Archive for September 2012

The Cold Mt. Uragay Spring Resort

A day worth celebrating that was for me James, Tanya and Don. Celebrating love with good friends was our plan, Tanya and Don's eight anniversaries and on the other hand, James and I are going 37 months too. Darwin and Cathy, our good friends were able to go with us, really appreciate their presence while Carlo and Dhowee weren’t able to make it.

Mt. Uragay Spring is located in Brgy. Corte Carmen Cebu, four towns away from Mandaue City where we are residing. From Mandaue,we need to go pass by Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela and Danao. That took us an hour or so for the trip, including the short stop at Danao Local Market to buy some hanging rice and roasted chicken.

Barangay Corte is a few kilometers away from the high way road, there weren't any problems going up to Mt. Uragay since the roads are cemented and there aren’t any very slopy ones. I need to say that the air breeze was fresh and cool, made me took my helmet off and feel it's coolness on my face.

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A Three Minute Death Experience

It was an out of the blue decision; my older brother and her wife were asking me if I would like to join them on this exciting ride. My parents both agreed that they will come with them and I was challenged considering that my parents are both oldies, not really old, they are aged 50s yet they have the guts to ride on those things. James on the other hand declined, he isn't into these scary things, said he might throw up.

Off we go and lined up together with the noisy teenagers. I never felt scared or afraid if this ride might kill me although I have seen the faces of those who were just done with the ride. Their faces were like they were about to throw up, some were teary eyed and some of them were shouting and laughing at the same time. Well, I was just confident because I have my parents with me and I thought three minutes was too short.

We seated side by side, my dad, mom, me, my sister in law then my brother. We were all excited and James was there in front to take our photos and record the said happening.

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Star City's Price List and Rides

It's more fun in Star City! You plan your visit first beforehand, here are the price list for your rides in Star City:

ADMISSION Fee only: Php 60
RAYC (Ride All You Can) this includes admission fee: Php 400
3 CHEERS includes admission fee: Php 350
SNOW WORLD only: Php 120
1 4D Max Rider Entry: Php 120
1 LAZER Blaster Game: Php 100

Value Combos:
A. RAYC + 1 LAZER Blaster Game or 1 4D Max Rider Entry : Php 460
B. RAYC + SNOW WORLD : Php 480
C. RAYC + 1 LAZER Blaster Game and 1 4D Max Rider Entry : Php 520
D. RAYC + SNOW WORLD and 1 LAZER Blaster Game or 1 4D Max Rider Entry : Php 540
E. RAYC + SNOW WORLD and 1 LAZER Blaster Game and 1 4D Max Rider Entry : Php 600

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A Night at Star City

I was still a little girl of six or seven when I last entered a carnival and rode the Ferris wheel. I can barely remember what happened to me at that time when I was in it but I think I threw up which caused me to become afraid of those kinds of rides. I had never ever ridden any other rides until we visited Star City in Manila. The plan was to go to Enchanted Kingdom which was way popular than Star City. But because of the location we opted to just go to Star City instead.

All of us were doubtful to go since my cousin who is working in Manila mentioned that only those who are wearing shoes can go inside, good thing it wasn't the case. We were staying in one of our relatives in Marikina so it took us almost an hour to reach the place. Our stomachs were all hungry so we decided to just pay the entrance fee first then eat. There were dining area and some fast food restaurants inside so food were not a problem. We dined at Chowking and so we started with our rides at almost seven evening.

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My Manila Trip

It was never my wish to go visit Manila neither to stay there for good. The city has a vague picture to me and that whenever someone talks about it, I would always imagine the busy streets, polluted and noisy too. As previously mentioned, I never wished to visit Manila city, the capital city of our dear Philippine country. But opportunity kicks in once in a blue moon, my first degree cousin, Jesil was about to be married in Laguna, specifically in Calauan and I couldn't resist but go because our family are supportive and we want to witness their wedding day. Aside from that I was thinking this is an opportunity I can't refuse, it’s a time for me to see for myself how Manily looks like. And though some of my assumptions are wrong; most of my imaginative scenes are true.

