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June Chronicles June 31, 2023

June Chronicles

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Noteable on-goings are captured in small snippets - a noise barrage in a theatrical play, meeting lovely teachers on a tour, etc.

Dark Faith: The Theatrical Play

Dark FaithDark Faith
(June 4, 2023) Jazzy, a Phd-laced teacher at the SSC (Siquijor State College) invited me to attend a play she organized for her criminology students - Dark Faith. It was the first of its kind.

Speculating on SSC
It was my first time at SSC. During my first few weeks in Siquijor, I speculated that I might teach there. An ex-UP teacher should be a good addition to their faculty roster. But I ended up residing in Lazi which is diametrically opposed to Larena. Larena is a commercial hub but not much of a soul. Lazi has the waterfalls, natural springs, caves and rivers.

Pain Threshold on Sound
Going back to the event, upon arrival, I was assaulted by an ear-shattering volume level in the sound system. It didn't help that as a guest, I was seated on the front front of the giant speakers. The sound level was set for a stadium-filled venue of 25,000 people. But we were just about 50 people, all seated in front of the stage next to the speaker system. I was having a conversation with Jazzy's Mom, but had to excuse myself - the sound level was nauseating me. I had to go to the very back of the auditorium. Even at that, the sound was still vicious. I had to take the seat outside the auditorium where the lawn began. I got a little reprieve.

Need to Learn Bisaya (aka Cebuano) Fast
When the play started, I realized it was done in Bisaya, the local language I was still not conversant with. I didn't understand a thing. It didn't take long before I got restless...assaulted by the loud speaker system and not understanding what was going on. I messaged Jazzy that I had to leave early and congratulated her for pulling the project off the ground.

June Chronicles
already outside the auditorium, the sound was still deafening

Ending Thoughts
It escapes me why Filipinos want to crank up the volume to painful levels. This is true with karaoke and it's true with nearly everything using a P.A. system. It's not just Siquijor, but the entire Philippine archipelago. I remember I left Camotes Island because you could not escape the ear-damaging karaoke that plaqued the island - you could not escape it. But to my astonishment, it seems like I'm the only one noticing it. I'm the only one feeling assaulted by this auditory onslaught. I remember what a Danish guy (Johnnie) told me about Siquijor, "If you're here in Siquijor complaining how things are done, go home!"

Lovely Teachers from Bogo, Cebu

Breakfast at the Merkado
(June 3, 2023) Not my morning routine, but I went to the market for breakfast first thing instead of doing yoga. A group of teachers from Bogo City, Cebu were visiting Siquijor and were about to have breakfast as well. I got into a conversation with 3 of them who sat in front of the table. It should have been a light polite talk but we ended up talking about brain drain, career challenges and prospect for the future. As engaging as it went, breakfast was over and we had to go our own ways. We took this picture and I gave them my Messenger info, inviting them to 'keep in touch'.

June Chronicles
with the lovely teachers from Bogo, Cebu

Ending Thoughts
I haven't heard from them. Anyway, it was good while it lasted. Perhaps thought-provoking seeds were planted.

Minalulan Beach

Birthday Outing at Minalulan Beach
(June 11, 2023) It was my land lady's mother's birthday and I was invited along to go to the beach in Minalulan, just a few km away. Nearly all the relatives were there plus some friends. Of course, food was plentiful and delicious.

It wasn't a swanky resort but simply a stretch of public seashore where anyone could take a dip in. Furthermore, there were trees very close to the water whose branches extend over the water, providing shade while you're in the water - a pleasant and rare treat if you're on the beach under the scorching sun.

for the boyz
for the boyz

Ending Thoughts
Even though they were affluent by Siquijor standards and could easily have gone to a beach resort, they chose to go to a public beach fronting a house by a local they knew. That seems to be the norm here in Siquijor. Those who pay for private beach resorts are more for the foreign travelers. What's important is they get to be together again, eat good food, chillout and renew the family and community bonds they have.

