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Friday, August 31, 2012

Danao and Balinsasayao: Twin Lakes of Dumaguete

We took a jeep tour at Harold's Mansion to visit the placid twin lakes of Dumaguete called Balinsasayao and Danao. This is located in Sibulan town of Dumaguete. On our way from the signage below, we had an exciting roller coaster ride. The driver is such an expert and we had a four-wheel ride passing by the cliff and some almost one car at a time dirt road; most of the road we passed by is paved as a consolation. Some used habal habal or multi passenger motorcycle.

Nevertheless, the experience is both breathtaking in positive sense that we have to watch coconut trees patterned in the mountains below us while the clouds dance in the skies of blue. Buth then, it was also a breathtaking experience in the sense that we were holding our breath as the jeep comes up and down in the sloping terrain.

"The lakes are two small but deep crater freshwater lakes rising 1000 feet above sea level and separated by a narrow mountain ridge, situated in a hollow between four mountains, Mount Mahungot to the south, Mount Kalbasan to the north, Mount Balinsasayao to the east and Mount Guidabon to the west. Lake Balinsasayao lies to the northwest of the ridge and Lake Danao to the southeast," says Dumagueteinfo.com

Indeed, we saw the lakes. We opted to get the tour as the habal-habal fee ranges from (P100 to P150 per person and there are about 6 passengers in the motorcycle at a time). And I just could not imagine myself trailing up the mountains in that situation. Instead for this tour including a visit to Casaroro falls, we paid Harold's Place P800/pax with tuna sandwich in french bread and a bunch of lacatan banana and 1L water! We were touring with Danish couple who walked fast.

We paid P10 for local tourist (and it is P100 for foreigners) at the entrance.

Arriving there, instead of hiking, we decided to have a boat (P250/boat/hour for 7 pax and P35 for extra pax and the boat has a capacity of 14pax; they also have kayak P250 good for 4 pax. Meanwhile, the use of the makeshift watchtower overlooking Danao on the right and Balinsasayao on the left is P100).

The girls enjoyed the roller coaster ride up the mountains!

Arriving at the clubhouse of the twin lake...

Going down the trail leading to the boat...

Wacky pose of the girls...

Sexy ladies...

Welcome to Twin lake! behind me is the Balinsasayao.

The vests clinging on the hand rail!

The kayaks for four flanking the Boat we used in navigating the placid lake of Balinsasayao.

Boat Rower Arjun is happy to row for giddy girls.
 He said, Lake Balinsasayao is about 90 meters deep and same us its twin lake, Danao.
It is just that Lake B is wider while Lake D, located on the other side is suitable for swimming. 

Picnicking on the second floor (there are three floors) of the Watch Tower.

Cute signage.

Isn't it great? Once we saw this, we forgot how the road
coming here is "breathtaking" in an anxiety-rising way. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mystery of Siquijor unraveled 3 (Jeep Tour)

Circling the national circumferential road of Siquijor island is literally circling. We first stopped at the Guiwanon Spring Park resort where there are tree huts fro rent overnight. One can swim in the freshwater by the mangroves too. The resort guesthouse where one can have snacks and enjoy the view of the waters is about a kilometer walk through bridge from the highway where we stopped. It was a fun experience, I must admit.

Note the patterned amakan they used. It's so pretty.

Stopping by the cool mangrove...

The guesthouse amid the blue clear freshwaters.

The mangrove...

The seafloor...

Ohhhh, serenity!

This is one of the tree houses for rent

This is just about 300m from the port. The famous church of Siquijor.

At the background is the bell tower.

That is the Side perspective of the church on my back
and I was posing by the crotons (not sure of the spelling) plants.

The bell tower rings my joy: Siquijor here I am! 
Here are a series of photos i got while treading from the Port of Siquijor up to its famous welcome landmark and church.

Here are the rest of our trip:

My sister bought this map at Mar and Peck store located at Siquijor town.

The fortune tellers in the making.. between them is the bust of the popular Anito image
which represents Siquijor, the Island of fire.

My sister posed by the dike in San Juan, Siquijor where we had our lunch 

POSTCARD FROM SIQUIJOR: The famous Balete got us posing.


POSTCARD FROM SIQUIJOR: Cambughanay falls is easy trek.

See, that was easy.

POSTCARD FROM SIQUIJOR: The rushing waters of Cambughanay Falls and there are three portions where one can swim.

POSTCARD FROM SIQUIJOR: A lady in zen-like pose!!!
So serene with the calm water, rushing sound of the falls,
and slanting bamboos, it sets the mood. :)

Boys, enjoying their tarzan-like stunt.

POSTCARD FROM LAZI, SIQUIJOR. St Isidore Convent, the oldest convent built in 1887
and now turned into museum on the second floor and school below.

On the second floor of the convent.

Second floor of the convent. Pretty baluster.

The Church of Lazi just facing the convent.

Facade of the Lazi church.

The bell tower is attached to the church.
Still the Lazi Church.

The convent was constructed in 1887 and finished in 1891 with a measurement of 42 X 38 m,
one of the largest in the Philippines. Now, the Church of Lazi.

POSTCARD FROM SIQUIJOR: Salagdoon beach where there is a slide perched in the karst
and leads to the beach...

There are more places to go, more beaches to swim, and more reasons to go back to Siquijor, the Island of Fire. As one of the foreign tourists we met said, we love quiet places!