Hidden Beach, Aloguinsan

Last weekend, my team mates and I had an outing. We thought it would be fun to check out the Bojo River tour but we wanted to stay over night in Aloguinsan and the only place we can afford was Hidden Beach. Why it’s called Hidden was pretty obvious when we knew the place is about 5 minutes by car from the main road. Continue reading “Hidden Beach, Aloguinsan”

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Medellin, A Bygone Era

The north of Cebu is a relatively new discovery to me. It was only this year that I was able to finally visit all towns and cities of Northern Cebu and, to me, that is a feat because I’ve been living in the city for almost 2 decades and I can’t believe I still haven’t toured the province completely. Anyway, it was a road trip to remember, one because it was my husband’s clan reunion and, two, we almost figured in a road accident and I couldn’t shake off the fear in the next days following our arrival home. Continue reading “Medellin, A Bygone Era”

FOOD | Egg Sandwich & Road Trip Tips

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It’s been a while since I posted a “food” blog post. It’s not that I have stopped eating healthy, or stopped eating altogether. It’s just that my blog is not a food blog, and, to be honest, I know very little about the technicalities of food. All I know is how to eat good food. ūüėõ

Anyway, I want to share an easy sandwich I made that I brought with me to a road trip. This is a really basic egg sandwich. I used¬†2 harboiled eggs, a¬†short-sized baguette,¬†pickle relish, and¬†salt and pepper to season the sandwich. The sandwich may come out bland for most so you can add more spices and ingredients, such as mayonnaise and chopped cheese. Please be careful with mayonnaise though because eggs and mayonnaise spoil quickly, so make sure to remember you have a sandwich with you. That’s why I excluded mayonnaise in my sandwich because I don’t want to spoil our vacation, especially when the place we were heading to did not have a hospital or medical facilities. Also, remember to be responsible on how you package your food. I think it’s best to place road trip foods on reusable containers or wrap them in paper.

The roads in Cebu province are dotted with food stalls, so you can stop and buy food whenever you are hungry. I love native Filipino food, especially delicacies, so I tend to buy that during road trips instead of “real food”.

Here are some of my reasons why bringing my own food is not just a thrifty way to road trips but also a healthier and safer way:

1. I don’t know how the food is prepared. I am not discriminating against road-side eateries. I am just being maarte and taking care of myself. I eat at eateries all the time but I carefully choose what to eat to be on the safe side. When forced to eat in road-side eateries, I choose the dishes that I can easily identify the ingredient used (e.g. fried fish, sliced meat) but I tend to stay away from chicken, eggs, minced pork, thick soups, and tap water.

2. My stomach is sensitive and I am afraid I won’t be able to enjoy the trip because I’m worrying of my stomach. The Philippines is not known to have the best medical facilities in the world. In fact, we may even have the worst. (I don’t know why our politicians don’t spend much on medical facilities when it is a good strategy for attracting tourists and visitors). I don’t want to drop my bowels in the middle of nowhere or end up in a faith healer’s house.

3. It is easier to turn down invitations to eat when you are bringing your own food. I talk to strangers and engage in conversations with them, but I won’t accept an invitation to eat food from a stranger. ¬†While we try to open our eyes and see the world in new lights when we travel, it is also best to take safety precautions and never let your guard down. When we travel to unfamiliar places, despite the amount of prior research we do, there are local practices that never make it to the news, the books, and the Internet. These things we should be careful about. It’s easy to poison a traveler through food, so we should always be careful.

Archaeological Finds Behind the San Remegio Parish Church

 

The municipality of San Remegio is located in northern Cebu. After we stayed at Bunzie’s Cove for two days, we proceeded to Bogo and then to San Remegio to stay at another beach resort. The weather was gloomy by the time we arrived, but I was keen to exploring the town (or at least the areas near where the beach resort was located) because I spotted a sign of an archeological site. Continue reading “Archaeological Finds Behind the San Remegio Parish Church”

The Versatile Chambray Shirt

I found this H&M chambray shirt that my sister gave me (in exchange for the many she took from my aparador) very versatile¬†and paired it with different bottoms during our trip to Tabogon. I had a chambray shirt that I also loved, but I’m not very into the denim trend because I feel that chambray is not very formal. By the way, I looked for the difference between denim and chambray just so I’d be more accurate. While both fabrics may look alike, denim is woven diagonally while chambray is plainly woven. You can’t see that from the outside appearance of the fabric. You’d have to flip the fabric to see how it is woven. Continue reading “The Versatile Chambray Shirt”

The Best Halo-halo in Town is in Sibonga

After visiting Carcar’s town center and Carcar’s now-out-in-the-open secret, we decided to drive a few kilometers further south to the town of Sibonga. I don’t know why we bothered to waste our gas to go to the next town, but our guide said Carcar doesn’t have any decent place to eat. From what I’ve seen passing through the city by bus countless of times, there doesn’t really seem to have any decent place to eat there. Maybe there are still many secrets in Carcar I need to discover. Continue reading “The Best Halo-halo in Town is in Sibonga”