Camotes With Love : White Sand Paradise in the Southern Philippines

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NOVA'S TRAVEL ADVENTURE

Camotes Island is a group of islands in the Camotes Sea, Philippines. The island group is located east of Cebu Island, southwest of Leyte Island, and north of Bohol Island. It is 34 nautical miles (63 km; 39 mi) from Cebu City and is part of the province of Cebu. Sometimes known as the “Lost Horizon of the south”, within recent years Camotes has seen increased visitors and tourism and a growing expatriate community. Apart from natural attractions on land, there is also a score of dive sites around the islands.
Also in the Camotes Islands you can find tourist spots such as Buho Rock, Greenlake Park, Mt. Calvary (Kalbaryo), Lake Danao and the vast mangrove swamp along the sides of the road from Pacijan (San Francisco) to Poro. There are many underground caves such as Bukilat Cave, Timubo Cave and Guadalupe Cave which has a fresh water underground lake…

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Exploring Aguinid, Dao, Binalayan Falls : Travel Guide To The Hidden Gems of Samboan, Cebu

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Samboan is an abbreviation of the word sinamboang, which was a ritual dance performed by the people of the village.  Samboan, a small town on a hill. But it used to be very much bigger, with Oslob and Alegria under its territorial jurisdiction. In fact, people of Alegria were made to render forced labor for the construction of the Samboan church. It was only some time during the middle of the 1880s that those two towns were separated from Samboan (the towns of Ginatilan and Malabuyoc, which now lie in between, were created after the separation). Samboan is known for its beautiful crystal clear waters with a rich marine ecosystem along its coastal barangays. – Wikipedia – Samboan, Cebu

Aguinid Waterfalls – in Tangbo comprises five different tiers along Tangbo River. Each tier has a unique waterfall. One can never reach the peak or last waterfall without climbing the limestone walls of each waterfall from the lowest to highest.
Dao Falls  of Suba is a new spot to wander. It is the highest waterfall of Samboan.
Binalayan Falls/ Bonbon Hidden Falls – to the immediate south of Poblacion which some visitors call the Triple Drop Falls.

How to get there from Cebu:
>> Catch a bus at Cebu South Bus Terminal  – earliest trip for Ceres liner leaves at 2:00am, and 1 bus per 30 minutes right after.

>> Choose the Ceres Liner with signed board “Bato via Barili” – Do not choose the one that says “Bato via Oslob” as it the other way around.

>> The bus trip usually takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes (depending on the traffic of course) – I always suggest you travel early, as there are only few vihecles in the streets, hence, less traffic. The earlier you get to your destination, the more time you have to explore the place.

>> Take note of your destination, Samboan proper – From there you can either decide to eat your meal in advance as you are to trek for hours. You need a lot of energy for this trip. If you brought your own meal you can opt to eat along the shore of Samboan beach (white sand) or if you hadn’t you can buy food in the market (I suggest you bring your own food).

>> Rent a trike to get you to different falls in Samboan –  As soon as you step out from the bus, you won’t find it hard to look for a trike as they will greet you with open arms and smiling faces. The big challenge though, is to look for someone who is willing to take you around Samboan and can get you to different falls the place has to offer, get the lowest price possible, someone to take you to three different falls the whole day. (Dao falls, Binalayan falls, and final stop in Aguinid falls). Expect to get wet!!!

>> Final drop-off, Bato, Oslob (Ceres Bus garage) –  after your fun-filled day, you can ask your driver to drop you off in Bato, Oslob ( Ceres Bus garage). Travel time, 15-20 minutes from Aguinid.

How much would it cost you? (Suggested budget)
Php 185/pax  : Cebu to Samboan via Barili
Php 400/day : Motorcycle rental for the entire day
(contact Kuya Lucio 09227666272)
Php 100/pax : Lunch & hydration or bring food from the city
Php 20/pax   : Entrance fee (Aguinid falls including guide)
Php 100/pax : Dinner
Php 180/pax : Bus fare Bato, Oslob to Cebu City (Ceres Bus)

What to wear and what to bring: (Suggested as per experience)
>> Comfortable shorts & shirts (leggings, board shorts, etc.)
>> Plastic bags or dry bags for damp clothes
>> Outdoor footwear sandals / slippers
>> Speaker
>> Action camera
>> Hydration

Groupie with the road-trip gals.
Groupie with the road-trip gals.
Road trippin' with my travel buddies for this trip.
Road trippin’ with my travel buddies for this trip.
Group picture with my friends, clearly we had a good time here. Taken at Aguinid falls.
Group picture with my friends, clearly we had a good time here. Taken at Aguinid falls.
Taken in Aguinid Falls- Level 4. Only those who dare to climb level 3 can  witness the beautiful level 4 & 5.
Taken in Aguinid Falls- Level 4. Only those who dare to climb level 3 can witness the beautiful level 4 & 5.
Another group picture with the my friends. Taken at Aguinid falls - Level 5.
Another group picture with the my friends. Taken at Aguinid falls – Level 5.

Summer always brings out the adventurer side of every people. No matter what adventure you will engage into this summer, we must remember the essence of every travel, adventure, and escapade, etc., is to have fun and forget your emotional baggage at home.

You can also check out mycebu.ph‘s article about Samboan : “19 Samboan attractions that make it a top Cebu destination

Tan-awan Cangcuaay Beach, Oslob – A Travel Guide to a Summer Getaway

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Cangcua-ay is part of Taw-awan, Oslob. Yes, you read it right aside from the very famous Whale Shark watching, Tan-awan, Oslob has something more to offer. A perfect getaway from your hustle and bustle city life! Tan-awan Cangcuaay Beach – Modern Villa Deluxe; Guide to a relaxing summer getaway!


