Wednesday, October 24, 2018

When you have passed by along South Road Proerties, Cebu you have most likely seen the ruins of Compania Maritima. It is that abandoned building you can see upon entering SRP. If you are like me who is fascinated with heritage sites and it's stories, you probably also look forward to being able to get into the building or at least take a photo of it.

History of Maritima Ruins (Compania Maritima)

Before this building became known as the Maritima Ruins, it was known as the Fernandez Building. It was built in 1910 and was owned by Fernandez Hermanos Inc. It was later on, occupied by Shamrock Hotel in the 1930's.  It was prominent for being the flagship hotel of Shamrock. It was also reported that Shamrock Hotel utilizes the upper floors while the ground floor is occupied by Manila Steamship Company.

  Today, the Maritima Ruins is left abandoned, occupied by the homeless and the facade surrounded with parked cars
Today, the Maritima Ruins is left abandoned, occupied by the homeless and the facade surrounded with parked cars
In 1945, during the World War II, this building wasn't spared from the bombing and havoc of war. It was dilapidated until an international shipping lines offered to have it restored. That was Compania Maritima.

Compania Maritima was the biggest shipping company in the Philippines. They have also put up the Philippine's first international port in Cebu. Their dominant routes were going to Southern Mindanao. Their ships are bigger and able to carry more cargoes than the competitors.

Abandoning the Building

In 1976, fast cruiser liners came. Sulpicio Lines and William Lines has introduced a faster ships which travels 50% less time than Compania Maritima currently have and only have one intermediate stop compared to the Compania Maritima that has up to six intermediate stops.  The company tried to take care of things and reduce their sailing time to 4 days however, they were still unable to compete. As competetors acquire faster and better ships, Compania Maritima got stuck to their old ships and way of sailing. Together with the political and financial crisis in the 80s and their losing operations. They had to file bankruptcy and in 1988 non of their ships exist.

Owners of the company left and went back to Spain, while the building was left abandoned since then.

Truly, this heritage building has gone through the test of time. It has witnessed Cebu from pre-war up until now. It's beautiful structure and facade shows the rich history of the Philippines. My only wish for this building is for this to be restored like in its glory days and become a historical museum. I would definitely be the first to go.

A view of the Maritima ruins

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Wasn't able to make to the 1:45 PM trip of 2Go Supercat to Cebu. I arrived a little too late. I did not realize the ticketing office cut off issuing of tickets 10 minutes before the departure time.

So what a freelancer do when she gets stuck in a city away from home? 

She finds the most convenient place to work. Luckily, I know just the right person to ask for a recommendation in Ormoc. I asked Nikka of Discover Ormoc City for a coffee shop recommendation to pass the time with and to work and she recommended Bo's Coffee in Rizal St.

I don't know where Rizal St. is but I took a tricycle and told the driver I'm going to Bo's coffee. The fare is only 7 php.  Going around Ormoc City is very easy with tricycle as main transportation. 

Bo's Coffee
Bo's Coffee Ormoc Menu Board
Bo's Coffee Ormoc Menu Board

Bo's coffee is a Filipino coffee house chain owned by a Cebuano. It started in Cebu and now has grown to have around 91 outlets all over the Philippines.  They have a variety of beverages, snacks and breakfast meals.

Bo's Coffee Bean Sources and its Flavor
I love that their coffees are homegrown. The company aim to highlight Philippine grown coffee and support local coffee farmers.

Sagada - Sweet, nutty, and well-balanced, with hints of chocolate and fresh tobacco.

Benguet - Well-balanced, with herbal notes and a winey taste.

Mt. Kitanglad - Light and Nutty

Mt. Apo -  Sweet and earthy

Mt. Matumtum - Berrylike and spicy, with notes of cardamom and camphor

Bo's Coffee Ormoc Situation
On my way there, I expected that it will be packed with students but I was wrong. There were only a few people when I arrive. I guess that's the good thing about having limited internet, people don't overstay. Bo's coffee Ormoc only allow up to 1 hr of internet usage while other outlets allow up to 2. The trick here is to ask for another network key once you have used up yours. Of course, don't abuse it. It's still a coffee shop and not a free internet hub.

