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Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete April 27th 2017

26 avril (Toujours à Dumaguete) 5h20AM. Mon cadran résonne dans la minuscule chambre trop climatisée du Vintage Inn. "Leave at 6 o'clock" que m'avait conseillée la rondelette dame de bowling à la réception, entre deux coups de téléphone cellulaire. "Early marquet" qu'elle ajouta. C'est que les mercredi, un grand marché s'organise à Malatapay (on dit Ma-la-ta-paille), minuscule village situé à une trentaine de kilomètres de Dumaguete. J'en savais pas vraiment davantage, à part que pour m'y rendre, je devais prendre place dans un odieux jeepney qui me tordera encore une fois l'échine. Je sort de ma chambre et déjà, je ressent un courant d'air chaud m'agripper par le collet. Il n'est que 6h AM et pourtant, la chaleur des tropiques frappe déjà. J'entre dans un jeepney en piteux état (nommé "In God We Trust") avec une ... read more
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Plage, Malatapay

Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete April 26th 2017

23 avril (Toujours à Moalboal, Cebu Island) Après un déjeuner plutôt léger, je quitte la Panagsama Beach en embarquant dans un bus jaune clair et surdimensionné.... pour rejoindre les quais qui me propulseront vers Dumaguete sur l'île de Negros (Negros = Noir en espagnol). La grande île de Negros est juste là, devant la Cebu Island. Plan A: De Dumaguete, j'embarquerai rapidos dans un traversier qui me portera d'abord à Siquijor Island pour 1 nuit... puis hop, direction île de Bohol pour quelques temps, jusqu'au moment de devoir retourner à Cebu City pour prendre place dans mon vol (Cebu Pacific) qui me ramènera à Manille. Paf. Un plan de champion ça, du "island hopping" de choix: un plan béton qui me vaudrait certainement des points. Mais la suite brouilla quelque peu la trajectoire prévue de mon ... read more
Promenade, Dumaguete
Negros Island
Mark le motocycliste

Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete April 8th 2016

Dumaguete City is known for its friendly locals and home of retiring expats and foreigners from around the world. There’s no doubt about that. This thriving and lively city of Negros Oriental province is an epitome of peace and tranquility. What I love about Dumaguete is the diversity of its people. Like Cebu, non-locals abound. There’s plenty of foreigners, expats and Muslims. According to an international survey, Dumaguete City ranked fifth in the world’s best places for retirees. That is why when you stroll around the city the presence of a foreigner becomes a common sight. The city also offers a variety of delicacies including the famous mouth-watering Sansrival. You can also find several hotels and pension houses with its welcoming hosts of staff. The main mode of transportation is via tricyles. These cute three-wheeled vehicles ... read more
I Love Dumaguete sign at seaside
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Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete August 20th 2014

I had a long journey leaving Dumaguete in the Philippines and a very sentimental one. I was sad to leave my friends. Bill and Ivy had taken me into their home like a sister and we made a really strong bond. I certainly will have them in a very special place in my heart if I don’t get to come back but I know that I will soon. Bill’s car finally took the shit and the transmission sounded like it cracked when they were going to take me to the bus station. The situation sucked but we had a mission, I had to cross the water into the next island to catch a 5hr bus to get to the airport. Ivy went in her motorbike to fish a trike for P30 to take me and my ... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete August 1st 2014

I had an amazing day with the girls. We exchanged millenary culinary secrets and I had a very special “Bentusa” Massage Class: One of Ivy’s friends is a Professional Philippino Massause that has learn this technique from her ancesters and today I was passed on to me. Ventosa Massage Therapy is performed by placing glass on specific accupoints on your back. In order to create a vacuum effect, a flame from a burning cotton ball is placed in an inverted cup. We used two types of tourches: cotton wrapped around a coin called candle and cotton on fresh ginger slices. The practitioner then moves the cup toward the outside parts of the body sucking the air away. The cups used are made of different materials depending on the culture. Traditional Chinese practitioners use strong glass to ... read more
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Preparing for Ventosa Massage Class-2

Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete July 23rd 2014

After Krabi I had a flight back to Bangkok late afternoon on Sunday. I arrived around 8 pm. The cheapest and fastest way to get to Bangkok’s Don Muang Airpot is to take a cab to Chatuchak MRT Station for 180THB and then the MRT to where ever you are going. I was tired to start packing that night for the Philippines so I just had a large Singha beer to relax, knowing that the next 2 days where going to be very busy for me. I had 2 days of classes left at my Thai culinary school, I had to pack one of my trunks and find a place to store it during the time that I was going to be abroad and I had to figure out how to travel with just 30 kg ... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete July 21st 2014

We snagged another great airfare deal with this Manila-Dumaguete City-Manila trip last June. Me and my 3 travel buddies. With lots of help from a young travel blogger, we likewise booked rooms in a boutique hotel and island hopping tours while basing ourselves in Dumaguete City. This meant we did things the "lazy" way --- airport transfers, boat rentals, guided tours, and lunch thrown in. Dumaguete City is just an hour's flight from Manila. Capital of Negros Oriental famous for one of the country's oldest universities, as well as take-off point for boat and ferry trips to Apo Island, Siquijor and the country's controversial whale shark interaction site in Oslob, Cebu. One can hop to these islands and spend more time there, or simply do day trips while based in Dumaguete City. We chose the latter. ... read more
This boat is good for 15 pax
Marine Sanctuary in Apo Island
Marine Turtles in Apo Island

Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete March 27th 2014

And with some tinge of sadness, I said goodbye to the pretty beach of San Juan, Siquijor, and made the short 1h ferry ride to the Southeastern edge of the large Visayan island of Negros, where the university town of Dumaguete was my first port of call. Centred around Silliman University, Dumaguete certainly looks the part -- uniformed and youngish-looking students everywhere, with green, grassy fields and tree-lined boulevards in and around campus, flanked by cozy, stylish cafes. While the university itself seems neither particularly grand nor architecturally-impressive, it surely imparts a very collegial feel, and of course offers yet another variation of a typical Visayan city. Dumaguete serves up the additional bonus of a coastal promenade that overlooks the bangka-dotted sea, complete with evening-strolling locals and playing kids, thus offerring yet a glimpse into Negros ... read more
Dumaguete Belfry
Kids doing flips by the seaside
Another look at the emerald seas of the Visayas

Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete February 20th 2013

Our trip back into the real world from Sipalay was through Dumaguete, the road there involved 3 different busses, two of which were local, dusty and hot, but, really, nothing to complain about. Dumaguete itself was a bit more on the charming side, with a beautiful cathedral (complete with a fiesta upon our arrival) and a riverside lane with restaurants and places to hang out. We basically indulged ourselves on this last leg of our trip in the realm of cheap luxury. We took tricabs for 18 pesos (about 40 cents) for 20 minutes, we ate the most amazing pig trotters (a platter fit for a king) for about 3 dollars, and yeah, did a lot of consuming and engulfing. This was our last chance. Oddly enough, we had picked the Philippines for relaxing, but had ... read more
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The wonder of jeepney
Get ready for cock fight

Asia » Philippines » Negros Oriental » Dumaguete December 22nd 2012

17.12. Maanantai Vihdoin tänään reissu on alkamassa. Ensin lento Hong Kongiin ja sieltä jatko Manilan kautta Dumagueteen ja Liquid Diving -keskukseen. En tiedä johtuuko tämä pakkaushelvetti siitä, että ollaan ensimmäistä kertaa vauvan kanssa matkalla vai siitä, ettemme lähteneetkään suoraan työviikon perään. Nyt nämä ylimääräiset viikonlopun päivät ovat olleet pelkkää yli-insinöröintiä ja kaikkea mahdollista on säädetty aivan loputtomiin. Tai no, faif on säätänyt ja minä olen meuhannut, että puuttuvat saadaan ostettua paikallisesta ostoskeskuksesta. Olin täällä Peten kanssa marraskuussa 2011 ja tiedän aika hyvin mitä on saatavilla ja mistä. Illalla lähdimme klo 23.40 lennolla Hong Kongiin. Istuttiin Lilian sylissä ja oli todella rauhallinen koko matkan eikä valittanut edes korvia. Pettymyksenä voitaisiin sanoa, että Finsk... read more
Food courtissa Honkkari
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Naurua matkalla Manilaan




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