ANNABELLE MOVIE REVIEW

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-  ★★★ 1/2

The horror scene is just going on and on, and most of it is becoming a franchise or a spin-off from a famous blockbuster hit.

After the success of the movie The Conjuring directed by James Wan, creator of the Insidious series: there came Annabelle. Of course, we all remember Annabelle from The Conjuring movie; the creepy doll who is possessed by some kind of none-of-this-world element that terrorized the film viewers especially me.

But we all know that in that movie, the doll was not the focus of the story, instead it became one of the elements that after the movie became a success, and they created a spin-off slash prequel movie in the same name.

Annabelle is a story set before the Conjuring happened, and a year before the introductory scene in the Conjuring movie happened. I’m talking about the two nurses who were given the Annabelle doll as a gift of course.

And although I was so excited about this spin-off, and after watching it: it didn’t sort of hit the mark for me.

The tone of the movie did not really move away from the Conjuring which is nice, because they’ve kept the entire creepiness with it that really is the mark of the James Wan style. The fright was still there and the movie build-up was a little bit too much for me, bringing me a little bit bored for just a bit or so, but then again, the creepy feeling will bite you back in a matter of instance, which is good.

Although the build-up towards the end of the movie was almost there, the climax in addition with the dénouement part was a bit off for me, and I think it’s such a waste after that very, very long lead-in towards the climactic scene.

After the film, my partner and I couldn’t help but compare the James Wan style of directing plus creating an entire film in comparison to John Leonetti that directed Annabelle.

The film direction. In any of the James Wan horror movies, it always has a long scene climax that really is dreading in a good way since it will fright you no matter what. And of course, James Wan captivates our emotions starting from the build-up up to the very end making us attached to the characters themselves.

With Annabelle and Leonetti’s style, there was this creepiness but not much as with Wan’s style. Might it be because they held back since it’s just a spin-off? Well, that’s a dumb reason to start with. Annabelle is the most highlighted character in The Conjuring movie and I wished they have pushed the boundaries more with the film, rather than sticking to the typical storyline of the flopped American horror movies out there.

Anyhow, even when there’s a lack in the movie, but trust me, it still gives you screams and fright as well.

In addition to all of the creepiness, I think this film gave the most iconic frightening scene of all horror movies I’ve ever seen, and I’m talking about the elevator scene which almost made me piss my pants. It’s really scary and exciting: all the emotions of the first part up to that moment was polarized on that very scene.

Bravo to that.

Anyway, Annabelle is STILL worth the watch. I’m a huge fan of this entirely new franchise, and I believe this is no way of stopping anytime sooner.

 

What do you think about the movie?

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A NEW YORK STYLE RESTAURANT | BRIQUE RESTAURANT [PHOTOS]

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- ★★★

Ever since the dawn of Sex and the City, comes the realization of the New York socialites rummaging to famous spots especially to restaurants that are a week long booked. They, one time, rendezvous in these high class places only to find out, in just one blink of an eye, the middle class people follows through. And that’s when these restaurants or café’s can say they’ve made it to the map of New York City.

I love it when there are new spots in the Queen City; it gives me a glimpse of SATC New York: it’s hip, it’s fun, it’s exciting and it’s a delish. And everyone’s there to snuck in and taste the goodness and, without the company’s effort in advertising; everyone’s talking about it.

In this case, there’s a new find in Salinas Dr., Lahug, Cebu named Brique. The restaurant is located just beside Chika-an, and it’s along Pizza Republic.

THE PLACE

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It is a sophisticated restaurant, high end and very, very New York.

Astonishingly, our photos share the resemblance of a graphic Big Apple studio flat so good to the eyes, my picture in front of the very cool wall made it look like somewhere in the USA (great for Instagram *wink).

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The façade of the restaurant is highly modern, and the interior (besides the brick wall) is modern contemporary, an architectural porn for my eyes.

The place is a two storey building capable of a lot of people, yet still, you have to make reservations since they’re always fully booked especially on weekends if you don’t want to wait in queue (Contact Number below).

THE FOOD

My partner and I found Brique in Foursquare and upon checking the food pictures; it gives promising offers that I would surely love to try.

