Guide to One Day in Dumaguete

Dumaguete is hip, cool, and laid back. The city’s boulevard is my favorite college professor’s favorite strolling place. To me, Dumaguete is not just the hip university city that it is, it is also an extension of Siquijor because my grandpa used to work here and we would come here to visit him when school was off. It is easy to explore the small city in a day and hop on to another destination after the sun sets. If you only have one day in Dumaguete, then read on for my recommendations. Continue reading “Guide to One Day in Dumaguete”


French Breakfast at Rollin’ Pin, Dumaguete

In one of our recent trips to Dumaguete this year, we arrived in the city early and sought out Rocks Coffee-to-Go for breakfast and to check our work emails while waiting for our boat to Siquijor. Sadly, when I inquired about the coffee shop, they have closed. So my husband and I went out of Siliman University and walked a few steps to find another breakfast place. Good thing we chanced upon Rollin’ Pin because we think we have found a new favorite in Dumaguete. Continue reading “French Breakfast at Rollin’ Pin, Dumaguete”

Celebrating Independence Day in Dumaguete

Dumaguete means more than Sans Rival and food tripping. Dumaguete, to me, equates to family and wonderful memories with family. Because of the proximity of Dumaguete to our island and because our grandfather was once assigned as a district engineer in Negros Oriental, we frequent the quaint city like it was just next town. Transportation has greatly improved, thank heavens, but the waves are still the same — huge and all-consuming. During the Independence Day weekend, our family was in Dumaguete to witness the renewal of vows between my uncle and aunt and celebrate the opening of their second auto shop branch. Continue reading “Celebrating Independence Day in Dumaguete”

Rocks Coffee-to-Go, Dumaguete

Last year, my boyfriend and I decided on a very short (half a day) trip to Dumaguete. I was in Siquijor at that time and my boyfriend who was visiting me was going back to Cebu and I decided to go with him to Dumaguete and tour the small city in half a day. There is not much to do in Dumaguete except eat (or visit friends and relatives), and on that particular day, we just decided to take leisurely strolls in the city’s downtown. The day before we took the trip, I decided we will have breakfast at Rock’s Coffee-To-Go at Silliman University. The coffee shop opens at 8:00, and the staff was bright and sunshiny and played a good set of music (reggae!) to accompany us.

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Poppy Coffee & Cupcakes, Dumaguete

When my boyfriend and I went home to Siquijor last November, on the way back to Cebu, we took a fastcraft to Dumaguete and from there decided to take a midnight boat to Cebu. When I’m too hungry to think of where to eat in Dumaguete, I don’t go adventurous and check out the newest places. Instead, I walk a hundred meters or so from the port to Jo’s Chicken Inato and order a piece of chicken and rice (and pancit canton if I’m not on a budget or in a hurry). And that’s exactly what my boyfriend and I did. After our dinner at Jo’s, we walked around the downtown of Dumaguete, checked out their plaza (and it was filled with people that day being a Sunday and a few days before their fiesta), and tried to find somewhere we can sit and have coffee and sweet treats. We noticed a few new coffee shops in the area but finally settled with Poppy at the Siliman Portal because it was deserted. Continue reading “Poppy Coffee & Cupcakes, Dumaguete”

Small Town Girl Diaries: Habits and Siquijor


We have habits. And we have favorite things to do.  When I have few hours in Dumaguete before riding a boat to Siquijor, I visit Robinson’s mall to eat lunch at Sans Rival and drink coffee at Bo’s.  Whenever I’m at Bo’s, I always drink the caramel latte, been drinking it since college.  If not caramel latte, iced tea.  None of those ice blended drinks with cream.  Today’s Holy Tuesday, and my cousin and I have been traveling from Cebu for 4 hours or so to get here.  We have a 4:30 boat ride to our home province where our grandma is awaiting her floral foam and flowers.  The day is hot, just like all the days in Holy Week.  If you are itching to go somewhere this summer, maybe you’d like to try Siquijor.  There are lots of wonderful beaches, good roads, nature trails, waterfalls, caves, and friendly people. (There may be a scarcity of good affordable food).

My favorite things to do in Siquijor — sleeping and reading books in bed.