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. 

Our trip to Capul Island was really unplanned. Our original route to Pink Beach, Samar was San Isidro to San Vicente then to Pink Beach, our plan B was Allen to Tarnate Island, then to Pink Beach. Early on our trip from Tacloban to Samar, when we reached Catbalogan, I received a text from the boatman I contacted that there is no trip from San Isidro to San Vicente that day because of the holiday (we went there on a holy week). Our initial agreement a couple of days before our trip was that he will pick us up from San Vicente to Pink Beach for only P2,000, that also includes picking us up the next day and taking us back to San Vicente. Since the boat going San Vicente was canceled, he is willing to pick us up from San Isidro to San Vicente Island for P7,000 but he also suggested that we just look for another boat in San Isidro that would take us for a cheaper price.
We decided to just go for plan B because 7,000 is way more than our budget. When we got to Allen the boat to Tarnate Island is also not sailing. I was getting frustrated, I have been wanting to go to Pink Beach since last year and last year we also missed the boat from San Isidro to San Vicente, so we went for our Plan B and went to Haven of Fun resort in San Antonio Island. It's a good thing, the locals suggested that we take the boat to Capul, stay there for the night and take a special boat to Pink Beach.

When we got to Capul Island, a habal-habal (motorbike) driver took us to a resort to check in first, before going on a tour.

The driver took us to the historical watchtower of Capul, there is a park in front of it just by the sea with a good view of a wave interference.

The Capul watchtower was still under maintenance when we arrived on the Island. This watchtower used to serve as a guidepost to the Acapulco-Manila galleon trade, passing through San Bernardino Strait. Acapulco is also where Capul got its name. This Island used to be their last stop from Manila to secure provisions before setting out to Acapulco.

Wave Interference - 2 waves meet

 Our next stop was a resort. We wanted to swim but it was almost sundown when we got there. We also would have pitched a tent here if we have known we were allowed to in the first place instead of checking in a hotel.

It was getting dark and it started to rain, so we decided to go back to the hotel. Our habal-habal driver said he would have had taken us to Beto cave if we arrived earlier or if we stay for another day.

It was an amazing experience. Island life is so laid back. We have witnessed pigs, cattle, and poultry just crossing the road. You will see lots of trees and coconuts and even livestock along the way. Everything there was simple. The mode of transportation is just motorcycles, no cars. The breath of fresh air is so relaxing. The only regret I have is not being able to visit the cave and the historical church of Capul, we just passed by it. Its church is surrounded by a fort and is being pushed to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

How to Get to Capul Island.

1. Get to Allen, Samar
From Tacloban take a van of Grandtours that will go to Calbayog, Samar. IT will take 4 hours from Tacloban to Calbayog. It is highly recommended to take the first trip or before 6 AM. The fare is P220.00.
From Calbayog, take another van that will go to Allen, Samar. The trip will take around 1 hr. The fare is P100.00

There is also a direct flight to Catarman, Samar. From the airport, you can just walk a few meters and take a tricycle to the City terminal for only P10.00. It may take around 15 mins.
Then, take a jeepney going to Allen. The fare is only P60.00, travel time is around 1.5 hours.

2.  Go to the port and pay the P5.00 terminal fee.

3. Take the boat that will go to Capul, Island. The boat only sails once a day at 1:00 PM. Be there earlier than 12 PM to make sure you can ride the boat. The fare is only P100.00. The boatman will collect the fare when you arrive at the Island.

4. There are habal-habal when you get to the port, you can just deal with them for a special tour. Our tour cost us P500. Our habal-habal driver, Kuya Jojo, took us to the hotel, then to the watchtower, then to Magluyoan Beach, then back to our hotel. He also fetched us from the hotel the next day and helped us arranged a special boat trip to Pink Beach. You can contact him at 09303225649.

Where to stay in Capul Island
  • Jadil Alpha Hotel was where we stayed. A room for 2 with Air conditioning system and a private CR costs P800, and a room for 2 with only a wall fan and no private CR is P500.00 only.
  • Magloyuan Beach also has accommodations available. You can also pitch a tent there for a small fee.

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