Cebu's Highest Point: Osmeña Peak

Stunning view at the top.
Have you ever woke up one day feeling the itch to see the beautiful world from higher grounds yet you're not as enthusiastic about long strenuous hikes? Well, Osmeña Peak is the perfect place for non-athletic folks like us. It's very accessible from Cebu City and is tourist friendly. It might be because of this that it grew into one of the region's most popular tourist destinations.

When I saw pictures of this place, I immediately wanted to go. Who could blame me really? My boyfriend was hesitant because my clumsiness and hiking never really worked well together. I really did want to go so I browsed through other blogs and found out how easy and short the trek is. Going there was easy as well. Ultimately, I managed to convince him and so we started planning for the trip. I'll be sharing information about our trip to Osmeña Peak incase you ever want to go as badly as I did too.

How to get there: We rode a bus from Cebu South Bus Terminal going to Oslob which passes through Dalaguete. If you are unsure about which bus to take, bus conductors are more than happy to help you. We asked the conductor to drop us off at the Dalaguete Junction. Fare cost is 80-100 pesos, depending on which bus company you ride on. We left Cebu City around 8:00 am. When we arrived at Dalaguete Junction, around 11am, we rode a habal-habal (motorcycle) that would take us to the starting point. Fare for the habal-habal ride is 200/head. This price is already back and forth. Each habal-habal is good for two people, I imagine if you are alone, you will have to pay for two people also. The habal-habal ride is a challenge in itself as it traverses steep roads and spiral curves amidst the captivating scenery.


The Trek: Arriving at the foot of the peak, lush vegetation greeted us. You will also have to pay a fee of 30 pesos prior to the hike as an environmental fee. Many children will also offer to be your tour guide for a small fee and tell you how hard the route is to convince you to hire them. Because we knew that the route was easy, we decided not to get a tour guide. We regretted this later on because they could have been great help when we were struggling taking the best photos. Going to the top would have taken about 15-20minutes maximum if we didn't stop every five seconds to take photos. There are no hard parts in the trail at all and a first-timer like me didn't have any problems whatsoever. The trail was clear and a path was already elaborately laid out.



The Peak: Wow. Just wow. The view was hands down breathtaking. All the effort(?) it took to reach this point was more than worth it. It felt surreal. The cold fresh breeze, the vivid colors, it was a feast for my senses. We shamelessly took as many photos as we could. We stayed there for about 45 minutes to take in everything and then started our descent to the foot of the peak where our driver was waiting for us.



Getting Back to Cebu: Our habal-habal brought us back to Dalaguete Junction. On the nearest bus stop from the junction, we waited for the first bus going back to Cebu to arrive. Luckily for us we didn't have to wait long. We were on our way back to Cebu by 1:30pm. Fare cost Php100. I slept whole way through the trip. We arrived at South Bus Terminal around 4:30pm.

Expenses:
  • 85 pesos - Bus Fare SBT to Dalaguete Junction
  • 50 pesos - brunch at 7-11
  • 200 pesos - habal-habal fare
  • 30 pesos - environmental fee
  • 50 pesos - snacks
  • 100 pesos - Bus Fare Dalaguete Junction to SBT
TOTAL EXPENSES= 515 Pesos

Tips:
  • Wear sunblock although it's not hot and sunny, I still had sunburn. :0
  • Bring a hat and sunglasses. It will be useful as you climb your way to the top.
  • Bring water. Be careful not to leave any trash though.
  • Wear rubber shoes and comfortable clothes. Slippers are not advisable. The trail might be slippery.
  • Hire a tour guide. They know all the best angles and views for your photos plus it will also give livelihood to the locals.
  • Osmeña Peak is a great campsite too!
  • A 7-11 store is located near Dalaguete Junction, you buy water, snacks and other essentials there.
  • Osmeña Peak is quite near to Oslob, so if you plan on going there to see the whalesharks, you can plan to come to Osmeña Peak after your Oslob activity.
  • You can go directly to Kawasan Falls from Osmeña Peak. It would more or less be a 5 hour trek. You can take a habal-habal ride which would take about an hour.
  • There are a lot of tourist who would also like to have their pictures taken. Be considerate.
  • Be careful. The peak is quite high up, care is needed when taking photos at the best views.
  • Live in the moment. That's all for my trip to Osmeña Peak. I hope that you find this post helpful. :)













OOTD: There's Always a First Time

Hello! This is my very first so I don't know what to expect. I just wanted to try and incorporate my style somehow in this blog. I'm no fashionista nor a model, but I thought this might be fun. So please excuse this photo.
I really like buying clothes from thrift shops or in local term, 'ukay-ukay'. Yes, probably 80% of my clothes are bought from there. It's hard to go ukay-ukay shopping, since you basically have to dig from a mountain of clothes (most of which are crap) just to find the good ones. But it is all worth it especially when you stumble upon great finds for a very very cheap price.