They’re famous for their Drunken Angus that costs P370.00 which surely has a good taste and very soft meat.

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Also, Fish Fillet with Porcini is one of the talks in Foursquare costing about P270.00 that gives you fish de la crème.

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They’re also famous for their Truffled Shoestring Potatoes that costs P250.00 and I have to say, good for four people, so bring your barkada along and have the taste of a Pik-Nik-like deep fried potatoes topped with bacon and fried basil.

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For the drinks, I ordered the Easy Morning Juice that’s oh-so-healthy, and for my partner is the ABC Twist, which perfectly is an Avocado taste and they’re both for P120.00

CONCLUSION + TIP (NOT BUFFET)

I have to say the sophistication of the place is the one to beat. The high class feel of it is really good. But then, unlike other American-style restaurants like Simply J’s and most especially in Café Georg; I have to say, I’m quite disappointed with their famous offers.

The Drunken Angus seems to be so-so, and the Fish Fillet with Porcini is not that good.

Although for a fact, it’s an American-styled restaurant, they have to stay true with the flavours of the West, and I understood that. Only, I can’t get the supreme taste of their offers. It leaves a disgust feel on my gut right after all the food were taken (bidli). I think the offers are not bad; it’s just that we don’t get it.

And we have plans to order the S’more’s but unfortunately, due to the high cost of every offer, ranging from P170.00 to as much as P1,000+: we have to cut our orders right there since our rule is simple:

If the price of two to three food plus the drinks is above P800.00, it’s already expensive. And to be honest, we reached a thousand plus.

Technically, it’s fine… really, really fine to spend that much, if the famous offers are oh-so-good and the serving is justifiable to what you are paying.

Also, we noticed on the other table, a group of six or seven people had their dinner and they came in ten minutes after us, and we finished at almost the same time. And I noticed how small the serving was and I felt dissatisfaction in their faces. So, this place is not for many people who want to have a buffet style. This is much like a la carte.

But if you ask me if the place is still worth another visit… well, yeah it is! They still have lots of food, drinks and pastries to choose from.

SCHEDULE

Mon-Sun: 10:00AM-11:00PM

 

CONTACT (RESERVATION)

Telephone – (032) 414-1720

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RATING – 3 Stars

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THE MAZE RUNNER MOVIE REVIEW

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★★★ 1/2

“The Maze Runner is a film boasting energetic sequences with thrilling musicality that enthralls movie goers to the edge of the seats.”

The dystopian, post-apocalyptic movies are so in, there’s a real battle on which the best movie-tie-in are the best. After the success of The Hunger Games series which will culminate in 2015: movies like Divergent and The Maze Runner became one of the successes. And with this kind of genre, there’s also a real battle between originality.

The Maze Runner has the same tone as with other dystopian themed films: dark and dangerous, having a world ruled by tyrants or people with sinister plans for mankind.

But what differs The Maze Runner from other? Of course the source material itself.

The Maze Runner film, although quite different from the book; is a heart pounding, dangerous and enthralling movie. With exciting sequences that surely takes you to the edge of your seats. The film is directed carefully in creating agitating scenes which are totally exciting.

I love how the danger lingers within the Glade and how unsure the tone of the story has become and it’s really dreading in a good way.

The adventure really gets your nerves from start to end, and speaking of the movie’s ending, it will give you… another question mark. But that’s fine, it’s better than the book.

The Maze Runner has this specific dilemma that will be unveiled through the dénouement but not that very much information that still leaves a lot of questions which leads me to the part where after it left me the question: Did I like it or not?

There’s a war in me saying that it was good, but it wasn’t good at all due to the fact that the ending is somehow vague and although the sequences were exciting but the story itself seems nonsensical. I mean, why are they the cure? And why does the cure have to be put on trial? It doesn’t make any sense at all.

But I think that’s also the beauty of movie series, it leaves you hanging.

Still, as of the moment, I’m thinking if I liked the movie or not, and I don’t know whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing for the film.

Anyhow, it’s still worth the watch since I’m looking forward for the sequel.

The Maze Runner is a film boasting energetic sequences with thrilling musicality that enthralls movie goers to the edge of the seats.