This was my first air travel too so I was sort of excited, after 24 years of waiting I have now experienced three travelling means, land, sea and air. It took me so long to get this three done but it’s better late than never!

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Tempurahan sa Boulevard

A few meters away from the sea port area in Dumaguete City, at the end of the lovely and romantic Rizal boulevard, a pack of hungry Dumaguetenos, foreigners and local tourists gathered, some eating while others patiently waiting for their street food which were about to be served by the accommodating ate and kuya vendors.
I didn't see this spot when James and I were here last year for our third year anniversary. I just learned that this just opened recently; it reminds me of Tagbilaran's Sky is the Limit minus the barbeque food. And boy, of you're at this place you'll surely love to eat your own food with the type of ambiance in front of you.

Tempurahan sa Boulevard is how the Dumaguetenos call it and this is only visible at night where tempuras, balut and other street foods are mostly in demand.

There was nothing special about the tempura or even the balut. They are the same food you can see and buy at any street side vendors, usually near schools or universities or anywhere where there's much number of people. There's one unique thing about their tempuras here, they don't have the sweet sauce ready to dip our sticks in or even the spicy ones. The sauces were placed in a container which you would personally pour on a plate or something, this is cleaner though compared to what we have here in Cebu where we all share the same can of sauce. Whatcha think?

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Dumaguete's Quezon Plaza Yet Again

If you go to Dumaguete with a motorcycle with you, as how we brought Mia with us when we went to the said city last August, Dumaguetenons will easily know you're an alien. Know why? Because in Dumaguete, if you park your bike in their plaza someone's gonna take care of it and properly align it with the rest, aside from properly arranging these motorcycles, they will also look after them for only Php 5. Unlike in Cebu where these guys sometimes ladies who stand next to your bikes would only attend if you are already on our way out from where we parked it so they can collect the money even without doing anything. I don't really like giving them some cents but James would always insists so I just give them anyway.

I was even surprised when I saw these guys wearing some IDs on them which made me thought that they are legal personnel. I was even surprised when this person immediately took over the motorcycle himself after James parked it evenly at a side, Tanya and Don were both laughing at us and said this is normal in Dumaguete City. People can easily recognize we were not locals in the area.

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Oh I Love Fruit Shakes!

Fruit juice and shakes always mesmerize me aside from being super tasty, these are nutritious drinks too which made me a fan of Thirsty. Yet Thirsty's a bit costly and that servings aren't that satisfying but I am glad there's SM's Fruit Shake to love!

In SM Cebu's grocery area just underneath the staircase is a space for fruit lovers as well as the vegetarians. And of course where SM's fruit shake can be found. For only Php 32, you can buy a 12oz mixed fruits to be blended in fruit shake and if you crave for the larger size, just pay Php 40 for the 16oz. whenever I got the chance to visit SM Cebu, fruit shakes will always be a must.

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Tayada Sa Plaza Sa Dumaguete

When we were in Dumaguete last August, we got the chance to watch an afternoon show at their own Quezon park which according to Maimai, our host’s sister is happening every Sunday afternoon and are presented as well as cooperated by all schools in town. I haven’t seen something like this for months now and it brought me back to my elementary and secondary years where I involve myself in every extracurricular activities.

I didn’t really understand what Tayada means, neither did I hear it from any Boholano or Cebuano term so I googled it. But I failed to find the right equivalent term instead, I found this:
DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 5 (PIA) --- Dumaguete City’s most popular cultural show returns to the stage today, Feb. 5, after nearly three months of absence from the local limelight.
Dumaguete City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. earlier announced the return of Tayada sa Plaza, a weekly cultural event that has been staged every Sunday afternoon at the Quezon Park for the past ten years.
Tayada sa Plaza showcases the numerous talents and skills of students coming from the schools in Dumaguete City.

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