Anyway, their internet connection is fast. I was able to work while I ate my tuna sandwich and sip my Caramelo Froccino. The Barista and Staff are also polite and friendly. It's a good thing I went there.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Everywhere I go, especially when I'm traveling I always slip a small bottle of sunflower oil in my bag. I like organic products, especially when it's something I apply to my skin. I would choose an organic product over an item that contains a lot of chemicals that I don't understand. When I'm in the grocery buying toiletries, you will find me checking the ingredients before buying.

 I have also scoured the internet for some organic soaps and moisturizers, like those from Venus and Mars, Cyleina Organics, Mediherbs and Human Heart Nature. I have a dry skin type, and I have bought bottles of Emu oil, rosehip oil, sunflower oil and tubs of unrefined shea butter. It's the sunflower oil I love the most because it's not as pricey as the rest of those oils I've mentioned but it serves its purpose. Like my lip balm, sunflower oil has become a staple to me.

What is sunflower oil?

Sunflower oil is a nonvolatile oil pressed from sunflower (scientific name: Helianthus annuus) seeds.  It is usually used in food preparation and cosmetic formulation.

Benefits of sunflower oil

1.  Hair and Skin moisturizer
Sunflower oil is a natural emollient which helps the skin retain moisture. It can be directly applied all over the body including the hair. It does not clog pores which makes it safe to apply to the face too. It is loaded with vitamin E and fatty acids that helps in nourishing skin and prevent acne.

2. It helps lighten dark spots.
I'm usually sleep deprived which is obvious with my dark circles. This is especially true when I'm traveling. So, I apply a very small amount to my eyes before and after I sleep. The vitamin and antioxidant properties of sunflower oil help reduce the appearance of dark circles. I also apply sunflower oil to my underarms and bikini areas. These areas are particularly sensitive which needs special attention and sunflower oil helps me with that.

3. Helps reduce inflammation and insect bites
Sometimes when we are out to an outdoor adventure, it is inevitable that we cut ourselves or get insect bites. Sunflower oil helps reduce the inflammation and soothe the pain.
One time while beach camping with my family, my daughter ate a tiny portion of a dried squid. She is allergic to seafood and a few minutes later her mouth started to swell. I applied a small amount of sunflower oil to soothe the pain and help reduce the swelling.

4. Protects against sun damage.
Whenever I go swimming, I would apply sunflower oil to my hair to protect it from sun and saltwater damage. Sunflower oil is a natural sunscreen.

5. Soothes and helps heal sunburn
Though I'm not a swimmer, I still love going to the beach, enjoying the waves, the sun, and the sands. It's not uncommon for me to get sunburned every time. So to soothe the pain, I apply sunflower oil. It's so useful not just for me but also to friends who get sunburned from the trip.

6. An organic anti-dandruff
When I started dying my hair, I developed dandruff in my scalp. I didn't care enough because it is also natural to develop dandruff when you dye your hair but when my friends started to notice it, I began to feel conscious about it. So I religiously applied a drop of sunflower oil to my dandruff and in a few weeks, my scalp cleared.

7. Natural lip balm
Lip balm is a staple to me too, I have different lip balm in my room, in my wallet and even in my bag but there are times that I forget to bring one so I apply sunflower oil to my lips, instead. It moisturizes the lips and helps heal cracked lips.

8. Organic makeup remover
I particularly use it to remove my eye make up. It removes my eyeliner and mascara without a hassle and it moisturizes my eye area too. It works in two ways.

These are just a few benefits of sunflower oil. Reasons why I bring sunflower oil everywhere and recommends sunflower oil to everyone.

If you have your reasons why you love sunflower oil or want to add something to the list, please write it in the comments below. I would like to read your reasons too.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

One day, an engineering student commented to one of Mayor Tommy Osmeña's facebook post. She requested that the City Public Library be opened 24/7 so students can study there instead of at a burger chain. Mayor Tom immediately responded to give him a week. The Cebu City Public Library has been operating only on weekdays from 8 AM to 5 PM for almost 10 decades but on March 9th, 2018 the library was officially opened 24/7 and may not close again. It is the first public library in the Philippines that is open 24/7.

