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.

Friday, April 20, 2018

at Belo Beach, Olanggo Island, Cebu

Just 3.1 miles east of Mactan, Cebu is Olanggo Island, well known for its Wildlife Sanctuary and snorkeling sites. Many would go there not just for swimming or snorkeling but also for bird watching or bird photography as well as sunset photography. Migratory birds from Sibera, Northern China and Japan would flock the island as they seek refuge away from the cold winter Climate of these countries.

However, we did not go there for the birds as it wasn't the migratory season. We went there for the beach and for some quality time with friends. Lucky that my friend April was able to book us a budget friendly accomodation. So we packed our bags and met at Punta Engaño pier.

Going to Olanggo Island

Punta Engaño pier we paid 5php terminal fee and 15php for the boat ride. It took us around 20 minutes to reach the island. Then, we took a tricycle at an agreed fare to our accomodation. 

Belo Beach

Belo Beach, is a family owned resort located in Brgy. Talima, Olanggo. They have one available room for guest accomodation and we were lucky to have booked it. The resort was just far as exepcted though, and the road was a bit of a struggle but we managed to enjoy it. The resort is still being developed and when we got there, we had the place for ourselves. 

The owners were very accomodating. We call them Nanay and Tatay (Mother and Father). They made sure we were comfortable and assisted us with any of our request. When we needed something, their sons would immediately take their motorcycle and buy the things or food we needed. When we asked for fresh fish for grilling, their sons bought them and Nanay and Tatay happily grilled it for us even without asking them too. We left the place so grateful for their hospitality.

Aside from snorkeling and swimming, you can also enjoy a relaxing view of the ocean in the morning. You can actually see boats lined up in the sea as they bring tourists for diving and island hopping. Naynay and Tatay also let us borrow their snorkeling gears. However, place doesn't have a shoreline,  so we had to go to another beach for swimming during our first day. We went back to Belo Beach in the evening and spent the night with some drinks. It was a blast!

Room Rate - P1,600.00 (airconditioned)

Shalala Beach

Since my friends wanted to go to a resort with a shoreline, we hoped on a tricycle that took us to Shalala Beach. The property was just ordinary and great for a "barkada" getaway on a budget. There are several cottages, a volleyball area and rooms for overnight stay. The entrance fee was only P20.00 each.

The property is situated on the edge of an inlet, facing the Cumungi Island. The water there was too shallow and on a low tide you can actually cross over to Cumungi Island by foot. The current goes towards the open sea, so using our floatie wasn't a good a idea.

We spent the afternoon for some picture taking, a little swimming, slight drinking and a bunch of bonding. As the sun went down, we went back to Belo Beach to continue the fun.

Shalala Beach Rates:
Walk-in Entrance Fee - P20.00 per head

Cottages (Good for 10)
Day Use - P400.00
Night use - P600.00
Excess - P20.00 per head

Rooms (Good for 2)
Airconditioned Room - P1,50.00
Fan Room - P1,200
Excess - P100.00 per head

Tent  - P300.00
Picnic Table (with chairs and umbrella) - P250.00, good for 5

You can contact Belo Beach and Shalala Beach through their facebook pages.

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.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Sometimes my inner adventurous self would want to find some thrill, so I look for an activity that will satisfy that desire. This time, I dared my self to do and extreme sport. Together with 2 of my roommates, we went to Poog to try the rock climbing for the first time. We packed our lunch and our bag, ready for an adventure.

When we saw the crag, we suddenly got nervous and excited at the same time. We set up a small picnic at the ground while our guide, Enie set up the harness to a beginner's route. It was supposedly easy but for us first timers it was still challenging.

wearing the climbing shoes provided by our guide.

The Poog crag was personally bolted by our guide Enie Yonson and his team. It also has a lot of bumps and holes for footholds, handholds, and ledges which makes it good for beginners and first-timers. Enie was also patient enough to encourage us to continue the climb as he holds the harness for us. He also taught us where to hold and where to stand. It was such an exhilarating experience.

with our Poog rock climbing guide
So if you are up to the challenge of rock climbing even without experience then the Poog Crag may be for you. Climb at your own risk.