My top is an example of those great finds. I found it at an ukay-ukay pile priced at P25.00 and didn't hesitate to buy it right away. It is just my style and it is totally me. I think it makes me look powerful and classy. Plus, it's not tight so it doesn't show my belly fat (HAHA!). This one is definitely for keeps. It took awhile for me to find the right time to wear it though. With the weather here in the Philippines, I couldn't imagine wearing it out in the hot sun. It'd be too warm. Finally had the chance to wear it one cold rainy day. I just paired it up with my trusty black skirt and then it was church ready.

I would recommend you go and check out thrift shops, you just might find something that's totally a perfect fit for you.

P.S. I do hope to get better at this.

Have you tried shopping for thrifted items before? Did you find anything nice? 


Dining at House of Lechon

Cebu City is known for its five-star resorts, historical sites, beautiful churches and of course, the best tasting lechon (suckling pig) in the Philippines. There is a wide selection of stores that offer their own take on Cebu's traditional lechon and if you're visiting Cebu, you might want to try them all.
Last weekend, I invited my high school friends to lunch. We intentionally wanted to eat someplace else but since they weren't open at the time, we opted to eat somewhere nearer.
We ate at House of Lechon, located very near Ayala Center Cebu. Although the place is very accessible, it can be hard to find since it is not located in a major road.

The place looks very nice.  Pleasant, clean, spacious and really comfortable. The interior design is high-end and trendy, but still with a Filipino touch though. I liked the entire feel of the restaurant.
We ordered 1 kilo of their Carcar Regular Lechon, 1 serving of Monggos, Grilled Tuna Belly, 3 rice platters and 1 pitcher of iced tea. We paid around P1500.00 for a meal that's good for seven (7) people, but rest assured our stomachs were close to exploding after eating.

Their lechon is fantastic. It might even be the best I've tasted so far. I liked it better than Zubuchon and CnT, both popular choices for lechon in Cebu. Although the skin is not as crispy as that in Zubuchon. I loved how they served it with 'tanglad' on the side. Tanglad is what truly makes lechon taste wonderful. Their rice platter is also served in a traditional Filipino rice pot which I think is a creative idea to serve rice. Monggos was really tasty as well. They also have a wide choice of Filipino dishes other than lechon. Their entire menu is shown below.

Taken from https://www.zomato.com/cebu/house-of-lechon-kamputhaw/
Overall, I enjoyed my dining experience at House of Lechon. The food was tasty and filling. The place is terrific. They also have friendly and helpful staff members. Price is affordable. At the end of the meal, we were all satisfied with the service we received. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for anyone wanting to have their lechon fix.

To end this post, here's a selfie of me and my friends with heavy stomachs.


Unexpected Fun With 'Shuffle My Life'

Due to recent boredom and loads of free time, I dowloaded an application from the App Store. It's called 'Shuffle My Life'.

It had been posted on the popular site 'Reddit' and has gotten a lot of attention ever since. The original post says:

Hey, I’ve been busy working on my pride and joy/side-project for the last 4 months and I think it’ll really help you guys. It’s called Shuffle My Life, and here’s the idea:
Sometimes, weekends just go by in a blur of watching TV and playing video games, and you get to the end and you’re thinking ‘where did the last 2 days go?’ – this is my solution to that problem. The app will generate random activities for you to do based on where you are, weather conditions, etc. You earn points for completing each task, and the challenge is to complete as many as you can in a row without skipping, and get a week or month-streak going. It can become a competition between you and friends to get the highest score. You’ll find your weekend unfold in a kind of ‘Wario Ware’ fashion, darting from different activities to the next but experiencing a whole lot of cool new things if you stick with it! The philosophy is ‘the more you do, the better you get at handling any kind of situation’. Hope you like it!

Some features:
– 430+ tasks, more on the way
– Tasks appear depending on location, weather and the time of day
– Filter by your time and budget, plus categories
– Hide tasks you don’t want to see again
– Google Play Games integration

https://m.reddit.com/r/DecidingToBeBetter/comments/3gpnx0/android_tool_i_wrote_an_app_to_help_you_beat/?utm_source=mweb_redirect&compact=true

Basically, it tells you what to do by suggesting random activites that you can even filter. Tasks can range from 'Buy take out' to 'Sweep the hard floors in your house'. Suddenly, you will never run out of things to do. It's a fun way to add some spice in your life and make your boring routine exciting again. It also motivates you to stick with it because it does give reward points once you complete a task and bonus points if you go on a task streak.



The first task I received was to 'Write a Haiku.' I was excited to do so because I have never written one, ever. I scrambbled for the theme of the haiku and when I finally decided, the composition was another story. I thought and thought about it, and I came up with something I'm quite satisfied with.
Gratitude themed haiku.

So far, I have cleaned my room, listened to police radio, listened to classical music and rearranged my room, things I would never have done if not for this application. I highly recommend it especially if you're feeling that you're on a rut.