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How to get there from Cebu City:

  • Bus at Cebu South Bus Terminal, along N. Bacalso Nat’l Road – There are 2 major bus lines that travel vice-versa to Oslob ( I recommend you choose Ceres, with they have huge buses that can guarantee a comfortable trip. You can also choose from the ordinary or air-conditioned bus.)
  • Choose the bus with a signed board that says ” Bato via Oslob” – you don’t want to be misdirected to Moalboal or Badian, although they have great beaches there, but you’re heading to Oslob, and that’s the other way around.
  • Take note of your destination Cangcuaay, Private Beach, if the conductor is not familiar with the place, just say it’s beside Seafari Beach Resort. You will find your way right after.
  • 3 hours bus trip, 180/pax – the trip usually lasts 3 hrs depending on the traffic, I recommend you travel as early as 4am to get rid of the traffic jams. The earlier you will arrive in your destination, the better cottage you can choose and the more time you have to spend a relaxing day at the beach

Oslob, Cebu is more than just the whale sharks and Tumalog waterfalls, you can also enjoy your sweet time at the beach relaxing under the sun with a cold beer in hand. The place is so laid back, and with a picture-perfect view what else can you ask for this during summer?

Approximate Travel Budget (fare, rental, entrance:

  • Php180/pax – Bus fare Ceres Liner via Bato-Oslob
  • Php100/pax  – Day use (includes electricity, cottage, and no corkage)
  • Php300/pax – Overnight
  • Php100 – life vest for rent
  • Php60 – Snorkel
  • Php100 – Beach ball
  • Php200 –  Bodyboard
  • Php1200 – TENT (max 4 person) includes: sofa, blankets,and pillows
  • Php4500 – bedroom ( prior reservation)
  • Php3500 – max. 16 persons. Island hopping (Sumilon Island) (They Also have cliff jumping for the adrenaline junkies

Can also book your reservation through Airbnb Villa Modern Deluxe – BOOK NOW!!! For direct inquiry you, can  contact them through these numbers: 09176217009 or 09068894868 or email at vilma.fernandez44@yahoo.com.ph . For more details about this beautiful resort, you can also check out their Facebook page Tan-awan Cangcuaay Beach – Modern Villa Deluxe. Or contact directly at
09176217009. May you have a fun-filled summer!

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Panoramic view of Cangcua-ay Private Resort and Seafari Resort - taken on top of a rock. Clearly Cangcuaay is more appealing (just saying)
Panoramic view of Cangcua-ay Private Resort and Seafari Resort – taken on top of a rock. Clearly, Cangcuaay is more appealing (just saying)
I was mesmerized to this beautiful view. The white sand, combined with the big rocks by the beach, native cottages along the shore, lovely sky and the ow so clear blue water. A picture perfect moment.
I was mesmerized to this beautiful view. The white sand, combined with the big rocks by the beach, native cottages along the shore, lovely sky and the ow so clear blue water. A picture perfect moment.
200 steps starts here! By the time you get to the shore, you're all sweat and just wanna rip your clothes off and go straight to the tempting water
200 steps starts here! By the time you get to the shore, you’re all sweaty and just wanna rip your clothes off and go straight to the tempting water
Taken on top of one of the rocks, I just can't help but explore the beauty that was Cangcua-ay Beach Resort
Taken on top of one of the rocks, I just can’t help but explore the beauty that was Cangcua-ay Beach Resort
This was the view that greeted us when we reached the beach house. It was a wonderful day to have a sunbathing.
This was the view that greeted us when we reached the beach house. It was a wonderful day to have a sunbathing
id I mention I liked this view? Well there's that, selfie-perfect shot.
Did I mention I liked this view? Well, there’s that, selfie-perfect shot.
 Just beside Cangcuaay Private Beach Resort, the Seafari. A comment with bias, Cancuaay is better than that resort. :-)
Just beside Cangcuaay Private Beach Resort, the Seafari. A comment with bias, Cancuaay is better than that resort. 🙂
And then there's me, enjoying my day under the sun (literally), while having a good laugh with my friends.
And then there’s me, enjoying my day under the sun (literally), while having a good laugh with my friends.
I can't help but take a selfie with that beautiful background, such a waste of opportunity if I wouldn't.
I can’t help but take a selfie with that beautiful background, such a waste of opportunity if I wouldn’t.
These are my homies, my travel buddies for this trip! it was a fun-filled day. We ended up our trip with a free dinner by the beach. I can say it was a lucky for all of us as we all get to enjoy the free dinner!
These are my homies, my travel buddies for this trip! it was a fun-filled day. We ended up our trip with a free dinner by the beach. I can say it was a lucky for all of us as we all get to enjoy the free dinner!

Bais City – Dolphin Watching & Manjuyod Sandbar Escapade : How To Go There and How Much

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Third and last day of our Negros Oriental trip, this time we are headed to  Bais, Negros Oriental.  Economically speaking, Bais City is known to be the largest producer of raw sugar in Negros Oriental, the city gives credit to Central Azucarera de Bais for bringing progress to the place. But for a traveller like myself, Bais City is famous for dolphin and whale watching.

A good way to start our adventure - Mr. Sun greeting us with "Good Morning"
A good way to start our adventure – Mr. Sun greeting us with “Good Morning”

We woke up early and since it was our last day, we decided to check-out early and bring our things along with us to Bais. We were all tired from our Apo Island escapade the other day nevertheless, we were still very energetic and excited for yet another trip we were going to have – dolphin watching and side trip to Manjuyod White Sand Bar – Bais City.

When we finally arrived in Bais City after over an hour travelling in a van we rented, we then transfer to another mode of transportation – motorized boat. With sunscreen on our smiling faces and cameras in hand, we then started our dolphin-chasing activity. But then 30 minutes had passed and we haven’t spotted any signs of dolphin activities yet. Our hopes almost draining as we surveyed the waters of Bais  when  finally one of our boatman shouted “There, There”, as if on cue we all looked unto the spot he was pointing and we were all breathless as we saw the  pod of dolphin (approx. 20-25 members) swimming along the waters of Negros. Watching the dolphins enjoying their life, so playful and free; was a dream come true. another first for me. They were worth my time, my resources, and energy.

