On Sunblocks.

AFTER! Excuse my face here. Haha;)

I swear to God I will invest on a more trusted brand of sunblock next time. I don't know what has gotten into me during this trip that I bought a really cheap sunblock for myself and what's worse, I had the kindness to share them to my friends. Ayun tuloy, we all had a really really bad burn. Tsk tsk.

Right after my Siquijor trip. Cebu Blog Camp 2011 with Mica. Ako na ang negra! #mealready

I should've known better. My derma has been telling me to take care of my skin, especially my face, because I have tiena versicolor, a dermotoligical disorder. This condition is fairly common and is caused by the fungus pityrosporum ovale (a type of yeast occurring on the skin). Extreme heat causes this disorder to the skin. In short, hindi ako pwede magbabad sa init pero matigas ang ulo ko. #meronbangmalambotnaulo?

Well in the picture above, it isn't very obvious yet but after a day or two, a few white spots started to appear on my face and before I knew it, I have it in my arms too!  Sobrang bilis kumalat ng pesteng fungus na 'to. I have to go back to step 1 again do all the face rituals I used to do before.

Hindi naman talaga ako maputi naturally pero sobrang itim ko lang talaga ngayon. This picture was taken with M, right before the Siqui trip. Please compare with the photo above. 

So guys, please please please don't jeopardize your skin's health by buying the right sunblock for your skin type. Oh well. Lesson learned!

The Isla del Fuego Experience

My friends I were so desperate for a summer getaway adventure and so we planned and planned on where to go. We had a few choices but we ended up choosing Siquijor (Isla del Fuego) because most of them haven't gone there yet. The plan was somehow concrete already and then most of my friends backed out (because one had to go home to her province, the other one had work, the other one had a Civil Service exam the following day, [insert more reasons here!]). And so I was left with RJ who was really willing to go on with the plan with me.

Both of us were really itching to go to Siquijor and so we adjusted our plan because this time, only the two of us are going. Just when we had really really concrete plans, Andrea decided to join us. Haha! So there were three of us already. Yay! 

Since RJ was in Cebu, he had to travel from Cebu to Dumaguete, then together with me and Andrea, we travelled from Dumaguete to Siquijor through Delta. Fare is Php 140 + Php 15 (terminal fee)

RJ and I at the Dumaguete port terminal
RJ and I at the Delta terminal
There's our Delta! :)
Me, Andrea and RJ. All smiles! Right before we discovered Delta's aircon was busted! Super INIT!
We were all giddy as we stepped foot inside the Delta fast ferry. Super excited to go to Siquijor. Although it wasn't my first time there (HELLO?), but it was my first time to be with RJ and Andrea (Sila na ang first timers sa Siquijor!).

Upon arriving in the port of Siquijor, a trike driver came up to us and offered his service. We asked him how much it would cost us to go to Salagdoong Beach, which is in Maria - three towns away from Siquijor, Siquijor. We finally agreed on Php 400. That's already expensive for a trike ride but we agreed on such price because we knew we're going to have a lot of stop overs because we still had to buy a lot of stuff (a.k.a. ba-on) and we also had to go to the pier in Larena because RJ had to buy his ticket (Siqujor-Cebu) for the following day.

There's our small trike! In case you need a tour guide or trike, just contact Kuya IP at 09272633983. He's really nice and kind to us but PLEASE HAGGLE WITH HIM. You should also ask him (or the trike driver you chose) to pick you up from Salagdoong on the day of your departure. 
RJ buying some more ba-on for our Salagdoong trip.
The way to Salagdoong Beach from the high way. Parang yung man-made forest ng Bohol. :)
It took us about 1 hour and 30 minutes (including the stop overs) to finally get to Salagdoong Beach. We were so ready to hit the beach but we had to set up our tent first and cook lunch. You can rent tents there so no need to worry if you don't have one or if you're too tamad to bring one. A small tent (good for 3 people) costs Php 300 only. That's just Php 100 per person/night. :) I think they also have a big tent that is good for 5-6 people which costs Php 500. Not sure with that though. We also rented a table (with 4 plastic chairs) for Php 50/day.

Andrea with our tent and our table. Camping na ito!
If you have noticed in the picture above, we brought a cooler with us. Haha:) It was really a brilliant idea because we stayed at the beach shore the whole time! So in case you go there, PLEASE DO BRING A COOLER with you for your ice cubes. You can actually buy ice cubes at the canteen of Salagdoong Beach, but we were too tamad to go there back and fourth just for ice so we hoarded! Haha.

