Feb 27, 2013

Camiguin Day Tour: Sunken Cemetery

This is the Sunken Cemetery, taken from a viewing deck. We mean no disrespect with these fun pictures, knowing that loved ones are buried under the water after the Mt. Vulcan eruption that also destroyed Guiob Church. We didn't get to go down the water and to the marker because it was getting late and raining too, and because our friend Rona wouldnt hear any of it, ha ha ha. (baka daw ma-oiuja board sya-in reference to the movie of Juday.)
There were guides that offered to take our pictures and they were really experts!
We were laughing so hard because they made us do these silly poses and they were shouting: "power smile"!
This is my only almost solemn shot of the sunken cemetery.

Feb 26, 2013

Camiguin Day Tour: Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross

Our next stop on our Camiguin Day Tour was a quick visit to the Walkway to the Old Volcano and Station of the Cross. It was quick because we only walked up to the 3rd station. It was raining already, and it was dark. So we go back from the 3rd station, and then the lights went up! So it was lighted and we could have gotten up if we wanted too.
But since it was already dark and we were hungry, we opted not to finish the whole station of the cross.
There was not much to see, and since we were not in the proper mood to do a meditation, and then it was really getting dark and the rain was getting stronger, we just took photos at the 3 three stations where there were life-sized statues.
Our next stop was to order dinner and then to the Ardent Hotspring.

Feb 13, 2013

Camiguin Day Tour:Guiob Church Ruins

After our lunch of pancit canton and monay, we continued with our Camiguin Day tour, already ready and eager to go.  It was starting to rain, but what is a little rain anyway?  So the next stop was the Guiob Church Ruins.  It was church built from corals but was destroyed during the eruption of Mt. Vulcan in 1871. See what is in the marker below.
Inside the ruins, a small chapel was built for people to say their prayers. A chapel inside a church ruins, best describes us a people. We will always find a reason to build again.
The church walls that still stood up to this day, covered with moss. It is still a beautiful reminder of how the church stood before.
The old bell towel can be seen in the photo below.
Behind the church and near its walls stood this giant tree.
Can you imagine how big it is now?
A long shot, so you can appreciate the structure of the church and the tree, and how vast the ruins are.
These are the walls of the church and the convent.  The grounds is covered by grass.
The inscription in the marker reads:

A Brief Account of Mt. Vulcan Eruption
Cotta Bato, the capital of Camiguin Island was a quiet and attractive town verdant in its natural wonders. Its peaceful shores provided strolling grounds for the inhabitants as they basked under the gracious moonlight.  Suddenly...
Tranquility came to a halt as a subterranean rumbling sowed indescribable terror.  Hundreds of houses and the churches crumbled into pieces, the ground rolled and broke into deep crevices with horrifying earthquake served only as prelude to the destructive climax, a cataclysm never witnessed before Mt. Vulcan gave out its fiercest and most violent outbreak. 
Cotta Bato was but a dreadful pile of ruins.  The single volcanic eruption buried a beautiful town into obscurity.
Hundred of lives were lost while the survivors sought refuge in the open country that gave them hope for tomorrow.

Feb 12, 2013

Camiguin Day Tour: Lunch at a sari-sari store

After arriving at Lumbia Airport at 8am only the hurried breakfast at Agora Bus terminal was our only meal.  We had some boiled peanuts on the ferry and some bread from the bakery, but we were really in need of a proper meal since it was already 3pm. We immediately went ahead with our Camiguin Day tour but we had no luck finding food at Sto Nino Cold Spring and at Bura Soda water pool.  But there was a small sari-sari store by the road. We ordered Lucky Me pancit canton that they cooked for us at P28 each pack, and some huge monay at P5 each, so we were all set!
We also bought some bananas, which can be seen at the table, for only P1 each! We were so amazed at the price we bought 2 bundles!
This is the sari-sari store which was our life saver.  It's just outside the Bura Soda Water Pool, and our lunch of pancit canton was indeed part of  fun adventure!

