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.

River cruise and fantasy land tour

As part of the package my uncle ordered for the family. We went on a river cruise in Dapitan. The river cruise included a lunch buffet and live music. The cruise was a fun experience!

After the cruise we went on a small tour in Dapitan City, but because it was so hot that they and there were a lot of oldies with us, we decided to drop some of the things. We did however visit one of the shortest person in the world. He lives in this heritage house in Dapitan, or maybe he doesn’t live here, but it was here we visited him to see him.

His name is Junrey Balawing

He is 23 years old, and we talked to his dad. His dad said that they got kicked out of Facebook, and those who are claiming to be them on Facebook is not them at all! I think he also mentioned that his hearing and eyesight is deteriorating.

 

After our visit to Junrey we headed back to Dakak and then went to Gloria de Dapitan to eat our last supper together. We also went to the Fantasy land, but there weren’t a lot of rides that us youngsters wanted to ride. We did do the roller coaster about three times, it was fun. We wanted to go to the Horror House, but it was closed. We tried the 4D experience thingy, uhm, it wasn’t worth it. The animation was lagging and the color suddenly changed. Not worth it!

The rest of the evening we were at the arcade or was at the bar having fun eating and drinking.

Activities in Dakak Park and Beach Resort

While in Dakak, we only ever tried two of their activities. We did the zipline and snorkeling.

For the zipline, we had to be driven to the place since it was a bit far from the main area. I forgot how much it cost.

The view from where the zipline starts was amazing btw!

The zipline didn’t take long, but it was fun! The place we landed was not far from our rooms 😊 unfortunately, we didn’t buy the zipline photos 🙈

Our next activity was snorkeling. It was a bit expensive, but it included the boat trip and snorkeling equipments. My mom, my sister, and two of cousins and I did the snorkeling. I think it was about an hour or so. It was fun and the water was very clear.

We took some pictures, but not many as we were busy snorkeling

We enjoyed these activities, and if we had more time (and maybe more money) maybe we would’ve tried other activities Dakak has to offer 😊

Dakak Park and Beach Resort!

Dakak Park and Beach Resort, like a 50/50 experience here, I may need to write the good and the bad parts in separate posts.

We spent about three days in Dakak to celebrate my uncle’s birthday, my paternal uncle might I add. So five of my dad’s eight siblings were there, us ( minus my dad, my mom was invited not my dad lol), three of their cousins, four of my cousins, some of my uncles friends. We were about 25 people in total. We had to rent a tourbus to go to Dakak from Dipolog.

My uncle rented two rooms that could house about 16 people. We divided the rooms into the different sexes, the women and the mens room 🙂

Here are some photo’s of Dakak

 

Also during our first day there, one of my aunts brought rambutan, santol, mangosteen and marang. They are very expensive to buy here in Norway, but the fruits she brought with here came from their backyard.

I didn’t eat the marang, I am allergic. The mangosteen and santol was what I ate the most!

Dakak is a big place, so we weren’t able to explore everything. We usually had a program that we followed. We weren’t able to swim at some of their pools. They also had a lot of stray cats.

We did have fun in Dakak, partly because of my family. They’re fun to be with and likes to joke a lot!

 

 

Cavite City

My first stop in the Philippines was naturally Manila, but I didn’t really stay there for so long because I went to Cavite City.

Cavite City, the city where my paternal side of the family comes from. I visited Cavite City when I first a child, during one of our vacations to the Philippines. The funny thing is that I never visited the city when my dad decided to relocate the whole family to the Philippines.

Cavite city is about half an hour or an hour away from Manila, depending on the traffic.

Since my dad came back to the Philippines, he has been living in Cavite. Naturally, since it is his hometown.

My dad took me on a small tour around Cavite, unfortunately it was while I was inside the car, and it was also raining outside. Ergo these photos 😛

My dad usually took me around to see his cafeterias, where he lives and etc. I could tell he was very happy to see me again, I mean he has not seen me in over 7 years. So I always got introduced to everyone! I was happy he was happy, but felt a bit awkward since I had to meet a lot of people that I don’t really know.

I didn’t stay at my dad’s place. They were renovating their place, so they booked me a room at a hotel. It was clean and it was okay. I had to have a chaperone though. My dad had to make sure I would wake up early, so he had one of his workers with me. They wake up early in the Philippines.

As I mentioned I had an early flight the following day. So by 5AM we had to be awake, but also because my dad’s god-daughter wanted to meet me. So we went to McDonalds to eat breakfast before we headed to the airport.

I wished I could have stayed longer in Cavite. To get to know the city more, my heritage and the rest of my extensive family.

My dad was really sad to see me leave, I could really feel that he missed me so bad, and my siblings as well. I think the next time I wil be in the Philippines I would want to visit Cavite again.