Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dumaluan II Restaurant, Bohol

We did not stay in Dumaluan Beach Resort because we opted to stay instead at Whites and Greens Beach Resort but we wanted a better dining experience during our stay. We were directed to Dumaluan, which was a brief walk along the beach from our resort. Dumaluan II was about two resorts away.

Anyway, it also seems that Dumaluan II's restaurant is only supposed to service their resort's guests but well, we were not chased away.
the place really looked nice, with areas for outdoor and indoor dining
dining by the beach was nice... and yes, my son decided to make a playground of the stair railing over there
these sell for only P100 I think (that includes cooking fee, I believe)
yum, right?
their restaurant has a full-scale menu and this seafood bar where you can get fresh seafood cooked the way you like (Dampa-style)
we ordered squid
and this P100 order of liempo... which was absolutely great because it was grilled to perfection, really tender and the dipping sauce was just right
one bowl of scallops (10 pieces) that was baked... I liked it

We also had 2 orders of fish sinigang and an order of molo soup, plus some grilled chicken and some veggie dish. All in all, we paid about P2,000. I thought their food, generally, was alright. I really loved the liempo, and I am neither a meat nor grilled food person... so that's saying something.

Later on, hubs and I decided to stay awhile and have a date... and we had this, which we liked but it wasn't anything special:

For an idea of the price range, click here. For reservations at Dumaluan Beach Resort or info about their restaurant (there was a wedding reception held there the following night):

LANDLINE: 038 502-9092
FAX: 038-502-9081
MOBILE: +639178834888(GLOBE)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mag-Aso Falls, Panglao

A trip to Mag-Aso (from what I understood, Mag-Aso refers to the mist generated by the falls) Falls is not generally included in most Panglao Island tours in Bohol. We paid an extra P500 for the trip (plus P20 each for the entrance and P50 for the rent of the small cottage).

To enjoy the falls, visitors must trek downhill for maybe 5 minutes (not easy for those out of shape like me). The trail has railings for support and the people in charge of the falls (local government) would scrub some of the mossy rocks at the site. So, all in all, it's a generally safe place to go to... and one really so naturally beautiful.
view deck
grainy picture of the small cottage
the big cottage (P100 rent)
for P20, don't expect great facilities... this is the shower area :)
really clean, cold water :)
I'd encourage travellers to visit Mag-Aso Falls if only to support the local government. Plus, since it's a little out of the way, you may just enjoy a time when you have the whole place all to yourself. Surely, that kind of bliss is worth shooting for.
Bring mosquito repellent though! And maybe some warming oil for after.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Whites and Greens Beach Resort of Panglao Island in Bohol

** Note: We travelled as a group of 6 adults, 3 kids after Christmas

As I was scouring the net for affordable accommodations that won't stretch a travelling family with young kids, I hemmed and hawed between staying in a hostel type or investing on beach possibilities. In the end, I realized that the kids we have would be happy just playing with sand so accommodations on the beach, it is.

At first, I was all ready to book Dumaluan but after much computation, I decided on Whites and Greens Resort in the same beach strip as Dumaluan in the island of Panglao.

What I liked about Miss Neo is that she answered my e-mails asap. I had questions on accommodations and how accessible these are to/from the beach (given that my parents are senior citizens and the kids we're with are all 5 years old and below). I also read about a sewage smell emanating from their bathrooms due to brackish water, which can't be helped, but at least they reassured me they will do something about it for us.

And all in all, the only thing I really WANTED that wasn't there are places to hang clothes/towels on inside the room.

We ended up in a dorm room/bungalow (isn't Miss Neo great, she really suggested the dorm room so we can save money!) which cost P2,000 per day (plus we paid for 4 extra beds at P300 each, inclusive of free breakfast). Since our room was very near their restaurant, we enjoyed wifi from the comforts of our room.
the beach strip is just amazing!
the white sand seemed chalky (comparing to Boracay white sand) but it's also really so beautiful
sunset shot
sunrise and low tide shot
Bungalow No. 5 is just a few steps away from the beach
and it had 6 beds, a cable TV, aircon and one bathroom/CR (towels also provided)... a little spartan but we didn't mind because we were out most of the time
the restaurant just outside our bungalow
where you can get free water refills :)
the free breakfast is nothing fancy but you always get 2 eggs... and extra rice is also free
they even heat up food you bring from other restos for you for free
try their pancit :)
other huts in the resort

For better dining options... one can just walk in the direction of the right (you may brave waves at certain times when it's high tide) to go to the fancier restaurant of Dumaluan 2... or the grill of Dumaluan 1 (both make mean grilled food, and they're the cheaper options too). For some sari-sari store staples, you can also just walk from the resort gate to a small store... but if you crave city living staples (like chocolates and Off lotion), have your tour guide make a stop at a grocery just outside the dirt road leading to this area (you can't walk to that place, you really need a car).

Anyway, if ever we're going back to Bohol, we really wouldn't mind staying at Whites and Greens Resort again. Also, when I mentioned to Miss Neo the jellyfish stinging incident in Subic and expressed my fears about Bohol waters and their resort's capacity to care for its guests, I was reassured that the wife of the owner is a doctor and that they have a proper First Aid cabinet... and that we can get to a hospital within 20 minutes (plus, she said they don't get big jellyfish in their waters).

We ended up paying only around P10,000 for four days and three nights stay with breakfast for 6 adults and 3 kids (who basically were free of charge). That is a steal... what we saved in accommodations, we spent on paying for the tours we took instead.

Whites and Greens Resort
 Telephone || (+63) 038 502 9433
Mobile || (+63908) 9586878
Website || http://www.whitesandgreens.net
Fanpage and reviews || http://www.facebook.com/whitesandgreens

Money Wallets

I found these being sold (for P250 I think each) at 168 Mall over in Divisoria last December. There were also wallets in American dollar currencies and some in Dinar and Japanese Yen I think.

Imagine putting your american eagle silver dollar in something so quirky. Nice gift idea for friends who like conversation starters, eh?

I only saw one stall selling these and it's located at the ground floor of the old 168 building. Just keep an eye out, it's in one of the first two aisles from the left.
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