Traveled September 21-24, 2015
May 2015 was the original plan to go here. But due to unexpected circumstances, our luck ended up having a Cebu trip. And I was so happy that finally I will be able to see the beauty of Mindanao.
Dipolog is part of Zamboanga Del Norte, Neah has a lot of childhood memories in Dipolog since her aunt and grand parents were raised here. Since the Tagbilaran to Dumaguete and Tagbilaran to Cebu didn’t work last time. We make sure to book a flight to Dipolog City directly. Fare is bit expensive but since we really wanted to visit her family, we made it possible.!
Dipolog by air is two hour ride from Manila. When we arrived to the airport Neah’s aunts are waiting for us at the waiting area. We headed to Dipolog Boulevard for lunch.
The next morning we checked out on the hotel where we stayed over night and headed to the bus terminal. We will be going to San Nicolas in Dapitan City where Neah and her family stay during summer for vacation.
Dipolog to Dapitan city is less than an hour bus ride. We rode a bus to Osamis and drop off at Barcelona.
“Welcome home” as we were approached by Auntie Jane, Neah’s aunt when we arrived. The lunch was served already with Neah’s favorite “halang-halang” (spicy in their dialect)native chicken cooked in coconut milk.
The next day, our fist day in Dapitan City was spent having lunch by the beach. But before we went to the beach, we first visited Neah’s grandma’s grave the he haven’t visited for 2 years already.
We had lunch by the beach at Dapitan City.
After the sumptuous lunch the gang decided to visit the white beach “Tag-ulo” .It was almost 2 hours motorcycle ride from Dapitan City. And yes! it’s a white beach.
Dakak Beach here we go! , the next day was a challenging part of our trip, but at the same time we are both excited. We will be riding a zip line for the fist time!.
Dakak is the famous resort in Mindanao. It was rated as a 5 star resorts which is well known in the Philippines. Dakak was more than an hour motorcycle ride from Dapitan City, Entrance of Php.1000.00 is consumable for food and other activities.
We first tried the kayak paddling since we haven’t tried that activity on our previous trip.
After the tiring Kayak paddling and swimming we decided to finally take our lunch. There was a buffet lunch for Php 500.00 per person but we decided to take a single order. Lunch by the beach again!
And the highlight of our Dakak trip finally came. We will be cruising over the top of the mountain. Dakak zipline was “Asia’s Largest and fastest dual Zip-line”. From the resort we went to Dakak adventure site. We first try the 20 minutes horseback riding. It was actually our first time to back ride on a tour by a horse.
And this is it, as much as we want to cruise together since it was a dual zip line the resort don’t have enough staff to assist us when we landed on the other side of the hill, so we had to do it individually.
Tadaah! We made it! We were able to conquer it.
After the Dakak adventure Neah and her higschool friend planned to meet in Dipolog so we took the non air con bus to Dipolog but either one of her friends came out to see us.
We found this cute cafe along Dipolog Boulevard “Chapters Book Cafe”
We went home around 9:00PM and everyone in the house was waiting for us. Neah’s aunt was preparing puto and suman that we will bring in Manila the next morning.
Our last day came and we are both longing for more adventures in Dipolog. As much as we wanted to stay longer we need to go back to Manila for work again. I almost cried while on board because it’s hard for me to say goodbye to the people I met here. I met such a humble and contented people.
Thank you for wonderful experience Dipolog! We’ll be back!
Aj and Neah♥
Travelled May 12-16 2015
The right time for our “dream place” has finaly came. It was an unexpected trip tough, but for us unexpected trip are the best. We booked a flight to Tagbilaran Bohol as a gateway to Neah’s home town in Dipolog City, as they all aware that there was a boat who travels from Bohol to Dipolog, plane ticket to Dipolog is so expensive that’s why we find to have an alternative. Few days before our flight we found out that there is no longer boat that travels from Bohol to Dipolog,so we find another way to reach Dipolog. We have two options 1) drop off to Tagbilaran and take the boat to Dumaguete,from Dumaguete another 3 hours boat ride to Dipolog 2) Drop 0ff to Tagbilaran and take the 2 hour boat ride to Cebu, from Cebu there are boat travel firectly to Dipolog. We take the second option.
Right after the plane landed to Tagbilaran airport, we immediately went to the port to take the earliest trip to Cebu. The boat ride from Bohol to Cebu took us 2 hours fare is Php 250.00 / way plus the terminal fee of Php 60.00.