My roommates and I went to the Library last Sunday and I was really amazed that it was packed. We almost could not find a seat but the library staff assisted us. It was totally a relief to learn that many students still find a library really useful in this age of tablets, wifi and coffee shops.

Kodus to the Mayor and the Library staff, for opening the Library 24/7 and for keeping it organized. There is a water inside and you can bring your own coffee too. There is also a free wifi, so you can make your online  research while inside the library too. It may not be as huge as the our library from my university but it still a perfect place to study than a coffee shop or burger chain.

When we got home, I asked my roommate who is currently taking Chemistry Board Review Classes at the University of San Carlos if he enjoyed studying at the Cebu City Public Library. He had a huge smile while saying yes, the ambience is definitely a perfect place to study. Unlike at a coffee shop you don't get easily distracted at the library because everybody is studying too.

I highly recomend that the students in cebu visit the Library instead of going to coffee shops and spending hundreds just to study. The Cebu City Public Library is a great place to study and to read literature on paper.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Philippines is known for its beautiful and serene white sand beaches, little do people know that the Philippines also has hidden pink paradises. You've probably heard of the pink-tinted beach of Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga. You probably also thought that it's the only pink sand beach in the country.

There are actually other fascinating pink beaches in the country, there is Sila Island in Northern Samar, Tikling Island and Subic Beach, Calintaan Island in Sorsogon and Pundaguitan Beach in Davao Oriental. Maybe there are more that are still undiscovered. So when I learned that Samar has a pink beach, I immediately planned to travel and bought a tent to shelter us for an overnight stay on the Island.

The blushing pink sand of Sila Island is caused by red corals and shells, pulverized by waves and got mixed with the white sand. The pink sand is highly noticeable on a hot sunny day, so the best time to visit the island is in April or May.
My red hair on the sands of Sila Island

Our habal-habal driver in Capul helped us arrange for a boat trip from Capul to Sila Island. He went to our hotel at around 9 AM and took us to Kuya Kasing, the boatman.

The sea was really peaceful that morning and I was excited. It was around an hour boat trip from Capul to Sila Island. I was even more excited when I saw the pinkish sand of Sila Island.

The beach is really peaceful. I like that there were not many people there. It's a total opposite of Boracay or other prominent beaches. In fact, there were only 2 groups when we arrived and only us that spent the night there. The caretakers are also friendly and approachable.

How to get to Pink Beach, Sila Island via Capul Island
  1. From Tacloban, Leyte take a Van going to Calbayog. The fare is P220.00 per pax.
  2. From Calbayog, take another van going to Allen, Samar. Tell the driver you will get off at Dapdap Port, Allen. The fare is P100.00 per pax.
  3. Pay the 5 peso terminal fee of Allen port and take the boat that will go to Tarnate or Capul. We went to Capul because the boat to Tarnate wasn't sailing. The boat departs daily at noon. The fare is P100.00 and will be collected once you get off the boat in Capul Island.
  4. From Capul take a special boat that will take you to Pink Beach, Sila Island. Negotiate with the boatman for a boat that best fits your need. A good for 5 boat costs P1,500.00 for 1 way and another 1500 from Pink Beach going back to Capul. You can spend a day and night Capul or just go straight ahead to Pink Beach, Sila Island.
    Our boatman is Kuya Kasing. He took us to Pink Beach from Capul for P1,500.00 and from Pink Beach to Allen for P2500. You can contact him before going to Sila Island at 09127397227.
* There are also flights directly to Catarman or Calbayog. From Catarman or Calbayog, just take a van going to Allen.
* The boat from Capul to Allen, Samar (mainland) departs daily at 7 AM.

Where to stay in Pink Beach, Sila Island

 There is no accommodation there as of the moment but they have an open cottage which is also available overnight. I recommend pitching a tent to get the most out of the beach camping experience.

Tips in going to Pink Beach
  • The best time to go to Pink Beach, Sila Island is in April and May when the sun is hot and the sea is more peaceful. Pink tint is also visible on a sunny day.
  • Bring snorkeling gears
  • There is no store there, so be sure to bring enough food, drinking water, and other necessities. 
  • Bring your trash back to the mainland or ask your boatman to dispose of it. 

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