Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Dear Couchsurfers: How To Reach My Place - Complete Instruction

Dear Couchsurfer/s,

This is for you.

Upon going to my place unassisted, please follow these instructions.

From Tagbilaran City port or airport:
Take a tricycle from the port/airport to downtown Tagbilaran to City Square, B. Inting St. Terminal IF before 5:30pm. Regular fare rate at the port is Php10.00

Warning though: Many tricycle drivers will ask for more (scammers/they will rip you off)
So make sure that you ask first before you hop unto the tricycle.

If you are coming from the port and you are not amenable with the rate that he is giving you, then walk a little bit up to Gallares St., from there, hail a tricycle for the same rate Php10.00 and go to the location of terminal, see below reference.

If you are coming from the airport and you are not amenable with the rate that he is giving you, then try to negotiate, or if you can wait, befriend other travelers going to downtown Tagbilaran and join them, that can mean cheaper ride. Check for terminal location below based on your time of arrival and tell the tricycle driver where you will go.

TERMINAL LOCATION:

Baclayon Terminal: Morning to 5:30-6:00pm. Location: City Square, B. Inting St. Tagbilaran City, Bohol. City Square is near BQ Mall and Alturas Mall.
Baclayon Terminal 5:30-6:00pm to 9:00pm. Location: Cathedral Church, Plaza Rizal, Tagbilaran City, Bohol

Make sure to ask if it is for Baclayon town, usually you can read it on the sides of the vehicle.
Fare is Php8.00. Travel time is 5 minutes or less. The most is 8 minutes. Stop at Baclayon Bed and Breakfast and cross the Hiway to Lambo St.

Very IMPORTANT: Since Tagbilaran City is just like 5 minutes from Baclayon, please MAKE SURE that you have talked to the driver or asked other passengers that you will only be at Guiwanon (Bed and Breakfast area), or else, they will assume that you will be going to Baclayon town proper. Unfortunately, that is already far from my place.

If you think that you are not properly understood, show this message to the locals (other passengers) or to the driver.


"Kuya, ihunong ko palihog sa unang eskena human sa Guiwanon Elementary School, tungod sa Baclayon Bed and Breakfast".



This is crucial. When I mentioned "CROSS", I mean it. From the moment you alight from the mini-bus or jeepney, CROSS the street and check the sign board that says "ASA Philippines Foundation". 
One wrong turn and you will end up at the beach, not at my place :D It happened to two couchsurfers already :)




House on the left side.


Walk some more.


And you will see this too.


A few minutes more/



A waiting shed at the left.


A beautiful house with a neat lawn at the left side.



You're almost at the end of Lambo St.

Walk until you reach the end of Lambo St. Turn to left.


Walk a little bit farther until you notice a  store to the left. 



A few meters away from the store.


The store.


Almost there. This is the house in front of the store.

This is the Purok Caimito.


Look up! See that small green house? :D


That short steep walk up there.


Closer to the green house now.

Finally, you've reached it! WELCOME!




Good luck!

Jikjik




Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Buzzling Town That Is Jagna

While growing up, the town of Jagna was famous for, well, being the pier that my family has to go to during the times that we need to travel to Nasipit. My mother is from Agusan del Norte, and many times, we have visited Mindanao via Jagna to Nasipit route through  a ferry.

However, many improvements has been going on in Jagna. This has become a town of so many activities from Commerce/Retail and even Tourism.

I tried visiting the place and this is what I saw.



The Can-uba Marble Beach at Brgy. Can-uba, Jagna. Cottage rental is at Php50.00



This place is actually fun to visit, because there is a certain area where someone can take a picture at the top of one of the rock formation with a decent stairway to climb to pick the best spot. 




Someone has to explore more to see this part of Can-uba,  this is like a hidden cave-like place where there are certain cliff-like rocky spots where locals dive from to the greenish water. 

The village of Can-uba is just close to the main town of Jagna. 


This is the Kinahugan Waterfalls in Sitio Karapagan, CabungaanJagna, Bohol.

Lonoy Cold Spring - at Lonoy, Jagna, Bohol.



The statue of the valiant fighter Capt. Goyo Case├▒as during during the Philippine-American War in 1901. 


Ching's Calamay is where you can stop to buy some Calamay, the famous delicacy of Jagna town. Calamay is sticky sweet delicacy that is popular in this town. It is made of coconut milk, brown sugar, and ground glutinous rice. They can also be flavored with margarine, peanuts or ube (yam).


