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In Pictures: Compostela Boardwalk Beach Resort (Cebu)

One of the smallest beach resorts one could ever go to is the Boardwalk at Compostela, Cebu — that is 26 kilometers north of the city!

T’is easy to find though since it’s just right after the municipal hall and the town’s public market; however, just before the Green Lagoon Park which is also in Compostela. Okay, got it!?

Compostela Municipal Hall is to the left when coming from Cebu City
From Cebu City, the Boardwalk is to the right

Anyway, smallish as it is, the Boardwalk’s got a handful of signages?!

Signage #1: Just after the reception
Signage #2: After the kiddie pool and the cottages
Signage #3: In front of the main pool

We are not even counting the resort’s ID! Well, it’s just noticeable since the place is clearly just a few hundred (??) square meters in area. And so, everything is just on a rectangular landscape.

From the entrance, the cottages are to the right
Rooms are to the left

Well, the resort proper is kind of cute though — and perhaps never really experienced overcrowding unless those bigger resorts are full. So, you got ’em little pools all for yourself with this one..

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Kiddie pool

Even tho with limited parking space. But who cares, you’re alone!

Parking area just before the resort proper

How ’bout checkin’ our ‘live’ tour, ey, you might see somethin’ else!

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In Pictures: Green Lagoon Park (Compostela, Cebu)

A lagoon park that’s pleasantly close to Cebu City, the Green Lagoon Park is just 27 kilometers north of the city proper! Have you been there?

Well, if you’re all alone or even with a partner, you would not really have to spend much getting there as even a jeepney (with no need to ride a ‘habal-habal’) will do since the place is just along the highway of the municipality of Compostela. See??!

The entrance to Green Lagoon Park
Reception Area
TO THE RIGHT OF THE ENTRANCE: 2-way road going to the shore with cottages on the side
Cottages near the shore
STRAIGHT ROAD FROM THE ENTRANCE: Onto the rooms
View of the rooms from the back
The playhouse just before the pool
Pool fee is P100 for adults and P50 for kids
This is the only pool they have but it’s good enough

By the way, if you notice, the place is spacious enough, so do not worry about parking space. Check out the video for a ‘live’ feed.

One of those fun things you could do here is play volleyball. Oh, did I hear ‘basketball’?? Sorry guys, I didn’t see any court. Nada.

Volleyball area near the shore

Also, for those who love to sing, there’s no ‘videoke’ here — but you could bring your own tho. And whether there’s singing or not, there is drinking; ey, your corkage fee okay? At the entrance.

In Pictures: Mainit Springs (Cebu)

Have you ever thought that there is actually a hot spring in south of Cebu? Yeah, not only beautiful beaches and falls — but a hot spring, too! Must be over 40 degrees of sulfuric acid if I’m not mistaken.

And where is it? Well, about 120 kilometers southwest of Cebu City at Barangay Montaneza, Malabuyoc, Cebu. Around a 3 hour or so drive.  So here, check ’em out.

To get here from Cebu City, you’d have to start off at the South Bus Terminal — get off Malabuyoc (inform the conductor that you’d be going to Mainit Springs at Barangay Montaneza) then ride a ‘habal-habal’ to take you to the hot spring. These would cost you around P200 more or less; that’s a rough estimate since we actually took the east coast (not the via Barili bus) to get here.

The middle pool
The right pool

Meanwhile, the entrance fee for the hot spring is 20 pesos per head. However, in case you’re thinking of an overnight stay — there’s none within the spring’s vicinity — so, it’s either you camp out or stay in Poblacion, or nearby barangays or towns.

Towards the left pool

Okay, since the spring is hot, as in hot — if you are a first-timer, you’d probably take a long ritual before immersing in this sulfuric spring. So the trick is to go slow. Try to feel the water first, get used to the high temperature and dip yourself limb by limb. Hehe. Before slowly submerging yourself. Hey, don’t open your eyes — and make it quick!

The left pool
Left pool: The immersion

Shortly, you’d notice your skin has turned red while dirt and dead skin are easy to peel. In the end, you’ll be sort of feelin’ relaxed and reenergized, like having gone to a sauna — perhaps even better — since whatever skin allergies you have would somehow be treated!

T’is more than an experience, it’s healing! Try it!

In Pictures: The Canyoneering Rush at Alegria (Cebu, 2017)

If you love hiking and nature, if you like jumping off cliffs and swimming — then we got something for ya’. Canyoneering! And in Cebu, there are basically two towns where you could do it — Badian and Alegria — both at the southern part of the province.

You know, Badian, where Kawasan Falls is as well? Yeah, they got canyoneering there, too. Level 1 that is. However, if you want a little more challenge then go to Level 2, that’s in Alegria — the town after Badian. And that’s where we took our thirst for some adventure..

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The bridge to adventure
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Photo from the bridge to where we’d swim to.. After the jump
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1st jump right off the bat

Don’t be surprised when after wearing your gears and crossing the bridge — you’d be making your first jump right off the bat. It’s just how the trail starts, and perhaps to get your adrenaline going.

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Watch your step. Some stones are slippery.

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Adventure is not for the fainthearted. Can’t keep thinking, just roll.

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Hike. Jump. Swim. That’s what ‘canyoneering’ is all about — so, go!

Alegria’s trail is a 4-kilometer stretch of rocks and water in the midst of nature; plus, a kilometer or so of dry land and hill hiking..