Feb 11, 2013

Camiguin Day Tour: Bura Soda Water Pool

After that short dip at Sto Nino Cold Spring resort, our next stop on our Camiguin Day Tour itinerary was the Bura Soda Water Pools. As you can see below, entrance fee was only P20 and we didn't rent a cottage anymore.  Aside from another group, we were also the only ones in the resort.
This is the swimming pool.  The water is fresh and there are areas where they rise like bubbles in a soda drink, but when we look closer to investigate, they are from water hoses placed strategically under the pool. The water was clear and inviting too!
And to find out why it was called a soda pool, we tried this drinking fountain and indeed, the water tasted like soda: the bitter water before you add the cola.
We had to pose for picture too at this huge boulder of water which I think come from one of the cvolcanic eruptions in the area! It was huge!
After taking a shower, we went in search of food since it was already 3pm and we were lucky to find this sari-sari store outside the resort.

Feb 10, 2013

Camiguin Day Tour Itinerary

Here is our itinerary for our Camiguin trip, for 2 days and 3 nights.  Coming from Cagayan de Oro, we went straight to Camiguin from the airport. We took 2 jeepneys rides, a van instead of a bus, and then a ferry before we were finally seated on the multicab we hired for 2 days. We arrived in Lumbia airport at 8am and were in Camiguin at around 2pm, including a short breakfast stop at Agora Bus Station. So here is the itinerary:

Day 1:
1. Sto Nino Cold Spring Resort 
2. Bura Soda Water Pool
3. Lunch at a small sari-sari store
4. Guiob Church Ruins
5. Sunken Cemetery
6. Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross
7. Check in at Pabua's Cottages
8. Ardent Hot Spring
9. Dinner
10. Back at Pabua's Cottage

Day 2:
1. White Island, Camiguin
2. Check out at Pabua's
3. Philvoc's Mt Hibok-Hibok Observatory
4. Katibawasan Falls
5. Eating some Kiping
6. Souvenir shopping
7. Ostrich Farm
8. Should have been Mantigue Island but we didn't do it anymore. But please check out their adventure!
9. Giant Clams Sanctuary
10. J & A Fishpen
11. Back to Port Benoni and back to Cagayan de Oro

I will try and write something about each itinerary and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

For our White Water Rafting and Zipline adventure which is part of our 4D3N itinerary, watch out also!

Feb 9, 2013

Camiguin Day Tour: Sto Nino Cold Spring Resort

First stop of our Camiguin day tour for our 4D3N Cagayan de Oro-Camiguin-Bukidnon trip is at Sto. Nino Cold Spring.  From Port Benoni, we went straight to the cold spring to take a dip after that long ferry ride.  Entrance fee was only P20 and I think P50 for the cottage.  Aside from another group of locals, we were the only people in the resort!
The resort was beautiful! To our tired body and overly eager minds, it was perfect.  We changed into our swimming attire and made the round of the resort taking lots of pictures.  Since we almost have the resort to ourselves, our pictures showcase how beautiful the resort is. 
 I don't know the exact size of the pool but it was huge! According to my friend who has been in Camiguin during one summer, the place was so pool you can swim anymore!  Good thing we didn't come during peak season then!
 There are life preserver for hire but since our friend can swim very well, we didn't get any.  The only unfortunate thing is that they don't have any food available in the resort or even outside at the sari-sari stores.
 Oh and if you want to know just how cold it was, just look t my husband! He said it was like swimming in ice cold water!  Ha ha ha, I told he was plenty warned!
 Me and my friends taking in the beautiful sight!
Our next stop was at Bura Soda Water Pool so we did not bother changing!

