Monthly Archives: February 2014

oslob, cebu

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when i went back home to cebu last december for a two-week vacation, one destination on my itinerary is to go to oslob, cebu with my ccym family to go swimming with the butandings(whale sharks) and to relax under the heat of the sun in sumilon island.

the municipality of oslob is located at the southern part of cebu. to get there, you have to endure a 2-3 hours bus ride. just go to cebu south bus terminal and ride a bus that will go to santander or oslob and tell the guy who distributes the bus ticket to drop you off at barangay tan-awan, oslob. that’s the barangay wherein most resorts can help you arrange for the butanding watching and a day tour in sumilon island.

since we will be staying in brumini beach resort, the bus drop us off near the tan-awan barangay hall. when we already alight the bus, there were some annoying tricycle drivers and a teenage guy who kept on asking us where we were heading and who kept on telling us if we want to stay on their resort. when we mentioned that we were going to check-in at brumini beach resort, one of the tricycle driver told us that we should hire his service to send us off there because it is a bit far. another guy then seconded what the driver has said which convinced us to ride the tricycle, since we were also hungry and tired due to the long hours of travel. but sadly, we were fooled. if we opted to walk, it would just have taken us 5minutes to get to the resort. tsk3x. when we mentioned what happened to the receptionist of the resort, they told us that the driver was new to the place. oh really?

our first activity for that day was to go to sumilon island. but before going to the island, we had our lunch first and waited till 1pm for our room to be ready so that we can get ready for the afternoon’s activity and leave our belongings there. when we were all ready, we then headed to the shore to ride the bangka that will send us to sumilon island. travel time to the island is 15-30 minutes, depending on the waves. the last time i went to sumilon, a friend and i stayed at bluewaters resort for the night. majority of the island is owned by bluewaters but for those people who did not checked-in in bluewaters or did not avail their day use package, they can just enjoy the part of the island where the sandbar is. and that’s the part where we will be spending our afternoon.

sumilon island, is a paradise but bluewaters, the people who go there and the locals failed to maintain its beauty. not only the area where the sandbar is but also part where most of the amenities of the resort is.  in fairness to maribago resort, their rooms are very nice and clean and their food are very delicious.

after an afternoon full of laughter, so many pictures were taken and the time we were already exhausted in fighting with the waves while we were swimming in the water we decided to head back to brumini.

since, we slept late that night, the next day, some of us, and i’m one of them, was not able to witness the magnificent sunrise. ūüė¶ after we ate our breakfast and got ready for the whale watching, we were then given a life jacket and was told to ride the bangka that will send us to the area where the orientation will be held before they will send us to the area where the butandings are. that was not my first time to see the butandings up close. but the first time i went there, i did not come down from the bangka to swim with the butandings. since, there is a minimum distance between you and the butanding, we were so cautious as to not touch them. but since the waves were very strong, it was really hard to follow the minimum distance. there were times that they will really swim near you that you can touch them. there were a few of us who were able to touch them accidentally. after 30 minutes, it was time to head back to the resort. ūüė¶

with just less than 2000 pesos spent, i already had a fun-filled vacation. it was really a money well spent.

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if you want to contact brumini beach resort, you can reach them on the above contact details…

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ccym family…with smiles on our faces after a fun-filled trip…

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we were the only occupants inside the bangka…we payed 2000php for the whole bangka…

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oslob, from sumilon island…

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sandbar in sumilon island…perfect for a photo shoot…

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the water is so clear…nice for an underwater photoshoot…

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the woman who did the orientation before we could see the butanding…

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so happy…we will be able to swim with the butandings…

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a fisherman feeding the butandings so that they will stay in one place…

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the butandings…

a walk to mount faber, singapore

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another park that you could visit in singapore is the mount faber. mount faber is a hill in singapore which is located near the bukit merah planning area. to get there, you have to ride a bus in vivo city.

there are possible ways in going up the hill and we chose the longest way. it is by passing by the alexandra arch then to the forest walk then finally to henderson wave bridge. at the top of the hill, there is a restaurant and so as the cable car station to sentosa.

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while crossing the alexandra arch, you can see this weird but cool building…

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forest walk

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path to henderson wave bridge

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henderson wave… there’s a rumor that during night-time, you can spot some ghosts here…

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road towards mount faber…finally…

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we’re here…yata…

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cable car designs…

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the view from the top…

singapore botanic gardens

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since, singapore doesn’t have mountains where we can climb or trek and beaches where we can relax and go swimming, my roommate and i decided to just explore their nature parks. we have already been to macritchie water reservoir so our next stop was the botanic gardens.

botanic gardens is way different to macritchie water reservoir because it has pathways and it has many flowers. so rain or shine, you can go strolling in botanic gardens. while in macritchie, there are a bunch of monkeys roaming around, in botanic gardens you can see a few squirrels, turtles and a some swans.

if you want to visit botanic gardens, you can read the instructions here.

