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Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Apo Island October 3rd 2009

Partis pour l'île d'Apo, paradis réputé des plongeurs. Pour y aller, nous prenons le tricycle, puis la jeepney, puis une banca (barque de pêcheur). La traversée en barque dure 45mn et est bien chahutée... Arrivés sur place, c'est l'image que l'on se fait habituellement de l'île paradisiaque, ou de l'île aux trésors : montagneuse, pas de route, un petit village de pêcheurs coincé dans un coin et des plages tout autour... La plongée est très agréable, et l'eau très claire nous permet de voir des centaines de poissons de toutes les couleurs, de toutes les formes, plein de concombres de mer, et plein d'autres trucs qu'on savait pas ce que c'était... Fabienne a d'ailleurs eu enfin une véritable communication avec un poisson qui voulait lui faire des misères avec ses petites dents! Le retour en ... read more
Jeepney to Apo Apo Island.
Notre banca.
Apo Apo.

Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete October 2nd 2009

Départ à l'aube dans un avion animé par la présence d'une dizaine de musicos, pour atteindre l'ile de Negros, et plus précisément la ville de Dumaguete, dont le petit aéroport nous plait beaucoup (bagages en vrac dans le seul et unique hall). La ville est petite et très sympa, ici les jeepneys laissent la place aux tricycles : une petite moto avec de la place pour 2 voyageurs sur le côté. Nous nous dénichons un bon petit resto de poissons, où nous découvrons le bangus et le lapu-lapu. Buvons du jus de Kalamansi (tout petit citron vert). Et nous régalons de Halo-halo (mélange étonnant dans une noix de coco, de jus de coco, chair de coco, gelée de coco, glace, et plein d'autres trucs très bons mais difficilement identifiables. Et puis, dans l'euphorie de la ... read more
Dumaguete City.
Fusil à pompe et vierge.

Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete February 14th 2009

1. Make friends with a Canadian from Hamilton, Ontario, who's one of those old, fat and bald Westeners with a Filipina wife. Make enough noise discussing his original home town Durban, SA, to completely piss off a grumpy French tourist who'll come telling you to shut up. 2. Walk around the pleasant little Dumaguete and once at the market look up for a beauty parlor. While being manicured and pedicured by two elderly, friendly Filipinas discuss politics, economical situation in Iceland (is it really bankrupt? Geez.) and cock fights with your manicurists husband who's hanging out there at the parlor. 3. Experience an odd sensation of unexplained euphoria which you just can't shake off. 4. Get some more pampering. It's time to find a blind masseuse to whisk you to heavenly bliss. 5. Make a recommendation: ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete February 9th 2009

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes! We arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia the night before my birthday-so I had a Bornean Birthday. Matt brought me breakfast in bed (the backpacker lodges' complimentary toast and milo), we toured the Sunday market, and read our books on our hotel's roof deck. After our Malaysian dinner (Mee Goreng) we even found some chocolate ice cream cake for a birthday dessert! Back to the Philippines. After our introductory week in Siargao, we made our way over to Dumaguete, Negros to spend the holidays with our friend Wilson. Wilson is a friend from Miami, who is originally from the Philippines, but is now studying for his PhD at RSMAS. When we were talking about our prospective travels last summer he mentioned that he would be home for Christmas and New Years ... read more
New Year's Eve fireworks
Casorroro Falls
Matt and Wilson

Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete September 14th 2008

Manila is not for the faint of heart. Even if you’ve been to some pretty nasty places on the face of this planet, it is hard not to feel sad and disgusted at the sight of Manila’s slums and squatter areas. I made a cursory walking tour just across the Pasig River from Intramuros, and what I saw was not a pretty sight: a hodgepodge of settlements; makeshift houses made of corrugated sheet metal, cardboard boxes, plastic awnings, and other junk scavenged from a dumpsite; naked homeless kids washing in dirty unsanitary water; people begging; people sleeping on the pavement; pickpockets; people with that hazy look of somebody high on drugs; people selling drugs. It’s pretty hard not to run into this kind of destitution when walking around Manila. It will find you. Manila is good, ... read more
Kid at the park
Jose Rizal Statue


Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete April 17th 2008

I gaar var en fantastisk opplevelsesfull dag! Jeg var oppe tidlig om morgningen, rett paa markedet for aa kjoepe frokost og lunsj, valgt etter sanser i full akt. Deretter bar det ut til baaten "Dolphine 2" som tok meg, og ti andre filippinere, paa en fem timers lang baattur. Etter en times kjoering begynte moroa: delfiner kom svoemmende mot baaten vaar, hoppet opp og snurret rundt, svoemmte om kapp med baaten. Lekte seg. Ertet oss. Fantastiske skapninger! Saa vidunderlig vakre, og saa smarte og lure! Etter en stund kjoerte vi videre til en av Negros' mange skjulte vidundre: Sandbar. Nei, ikke sandBAR (som i: drikk-deg-drita-paa-stranden-bar), men SANDbar (som i: en oey av sand, der flo g fjaere bestemmer om den er en oey, eller en langrunn strand under vann)!!! Saa inderlig vakkert. Saa krystallklart vann, saa ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete March 24th 2008

Wow! I can't believe I'm blogging again... I've been travelling for quite some time and I wasn't able to document it and I promise myself that I'll start doing blogs to save an online copy of the pictures and write the experiences that I've had. And the best way that I can think of is to do it here in travelblog... I've got so much information from other travellers/bloggers that Im gonna use for the travel plan that I'm making for my December holiday... it's my turn to share I guess... hehehe... March 22, 2008 Right after work at 1AM, I went straight back home to pack some stuff for just a 3-day adventure to the nearby island of Negros Oriental. I went to my friends hotel room to pick her up and around 5AM went ... read more
Our Boat
Nice Game
Life at Sea

Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete November 1st 2007

Looking for somewhere to go to for the Nov.1 long weekend, I chanced upon a website promoting Dumaguete City ( In a couple of hours’ time, I had booked our flights going to the City of Gentle People - and unknown to many, probably the only place in the Philippines with a different time - Dumaguete time is consciously and uniformly set 15 minutes ahead of the rest of the country’s. It’s a quirk even the locals can’t explain but it sure makes for good conversation Day 1: Apo Island Still sluggish after our 630AM flight from Manila, we arrived in Dumaguete City at around 745AM. Kim’s friends, husband and wife Anis and Daphne, picked us up from the airport. After a brief stop in their home (they own popular pizza place Neva’s), they brought us ... read more
Dumaguete 2007
Dumaguete 2007
Dumaguete 2007

Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete August 12th 2007

Nach "The Frensch", "Bottle Boy", "The last frontier" (Palawan), dem schoenen Bacuit Archipel und einem kurzen Flug nach Cebu, fuhren wir von Cebu City, zweitgroesste Stadt auf den Philippinen, direkt nach Dumaguete auf Negros Oriental. Eine vier- bis fuenfstuendige Busfahrt (PHP 250) an der Kueste Cebu's runter, einmal mit der Faehre uebersetzen und schon ist man da. Dumaguete deshalb, weil gleich in der Naehe "Apo Island" ist. Philippe, der Franzos' und ein Taucher, hatte uns davon erzaehlt. Apo, wie die Einheimischen sagen, ist ein keines, gruenes und sehr relaxtes Atoll mit zwei kleinen vertraeumten Doerfern und fantastischen Korallen (v.a. im Sanctuary) rund herum. Wir traeumen schon laenger davon einem Tauchkurs zu machen, um die Unterwasserwelt, besser als das durch das Schnorcheln moeglich ist, kennen zu lernen. Dumaguete selber ist, v.a. wegen seiner vielen Studenten, als... read more
Dumaguetes Promenade
Apo Island
"Hauptverkehrsstrasse" auf Apo Island

Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete June 9th 2007

Thanks to Cebupacific's P1 fare for this trip, great savings on our part! Dumaguete, as a well known province was only one of the city of Oriental Negros, before this trip i actually thought that Dumaguete is like Iloilo, a province in a whole that comprises many municipalities. I was told by a native there that even their place is Sibulan, still when asked where they live they tend to answer "from Dumaguete." This because, Dumaguete is much more known to us than other places in Oriental Negros, therefore saves them from further inquiry. Our trip to Oriental Negros was coincidentally in time for Sibulan's Fiesta - where we stayed - therefore we were surprised by the event that we have not prepared ourselves that we are visiting 6 houses for a day's meal, at first ... read more
at the boulevard
resort in san jose
san jose beach

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