Just when we decided to end our dolphin-chasing adventure, they left us with the most awesome way of saying there farewell to us. They swam  just a feet away, along with our boat. I can almost touch them, I can see them in the clear blue water. It was surreal.

After chasing dolphins, we proceeded to Manjuyod White Sand Bar – Bais Cityapprox. 15minutes away from the dolphin site. Unfortunately, it was high tide when we got there and the supposed sand bar was 2 feet deep. We docked for a while, enjoyed the supposed view, the white sand still visible under the clear blue water. We didn’t lingered though, as we were to have our lunch in the city, and then straight to Sibulan Port right after.

Day 3 Itinerary : (April 4 – Saturday)

4:30am       :  Wake up call & pack-up
5:45am       :  Check out from C & L Bay View Inn
5:50am       :  Departure from C & L Bay View Inn  via rented van to
                           Bais City (Approx. 40mins – 1hr)
6:50am       :  Arrival in Capinyahan Pier, Bais City
7:00am       :  Departure from Capinyahan Pier 5, Bais City via pump                                  boat to dolphin watching site (Approx. 20-30minutes)
7:30am       :  Arrival Dolphin watching site
9:30am       :  Departure to Manjuyod White Sand Bar – Bais City
9:45am       :  Arrival Manjuyod White Sand Bar – Bais City
10:25am    :  Departure from Manjuyod White Sand Bar – Bais City
10:35am    :  Arrival Capinyahan Pier 5, Bais City.
10:40am    :  Departure from Capinyahan Pier 5, Bais City to                                                   Dumaguete City
11:40am     :  Arrival in  Sans Rival BistroDumaguete City
11:45am     :  Lunch
12:55pm     :  Departure from  Sans Rival Bistro to Sibulan Port                                              (approx. 25-30minutes)
1:20pm        :  Arrival in Sibulan Port
1:45pm        :  Boarding for fastcraft to Liloan, Santander, Cebu
2:00pm        :  Departure from Sibulan Port to  Liloan, Santander,
(approx. 25-30minutes)
2:25pm        :  Arrival in Liloan, Santander, Cebu
2:40pm        :  Departure from Liloan, Santander, Cebu to Argao, Cebu
4:40pm        :  Arrival in Argao, Cebu

Day 3 Budget:
Boat Rental                              :  4500 / 7 pax
Van Rental                                :  2000/ 7 pax
Sand Bar Anchor Fee          :  15/ pax
Lunch at Sans Rival              : 264/ pax
Silvanas (Pasalubong)        : 300/ pax
Van to Sibulan port             :  43/pax
Fastcraft to Santander      :  63/px
Bus to Argao                            :  87/pax

Alternative for Commuters:
Trike fare – Ceres Bus station from Dumaguete City   :  8/pax
Bus fare – Bais City from Dumaguete City                          :  65/ pax
Trike fare – Bais City to Capinyahan Pier 5                         :  15/pax
Jeep fare – Dumaguete City to Sibulang Port                    :  11/pax

As my trip to Negros came to an end, I can’t help but admire the beauty the island offers. And just like every other places, they all have some hidden paradise that are just waiting to be discovered. So long Negros, until we meet again. By then I’ll make sure to devour your beauty.

While chasing dolphins : having a hard time trying to spot the pod of dolphins we were chasing after
While chasing dolphins : having a hard time trying to spot the pod of dolphins we were chasing after. It was a very hot day.
Clear blue water - image of the dolphins as they swim playfully underwater just 2 ft away from our boat
Clear blue water – image of the dolphins as they swim playfully underwater just 2 ft away from our boat
The supposed Manjuyod White Sand Bar, 2 ft deep due to high tide we can't really have it all :-)
The supposed Manjuyod White Sand Bar, 2 ft deep due to high tide we can’t really have it all 🙂
A pod of dolphins swimming away from the motorized boat chasing them.
A pod of dolphins swimming away from the motorized boat chasing them.
The best way to end our dolphin chasing adventure - Groupie
The best way to end our dolphin chasing adventure – Groupie

Photo Credits to : Avis Teo

You can check out Lonely Planet (Philippines), for more travel destination in Negros Oriental and Occidental.

Product Review : Outdoor Research Ultralight Dry Pack

Here I am again to do a product review on the dry bag I purchased from amazon.com I bought it over 6 months ago and I have been using it in every outdoor activity I engaged myself into. Same as before, I will be basing my review  on seven (7)  factors ; appearance, Packaging, Functionality, Durability or Quality, Convenience, Cost, Over-all Rating.

Product Name : Outdoor Research Lightweight Dry Sack
Distributed By : Outdoor Research
Color : Gray
Outdoor Research Ultra Dry Bag

APPEARANCE (4 Stars)
Outdoor Research Lightweight Dry Sack – Same as any other dry sack, it looks sturdy and very appealing to the eyes due to its gray color. The product logo is very visible which makes it more attractive.

PACKAGING (3 Stars)
It was packed within a 9x2x1 inches box. It was very light and easy to carry. Won’t even cost a lot of space when you put it in your baggage. When I received it from Amazon, it was only inside a yellow envelope.

Functionality (4 Stars)
As what the name suggest, it a very effective. It kept my important things dry when we had an overnight stay in Osmena Peak, you can read my article 
Osmena Peak : A Social Climb For a Weekend Trip,  even when we went to a beach and put all my wet stuff in it. Read my article Unexpected Road Trip : Grandeur Beach – Lambug, Badian. No leaks, you don’t have to worry about your stuff getting  wet.

Durability/ Quality (5 Stars)
Once I abused it and filled it with different stuff, from chips to towels, spare clothes, gadgets and other beach necessities. The handle was great.

Convenience (4 Stars)
It is very easy to use, easy to lock, easy to pack when you’re done using the bag.

Cost (4 Stars)
Cost-wise, I compare it to different brands with the same materials it was way cheaper compare to those. Same functionality but with less price.

