The 10,000 Roses

It was holiday last Monday so I got the privilege to spend and spare some time off (Law school and work got me chained on a fixed plan and schedules.) and went to the 10,000 Roses Cafe here in Cebu. It’s kind of far from Cebu City but the place is actually nice and small. (Though it’s hard to appreciate if there are lots of tourist and locals and its pretty small compared to what you could have expected.)

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The 10,000 Roses Cafe made it’s official announcement of opening late month of 2016 or the early 2017. (Not really sure, I forgot. It’s just it was on my bucket list.) The cafe is affordable like any other cafe’s you see in the city but the main attraction was the 10,000 roses. Such a creative idea to have lights in the form of roses. It attracts both locals and tourist alike and from neighboring city. 

The location site is really well thought of. The cafe is situated at the sea side over looking the opposite site and well lighted view of Cebu City. (Yup, you can clearly identify the Crown Tower.) You can really relax and have a good talk or you just want to be left alone. 

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But my advice do not go there in a holiday or any day that everybody is free. The reason, you can’t fully enjoy the scenery due to the place being overcrowded. You can stroll the area but definitely you can’t go to the center of the roses to have your picture taken. 

Directions:

A private car or rented car you can just drive straight directly to Cordova. (I’m not sure to specifics of direction but you can asked the locals of the place. Just make sure you had GPS so you won’t get lost.) Anyway, my friend and ride a V-hire or van in SM City Reclamation (Not the SM seaside, the one beside Radison Blu Hotel) it cost around 50 pesos if you go straight to Cordova. However, we made a stop on Lapu-lapu to pick the our friend. So via Lapu-Lapu City its only 35.00 php. And from there we rode a jeep which is only 9.00 php. Once we reached our stop that we asked of the driver we rode a tricycle that cost as 10.00php each staright to the 10,000 Roses. We arrived there around 7pm in the evening and really lots of people are already in there. 

There is also an entrace fee of 20.00 php. I guess the government officials of the place use the toll to maintain the cleanliness and order of the area since lots of people are really coming. 

 

Aly’s Gallery

Wild Berries and Cucumbers in the Backyard

“Just wash them and eat.” My annoyed sister (Fun fact: My sister Danielle is a incoming 4th year Agriculture student she majors Horticulture minoring in Plant breeding.) told me after asking the same question if this wild berries and cucumbers she found is edible for the tenth times. We are tending the garden and cleaning up all the grass to plant the seedlings she had brought from the university when she found familiar wild plants. (I may love going on food trips but I definitely not the person who eats unknown plants. Plants I cannot identify. Plants I haven’t see. I am not a dare devil when it comes to food.) But stubborn as she is she shove one to my mouth because nothing has happened to me. So I’ll tell you my tale. (By the way, I’ll describe it based on what I have taste and it personally looks at me.) Like what the pirates say “Dead Man tell no Tales.”

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The first one was a Physalis. It can be commonly identify as lantern berries. It is a fruit with husk. It is light green and the texture is like a tomato (it’s like a mini tomato actually) as for the taste reminds me of strawberry, or pineapple, with mild acidity. But there is other color such as yellow. To eat it you have to peel to reveal the fruit. 

creepc1The second one is Creeping Cucumber: Melothria Pendula. A plant I have been seeing my whole life yet ignoring it at the same time because I thought its just nothing but a wild grass creeping in a tree or in the fence with some weird green and black fruit. Accordingly, only the green ones can be eaten while the black one which are ripe are not edible. My sister told me that this plant has a big reputation and in fact they are breeding this on their green houses. And because I have written I can say it is completely safe. ^^

Ending My 2017 Summer

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“Time is almost up! School bells are ringing, calling us back. But before you fold your bikinis, tuck you surfing boards, and move on from summer. Give your self one push for the summer of 2017. Be it on your favorite beach, on the solitude of the forest or just at home having a barbecue party with the family. It’s your call. End it with a blast. No regrets.” – Aly, at somewhere Island, 5-28-17. 

The American Style Breakfast

After four months (not years.. haha) of not seeing each my friend and I decided to meet at her favorite cafe – Cafe Sarree.  (An american type of casual dining.  She calls for the place as I owe her a dinner.) And to my surprise the prices of the food rip me off and my poor wallet. (Basically because I resign on my job and just back at being plain student.) She recommend me her favorites but unfortunately I do not eat ham. We decided to have her all time favorite Fancy Loaded French Toast and Omellete 3 Cheeses-O. 