Feb 8, 2013

Getting Around Camiguin by Multicab

Weeks before our trip to Camiguin, I already researched over the internet on the cheapest package tour that we could find. I mostly use the itinerary of Lakwatserong Tatay.  The most economical option for us was to hire a multicab and pay for entrance fees ourselves. It was a lot cheaper indeed, and the cheapest and most recommended that I was able to find was, Kuya Criz. He quoted me a rate of P2,500 for the two days. And he did not require any deposit, just a transaction via text and email.  He emailed me our itinerary and the estimated expenses.
 Upon our arrival at Port Benoni, the porter had this sign for us to follow him and there was the welcome sign of the multicab.  It was clean and new and was more than sufficient for us.  It could fit 14 pax too!
 Then off we were to our first destination! Kuya Criz was always able to answer our questions, and would offer to take our group picture every time.  He never rushed us and was just there to see us enjoy ourselves.  We almost ended our first night at 9pm including our dinner, and he suggested that we order first then come back after going to Ardent Hot Spring so that we won't have to wait for our food.
On our second day, upon learning that my husband's paternal grandmother was from Camiguin, he stopped at the ancestral for us to take a picture.  My husband was too shy to ask inside though since he did not know anybody there. See, service deluxe from Kuya Criz!

Here is Kuya Criz (yellow shirt) having lunch with us at J&A Fishpen before the end of our tour! Even during lunch, he would be the one to call our server for extra rice, extra kalamansi and chili. Like a true proud host of his beloved Camiguin, he really made our stay memorable!

You may contact him at:

Kuya Criz
he is also on Facebook!

Friday Quotes: Live Your Life!

Feb 6, 2013

Getting Serious with Exercise

The basic principle of losing weight, according to experts: you should lose more calories than you take in.  The deficit would be the weight that you would lose.  And I am slowly getting serious about achieving my target weight by increasing my exercise and the amount of calories that I burn.  Above image is my treadmill, after a 6.7K run/walk work out. I also try very hard to decrease my food intake, most especially the unnecessary calories from chips and other junk food. So, good luck to me!

Feb 5, 2013

10 Commandments for Stress Reduction

Ten Commandments for Stress Reduction

I. Thou shalt not be perfect, or even try to be.

II. Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people.

III. Thou shalt sometimes leave things undone.

IV. Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin.

V. Thou shalt learn to say "no".

VI. Thou shalt schedule time for thyself and for thy support network.

VII. Thou shalt switch thyself off, and do nothing regularly.

VIII. Thou shalt not even feel guilty for doing nothing, or saying "no".

IX. Thou shalt be boring, untidy, inelegant, and unattractive at times. 

X. Especially, thou shalt not be thine own worst enemy. But, be thine own best friend.

Feb 4, 2013

Epal Watch #6

Picture taken beside the Montalban public market on our way from staying overnight at our house.  I think its a valentine's day greetings. Cough, cough, epal, cough. I wish they would spend more money doing something about the drainage and the road going to Dela Costa Homes instead.

Feb 3, 2013

How To: Cagayan De Oro to Camiguin

We visited Cagayan De Oro city last January 23-26,  4D3N adventure. We were a group of 5, and this was of course, a budget trip. We bought our tickets during one of Cebu Pacific's seat sale last year.  Since we were on a budget trip, the question of taking a taxi was always debated, and we always opted for public transportation, if we can.  Good thing one of our companions had been to CDO before.
So from Lumbia airport, we walk outside to the highway, a mere 5-minute walk, and board a jeep bound to Carmen. Fare was only P7.50.  Then we told the driver to drop us off where there are jeep bound to Agora Bus terminal.  I think we were dropped off at R2  The fare was only P17 going to Agora.  In Agora bus terminal, we checked the bus fare going to Balingoan Port for buses bound to Butuan, and it was P148 for airconditioned bus, and P80 something for ordinary.  There is an entrance fee of P3 when you go inside the bus terminal, by the way.  Then, there was this guy who was offering his van for  P1200 and we managed to haggle it down to P180 per person for 5 of us.  Lucky for the driver he was able to get 2 more passengers before we left. Travel time from Agora Bus terminal to Balingoan Port was 2 hours.  
When we arrived t Balingoan Port, the van was to about to leave at 12nn.  Fare was P170 each and we also paid the terminal fee of P3 (or was it P5).  There was also an environmental fee but there was no other to take our payment.  Travel time from Port Balingoan to Port Benoni was 1.5 hour because the ferry was so sloooooowww! 
Anyway, when we arrived at Port Benoni in Camiguin, the porter was there with a sign and he led us to our multicab c/o Kuya Criz.  Then off we were to our day tour.  We hired Kuy Criz for 2 days, for only P2,500 and he was also our guide and photographer all the time!
So accommodating and helpful!  If you are going to Camiguin, you may get in touch with him at 09215637788.