A tour to the production area is a bonus where tourists can watch men actually cooking Calamay on big woks.


The staff in this corner are preparing for the coconut shell that they use for the cooked sweet mixture.




   As I asked on this blue thing. This is where the staff will place the empty coconut shell, and this keep and hold the shell when they pour the sticky mixture during packaging.





Calamay can come in a form or use of a coconut shell.





Or  with the use of plastic container, just like this one. Ube (yam) flavor for the purple color sweet treat.


How to get to Jagna?

From Tagbilaran City, take a multicab at B. Inting St. bound for ICM at Php8.00, stop at Dao Integrated Bus Terminal.
Take a bus for Php57.00, or a van at Php100.00, and stop at Brgy. Can-uba for the Marble Beach.
After Can-uba, take a motorela for Php8.00, stop at Ching's Calamay at Brgy. Can-upao.
After Can-upao, take a motorela once again to Poblacion Jagna for Php8.00
From Jagna Proper, hire a habal-habal driver for Php100.00 to Php120.00 to see: 
Kinahugan Waterfalls and 
Lonoy Cold Spring. 

Actual amount to pay is actually based on your negotiation skill. Giving of tip is up to you.

So for that next town to explore, go to Jagna.

Carpe Diem :)
Jik







Sunday, October 8, 2017

Fooled By The Pool

Many times, I cannot count anymore, I have traveled to the northeastern part of Bohol and many towns due to my work and for this, have been noticing this pool-like place near Poblacion, Baclayon.



To my surprise, this place is not just an ordinary place but actually a SPRING. Oh well, I never thought of this to be such until I found out from many locals who are really coming from this place that this is indeed a Spring. However during high tide, the seawater can mix into this Spring thus creates a salty taste on the water. Even if I'm not so fond of spending a day in a shallow spring for a swim, I give it a try for my niece so she can practice her swimming prowess ;) Not just swimming, but even her attempt at jumping and diving too :)



When finding a good spot, it is also a place to capture quiet moments and daily lives of fishing, as observed through this small boat.



From where I was sitting, I can even see the snails almost playing with the small crabs. Simple moments like this is such a source of delight to my shallow self :)




The cemented walkway is where anyone can bring a stool to sit on and/or spread a mat where a prepared food can be readied for lunch. Also kids can walk around and find shelter from the heat of the sun.





Parents can feel confident that kids can play around or make funny pose, just like what Dara is doing :)



Sure enough, when I look around, armed with a book to kill my time and be entertained, I found my perfect spot here :)



When 3:00pm struck, I have to say goodbye to the place, even if it means a grumbling niece who doesn't want to heed my call of "let's go home". She still wants to stay until evening, I guess. But my stomach is screaming for "LUNCH!" With hesitation, I have to move and say bye for now Baliaut Spring :)

How to get there:

From Tagbilaran City Proper, take a multicab or jeepney at the City Square with Baclayon at the sign board. Fare is Php8.00. Stop at Baliaut Spring. This place is just very close to the highway. Every driver to the town of Baclayon knows this :)

Easy, right? When are you going to go?

Until then. Happy Travels. 

Carpe Diem.

Jik






Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ilo-ilo at Last ~

This time is not my first time for this province. I have been here last March 2012 but with no intention of stopping by to enjoy the place. I was only on my way to the famous Boracay and Ilo-ilo is a place to stop by first so I can get on a bus to get to the world-famous island BORACAY!

I sadly glimpsed on the places I passed in Iloilo and on my mind "I will have my chance for you too, soon" I convinced myself.

Come August 2014, its just plain EXCITEMENT when I was able to prepare for the next field work and see Ilo-ilo for the FIRST time :) No one can resist to have her picture taken at the place where "Ilo-ilo" text is just simply visible :)



Way back in Elementary years, I can only think of Ilo-ilo as a place with the colorful "vintas", well those colorful boats as shown on the History books back then.  But there is more to Ilo-ilo than just the boats that I have not even tried :D

To look forward to:

good food  - La Paz Batchoy
people - I like how they speak Ilonggo - sweet (do they ever get angry?)
the famous island next to it - Boracay!

As mentioned, going to Ilo-ilo is part of my work. As expected, there are many ways and reasons why I can look back and smile with the experience. Part of the trip was to visit our clients/clusters located in different islands of Iloilo. What the typhoon Haiyan left at the port. Heartbreaking though.




