After 3 days of floating in the open sea with waves crashing, shark- wrestling, and eating “WTF is THIS?!”, there it is — LAND! And they called it Dumaguete. Just Kidding, I took the plane.
First thing’s first,
Where to stay?
There’s a lot of lodging or hotel available in Dumaguete. It’s not that I am recommending Hotel Essencia. It’s just that, †it received a 4 stars in Google Review if you google it and the standard room is just around PhP 1,500.00. This includes Free WiFi, Cable TV, Aircon, and Hot and Cold Shower. Some rooms even have a safety box, daily room cleaning service (in fact, the place is famous for their regular collaboration with the best local commercial cleaning company), and free breakfast.
Well, I have stayed here twice: last December 2014 for 2 weeks on the 7th Floor and in January 2015 for 1 week on the 5th floor. The difference is there is no safety box on the 7th floor. And the BIG QUESTION or what is quite SURPRISING is that in the Shower Room, the wall is made of Clear Glass. Seriously! While taking a shower, you can see that on the other side is the bed. And if you are in the bed, you can see who’s taking a shower or whatever he is doing in there. Even if it has a curtain, you’ll still see his Silhouette in it.
What if you’re on a business trip with your colleague and you are sharing the same room? And what if you’re both male? Awkward!
Where to Go?
Getting lost in the city is easy. Just take a Tricycle or you can just walk to see every site of this place. In front of the Siliman Anthropological Museum across the street is the Rizal Boulevard. And here are some locations with photos that I have taken while walking.
Siliman University Anthropology Museum
St. Catherine of Alexandria
†Aquino Freedom Park
Where to Eat?
Balot and Tempura
At around 4:00PM, there is a full-pack mini stall of Balot and Tempura at the Rizal boulevard. It’s perfect if you want to have a cheap but nice date here with your love one beside the bay. Just Kidding. †Don’t be.†Dumaguete has a lot of variety restaurants to offer, from local to western dishes. So don’t be such a cheap bastard.
Night life? Disco, KTV or Live band? They’ve got it. From the 2 weeks of staying in Dumaguete and hanging around with the locals in a KTV Bar, such as Watever! KTV Bar or Songhits!, I realized that it is better to make a reservation because it’s always fully-booked.
But the most favorite or should I say unexpected event when staying in Dumaguete,†is when we tried the Hayahay Bar. Why? To shake hands and have a Photo Ops with Joey Ayala is Awesome! How lucky am I! And you’re wondering who’s Joey Ayala? Google. According to my source, it turned out that their flight to Davao has been cancelled†because of the bad weather and they decided to play in Hayahay!
And †lastly, never ever forget to buy the famous Dumaguete Pasalubong, The Sans Rival Silvanas.