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*

Saturday, May 9, 2015

its all about mangoes

Time Check: 10:00 pm

It's been a while crocodile.

Been very busy with school in work and I was not able to update this blog.

Had a lot of draft but having a hard time completing those.

Anyway, Skyway, Highway, Norway,there's no other way... I did it my...... wayyyyyy lolz.

Do you agree that we Filipinos are very adventurous and creative in eating and preparing dishes? I can say that I'm adventurous (but not all the time) and experiment new dishes in the kitchen if time permits me to hold a pan and a ladle.

Why do I ask this things?

A day before my birthday last year, me and my travel companions tried a popular dish with a twist in Guimaras Island. 

It's almost lunch time and we are still exploring the wonders of Guimaras when our tour guide reminded us that we need to eat our lunch. We asked him to take us to the most visited restaurant in Guimaras. It take us almost 5 minutes when we reached Pitstop. Pitstop is the only restuarant (as far as I know) that serve mango bulalo. Yep, that is correct! Mango infused in beef bulalo. It may sound weird but wait until you taste this dish. Imagine sipping a bulalo soup but instead of having a salty taste, its a little sweet with an aroma of a mango. The dish is 299 per bowl which is good for 4 person and you can ask the staff to refill the soup just in case to want to still want more soup.

Additional attraction was the mango pizza. For 489 pesos you can enjoy 14 inches of mango pizza. I heard that there is a pizza parlor in Manila that serve pizza with mangoes on top of it but just strips, unlike Pitstop's mango pizza, the whole mango meat will be the toppings of the crust with crushed cashew nuts and bell pepper.

Your Guimaras experience will never be complete without visiting and Pitstop.

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