TEMPLE OF LEAH: A symbol of Lasting Love

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Love…is a feeling. A feeling that would make you do things that you thought impossible. Love is something you can give to anyone without any cost but how far will you go to show that you are madly in love with someone?

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Teodorico Adarna showed his undying love for his wife by building the Roman inspired Temple as a symbol of his loyalty and devotion for the love of his life Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. This temple of love as locals dubbed it is located in Barangay Busay, Cebu City which gives you a spectacular view of Cebu. This attraction is perfect for people who would appreciate the roman style architecture and a hone place for photoshoot. As you arrived in Temple of Leah you will be greeted by two golden lion in the entrance and statue of three women in the fountain. You will also felt the tranquility of roman atmosphere except for the fact that there’s a lot of people in the place.

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TIPS:

  • If you will go to Temple of Leah, I would also recommend to go first to Sirao Flower Farm since it’s close to each other. 
  • Haggle a motorcycle driver in J.Y Square going to Busay Flower Farm and Temple of Leah. Your driver will wait for you while you enjoy the view.
  • Entrance fee in temple of leah is 50php and 20php at Sirao Flower Farm
  • If you can, you visit the place early because it tends to get crowded in the afternoon before sunset.

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SAMBOAN: Chasing Waterfalls

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Samboan waterfalls has become one of the newest attraction in Cebu. Samboan is a fifth class municipality that is located in the Southern part of Cebu. This quiet town has been receiving flocking local and foreign tourist recently because of the activity they offer. Samboan is 3-4 hours travel from Cebu City via Barili-Bato Bus in South Bus Terminal and it is best recommended to go early to avoid a lot of people in the waterfalls. In our case, we went to South Bus Terminal at 2:30 in the morning hoping that there would be a bus that would left at 3AM but our bus departed at 3:45AM. We arrived at rotunda in Samboan at 7:45 in the morning and ate our breakfast before starting our adventure of the day. 

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We went to Dao falls first because it is the farthest among the three falls and it will take 30 minute trek going to falls depending on how fast you walk. lol We are lucky because we are early and we are the first tourist to arrive in the dao waterfalls so you can feel the serenity. 

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Our second destination is Binalayan falls or Hidden Falls. It is called hidden falls because you have to turn left at the last peak of the trek to see it. This waterfall is 10 ft deep and you can jump from the top depending on how brave and adventurous you are while people are cheering you from below. 🙂 Because I have no confidence of doing it, I just jump from the lower portion of the cliff and I would recommend you to at least try it. 

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Our last stop is at Aguinid Falls or the most crowded falls in Samboan. When we arrived in their registration kiosk a lot of people are already waiting for their turn since we arrived at around 11 o’clock in the afternoon. Aguinid offers 8 Levels of waterfalls, but during the orientation, they will only inform you about level 1-5. They will also introduce you to your technical guide during your trek and if you would like to try to go to Level 6,7 and 8 then you will have to give an extra tip to your guide and the guide should be at least two since it’s difficult.

TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Find a motorcycle driver that will bring you to Dao Falls, Binalayan/Hidden Falls and Aguinid Falls
  • Every waterfalls requires you to pay 20php for entrance and 20 for environmental fee a total of 40php for locals and 60php for foreign tourists
  • Bring water and food like boiled egg and sweets because you need energy lol
  • Wear comfortable clothes like rashguards, shorts or leggings and outdoor sandals or shoes (slippers are not recommended)
  • Save your BIKINI at the beach not in the waterfalls, it’s a NO NO if you don’t want people to see your dark side lol
  • Give tip to your guide according to the service you receive lol.
  • Bring waterproof phone case and dry bag

 

 

 

Weekend in Bantayan Island 🌴

“slow down and enjoy the view”

How do you want to spend your weekend? Everyone would like to end their weekend differently, whether it involves indoor or outdoor activities to partying and drinking booze all night. In my case, I decide to head to Bantayan Island a well-known tourist destination in Cebu. I never really tried to travel alone because I don’t prefer to travel alone, I need at least a buddy who is a wanderlust like me. We are a group of five this time my friends and I and our Korean managers, the more the merrier and cheaper lol. I am always the planner when I travel and I asked them 3K each for 2 days 1 night escapade that already includes accommodation, Food, Entrances and Transportation. But, I actually returned P275 to each of them so for a weekend well spent in Bantayan it was worth it.