Fancy Loaded French Toast was her order and I actually take a slice. (Nyahaha.. can’t help it. I just slice on the side so I won’t eat the ham.) It was sweet crusted, filled with ham and cheese, served with whipped cream and spiced cinnamon and nutmeg syrup (I thought it was honey syrup.) While mine was  Omellete 3 Cheeses-O. (It was 9 in the morning and I’m very hungry. Can’t blame me.) It was with gyuyere, cheddar and feta all folded into the egg served with toasted bread with strawberry am and cream. (I love cheese but I guess I have too much this time. And I have no idea about what is gyuyere cheese.) But I need to finish the food. I don’t like to have leftovers on my plate (actually as well as other people’s plate) because that is a blessing that not anybody can have the opportunity. 

Overall, the place has a nice ambiance and the food is heaven. (Well, my friends actually doubted when I say delicious because ‘all foods I can eat taste like heaven to me’ according to them.) So if your in Cebu City you should give it a shot. As for the prices for two people it would range around 600php. 

Aly’s Foodventure

 

First Time: Soju

large.jpg“If I take this shot (soju) will you go out on a date with me?” I must be drunk if I am spouting this nonsense in front of my friend (He is the closest friend I have and knows me too well the most.) The feeling that I was the one suggesting to have korean barbecue for our dinner and one bottle of soju and I got light headed with just two shots crush my confidence in alcohol tolerance. (I don’t get easily get drunk. I already test my limits before but the first time with soju I might reconsider it again.)

How was it? Soju has a clean taste but at the same time it taste like a medicine for cough. It does not burn your throat, no strong smell unlike any alcoholic drinks we usually have for casual dinners. And to be honest I used the coke as a chaser. I can’t handle the taste. (So embarrass! And I’m actually thinking I can do it with style like in Korean dramas.) And after two shots I became talkative. (The firsts sign I’m getting drunk. The next sign I yawn and then sleep.)

It was past midnight when we are done and he brought me to the coffee shop a two block away form the restaurant. He said I needed coffee and a cake. How’s your first soju experience? 

Aly’s Food Adventure

Hidden Treasure: Lake Apo

I’m cleaning my phone gallery when I saw pictures of my trip in Lake Apo. So I want to share with you the beauty of this place. Spring on the mountain is really a breathtaking view. It’s not rare scenery but its definitely one of the best nature had given to us. Being a wanderlust this is a bucket list. Personally  I prefer to be on mountains than on the sea. I don’t know but being surrounded by greens is a soul healer.  (That is why when I have enough money I will buy a property similar to Twilight house setting.   I so loved that kind of place. I don’t mind the drive going to work. I know living away from the city is my medicine. ) This place is a tourist area. You can actually google lots of pictures and directions. I’m just posting my own experience and let you see things in my view. 

Hidden Treasure: Lake Apo

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Unlike any adventure you are thinking this one does not need for you to pack up hiking gears. In fact you can bring anything you like and drive your car. The only thing that would really be your enemy is the road not (Not cemented – off road. For me who has not drive in this kind of road it was really a challenge. Since it’s my friend’s car he practically wants to grab the wheel because according to him it will take us forever. On my defense I am not familiar with the road.) and the dust (Imagine the cleaning when you got home, oh well, it was not my problem anymore.) You will not be passing trees instead plantations of pineapples and pineapples and I guess some bananas and mountain views. (Almost all areas on the way is brought and turned into plantations by a big company or so I was told by a friend who was a resident of the barangay where the lake is located.)

20160417_150831Lake Apo has been visited for many reasons. I saw pictures in google that it has been for pre-nuptial weddings, birthdays and mostly when you wanted to chill out with your friends. And really its very ideal for that kind of events. The place is timeless. (Oh, by the way, a university is just located below the mountains other side – Central Mindanao University. It’s one of the biggest university town in the Philippines and top performing too.) According to my grandfather and my friend, the lake is both private own and government own. (Just across the lake you will find a house. People cannot own lake so I guess the land on the other side is what is private. As the lake itself is maintained by the barangay officials.) The vacation house or lake house is private but I guess you can go in there to take pictures. (Not really sure, because on my latest visit we didn’t go there.  I just keep jumping on the lake. Ahaha). 

By the way, if your swimming skills is crappy you better put on life jacket. There is a current and the lake is deep, very deep. But you can hold on to the rope of your cottage. (Kawayan cottage.) The floating cottage is what makes the place stand out and visited both locals and tourist. You can be in the middle of the lake. How cool is that! 

Directions

IMG_20160417_190250.jpgThe entrance point is Valencia City, Bukidnon. No planes. Just land travel from Cagayan City or from Davao City. (If you are really not from this places of neighboring places. Bukidnon is actually located in the middle of this two big cities in Mindanao.) Once you reach Valencia City the two ways to go there, if private car you can straight drive as for directions you can asked the local. (I’m so sorry I haven’t paid attention with the streets since my friend is their and I’m quite familiar with the city.) The second one is rent a single motorcycle or if you are many you can actually hire a multicab with the right price(But if I remember correctly another entry point is in the town of Maramag. But I’m not familiar.) And yes from the city it is quite a distance. An hour drive. No traffic. You’ll just meet big trucks loaded with harvested fruits. 