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A ROYAL CAFÉ | COFFEE PRINCE CAFÉ [PHOTOS]

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-    ★★★★★

I can’t believe there have been totally new and good café’s popping up in the entire Southside nowadays! And the number isn’t stopping anytime sooner. And with this, comes the battle on which who will win with the award of the Best Instagrammed café (and this is inevitable).

And one café that catches my partner and I’s attention is the café we saw in Foursquare and it’s called Coffee Prince.

Located at Osmena Blvd. just across Cebu Doctor’s Hospital and just strictly beside Suarez (makers of rings and all), Coffee Prince is an old house turned café that’s definitely bursting with colors on the façade and have welcoming feel on the inside.

 

THE INTERIOR

The place is huge, I mean, I love how spacious the inside was. It has a high ceiling which is really good for claustrophobics. And it is unlike other café’s which are so tiny that you’ll be afraid to even move because you’ll crash everything around you.

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I love the feeling that we can freely move around: sit or lie, without the fear of damaging stuffs.

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THE OFFERS

With no halls barred, their offers are the best. They have different food and drinks that are so good for your taste buds. They have been famous for this Luther Burger that incorporates flavor overload.

Luther Burger has burger (of course) with bacon and some leafy vegetables on the side dish, but what makes it a superstar is the Original Glazed Krispy Kreme with it. I got so excited when I read some comments on Foursquare about how they included KK with it since I am a fan of the Original Glazed and I always eat it with the main course I have because I just love how the balance of sweet and salty are mixed on my dish. It’s really heavenly, and you should try it out yourself!

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Also try their Bulgogi Panini that gives you a hint of the Middle East, it taste so good too!

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For their drinks, I recommend the Java Chip Frap (I did it without caffeine) and it taste sooooo good you want some more.

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For their tea, try their Green Tea Latte that doesn’t just give you good taste, but also gives you the health benefit for your body.

 

THE SERVICE

To be honest, Coffee Prince and Café Tiala has the best service, but you’ll feel that the crew in Coffee Prince has much professional experience when it comes to customer service. They know how to cater you with your needs as well as the right responses for questions or appraisals.

For recreation, they sell colorful locks and a pallet which you can write your promises or messages and lock it on a huge heart shaped fence located inside and outside the shop, similar to the locks in Paris, which is very unique for a coffee house too.

Overall, Coffee Prince has the highest standards when it comes to fancy coffee houses in Cebu and the one to beat. A definite no brainer five star.

 

SCHEDULE

9:00AM – 1:00AM

CONTACT

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TEA O’CLOCK: BUBBLE TEA HOUSE REVIEW [PHOTOS]

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-     ★★

I can’t imagine how many tea houses are opening every quarter this year. The range has completely been overwhelming and I’ve seen this small industry grow. And creating a review for this post won’t be the last since there are lots of tea and coffee houses that are slowly making a name for themselves.

One of the new tea houses in the Queen City is Tea O’clock: Bubble Tea House housed in Vailoces Compound, Damascus Road, Talamban: it is the corner across BBQ Boss.

It is a tiny shop, (seemingly a former house) that is designed with childish, playground-ish or Alice in Wonderland-ish theme. When you see the place outside, it will really captivate you to come and visit.

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Inside is very small but cozy and playful. I love the hanging tea cup decorations on top of the ceiling, and also on the walls plus the warm lighting that really feels like home.

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The problem is that my partner and I were too big and we tend to bump the tables and chairs harshly (thank God no casualties). Anyhow, the walls are also refreshing to see with its huge mural of a grass field with two old people drinking tea on one side.

I love the playfulness of this place.

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And with their offers that range from P80.00 and above, you will get the chance to taste the same offers as with other tea houses, only it’s not that good compared to others.

Yep, I ordered Red Apple with Nata De Coco as sinkers and it taste like C2 Green Tea with Apple, and the Nata was in a small amount. Also with the Matcha green tea that tastes a bit off for us.

I also tried their Pasta Mac and Cheese and it taste ordinary, but anyhow, it’s tolerable.

