We had a few great dishes in Hong Kong. This eel sushi was very tasty with a little mayonnaise dressing on the plate which made it creamy adding to the sweet sauced soaked in the eel.
The noodles are the best in Hong Kong. Good almost everytime. Ramen or udon you cannot go wrong with noodles.
Watch out for under cooked poultry.
We had a great 36oz Steak at the Scene Bar. With live music, mixed drinks and a HUGE salad it was not bad, but the price was too high (600+HKD).
Camotes Island is a very affordable vacation spot frequented by people from all over the Philippines. Filipinos love it because it has so much to offer. There are caves, a lake, beautiful beaches with white sands, hotels, and not as many drivers and tourist guides trying to lure you into pricey deals. All of this is available at a fraction of the price you would pay in famous islands like Palawan, Bohol or Boracay.
Santiago Bay is one of the more popular places in Camotes that has the hotel accommodations.
Hotels Located in Santiago Bay, San Francisco Camotes, Cebu City:
1. Santiago Bay Beach Resort – rates start from P1,000.00 – P 5,000.00
2. Bellavista Hotel -P 1,300.00 overnight stay
Camotes island consists of three main towns:
3. San Francisco
*Pilar is the fourth town of Camotes but its separated from the island. People need to ride on a boat to reach this neighboring town because there’s no bridge built to connect them.
There are 3 small Restaurants Located in Santiago Bay, Camotes:
1. Pito’s Sutokil
2. Nena’s Grill and Drinks
3. Rees’ Sizzling and Seafood Restaurant
These restaurants have a few rooms to stay although there’s NO AIR CONDITIONING and private bathroom.
Disadvantage of Camotes
The biggest disadvantage of the island’s hotels is that there’s no wifi and they only have 1 cell tower, its Globe Telecom.
My Camotes Journal
*Jeepney to Port*
On Thursday morning January 24, 2013, I woke up early for my trip to camotes. I rode a jeepney from the mall at the back street of A.S Fortuna. Mandaue. Luckily, the driver sent me directly to the port but they usually drop off the passengers in the terminal. The jeepney routes have now changed. It used to be across Jollibee in A.s. fortuna branch.
Jumalia Shipping trips were cancelled on Jan. 23, 2013 so I had to take a pump boat on the way to Sonog Port.
Outrigger Style Boat (terrifying)
Travelling in the passenger pump outrigger style boat is quite shaky and sometimes scary especially if its raining with big waves in the sea. In the middle of my travel in the wavy sea, I was getting bored yawning looking at the water when I saw a dolphin beside the bamboo ama of the boat! I was very excited and happy seeing more group of dolphins!
Upon arriving, the small boat had a hard time departing because of the big waves. The locals had to help the boatmen pull the rope and successfully tie it on the rocks.
It was continually shaking so I ran fast from the plank to get down from the boat. It was already passed 5 O’clock when I arrived. I hired a driver to send me to a resort to stay for the night.
A Tour Of Camotes
He offered me a tour for a cheap price since we would pass the tourist spots on the way to the hotel. There were three top tourist places I wanted to see in Camotes: A cave, an untouched,very white sand beach and a big lake.
There are many other places to see in Camotes. Places to visit :
1. Timubo Cave – P 15.00 entrance
2. Bakhaw beach – P 10.00 entrance
3. Lake Danao – P 15.00 entrance
4. Bukilat Cave
5. Holy Crystal Cave
6. Tulang Diot
7. Taliwang Bas
8. Mangodlong Rock Resort
As the tour finished, we headed to the resort for my overnight stay in Santiago Bay beach.
As I had a long tiring day, I went to bed early.
The Santiago Bay beach has a very wide beach with white sand.
I started swimming quickly even if the water is only up to knee. After an hour, it was time for breakfast, and a cup of coffee. I took pictures while waiting for the food.
After eating, it was time to pack and check out from the hotel room to catch the afternoon boat trip from Jumalia Shipping, a cargo ship. I felt safer because I didn’t feel it shaking so much from inside while resting in my seat. What I learned is to never travel by sea if there’s a nearby typhoon around Visayas area because its really dangerous.
1. Jeepney fare Mandaue -Danao. – P 30.00
2.PumpBoat fare Danao -Sonog – P 180.00
3. Terminal fee – P 5.00
4. Tour + fare to Santiago bay – P 400.00
5. Fare from Santiago bay to port – P 50.00
6.Jumalia shipping boat fare – P 200.00
7. Terminal fee -P 5.00
8. Jeepney fare Danao -Mandaue. – P 30.00
Things to do in Cebu City
What to do in Cebu City?
Cebu is is the second capital of the Philippines which is also called as the Queen City of the south. The city is surrounded with the nearby beautiful islands for diving & snorkeling off the shore of white sand beaches.
You can go to whatever beach you want. It just depends on your budget and how far want to travel. The budget will determine the accommodations and it ranges from very cheap prices of resort to luxurious resort location on paradise islands.
