Dumaguete – Part 1

11It’s been a while since I shared anything on this blog mostly because I’ve been so preoccupied with work and mostly work.  However, about a month ago I got a much needed break where my childhood friends and I flew to Dumaguete City in the Philippines.  And there, we met up with two of our other friends.  I don’t speak for everyone when I say I certainly did not know what to expect although their airport reminded me of Cambodia because of its size.  We got our bags immediately, went outside and saw our friends waiting for us which was so surreal given that we had not seen them for a while and the fact that we had not slept the night before.Despite not getting any sleep,  we proceeded to freshen up after we got to our rooms and had a change of clothes.  We had brunch at this open “restaurant” located at the top of the mountain and OH MY GOD! I cannot exaggerate it enough, but the view was simply stunning!  I could sit there for half a day just taking it all in, but alas, we had a tight schedule given that we were only there for two days.  We tried to make the most of it though and it felt like we certainly did a lot.121431315We went to Lake Balinsasayao where someone paddled for us and so we got from one end of the lake to the other.  It felt so serene and quiet that the only sound or noise that could be heard was our voices.  We climbed to the top of the mountain when we got to the other end in our slides which was a bit risky considering that parts of the stairway or pathway were wet and slippery.  Thank God nothing happened to us, but the view was worth it.  We came unprepared because we had not brought any water, but lucky for us, Ton & Den had all these refreshing wipes and bottles of ice cold water which we all shared (lol).  Note for next time, always bring water! 16

We had a late lunch at this restaurant and I’m not even going to lie because I really don’t remember the name of it, but one thing I’ll never forget is the Sizzling Bulalo.  Man, that was just mmmm-mmm!!!  The meat was so tender that it just fell off the bone and that gravy – okay, I can’t go further than that as I’m already drooling about it just trying to reminisce/type about it.

We got a much needed rest afterwards and we had dinner and dessert at this place called Gabby’s and Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries.  Seriously guys, if you ever find yourself in Dumaguete, don’t hold back when it comes to pigging out!  They’ve got some of the best eateries I’ve ever been to in my life!  Oh and do get yourself a massage while you’re there – it’s cheap and I assure you when I say all your woes will be drained out of your system.

P.S. Some of these photos were taken by my friends because apparently, I did not take a lot.

Bisous,

Regine Anne

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