16 Hours In Dumaguete: Things To Do, Eat & See!

Welcome! If you came here from this post, then thank you! If you haven’t read this post yet and would like to know HOW we got to Dumaguete via landtrip, then please head on over there. But if you’ve already got that bit down and just need some suggestions of what to do while you’re visiting Dumaguete, then WELCOME!

Paolo and I arrived at Dumaguete around 8:00- 9:00 pm and were scheduled to drive to Bacolod the next day at around 1:00- 2:00 pm if wanted to reach our destination in time for dinner. We booked our hotel via Agoda at U Pension because it’s right smack in the middle of everything we wanted to do and well, it was pretty affordable. It was fairly decent and yes, extremely near everything so if you aren’t planning to bring a car and would like to explore the city on foot, you might want to consider U Pension.

I did not get my free flip flops! 🙁

As soon as we settled in, we decided to:

1. Head down to the Boulevard (find out it’s historical background here).

Everyone will tell you that if you go to Dumaguete, you HAVE to go to the boulevard and well, since we were already there, we did. We were under the assumption that there was street food there but chuckled to find out that they actually only served fish ball, tempura and balot so for the sake of being there, we ate. If you want the complete truth, there’s really nothing to do there except admire the view and Paolo and I placed it under the “mao na ni? unsa pa’y laing mabuhat diri” (is this is? what’s there to do here?) categories of tourist spots. Sorry if that offends anyone but you can literally just go there, eat the street food, look at it and you’re done.

2. Have dinner at Sans Rival.

Luckily, there are a lot of posh dining spots right across the boulevard where we could soothe our hungry stomachs and when in Dumaguete, you’ve gotta drop by San Rival Bistro, right? Yes, I know, we have it in Cebu but why pass off the opportunity to eat at the original one?

Sans Rival Bistro is famous for their desserts but their entrees are also something you shouldn’t miss out on. They are insanely affordable and the taste does not disappoint. I was too hungry to remember to take a photo of their menu but to give you an idea, the spaghetti cost P90.00 (whaaaat?).

3. Get Cultured at the Siliman Anthropology Museum

We weren’t in the drinking mood that night so we decided to call it a night and wake up early in the morning so we could tick off some things on our list. However, if YOU want to drink or check out the night life there, here’s a quick Google search for you to go through but everything is basically along the road.

The next morning, we got up, grabbed some Mickey D’s for breakfast then headed out to the Siliman Anthropology Museum which is a cultural center that displays a lot of artifacts about our Filipino culture. I always make it a point to visit a museum during my travels and I’m always glad that I do.

Note: This is not where the anthropology center is

The anthropology center is located at the Hibbard Hall (where you can find the church & outdoor auditorium) and requires an entrance fee and does not allow you to take photos but trust me, it’s one of those places you’d want to check out if you’re fascinated by facts, history and culture.

hello from us!

4. Complete Your Mini Field Trip at the Siliman Marine Museum

My papa joked and asked if Paolo and I were on an educational tour rather than on a vacation because we basically packed our morning schedule at museums.  But honestly, Dumaguete is blessed with one of the finest schools of the country and of course I wanted to indulge in every moment I could of it!

The Siliman Marine Museum is comprised of about 3 parts: the marine mammal bone museum, the coral farm and the crocodile sanctuary. It costs less than P50.00 to get in and explore the area and though it’s no Disneyland, it’s still a pretty neat place to go to and explore. Let’s be honest, there aren’t a ba-jillion things to do in Dumaguete so we tried our best with the little time we had!

 

5. Grab Lunch at Kri Before Heading Out

Kri will always have a special place in my heart because their burgers are superb! They are in the mid range price but I swear, it’s worth it. I first visited there in 2013 during my very first visit there and I was so happy to return 4 years later to the same, if not better, taste of their juicy angus burgers and other dishes. It’s weird that I would eat burgers in Dumaguete but just trust me on this one!

My favorite features about Kri is that it’s also a semi- art gallery which means they often change the artwork that beautifully plasters its walls. I wasn’t able to ask whose artworks were displayed during my visit there but they were beautiful, nonetheless.

coffee at assorted prices
Kri Salad @ P175.00
Old School Burger @ P240.00
Samorai Salmon @ P250.00

Not quite the itinerary you’re looking for? Here are other places where you can stay at, eat and do while you’re in Dumaguete!