There is no entrance fee. The only thing you shall pay is the cottage fee which is 200php. And that is good for the whole day. And because its quite far the place is not crowded. Three to four families/friends we saw. 

Aly’s Thought

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You can where your swimsuits who cares this is a free country. Just be prepared for the awkward stares by other people. Haha.. Too bad when we went here (Bukidnon) I didn’t expect we will go to Lake Apo. It was just my whims and he actually said yes. (We only plan to hike mountains.). So along with my other friend we went Oh well, as they say unplanned moments are the best!

Undiscovered Gem: Bawbawon Island

So I decided to post all my travels and food adventures because my personal instagram has official been deactivated for good. And share my little stories while on it. (This the beauty of blog) Include is also how to get in here as well as necessary information. Let’s go!

Undiscovered Gem: Bawbawon Island

8.jpgAccording to one locals the island officially open for public in 2013. It is both private and government property (I’m thinking that the island itself is owned by individuals as well as surrounding lands but the road access was made by the local government. An existing agreement must have been made to benefit both ends. Which is common practice). And it is not cement road so you better be prepare for bumpy ride. (Another reason for the undeveloped road its because driving a  tourist from highway to the island is a living of local drivers or the habal-habal drivers.) The island has no running water and electricity so you must bring your own necessities in there. There are locals residing on the island itself who are selling some foods and stuffs.

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There are two ways to enter the island first one is by pambot or small boat you have to pay 35php. It will bring you straight to the island beach passing over the mangrove forest. The second one (which I took along with my cousin) is the footbridge. Upon reaching the entrance of the island you can walk via bamboo bridge (Kawayan bridge). The bridge connect the main island to the Bawbawon Island passing under the big mangroves and really a bridge made in the sea! Don’t worry about being lost (I got lost too.) there are locals you will meet once you reach the island and can asked direction.

4.jpgPassing over the mangroves and reaching the island you must literally enter on a semi forest. Once you passed in here you will reach the beach and locals residents. But you might also wonder that there is not tourist in there its because they are on the other side or rather the inside, in the heart of the island which is another walk. Imagine Boracay station 1, 2 and 3 concept (minus the crowds and all things in the stations but rather over grown grasses and overgrown corals) the island is somewhat that long.

5.jpgLet’s just say on station 1 is the point where you manage passed the footbridge and the semi forest you will reach the beach but only locals are in there. So another walk (Yup, another walk) but not on the beach side but on the inside of the island itself. It’s because the islands sea shore is mostly made on corals and trees are there you cannot walk. Along the shore there is also caves made of corals! (Too bad I did not have the chance to view it because the water is high and my swimming skills is to save myself and becomes only confident when someone good in swimming is with me.) 

6.jpgOnce you’ve passed the lemon grass area you will reach station 2 where mostly cottage are located and you can as well overnight stay in here. (Fun fact  bermuda grass is growing in there. Haha.. But remember no water and electricity). Then walking further you can consider is station 3 (just imagine it.. but not really boracay). Compare to area 2 there is not much of a cottage in here. The choice is up to you specially if you are looking for privacy to where you wanted to stay. (Just side note: Unlike in any beaches that you usually go in swimsuits specially for women, locals in there will look at you. Literally stare at you. That is because they are not expose to the kind of seeings. Still conservative. If you don’t want that stare better look for a private place to enjoy.)

How to get in the Island

The nearest point if you are really from far away is to first reach Ozamis City (via plane, boat, or land). Dipolog or Dapitan would be kind of far both that is why I’m recommending Ozamis. (If your have private car or a local near the area just drive straight to Plaridel, Misamis Oriental). From Ozamis (if your commuting) you to there Agora Terminal you can either choose to ride a bus or a van (I recommend the van much faster it will only be an hour travel) that will go to Calamba or Dipolog because you can just tell the driver to drop you off for Bawbawon Island. (Yup, they knew! They would really drop you off at the highway for the entrance of the island.) The fare is 100php for the  van, bus its 125php. From drop off point you can hire a habal-habal to reach the foot bridge it will cost you 25php and this would be another 3 kilometers. Once you reach the footbridge sign the attendance for visitors as will as drop off your donation (any amount). And from there you can choice as to whether to walk or to ride a boat. It’s really easy travel

So enjoy the Island! Please respect it. No throwing of garbage or anything. It’s really clean and untouched. And on the closer inspection it is not actually white sand its more of corals. My cousin and I think it was submerged before and the sea water had lower the is why an island was formed.

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