Philippines 2017 : Swimming with the Whaleshark in Oslob

The name Oslob became famous because of the whale shark.

The town is about 2-3 hours by bus to the South of Cebu City.  It got scandalize when a picture of a girl rode one of the whales while being tied down got posted on facebook.

Interviewing one of the fisherman who is working as one of the boatmen ferrying tourist to the whale-sharks , I found out that the local government step over and took control over the situation.

Now the fishermen worked together to make the place cleaner and protect the whale-sharks while tourist both local and foreign enjoyed the  this gentle giants. They also chased away boats bringing tourist who are not registered with the local government.

There are now rules that the fishermen follows and the place although still chaotic, it is organize chaos now.

Fishermen now have extra income to support their families as well, so they do not over fish for extra income. Fishes are now slowly coming back as well.

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Basic rules to follow
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I do not own a go-pro or water resistant camera, but everybody have 30 minutes chance to swim together with the whale-shark and it was an amazing creatures. I was very happy that I got a chance to see them up close and personal.

The whale-sharks are not there for our entertainment so please respect the creatures and follow the rules. Let’s admire and enjoy the moment swimming with these gentle giants.

Enjoy Oslob.

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Worried Sick

Today, Haiyan or locally known as Yolanda, the super Tropical storm will pass by Central Visayas . Cebu City where my family is currently located and where most of my friends and colleagues are , is now Signal #4. Bantayan Island, in the Northern part of Cebu province is directly in the storm’s path. I can only hope and pray that everybody will stay safe. So today will definitely be a long long day …

Keep Safe Everyone.

Hotel Review: Santiago Bay Garden and Resort

During our family trip to Camotes Island last 2012, my sister recommended Santiago Bay Garden and Resort. This was my first trip to Camotes, so I trusted her recommendation.

The resort is one of few luxury hotel you can find in the island. It has a sister resort called Mangudlong  Rock Resort and Green Lake Park. If you stay in either one these resort, you can also enter for free in either of the two, as what the staff told us.

I cannot review the food since we went out in the nearby restaurant to eat. It seems that they do have a buffer dinner for 200 Pesos/person ( $5).

Our room was clean and was good enough for the family. We got the cheapest air conditioned room and even though it was on the side, we still got a really great view of the sea. The staff were very polite and helpful when we ask for something.

I love the location too. The resort sit atop on the cliff and has a great view of the ocean. They also have a pool, and the kids were just loving it.  I have not been to their other resort but if I ever go back to Camotes Island, I would still prefer to stay at Santiago Bay and just go visit the other two.

Weekly Photo Challenge : The Sign Says

I do like taking picture of interesting signs, so I do have a bit of collection with it. Here are the most recent one I have taken so far.

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It says “Sanrio Store”, in Kurashiki Okayama Japan. Hello Kitty is everywhere , so it was not surprising to found one in a small town of Kurashiki.

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A drinking bar/restaurany in Ooyama Itabashi Ward , Tokyo Japan. The empty drums line is actually a general menu of what the place offered.

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The English Rose Corner of Ikuta Rose Garden in Kawasaki City , Kanagawa Japan.

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A small stone welcoming visitors in Kawazu Shizuoka Japan

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Be sure not to leave your dog poop behind.

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Safe sex everyone. A condom store in Shibuya Japan.

sign_06The Road is under what? Oslob Cebu Philippines.

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Where to go in case of Tsunami. In Goza Shirahama, Mie Japan.

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Our current location in Mt. Ibuki, Shiga Japan

sign_09The Biscuit Cafe is located upstairs 🙂 at NakasakiCho Osaka Japan.

I know  I do have some more funny signs , I just need to look for them. Enjoy the rest of the week :D.

 

Take a Stroll at Fort San Pedro

I have posted some of the pictures of Fuerza San Pedro in my weekly photo challenge but let’s take a short stroll inside the fort.

20130522-070131.jpgEntrance to the Fort.

20130522-070155.jpgA small plaque at the side of the entrance containing a short history of the fort.

20130522-070217.jpgVestidor (Vest) of Hipolito Labra, a Katipunero during the anti-Spanish revolution in Cebu. It is believed that wearing the vestidor would make them invincible.

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I am not sure how old this tree is but it is still there standing. What stories this tree could tell, if it can only talk.

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Going up or down?

20130522-095741.jpgWhere am I? Oh I am in the Bastion of La Concepcion.

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The Post Office of Cebu. I wonder if it is still in use.

20130522-095810.jpgThe outer walls of the Fort.

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A very old Kalachuchi (Lei)

20130522-095852.jpgEntrance and Exit of the Fort.

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The Lamp.

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A viewing turret?

The fort is small but it is nice and green inside.

If you are visiting Cebu City, try to get a little glimpse of the Spanish Era of the City by taking a short stroll within the wall of this fort.

Hope you enjoy the stroll. Have a nice day ahead 🙂