Over-all Rating ( 4 Stars)
To wrap it up, I can say it was a good buy. It always serves its purpose. For over 6 months that I’ve been using it, it never failed me. Kept my gadgets and other stuff stay dry, even when it was exposed to water for over an hour.

So what are you waiting for, if you’re an adventurous like me might as well but yourself your own  Outdoor Research Lightweight Dry Sack. You can check out amazon.com for more product listing.

Osmeña Peak : Overnight Camping Trip

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For a typical employee who works 5 days a week and gets the weekends for herself, it is always fun to be spending you rest day with friends on a weekend trip. So we packed our sleeping bags and camping tents and to Dalaguete we go. Our adventure for the weekend : A Social Climb to Osmeña Peak.

Approximately 1000 meters above sea level, Osmeña Peak is considered the highest peak in the province and island of Cebu. Located in Brgy. Mantalongon, Municipality of Dalaguete. Mantalongon is dubbed to be the Little Baguio of Cebu due to its cold climate and abundance of vegetables that grows in a cold weather.

Panoramic view of Osmeña Peak during sunset

Knowing the right stuff to bring is vital in this kind of escapade, or to any other adventure you are to experience in the future. So here are some details you need to know if you are planning to head to the south and climb Osmeña Peak.

Things to bring : It is a common knowledge that high altitude places tend to be very cold at night, here’s a list of things that you need to bring to make your overnight stay a very comfortable experience .

1. Camping tent – as you are to spend the night in the camping area near the peak, it is expected that you have to have a  camping tent.

2. Sleeping bag – trust me, you need one. It can be very cold during the night, you don’t want to spend the entire night chilling yourself out not able to sleep. Trying to warm yourself.

3. Butane Stove and cooking stuff-  making a bonfire is not allowed in the peak, so you better bring butane stove so you could cook your food for the entire stay.

4. jacket – You don’t really want to inconvenient yourself from the low temperature, you need jacket to keep you warm your body. But if you have someone special in your life, tag them along. Nothing beats body warmth. You can cuddle all night long.

5. Bluetooth Speaker – at some point you will find it boring if you wont bring with you a speaker, music trip can be very enjoying when you have nothing else to do. In my case, I brought with me my ever reliable Jam Plus Bluetooth Speaker,  everywhere I go I have it with me and it never failed me since. Bought it at Amazon.

6. Power Bank – You wouldn’t want a battery drained cellular phone, it keeps you connected to the outside world and in case of emergency you can just contact your families and friends back home. You could also charge your bluetooth speaker when it runs out of battery.

7. Camera – yeah sure, point and shoot camera will suffice, but if you do have a DSLR might as well bring it too so you could really capture the Sunset at its best. But if you have a Gopro, that’d be great, it will capture the breath-taking view in a wide lens, it would be awesome.
For your Gopro SD card, you can checkout  Sandisk Extreme Pro micro SD card.

8. Water (Lots of them) – It’s best you bring your own water. 1 liter bottled water is enough unless you’ll stay in the peak for 2 days or so. And bring extra water so you could boil some water for coffee or tea.

9. Canned goods, noodles, bread – when you’re on a camping trip it is very necessary to only bring food that can be easily be opened and cooked,  tray of egg will also come in handy.

10. Liquor – Yeah you read it right!!! There’s no better way to warm your chilling body than to drink liquor with your friends. (Moderately, though), with good old talks, jokes and stories, surely your evening will be memorable. Playing cards, would be great if you were able to bring those Power bank generated LED light bulbs. In our case, we hadn’t brought one so we ended up chatting the entire evening. (Till dawn).

11. Dry Bag – In case the weather won’t be on your favor and suddenly it will rain on you. It is best you bring something waterproof like my Outdoor Research Ultralight Dry Sack to put your gadgets; cellphones, Jam Plus Bluetooth Speaker, wallet, along with my other important things. Bought it at Amazon.

Now be a good person and prepare these stuff the next time you climb Osmeña Peak.  

On our way to the foot of the mountain..
On our way to the foot of the mountain..
We literally had to pass through a road near a cliff
We literally had to pass through a road near a cliff
That's the peak with all its picturesque beauty😍😍
That’s the peak with all its picturesque beauty😍😍
Hello Osmena peak!! We meet again!
Hello Osmena peak!! We meet again!
Three tents at the bottom part, that's our camp! Over looking the shores of Badian and Badian Island
Three tents at the bottom part, that’s our camp! Over looking the shores of Badian and Badian Island
And then there's the breath-taking sunset😃
And then there’s the breath-taking sunset😃
As expected cold cold night even our jackets weren't enough to keep us warm 😱😱😱
As expected cold cold night even our jackets weren’t enough to keep us warm 😱😱😱
This is the view from our campsite, picture perfect😍😍
This is the view from our campsite, picture perfect😍😍
Getting ready to descend to Mantalongon
Getting ready to descend to Mantalongon
Final moment at the campsite, just before we started our trek down to Mantalongon (moment captured)😊
Final moment at the campsite, just before we started our trek down to Mantalongon (moment captured)😊
Now there's me struggling to climb that rock with my tent and bag at my back, feet shaking as I capture my selfie shot😉😉
Now there’s me struggling to climb that rock with my tent and bag at my back, feet shaking as I capture my selfie shot😉😉
Downhill trek to Mantalongon market, selfie shot with the " Social Climbers"😁
Downhill trek to Mantalongon market, selfie shot with the ” Social Climbers”😁
The trek was exhausting, but the view was great! Nature at its best, we don't see these in the city
The trek was exhausting, but the view was great! Nature at its best, we don’t see these in the city
finally, after over an hour of trekking from Osmena Peak (feet numbed, back hurts) ; we finally arrived in Mantalongon Market, from there we hailed a motorcycle to Dalaguete proper and went straight to the beach. Good thing I also packed my Seavenger Adult Diving Dry Top Snorkel Set, I was able to snorkel while we were at the beach.

