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Hotel Review : Ocean Paradise

Ocean Paradise is one of Sunny Paradise Hotel and is one the within our budget. 

Room is spacious and clean with ensuite bathroom and a huge tub. Buffet breakfast is also included. 

There was an extra payment if we want to use the pool I think but we can freely go around the other places. 

Very well maintained. Staff were polite enough. 

It’s a little bit out of the way from the central area so it’s quieter. 

Our room is not in the beach front, but it’s only a minute or two away. 

A great place to relax and unwind. 

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Myanmar Adventure : Ngwe Saung Beach

Now that we are finish with famous Religious places and historical places around Yangon and Bagan, it’s time to head out to the beach and have a few days of relaxing time.

There are several beaches around Myanmar, but this time we decided to go to Ngwe Saung Beach.  A very laid back place with an amazing sunset.

Since we were coming from Bagan, we needed to take the night bus back to Yangon then transfer to another bus terminal bound for Ngwe Saung. We were not familiar with the bus terminal so we asked our bus driver if he can drop us off the nearest area where we can switch to Hlaing Thar Yar bus terminal (Dagon Bus Terminal).

From Yangon, it will take another 7-8 hours to Ngwe Saung but it will greatly depend on your bus driver. The bus ride itself is an adventure. Before reaching Ngwe Saung, it will need to pass over the mountain and the way is well paved but curvy without guard rails and it is also a two way road. If there are two buses coming in from both direction, one needs to stop and make way for the other. If you are planning to visit during the rainy season (May-October) make sure to check if the buses are operating.

We spent a couple of days in Ngwe Saung and it was very relaxing.

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There are also horseback riding available.

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We walked all the way to the other side.

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The couple and the sunset.

Electricity is not 24/7 so sound big hotel have their own power generator.

Food is also good and affordable. The best time to go is during November – April , which is the dry season in the country.

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A close encounter with a Nuclear Power Plant

Never in my wildest dream that I would ever be so close to a Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.

There is 3-day weekend every September in Japan. A nice time to visit the beach and unwind. It is a time when the barely anybody is in the beach. It is interesting to point out that everything has a proper schedule in Japan. As soon as August ends, Summer is officially over and all stores around the beach are close. It’s like a ghost town.

So how did we end up in this part of the country? After asking a Japanese friend who recommended a beach in Fukui area, I went and look for a place to stay. After calling several hotels and ryokan , Katsumiya was the only one that was open.

It was affordable and still accessible by train + bus. Checking out the beach picture, it looked really promising.

After T arrived from his summer break in the States, he checked out the location to get a rough idea and that’s when he noticed the Nuclear Power Plant.

I was already feeling uneasiness of the situation but still hopeful that it’s still far away. Unfortunately, the gods were having too much fun to give us what we wish.

We found our inn and lo and behold, it right across the power plant.

There were no convenience store. No banks. No vending machine. No restaurants. Nothing!!!

Either we go back to town which is an hour away by bus or eat at the hotel. Luckily, the inn were still able to prepare a meal for us for extra fee.

The location of the inn is in a sleepy fishing village, so we still need to walk a good 15 minutes to reach the beach front.

It was still a memorable and nice weekend even with our current dilemma.

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The fishing port in front of the inn.

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The bridge connecting the power plant. You can actually visit the plant, just reserve an a shuttle bus will take you there.

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If the power plant was not there, this place would have been perfect.

Tsuruga, Fukui The contemplating man and the Power plant. Tsuruga, Fukui
The beautiful Sunset.

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Hotel Review : In The Shade

This was not our first choice but the owner of the resort we booked decided that we are not worthy to stay at his/her place so he/she gave our reservation to a visiting relative the day before our arrival. I got a call from our contact the morning on our to Siquijor already. It was a good thing that we arrived earlier than our original plan of arrival which was midnight, and have some time to look for other places to stay.

In the Shade became our home away from home.

It was a bit pricey and went a little over our budget, but since we have our own kitchen we were able to cook our own food instead of going out to eat all the time and we have the whole place to ourselves so it was worth it.

“In the Shade” is two-story studio style apartment just along the beach front of San Juan. It’s furnished with a very stylish kitchen and free drinking water as well.  It’s non-air conditioned but three big ceilings fan are strategically place inside the room. It’s surrounded by windows so you get fresh sea breeze all through out the day.