What pissed my partner off while were in that place was that when he tried to order their Milktea of the Month which was the Cheesecake + Grahams, it was not available… I mean, c’mon, it’s the offer of the month and it’s got no stock? And my partner tried to order other offers and most of it is unavailable as of September.

Plus, the service wasn’t that good. I bet they haven’t had training with customer service because unlike in Café Tiala: it is evident, from entering the café to going out, they were warm and welcoming and really helpful too.

Those were the downside of this café and I would love to see them improve if ever they read my post because I believe this café has great potential.

But still I would describe this place as a place good for Instagram photos. Taking pictures inside is just a pure pleasure.

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Check out Tea O’Clock.

 

SCHEDULE:

Mon-Sat: 11:00-12:00MN

Sun: 11:00-9:00PM

 

CONTACT

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RATINGS: 2 stars

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THE GIFTED MOVIE REVIEW

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★★★1/2

It seems like every year there’s always going to be a Christine Reyes-Anne Curtis movie which they star together as competition, or sometimes it’s going to be Anne Curtis versus some-other-star or Christine Reyes and some-other-star in a same storyline like the one they both were together in a film which revolutionize third party relationships, and I’m talking about No Other Woman.

To be honest, from the moment John Lloyd and Bea Alonzo was in a film having the same plot; it itches my senses predicting that it won’t be the last… and I was right.

Then came The Gifted movie which they, again, starred as competition. But thankfully, as I watched the trailer (which was horrible by the way), it was not of the same theme: it was more comical and rivalry of friends.

I got curious to what the story might be, but it was good to know that it was an original.

THE STORY

Let’s be honest, the story was nonsense, but some of the greatest Filipino movies that are in the box office have nonsense stories. This doesn’t mean that the film doesn’t have a good story at all; it’s just that it doesn’t have a concrete story to tell.

But it worked out.

I love the rivalry and how extremely funny the lines were whenever the two main characters are on a head-on collision. “too underachieved, what a challenge” is one of my favorites in the film. There are a lot of scenes that will surely keep you laughing up until you go out of the cinema.

When the resolution came, it was absurd, of course. Anne’s character then changed to good after all the shot gun scenes she’s made… but then it wasn’t the ending, and it was a surprise how twisted the story was. I laughed and it was good.

THE ACTING

Anne Curtis is a real superstar. Her sinister acting is one of the best in the Philippine TV and cinema. I grew up not liking her especially when she was in GMA, but then ABS-CBN sharpened her and made her into a diamond.

Christine Reyes was also good when it comes to intense and funny acts.

OVERALL

This is the kind of movie that I would compare to Vice Ganda films like Praybeyt Benjamin, story is totally shallow but it’s totally entertaining, and that’s what we need nowadays, and if Philippine cinema won’t give us Avatar-like effects or stories, better make the best out of comedy and drama.

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CAMIGUIN ON A VERY TIGHT BUDGET [PHOTOS, VIDEO, TIPS, EXPENSES]

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Camiguin, the island that has been tagged as the Hawaii of the Philippines and also The Island Born of Fire. It’s located southern in the country, part of the northern Mindanao territory and it’s very famous for many things such as Lanzones (super yummy), hot and cold springs and as well as their nearby sandbar that has an amazing view of the entire island.

From the moment of touchdown on the island up to the take-off: what I took away from this escape is that this island is not just about beautiful scenery and the food/delicacy, but also on how to live like the locals and be educated with the total mystery behind the devastating history of the island.

Unfortunately, our budget was very limited to P10,000.00 only and we have to maximize what we have in a steep priced island. So, booking flights and resorts as well as searching for places to eat plus bargaining to the lowest prices and also be there like one of the locals are most of the talents you need to have if you are with us on this budget for two, and you really need an escapade.

No matter, I’ll give you tips on how to survive on a very tight budget.

And there’s no better way for a vacation like this in Camiguin than to prepare, book ahead and anticipate adventure coming your way.

PREPARATION (BOOKINGS AND ALL)

Preparation is the key. I’ve learned a lot about preparation from my partner and how important it is especially in going on to an important escapade.

