It is but right to thank and give the praises back to the Almighty for giving us the financial blessing and strength to do so. Every time we come to a newly discovered place, we see how magnificent our God is, how artistic, romantic and loving he is for the beauty of nature that He gifted us with.
The four day R and R, that's rest and recreation, was definitely short but sweet! Proper planning had to be done to make each day fun and adventure-filled. It was consoling to know that there are a lot of travel blogs that have been a lot of help on designing our itinerary.
Let me share the blogs that had helped me make our two-day Dumaguete trip. Well, we did go there on a flight to Dumaguete, but since my Aunt came home from Milan, Italy, we promised to visit her and my uncle and some other relatives who live in Bayawan City, which is two hours drive from there.
Please, don't argue with me, when clicking on the sites, then finding out that it would all be about food. Hahaha! It was my benchmark when searching for Dumaguete where to's. After all, it's said to be a haven for foodies.
Let me stress out that two days (or a day and a half) were not enough to explore the gastronomy of the island of Negros. Wahhh! Makes us want to go back now. I will have a separate post on where we dined at Dumaguete City.
Let me share the itinerary which we followed (not necessarily in detail though), which you might also have as a guide when you plan to do your own visit there.
1. Arriving at the airport by 8:30 AM. Have breakfast at Why Not?, at the Rizal Blvd.
Remark: Initially, we planned to take the bus going to Bayawan. But you need to take a tricycle ride to the station, (also take note that there are also UV express vans which is stationed on the street near the cathedral). The tricycle ride is P 9.00 per head everywhere in Dumaguete.
2. Two-hour travel to Bayawan City, Negros Oriental.
Remark: We were just as blessed to be brought to Bayawan by van. My uncle had my cousin fetch us from the airport. So we weren't able to have breakfast along the boulevard. Instead, we were taken to a local carinderia at Siaton.
3. Go around the town of Bayawan, have a swim at the nearby beach at the boulevard.
1. Visit relatives in Bayawan.
2. Visit our uncle and aunt's hacienda at the mountain.
3. Try out several beach resorts along Bayawan and Basay.
1. Early travel (7 AM) to Antulang Resort.
2. Lunch at Antulang.
3. Check in at Island Leisure Boutique Hotel.
4. Have a snack at Gabby's Bistro, at Hotel Florentina.
5. Check out the city's Boulevard, buy pasalubong at Sans Rival Cafe.
6. Dinner at Lab-as.
7. Check back in at the hotel.
Fourth Day:Tour with me and my four kids...
1. Breakfast at the hotel.
2. Visit Siliman University.
3. Take photos at Dumaguete Cathedral Church and Belfry of Dumaguete
4. Go to Robinson's Place, and have lunch at Mooon Cafe or Kalikaf Cafe. Buy more pasalubong.
5. Check out, quick dip at the hotel's pool.
6. Have snack before going to the airport at Sta. Teresa Cafe.
7. Depart for Manila.
8. Arrival at Manila by 5:45 PM.
My mom's family originated in the sleepy town of Bayawan which is now a city. Famous for being one of the most cleanest city, you can always see people carrying a walis ting-ting and a dust pan. Also said to be home of the gentle Visayan people, the city happens to be busy only in the morning, when children are off to school and parents off to the market or to their work places, and quiet when the sun sets in.
Another tip when traveling to far off places, contact relatives and ask for accommodations, you would either spend really less or not spend at all, with them being your host.
READ more of our Bayawan City vacay here:
Well-spent two days at Dumaguete
We started our third day away from home early with a hefty (send-off) breakfast which was prepared by our host who came straight from Milan. Then, a trip back to Dumaguete followed after. But before we reached the city, we went to Antulang Resort first for a Walk in Day Trip.
Antulang is actually the name of the town where the resort is situated, we even passed by the Antulang Elem. School. One hour from Dumaguete, with a bumpy ride 9 kms. from the resort, might be enough to give you quite an excitement. Once you reach the lobby, you will definitely say that the drive was worth it.
Read about how we marveled at Antulang Resort here. Let me just share a few photos with you.
A Day to go Before we go back to our real world
I was told that you can go around the city of Dumaguete in a day. Though no taxi cabs are to be found, going around isn't that hard. You can either rent your own motorcycle or have a tricycle take you to where you want to go. Make sure to get a certified tourist driver so you can visit important places around the bustling city.
Going down town...
Known to Dumagueteños (people of Dumaguete) as the Dumaguete Cathedral Church, the, St. Catherine of Alexandria Church is one of the solid structural witnesses of Dumaguete’s rich history and culture – and why it is nicknamed The City of Gentle People.
The Cathedral Church of Dumaguete in the Philippines boasts itself as the “Oldest Stone Church in Negros”. The church was originally built in 1754 to 1776. It was reconstructed in 1885 and the present facade was extended in 1936.
A few more steps outside the gate will bring you to the Belfry of Dumaguete, the Dumaguete Cathedral Church is the main reason why the nearby Quezon Park is crowded on Sundays. This is the main Roman Catholic Church in the region and it is the seat of the Diocese of Dumaguete.
According to history, the bell tower was a watch-tower for pirates who may want to disturb the city
See how clean the streets are.
But a caution, taking photos inside the museum is prohibited (except on the third floor).
Across the street from the boulevard where we bought some pasalubong for our staff back in Manila is the Sans Rival Bistro. On the street adjacent to it is where you can find their bakery where tourists queued for sylvanas, sans rival and pastries.
Let me share you our gastronomical trip to Dumaguete here:
Guilty Pleasures Spent at Dumaguete