Getting my Bearing After the Apo Island dive and the Balanan Lake zip lining, I finally had a few days to settle down in Dumaguete and get my bearing. Having stayed here for 2 years and left, this is the first time I'm here as a transient. I can't wait until I revisit my 'usuals' - budbud cabog at the public market's Painitan, Neva's pizza, Sans Rival, etc. Food and seeing my old manangs were both high on my motivation.
a must-visit at Neva's Pizza
Manangs While a resident of Dumaguete and Valencia, I would frequently hang out with the grandmothers (or my Manangs as I would affectionately regard them) as they go about their daily toil - preparing food in their carinderia, or maybe by a market stall where they gather and talk about life's grind. In their conversation, and this is interesting specially to an outsider - they talk about entities from the other dimension in the same way we talk about other people. It would seem like their lives and the lives of the 'others' are intertwined in this same social landscape. Think: the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" where cartoon characters actually live side by side with humans. They talk about the Prince surrounded by his Black Bodyguards who live in his castle within the school grounds who wish to take one of the Manang's grand daughter for a bride - of course, you don't see the castle or the Prince. And they're not crazy either. The way they narrate their story, each one would corroborate what the other is saying - so it's not just one crazy person weaving tales of wonder. Moreover, they have becomed accustomed to my presence so they candidly talk about these things. Sometimes, I would help them wrap the suman that just came off the pot as I would listen....mostly, one would interpret for me what's being said, as I don't speak the local Cebuano language. I just find it fascinating.
Off for Oslob Before I could catch up with other friends, it was time for me to leave Dumaguete for Oslob, Cebu.
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Dumaguete >> Lazi, Siquijor by boat
Dumaguete to Lazi, Siquijor route by Kho Shipping was just opened up in early September 2023. Before, going to Lazi meant going to Siquijor Proper first, then catching the 2pm jeep to Lazi (last trip), adding 1 hour on the trip. Now, Siquijor Proper can be completely bypassed.
Dumaguete Port - take Kho Shipping to Lazi, Tu-F-Sun, 3 hours, Dumaguete departure 1 am, arrival in Lazi Port 4 am, economy P300, tourist P500.
Dumaguete ItineraryThings to Eat in Dumaguete:
Eat at Neva's Pizza. They have a wood-burning stove and make the best pizza in Dumaguete
Eat the local version of Tempura, fish ball, balut at Tempurahan, an adhoc outdoor section by the City Port entrance.
Eat Paklay, a local delicacy made of pork inards. Popular in Dumaguete's roadside eating places
These are the nearest popular destinations from Dumaguete by boat
Bohol - Bohol is an island northeast Dumaguete. 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