Although we’ve planned this entire tour for months and months ago, it keeps on getting pushed due to financial circumstances. I’ve made all the research I can have and Google is just your friend and everything is there. All you have to do is search. And I made some rough estimate for about P10, 400.00 for both of us and that’s for the entire tour (via Ship).

First and foremost you have to book for your trip; sea or air. For our case, we chose to wait for piso fare promo of Cebu Pacific because… everyone knows why. And we got our ticket for P3, 880.48, good for both 3 days, 2 nights, roundtrip, via Cebu to Camiguin and vice versa.

TIP #1: For those people who would go via sea, here’s the information you needed (VIA CEBU)

Super Shuttle Ferry travels weekly basis according to parasbeachresort.com and cebuboattrips.com

  • Costs about P800.00 – P1,000.00
  • Port 1/8
  • Trips
  • FRIDAYS:  8:00PM – 8:00AM
  • SUNDAYS: 8:00PM – 8:00AM
  • Contact : (032) 232 3150

*No fast-track available

Second, after booking the transportation, you have to book to where you’ll be staying. There are lots of hotels and resorts in Camiguin and all you’ve got to do is Google it. I really do believe in staying in a high class hotel or resort, but it’s nonsensical when I go to a place for an escapade and choose an expensive stay; that’s why I’d rather have the cheaper one. I mean, all I need is a place to rest my head after every exhausting day and that’s it (except I need an air-conditioned room hehe).

Anyhow, we’ve tried Paguia’s Cottage (contact 09276527621) before and I have to say I’ve got a bad experience with them while over the phone, even when some bloggers say that the place is good and cheap (probably the cheapest price in all Camiguin) but the owner was not friendly at all. She sounds skeptic rather welcoming, and I hated it. We tried to contact them again months later, but then they did not answer their cellphone, so it’s their loss.

And we tried to contact Agohay which the owner sounds really warm and welcoming, and she speaks straight English and Japanese as well, very impressive. The rooms in Agohay starts at :

Non Air-con P950
Isla Cottage P1,780
Superior Cot. P1,980
Villa Room P2,180

TIP #2: We got to bargain at their Superior room and got it for P1,800.00 instead. So, we booked it for 2 days and down-payed in their BDO account.

TIP #3: Usually, plane and ship arrives very early on the time of the day, and check in at Agohay is at 2:00PM; it actually depends on the room if it still has guests or not… if not, then Agohay allows you to have the room earlier, if not (like us) we have to wait up until 2:00PM. If this is the case, your itinerary should be changed. Also, you could get the chance to discover Camiguin as a local.

Third, our itinerary. Yes, you’ve got to do an in depth research about this one because this can save you time. Although usually, almost all of the resorts offer the entire itinerary package for THE SAME GOVERNMENT REGULATED PRICE (good), you can just avail to it.

TIP #4: Create some PLAN B and C if in case PLAN A doesn’t work.

There are a lot of blogs who has specific itinerary in Camiguin, and ours was not far away from theirs. Below WAS our planned itinerary (based on the blogs I’ve read):

DAY 1 – Friday

8:00AM – Airport-Resort

2:00PM – Check in

3:00PM – 5:00 – White Sandbar
6:00PM – DINNER

DAY 2 – Saturday

7:00AM – Call time

8:00AM – Old Volcano Station of the Cross

9:00AM – Sunken Cemetery

10:00AM – Gui-ob Church Ruins

11:00AM – LUNCH

12:30NN – Sto. Nino Cold Springs

2:00PM – Katibawasan Falls

3:00PM – Ardent Hot Springs

4:00PM – Go back to resort

5:00PM – Dinner

DAY 3 – Sunday

6:00AM – wake up and Airport

But then our itinerary has been changed due to some circumstances, and it became this:

DAY 1: Friday

6:45AM – Arrive in Camiguin

7:00AM – Arrive in resort

7:00AM-11:00AM – Wandering Mambajao Market/Uploading pictures on Facebook/Surfing the net

11:00AM-12:00 – Lunch (at Mambajao Market)

12:00PM – Check in (Thank God)

And due to heavy winds and treacherous weather, our White Island tour was cancelled for the next day 6:00 in the morning.