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Which would actually leave you starving after completing the entire course! This is why it’d be good to get a nice deal from your provider. That’s at the canyoneering headquarters, or contact 0943 5247120.

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In the end, t’is just a good therapy for your mind and body.

In Pictures: Kawasan Falls (Badian, Cebu)

Another of the more frequented tourist attractions in Cebu is the Kawasan Falls in Badian — some 110 kilometers south of Cebu City. Well, there are those who says that there’s really nothing special about this falls as it’s just a regular one. Then again, what makes a falls special anyway?

Height? Hmm… Don’t really think so. As long as it’s not too low, that’s okay. Water color? Ahh, know what? If the falls is a ‘real’ one then it should darken when it rains — as in brownish — due to the soil that gets mixed up when it pours real hard. So again, what makes a falls special, huh?

A good mix of just about everything. Especially the location or environment, yeah..
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Like it? Well, to get here: Get to the Librando Bus Terminal first, that’s just on the opposite side of the South Bus Terminal. Most of their buses here, in fact, has that Badian signboard. So just ask to make sure and hop in the first one that’s scheduled to leave.

Hey, it takes 3-4 hours of travel time, so you wouldn’t want to waste time, eh?! Oh, fare is at P130 per head by the way.
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Once you get past the bridge and see the church to your left, that’s where you get off.
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Then walk a little further and you’ll see the path to Kawasan Falls. And that’s about a 1.5 kilometer hike — with the earliest sights you’ll see from the pictures below.
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Entrance fee costs P20 per head
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Souvenir items just at the entrance

You’d actually be passing by a number of bridges and wonderful sights on your way to the falls. So get your cameras ready!
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Hmm, just saw the little bridges, now here are some of the views..
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Know what? There’s two things we could say about the Kawasan adventure really..
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The Good. More than the rafting, it’s the 1.5 kilometer walk that sets this adventure apart.

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Accommodation just in front of the falls

The Not So Good. We don’t really like the idea that structures are so near the falls — it just reduces its appeal, and so making the place look like a hotel pool instead of a waterfall. See?

Till next time.. Ciao!

Food Review: Pongko Pongko (Visayas)

Pongko Pongko is actually not a food but a kind of eatery, one that is setup just about anywhere especially on sidewalks where you sit on stools and dine at low tables. And yeah, the Visayan region is the one who most probably started it.

Why do we say so? Because of the ‘hanging rice’, or puso in the vernacular. Thus with puso being a Visayan creation, it’s the Visayans who sort of came up with ‘pongko pongko’. Makes sense.

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Eating at sidewalks is sometimes like a picnic
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Puso, or 'hanging rice'

See, puso is very convenient to bring just about anywhere you go and so, you could also have your meal just about anywhere you want to. Hehe.

And since it’s ‘just about anywhere’ then those who are in this kind of business normally serves ‘fried food’ to go along with the puso. Yep, from different cuts of chicken to thin slices of pork; to barbeque to hotdogs and lumpia, and even to fried eggs and meat loaves.

Hey, they’re even much, much more affordable than the ‘Chicken Joy’ — without really much difference in taste except for the sauces! Seriously!

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Some of the fried food that goes well with 'puso'

Chicken Joy uses gravy while the ‘pongko pongko’ fried chicken generally uses a mixture of: vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and chili. Now obviously, because of it’s affordability — and ‘addicting’ blend, what with also the cold soda giving that extra kick — the ‘pongko pongko’ market has seen a huge surge!

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Even saucers or little bowls for sauces are wrapped in cellophanes

Still, if ever there’s a negative side to this kind of eatery — it’s not really ’em dishwashing issues. Ey, plates are wrapped in cellophanes! Same goes with spoons and forks, I mean, they’re not used here; instead, you use your hands to eat — which is also covered with cellophane, of course!

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Notice the cooking oil? It's already dark!

So first, negativity here could be the ‘use of cooking oil’ as they use such until it’s real dark already. That’ll be unhealthy. But so is gravy and the saturated oil in Chicken Joy! Second would be the question of food ‘cleanliness’. You know, you’re eating at sidewalks — where air pollution abound! Smoke. Dust. And what have you.

Then again, how many actually got sick?? Hardly anyone. Unless there was something else that was cooked. There you go!

Till next time.. Enjoy!

In Pictures: Mantayupan Falls (Barili, Cebu)

Here is one of the more than 90 falls you could find in Cebu province.. the Mantayupan Falls in Campangga, Barili — some 60 kilometers southwest of the city.

Oh, did you know that it’s just about 300 meters away from another wonderful adventure? Well then, let’s see these pics first..

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Hmm… Can you see ’em clearly? I mean the print on the signboard. If not, here goes. There are actually 2 falls here, one is 14 meters high and the ‘main’ falls is about 98 meters high..

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This is the 14-meter high falls; and it’s the first falls you’d see.

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Now, t’is the ‘main’ waterfalls at 98 meters.. A lot really gathers here to have picnics, you know. The ‘wind’ is pretty cool off the falls, yeah!

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For the curious, here’s what that small sign says — check it out!

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And yes, in case you wish to spend a night or two, they got rooms.

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So, what can you say? Okay, the water is not blue nor green; well, it just rained before we got there. Still, it’s bathable. After all, it’s running water, remember?! Just be careful.

Enjoy!