Exploring Dalaguete, North of Cebu

 

My last post before this was probably two years ago when I left my previous company and decided to just do home based jobs during which I had ample of times going to not-so-far places. Then I was preoccupied with so many projects and totally lost interest to travel until I broke my ankle last Christmas and was unable to walk for more than three months. I stayed at home in my little hometown away from the hassles and bustles of the Metropolitan. The first few days was pure bliss, a total escape from my daily expenses and my daily routine of waking up at seven o’clock in the evening and going to work from ten prime meridian till six anti meridian.  Then the following days seemed to turn a little somber and I suddenly realized that I was stuck. Unable to do the things I usually do at home which include but not limited to going to our local beaches or do a little trek somewhere familiar. I became bored. It was a fact I couldn’t do anything about. Then I said to myself that if I can ever walk again, I would start doing things I have not thought of doing before having the injury. One of which is traveling to both known and unknown places – not much of a very-life-changing revelation, I know haha! On a more serious note, when you lose something you would not have thought of losing such as the ability to walk, you will realize its importance and the measure of opportunities and time you have taken for granted. Not a very unfamiliar story but I’m quite sure it doesn’t happen to everybody.

So in connection to that not-so-drastic moment of enlightenment I’ve encountered, I have made my first ever trip, within the province of Cebu. Well, that was after my Lanipao Rainforest visit some years ago. And because my right foot was still suffering from atrophy, and the doctor strongly advised me not to go to high places within a year from the incident, I and my long time friend James have decided to just crash out trekking and anything related to excessive walks. Take note that we didn’t have itinerary for this trip and we just let it that way. It was initially planned in less than an hour during work hours and then we never talked about it until the day of travel. And because of that, we forgot bringing a lot of necessary things.

So here are some of the mobile photos we managed to take from the places we went to.

This is the mini public museum of the beautiful Dalaguete. It’s situated right in the heart of the town in front of its rotunda.

We went off the bus at around 11:00am since Dalaguete is more or less a 3-hour drive from the city and we left Cebu City’s South Bus Terminal at around 8:00am. So we decided to have our lunch at the town’s famous Mama’s Batchoy.

They say if you wanna feature an establishment or something you gotta do the obligatory door shot. So there you go 😂

Mama’s Batchoy basically serves typical Filipino dish known to us as “karenderya foods”. What’s making it different from the rest is they cooked it with all the ingredients in. So that each dish offers authentic taste that would not disappoint.

My friend James enjoying our lunch consisting of escabeche, tinulang isda, veggies and pork bola-bola. Oh, and not to forget the RICE.

But what makes Mama’s Batchoy really standout is the dish where the shop was named after – the batchoy. Batchoy is just basically a noodle soup made with pork organs, crushed pork cracklings, chicken stock and beef loin. But Mama must have a secret potion that makes her batchoy one of a kind as the shop have now become everyone’s favorite and a place to recommend.

After having our sumptuous lunch, we started our exploration by riding a tricycle for 10 peso each going to San Guillermo de Aquitania Parish Church, the town’s patron and is said to be one of the oldest churches in the province.

On a tricycle with Kuya Gwapo peering for a groufie.

San Guillermo de Aquitania Parish Church was only a less than ten minute drive from Mama’s Bachoy.

The proud façade of San Guillermo de Aquitania Parish church under a not-so-bluish sky.

Unfortunately enough, my OppoF1S is not designed for wide-screen captures so let’s just say, let’s help each other connect the pieces of the puzzle.

Checking the fine details of San Guillermo de Aquitania arcade.

This is the left wing of the church. It could be an additional structure which is more recent than the main edifice, or it could also be as old as the main structure itself but has been recently restored because the texture of its exterior is somewhat too smooth for a stonewall. Then again, there is no way for me to prove it because we didn’t even bother to talk to someone credible to give out such information. We just stood there, took random shots while appreciating its beauty and then gone.

This is the façade of the San Guillermo de Aquitania. And yes, that was me standing there black as coal. No, I tried to make the color darker because the original image was too bright the wall details was not visible enough. So yeah, a little sacrifice should do 🙂

The San Guillermo de Aquitania bell tower.

After witnessing the beauty of the olden day architecture, we headed to a more diverse and exotic natural wonder, the enchanting Obong Spring. It is a fresh water spring that flows near the beach. Because of its proximity, the current of the sea prevented the steady outpour to flow directly to the open making the water brackish. Obong Spring itself is an estuary,  a partially enclosed coastal body of brackish water with one or more streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea.

Visitors enjoying the coolness of Obong Spring under the heat of the sun.

If you are wondering why there were only a number of photos in this location, well, unfortunately enough, I accidentally deleted most of them because I was sleepless for almost 24 hours straight from a night shift and my body and brain were no longer coordinating.