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just a few of the animals that you will see in botanic gardens…

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a few of the orchids that you will see inside the national orchid garden.  there is a 5 sgd fee upon entering the garden.

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misthouse is just one of the many sections inside the national orchid garden

 

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another section inside the national orchid garden is the cool house…true to its name, going inside the cool house is really cold…image

aside from strolling and marveling of the beauty of the garden, you can also have a photo session.  there are a lot of beautiful spots.

 

travelling, it can ruin your life

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yesterday, while waiting for my turn at the clinic, i decided to read some new entries of the blogs that i am following. one of the entry that i came across was from sole sister. it talks about how travelling can ruin your life. if you want to read about it you can visit their site.

for me, if i’m going to answer the question on how travelling have ruined my life. my answer wouldn’t be far to different from what sole sister lois have enumerated. since i was a little kid, i’ve been travelling around cebu and bohol with my family and friends. but the travel bug began to contaminate me when i was already working. my aunt asked my sister and i if we wanted to tag along to their singapore tour. without hesitation, even though i have no clue how am i gonna produce the 20k pocket-money, i said yes. why wouldn’t i, the ticket just cost 1500++ and it will be my first time to ride a plane. ¬†since then, my life was never the same. ¬†i constantly want to travel. i am always restless. my weekend routine of just staying at home and just watch some movies all day became so boring. i constantly read some travel blogs and scout some air fare promos. from then on, if i don’t have any travel plans to look forward, i always look for some newly opened restaurants or parks or any places in cebu where my friends or cousins and i can go to. i am always on a tight budget and my plans of finishing my house was always put last. hehehe. at work, my routine would be, 2-4hours coding, 1hour looking for some places to go to then back to coding again. travelling is always on my mind. i can’t help it you know. the planning, seeing new places and tasting new food excites me. so if you don’t want to be bitten by the travel bug, just like sole sister lois said, think first before you purchase that plane ticket. hahaha.

but despite what it brought me, i still want to travel.  to explore the world and to meet new people.  travelling thought me to be brave and to see the goodness of every people.  it also taught me how to budget my money.  even though there are times that i am really on a tight budget.  it helped me to think twice whenever i want to go shopping.

happy travelling…

i survived…

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nowadays, people are more health conscious. marathons, triathlon, zumba, yoga and many more exercise and other activities are the fab. other than those tiresome exercises, detox or fruit juice diet is also in the trend today. there are already a few celebrities posting there experiences in drinking those fruit juices in instagram. it’s been awhile since two of our housemates have been trying the juice diet. me and one of my roommate kept telling that one of this days we would definitely try it too. so when one of our housemate bought a bunch of fruits and vegetables and extracted its juices, we decided that we will go to the market to buy some too. we spent more or less 33sgd all-in-all. it took us almost 2 hours to finish slicing and then extract the juice using our housemate’s juicer. it was a lot of fruits and vegetables, that in between the process, the juicer stopped working because it began to over-heat. hehehe. all-in-all, we got 7 bottles full of fruit and vegetable juices. that was our only food for the next day.

the next day, even though i was still sleepy, my roommate stormed inside the room telling me that i have to get up and drink the juice. so i forced myself to get up to drink the juice. i don’t want to get sick just because hunger has already passed me by. the first juice contains celery,spinach,romaine lettuce,lemon,orange,apple,cucumber,carrots. despite how many ingredients was on the juice, i can still taste and smell the celery. but it was still delicious. by 11am, we drank again and this time the juice contains, beet root,apple,carrot. that was my least favorite because, i can smell the beet root which is like the smell of roots. hehehe. but it was sweet so it was still okay. by 2pm, watermelon,lemon,orange,apple juice was next. this was one of my favorite. it was really refreshing and tasty. by the time 5pm came, before going to church, i drank the spinach,romaine,ginger,cucumber, celery,lemon,carrot,pineapple juice. ¬† i really don’t like any food that has ginger but surprisingly, i liked this one. the juice was a bit spicy and sour. the last juice that i drank was the papaya,grapes,apple,orange. it was like drinking a papaya shake. it was sweet. it was a nice way to end my fruit and vegetable juice diet.

even though i survived a 24 hours of not taking any solid food, my head was beginning to hurt by 9pm so i decided to eat some sandwiches. hehehe. but hey, it was a good start. i deserve a pat in the back and some applause. hopefully, the next time we do this, it won’t be too hard for me. i hope i won’t be thinking of food more often. hahaha.

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below are the juice recipes.  i ordered them based on my preference.

  • watermelon,lemon,orange,apple
  • papaya,grapes,apple,orange
  • celery,spinach,romaine lettuce,lemon,orange,apple,cucumber,carrots
  • spinach,romaine,ginger,cucumber,celery,lemon,carrot,pineapple
  • beet root,apple,carrot

cameron highlands

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i’ve never been to baguio, philippines but when i arrived in cameron highlands, malaysia, all i can say is it’s like baguio with less traffic and pollution.

cameron highlands is one of the many hill stations in malaysia. it is 8-9hours travel from singapore by bus. we availed the konsortium’s 2 days 1 night package which costs 130sgd. the package includes the transportation(round trip) and the accomodation(with breakfast). it was a pretty good offer. all we have to think is our lunch and dinner and fees to the tour pakages in cameron and so as the taxi fares in going about the place. we decided to bring 70sgd(180myr) for our pocket money. we really have to budget our money, or else we will get hungry.