Next Post: Camiguin Day Tour: Sto Nino Cold Spring

Feb 2, 2013

4D3N Cagayan De Oro-Camiguin-Bukidnon Itinerary

This is our 4 day, 3 nights itinerary when we went to Cagayan de Oro last January 23-26, 2013.  The itinerary is below:

Day 1 Jan 23
6:00am-Depart NAIA Terminal 3 via Cebu Pacific
7:05-Arrive Lumbia Airport, Cagayan de Oro City.
7:30-Walk outside of airport and ride jeep bound for Carmen. We will go to Camiguin first.
8:00-Alight at Carmen and ride another jeep bound for Agora Bus Terminal
8:15-Breakfast at Jollibee, buy groceries etc at terminal and check out bus fare and van fare
9:30-Depart from Agora Bus Terminal for Balingoan Port via van or bus
11:30-Arrive Balingoan Port, buy Ferry ticket and pay terminal fee
12:00-Depart by ferry from Balingoan Port to Benoni Port in Camiguin
1:30-Arrive at Benoni Port and proceed to Camiguin day tour.  We rented a multicab c/o Kuy Criz (09215637788) for 2 days at only P2500.
1:30-onwards: Site visited: Sto Nino Cold Spring, Bura Soda Water Pool, Guiob Church Ruins, Sunken Cemetery, Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross, Check in at Pabua's Cottage, Ardent Hot Spring, Dinner and back at Pabuas.

Day 2 Jan 24
6:30am: Walk to port from Pabua's Cottage to the boat
6:4oam: White Island, Camiguin
8:00am: Back to Pabua's cottage to check out and eat breakfast at the sari sari store outside.
8:15am: Philvocs' Hibok Hibok Observatory
8:30am: Katibawasan Falls
9:30am: Pasalubong shopping at stores outside Katibawasan and eating Kiping
10:00am: Ostrich Breeding Farm
10:15am: Giant Clam Sanctuary (we didn't go to Mantigue Island)
11:30am: J&A Fishpen to eat lunch, take a shower (for a fee!)
1:00pm: Depart from Port Benoni via ferry to Balingoan Port
2:30pm: Walk to bus station and buy lanzones
3:00pm: Depart via bus going to Agora Bus Terminal
5:00pm: Arrive bus terminal and ride a motorela to Victoria Suites in Divisoria
6:00pm: Arrive hotel, check-in and prepare for dinner
7:00pm-onwards: Dinner at Chowking, cheap foot and body massage at Divisori, a bottle of beer and back to hotel

Day 3 Jan 25
730am-onwards: Hotel breakfast and pick-up by jeep from The Red Rafts for our day tour package (White Water Rafting and All Ride Zipline) for only P2350 per pax for a group of 5.
White water rafting at Cagayan de Oro River with pictures
Packed lunch included in the package
Transfer to  van from a jeep for the zipline in Bukidnon
The super exciting zipline, with stop over for photo ops, thanks to our driver/photographer

6:00pm: Drop by at Vandeep for pasalubong shopping
7:00pm: Back at hotel
7:30pm-onwards: Divisoria Night Market!!! (dinner, ukay shopping, massage, beer!)

Day 4 Jan 26
This should have the day to go to Iligan to visit Ma. Cristina Falls and Tinago Falls but negotiation with our van driver fell through and they did not reply to confirm our trip.

9:00am-onwards: Check out at Victoria Suites and leave stuff at counter to visit Centrio mall and Limketkai mall to have brunch, buy pasalubong and make copies of our raftinf CD. Buy pasalubong of fruits and a lot more along Divisoria street.
4:30pm: Check in at airport for our 6pm flight.
8:00pm: Arrive safely home with happy memories of Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin and Bukidnon and a promise to come back again someday!