I'm just grateful to be tagged along and have a ringside seat to all this.

Oh, and lastly, this is not your bikini crowd!

Birthday Feast in Brgy. Francis

Tagged-Along by the Neighbor
(June 17, 2023) I eat my meals in a private home. They only sell a limited amount of food for lunch, takeaway - but they have allowed me to eat there. Food is always fresh-cooked, and often comes from their garden. They invited me to tag along on their relative's birthday just a few km away.

Group shot with some guests
Group shot with some guests

Ending Thoughts
As always, I was the only outsider and the only one who could not understand what was being said. But I was always courteous, trying to fit in, laughing as well when everyone laughs. When I get invited again, I made the grade.

Getting my Senior Citizen ID

Stuck at 35
(June 30, 2023) I feel like I'd been stuck at age 35 - my regular yoga practice somehow stops or delays the aging process. As such, I feel 35, I'm attracted to women who are 35-ish, and the spectre of being a senior citizen did not even exist.

Denial vs Discount
But there is something undeniable about being a senior citizen - you are eligible for 20% discount on hotels, food, transport and movies...among other things. 20% is HUGE!

I wavered and eventually buckled down to applying for a senior citizen ID. Done.

Getting my Senior Citizen ID

Ending Thoughts
At some point, I knew I would have to come to terms with my age. Why not now while I can still enjoy these generous discounts?

Scouting for Land

Pros for Siquijor
Siquijor has a lot to offer and makes sense to settle down to:

  1. Unspoilt - there is tourism, but it is still largely undeveloped. There are no traffic lights and there is no traffic.
  2. Nature - it's a small island, about 100 km circumference (so the beach is never far away), with lots of waterfalls, natural springs, clean rivers, scenic spots and caves. I even drink my water from a natural spring.
  3. Proximity to the big cities - while it's an isolated island, it's only an hour or so away by boat to the major cities in the Visayas and Mindanao - Dumaguete, Cebu, Tagbilaran, Dapitan and Iligan.
  4. Inter-island transport - Siquijor has 3 ports and one airport. That's plenty if you want to leave the island
  5. Cheap - cost of living is still cheap. I pay P2000/month rent, and spend about P60 for a meal. Even land is cheap. The cheapest price I found was about P170/sqm (but along the shores of San Juan, land can go as high as P10,000 sqm)
  6. Friendly people - Siquijor is a safe place with friendly and helpful people.

Real estate criteria
Having stayed here 4 months, I already know what I like and what I'd like to avoid. Ideally, I'd like a 1000 sqm land for a yoga ashram. My land has to have the following features:

  1. Electricity, water, wifi signal - some places have little water and some are a long way from the nearest electric pole.
  2. Right of way - land could be boxed-in by other lands
  3. Overlooking - doing yoga while viewing the water is priceless
  4. Cheap - I have no money but confident about manifesting abundance. Still, I'm looking at land about 4 km towards the mountain with a view. The further I am from the beach, the cheaper the land gets.
  5. NO neighbors - I'm not anti-social, but having neighbors mean putting up with barking dogs, crowing roosters, karaoke, noise and garbage burning. No thank you!
Video here

Ending Thoughts
I mention my search to anyone I speak to, but I haven't really gone all-out putting the word out. There is an urgency though - once the newly constructed airport becomes operational, land prices are bound to go high.

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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More on Lazi:

Lazi Local Info
  1. Resorts - Lazi has some beach/dive resorts on its west coast - Gabayan Riviera, Lazi Beach Club, Bahura Dive Resort. However, the popular area for tourist resorts are in San Juan
  2. 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). Because the jeeps are rare with about 2 to 3 trips/day only in the morning, 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.
  3. The Boulevard - Lazi's main draw is its seaside cobblestone promenade. When the sun goes down, people gather here for eats, drinks, open-air, harbor view and the sunset
  4. Lazi Port - Kho Shipping, the shipping line operating from Lazi Port, has stopped its service to Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Dumaguete, Tagbilaran and Cebu. Passengers can go to Siquijor Port or Larena Port for boat services out of Siquijor Island

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.

