A road trip with the girls, sumptuous food, scenic views and many behind the scenes bloopers made up my trip to this city truly unforgettable.
Welcome to the city of gentle people, Dumaguete!
Me and my girl teammates (we called ourselves The Walkers – Jem, Tasha, Hannah, Zarah & Kristine) have planned to go on an all-girls summer trip. And since this was our first time to travel together and given our conflicting time schedules, we decided to choose an easy yet quaint tourist destination fit for us.
We looked for a place that can fulfill our appetite for great food, great view, and mid-key adventure.
And all these can be found in Dumaguete.
We have been planning this trip since January and have been doing many sorts of activities to raise our funds for the travel. The whole planning and preparation phase was fun & challenging. It showed how we worked well as a group.
So we prepared the following for the trip:
1. Travel itinerary
2. Food & drinks for the road trip and snacking
3. Our travel bags (the essential stuff)
4. Gas up the car
5. And most especially, we prepared ourselves to enjoy the whole trip! 🙂
Since we have Kristine’s car as our mode of transportation for most of the trip, we relied on her driving skills, since she’s the only one capable of doing long drives. Kudos to Kristine for being such an awesome driver to the group! Yey!
So here’s our timeline of our trip to Dumaguete:
• 7:00AM – We depart from our workplace and being our trip.
• 7:00AM to 1:00PM – So we begin our 6 hours road trip (see all the fun things we did HERE! <Coming Soon!>)
• 1:00PM – Arrived at Liloan Port, Santander
• 1:30PM – We went on board a large ferry bound for Dumaguete City. It was a 30-minute trip.
• 2:00PM – We arrive in Dumaguete. We were all starving! We immediately looked for a place to have our late lunch.
• 2:00PM to 3:00PM – We had our lunch at Lab-as Seafood Restaurant, then had a few pictures taken at the Rizal Boulevard, then proceeded to our Hotel Camilla, our first accommodation.
• 3:00PM to 5:00PM – We settled down, took a bath, had some rest.
• 5:00PM to 7:00PM – We went to Robinson’s Place – Dumaguete to stroll around and buy Pasalubong at BongBong’s Piaya. They basically have the same stores and boutiques that we have here in Cebu. There’s nothing much to discover in the mall.
• 7:00PM to 8:00PM – We went and had a sumptuous dinner at Flamin’ Grill Cafe.
• 8:00PM to 10:00PM – Walked from the restaurant back to our hotel. We just enjoyed the humble buzz of the place, where almost anywhere in the city proper is walking distance. We were looking for a massage parlor but decided to go back and rest since we will be having a long day the next day.
• 10:00PM – We are back at the hotel and dozed off.
• 4:00AM – Woke up, freshen up.
• 4:00AM to 5:00AM – We went to the Public Market, specifically at Dumaguete’s Painitan and tried their popular early morning treats (pampainit sa tiyan) of hot cocoa, sweet steamed rice cakes like budbud (glutinous sticky rice) and egg & meatloaf in pandesal.
• 5:00 AM to 6:00AM – We walked back to the hotel and passed by a little bakery that sells a lot of cheap baking essentials! I bought a block of dark chocolate which I got to use in some of my baking attempts. 🙂
• 6:00AM to 7:00AM – Prepare to attend Sunday Mass at St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral.
• 8:00AM to 9:00AM – We attended the Mass and visited and took some pictures at the Belfry Bell Tower and at the Quezon Park. We got the chance to have a look at one of the oldest fire truck existing in our country. The attraction was a bit dilapidated and I hope they can fix it.
• 9:00AM to 11:00AM – We went back to the hotel to get our things and check out. Then proceeded to the mall, grabbed breakfast at Jollibee, and then did a little grocery for our lunch which we plan to have at our next destination. Afterwards, we started travelling to our next hotel accommodation.
• 11:00AM to 11:30AM – Arrived and checked in at Sea Forest Resort.
• 11:30AM to 12:30PM – We traveled to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Nature Park. Our travel was very challenging indeed, but all of the hustle was worth it! 🙂
• 12:30PM – We are here! Ready to soak into nature’s grandeur!
• 12:30PM to 3:00PM – We truly enjoyed the place. It’s a magnificent destination like no other. Click HERE (coming soon!) to find out more about our adventure and what I think about the park.
• 3:00PM to 4:00PM – We travel back to the resort. It was way easier and fast going back. Lol.
• 4:00PM to 6:00PM – We were back at the hotel. We enjoyed the accommodation, the pools and some places worth picture taking. I wasn’t able to join them in the pool though since I was having my period. I really wish to go back just to enjoy the pool. UPDATING SOON for my full review of the resort.
6:00PM to 8:00PM – We had our dinner at the restaurant right beside the resort, Joe’s Chicken Inato by the Sea. UPDATING SOON for my full review about the place
• 8:00PM to 10:00PM – Back at the resort, had some girl talk and preparing to sleep.
• 6:00AM to 8:00AM – We woke up, had breakfast, bathe and packed our things and then checked out.
• 8:00AM to 8:15AM – Travel back to the port and on board the large ferry.
• 8:30AM to 9:00AM – Travel back to Liloan Port, Santander.
• 9:00AM to 3:00PM – We arrived and began our 6 hours travel back to Lapu-Lapu City. Along the way, we enjoyed the long winding roads, the peaceful scenery and the famous sumptuous Carcar Lechon for lunch.
• 3:00PM – We’re back to reality. 🙂
Here are some things that we were not able to do and I wish that we should’ve done, if not for the constraints of time:
• Visit the Silliman University. I was really looking forward to going there and bask in the glory of its history and culture, but it was a weekend, and they were not open to public on weekends.
• Dine at the Original Sans Rival Pastry House. Although the restaurant opened a new branch in Robinson’s Galleria Cebu, I still think we should’ve eaten at the original place and see if there’s a difference with the food. It’s always better to g0 back to where it all started.
• Strolled at Rizal Boulevard during the early morning. So far, with what I have read with other reviews, the boulevard is best enjoyed at night or early morning. Great place to take some good pictures and try their street food delicacy arrayed on the boulevard.
All in all, the 3-day trip was well spent and we have planned everything accordingly. It was definitely fun to travel with friends and it was a challenging one too, considering that there’s only one of us who knows how to drive, and she has to do all the driving! Hehe. It goes to show that an all girl trip can be carried out successfully.
Until my next destination.