We finished our work at 11PM Friday, ate dinner and decided to take the first trip going to Hagnaya Port in North Bus Terminal that leaves 1:30 in the morning. Sleeping in the bus is not really bad choice if you wanted to avoid traffic and save your time. We arrived in Hagnaya Port at around 6AM and their first boat leaves at 7AM so we had to wait in the Terminal just before sunrise. 

We arrived in Sta. Fe port at around 9AM and we were picked up by Kota Beach Resort driver. After we checked in, we went out to eat BRUNCH at local restaurant that serves letchon manok and liempo. Because it was AMIHAN at that time, the waves are big and it’s dangerous to go swimming in our resort but the beach is very attractive to dive in. Nevertheless, to avoid wasting time we haggle a boat operator to bring us to Virgin Island instead which is 30-45 mins away from our resort. 

Virgin Island has white sand and crystal blue water but be careful there’s always danger in beauty as they say, because it has a number of Jellyfish. Virgin Island is a must when you visit Bantayan but even though it’s a bit expensive. You will have to pay entrance fee and also the cottage but in our case, we decide not to get a cottage since we didn’t bring a lot anyway we just brought food and phones and snorkeling gears and there’s a space where you can just sit comfortably. After swimming in Virgin Island, we decide to rent a bicycle which I would recommend when you are travelling to Bantayan. It’s very common for locals as a mode of transportation getting around the island. We went to Ogtong Cave by bike and went swimming. The water in the cave is very clear, it’s also dark and some part of it is deep so you have to be careful. What I like about this cave is, it doesn’t smell bad jus like other cave that has a lot of bats. After, Ogtong Cave we decide to go back to church because my friend dropped my phone and we had to look for it by going back and forth to Ogtong resort. We tried to call my phone but nobody answers, didn’t even turn off so we’re sure it’s somewhere in the street. When we decide to give up and went back to the resort and rest we decide to go back again to church for one last time where we spent 30 mins asking if they saw a phone. Readers, it’s not iPhone but I can’t afford to buy new phone as good as my S4. Finally, someone called us and asked what we’re looking and then said I picked a phone while ago I’m cleaning I didn’t know how to answer it because I never had a phone like this. My God! It’s my phone. I was very thankful to the lady, and give her a reward in exchange. 


We had our dinner at a local restaurant and it was very delicious. They actually have it in a cheaper price for the food that we order. We had seafood, pork, shake and beer. We also had our island nightlife but because there was no electricity the live band could not perform. We had 1 pitcher of red margarita instead and side dish. *tipsy* *speaking english mode* Can’t fully remember..SLEEP!

DAY 2:

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Because I want to see the sunrise, I get up at 5 in the morning head to beach and made friends with dogs lol. I wanted to attend the mass but we are late so we just lit candles instead. We also went swimming in morning embracing waves like La Union and had BRUNCH again in the resort. Resort food rates is almost the same ass eating outside and it’s very comfortable especially if they accommodate you well. We checked out at 11 in the morning because we need to go back early to avoid bumpy ocean lol. We arrived in Cebu at around 4PM stop by at SM Consolacion to watch Suicide Squad. This is how my weekend ends.

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TIPS:

  • Travel to Bantayan as early as possible to avoid traffic
  • Rent a bicycle when you are in the Island
  • Do not miss Ogtong Cave
  • Visit Virgin Island
  • Visit Kota Beach own sandbar
  • Resort Hopping
  • Eat delicious seafood (more expensive in the city)