  1. Siquijor Port to Lazi - last trip leaves at 3pm from station near market
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Lazi to Larena Port - 6am (daily) and 9 am (M-Th)

Food - these were suggested by a local to me

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Siopao - at the Rosita store near Thrifty (P25) in Siquijor Poblacion
  4. Peanut butter - by Rene. Just ask around in Siquijor Poblacion. It's popular
  5. Torta - sweet cakish bread at the Thrifty story in Siquijor Poblacion
Siquijor Island Map
Siquijor - Dumaguete Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)
  1. Montenegro Lines - at Siquijor Port, P234.00/pax, P169/bicycle, 7:30am/10:00am/2:00pm/4:30pm

  2. Montenegro Lines, Siquijor to Dumaguete

  3. Aleson Shipping - at Siquijor Port, 6 am and 6 pm daily, 1:30 pm M-Sat, Regular P200.00/pax, Aircon P250.00/pax

  4. Aleson Shipping, Dumaguete to Siquijor

  5. Ocean Jet - 40 mins,at Siquijor Port, 0919.066.5964,,, 6:00am/6:00pm, P350/pax (tourist/open air), P580/pax (business class)

    Ocean Jet

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.

  1. Ocean Jet - 8:20 am, at Siquijor Port
    To Tagbilaran: P800/tourist & open air, 2 hours (arrive 10:20 am), P1200/business class
    To Cebu (Pier 1): P1600/tourist & open air, 4 hours (arrive 12:40 am), P2400/business class
  2. Lite Ferries - at Larena Port, no Senior Citizen discount for online ticket purchase
    To Tagbilaran: T-Th-Sun, 3 hours, depart 7 pm - arrive 10 pm, P475/standard (Tourist, PHP 750)
    To Cebu: T-Th-Sun, 10 hours, depart 7 pm - arrive 5 am, PHP 605/standard (Senior P484), Tourist, PHP 770
  3. Apekoptravel - at Larena Port to Tagbilaran: 1:00 pm, xxx hours, P750
    Reserve through call or text: Cleare - 0938 283 4760 | Grace - 0936 534 6564 | Jessel - 0961 759 6711, Pay via G-Cash: +63-917-880-1464, Email:, Facebook messenger: Apekoptravel. Enter your birthday and nationality to get discounts: 0 to 3 years old free, 4 to 9 years old will have 20% discount, 10 years old and above full price, Filipino Senior Citizens will also have 20% discount

Siquijor - Plaridel Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)
  1. 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.

Sugbo Urban

Sugbo Urban

Suggested Destinations After Siquijor Island

These are the nearest popular destinations from Siquijor by boat

  1. 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)
  2. 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
  3. Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.
  4. 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
  5. Plaridel (Misamis Occidental, Mindanao) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.