12:00-5:00PM – Wandering Mambajao Market yet again/Swimming Pool time

DAY 2: Saturday

6:00AM – Wake up call/Going to White Island

7:00AM – Back to resort

9:00AM – Call time for Island tour

9:00-10:00AM – Soda Cold Spring

10:00-11:00AM – Sto. Nino Cold Spring

11:00-12:00NN – LUNCH (at Catarman Market)

12:00-1:30PM – Old Church Ruins/Sunken Cemetary/Walkway to Old Volcano

1:30-2:30PM – Katibawasan Falls

2:30-3:30PM – Ardent Hot Springs

3:30-4:00PM – Back to resort

4:00-6:00PM – Dinner/Buy Pastel (at Mambajao Market)

6:00PM – back to resort

Fourth and lastly, pack up your bags with complete stuff, and never ever, ever forget your camera SD Card (just what I always do and did).

THE EXPERIENCE

DAY 1

My partner and I woke up 4:00 in the morning because our flight was 6:00AM and flights to and from Camiguin usually starts on that time range. Although exhausting, I was still excited.

When we finished checking in and waiting for us to go to the plane, I was reminiscing to some stories about how small the aircraft would be going to provinces like Camiguin, and it was a little bit daunting to me.

When we got to the service bus and onto the airplane; the stories were right, it was indeed very tiny compared to the towering Cebu Pacific international airplane, more so to the PAL one. Claustrophobia is one of my fears yet still I’m up to the challenge.

And we went inside the aircraft and the flight wasn’t that smooth because of the typhoon that just got out from the Philippine area of responsibility, and some treacherous dark clouds were still present up in the air. It was a tumultuous ride and I was never scared my entire life. I didn’t have fears before when I was flying, but the aircraft seems so fragile that it could go down anytime now.

Miraculously, the flight didn’t take an hour, it was more like 35 minutes, and thank the heavens it was that short! Because it was really, really scary.

Also for a fact that it was my first time to have a woman captain on-board did a little sexist thought in my subconscious which my partner and I realized after. We’re all sexist in a way, but the landing was very, very smooth and it was impressive. Who run the world? Hehe

Camiguin Airport was very small and simple, and we were greeted by Manong with a card-board with my partner’s name on it and he drove us to the hotel (and that’s for P250.00 not including the hotel stay… don’t ask).

TIP #5: VERY IMPORTANT TIP, we realized that if we knew we could just ride a local tricycle going to the resort, we wouldn’t have spent P250.00 going to it. If you want to take this advice; go out of the airport and there are 2 kinds of tricycle there: Green Tricycle that’s bound east (and never ever ride this one if you’re going to resorts on the Western side of the island) and the Orange Tricycle that’s bound west. Ride an Orange one and tell the driver you’re going to your resort. For Agohay, the rate is P10.00. See, it’s a lot cheaper compared to having a service.

TIP #6: But when you’re going home and your flight is early like ours which was 6:10AM, I think it’s wise to have a service from the resort because there are no early tricycles around the island at that time.

The resort was good. The walkway towards it looks really expensive and the cottages looked amazing. They had a pool and also, but most important, they have WIFI in their restaurant area.

We arrived soon and told us that the check in was 2:00PM like they told us we could check in earlier if it’s already available and since there are still people in the cottage; they let us wait for 12:00NN. But it was fine, we were too early though.

I was about to grab my camera and take a picture of the entire villa; but then an error message popped up: NO SD CARD DETECTED. The horrors run through my senses and I know my partner would get pissed off me because it has always been my problem. I told him and he was cool with it (outside) and so we asked if there are SD cards available in town, and Manong told us that there’s FUJI in their market. And it was fine.

Also, we were hungry and the food prices in the resort were a bit high though so we looked for ways on how to have lunch.

TIP #7: If there’s a market, there’s food –Chef Andrew Zimmern

We bought a 2GB SD card in their market only for P300.00 who sells camera, cellphone and those kinds of stuff, but not in FUJI FILM because I knew it would be very expensive there, and again we’re limited.

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Cafeterias in Mambajao Market

We also had lunch inside their market but away from the smelly fish stands of course, but it was hard to look for the cafeterias, but thankfully, we were persistent in finding food. Chef Andrew Zimmern’s quote is the key to survive a budgeted trip.

