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Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Zamboanga City February 6th 2010

Zamboanga, the city is commercially branded for tourism by the city government as "Asia's Latin City," a clear reference to Zamboanga's identification with the Hispanized cultures of "Latin America" or the USA's "Latino" subculture.Officially, the City of Zamboanga (Chavacano de Zamboanga/Spanish: Ciudad de Zamboanga). Zamboanga is a corrupted word for the Bahasa Sug jambangan, which means garden. The highly-urbanized city is located on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It is one of the first chartered cities and the sixth largest in the country. Zamboanga City is also one of several cities in the Philippines that are independent of any province, though it is usually grouped with Zamboanga del Sur for statistical purposes. The most common languages and dialects in the city are ZamboangueƱo (a Creole-spanish Chavacano language, also known as ZamboangueƱo Chavacano or Chavacan ... read more
Fort Pilar
Paseo del Mar, Zambo waterfront
Lantaka hotel

Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Lanao del Norte » Iligan February 2nd 2010

I was tummy sick the whole night at the stinky Palace hotel in Oroquieta, it did not help that we have several beers before turning in for the night. Rik and I are sharing a matrimonial bed as it is the cheapest choice, 550 pesos!! They gave us one blanket and one towel, Rik came to ask the front desk for another blanket and was told to pay 30 pesos for the privilege, ticked off I stormed down the front desk and mouthed off saying the bed is matrimonial and one person could barely fit in the provided blanket for the price of the room we expect better service, he mumbled something and gave me one more blanket, for free I took it and left quickly. Drank as much water before heading off to the port ... read more
Maria Cristina falls
scenery on way back to Iligan
scenery on way back to Iligan

Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Zamboanga del Norte » Dapitan January 31st 2010

Last minute decision to head to Rizal's Dapitan. Jose Rizal is the Philippines' national hero and was exiled here during the Spanish era for rebellion against the Spanish rule. It was about 2 hours by bus from Oroquieta and the deluxe bus is slow, waiting for passengers everytime. it rained on and off and I fell asleep again waking up as we got dropped off at a junction. Trike touts fight for our fare, we took one to the Rizal Park near the waterfront. This is a quiet town, I think I will like it. we arrived at the park and it is huge, and it's free! The museum is to the right and we checked out all those Rizal memorabilias, normally I am not into museums but this one is cool, Rizal was a civil ... read more
Dapitan
Dapitan
Dapitan

Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Misamis Occidental » Ozamis January 29th 2010

My former co worker in Boston hails from Iligan and her brother Rik contacted me and was nice enough to show me around town and for this weekend he agreed to come with me for a short trip to Misamis and Zamboanga, his kind wife giving a go signal we are off. At the bus terminal we took a deluxe bus to Ozamis, it stopped a lot and in some places wait for passengers, good thing we had a quick breakfast at the terminal. At Makas port there is a long vehicle queue for the ferry across the channel to Ozamis so we got off and decided to take the ferry that's leaving now, paid our fare and got on, we have to wait for vehicles to load. Apparently you can also get to Ozamis by ... read more
Ozamis
MOAP, Aquamarine Park
Fort Santiago, Ozamis

Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Lanao del Norte » Iligan January 26th 2010

There are 2 bus terminals in Cagayan de Oro and if I wanted to go to Iligan I have to get to Bulua terminal, jeepneys heading to "Patag" in the corner of Jollibee is where I waited, I hesitated at first taking jeepney as I have a big backpack and don't want to be an inconvenience to the other passengers, but they actually help me pull the pack all the way in and it's cheap, only 15 pesos I think. We made it there and found a deluxe bus to Pagadian stopping in Iligan, I saw an a/c bus but I know it's more expensive and you can't open the windows, 85 pesos to Iligan, bargain! It was a sunny day and we followed the coastline it got cloudy when we approached Iligan but quickly turned ... read more
Dalipuga trek
Manny forever!
aquarium fish for sale

Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Bukidnon » Malaybalay January 24th 2010

Woke up to a drizzly morning but still decided to head out to Bukidnon, from the Parkview Inn I took a jeepney ride to Agora market where at the bus terminal I found a Valencia, Bukidnon bound bus stopping at Malaybalay, the capital of Bukidnon. it was raining on and off on the 2 hour trip passing through lush greenery, pineapple plantations and i think a banana plantation owned by Dole. Arriving at the bus terminal at Malaybalay I hired a reela to take me to Haus Malibu, cost me 20 pesos. I was shocked to find out the cheapest room they have is 600 pesos and its their basic fan room,with toilet but no tv. I asked the receptionist for recommendations of other places to stay, cheap but clean, she told me to walk back ... read more
Church of Transfiguration and Monastery
CEDAR park, Impasugong
Kisolon bus terminal

Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Camiguin January 21st 2010

Sea cat is a fast craft that now has a regular scheduling plying from Cagayan de Oro City to Benoni in Camiguin everyday at 8:30am, cheapest ticket at Main and View deck for 400 pesos. I got there early to buy my ticket, as in Pinoy time of course it did not leave on time as there are late comers. It was smooth sailing, the day started hazy but cleared up and the sea was generally calm until we got out into the open sea and I got wet with sprays from the front as the wind picked up considerably, this did not bother so much as the pesky people smoking in the deck and 2nd hand smoke blows in every direction, then they throw out the butts in the sea! even the gringos do the ... read more
island of Camiguin
giant camel tree
Mt. Hibok Hibok hike

Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Misamis Oriental » Cagayan De Oro January 17th 2010

Spent most of the night listening to the continuous rain and jst had it i need to get out of Prosperidad. Next morning still raining I left the town promising to come back when the weather is fine. Took a Bachelors bus out from a simple bus terminal next to the main road, it goes to Butuan then i connected to Cagayan de Oro. It is still raining but started to ease up as we approach Cagayan and was relieved to finally see bits of sun as i find a taxi in the chaotic bus terminal. I was dropped off at Wilshire Hotel the cheapest room is 450 with tv and a/c. There is a musty smell in the room, turned the a/c right away. I asked for info from the front desk about travels to ... read more
Cagayan de Oro:Sinulog festival
Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro

Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » South Cotabato » Lake Sebu January 11th 2010

The bus took an hour for Marbel from GenSan and cost me 50 pesos,I fell asleep in the bus then woke up at the bus terminal, I asked the security people where to take the bus to Surallah another small town, he pointed me to the buses out back, I hopped on, this bus is a chicken bus but a bit more comfy than the ones in Latin America, about 30 minutes and 22 pesos later I am at the Surallah bus station, someone pointed me to the jeepneys that will take me to Lake Sebu for 30 pesos a 45 minute ride. At the end of the ride, I took a motorbike to Punta Isla resort near the lake, I can see a lot of fish pen on both side of the road, I take ... read more
Punta Isla Resort, Lake Sebu
Mountain Log resort
Punta Isla Resort, Lake Sebu




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