Lets jump to itinerary, although this is a very short and simple trip, having an itinerary can even more make it simpler. (Check out our itinerary below):

Saturday (March 7, 2015)

12:00 NN – Meet up at Cebu South Bus  Terminal

1:00 PM – Departure from the terminal 4:00 PM – Arrival at Poblacion, Dalaguete

4:05 PM – Departure on a Public Utility Motorcycle (Habal-habal)

4:35 PM – Arrival in the foot of Osmeña Peak

5:15 PM – Arrival in the Osmeña Peak camping site (Put up camping tents) 5:20 PM – Ascend to the peak ( in time for the sunset)

5:25 PM – pictorial, appreciating the view, capturing the moments

6:00 PM – Descend back to the camp site, Prepared food for dinner

7:00 PM – Dinner time

8:00 PM – Music trip, bonding, more shenanigans

12:00 AM – It’s a wrap!

 

Sunday (March 8, 2015)

4:00 AM – Wake up time, Coffee time (the other campers woke up at around 2am)

5:00 AM – Ascend to Osmeña Peak, appreciating the foggy Sunday morning, more pictorial

6:00 AM – Break fast, pictorial, camp out

9:30 AM –  Descend from Osmeña Peak, trek to Mantalongon Market

10:30 AM – Departure from Mantalongon Market on a utility Motorcycle (habal-habal)

11:00 AM – Arrival in Dalaguete Proper 

The trip was very cheap and I know for a fact that the experience was more than worthy of the budget we allocated. We were a group of 7 pax : 3 boys & 4 girls

Budget for the trip:

Bus fare  – Php105.00 (Cebu South Bus Terminal to Dalaguete proper)

Motor fare – Php100.00 (Dalaguete proper to Foot of the mountain, via habal-habal)

potluck  – Php100.00(food and water)

Motor fare – Php50.00 (Mantalongon Market to Dalaguete proper)

Bus Fare – Php105.00 (Dalaguete proper to Cebu South Bus Terminal) 

You can either wait for the hourly bus to pass or you can side a trip to the nearest beach. In our case, we headed straight to the Dalaguete Beach Park and enjoyed the rest of our weekend trip at the beach.  

It was a fun filled experience, and yeah we were all exhausted even before the day ended due to our trekking. But it was all worth it, in fact it was more than what we expected. It was a budget-friendly trip, the best way to welcome my 2015 summer. Shout-out to my friends: Yasmin Michelle (Yami), Hanny Lyn, Cecile, Ramil (moy-moy), Ian, Frandee, and of course to sir Nat for the effort😁😁

It doesn’t really matter how far or how popular the places that you’ve been to, what’s more important are the memories you shared with the people you’re with.

Osmeña Peak : A Social Climb For a Weekend Trip, It’s a wrap! #03782015

Shout-out to my friends & travel buddies:
Ramil Navarro
Hanny Larot
Cecille Hernando
Yasmin Michelle
Ian Paul Razo
Frande Von

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10 Signs Of Head Over Heels In Love

Love is a variety of feelings, states, and attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection (“I love my mother”) to pleasure (“I loved that meal”). It can refer to an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment.[1] It can also be a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection—”the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another”.[2] It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one’s self or animals. – www.wikipedia.com

Love, for me is yet the most difficult term to define, to put meaning to. It is so complicated that it is better left undefined into writings, and let you put your own meaning into it. Coz in the end, what matters most is not how you define it, but how you feel it and how you put action into it. In this article, I will be listing 10 signs of being head-over-heels in love with someone and you will be the judge if you think it is healthy or it belongs to those creepy love stories:

1. When you can’t stop smiling when you think of that person – this is very common to those people who are very in love. For no reason at all, you just can’t help smiling when you think of her/his beautiful face, or the sound of her/his voice.

2. When you can’t sleep just by thinking of that person –  When you’re all alone at night, in your bed and even so, you ar still thinking of her/him. When you’re moments together keep on popping in your mind causing you to be awake more than ever.

3. When your happiness relies on her/ his happiness – it is when you exert extra effort for her/him, to the point of forgetting your own happiness. keeping in mind that her/ his happiness is your happiness. It is somehow called being selfless.

4. When you find peace of mind when you’re together – it is when you feel more at ease and calm knowing that she/ he is near you. And it seems like being with her/ him is right where you belong perfectly. You’re contented of just lying on your bed, holding her/ him close.

5. When you are uneasy when you can’t see her/ him – it feels like your day is not complete without seeing her/him. It’s like your heart is crushed into pieces.

6. When you can’t eat knowing that she/he still haven’t eaten yet – that guilt feeling you feel knowing she/he is starving and you’re  there eating yourself out. And so you decide to wait for her/ him and just eat together.

7. When you’re always uneasy when she/he is hanging-out with friends without you – when you can’t stand the thought of her/ him out with friends on a weekend and you’re left at home doing some boring stuff.

8. When you always want to know her/ his whereabouts – Creepy may it seem but you always want to know everything about her/him. From the food she/he eats, Stuff she/he does, you always wanna know her/ his move.

9. When you can’t stop staring at her/ him while she/he sleeps – even when your partner is sleeping, you watch her/his every breath. You’re amaze by the rising and falling of her/his chest as she/ he breaths. And then you think to yourself how lucky you are for having her/him in your life.

10. When all you ever text with is her/ him – you only have one single contact you text with every day, you only have one contact you call and communicate with. Your heart melts every time you receive a message from her/him, and you always gets excited when your phone rings and you find out she/he is calling.

What ever it is that you feel to your significant others, just always bear in mind, that at the end of the day, you don’t own anybody and although you’re in a relationship with her/him, you don’t get to say how they should live there lives. What you can do is to show them how you feel and hope for the best, that they would love you back.