This has to be the brackish where Mangroves naturally grows.

The water in Obong Spring was so cold, it was really a temptation on a hot summer afternoon but unlike James who enjoyed the water like a 9th grader, I chose not to dive in because I didn’t wanna tire myself more and sleep the day through.

After getting ourselves bewitched by the enchanting atmosphere of Obong Spring, we went to get ourselves on a habal-habal to take us to Brgy. Maloray, the topmost part of Dalaguete, for a promise of strawberry goodness. I kind of disagreed at first of the one-way 150 peso fare each. I thought that was overpricing. But it took us more or less than an hour to reach Sergio’s Farm, the farm that cultivates Organic Strawberry. Not to mention the buhis-buhay experience from under construction road winds along the cliffs, which was built at a very steep angle, it felt like the cliff is going to swallow you every time you look down. So I realized the fare was just fair.

The most heartbreaking experience happened when we reached the farm and I learned that the dirt road toward the farm which is a few meters away from the main road was also very steep, it was preventing me to witness the strawberries. So I had zero to none photo taken except for the single shot of this mini rice terraces which is a little too cute for me to remain at a ‘beast mode’ level.

Mini rice terraces at the side of Brgy. Maloray’s main road which serves to be the entrance of the farm.

Brgy. Maloray has a lot of Pine Niddles and White Pine Trees going on. You can see them in almost every roadsides and hills like they were a day old shaven mustache on a man’s chin. I was thinking of stopping by a group of White Pine Trees on our way to the town for a few snaps but I felt a twinge on my right foot so I decided not to.

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Veggie tramline project in Brgy. Mantalongon.

On our way back, we stopped over a veggie tramline project which were similar to cable cars. These tramlines are connected to different mountainous barangays in the topmost part of Dalaguete. It is in these barangays where the vegetable basket in the Province of Cebu is located, particularly in barangay Mantalongon. So these tramlines are really a necessity.

After hitting the town, we went directly to Tingko Beach Resort in Alcoy, the neighboring town in the south of Dalaguete to chill and stay for the night.

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The waters of Tingko Beach.

We arrived in Tingko Beach Resort at almost 6:00pm. The weather was not fine and raindrops were gonna fall anytime. While we were trying to relax at the beachfront, we noticed pieces of trash scattered everywhere and the sight somewhat made us change our minds.

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It was a high tide so what was left of the supposed shoreline was the rocky part of it and it also turned us off. Plus the weather.

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So instead of camping overnight, we both have agreed to go back to the city.

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And that’s a wrap!

 

TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES

  • Bus fare from Cebu South Bus Terminal to Dalaguete proper: ₱240 (two-way)
  • Tricycle fare from Mama’s Batchoy to San Guillermo de Aquitania Parish: ₱10
  • Tricycle fare from  San Guillermo de Aquitania Parish to Obong Spring: ₱10
  • Habal-habal fare from Obong Spring to Segio’s Farm in Mantalongon: ₱300 (two-way)
  • Strawberry Farm entrance fee: ₱50
  • Tricycle fare from Dalaguete to Tingko Beach Resort, Alcoy: ₱20
  • Tingko Beach Resort entrance fee:  ₱100

TOTAL: ₱730

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A snippet of my book that I will be launching anytime soon! I started this book when I was a teen. Stopped when I joined the corporate world. Was rewritten when I was 30 and now I’m barely 34. I decided to publish it last year but then a lot of things came up and now here I am again.

The Left Footed Wanderer

ImageGazillions of stars scattered in the distant sky like a squandered golden sand wastefully thrown out of reach. Marie wondered if the stars were gold, if science makes million ways to get them. Will their value remain the same? She took a deep breath and shifted her gaze at the beauty lying beside her on the grass.

Marie was covering her bare chest with her arms. Never mind the cold that has been there all the time. She could still feel the heat from their torrid sexual encounter radiating in every bit of her being, blocking the cold from coming into her skin. It was consuming. She still got her shorts on. Although the fly was a complete indication of introsion. Or surrender. Whatever the case was, Marie was still a little confused.

Selena was lying very still beside her in silence. The torn lacy cloth that was once a…

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ImageGazillions of stars scattered in the distant sky like a squandered golden sand wastefully thrown out of reach. Marie wondered if the stars were gold, if science makes million ways to get them. Will their value remain the same? She took a deep breath and shifted her gaze at the beauty lying beside her on the grass.

Marie was covering her bare chest with her arms. Never mind the cold that has been there all the time. She could still feel the heat from their torrid sexual encounter radiating in every bit of her being, blocking the cold from coming into her skin. It was consuming. She still got her shorts on. Although the fly was a complete indication of introsion. Or surrender. Whatever the case was, Marie was still a little confused.

