Date > 2023 > Jan
Activity > Traveling
Jan 21, 2023
Lazi: A Monthly Stay
Location : Lazi, Siquijor Island, Philippines
Lazi or Siquijor Poblacion have been my first choice on where to settle down. They both have a boardwalk which makes the place lively even at night when most of Siquijor become silent. Lazi's Boulevard is the main draw for me. Even though San Juan is the popular spot for foreigners, the place itself gets 'lonely' after dark. The only places in San Juan with some vitality are the resorts themselves - but only if you're a guest. So finding a place in Lazi really stokes me.
Lazi is the junction where the jeeps begin their clockwise route (Lazi-San Juan-Siquijor Port) or the counter clockwise route (Lazi-Maria-Larena Port). Even though Lazi has a port, it's not used for passengers. Because the jeeps are rare with about 2 to 3 trips/day, it's practical to just have a motorcycle here in Siquijor. With its affordability (a brand new Rusi motorbike is as low as P45k), people just buy motorcycles...especially those who live up in the mountains.
Locals on the east side of Siquijor Island do their shopping in Lazi. There are several groceries, bakeries, eateries, pharmacies, etc. But alas, they don't sell ground coffee here. For a western offering, there is "Twenty4" where you get European-crafted bread, pizza and burger. At night, the Boulevard (seaside boardwalk) is frequented by locals for an alfresco eat-out. A popular tourist attraction of Lazi is the Cambugahay Water Falls. A few beaches to the west also line up Lazi's coast.
The place I found is the best and cheapest from every place I've seen. It's only about 2 km from the town center which is no problem since I have a bicycle. My room is huge with a balcony overlooking the highway. It even has an a/c but I'm not really a fan of a/c. Besides, I pay extra for electricity and water. My room has enough space to have a work area and do my yoga. For a guy who wants cross-flow ventilation, my room has window/door on all 4 walls! I am really grateful for getting this place.
It's not all perfect though. On the downside, the dogs bark all night, it's along the highway so it's always noisy, dawn and the roosters start crowing, ocassionally there's the incessant noise of the chain saw, karaoke at Juliana's Convention Hall nearby, etc. In short, my main issue is the noise. The house has no toilet flush - you have to use a pail of water. Also, it has no wifi, but you're free to install your own wifi. PLDT just opened up and a wifi subscription is only P1700/month.
No WIFI Blessing
There is no WIFI in my place but it turned out to be a blessing. Given that I had to conserve my phone data, I had to turn off notification, auto updates, auto refresh, auto sync, push advertising, etc. I was not as much online which forced me to do the offline stuff which I often push aside. Before I activate my data, I make sure all my messages have already been drafted and ready for sending. I learned how to work smarter.
Feeling at Home
Pumped with my new space, I went shopping for cheap household stuff - garbage bin, small containers, broom, water pail, indoor slippers, water jar, etc. I know I'll be leaving all these behind, and somehow, that's the cool part of it - I don't feel the need to take everything with me.
If this good vibe continues without change, I could see myself staying here indefinitely until I have to move to Coron, Palawan to fulfill a commitment to a friend. A life also awaits for me in Coron, but in the remote chance that doesn't work, there is Lazi for me.
--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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More on Lazi:
- Resorts - Lazi has some beach resorts on its west coast but the popular area for tourist resorts are in San Juan
- Transport - Lazi is the junction where the jeeps begin their clockwise route (Lazi-San Juan-Siquijor Port) or the counter clockwise route (Lazi-Maria-Larena Port). Even though Lazi has a port, it's not used for passengers. Because the jeeps are rare with about 2 to 3 trips/day, it's practical to just have a motorcycle here in Siquijor. With its affordability (a brand new Rusi motorbike is as low as P45k), people just buy motorcycles...especially those who live up in the mountains.
- The Boulevard - Lazi's main draw is its seaside cobblestone promenade. When the sun sets, people gather here for eats, drinks, open-air, harbor view and the sunset
More on Siquijor Island:
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
Siquijor - Tagbilaran - Cebu City Boat Trips(as of Jan 2023)
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)
There is only one bus plying this route - Sugbo Urban. Tourist class coach, a/c, comfortable, Sun-Fri (these dates keep changing). P420 for bus, P275 for ferry to Liloan. Larena Port around 5 am, makes a clockwise roundtrip around Siquijor Island - Larena, Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi (stops at Lazi market for breakfast and leaves 6:50 am), San Juan, Siquijor (arrives 8am, P50 from Lazi to Siquijor Poblacion) and catches the 1pm ferry at Larena Port (Sundays at 3 pm) for Liloan, Cebu and resumes its land route. Arrives Cebu City (South Bus Terminal) 10 pm.
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.
Suggested Destinations After Siquijor Island
These are the nearest popular destinations from Siquijor by boat
- 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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