Places to stay:
* Flying Fish

Places to eat:

* Gabby’s Bed and Breakfast

Place to go:
* Apo Island

Want pretty pictures? Here

I’ll come back and fill this up soon. Hope this helps!
Issa P.

 

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Everything You Need To Know About Traveling (Land Trip) From Cebu -> Dumaguete -> Bacolod -> Cebu

A couple of weeks ago, Paolo and I had to make a trip to Bacolod to have his passport renewed. We didn’t have a whole lot of time before our upcoming Taipei trip and it was almost impossible to get a schedule at our DFA so having it done elsewhere just fel like the best thing.

We decided to turn it into a pre- Taipei trip and drop by Dumaguete and then Bacolod then back to Cebu since we had business in the South anyways and we’ve never been there together before. After much discussion, our best option was… a road trip!

But how?

We decided to drive to Maayo Shipping Lines’ port (Santander) which is roughly around 3:30- 4:00 hours away from the main city. Getting our vehicle on the boat/ RORO cost us around P1,300.00 for a back and forth trip* from the Port of Santander to the Sibulan Port (Negros). It was a quick 30 minute float to the port and from there we drove to Dumaguete which was a 20 minute or so drive. We relied heavily on Waze which did not disappoint and took up very little of my data, in case you’re concerned about that. Seriously guys, it’s 2017, if you don’t know how to use Waze/ Google maps then you’re seriously missing out!

* Paolo forgot that we would drive from Cebu- Santander – Dumaguete- Bacolod – Toledo- Cebu so now we have an extra ticket from Dumaguete back to Santander.
Sibulang Ferry, Negros -> Dumaguete proper

The interior of the RORO Taken from Maayo Shipping Lines’ Facebook page
Taken from the Maayo Shipping Lines’ Facebook Page
Taken from Maayo Shipping Lines’ Facebook page

We stayed in Dumaguete for half a day, checking off some typical touristy things off our list (which I will share in separate blog posts) before heading North (Bacolod). It was an excruciating  5 hour trip for someone with as short of an attention span as I do, but you know, a good Spotify playlist is always the solution to anything!

Dumaguete proper -> Bacolod city proper

Plus, the view was AMAZING!

Again, I will be sharing the accounts of what we did in Bacolod in another blog post but we basically stayed there for a good 3 days covering famous food destinations, an island and meeting up with old friends.

Then we made our way across the island to the Port of San Carlos (enter, Waze) and although we cannot remember which shipping line it was, we got on the earliest roro that could get us and our car back to Toledo city where we drove back to the motherland.

Bacolod proper -> San Carlos City (port)

 

Toledo City -> Cebu City proper

I wanted to make this blog entry for you guys just in case you were planning a quick trip and didn’t quite know how to do so.

Here are other ways for you to get around on land:

1. CEBU – DUMAGUETE by Ceres Bus

South Bus Terminal -> get on a bus Dumaguete -> Maayo Shipping Lines Wharf -> Sibulan Port -> Dumaguete
For schedules, check here 

2. DUMAGUTE – BACOLOD by Ceres Bus

Dumaguete Ceres Liner TerminalBacolod North Bus Terminal (closest to city proper)
For schedules, check here

If there’s anything else you need to know, feel free to leave a comment below or email me at contactissaplease@gmail.com!

I’m craving for pizza now so bye,
Issa P.

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Frying Now: Fry High, Urgello

Urgello is surprisingly popping up with great, quaint little shops around the area that caters to students, residents and the adventurous foodies in Cebu, Fry High being one of them.

We’re always looking for new places to eat near our place (because let’s be honest, there aren’t too many of them in the South) so when I got the invitation to check out the place, I couldn’t pass it off!

To paint you a pretty picture, Fry High is located along the busy roads of J. Urgello street or along Sacred Heart Hospital. It’s a small shop at the side of the road and you have to keep an open eye out for it or you could possibly miss it. Be extra attentive because once you spot interiors that are beautifully plastered with black and white  murals, you’ve found the right place! Unfortunately, there is no parking in front of the store but you can park at a walking distance from it.

As I scanned the menu, I was delighted at how affordable each meal was. With meals ranging from P20.00- P99.00, I then asked myself if the food, at those prices, could possibly be any good. I mean, something that costs this cheap can’t be THAT good, right? Wrong, again.