The caretaker basically left us alone but is always there when we need something.

Each apartment has it’s own spacious balcony facing the beach, a really nice place to relax when it’s too hot to go into the water.

You also have your own big front yard , spacious enough to have an outdoor bbq with family or friends under the shade of coconut trees.

In the Shade is definitely a great place to stay when you visit Siquijor. Just make sure you shop for food supplies before getting there.

 

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Siquijor , Island of the Witches or Hidden Paradise?

Growing up, I always here about stories of witchcraft about this Island. Unbeknownst to me and this island is also very beautiful.

After I saw pictures of my former co-worker who is  local of the island and some bloggers, I made a decision to visit it when I have my vacation and last April I finally had that chance.

At first, I was discouraged to find out that transportation to Siquijor from Cebu takes more than 12 hours by boat and will arrive in the island around midnight.

I found out later from a friend that you can either fly to Dumaguete City and take the boat from there or take a bus from Cebu City to Dumaguete (direct) via Oslob and take a slow or fast boat from there.

If you are planing to take a bus from Cebu, you need to go to South Bus Terminal. Take a Ceres Liner that goes directly to Dumaguete City.

We left Cebu City around 7 am in the morning and finally got to Siquijor around 1:30ish pm.  As of this writing, bus fare was about 205 pesos + 75 pesos for the ferry. You can ask the bus conductor to drop you off the port so that you don’t need to take a trike from bus terminal to port again.

From Dumaguete, the fast boat is about 200(economy seat) pesos and will take only 40 minutes and the slow boat is I think about 120 pesos and will take about 1.5 hours – 2 hours.

We had a little problem with our accommodation but that is another story.

After we got settled down, it’s time to see the beauty of Siquijor.

Majority of the Resorts and Guesthouses are located in San Juan area.

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Early morning at beach front of San Juan.

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The Sunset and the boat.

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My not-so-little cousin and the sunset around San Juan

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A panoramic view in front of our apartment.

There are two ways to see the Island, follow the coastal road and go around or take the mountain road and explore the inner Siquijor.

Our group decided to do the coastal tour instead. We rented a multi-cab for day, which is 2000 pesos for the whole day, including driver who was supposed to be also our tour guide but a dear friend from college who is currently working there and who I have not seen for the past 15 years, became our tour guide.

Our first stop was the place called Enchanted tree, which a very big Banyan tree. At the foot of the tree there is a pool of water with fishes that can eat away calluses. Each person has to pay 5 pesos to enter.

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Beautiful Big Banyan (BBB)Tree

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BBB Tree and it’s guest.

Next stop is the beautiful Cambugahay Waterfalls. There is no fee but you need to pay the parking fee for all vehicle.

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We can already see the very blue waters.

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Very very blue. Everybody or the boys took their sweet time swimming here, while me and my friend were just chatting and catching up. There are no cottages or places for rent to leave your things.

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The upper part of the waterfalls, and the last area accessible to the public. The more higher part is closed to the public.

An hour or so later, after we convinced everybody to move, most were getting hungry, we arrived to Salagdoong Beach.

I think we paid about 25 pesos each, to get in and you can rent a cottage if there are available ones. There is also a restaurant but I find them really pricey and the waitress snotty. So if you have your own food, just rent a cottage or two.

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T went to the highest jumping area, and then just jump. It was me who screamed and not the jumper.

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We stayed for most part of the day here. You can also rent a Kayak for 150 pesos/hour. T and my friend had there snorkel so they were out of the water most of the time. By the time we left, everybody have sunburn.

My friend took us to the marine preservation site, free too, but the tide was so low and we found several sea urchin so we decided to call it day and go home. We did found many interesting sea creatures just along the shore.

There are lots of fresh fish and is cheap but unfortunately, the San Juan Market barely had any fresh veggies or fruits. We tried going to the other town of Larena but it was still very expensive.

Majority of the local have their own little farm and use it for there own and the rest of the things they need is bought from Dumaguete City, hence the expensive price.

I was expecting the Island to be abundant with fruits and veggies and more cheaper, but it’s actually more expensive than Cebu.
There are still some areas that are still unexplored and maybe good for snorkeling or diving. So if you plan to visit Siquijor and is staying in one of those apartment-style inn where you can cook, just make sure you get ingredients first in Dumaguete.

It was fun, and I’m glad I went. 1 island down , 7000++ more to go. 🙂

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