Photo Credit to : www.dreamatico.com
Love content credit to : www.wikipedia.com

Open Letter For Valentines Day : To Piglet With Love

Ahhh… valentines, brings out the unusual sweetness of people. And so for this article, I will be sharing a letter I borrowed from a friend, she acquired from the recent valentines day celebration…

To Piglet with love,

When I first met you I knew that you will become an important part of my life. What I didn’t know back then was that you will be “My Life”.

There are times when I wonder about how things have worked out for us. When we first started, we were unsure about where and how things were going to be. I knew in my heart that I love you for as long as I can remember but wasn’t sure if you felt the same. But we took a leap of faith and look at where we are right now, still together. Not a day gone by when I don’t feel grateful to have found you. Sometimes when you’re not aware, I look at you and think to myself “I’m the happiest person in the world for having you” I’m not saying this to flatter you, but instead to let you know how much you mean to me.

We’ve had our share of ups and downs, we have issues, and through all the tough times, we managed to make our way and still remain strong. Many times when we argue I have wondered, what we see in each other. And then I look back on the wonderful times that we have shared together and realized, Arguing or not arguing, being with you, made everything worth it. After every silly argument, we sit together and laugh at it, and it makes us even stronger.

I am sorry for the tears you’ve cried and times you almost give up on us because of my faults. Thank you, for giving me the chance to be a part of your life, and sticking up with me despite my faults.  You are my confidante, my best friend, my source of happiness, my dream come true. You effortlessly become a center of my world, and I know I would be so lost without you.

You’re the one who means the most to me. You will forever be my pretty little Ehu girl. I love you to the moon and back, to infinity and beyond.  Happy Valentines Day 🙂
Always and forever,

Some people are just so fortunate enough to have found someone who loves them and cherish every memories with them. On the other hand, there are people who are yet to find that special person, my unsolicited advice, be patient, take your time, enjoy life. That person will come in the right place and time. By then, make it a point to appreciate and acknowledge their presence in your life.
Happy valentines day:-)

Puerto Galera : Luxurious Life In A Yacht

Puerto Galera is the northwestern most municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. It is located at the southwestern end of the Isla Verde Passage, about 130 kilometers (81 mi) south of Manila. This coastal town is well-known among tourists for its numerous pocket beaches and many snorkeling and Scuba diving spots. The area was designated a Man and Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO in 1973 and has some of the most diverse coral reef diving in Asia. The marine environment has benefited in recent years from the influx of tourist dollars. This has seen a huge reduction in the number of fishermen in the area, as they gain higher revenue from tourists. – www.wikipedia.org

October of 2010, during my semestral break from school, I was invited by a friend to have a vacation in Puerto Galera  for a while. I was 20, in the peak of my youth, very eager to experience something new, who am I to refuse such offer. So I packed my things, was so excited for the said trip.

Crazy Day 1 – October 19, I booked a flight at Cebu Pacific Air to Manila, stayed for a day at my friend’s place, the day after we were all set to go to Puerto Galera where my friend’s father’s yacht was docked. We almost got lost on our way to Buendia Station. We rode a bus bound to Quiapo when we’re suppose to get the one bound to Makati. It was a very crazy day, We rode three busses and MRT just to get to Buendia Bus station, where Batangas bound busses are found. It was already noon time, when we were able to get in a bus bound to Batangas port, and get in a boat to Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. The trip to Batangas took us three hours and two hours boat ride to Puerto Galera. Got there by 6pm at Muelle Pier looked for a nearby hotel to check in at Badladz Beach Resort for the night. AT 7pm we dined out at the bar near the hotel and met new faces, had some beer with our new acquaintance and played some billiards. Our new acquaintance were all good people, they’re oldies but still very jamming. They even invited us for a bbq party at Puerto Galera yacht Club the night after. At 10pm we called it a night and went back to our room.

Day 2 – Life in a Yacht (October 21, 2010) We woke up at 9am it was a bit late. Had some american breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant. After 15 minutes or so,  my friend’s dad fetched us on a dinghy and we were off to the yacht, where we stayed for our entire stay. I was a bit surprised when I first saw the boat, it was beautiful. It looked small on the outside, but the interior was big. Her name is Cosmos,  a catamaran. I was left awed when I first stepped in the boat, it was very luxurious – a dream come true. Bes (my friend’s dad) was very accommodating and friendly. we shared a story or two, he was a great host. We spent the rest of the day resting, just stayed in our room and unpacked our stuff. The at around 6 pm we started preparing ourselves, had to go to Puerto Galera yacht Club, for the “Barbecue Friday”, eating dinner there. The reception in the restaurant was great, the people and the yacht club members were all so friendly, to the extent that the Commodore (sort of the highest rank among club members) of the Yacht Club personally welcomed us, he even mention our names. I really didn’t know that he was the commodore, he talked to us as if he was just an ordinary member of the club. Later did I found out what he was and I admired him, very hospitable host, very humble and down-to-earth. The best thing in the PGYC was that the people were all approachable and friendly. We made a lot of friends that night. We even played pool with them. Later that night, dinner was served,  I ordered Baby back ribs it was so delicious, superb taste. At some point I had some beer and gin tonic. Then we went back to the yacht, we gazed at the stars as we lay on the roof of the boat, my first day in the sea had come to an end. It was a dream came true, just laying there under the stars and the moon, enjoying the night chill.

Life in c : Oct. 23-28, 2010 – the days gone by very fast, with our daily routine and activities there were never dull moment. We always wake up around 10am, tired from our nightly movie marathon. Then we would eat bread and fruits for breakfast. We would watch different TV Series while the sun was on its peak. Then off to Puerto Galera yacht Club for Lunch, the food and drinks are pretty expensive but that’s how it was, they’re used to living that lifestyle and I had to deal with it during my entire stay. I think what made that vacation memorable are the activities we did during our stay. I pretty much made a lot of “first” in Puerto Galera, here’s a list of activities we did:

1. Early morning tennis game at nearby clubhouse – we woke up earlier than usual, prep the dinghy and went ashore just two minutes across where Cosmos was anchored. We played lawn tennis at  Elizabeth Hideaway Hotel, what’s funny about that morning was they were looking for someone who they thought went missing the night before. He lives in a yacht near the Cosmos, the night before while we were star-gazing we heard some commotion in their Yacht (two people arguing). I also thought he committed suicide or something, the yacht club member commissioned a group of divers to look for him underwater, in trying to retrieve the body thinking he drowned. It turned out, the man was just in Sabang (Red District), too drunk to go home.

