Sunday, May 28, 2017

Once a upon a time in Kalanggaman Island

Time Check: 8:34am

It’s been awhile since I posted something in this page. Well actually there were a lot of things that I can write however, I can't find time to write about it.

Anyway, I recently went on a vacation in an island somewhere in Palompon, Leyte. I was bored reading our training material on work one night of January this year so I decided to check on Cebu Pacific’s website. I found a cheap ticket going to Tacloban. Initially, I wanted to go to my father's town and spend a short vacation there but I just remember Kalanggaman Island was featured in Kapuso Mo Jessica Sojo. I immediately browsed the net (event if I’m not allowed to… evil me lol) and checked thing and stuffed about the Island. I find it very interesting so I booked the flight and planned the trip.

Most of the blog that I read mentioned that you can go to the island as early as 6am however, according to the staff of tourism office this trip is only for day tour. For overnight tour the start of the trip is at 11 am. However, you need to go to the tourism office as early as 9am to register because the boat will be first come first serve basis. Every boat carries fresh water from Palompon, you can ask for a container of fresh water from the boat staff when you arrived in the island (there are no fresh water in the island. They use salt water to flush the toilet).

We arrived in Kalanggaman at around 2pm. We immediately pitch a place to set up our tent. It’s so hot when we went to the island. No sea breezes that can help lessen heat. We literally are sweating a lot. We just sat outside the tent and observe the people around us. The island is so crowded maybe because its summer and its vacation season.

We decided to walk on the sandbar at 4pm. It’s 4pm but it’s damn hot. Good thing we brought an umbrella so we still manage to reach the farthest side of the sandbar. It’s time for us to take a photo and selfies of us without a photo bummer since we are the only one walking on the sandbar.

There is a store in island but the price is doubled as the regular price. They sell Popsicle sticks, soda, soy sauce (if you plan to grill). There is a stall that sells halo halo (100 pesos plastic cup) and grilled chicken, hotdogs and barbeque.

We took a lot of picture and videos while swimming. You can immediate post it in whatever social media you have because surprisingly there is a network signal in the island. Globe network is stronger than smart (so my unlinet is useless lol).

If you don’t want to sleep in a tent, there is a resort at the back of the island where you can rent a wooden tent that has comfortable foam to sleep on or a room with an A/C. When night kicks in, aside from listening to the crowd’s music, you can just lie down on your tent and watch the stars in the sky.

It’s good that I was able to visit the place while it’s still semi-develop. Why semi-develop? Well they are now constructing something in the middle of the island. It looks like a bar or a pavilion. Well, I believe the “be-one-with-the-nature” expectation will soon be gone. So if you are planning to go to Kalanggaman, book a flight now while it’s still semi-raw.

Kalanggaman Isaland you are soooooo

Hope you enjoy my new Rixcovery ☺. Until next time *winx*

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Food Lab

Time Check: 3:07am

Its been awhile since I update this page.

Well I became busy in school and in work and their are lot of things that I've been doing lately.

Anyway, do you think it's cool to eat a colored burger? Well as far as I know black burger was an attraction in Japan. But do you know that here in the Philippines aside from the black burger there is blue, green, yellow and pink burger (very power rangers lolz).

Last year a burger house was open in Sangangdaan in Caloocan that caters colored burger ( I'm not sure of the name and where it is actually located). I'm planning to go there and try them until I had my internship in Tipas, Taguig. There is a burger house similar to what the burger house in Caloocan is offering. I said this is the chance for me to try the colored burger however, since  I'm juggling my schedule in school, thesis and work sad to say that I was not able to fulfill my plan.

Few month later I found out that there is a burger house 30 minutes away from us that caters colored burger too. This is it!

2 weeks ago me and my new food buddy tried the burger in "The Food Lab". The Food Lab is located at Zone 6, Signal Village, Taguig. The burger house is a small self service restaurant that can accommodate less than 50 customers. The place is neat and the ambiance is nice (for me). The food is cheap but delicious (again for me).

 The combination of burger and fries only cost 90-95 pesos while the combination of burger and pasta is 120-150 pesos while the frappe cost 55-80 pesos depending on what frappe you want to drink.

You cannot choose the color of your burger because it will be randomly made when you order. I tried their Hawaiian burger while my eating buddy tried the burger with ham and egg. I guess its easier for me to compare the burger in The Food Lab to Burger King's Jr. Whooper burger. The size is just the same however, for me, the burger patties are thicker than the Jr. Whoopers. Aside from the vegies, pattie and the dressing you the burger also includes melted cheese and whatever it is that you want (eg: I had pineapples on my burger since I ordered for Hawaiian and my eating buddy had ham and egg in his burger aside from the burger patties).

If your a burger lover this is one burger experience that you should try and this is another place that I

Hope you enjoy my new Rixcovery ☺. Until next time *winx*

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Siquijor: The Mysterious Island

Time Check: 12:06pm

When I was young, I heard a lot of folk stories about Siquijor most of them are very spooky.

Since I experience the life in Guimaras, which seems to be far from the civilization, I wanted to check out places like this. A place where I can forget the stress of city life. I was trolling on the vacation post of my facebook friends and most of them went to common places. Well I want to go to somewhere different. Checking out more vacation post when I stumble upon a blogger friend's vacation post in Siquijor. I was mesmerized about the pictures I saw and then I decided that I should go to this place.

Last summer, after my short adventure in Dumaguete, me and my travelling pals visit the mysterious island. It took about 45 minutes ferry boat ride to reached Siquijor from Dumaguete and it's already past 7pm when we docked Siquijor's port. Before our trip in Siquijor, I already contacted the well known tour guide in Siquijor to help us look for accomodation. Kuya Joam, help us searched for a place to stay. Unfortunately Lorna's End of the World and JJ's backpacker is fully booked since its peak season when we visit the island.