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After, we went back to the resort and they already let us in our cottage at 12:00NN not 2:00PM THANK GOODNESS! And both of us were amazed by our room. It was the superior cottage and it was huge. I could get a pom-pom and start my own dance routine there without damaging stuffs because it was really big. It also has cable TV and a couch. Yes, a couch.

But what impressed us the most is the outdoor shower. It was so sexy and sophisticated. It did feel like international.

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Although the air conditioning did not suffice the entire place, there is still an electric fan that could pump up the coolness of it, so it’s just fair. And we got that room for P1, 800.00 only. So impressed.

We were about to be ready for our white island tour, but then they have to cancel it due to the weather that’s not friendly at all, and have to rebook it on the next day, 6:00AM.

TIP #8: All tours are regulated by the government. For the island tour, it’s for P1, 700.00 with driver and car good for 8-12 people. White island tour is P450.00 for the boat ride, still good for 8 pax. And you could drive your own motor bike or scooter and mountain bike, good for P500.00 and P400.00 respectively.

And since we were just two, we don’t plan to take the P1, 700.00 package for 8, because it would be impractical. What we did was to ask the front desk if they know someone who could offer us a cheap price for two using motorcycle. The price started P1, 200.00, but we said no and told them we’ll just be the one who’ll look for someone else outside the resort. Then the price lowered to P1, 000.00 down to P800.00 as the last price.

TIP #9: Play hard to get when you don’t like the price. *wink *wink

And since we will not be doing anything in that day, we just relaxed in our cottage, dip in the resort pool, took a bath in our sophisticated outdoor shower and have our dinner at Mambajao market again to save a lot of money.

DAY 2

White Island (Entrance is P40.00 which you will pay in the resort)

We woke up 6 in the morning and the banka was ready to go, and we were excited. Across our resort, we could already see the White Island but there were a lot of movement happening there, only to find out that those were people… I mean fifty plus people. It was a shock to me because I wasn’t prepared for a crowd in a tiny developing island, but anyhow, the more the merrier.

The sea wasn’t that much friendly but it was tolerable.

And when we arrived on White Island, and jump in on the smooth sand; we looked up seeing the breathtaking view of the entire Camiguin Island.

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The beauty was surreal; it was more like you would see in a film. We have to stop on the edge of the shore to take in the beauty in front of us while the water splashed to our feet wet.

And it was selfie time.

We also got the chance to sit down and buy some treats from Manang who sells junk foods, ready to eat boiled eggs and boiled bananas. And then, the guy who sells raw sea urchins went near and we get to try some of it, 3pcs. for P50.00 (expensive), but it was heavenly. The taste was what I really loved about sea foods. It was delicious and perfect.

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I also took a dip in the very cold water and got back home right after.

TIP: You can’t put bags anywhere because the waves will get all your stuff wet (or worse will carry your stuff in the ocean). Especially on a high tide where waters are rough. It’s best to bring small bags or a mobile table, and go there by 10:00AM (not advisable due to heat) or 3:00PM.

SODA COLD SPRING (P30.00 for Entrance Fee)

By 9:00, our island tour started. Our manong driver for the motorcycle suggested that it would be best if we go to the farthest destination and back to the nearest so it wouldn’t be that much inconvenient in going home, and we agreed.

First we went to Soda Cold Spring.

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The pool was clean and huge because of the flowing waters and there are a lot of people diving in it too. I was impressed by how clear the water is when I dive in, and I have to use my GoPro with it to capture my underwater moments, and it was awesome.

TIP: Buy GoPro, the best thing you’ll ever buy… you won’t regret.

Most of the underwater shots in my video are shot in pool because it was just fantastic there.

STO. NINO COLD SPRING (P30.00 for Entrance Fee)

It’s the farthest location in the tour, and when we got there and have a glimpse inside and… we just did not like it because it was more like Soda Cold Spring but with more people, so we decided not to try it there not to waste even more money, and Soda Pools are way better than in Sto. Nino Cold Spring.