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while waiting for our bus…chika2x…

we boarded the bus at around 10:30 at golden mile tower. good thing, we were quick enough to board the bus because the driver did not have the audacity to page those people who should be riding on that bus. once we were inside the bus, he immediately started the bus and off we go.

we were so lucky enough to witness the f1 race even just for a seconds since the bus passed by on the place where the f1 race was being held. lucky us. hehehe!

after we passed by the singapore and malaysia immigration office, off we go to dreamland. even though the bus had some stop overs, we did not came down. we just effortly and tried our best to go to sleep. hehehe.

around 7 or 8am, we were already in cameron highlands. before we were taken to the hotel where we will be staying, we were sent to this town to wait for their head for tourism or something. he was blobbering about the reason why we need to be there first and some facts about cameron highlands. all i knew is that, they sent us there first so that we could avail of the tour packages that they are offering. tsk3x.

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our breakfast…

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picture2x while waiting…

after we had our breakfast and after the brief discussion by their head of tourism, we were then sent to our hotel. since, the check-in time of the hotel is 1pm, we decided to just leave our things at the counter while we tour cameron highlands. we were left behind by the driver who was supposed to fetch us for the tour while we were freshening up. good thing, another driver fetch us up but she was rambling as to why we were late. sorry naman auntie.

we were so quiet on our way to the tea plantation. thankfully auntie began to warm up to us. hehehe.she already forgave us for being late.

the tour was going smoothly until a driver bumped auntie’s van. good thing we were inside the cactus plantation. poor auntie, her van’s back window and back lights were broken. we were forced to join to the other group so that we can continue our tour.

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tea plantation

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cactus farm

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the back of auntie’s van…

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strawberry farm

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rose garden

after our tour, we decided to have a very late lunch then went back to the hotel to check-in and rest before going to tanah ratah for the night market.

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night market

after we have rounded the market and bought some food for dinner, we decided to go back to our hotel.

after eating our dinner, we decided to go to sleep since we still have to wake up the next day to head back to singapore.

in one of the bus stops in going back to singapore, we decided to buy some junkfoods. since there were no known junkfoods being sold in one of the stores where our bus was being parked. so we decided to go to the nearest gasoline station’s convenient store. it took us some time to pick on what junkfood to buy that from the time we payed for it, one of the men on the bus cme to fetch us and scolded us.

we were so embarrassed that we just kept quiet until the next stop. aside from the fact that we did not have enough money left, we decided to just buy some waffles then headback to where the bus was parked so that we won’t get scolded again. hehehe.

there were several people who will be alighting in kula lumpur and while the bus was moving towards the location on where some of the passengers will alight we chance upon the famous petronas tower. first the f1 race, now the petronas tower.

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even though the people were not so nice, we still enjoyed the trip.

macritchie water reservoir

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as a nature lover and certified “laagan”, when i came here to singapore, the question that i often ask my friend is, “are there any mountains here in singapore that we could climb?” and the answer to that is none. the only close to mountain that you could climb here are hills. they don’t even have the white sand beaches that i so love to go to in the philippines. but despite those information that i’ve known, i still didn’t loose hope that one of these days, i could have my nature escapades.

since my friend and i are wanting to loose some weights, we decided to go to places where we could exercise, have some adventures, enjoy the sceneries and spend less. we agreed to explore the nature parks here in singapore. our first stop is the macritchie water reservoir.

to go there, we boarded a train towards mary mount mrt then after alighting the train, we started walking towards the reservoir.

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from the train station we still hav to walk a few meters to reach the reservoir…

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we also have to go under this short tunnel…

upon arriving the reservoir, we spotted a monkey seating on one of the bench parks. we just let it be and started our way to the trail. the trail was a 10km walk. walking on the trail gave me that unexplainable joy. it’s like I am in one of the brb mountain trekking once again. which is one of the many things that I missed in cebu.

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the monkey chillin on one of the benches…
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starting of the trail…

on the trail, you can spot many monkeys in different sizes. they won’t harm you if you don’t have a food or a plastic with you.

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monkeys that you will encounter on the trail…

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this monkeys took the food of one of the trekkers…tsk3x…bad monkeys…

it was raining so hard a night before our trekkig so there were paths that were muddy. at the end of our trek, our shoes was so dirty.

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our shoes were so dirty because of this…

the best part of our trek was passing through th tree top and seeing the sunset.

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we were so scared to enter the tree top because of this monkey…

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tree top

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as always, it was a tiring but an enjoyable afternoon. I hope to explore more nature parks here in singapore.