A little Cebu History
More than 300 years ago, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan came to introduce Christianity to Rajah Humabon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajah_Humabon), the leader of Cebu City . Magellan made a cross as a symbol of their friendship that now became one of the tourist spot in Cebu. Today, this is a popular tourist spot in Cebu City known as Magellan’s Cross .
Magellan’s Cross is not the only place to visit in Cebu.
Other places to visit are the following:
Lapu-Lapu Shrine – Statue of the warrior Datu Lapu-Lapu, a native leader who defeated Spanish soldiers.
Parian Monument – cement, steel, collage depicting the Cebu heritage built right on the original Plaza Parian in Cebu City.
Yap Ancestral House – One of the oldest existing structural residential houses in the Philippines located in the Parian District of Cebu City.
Skywalk and edge Coaster of Crown Regency Hotel Fuente Osmena – Roller coaster attraction built on the tallest building in Cebu.
Sto. Nino Cathedral – Oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines.
Fort San Pedro – Military fort built by Spanish and indigenous Cebuano labourers under the command of Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in the 18th Century.
Museo Sugbo – Cebu Provincial Museum located in Cebu City.
from totally cebu.com
Casa Rosario – house built in the mid-19th century in the historic Parian district of Cebu City.
tripvisor – casa rosario
Taoist Temple – 1972, the Cebu Taoist Temple
Tops – popular observation deck that offers romantic views of the city.
Cebu City, Tops
Sinulog Festival in Cebu City
The most Interesting to see in Cebu City is the Sinulog Festival that happens only once a year every third Sunday of January, where cebuanos and participants from different provinces joins for the contest of dances with colorful glittered costumes. This dance contest celebration started for the worship of people for Senior Sto Nino the son of God.
source: filipino star news
Places to eat
If you are curious to try Filipino food, here is the list of restaurants with delicious variety of food:
Golden Courie – located at lahug and in ayala mall
Abuhan Restaurant– located at IT park and ramos St.
Mr. A – located on top of the mountain . overview of cebu city while eating
AA’s Barbecue – located beside the plaza independencia and Mabolo
Joe’s Chicken – for tasty chicken barbecue with cheap price
Jerry’s Grill – ayala and sm mall
Mang Inasal – Colon, E-mall, Sm mall, Grand mall Lapu-Lapu, La Nueva Lapu-Lapu, Gaisano Mactan & Gaisano Tabunok
Lantaw Restaurant – located at Cordova Cebu City, seaview restaurant
Sutukil Restaurant– located in Opon and Mactan Area
American food and other type of cuisines are available around the city.
This is just a small list of things to do while visiting the Queen City of the South. Each of these things offer rich culture for very little money and in many cases free. If you are not Filipino you may catch a lot of stares from the locals however you will find most people their are ok and even accustom to different faces.
Types of Transportation:
1. Jeepneys – P 8.00
2. KMK buses – route is Sm – Talisay City /vice versa- fare is P 20.00
3. Cabs -meter starts at P 40.00, average fare around the city is less than P 100.00
Ayutthaya is a city surrounded by Buddhist temples. It was my very first time to enter inside a temple… “enlightenment” —that’s the word, that’s what I felt. Though its not the religion I was brought up on, it was my first time to experience that kind of feeling. I felt peaceful still calm and away from a noisy, chaotic world.
Many of the people there have a good heart and are very welcoming. They have preserve their rich culture in Ayutthaya so many tourists that come to there can get a feel for the real Thailand. The people there are very hospitable. Though only a few know how to speak English, it’s not hard to go around because they are helpful and will even stop and give you the directions if you are lost.
How to get to Ayuthaya city from Bangkok by railways:
- Ask the tuktuk driver to take you to Hualumpong train station. When you reach there, you will see the counters 1-10 for getting the ticket to different destinations. Ask the guard if which counter is for ayutthaya.
- The train fare is 15 baht for locals. 65 baht for foreigners.
- Train stops to Ayutthaya. Walk on the left side to the small alley to reach the boat that will cross the river. The ride will costs 4 baht.
- When u get down from the boat, there’s a shop next to it that has a big map in their store that shows all the temples and places of the whole town. They offer services such as motorbike rental which cost 200 baht and tuktuk ride to the temples for 150 baht per hour.
- From that same shop they offer free maps when u rent a bike. But for a comfortable ride its better to ride a tuktuk. An hour or 2 would be enough to go around the town to check the temples and a ride in the elephant. Some of the temples are free and some have 50 baht entrance fee.
No entrance fee temples:
- Wat phu khao thong
- Wat Lokayasutha
- Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit
- Wat Thammikarat
- Wat Suwan Dararam
- Phet Fortress,
- Phra Chedi Suriyothai
- Wat Borom Phuttharam
If you plan on being in Thailand take an Ayutthaya trip. Its worth your time. Beyond “sex tourism”, wild nights in Bangkok and the “Walking Street” of Pattaya, Ayutthaya is a glimpse into the old peaceful, enlightened Thailand, Siam.