LUNCH

Again, we were on the budget so we ate at the nearest market in Catarman, and Andrew Zimmern’s quote didn’t fail us.

OLD CHURCH RUINS (Donations)

Manong also educated us about the old volcano that erupted and is now inactive, and the active one, Hibok-Hibok.

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Aside from the tour guide services our manong offered to us, this is one of my favorite places in Camiguin because it’s where I learned the catastrophic history of the island. There’s a plaque there narrating about the old volcano named Vulcan that destroyed the land and lives of the people living in 1871 and how the old church remained up to this day even when we could only see the topmost part of it, as well as the convent and bell-tower.

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SUNKEN CEMETARY and WALKWAY TO OLD VOLCANO

Just very near the Old Church Ruins is the Sunken Cemetary. I learned that the huge cross that we are now seeing is just a monument built for the cemetery itself. The real cross is meters away from where it is which you can see by the waves it creates afar.

And we also noticed that there are waves created in a semicircular sense around the monument, and a local told us that that was the border of the cemetery and it was the road going to the Old Church before it sunk.

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Also, we bought some of the souvenirs there in Sunken Cemetary for the lowest price of P5.00 and it was all good.

For the Walkway to Old Volcano, we didn’t went up because first, manong told us that it’s very high and you’ll have to spend an hour to get on top, second, there’s really nothing much going on the mountain, and third, my partner remembered that one of the bloggers said that they’ve climbed but didn’t reached the top because it was exhausting and went back down instead.

Across the walkway, you can buy souvenirs and shirts in a higher and reasonable price.

KATIBAWASAN FALLS (P30.00 for the Entrance Fee)

The falls was really good and the water was so cold, even colder than in the cold springs that it felt like we were on the ice bucket challenge. And to be honest after dipping in once, I did not went back to dip because it was ice cold water.

But we did spend time there because there were less people around and the falls was relaxing.

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ARDENT HOT SPRING (P30.00 for the Entrance Fee + Cottage Fee)

I think Ardent Hot Spring is the famous and most visited in all of Camiguin (besides White Island) because there are rooms to stay in and also it’s one of the flagship of the island for the tourist to come. It’s located near the active volcano, Hibok-Hibok and the water is warm and relaxing. There are nets above to hold the falling leaves to stay the waters clean.

DELICACIES

A part of being one of the locals is to get a taste of the island’s delicacies. One of it is the Lanzones fruit which is so much good, another is their Kiping which is made from coconut, I guess due to its taste that I don’t like much, and the very famous Pastel by Vjandep (pronounced as Vandep). Lanzones and Pastel are meant to be pasalubong (souvenir/gift).

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TAKEAWAY

For us on a really tight budget for an escapade, there’s really no better way than to live like the locals. Find the cheapest ways in order for you to survive and as well as enjoy all the rides even if it means inconvenience. The island gives me a glimpse of Hawaii-like features especially when we pass by the edges and see the beautiful view ahead.

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Camiguin is an island rich in history sense which creates a mystery for travelers out there. I love the fact that the prices are regulated by the government and I also appreciate the fact that using and throwing plastic is strictly prohibited in the island.

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There still are places in Camiguin that I haven’t been like the Mantigue Island, and there are a lot of things that I haven’t done like snorkeling. But then those days when I was there gave me a lot of lessons in travelling and budgeting, also learning the ways of the locals and discovering new things that I surely will remember my entire life.

Also, when we got back to the resort, I can’t shake the fact that there are a lot of dead bodies in the island, and maybe, just maybe they’re still haunting the roads, confused. LOL

Anyhow, thanks Camiguin!

BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES

Here are our expenses (good for two):

  EXPENSE (in Peso)
Plane Ticket (roundtrip): P3, 880.48
Service (from and to Airport/Resort): P500.00
Resort: P1, 800.00 x 2 Days= P3, 600.00
Boat to White Island: P450.00
Island Tour Motorcycle: P800.00
Entrance Fees:
White Island P80.00
Soda P60.00
Katibwasan Falls P60.00
Ardent Hot Spring P60.00
Souvenirs and Pastel P90.00+P180 =P270.00
Food P1, 000.00
TOTAL: P10, 760.48

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