We arrived in Cebu around 6:00 PM we immediately ask the locals on where we can buy ticket going to Dipolog, we even went to the ticketing office but unfortunately the boat to Dipolog will sail day after tomorrow. We take the unexpected surprise, we therefore stay in Cebu the rest of trip.
We checked in to the nearest hotel Sampaguita Suites, the hotel is near the church and the famous Magellan’s Cross.
We attended the early mass the next morning. And we realize that we are so lucky to have the chance to be on that place that we are both dreaming of.
On our second night in Cebu we went to the famous “Larsian” best place for grilled seafood, BBQ and other food Cebu can offer.
Our third day was spent on a beach resort that has pool on it. It was a 30 minutes taxi ride from the city proper.
As we all know that the best Lechon in the Philippines was in Cebu. We therefore tried this famous restaurant that has “the best lechon ever!”-zubuchon.
It was such an unforgettable experience. Unplanned but always the best. We planned to go back to Cebu by August with family.
April 26-28 2014 Puerto Galera,Oriental Mindoro
It was in the middle of summer 2014 when we planned to have our summer getaway. There are a lot of beaches that we wanted to get drowned but we chose somewhere just near the city. This place is one of the places I really wanted to discover even before. I just don’t have time and I don’t know how to get there.
So here we go, we had an idea to read some reviews and related blogs so it will be a bit easier for us to get to the place. We looked for a possible transient, hotel or inn’s that we can stay and also considered even their rates since it’s peak season.
So here’s how we get there.
We rode a Jac Liner bus in Taft bound to Batangas Pier,travel time is maximum of 2 hours depending on traffic condition, When we arrived at Batangas Pier we bought our ticket for another two hours boat travel. As far as I know there are 2 major shipping lines operating in Batangas pier, and the boat intervals are every 30 minutes.When we arrive in the island we thought were already there, but no coz there’s more! For some reason the boat cannot directly drop off passengers to the beach front directly, maybe because of low tide or maybe because of peak season and a lot of tourist are on the beach side LOL but since it was our first time we didnt even complain. We rode an L300 van that carries approximately 12 passsengers from the boat (the van was owned by the shipping company so no cost) we travelled a zigzag roan to the main Puerto Galera for almost 30minutes.and when we arrived, YES! it’s white beach and yes! It’s crowded.
And yes,we went there without any reservations made so we looked for a place to stay in, expect all hotels or inns along the white beach are fully accommodated because it’s summer, peak season and yes, weekend! There are actually a lot of locals offering us a place to stay but we can’t think of anything because we are tired from less than 5 hours travel from Manila, Until there’s this one guy who approached us, he asked if we are looking for a place because he knew a place but he gave us proper expectation that it’s a walking distance from the beach front.
It was approximately 10 mins walk from the beach front where the resort named ” Villa Cristina” located. The place is quiet far from the noise from the beach, we are welcomed by the owner and deal on the prices of the rooms. We got the air conditioned Nipa hut w/ CR and a small veranda made of concrete but it was mold like a real bamboo.
WHAT ACTIVITIES CAN BE FOUND?
There are a lot honestly, from simple to extreme. we haven’t been in Boracay when we went there or other high end beaches so we don’t have any to compare. Water sport activities can be found such as Banana boat,Jets ki ride, there are some who parasail and ofcourse beach Volleyball.
THE BEST FOOD TO EAT?
Just like the other places we visited, each of them has their own specialty. I was thinking of eating “mindoro frog” which I know is very famous but unfortunately I haven’t seen any on the menu (and Neah for sure wont take any risk to try that thou). There are a lot of restaurant along the white beach that serves affordable food. I forgot the name of the resto but we found this one resto where we had our breakfast for only 199 for two. Its a big serving it has bacon, ham, sausage and scrambled egg.
At the afternoon, mango shakes is very suitable while you chilling the beach 🙂
We enjoyed a lot during the nigh because restaurants turned out comedy bars, that offer diff “promos” on their drinks. We enjoyed watching how gays entertain the crowd. And we tried what they called galera cocktail good for 3 or 4 for only 250.00 I think. At our last night we wanted to have a memorable dinner so It took us time looking for the place to eat. Until we reached the end of the long beach where you can find cozy restaurants but the price is a lil bit pricey but It’s worth It 🙂