Another First: #VisitOzamiz 20163:02:00 AM
Been feeling unhealthy for weeks and I was at the ER Department (Urgent Bay # 4) of Asian Hospital last Wednesday, 26/Oct due to "peripheral nerve problems". Oh I hate injections but able to relax after a 40mg Parecoxib given by IV. I feel really sick and off but blood test results came normal; Like a very cautious person I am, skipped work as I need medical attention for 1-2 days.
Glad to get doctor's clearance to go home and prayed so hard to see Ozamiz for it kept my body guessing... At the (last minute stress), bags packed for my 05:05h MNL-OZC flight. Prescriptions and my balms hand-carried, doc!
By the way, our flight was delayed. We went straight to Royal Garden Hotel from the airport and our room was indeed available as early as 8:00 am.
Wanted to drop my bags and sleep for few hours although I admit we missed so much activities from Day 1 of this (first) Familiarization Tour which was well planned by The Big Difference Communications in coordination with Ozamiz Tourism Council, the City Government and Johann's Cuisine.
... ^ My photo uploaded on top is the beautiful City of Ozamiz viewed from Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Adventure Park at Tangub City. It was the start of our tour after meeting friends and other bloggers at the popular Adriana's Pension House that served as a second home to our huge crowd.
Other thrill seekers tested Hoyohoy's Zipline (longest in Asia) while I enjoy the killer view...
You'll find out why Chef Johann's Cuisine is very well known as the best caterer in Ozamiz.
Hopefully you have heard the famous fruit of the city? Well it was my first chance too and they make healthy, delicious homemade Dragon Fruit ice cream that grows in Mayor Parojinog's backyard.
It was raining so bad Saturday night but we came back to eat at Cotta; Again, Chef Johann stole the show!
Unfortunately, I never had the chance to move around and talk to people during the party; I sat there in less than an hour becoming ill that evening and was rushed to S.M. Lao Hospital along Oroquieta National Highway. I would like to thank Nurse Diva who happened to be the wife of Chef Johann; Thank God you were on shift. It was one of the most stressful situations and I was treated exceptionally well along with Dra. Teresita Yap and the caring hospital staff. Thank you so much and it is my hope to go back real soon and get you something. Of course, thank you for not leaving my side Ate Jeff and Mark!!!
Sure, had a very nice sleep.
Continued our tour the next day...
All of us ate well! Drool at Chicken Ati-Atihan *winks*
By the way, there's a nice cafe called The Coffee Lounge at the Royal Garden Hotel lobby. I discovered a TWG Tea for P110/cup <333
Also, one of the must-see places is the outdoor chapel with an image of the Blessed Virgin of Cotta (Nuestra Senora de Triunfo) beside Fort Santiago / Port of Ozamiz / Panguil Bay as believed to be miraculous by many local Catholics.
5th of May 2016 - The local Government Unit celebrates the 118th Birth Anniversary of the late Senator, Jose Fortich Ozamiz (5th of May 1899 to 28th of August 1944)
Take a look around, wonderful vendors are all over the place. They will even share stories. Got these red candles at P2.00 each.
My headache didn't stop me from walking all four corners of Cotta de Santiago and managed to take below photo from the Choir Loft of the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral ~
A special shout out to Chef Johann for sharing your time and love of cooking with all of us. It wasn't even difficult to feel comfortable around you for your extraordinary welcome. Thank you very much for the buffet selections for both lunch and dinner spreads and more power to Johann's Cuisine. Stay strong and busy!
We also look forward to a whole new bunch before the end of the year!!!
C H E E R S!
More photos on https://www.facebook.com/OurEatDates/