Sunday, November 4, 2018

Zamboanga City - You Were Unplanned

So it was not like I had dreamed it at all, well, to be honest, I thought I would just have to pass by the place.

I had one day to enjoy the place.

I left my province the night before via Lite Ferries, going to Cebu for four hours. This means that a comfortable sleep is never possible with this accommodation type.

Next, Cebu to Zamboanga City flight via Cebu Pacific.

Arrival at Zamboanga Airport was at 8:30 in the morning.

 At first, I thought that Bienvenidos means a name of a famous politician to which the airport was named after. Eventually, after seeing so many of the same word, I figure out, it means "WELCOME". Lol. :D

 I was at my couchsurfing host's place at 9:00am. I feel too tired, I feared that I will not even see anything on the place. I tried to drag myself after 3 hours of rest, to have lunch and to see some places. After waiting for the rain to stop, I took the risk and head to Downtown Zamboanga City for lunch. I tried at McDonalds for a quick and easy choices to fill my angry tummy

In the end I decided to see the Merloquet Falls. I took a van for two hours for P130.00. Then I took another ride of habal habal for P200. 

300+ steps await me :)

It is always worth it :D

And the climb back, it is always painful. But I am happy :)

Ended the night with a hearty dinner at Alavar from a friend's suggestion.

The goal was to make sure that I have tasted their famous CURACHA, but it was not solo traveler-friendly for a choice. It is on a per kilo basis per order. I cannot eat that much.
Another option was to order their best-seller that was a mixture of different dish that which includes Curacha or Crab choice but on that specific date, Curacha is not available for that menu but just crab.

Oh well, better luck next time.

At least, I am happy,satisfied of my day and full from my yummy dinner.

'Til next Zamboanga!

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Anislag Boardwalk - Another Havenly Place for an Afternoon Stroll

Living in this island and I am not even aware that we have an abundant mangroves area to stop by and explore. 
The carataker of Anislag Boardwalk in Maribojoc, Bohol shared that this has been existing since before the earthquake. The tragedy mentioned happened in October 2013. 

She shared that they have the place repaired after. 

We arrived when it was still low tide and so the roots of the mangrove trees were visible :)

 What's convenient in this place is the availability of cottages that has a space to grill something like fish or meat to barbecue at an affordable price of P50 or P100.
Off we walk and walk. 

And one of my models doing her meditation. 

Until at the edge we check until we see more.

Exhilarating indeed!

These bamboo walkway adds to the thrill. Be careful some parts are slippery. 

Almost on the way back to the entrance.

Life is made of memories :)

This part was made sturdier after the earthquake. Cemented. 

Entrance Fees and Cottage Rental rates. 

I hope you will come and visit.

How to get there?

From Tagbilaran City downtown, take a tricycle to Cogon Terminal for  P10.00
Then a jeepney to Maribojoc. P15.00
Stop at Anislag, in front of Central school and walk a little to the left until you reach the place.

If you want you can also ask the locals near the school for the direction of the boardwalk and they will point you to it. 

Happy Travels :)
Carpe Diem :)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

SAVIMA Boardwalk in Maribojoc

The first time I saw a friend’s post about a certain mangrove area, I felt this sudden itch to see the place. It looks so relaxing and  well, just what I need.

There are times when I like to go at some place because it is so beautiful for being quiet. Together with my sister and my nephew and my couchsurfer friend Monya from China, we visited the place. It is called SAVIMA and located in San Vicente, Maribojoc, Bohol.

We left Tagbilaran City at almost 2pm. Unfortunately when we arrive, the woman who look after the place inform us not to take so long staying at the boardwalk because she is going to leave at 3pm.
Oh well, we decided to make the most of our time there J

Walking along the boardwalk has this calming effect.

My couchsurfer Monya, from China. 

My sister, my couchsurfer and my nephew. 

 I learned about the different type of mangrove trees too.

Mangrove Specie: Pagatpat

Now I know a certain variety of mangrove. 

Mangrove Specie: Bacauan Babae

Unlike before, I thought all mangroves were the same :)

Reaching the last part of the boardwalk was the best treat of all. The breeze is the best I have experienced. 

Perfect for an afternoon delight ;)

How I wish I have a mat and a book and I can sleep there to my heart’s content. 

Peaceful place is heavenly to me.

Carpe Diem ;)

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 Php15.00 per person as a joiner (capacity of tricycle is 3)

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 Php15.00 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.


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 Php 10.00. 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!


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 :)

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