We ended up booking in Chellesguesthouse and Backpackers (check out the place in facebook) for 2 nights. The place is nice and cozy but of course a little pricey unlike in backpaker lounge and inns. After paying our rooms, I talked to kuya Joam regarding our arrangement for tomorrow. He will pick us up at 7am and we will start our adventure in Siquijor.

It's our first day in Siquijor and we are very excited to explore the mysterious Island. Someone reminded us to always smile especially to locals. Well kinda spooky reminder but it will never hurt you when you share a smile.

First on the list is Capilay's Spring Park. This is an open to public park with out any entrance fee with a big swimming pool at the middle of the park. The water from the mountain runs straight from the pool that is why aside from it so clear its so cold as well. Awesome it is!

Then we went to the Old Enchanted Balete tree. This is where you can have a fish spa. The Balete tree in Baler, Aurora is bigger than the old Balete tree in Siquijor (based on my assumption) after checking out the tree, I sat on the fish spa area and dipped my foot. You don't need to pay an exact amount all you need to do is to give a donation.

Next on the list is the Old church in Lazi. After checking the interior of the church I bought candles. I always buy candles to light up whenever it's my first time in a particular church. 

After Lazi Old Church its time for a water adventure. Off we go to Cambugahay Falls. Cambugahay falls is a 3 layered falls where the main attraction lies on the main falls where you can do monkey swing then dive in the cold water ☺. I did this twice so cool.

Next on the list if the famous Salagdoong Beach. This is famous to those who are adventure seeker since the beach offers a 25 ft. and 30 ft jumping cliff for those who wanted do cliff diving. I have fear of heights and not a good swimmer but this is not an excuse for me not to try it. So here I go, geronimo!!!

Sorry for the oversize love handles haha

After the very tiring and energy draining activity we went to Lilibeth's Pan Bisaya so we could try the famous ensaymada. The bread is so good and tasty even without sugar. Don't forget to drop by when you visit Siquijor.

After making ourselves full we went to the Bakawan (mangrove) and check out the nice scenery since its low tide.

I'ts the end of out first day in Siquijor and it was a blast!

Next post will be the second part of our Siquijor Adventure.

Hope you enjoy my new Rixcovery ☺. Until next time *winx*

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Dumaguete, Oh yeah!

Time Check: 9:27pm

How's your summer guys?

I have a very exciting summer. Travel after travel after travel is fun but trying lolz.

Quarter to 8 am when we arrived in Dumaguete Airport, we rushed to Ceres terminal because we need to follow the itinerary that one of my blogger friend in Dumaguete (Grah) prepared for us.

First place to visit in Dumaguete is the Balinsasayaw twin lake. Traveling time from Ceres terminal to the entrance of  Balinsasayaw twin lake is approximately 20 minutes and then you need to ride a habal habal for 45 minutes from the entrance to Balinsasayaw.

As we travel to Balinsasayaw, we are so mesmerized as we look at the sea. The water is so clear.

When we got off the bus, I feel a little weird, it seems I feel so light. There is something wrong. It took me 5 minutes to figure out what was missing. Because I'm a little pre-occupied due to lack of sleep (had 3 hours of sleep since the days before our trip, we celebrate our friend's birthday), I found out that I left my bag in the bus.

I called the terminal and reported that I left my bag on the bus when we got off Balinsasayaw. The personnel told me to call them at 2 pm to check if they already recovered my bag.

I guess I have no choice, I have to wait and if they did not recover it, its over lolz.

Off we go to the twin lake, we rode a habal habal. The driver of the motorcycle said that we are heading to the top of one of the mountain (I wasn't able to take picture since my I'm holding my companion's sling bag).

After 30 minutes of going up and down, after going to a smooth and rough road we finally reach the registration. I though we're already there because there is a nearby lake. The registration personnel told me that we need to reach the peak of the mountain.

When we reached the the place, it was heaven. Fresh air, nice view this place was good place to relax.

What we can see is only a part of the twin lake, if you wish to see the other side of it, you need to ride a bangka (250 per hour good for 7 person).

The place it self is enough for us and we decided to stay on the first lake.

I dipped my feet in the water and I was surprised when the fishes start showing up and start eating the dead skin on my feet. Wow! Instant fish foot spa for free.

We stayed there for a couple of hours. It's nearly noon time when we decided to have something for lunch (what they ate when we are on our way to the lake is not enough for them lolz).

Our motorcycle is the first one to arrived on the Balinsasayaw entrance. I immediately called Ceres to confirmed if they already have my bag. Answered prayer! The personnel told me to just go to the terminal and get it.

We went to the terminal and claim my bag and take our lunch in Qyosko. Qyosko is a somewhat like fast food restaurant. They serve cheap food but hey, the quality of the food was not compromised. I ordered for a hawaian chicken burger. The taste is good and the serving is big for a cheap price.

After taking our lunch we check out Rizal Boulevard and we stumble upon this place.

Our eye sparkle as we cam across the famous silvana house. So far this is the cake bistro that I have encounter that offer the most cheap cake but you will never get disappointed on how it taste. I ordered for a traditional batirol, a piece of silvana and a slice of Concorde cake.

Concorde cake is some what chocolate-mocha type of cake that is covered with lady's finger. We enjoy eating a lot until we realized that we need to hurry if we don't want to spend a night in Dumaguete. As soon as we reached the port to Siquijor we bought a ticket and bid goodbye to Dumaguete.

Dumaguete is a nice place, I hope I can go back soon. This place is

Hope you enjoy my new Rixcovery ☺. Until next time *winx*