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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Summer is definitely more fun with NIVEA SUN! My top summer wonder is Negros Oriental

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There are seven wonderful reasons why Negros Oriental is my top Summer Wonder 

(I'd still be posting my part 2 and 3 of My Summer Adventure 2012,  I would also be posting videos soon :-))

Reason#1: It's the City of Gentle People

There are a lot of urban legends or myths about this place, these two are my favorites:

Legend 1:

Many years ago there lived in Dumaguete a poor tuba seller named Banog, who made his daily rounds to the houses just as the milkman does in far-off America. But instead of a rattling wagon he had only a long bamboo from which he poured the drink, and in place of sweet milk he left the sap of the cocoanut tree.
The bad custom of mixing tungud, a kind of red bark, with the sap, and thus making of it a strong liquor, had not yet been known, so Banog, though poor, was respected, and the people tried in every way to help him and his daughter Catalina.
Catalina was a beautiful girl of sixteen and very good and industrious, but with many strange ways. She scarcely ever spoke a word and spent most of her time in looking out over the sea. Sometimes she would suddenly stand erect and, clasping her hands, would remain for a long time looking up at the sky as if she saw something that no one else could see. On account of these strange manners the people thought her a wonderful girl and she was supposed to have mysterious powers.
One day many ships came up from the island of Mindanao and hundreds of fierce Moros landed. Shouting and waving their terrible knives, they fell upon the peaceful people and killed many, among them poor Banog. Then they robbed and burned the houses and, seizing all the women they could find, set sail for their great southern island. Among the prisoners was Catalina. With her eyes fixed on the sky she sat very quiet and still in the bow of one of the boats, and though her companions spoke often to her she made no reply..........(please click link for complete story)
.-Philippine Folklore Stories, by John Maurice Miller, [1904], at

Legend 2

Two friends who regularly go to Dumaguete, and one who lives there, also relate that when the seaside city went underwater from heavy rains four years ago, fishermen up and down the coast marched angrily to the Silliman Marine Science lab armed with oars. They were soon joined by farmers carrying pitchforks, whose farms had been inundated. They demanded the release of the mermaid that the marine biologists had purportedly been keeping in a tank (for study?).

Poor director Alcala of the marine science department had to rush to the scene in his pajamas to open the tank area! Only then would the folk believe that there was no mermaid imprisoned there. -

Reason #2 : Delicious Food

When in Dumaguete, check out this quirky restuarant Gaby's Bistro and taste yummy cheesecake from Chantilly. Filipino Cuisine such as sizzling squid is also very popular as well as balut, penoy and silvanas.

Reason # 3: Fantastic Views

If you wouldn't mind a little excursion, you can visit Our Lady's Garden situated on top of a hill, a ten-fifteen minute drive off the city. It is situated in front of Jo's by the sea. Entrance fee is PHP100. The well maintained garden with its manicured lawns will give you a very relaxing feeling while view of the ocean and lulling feeling of its gentle breeze.

Reason #4: Beaches

Need I say more? I think the picture says it all

 Reason # 5: Nostalgic University City 

Dumaguete is referred to as a university town because of the presence of four universities and a number of other colleges where students of the province converge to enroll for tertiary education. The city is also a popular educational destination for students of surrounding provinces and cities in Visayas and Mindanao. The city is best known for Silliman University, the country's first Protestant university and the first American private university in Asia.[3][4] There are also 12 elementary schools and 9 high schools. The city's student population is estimated at 30,000.[2] -wikipedia

 Reason #6 Nature Trips

In the mountains of southern Negros Island, 12 km west of the town of Sibulan, Negros Oriental peacefully lie the captivating Lake Balinsasayao and its twin lake, equally breathtaking Lake Danao. One of the major tourist attractionsin the province, Lake Balinsasayao is a protected Natural Park, home to an expansive ecosystem and great biodiversity.
The lakes are two small but deep crater freshwater lakes rising 1000 feet above sea level and separated by a narrowmountain ridge, situated in a hollow between four mountains, Mount Mahungot to the south, Mount Kalbasan to the north, Mount Balinsasayao to the east and Mount Guidabon to the west. Lake Balinsasayao lies to the northwest of the ridge and Lake Danao to the southeast. -

Reason #7 Filipino Culture and Tradition

Holy Week 2012

Despite the inevitable changes that the modern civilization has brought about, Dumaguete City remains to be rooted deeply to its historical past. Nearly every significant event that took place in its earliest days is commemorated each year with meticulous attention to details, giving the people an occasion to celebrate and to relive a rich and interesting culture that has shaped their city.-

So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your bags and explore Negros Oriental. PS. Don't forget sunblock to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun :-) 


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Monday, April 16, 2012

My Summer 2012 Adventure Part 1

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So, where is your summer destination?

As usual, before Holy Week started, we went back home to Negros Oriental. This is where my mother was born and where we usually go to every summer. The irony of that is- there's always something new to discover and places that we haven't explored even if we have been going back and forth for almost 25 years.

The next day after our arrival, our cousin took us to our favorite restaurant, Gabby's Bistro. I have posted pictures of that in a previous blog entry (summer 2010?) when we first ate there. Gabby's Bistro is this quirky little restaurant with good food at affordable prices and it has a nice homey feel to it. 


Cajun Chicken Fingers

Beefy Gravy

Bulgogi-Yaki Beef

Cheezee Fries

Potato Parmesan Soup

I've always been the type of person who prefers a quite place to spend time in. I'm not a fan of a crowded beach or pool. I was hoping that we'd get a little privacy when decided to check out a relative's resort which was in our town, Amlan. We went to Escosas' Resort. We were very lucky to have to place to ourselves. We swam until the beautiful  full moon came out.

Speaking of Amlan, this is the small where my mom was born and raised. This place is like my second my home. It's the perfect place for hibernation. Sometimes, I wish I grew up in this town where everything is simple and laid back.

Whenever I see these picture we took, I feel quite nostalgic and sad. It seems like my childhood had slipped away so fast and I had too much fun that I wish it wouldn't last. This place is where we spent our childhood weaving dreams of what our lives in the future. I couldn't forget how we used to beg our moms to let us go into the lake or go to an old cemetery up the hill. Those summers nights spent on gossiping and sharing about our crushes or shopping for stationeries and beads. 

One of my mother's favorite books, We have a copy of this book and it is one of the 
first book we've ever owned
For someone who grew up in the city- my life has been so fast. I am very much exposed to the material world that sometimes it's good to retreat to a place where everything is simple and laid back. When I started this blog, I told myself that I was never gonna write about sad stories or things that piss me off. Lately, I've been really down and unsatisfied with how things turned out to be. I feel lost -like I'm stuck in a rut but I'm very much thankful to have people like my cousin and sister with whom I spent those happy summers- though time may slip away fast-my good summer memories would remain forever. 

I'll post part II soon :-) Infinite xoxoxoxo