Date > 2010 > Nov
Activity > Freediving
Nov 6-7, 2010
Jovee and Missy's Excellent Adventure
Location : Siquijor Island + Dumaguete, Philippines
After days and days of html coding, I get a text from a Manila friend, Jovee, asking me if I could take her and a colleague around Dumaguete during their 2-day R&R. Touring them would be a welcome break for me. Besides, it's always good to be seeing friends from Manila. Diving, food tripping, night outs all came to mind. Woohoo!
Prepping for the Day-Dive
After picking them up from the airport, our stroke of luck started when Daphne, owner of Neva's Pizza, passed by and offered us a lift to the hotel. It was the first of many green lights to come. After checking-in, we went to the public market for a local breakfast - native chocolate drink and budbud cabog and budbud tanjay. We had a whole lechon chicken chopped (pack lunch), and we were off to Dauin's Poblacion I Marine Reserve.
Missy is a good swimmer but hasn't tried snorkeling. Jovee is gung-ho but cannot swim yet. That didn't stop us from venturing into the drop off with an inflatable pillow for a floatation device. The reef system looked very different from last summer. With pounding waves from a recent storm on a low tide, the hard corals were broken down into rubble. Compounding the event was coral bleaching brought about by climate change. What was once a vibrant coral reef teeming with marine life, was now a coral graveyard - not entirely, but the resident big fishes were conspicuously absent. I was told however, that the damaged corals are the ones that can quickly recover - crossing my fingers.
Heading back to Dumaguete, Rene, an outdoor adrenaline junkie himself, offered to take us zip lining on the Tierra Alta grounds. This was opened only in Oct. 23 and has since been drawing crowds. I think Rene pulled a few strings to get us accommodated - Jovee and Missy were the last ones as daylight was diminishing. The nearly 1 minute of zip-lining across a cliff-face got the two totally stoked!
Dinner plans? You can't go wrong with Neva's Pizza. I really think it's one of Dumaguete's best kept secrets. With their brick oven, pizza crust is done to perfection. Jovee and Missy ordered the pricey seafood pizza and for comparison, the kuripot beefy beef. They couldn't find fault with either. With added Shepperd's Pie and clam chowder soup, we were feasting. On a separate date, Jovee even texted me saying they came back to Neva's to lunch. Her suggestion? Soup on the menu!
We started the following day with a trip to Siquijor. Catching the 9am fast craft, we were in Siquijor in no time. We contracted an island tour with a tricycle and went off to visit the following sites: St. Francis of Asisi belfry, Capilay Spring Park, the century-old Balete tree, St. Isidore Church and convent, Cambugahay Falls, and finally JJ Backpacker for lunch and chilling out on a beach.
I thought there was enough time for hammock comfort, but nada. We realized our 3:45 ferry just might leave without us. With only minutes to spare, we frantically waited for a tricycle. We flagged the first one and cramped ourselves in. I had to top-load myself - a first for me. Upon arriving at the pier, the people told us we were too late - the ferry was already leaving. I ran fast and saw the ferry slowly leaving the pier. I called and waved but the ground crew said we were too late - the ferry was already about 10 feet away and the boarding plank was already removed. If it was just me, I think the ferry would just keep going. I would suspect the crew saw Jovee and Missy running right behind me - that clinched it. The ferry started reversing itself, heading back to port! A makeshift plank was extended to the ferry rail and we got ourselves on board. Woohoo!
Not only did we not miss the ferry, but the crew even extended us the cabin crew space where the captain sits. We met the crew and their friends, one of whom was Jimbo, a band player with a gig that evening at Atong Kamalig. We got an invite to join him for eats and music. How cool is that?
With the promise of grilled pork and seafood, dinner was at Atong Kamalig. Jimbo and the band were already playing. The ship crew was on a different table. We ate heartily until Jimbo asked Jovee and Missy to sing on stage. And they did! They took to stage and brought the house down! It was my turn after - there was no turning back. With a few missed notes, I sang the Beatles' Let it Be. It was a good release for the three of us.
That was our last night together as Jovee and Missy had to start working the following day before they head out to Bacolod to continue their road show presentation.
What can I say? I had a lot of fun. Sure, I've been to all the places we went to, but if you're with good people who know how to have fun, it's just all good. This one was particularly cool since we hit all the green lights in rush hour traffic - given a lift by Daphne from the airport to the hotel, zip-lining courtesy of Rene, getting a tricycle to catch our ferry, and the ferry backing up to accommodate us, meeting people on the ferry who invited us for the sing-along at Atong Kamalig, etc. That was one good Flow. The whole experience redefined Dumaguete-Siquijor for me.
Jovee and Missy also gave me an insight on how the game is played in the corporate world now. With the two of them being smart, pro-active, and on top of things, I think they strike a fine balance between playing hard and working hard. It's been so long since I was a part of that landscape. I can't say I miss it, but I remain curious what changes have happened since.
Just 2 weeks before, Bianca and Gianne visited and took me along for a great ride. Now, it's Jovee and Missy. I can't help but wonder. Who's going to visit Dumaguete's shores next for the great fun ride? Ah...life is good!
