Solo backpacking on my 25th birthday over a month ago in Cebu has been a remarkable experience. I stayed there for 5 days from February 21 to 26 and out of all the beautiful places I visited, there’s this one place I visited twice and that’s the 10,000 Roses Cafe.
You might be wondering why. You might think I am a coffee lover. But I’m not. I was never a fan of coffee. And I don’t know why. I just don’t like it. I know for most people, coffee is life. 😀
Weeks before my birthday, I saw a couple of photos in Facebook about this cafe and I found out that it was just opened recently this Valentine season. So I know it’s target market are the ones celebrating their love. Couples who wants to have a romantic time together. Couples who are dating but hey, I am dating myself so I thought to myself, I should go there and have a good time.
I got there at around 11 in the morning since I had to visit Mactan Shrine first. It wasn’t difficult to find the place since the locals are very sweet and nice. They gave me the directions how to get to the cafe.
The roses are amazing! I was in awe staring at them. What made it more awesome is the surrounding view. The cafe is located just beside Lantaw Floating Restaurant and you can see the picturesque view of the city from afar. With the sun shining brightly above the clear blue skies, few cotton clouds dancing with the wind, I can’t help but marvel and fall inlove.
All I did was take photos and capture the moment. After countless shots, I decided to get inside the cafe and get something to drink. I was surprised with the price of their frappe. It’s comparable to Starbucks and I actually enjoyed it. The ambiance is really nice. While I was sipping on my drinks, I made a promise to myself that I would go back and celebrate my birthday in the cafe.
I wanted to see the roses the lighted at night which I did on my birthday. I went back to this cafe after my solo adventure in South Cebu. After I said hi and swam with the gentle giants in Oslob, hiking in Osmena Peak, swimming at Dalaguete beach, zip lining from the tallest building in the City and a lot more.😀
This time, I got there at around 5 in the afternoon on February 25, my actual birthday, and just an hour before the roses were lit up. I was so excited to see the roses glow in the dark.
While I was waiting for the time, I stayed at the back of the cafe facing the ocean. Seeping on my frappe again, staring at the City, watching at the airplanes flying just above the cafe while Sarah G’s song playing in my ear, I felt contented. This is how I wanted to celebrate my birthday. No party, no loud music, no problems in my head, just pure bliss and happiness being alone. I am enjoying my own company.
I ordered pasta for dinner and my birthday celebration became more special because the person who served my food is the Korean owner himself, Miguel Chu. I had the opportunity to chat with him and took some photos together. He is so nice and even wished me a happy birthday. He is good looking too. 😀 My sudden crush actually. OMG! This is turning me gay.😂😂
When the roses were lit up, I fell in love all over again. I felt like I am in the movies. I wish I could bring the roses back home. I stayed there until 10pm and went straight to the airport.
All in all, my 25th Birthday was the best. Seeing the roses lit up, watching the stars shining brightly above , the frappe, the pasta, the new friends I’ve made, the sweet and nice locals, the realizations I had, the Korean Owner.. everything was just perfect!!