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Unexpected Trip to Cebu City

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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.

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my first glimpse of Tagbilaran airport

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.

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Basilica del Sto Niño
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magellan’s cross
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mandatory photo op

On our second night in Cebu we went to the famous “Larsian” best place for grilled seafood, BBQ and  other food Cebu can offer.

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puso” rice cooked in coconut leaf

 

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.

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one serving good for 3 already

It was such an unforgettable experience. Unplanned but always the best. We planned to go back to Cebu by August with family.

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Panglao Island Bohol

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Traveled December 16-18, 2015

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As a highlight of our second year anniversary we planned to go out of town again. We planned of going to Davao but since the election was near, we knew that it’s not safe to travel on that utmost part of Mindanao.We thought of going to Palawan but our vacation leave at work went  miserable again. Bohol was part of our bucket list “hopefully” before 2015 ends and were lucky to finally able to explore Panglao.

Right after Neah’s 11:00AM shift we hurriedly headed to the airport. Since we have 1:40 flight to Tagbilaran we are really running out of time. We rode the nearest train from the office and drop off to the nearest gateway we can ride a cab to the airport. Unfortunately during that time there was a storm signal in Manila and it was so hard to haggle for a cab ( you know traffic is everywhere). We ended up riding a “sikad” costing Php150.00 one way. I never thought that there was a way going to the airport by that mode of transportation but we need to take any way possible to reach the flight on time.

We left Manila with a a storm signal but arrived in Tagbilaran with warmth heat of the summer and very calm sea.

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summer here…

Since we didn’t reserve a place to stay in Alona Beach we really have to look a place ourselves. The guy who offer us the package for island hoping  helped us to find a place to stay. It’s not so hard to find a place though it’s not peak season. We find a place for two for only Php 850.00 per night,air conditioned with a very very strong WIFI signal and so close to the main beach.

We stroll the Alona beach front to find a place to eat. We called Alona beach “little boracay” the long stretch of white beach was just similar with boracay.

Had dinner by the beach, half naked for back massage and watch the fire-dance and fireworks at night with bottle of beer.

The next morning, we wake up 5:00 AM for the dolphin watching and island hopping. We just had a cup of noodles near the beach who was owned by a Korean (Neah and I loves trying chopsticks for noodles and ramen, strange but it makes us happy. Just by using a chopstick)

Our fist stop was a 30 minute boat ride to watch the dolphins playing during daytime, according to our guide the dolphins appears early in the morning until 7:30 AM. It was such a great experience to watch them going in and out on our sight.

After watching the dolphin we headed to our next stop, the Balicasag Island. It was less than 30 minutes boat ride from the dolphin watching area.

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Balicasag Island

Upon arrival we were required to pay the environmental fee and the snorkeling fee of Php 250.00 inclusive of guide and snorkeling gears. We went to  what they called “snorkeling sanctuary” with a paddle boat.

We tried snorkeling once when we went to Boracay but the corrals and underwater creatures in Balicasag is different, the water is crystal clear and our eyes was mesmerized by colorful fish.

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Third and final stop was the virgin island. It was approximately 20 minutes boat ride from Balicasag island. Going to Virgin Island on low tide season is troublesome because the boatman needs to paddle to reach the sandbar.

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After the extreme heat on the island hoping we went bach to Alona beach for lunch. Had some glass of beer on the beach side.

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And played on the white sand on Alona beach.

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We will be back by August this year Alona, and soon we will try diving here for sure together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer in Puerto Galera 2014

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April 26-28 2014 Puerto Galera,Oriental Mindoro

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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.

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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 🙂

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