How to get to Poog Crag, Cebu for Rock Climbing.
1. Take a bus from Cebu City South Bus Terminal going to Toledo and tell the conductor you will get off at Upper Poog-Toledo Highway crossing. You will notice a byroad going to the mountainside with stores in the area. If you forgot your lunch or you feel hungry you can also buy food from the stores.

selfie inside the bus going to Poog
2. From there, you can walk to the Poog crag for a good warm-up or you can ride the Habal-habal motorcycle for only 10php each.

see that sign? that can also be your landmark to get off from the bus

Tips before going to Poog Crag. 
  • Don't forget to contact the guide before you go there. You can contact Enie Yonson through his Facebook account. His number is also on his profile. The fee is 500 php inclusive of all equipment and gears. You can also climb as much as you want.

  • If you are a first-timer, it's still best to try out wall climbing at the gym first to get the hang of it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Leyte is probably one of the most underrated provinces in the Philippines. When you get to know and discover the hidden paradises in Leyte you may not want to go somewhere else. One of its paradises is Canigao Island.

So I brought my Mom, my daughter, and my nephew to Canigao. Mom was not as excited as me, but when got to the Island, she suddenly did not want to go back. It exceeded her expectation. 

We arrived at the island around 5PM and not longer than an hour when we set up our camp that we decided to stay for another night.

This is our "Family Canigao Adventure"

It was Sunday afternoon, we took a van from Baybay and left from Baybay Terminal around 2:30 PM. We arrived in Matalom at around 3:45 PM. I expected that the port will still be the same, just near the Municipal Hall and the public market. So we arrived in Matalom, half prepared. I 'd say half because we did not bring food because we planned to buy food at the public market so we won't have a lot of trouble during the commute.

The new port is in Brgy. Itum, Matalom. We immediately registered when we got there. There are several souvenir and beach shops in the port but only a couple of convenience store there. After registering, we went to buy food because we thought there will be no more time to go to the public market. 

the convenience store is the one on the left

Here are some of the items we bought from the convenience store:
  • cup noodles
  • canned goods (corned beef and beef loaf for easy cooking)
  • drinking water (5-gallon of water is 50 php only, but you can leave 150 php deposit for the container and claim your deposit money when you return the container)
  • charcoal 
  • lighter
  • chips
  • soft drinks
  • ice
It was still around 4 PM, we don't have a butane gas yet because the convenience store doesn't have any left. I asked the lady from the port registration if we still have time to buy butane and few other stuff. She allowed us but just have to go in a hurry. Luckily, there are pedicabs just near the souvenir shops. A pedicab driver took us to the market and offered to wait for us and take us back. I gave my nephew money to buy meat while I bought butane, bread and fruits.
  • pork chop - 220 php/kg
  • butane gas - 35 php with canister
  • mangoes - 140 php/kg
  • Banana - 25 php for 1/4 kg
  • sliced bread - 45 php

I paid 60 pesos for the pedicab fare. We arrived back to the port around 5 PM. Paid the entrance and boat and went straight to the boat. If you don't have a tent. you can rent a tent for 300 php including the space fee. We have a tent so, we only paid 50php for the space fee. 
Canigao Island prohibited activities

Canigao Island Reminders

Canigao Island entrance fee and boat fare

We immediately set up our camp by the beach. Then we grilled the pork and ate under the starry sky. Mama enjoyed it so much. She said it's so great to eat by the beach, on a mat, with fresh air, and under a starry sky from time to time. I'm just so happy my mom enjoyed it

After dinner, Sofie and I stayed out and laid down on our pizza floatie and went star gazing. We slept there too, but when it got colder and started to drizzle we transferred to the tent.

The next morning, we woke up early. I really intend to wake up early because I want to see the sunrise and enjoy the beauty of the beach in the morning. It looks really peaceful. We made coffee and ate our breakfast.

