Budget and Travel Itinerary (For 8): Canyoneering | Kawasan Falls | Whale Shark Watching in Oslob | Sumilon Island

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Six months after my first jump into the mysteriously beautiful river of Matutinao, I came back to double the experience, this time with friends for more than 10 years. It still gave me a lot of chills and still as enjoyable and mystical as my first. Finally, a repeat happens!

Anyway, just like my previous post on the same trip, I’d like to share our itinerary and budget for eight pax. And this time, with Sumilon Island in Oslob and City tour that includes Temple of Leah and Taoist Temple for budget of less than Php 4,500.00 – a test to show that the previous itinerary (including contacts, accommodation, etc) really works. :)

DAY 1: OCTOBER 31, 2016

TIME DESTINATION / ITINERARY BUDGET (PHP) BUDGET per pax (PHP)
1:00 PM Robes Pension House 2,100.00 262.50
1:15 PM Lunch: Larsian 56.00 7.00
3:00 PM Van (City Tour) 2,500.00 312.50
4:00 PM Taoist Temple NO FEE
4:45 PM Temple of Leah (Entrance Fee) 400.00 50.00
6:00 PM Sto. Nino Church + Magellan’s Cross NO FEE
6:30 PM Grocery (Snacks for 2 days) 1,519.70 189.96
7:30 PM Dinner at Paulitos (SM Seaside) 999.00 124.88
9:00 PM 2 Taxi: Back to Robes 310.00 38.75
9:30 PM Freshen up + socials
TOTAL 7,884.70 985.59

Supposedly, we arrived in Cebu early in the morning. However, due to ‘operational limitations’ of Cebu Pacific, we arrived at around 12nn. This means that we have limited time to explore Cebu City. And truly, we were all in a rush visiting Temple of Leah, Taoist Temple, Sto. Nino Church, Magellan’s Cross and our lunch in Larsian.

We rented a van via Robes Pension House for only Php2,500.00 for four hours of use. For eight heads, I think this is not bad especially that the temples are on highlands that only habal-habal and taxi (aside from private cars) will dare to drive thru that will cost hundreds as well per head. So we decided to use their service for convenience while it’s cost-effective.

If you can be in cebu as early as possible the better so you can enjoy every spot you’ll visit.

DAY 2: NOVEMBER 1, 2016

TIME DESTINATION / ITINERARY BUDGET (PHP) BUDGET per pax (PHP)
2:00 AM Wake-up Call
3:00 AM 2 Taxi: Robes Pension House to Cebu South Bus Terminal 125.00 15.63
3:20 AM Arrival in terminal
3:30 AM Breakfast at 7Eleven 416.00 52.00
4:00 AM Bus: Departure to Badian (Ceres Bus with signage ‘Bato via Barili’) 1,176.00 147.00
7:00 AM Arrival at Matutinao Church (Sto. Tomas Church)
8:00 AM Start of Canyoneering 12,000.00 1,500.00
2:00 PM Done Canyoneering
4:30 PM Bus: Going to Oslob 480.00 60.00
6:30 PM Arrival Oslob Terminal
6:30 PM Bus: Going to Oslob Proper (Julie’s bakeshop as landmark going to lodge) 248.00 31.00
7:00 PM Checkin in New Oslob Village 2,000.00 250.00
7:30 PM Dinner at ihawan 760.00 95.00
9:00 PM Freshen up + socials
TOTAL 17,205.00 2,150.63

We decided to take 4am trip to Matutinao in Cebu South Bus Terminal. There’s nearby 7Eleven so you can have your breakfast there or better yet, take it from your groceries. :)

We arrived in Matutinao before 7pm and we were surprised by a breakfast prepared by Kuya Yoyoy and his wife. We went to the drop off area before 8am, however, the jump off point was totally different from the first time I went there. We have to trek for around 30 minutes and it wasn’t easy!! Mind you, the moment you hear the flowing river, the descend gets steeper.

The reason behind the changes is politics due to misunderstanding of LGUs of Badian and Alegria. Anyway, Canyoneering will always be a one-for-the-book experience! So better get ready of your action cams (and batteries) to better document your experience. :)

PS: Budget to canyoneering is already PHP 1,500.00 including lunch and gears. 