I have to be on this boat to reach the islands that I need to visit.



I met a friend: Tatay Pepito Ceriaco. He was humble and he happily shared how it is to live a life in an island when all your grown up children are already away and on their own (I can feel the loneliness in his voice - I guess he just missed them). He fumbled on his envelope with so many legal documents in it. And promised to him that I will send him a water-proof envelope or bag one day. I'm hoping to buy one online.



I can't just leave Ilo-ilo without checking on its famous church - Miag-ao. This church was completed in 1797.



Working in Luzon for many years allowed me to see rivers but not as beautiful and clean as that of River Esplanade.




Can't help but beam at the sight below, when five to six vehicles can pass by under the overpass near SM. From where I came from, only two tricycles can fit on our narrow highways, in the City.



At SM food court, At "Original Lapaz Batchoy", we had a great dinner with the best (so far in Visayas) sisig I have tasted.




And the place that we chose for the night was Ongbun Pension House for its AFFORDABILITY! :) at P700+ per night for a Standard Room (August 2014 rate).


I have to say goodbye to the place at dawn - heading back to Cebu in the morning!
Until we meet again Iloilo :)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Paradise Called Cabilao Island!

Two years ago I decided to explore places that  I have never been to knowing that the experience will be worth it, out of curiosity and  out of fun.

Indeed, my first travel experince gave me so much freedom and made me realize that different places are worth seeing and exploring if we have the chance to do it, meaning if we have a little savings through our work, and if we can afford the time. There are many ways to save on expenses too, I realized. One way to do it is by staying in hostels, dormitory-type accommodations and homestays.

More than that, I realized how I really love beaches! The fact that I am from a country of 7,107 islands was enough to make me feel excited. Seashore, sea breeze, the waves, the calmness and peace that comes with it is always a luxury for me.

Cabilao is one of the islands in Bohol under the town of Loon.  Together with two friends, off we visited the island recently.


Approximately 10 minutes  trip by boat from Sandingan and you will reach Cabilao Island.



One of the highlights on the recent trip that we have was a stay at the couple’s house named Cesaria and Cerilo through www.philippineshomestay.com


A few minutes ride from our host's home (via his convertible - PH version), we almost have the Punta Baluarte Beach to ourselves!




Thinking of the white powdery sand, crystal-clear-blue-green-waters always make me dream for my next adventure. I even thought that those can only be found in the famous Boracay.

Little did I know that I can experience it again, never having to venture far because it is within my province of Bohol – the paradise called Cabilao! 



We frolicked at the beach until late afternoon, even waited until sunset. 




Enjoying once again like children who can't get enough of the place :)




We thought it will add fun if we explore other place while looking for seashells.



We bravely checked on some private resort :)



A few minutes then, our generous host called us for an early evening dinner! Where? At the top of the sand bar! While waiting for the sunset! :) :)






On our second day, we even had more fun. The calmness and beauty welcome us.





Even before visiting the place, I've heard that Cabilao offers an unforgettable diving and snorkeling experience. I didn't  dive but we knew it because of the presence of this ship for two days. The two men whom we have befriended told us that the ship was rented by tourist for a 12-day-diving in different islands of PH.







At Cabilao, I found the abundance of corals and colorful fish which made my snorkeling experience more exciting, and due to the place not  being so touristy yet (I hope it will remain that way!). I hope I can go and see more of Cabilao again soon :)


Like an added bonus, the two men allowed us to make the most in their speed boats (without the speed)? :D



With the diving guide.



We also found little companions along the way :)


I hate to say goodbye to the place but our host called us again to a sumptuous lunch, on our second day (happy sigh!) because we have to leave this paradise soon to go back to the City. The food was very good. I have to admit this – I think we were given more that what we were paying for! :D :D


What made the trip more exciting and unforgettable  was the memories with the homestay experience. 




I can still remember Ate Cesaria's happy surprise when she said "This is our first time to host locals." Yes, local tourists (FILIPINOS), why not? :D The sweet hospitality of our fellow Kababayans was worth it. 



Thank you Kuya Cerilo, Ate Cesearia and www.philippineshomestay.com for the wonderful experience. We had great memories from our stay.


Dear Couchsurfers: How To Reach My Place - Complete Instruction

Dear Couchsurfer/s, This is for you. Upon going to my place unassisted, please follow these instructions. From Tagbilaran City port or...