Temple of Leah

After the lookout, we headed to our last stop, the Temple of Leah.

It resembles a pantheon, but it was created by a loving husband to honor his wife. He set the bar up high for men out there.

 

Teodorico S Adarna Jr, set up this temple in 2012 as a symbol of undying love for his late wife. There are 24 chambers in this temple, which were not open to the public. In these chambers are Leah’s collection of antiques, books and special objects and memorabilias that they have collected throughout their years.

Here are some photos from the place.

 

Top of Cebu Lookout

After Sirao Flower Garden, we went to Top of Cebu Lookout. There was also an entrance fee there about 100 pesos per person.

We were there for about half just before the sun set. Cebu City from the lookout was lovely to look at. Also a great place to take photos

Sirao Flower Garden

Before we actually went to Siargao, we were in Cebu for a few days. To go to Siargao, we had to take the plane from Cebu.

One of the few places we went to in Cebu was the Sirao Flower Garden. We hired a private driver to take us on a tour.

In the area outside Sirao Garden, there were a few vendors selling snacks and drinks. We bought bananaque, which is barbeques banana, super delicous. We had to eat it before entering the garden, as food and drinks are prohibited.

There was a 50pesos entrance fee there. We were there for probably half an hour admiring the different kinds of flowers and the attractions they had there. Also taking photoshoots took some time. Here are some photos we took.

 

Hygge Bungalows

We stayed at Hygge Bungalows in General Luna,Siargao. It was in a bit far from the stores, restaurants or spas, however it was quiet there and peaceful. We rented a moped through the bungalow, and so going around the island was not difficult at all.

The bungalow had a living room downstairs, and the two bedrooms were upstairs. Both rooms were air conditioned. The bathroom was downstairs and it was clean. Outside, we could cook and wash the dishes.

There was wifi and we stayed mostly at the living room.

On our last night there, there was a bagyo or typhoon. So there was a blackout which meant that we did not have any electricity for hours. Luckily my sister and I charged our phones beforehand and downloaded some series we could watch. It was a memorable last night.

 

We were picked up by a van to get us to the airport. The Bungalow can fix a service to and from the airport, it is a shared service so some sightseeing should be expected and some time allowance should be added.

Island Hopping in Siargao

We went island hopping in Siargao. We went to three islands: Naked Island, Daku and Guyam.

We went near the pier and booked our island hopping tour. Two other tourists from Spain actually went to us and asked if we could form as a group, which we did. The tour was good for 6 people and splitting the cost is much better. As for how much it was, I think it was 1500PHP for 6 people for the tour.

Before going to the boat, we had to buy lunch. So we bought some bread and seafood for lunch.

The first island we went to was the Naked Island. I would think naked island was the name given to it, because it just is an island without any trees, just a naked island. We were there for maybe half an hour or an hour.

The second island we went to was Daku island. It was the biggest island among the three we stayed at and it was where we had lunch. We rented a cottage and gave all our food to the boatmen so they could get them cooked. We shared our food with them by the way.

 

There were dogs and cats on the island. The dogs we met were kind, but they had very long nails. There was also Japanese actor shooting for a commercial there. He was from the movie Nobody Knows, Yuya Yagira.

Our last stop was Guyam Island. It was the island I actually liked the most! It had shops where you could buy snacks and shakes. There were hammocks and people could play beach volleyball.

I bought the mango shake ( with a stainless steel straw) at Guyum’s Burger! This was one of the best shakes I have had!

If you’re wondering why my photo is not as sunny as other photos from Siargao. We went there at the end of July- early August, which is wet season in the Philippines! Luckily the weather wasn’t that bad when we went there.

Siargao

When I went to the Philippines, I told my mom that I wanted to explore the country and not just stay at one place. So we went to Siargao and stayed there for a three days, but I wished we stayed longer.

In Siargao, they have banned plastic bags. So when shopping for produce you have to bring your own bag or buy a bag made of cloth, which is impractical if you’re buying meat or fish.

In Siargao transportation is by motorcycle or moped. Last time I drove one, was when I was 15! We had to rent one, and I was like yeah sure it’s probably easy! Took me a some time to figure out how to turn the thing on. After I got a hold of driving, it wasn’t a problem having my mom and my sister on my back 🙈

There are a lot of stray dogs in Siargao. The food is great especially the mango shakes they have. And every day that we were there, we got full body massages! So great to have.

Unfortunately, when it is summer vacation here in Norway it is rainy season in Siargao. I think if we were there when it is dry season, it would’ve been much much better weather-wise 😊

I would like to go back there and stay longer. Missing the Siargao life.

2020 so far

Hi! I have sucked when it comes to blogging. There are a lot of things that have happened since my last blog post. I will try to continue and write everything 😅 but blogging isn’t that easy 😔

 

Anyhow, since I am here. My 2020 so far has been nice. Traveled twice, one to a new country and to London. Got my first choice of uni for my exchange program in Japan, given that I pass my exam this semester.

My biggest news though is that my boyfriend and I bought our first apartment 🙈

Given how hard it is to go into the real estate market in Norway, we were actually surprised we managed to go in 😁

Will update where I left off, may take some time since I have my photos on my phone and haven’t transferred it to my laptop or pc yet.