2. Participated in a soccer clinic for kids – The yacht club sponsored a soccer clinic for kids, the participant was mostly children of foreigners who chose to settle in Puerto Galera and married a Filipina. It was all fun, watching the kids having a good time and making friends with other kids is such a great sight to watch.

3. Went snorkeling; my first free dive experience – we borrowed Bes’s dinghy and went to a fish sanctuary just 10 minutes ride. It was fun, my very first snorkeling experience with all the gears (Snorkel, goggles and fins). The sun was on its peak we were on our swimming attire, we loved our sun-kissed skin, The marine life was highly diverse, corals and the fished were breathtaking.

4. Boat ride to Sabang  – one afternoon we decided to find another place to eat, so we went to Muelle pier and rented a boat to Sabang. The boat ride was about 30 minutes, it was kinda scary, we were in an open water, the waves were huge to the point that it almost flip the boat. The ride was fun too, we get to see some famous resorts along the  way. I must say, the Coco Beach Island Resort was quite an impressive place to stay, I bet staying there would cost much too. Upon our arrival in Sabang, we instantly went straight to La Laguna Beach Club, the food there was great we had pasta, played some pool, and drink some beer. Then we stroll along the shore, the white sand was very fine. I noticed some famous hotel in Sabang, the likes of; Atlantis Dive Resort, Portofino Beach ResortBlue Ribbon Dive Resort, etc.. Sabang is very famous to tourists, and as expected the foods and drinks were very expensive. After sometime, we decided to rent a motorcycle and went home.

5. Watched movie outside the boat under the moonlight and the twinkling stars – One time we decided to watch a movie outside the boat, the sea breeze was very cold but still a memorable experience, shared a beer or two, and chips.

6. We would asked Bes to take us to the port and stroll around we usually eat fruits on the boat, luckily the market was just a walk away from the port. We would walk for minutes and haggle for prices in the fruit market, buy some home-made wheat bread and stack some beer, it was fun really.

All Souls Regatta (Oct. 29, 2010) – not an ordinary day in Puerto Galera, specifically at the yacht club. It marked the 1st day of the All Souls Regatta 2010″, a yacht race. Another first for me, not only that I can witness a yacht race for the first time, but I am actually part of the race. We sailed in one of the yacht  named Lenny 2. It was surreal, so unbelievable. Never did I expect I will experience such adventure in my lifetime. On the day of the regatta, we woke up earlier than the usual time, bought some snacks and drinks, had some sun screen and we were ready for the race. The sun was so hot but it didn’t bother us in any way. We started to sail at around noon as the race begun. All along I thought sailing was as easy as abc… no it wasn’t, In fact it was very difficult. You have to be one with the wind, and know when to pull down you sails. All the participating yacht, (more or less 20 yacht) had to follow one route,  a very difficult route. All in all, it was a fun, memorable, tiring experience. I loved the afternoon sea breeze, the tan, the new acquaintances I met while in the race, the new experience, the huge gigantic waves, the adrenaline, the excitement.

It was FUN spelled all caps, in bold letters! After five hours, we could have won the 3rd prize for the first day if we weren’t got stock maneuvering the sail at the last phase of the race. What’s important was we finished the race safely. Then we went back to the boat to change our damp clothes,then we’re bound to the yacht club for a dinner celebration.-for the successful day 1. The beer was on the house, the food was superb, fun-filled night. Everybody was all ecstatic and in festive mood. I almost decided to stay for the 2nd day of the race, It’s just that my flight back to Cebu was scheduled on  the 1st of November, had to go back to Manila in time for my flight.  I was kinda upset at the end of the night. 

Goodbye paradise (Oct. 30) – Woke up a little upset, turned between going back to Manila and staying for the regatta. My friend was asking me to stay, I really liked to stay, I still want to join the second day of the race. But then I thought it was a waste of resources if I’d stayed, we would have to go to Sabang to reschedule my flight (too much of a hassle). What we originally planned before we went to Puerto Galera was that we’ll be going back to Manila together, we didn’t expect the regatta and so my friend decided to stay. I borrowed the key of the condo and went back to Manila alone. For the last time we borrowed the dinghy to the port, I decided to take the fastest route (motor-ride to Sabang). When I got their I bought a ticket for a boat ride to Batangas, I still had enough time so I went to the market nearby and bought several Puerto Galera souvenir shirts. I didn’t notice the time while I was in the market, next thing I knew, I was running towards the pier! I almost got lost but I made it on time. Then there was the one and a half boat ride to Batangas port, my seatmate was kinda annoying kept on conversing with me and I didn’t want to be rude. Finally Batangas! Noticed a lot of people in queue, only then when I realized it was the last day of October, many people go to their respective provinces for the UNDAS. What a luck I had that day, my seatmate was the same person I was sitting with back in the boat, the entire trip I pretended sleeping just so I won’t feel obligated to converse with him.  I was in a bus bound to  Buendia, another three-hour bus ride, it was a long ride. Around 5 in the afternoon when finally we stopped at  Buendia station, then  decided to take a jeepney. For experience purposes I pretended to know the street of Manila. Luckily, Baclaran church is such a popular place that I didn’t have a hard time looking for it. From there, I knew my way back to the condo. I settled my things in the room and went back down to eat my early dinner. I was a bit lonely, alone in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar faces. I knew I missed a lot during the second day of the regatta. My phone wasn’t working that time, I can’t even text or call. My loneliest day ever in Manila. I decided to sleep early that night but luck wasn’t on my side, I didn’t feel sleepy at all. So I drafted a letter to my friend, to show how grateful I am for the experience and left it on the reading table. Morning came, ETD 0800HR – it was that time again to say goodbye to Manila, and prepped myself for the holidays back in my province. Such a great vacation, that was – indeed,  It was a week-long in paradise. 