It was getting hot on our camp, we decided to move near the shade and near the table. Canigao Island have tables made of old tires and cement. They also have portable tables and plastic chairs that are free to use. You can borrow them from the Visitor Center.

The Canigao Market

Since we decided to stay for another night, I took mama to their marketplace so we can order fresh seafood for lunch. They sell fresh seafood there and just charge you if you want them to cook it for you. We just had 1/4 kg of squid for 75 pesos and had them cook squid adobo. They charge 30 pesos for cooking. Oh, you need to buy the spices needed for the dish too.
A view of the Canigao Lighthouse on the way to the market

only 3 shops opened that day, the souvenir shop, convenience store, and seafood shop

Mama also bought some souvenirs from the souvenir shop. She bought a shell chandelier and some key chains. 

After lunch, the cool ocean breeze and warm sun made us sleepy. Mama slept inside the tent, Sofie slept on our hammock and I slept on the pizza floatie under the shade, and John went around the island 3 times. He said he was also able to sleep on the other side of the island too. 

Around the Island

AT around 3 PM, We decided to go around the island too and took some pictures. When we got back went swimming again. It was fun.

if you like Pizza floatie, you can also grab yours here -

 Cottages and Accommodations

Grilling Area

 Along the Island

 Public Rest Room

I love that they keep the public restroom clean

We cooked the corned beef that we bought from the port and just added egg from the Canigao Market, we also fried dried squid, that we got from the market too.

The next morning was time to go home. We did not want to, but we had to. 
We made coffee and instant noodles. We also fried the beef loaf and ordered rice from the market. 

We started packing our stuff after eating and waited for the boat. It was around 10, there is no boat yet and I felt sleepy again, so I laid down my sarong, then Sofie and I slept on the sand. It was 11:30 when the boat arrived. 

When we got to the port, we took a pedicab that took us to Bato Terminal. Matalom don't have a terminal so we had to go to Bato. We paid 100 PHP for the 4 of us.

All of us enjoyed the trip. Mama enjoyed it the most, she can't stop planning for the next time we go to Canigao Island.

Tips when going to Canigao

  • Prepare all the food and things you need ahead of time. Don't be overly confident that the Market is just near or you can just get all the things you need from the local market. It would also be cheaper if you prepare food ahead because the items at Canigao Market are sold at a much higher price.
  • Come early so that if you forget something, you still have time to shop at the local market.
  • Bring Snorkeling gears
  • Don't forget to bring sunblock. Make sure your sunblock has broad-spectrum protection with PA +++. Broad spectrum protects you from both UVA and UVB. Also, don't forget to reapply, reapply, reapply especially after swimming
  • Set up a hammock and enjoy the starry sky at night.
  • Bring a sweater, it can be so chilly at night and at dawn.
  • Bring a trash bag. Canigao has a policy of "Basura ko, dala ko", which means you have to bring your garbage to the mainland. IT will be collected at the port.
  • Don't forget your power bank.
  • Make sure all your lamps and flashlights are fully charged.
  • If you are bringing floaties, you might also want to bring your electric pump. You can use your electric pump at the market for a fee. Trust me, it's so taxing manually pumping air to a giant Floatie. 

How to get to Canigao Island
  • Take a flight to Tacloban, Leyte (Daniel Z Romualdez Airport). Choose a morning flight so you will have ample travel time to Matalom, Leyte.
  • From the airport, take a taxi going to the Bus Terminal or Van Terminal.  It may cost you around 100 PHP. 
  • Take a Van going to Maasin via Baybay. Tell The driver to drop you off at Matalom, at the port going to Canigao. Remember the port is no longer near the Matalom Plaza, it's currently situated in Brgy. Itum. The locals said it might just be temporary though. The journey may take 3.5 to 4 hours. The fare may cost around 200-250 PHP.
  • From the highway going to the port, you can take a pedicab for less hustle for only 7 pesos each.
  • At the port, register and pay the boat fare then wait for the boat that will take you to the Island. Travel time may take 10 - 15 minutes. The fare is for the round trip. 

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