Selena was lying very still beside her in silence. The torn lacy cloth that was once a lingerie merely covered her body. She looked like a piece of art and the massive grass was her backdrop. Selena stirred and turned to her side so that the cloth slowly slipped in between them. Marie has to swallow hard as Selena’s breasts protruded in front of her like it was always the first time. She was feasting the sight of it for a while and made a second thought of bringing her mouth on to them again and start getting crazy one more time.

Marie realized that Selena was smiling as she observed her reaction in silence. She looked away.

“You’re a bad girl, do you even know that? ” Selena traced her fingers on Marie’s shoulder.

Marie suddenly felt a renewed heat surged within her but a question that haunted her for days overcame the passion that was about to surface. “Where have you been the past few days?” She was no longer able to hold it back.

“Why do you want to know? Did you miss me?” Selena countered.

“You’re throwing back the question at me!”

“It’s a very simple question. Did you miss me?”

“It’s not that I missed you or something, I was just worried.” Marie looked away hiding whatever emotion she has.

“Worried? Of what exactly?” Selena tried to dig deeper.

“Can we stop throwing questions at each other Selena? It doesn’t make any sense.” She tried to retort so that Selena didn’t press the issue.

Selena looked away. Marie wanted to hold her so badly, to place Selena’s hand over her chest and let her feel the beating of her heart. But she hesitated. What I am thinking? This has to be pure sex and nothing else.

They both stayed silent for a few minutes.

“My dad passed away. I haven’t seen him for so many years after the divorce.” Selena silently said. An obvious pain that was long been suppressed inside started to surface. “I had to fly to Nevada to attend his funeral. I was a daddy’s girl. When he left me and mom, I thought I was gonna die.” Selena’s voice trailed off.

Marie felt a pang of guilt from what she heard. She has been watching for this woman for years yet she didn’t know anything about her. Then it dawned on her that behind the confident and bitchy image laid an untold sad story. She suddenly felt the need to comfort Selena, to hold her in her arms and to never let her go.

“I’m sorry. I should have known.” Marie was deeply saddened but was also glad that for the first time, Selena tried to open up. She thought she saw tears but Selena quickly blinked them away.

Book Review of Scarlett’s Secret Lover Part II

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The Left Footed Wanderer

Subject: Scarlett’s Secret Lover Part II
Author: Prince Abraham Harun
Reviewed by: Mary Ann Maglangit
Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014 21:30:52
Direct Link:Romance-Erotica

The goal of this post is to get people download the book while it is still on its FREE promotional period. After the promotional period is ended, the production will revert the book to its original pricing.

After the storming success of Book 1, The New York Times Best-Selling author Prince Abraham Harun consequently released Book 2 of Scarlett’s Secret Lover Series. In this sequel, the audience will witness a more prominent development of characters and materialization of new sequence of events packed with passion, twists and more surprises.

I, as a writer, believe that a good fiction writer must not only have the ability to form powerful words and induce vivid images into the minds of the readers, he must also have the magic to let each character leap out from…

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Satyrid~

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I saw you flitted back and forth
in the depth of the rainforest,
your whisks showered little wonders
to the looming sycamores
and maundering birds,
I watched in great fascination
as you showed your graceful maneuvers
blazing the gloomy woods
with your magical wit.
I rejoiced as the birds and the trees
cheered in your brilliance.
But the birds were soon to fly
high above the azure sky,
leaving you alone again within
the tranquility of the ferns
in the peaceful heart of this forest.
Because you were different.

Because you were special.

The sunlight penetrated once more
through the foliage,
reaching the forest floor.
Green, purple, thin light
filtered through the top branches
creating an illusion of a diamond
under an afternoon sun.
The leaves of the trees came to life.
Vigorous and vibrant.
Giving signals to the birds
to begin their journey to faraway lands.
The world sizzled with enthusiasm and hope
as the birds kissed you goodbye
leaving you in the grace
of the happy little squirrels
which will soon find their way
to the frontier and the valley.
You retreated in desolation
into the fern’s embrace.

And the forest went still.

So I came out from the viridity
carrying a teentsy courage with me.
I fluttered in a sweeping motion
stirring quiet bushes
and weary grasses,
powdery dusts of many hues brought
hope and silent gasps upon my way.
I fluttered with excitement
above dry leaves and crackling branches,
I moved below a canopy of bromeliads
and friendly figs,
The smell of the wild orchid reminded me
that there is more to life
than what the eyes can see.
I carefully made my way
through the green meadow hidden
in the folds of the forest.

I carefully made my way to you.

You heard the ripple of amusement
from the chirpy Marmosets,
you arose to find another set
of brightly colored wings
flapping swiftly
like a faint trace of a dream,
you were mesmerized and so was I.
I took your hands and held you
close into my heart.
The soft colors of discovery
made our wing dusts to blend,
creating spectrums of love and devotion,
we closed our eyes as we listened
to the cacophony of song
made by the wonders of the wild.