Siquijor Blogs
Siquijor Island
  1. Goodbye Siquijor April 18, 2024
  2. January Chronicles: Bandilaan Meditation January 2024
  3. My January Yoga Practice: A Journal January 31, 2024
  4. Jan 2024: Squid, Balangawan, Margarita Pizza January 2024
  5. December Chronicles: Yuletide Season December 30, 2023
  6. December Snapshots: Bolo Bolo Dip, Christmas Lunch, Tuba Denizens, Friends Forever, Men Working, Cow / Crow December 1-30, 2023
  7. Eggplant Bulad Pizza December 20, 2023
  8. Canghaling Cave November 14, 2023
  9. Kings and Queens November 13, 2023
  10. Barangay Vote-Buying October 22, 2023
  11. Real Estate Mapping October 1, 2023
  12. Learning Cebuano: Oct October 1-31, 2023
  13. Oct Food Hack: Pizza, Kinilaw, Coconut Bread, Fish Okuy, Carrot Omelette,Lemon-Grass Tea October 2023
  14. Sep Snapshots: Fisherman, Granny, Pedicure, Big Fish, Garbage September 1-30, 2023
  15. Sep Food Hack: Fish Tinola, Ratatouille, Chayote Omelette, Flat Bread September 2023
  16. Together Forever Sep 11, 2023
  17. The Cigarette Talk Sep 1, 2023
  18. Siquijor Star Meditation Center Aug 31, 2023
  19. The Lost Dogs of Siquijor Aug 27, 2023
  20. Moving to a Bungalow! Aug 22, 2023
  21. Aug Chronicles: CDO produce August 31, 2023
  22. Aug Snapshots: Pan de Sal, Palpitate, Taho, Tuna, Pineapple August 1-31, 2023
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  24. July Chronicles July 31, 2023
  25. July Snapshots July 1-31, 2023
  26. Learning Cebuano: July July 1-31, 2023
  27. June Chronicles June 31, 2023
  28. June Snapshots June 1-31, 2023
  29. Learning Cebuano: June June 1-31, 2023
  30. May Chronicles May 31, 2023
  31. May Snapshots May 1-31, 2023
  32. Learning Cebuano May 1-31, 2023
  33. In Search of a Cool Climate May 25, 2023
  34. The 64 km Bike Ride May 16, 2023
  35. Lazi Fiesta May 15, 2023
  36. The Boulevard Opening May 5, 2023
  37. April Snapshots April 1-30, 2023
  38. Learning Cebuano...Again! April 1-30, 2023
  39. Kris Visits Siquijor Mar 17 - Apr 15, 2023
  40. Exploring Siquijor with Marky Mar 25 - Apr 11, 2023
  41. Siquijor Healing Festival April 5-8, 2023
  42. The Talk at United Church of Christ April 2, 2023
  43. Mar Snapshots Mar 1-31, 2023
  44. Vigil for the Ghost Ship of Siquijor March 31, 2023
  45. Judging an Essay on Gender Equality Mar 29, 2023
  46. The Thief, the Shaman, the Elves and the Police Mar 20, 2023
  47. Finally Acquiring the Motorbike Mar 18, 2023
  48. Bitcoin Blunder Mar 15, 2023
  49. Maria's Unsung Beaches Mar 11, 2023
  50. Lagaan Falls Mar 9, 2023
  51. Tibhong Spring Water Source Mar 8, 2023
  52. Bolo-Bolo Natural Spring Mar 2, 2023
  53. Reasons to Get a Wife March 1, 2023
  54. Feb Snapshots Feb 28, 2023
  55. Camagung-Ong Natural Spring Feb 28, 2023
  56. Heeeere's Johnnie! Feb 26, 2023
  57. Manifesting a Motorbike from Thin Air? Feb 18, 2023
  58. The 'Bad Guy' of Siquijor Feb 15, 2023
  59. Amazement from Drivers License Renewal in Siquijor Feb 15, 2023
  60. Locong Falls Feb 9, 2023
  61. Inguinal Hernia? Goodbye ABS! Feb 4, 2023
  62. Jan Snapshots January 31, 2023
  63. In Search of Tubod Cold Spring Jan 27, 2023
  64. 1:4:2:3 Nadi Shodana Jan 26, 2023
  65. Lazi's Boulevard Jan 22, 2023
  66. Lazi: A Monthly Stay Jan 21, 2023
  67. 7 Days in Maria, Siquijor Jan 14-21, 2023
  68. Capilay Spring Jan 17, 2023
  69. Siquijor: In Search of Resonance Jan 9-14, 2023
  70. Riding Around Siquijor's 86km Coastal Road Apr 3, 2012
  71. Exploring the Cantabon Cave of Siquijor Feb 23, 2012
  72. Jovee and Missy's Excellent Adventure Nov 6-7, 2010
  73. Freediving in Siquijor's Marine Sancturaries Apr 23-24, 2010
  74. Island Tour of Siquijor Apr 22, 2010
  75. Kram's Siquijor Wedding Apr 21, 2010

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