DAY 3: NOVEMBER 2, 2016

TIME DESTINATION / ITINERARY BUDGET (PHP) BUDGET per pax (PHP)
4:00 AM Wake-up call
5:00 AM L3 Van: Transfer to Whale watching area 800.00 100.00
5:30 AM Arrival in Whale watching area
6:00 AM Start of registration + orientation 4,000.00 500.00
7:00 AM Done with Whale watching
7:15 AM Boat: Transfer to Sumilon Island 2,000.00 250.00
9:30 AM Back to New Oslob Village Included in L3
10:00 AM Freshen up
12:00 NN Checkout
12:00 NN Nuestra Immaculada de Concepcion
12:30 NN Van: Going to Simala 1,500.00 187.50
2:30 PM Arrival in Simala
3:00 PM Van: Back to Cebu City (including City tour and transfer to Airport) 1,000.00 125.00
5:00 PM Arrival in Sto. Nino Chruch (Thanksgiving for safe travel)
5:30 PM Lunch + dinner 960.00 120.00
7:30 PM Van: Taboan (pasalubong) KKB
8:15 PM Van: Going to Airport
TOTAL 10,260.00 1,282.50
TOTAL TRAVEL 35,349.70 4,418.71
                                                     SOUTH CEBU TRAVEL, DONE!
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Sumilon Island

I always tell this to those who comment in my previous post that you better be early in whale shark watching registration area so you can be in first batch. Like what we did, we’re done before 7am. Hence, we can afford to stay longer in Sumilon Island.

If you’re not visiting Simala Church, you can check Tumalog Falls. It’s one of the best places to visit in Oslob.

So there, If you have questions, feel free to message me. If you’re only a group of five, you may also want to check my previous post about South Cebu Adventure.

Taking a leap of faith..

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking of taking a leap of faith to create some ‘major’ changes in my life and my plans. It somehow puts me pressure of how will I make things right when I am afraid of trying something different. It’s been one hell of a ride trying to accomplish in a field I believe, right now, will not make me uncover my full potential. Of course, I know that this will not be any easier, but hey, what else is easier in this world other than dreaming of nothing? 

Yes, I am referring to my career as a salesman. Two out of the three years I’ve been in this field, I have delivered with flying colors my annual objectives. This year, I am on track in repeating the victory again. I have fair compensation and benefit. Satisfied with sales incentive. I have free mobile and internet plan, with car, etc. However, job satisfaction isn’t always about those things. More importantly, it should conform with your personal and professional goals in life. And right now, I feel like being lost in the corporate world. 

So I want to be out – to find myself again.

I have come to the decision where I want to try something else, something new that I have never tried before at this point of my adulthood. But I know that I still have commitment I need to accomplish for the year so I am still delivering what’s expected from me. I know that for as long as I haven’t tendered my will to leave, I am bounded by the responsibilities expected from me. Moreover, I want to exit in and with grace. 

But the decision is already final.

The good thing about coming up with such decision as early as this month is that it gives me more time to just do the job without feeling the much pressure when you are controlled by it. It’s like making the most out of the remaining time you have. You know something will be lost so you just enjoy everything in between. It’s like that. You feel lighter and almost worry-free – not to withstand the fact that no matter what I do, I am leaving anyway.

I could have done this a year ago but I am bounded by the concept of my role in family responsibility. I was frightened to take the risk of losing a job by having nothing to support my parents especially that they’re not getting any younger. I was also frightened by the pressure of being a role model to the young ones in the family. ‘Kaya napostpone ng napostpone until such time na hindi ko na kaya magstay.’ I still believe that I can still live up to my responsibilities despite taking a different path. I still believe that I can make myself composed again from a fall – just what I always do from the past.

I don’t wanna be a slave of the corporate world, of a job, of money. I don’t wanna be like those who can’t afford to lose getting fixed income every month. I don’t wanna be like those who complains about their bosses yet do not want to leave their team. I don’t wanna be like those who only get by the day but not living to it. I don’t want the day to come when it’s too late to try something new because I’ve got bigger responsibility to play. I don’t want life to run away from me because I have no time living a good one. I want my day and the days to come to be simply a story of my life well lived, with no regrets but pride.

A manager once told me that sometimes, what people only need is just a leap of faith.

I am taking a leap of faith of going out of the box despite assurance of nothing. But that’s what life is. No one knows what might happen until he tries. So I am trying.

Photos: Happy Kadayawan sa Dabaw!

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This is my third year celebrating Kadayawan Festival in Davao. It’s a week long celebration of thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, life, wealth and serenity. The 3rd week of August is one of the days I always look forward to every year because of the festivities and the jubilant celebration in the center of the city. My most favorite part is the street dance or better called as ‘Indak-indak sa Kadalanan’. The groups from different parts of Mindanao usually participate in order to showcase their story of thanksgiving and feast.

I always dedicate time to attend to this activity. I just love capturing moments from every presentation. Their smiles and the characters they live out is a testament of genuine thanksgiving and festivity. So here are the moments I photographed that I really really like.

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Next stop. Tuna Festival. Hope to see you next time!