And together, we have found our way
to the mouth of the forest,
passing streaks of celestial lights
and translucent droplets,
and once there, you were shown
with the vastness and the colors
of the true world.

We are but rare b u t t e r f l i e s
on a summer field of Violets, my love
every wisp of our tiny wings
sprinkle fine dusts of silvery moments
giving our world a kaleidoscope of soft colors,
making our way to that timeless land we dreamed of
where wild flowers shall welcome us
with great joy.

Book Review of Scarlett’s Secret Lover Part II

 

Subject: Scarlett’s Secret Lover Part II
Author: Prince Abraham Harun
Reviewed by: Mary Ann Maglangit
Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014 21:30:52
Direct Link: Romance-Erotica

 

The goal of this post is to get people download the book while it is still on its FREE promotional period. After the promotional period is ended, the production will revert the book to its original pricing.

After the storming success of Book 1, The New York Times Best-Selling author Prince Abraham Harun consequently released Book 2 of Scarlett’s Secret Lover Series. In this sequel, the audience will witness a more prominent development of characters and materialization of new sequence of events packed with passion, twists and more surprises.

I, as a writer, believe that a good fiction writer must not only have the ability to form powerful words and induce vivid images into the minds of the readers, he must also have the magic to let each character leap out from the pages of the book and drag the readers into the world he conveys. Utilizing such ability makes readers feel what the character feels and see what the character sees. Not many writers can execute that. It needs reared talent, exceptional skills and a hand of a true wordsmith that is capable of molding interesting twists of events in order to excel within the vast writing umbrella that has the capability to put any writings at the bottom of the diagram. But with Prince Abraham Harun’s writing style and chosen genre, it is apparent that he have already surpassed it.

Venturing in complex genre such as Erotica has never been that easy, A writer should have enough knowledge, proficiency of the genre and a steady persistence in adhering the flow of the story as well as getting the edge of the audience.

The Book 1 of  Scarlett’s Secret Lover Series has successfully delivered entertainment to the adult masses who preferred Erotica. In the production of  Book 2, best-selling author Prince Abraham Harun has gone out of his way to alleviate the story-line to the next level with more excitement and unpredictable fun.

In order to get an idea of the content of the book, take time to read the story pitch below.

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Scarlett’s Secret Lover Part II, Forbidden Love Lust And Dangerous Passion

When Scarlett and Harun meet for the first time, it is clear to each of them that this is different from anything either of them has ever experienced. The more they are around each other the stronger the attraction is between them. It seems that it is inevitable that they will eventually give into their desire and act on it.

Once that line is crossed, there is no holding back. Scarlett and Harun take many chances just to be together as the need is just too great to ignore. They know that they are taking some huge risks by sneaking around, but it is impossible to deny their attraction. They may as well have been asked not to breathe.

Scarlett is so happy in spite of the possible danger of being discovered that her beauty is amplified to all who see her. This includes her own husband, who ordinarily rarely notices her. However, at breakfast the morning after she and Harun have been together, Sebastian takes a second hard look at her and tells her that something is different about her. Then, he tells her that he is leaving on a business trip to Venice for the week.

Scarlett’s heart sings at the news because it means that she and Harun can be together without quite as much worry of being caught. However, her husband’s next words cause her stomach to plummet as he tells her that he wants her to accompany him on his next business trip. She knows that her heart will not allow her to leave Harun for any long amount of time. But how will she get out of this? On top of that, Sebastian has suddenly decided to pay more attention to his neglected wife.

Is it possible that he suspects something and is just toying with her? Scarlett knows that if Sebastian discovers her secret affair with Harun that there will be extreme consequences. She must do whatever is necessary to protect both herself and Harun from this ever present danger.

Please note: This book is intended for 18+ due to dirty talk, light anal /oral sex, and lots of sexy scenes.

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A Street of Gastronomic Delight : Jalan Alor

Welcome to the blogosphere ameyga! Hooray to a job well done. So proud of you 🙂

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Jalan Alor is the eating mecca of Malaysia.  As self-confessed foodies, we dare not leave Malaysia without exploring their legendary eat street. It was an unwritten law that we both held deep in our tummies : A happy trip is never complete without trying out a local’s delectable cuisine. After all, food is our common ground. It is a universal experience.

Reeling back to history, the street that is now considered the most popular food hunt in Kuala Lumpur was once a Red Light district. Jalan Alor is relatively quiet in the daylight and it magically transforms itself into a vibrant food haven filled with hustle and bustle of hungry tourists and local diners piling in food stalls, makeshift tables and chairs by the roadside.

jalan alor 01Jalan Alor is a melting pot of Oriental dining experience that shouldn’t be missed out when visiting Kuala Lumpur.  The mixture is dominant of Chinese…

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