I was able to gather that Fry High isn’t just an affordable place to dine after class or after a drunken night out, it’s a product of love. The owner of this establishment loves to cook and has an amazing way of putting a twist on already interesting pieces which are evident in dishes such as: maling sticks, dynamite, corndoggy, burger high, canton toppings, chicken proven, tuna high flakes, cheesedog balls and a lot more!

Paolo and I made a visit during dinner time and here are the photos:

As you already know, I cannot stand spicy food so I kept a nice distance from the dynamite and sisig but curiosity got the best of me and I tried it out anyways. I enjoyed both until the spice kicked in then, I was downing glasses of water until I couldn’t anymore. Paolo, on the other hand, went to town with them and ended up finishing my left overs.

We truly enjoyed our experience there and came home with full stomachs and hearts. My favorites were the ginabot, chicken and calamares but I can’t wait to go back and try out their corndoggy, burger high, batchoy, pancit canton toppings, proven and cheesedog balls. Now, that’s obviously a lot of food I want to try which means, I’ll have to make multiple trips which I completely do not mind. The ambiance there is super chill and they even have board games for you to enjoy while waiting or after enjoying your meal.

Get directions here

Fry High is open all day, everyday and can accommodate around 20 people. You can also hold private events there that can be coursed through their Facebook page.

Bring cash when you visit and make sure to come on an empty stomach!

Fry High my loves,
Issa P.

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How To Style: Mesh & Track Pants

I expressed my love for the resurfacing 90’s trend in several previous posts and the fandom just isn’t dying any time soon! Can this trend just never die? I know most people my age hate it but surprisingly, I have no problems dressing younger than I actually am. lol.

My good friend was celebrating her birthday with a 90’s theme and I couldn’t pass of the opportunity to dress up as Sporty Spice. Kids, if you don’t know who she is… GOOGLE is your best friend! You are welcome. To be honest, Mel B wasn’t particularly my favorite Spice Girl but I always affiliated myself with her the most and let’s be real, when was I ever the girly type?

Heads up, I am currently stocking up on mesh pieces because I want to do a styling video so once I get all the quirks fixed, you’ll catch it on this blog!


Mesh top- Forever 21| Sports Bra- Old Navy| Track pants – Adidas| Sneakers- Vans| Aviator glasses- Forever 21

Also, I have 2 hair colors in this post. WOWZA!

Girl Power,
Issaplease

 

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The Crotch-less Bathing Suit & Why I Hate It + Costabella & Cebu Yacht Club Photo Diary

I don’t understand this season’s obsession with crotches and long arm holes- I FUCKING HATE IT! And yet I was dumb enough to try the trend out anyways. I really am a schmuck. But curiosity got the best of me and I succumbed to the trend for the heck of it. So ladies and gents, if you’ve never seen it (in which you haven’t), here is my crotch in all it’s glory. I don’t know why anyone would possibly want to see it but I’m showing it to you anyways! ?

So my family and I took a trip to Costabella and then Cebu Yacht club for dinner which was when I decided to take my scandalous one piece suit out. Now, I don’t know if it’s a body issue thing or a personal space issue, but wearing this particular piece made me feel more naked than actually being naked so it’s a no go for me.

Here are some reasons why I disliked- hated this piece:
1. It showed off my nipples – there was sufficient amount of blurring of certain areas because this suit came with no paddings. Don’t get me wrong, the fabric was a beautiful corduroy-esque stretchy material but god, if I wanted people to see my nipples, I would never have bothered to invest in padded bras.

2. It covered very little of my frontal area – well obviously, as it is a crotchless bathing suit, but that’s the risk I took when I bought the damn thing.

3. It covered very little of my back area – “Do you want to see the moon? Well, you’re gonna!”

4. You need to get a wax before wearing this piece.

I can easily see how this piece could be an empowering article of clothing that every woman could need in their life and I’m all about that… just not on me. Maybe I’m a little old fashioned and I like keeping whatever ought to be hidden, hidden and well, if I wanted to be naked, I should have just done it right away.

So why did I buy this suit anyways if I knew I was gonna hate it? Because you can’t fully wear a suit at the dressing room of Forever 21 and I REALLY wanted to know what I looked like in it.

Forever the fashion victim,
Issa, puh-lease

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