Looking back to 2010, I wished I had captured those  moments in Puerto Galera, wished I was able to freeze those memories in an image, I wished Gopro cameras are already available that time. Nevertheless, I have them all saved in my mind and there they will stay forever.

For complete list of hotel you can stay in Puerto Galerayou can check out www.agoda.com. You can also check out Lonely Planet (Philippines), for details of the corresponding destination listed! Enjoy your travels!

You can also read the following article for more blogs about Puerto Galera ; 

Snapshot : A Whole New Malasimbo Festival – www.lakwatsero.com

How To Plan A Weekend Trip To White Beach Puerto Galera – www.takethetravel.com

Sun-kissed, saltwater-drenched days (The Budget-Friendly Puerto Galera Beach Getaway) – www.jennifaye.wordpress.com

The Beach That Was Puerto Galera – www.ivanlakwatsero.com

Photo Credits to : www.pgyc.org (Puerto Galera Yacht Club)
Puerto Galera Info Credits: www.wikipedia.com

My Skinny Love-the meaning of the Song “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver

“When You’re happy, you enjoy the music. When you’re sad, you understand the meaning” For Parch who wrote this interpretation, Thanks!


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Disclaimer : This is not my interpretation, I am merely publishing what I read in the internet while I was searching for the meaning of the song “Skinny Love”, I came a cross to this interpretation.

Parch, the one who wrote his thoughts about this song, thanks I believe your interpretation is far closer than to those I read on the same site.

I gotta say, I’ve listened to most of the versions of this song, and I have to say that Birdy’s version is technically fine, but it just sounds like a sad girl singing a song. The version of this that Bon Iver sings on Jools is by far the best. He’s not just sad, but he captures the essence of a failing relationship. You can just feel the anger, depression and desperation in his voice when he sings it. With that said, this is my interpretation.

First, I believe skinny love to just mean a relationship where the love has faded and the relationship is weak. But I believe the proper term should be “anorexic love”, because he is trying to inject all the love he can into the relationship, but it seems as if she keeps rejecting it, and letting the love waste away.

Come on skinny love just last the year

**He may be talking to the figurative relationship, or he may be actually talking to his girl, but I think he’s just begging for the relationship to last a little longer. He knows it won’t work out because she can’t nurture the love, so he’s just begging that it last long enough so that he can prepare himself for the inevitable breakup.

Pour a little salt we were never here
Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer

**They must have just had a big fight and he’s just asking to pretend it never happened. Just pour salt to help the wound heal, and pretend they were never they’re fighting. Then he starts surveying that damage done in the relationship. Its like if you’ve been punched in the mouth, you run to the sink to wash up and you’re spitting out blood and teeth into the sink. The interesting thing is veneer is what you use for fake teeth, but it’s also a term to describe polishing something to make it look better than it really is.

So “crushed veneer” is also another was to say that his view of how good and awesome he may have thought the relationship was, has just been crushed.

I tell my love to wreck it all, Cut out all the ropes and let me fall

****He knows the break is going to happen so he’s trying tell himself to cut off his emotions and fall out of love so it won’t hurt as bad.

Right in this moment this order’s tall

***A tall order is another way of saying you are asking too much out of something. As much as he want’s to cut his emotions, he know’s it’s not a feat he can carry out. He loved her too much and knows he can’t just fall out of love right on the spot.

And I told you to be patient, And told you to be fine
And I told you to be balanced, And I told you to be kind

***These are the things he’s been asking his love to do, and if she would just do them, the relationship would’ve lived and been perfect. Notice in this instance, kind means her just being nice to him, but then. . .

In the morning I’ll be with you, But it will be a different “kind”

****He knows when he wakes up the next morning with her, everything will be different. He’ll be with her, but it will be a different “kind” of being with her. In other words, he’ll be physically next to her, but not as a couple. Also it means that she will be kind to him, but not in a loving way, but more of a kindness that comes out of pity, because she is trying to let him down easy.

I’ll be holding all the tickets, And you’ll be owning all the fines

***As someone else said, basically he’s holding all the memories and punishments for the relationship, while she makes out like a bandit with the fine money so to speak. In other words, he left feeling shitty about what has happened, while she wont care as much and sees the break as getting her freedom back.

Come on skinny love what happened here, Suckle on the hope in lite brassiere

***This one’s kinda tough. I think he’s just pleading with his love to feed off whatever little hope there is left in the relationship. Babies suckle, but if it’s a light brassiere then that means there’s not much in that bra to suck on. Basically, he’s pleading with his love to just stay with him a little longer and just hope she will love him more.

Sullen load is full; so slow on the split

**Sullen means kinda like beat up and moving slow. So I think that’s the skinny, malnourished love they had. They aren’t breaking up in some passionate way, it’s just that the love is dying slowly, hence, slow on the split (up).

And now all your love is wasted? And then who the hell was I?

****He’s saying that if the breakup happens, any love she managed to have for him is wasted. He feels like her love was all that ever mattered, and that anything good he felt about himself was because of that great feeling being loved gives you, so he defined himself through her love and the relationship. As a result, if her love was just a big waste, what does that make him?

And now I’m breaking at the britches

***Him breaking at the britches just means he’s falling apart now.

And at the end of all your lines

***Just imagine her as a metropolitan bus line and now he’s at the end of any line that bus could take him. He can’t even transfer to another bus because there are no more buses that will take him any further.

Who will love you? Who will fight? Who will fall far behind?

***Now he’s just wondering who will love her and fight for her as hard as he was willing to, and he believes that most of the men she will date will just fall behind in deserving her love.

Anyways, this song is very personal to me because I went through pretty much the same emotions as he did about a year ago. Love sucks sometimes.

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