Bourbon St. Bistro
What we had: 2 tall glasses of Mojito and chicken quesadilla (not sure if liquor’s valid as appetizer but who cares.)
Second stop: Entree
Where: Cafe Macumba
What we had: Tuna Belly in Mornay Sauce and Tangigue Steak
Last stop: Coffee
Where: Taza Coffee
What we had: Almond Roca Coffee, Cappuccino, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
The place is worth a try, though. 2 cups of coffee and 2 cookies for less than Php200 can’t be that bad.
All in all, I love CDO! The place may be popular for the sport which we weren’t able to do but there’s more to the city than just that. And I’m definitely hoping to go back to Rosario Strip! There’s not a lot of place where you can hangout and taste good food with just a little budget.
Any experience, as long as it’s new, is always worth a try.:)