So after we got settled with our tent and stuff, we started cooking our lunch. Yes, we brought raw meat and grilled it there. There's actually food in the canteen but we were just paranoid. The next day, we were too lazy to cook and decided to order food in the canteen nalang. Haha:) After we had our lunch, the inuman has begun at 2 in the afternoon. Drinks (alco and non-alco) are sold at the canteen too, but we just had to bring our own Jagermeister. We bought our beers at the canteen though. San Mig Light at Php39.

Jager test tube shots. 
We went swimming from afternoon till night time. We had to make the most of our time there and since that was what we wanted (BEACH!), so go na sa swimming! Haha:) Night time came and we had dinner at the sand. We ate the remaining food we had from lunch and some canned goods we brought. Then the inuman continued.
The 3B essentials pag pupunta ng beach: Baraha, Beer, and Banig (wala kaming banig so sarong nalang) Haha:)
Light drawing. SIQ... UIJOR. Haha:)
Our attempt for a jumpshot. Omg J, your legs are so tiny wtf!
Salamat sa tripod! Haha:)
Rj playing with my poi. :)
The next day, it rained very hard WTF so me and Andrea woke up very early. Like 5:30am early! We couldn't go back to sleep anymore so we decided to go swimming. Salagdoong has a really amazing sunrise but we weren't able to witness that because of the rain. Boohoo. Rj woke up at around 9 already.

Beer for me at 5:30 in the morning. Yayyy! Nothing beats morning beer! :)
We had the whole morning to enjoy the beach for ourselves, because the place started to get crowded during noon time. It was a sunday kasi. I suggest bakasyonistas to go there during weekdays if you want a more peaceful outing. :)
The whole Salagdoong to ourselves...
...but it got really crowded come lunch time.
The slide to the open sea! 

Salamat sa tripod again! Haha:)
In the afternoon, we went home to Pop's house in the 'bayan' to wash up and rest since RJ was already leaving in the evening while Andrea and I decided to leave the following day since there were no trips to Dumaguete already. 

Dead tired from the beach.
We just had to withdraw. Haha;) Yes, there's an ATM in the bayan. :)
So that's probably it - the whole of our weekend getaway to Siquijor! Hahah. Too little time, I know. We wanted to tour around the island and see the whole of Siquijor but we had no enough time. Well maybe next time, yeah? :) 


The Pocket God Update.

WOW. It's been almost four months since I wrote something here. That long? I focused more on my food blog lately because I really really think it needs more of my time and attention. Don't you think so too?

Sooo anyways, the Team O went to Bacolod City last April and it was helluva fun! It's been months since we had a not-so out of town trip and I was so excited to attend Les' thanksgiving party in Bacolod because it was a good excuse to kick-off the summer season. In case you wonder, here's a detailed entry on how to go to Bacolod from Dumaguete City.

As soon as we set foot on the City of Smiles, the Dumaguete delegation got reunited with the Bacolod and Cebu delegation. It was fun to catch up with them over good food courtesy of Pao at the Carribean Waterpark and Resotel.

Team O at the Carribean Waterpark and Resotel
After the orgasmic lunch courtesy of Pao, we went to Calea (which I haven't blogged about yet) to have desserts. Well, what's going to Bacolod without visiting Calea, right? Everything we ordered were mouth-watering and I am seriously salivating right now!  Nom.

So night time came and it was already time for Les' thanksgiving party, but we still went to The Ruins (Talisay City). It's about 30 minutes away from Bacolod City. Entrance fee is Php 40.
The Ruins showcases what is left of the Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson Ancestral Home in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. During its heyday, the mansion was the largest residential structure ever built. It boasted of its garden of lilies in and around the four-tiered fountain on the mansion’s front lawn and the finest furniture, chinaware and decorative items that its owners brought from their travels across Europe and Asia. Read more
The Ruins
After the sight-seeing and picture-taking moments at The Ruins, we proceeded to Les' party at some clubhouse back in Bacolod. Although we were late but what's important is we were there to celebrate that special moment with Les. Haha labo much? :) The party was sooo fun that I forgot most parts of it. Mahaha:)

This trip to Bacolod is probably one of the most unforgettable trips of my life so far. :)

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