--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Thank you Jovee and Missy. We should do this again! Thank you too to Daphne for giving us a ride from the airport. Thank you Rene for taking us to the zip line! To the crew of MBca Jaziel, you could have gone without us, but you didn't. You guys are FAB!
*** Pictures courtesy of Jovee and Missy
- dumaguete+siquijor nov 6-7, 2010 - Jovee's FaceBook entry
Leave a comment?
"sobrang saya...ulitin natin!" -- TheLoneRider
(Nov 9, 2010) yup yup!! =) next time i'll bring Pawie =)
(Nov 9, 2010) sobrang saya...ulitin natin!
(Nov 9, 2010) ...loving the entry! :) Add me to your growing list of blog readers haha. Thanks again for a great weekend. Nice meeting you too Rene! Thanks as well! Dumaguete rocks woohoo!
(Nov 9, 2010) We had a super fun time! thanks again!! and to all the people who supported us - Daphne, Rolly, Rene, Jimbo and the crew of Jaziel!! =)
"always bring two attractive girls with you" -- Rene Abesamis
(Nov 9, 2010) hehe thanks Rene!! =)
(Nov 9, 2010) Haha! The lights were all green indeed...and now we know how to make a ferry stop and turn around when you just missed it (always bring two attractive girls with you). The ending sure beats videoke.
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Siquijor Island Local Info
Jeeps - there are only 2 routes for jeeps within Siquijor Island - and they are rare. Most people have their own motorcycle transport.
- Siquijor Port to Lazi - last trip leaves at 3pm from station near market
- Lazi to Siquijor Port - jeeps depart from the Lazi Port area. 5 jeeps, the last trip at 12:30 pm. Lazi to San Juan, P50.
- Larena Port to Lazi - jeeps are unpredictable. As of this writing, there is only 1 jeep plying the Larena-Lazi route. This jeep leaves Larena for Lazi at 9:50am. After that, no more jeep. You'll have to take a tricycle to Siquijor Pob for jeeps going to Lazi
- Lazi to Larena Port - 6am (daily) and 9 am (M-Th)
Food - these were suggested by a local to me
- Lechon manok & liempo - roasted pork belly and chicken at Joel's in Siquijor Poblacion. I've tried this myself...yummy, even if the chicken was no longer hot
- Bibingka - sweetened rice cake by Fidy's Bibingka (P30) in Sawang, Maria. I've come back for this and I buy for other people as well as 'pasalubong' - they love this
- Siopao - at the Rosita store near Thrifty (P25) in Siquijor Poblacion
- Peanut butter - by Rene. Just ask around in Siquijor Poblacion. It's popular
- Torta - sweet cakish bread at the Thrifty story in Siquijor Poblacion
Siquijor Island Map
Siquijor - Dumaguete Boat Trips(as of Jan 2023)
- Montenegro Lines - at Siquijor Port, P234.00/pax, P169/bicycle, 7:30am/10:00am/2:00pm/4:30pm/7:30? or 9:00? pm
- Ocean Jet - 40 mins,at Siquijor Port, 0919.066.5964, www.oceanjet.net, email@example.com, 6:00am/6:00pm, P350/pax (tourist/open air), P580/pax (business class)
- Atlantis Yohan Express - Siquijor Port or Larena Port?
- Aleson Shipping Lines - Siquijor Port, P200/reg, P250/a-c, 6:00 am daily, 1:30 pm & 6:30pm M-Sat
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En route to Cebu City, the ferries usually make a stop-over to Tagbilaran (Bohol) to pick-up more passengers or unload.
- Ocean Jet - 2 hours, 8:20am, at Siquijor Port
To Tagbilaran: P800/tourist & open air, P1200/business class
To Cebu: ?
- Lite Ferries - at Larena Port,
To Tagbilaran: T-Th-Sun, P475/standard, 7pm, 3 hours, PHP?
To Cebu: T-Th-Sun, 7pm, 7 hours, PHP 650
Siquijor - Plaridel Boat Trips(as of Jan 2023)
- Lite Ferries - at Larena Port, T-Th-Sun, 2:00 am, 5 hours, PHP?
Siquijor - Cebu (Liloan) - Cebu City BUS Trip(as of Jan 2023)
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Sugbo Urban is the cheapest and most convenient way because it goes around the island (clockwise) along the circumferential road, passing through - Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi, San Juan, Siquijor...and back to Larena where it takes the ferry at 1 pm. This saves you the hassle and high transport cost of a tricycle. Besides, it's a long trip from the other side of the island to be taking by tricycle.
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- Bohol - Bohol is an island northeast Siquijor. Tourist attractions are Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Monkey, Loboc River Cruise, Beaches of Panglao, whale sharks (recent offering), freediving (recent offering)
- Cebu - Cebu City is the usual gateway into the Visayas. But in Cebu Island itself, there are many offerings - Whale Sharks of Oslob, sardine run at Moalboal,Thresher Shark of Malapascua
- Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.
- Dumaguete - Dumaguete is a small charming progressive coastal town in Negros Oriental. Cafe and restaurants line the famous Boulevard Boardwalk. Tourist attractions include Japanese Shrine, Casaroro Falls, snorkeling along the southern coastline (Dauin, Masaplod Norte, etc), Balinsasayao Twin Lakes
- Plaridel (Misamis Occidental, Mindanao) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.
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