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DUYAN CAFE – A SOUL MOUNTAIN CAFE

High above the city is Duyan Cafe nestled in the peaceful mountains of Lantawan. Duyan Cafe is an escape from the big city grind, located along the road going to Sitio Lantawan Guimbalaon Silay City, Negros Occidental.

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Recently, Duyan Cafe is a favorite destination for locals, expats and tourists alike to come and enjoy, relax after stressful working days. The place would completely erase the hustle and bustle of the big city from your senses. Breathe in the fresh mountains air, admire the stunning views, feel the gentle breeze against your skin, as you savor the local delicacies  and relax.

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You can sit on the deck or you can settle in one of the many wooden tables and benches with an open atmosphere.

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The inside is small, but the interior is decorated in a simple, sweet country-style and the open atmosphere both the interior and exterior create a feeling of your personal secluded oasis especially if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Duyan (Hammock) strings on the ceiling.

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What nice in this place is the spacious outdoor deck filled with wooden tables and chairs which is very available for you to enjoy the scenery, beckoning you to stay for an hours or end.

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The surrounding rainforest, the views of the mountains and greenery are incredible. So if you feel like unwinding after a long day, pop into Duyan Cafe.

How to get there:

  • If you are from Bacolod, ride a Ceres bus from North Terminal or a jeepney going to Silay City. Ask the driver to drop you off at Silay public market.
  • At the back of Silay Public Market ride a jeepney going to Barangay Guimbalaon (Sitio Mansiginon).
  • From Sitio Mansiginon you can hire a Habal – Habal (Habal-Habal is a highly improvised two-wheeled single motorcycle usually ridden beyond its passenger capacity. Since it is used as public transportation especially in areas with narrow roads, and steeper, rougher terrain, it could possibly carry up to 6 passengers, at the least) going to Duyan Cafe.

Or if  you have a car, take the road going to the Bacolod-Silay Airport, turn right before the entrance of the airport take that road until you reach the place (approximately 21 km away from the airport or 25-30 minutes ride.

Duyan Cafe is open Wednesday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

The opening time may vary so please check their FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/Duyan-Café-1626701417423539/

 

 

 

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PLACES TO INCLUDE IN YOUR SINGAPORE ITINERARY IN 2018

BOTANIC GARDEN

Wander through the swaths of virgin rainforest with many-colored collection of orchid species and hybrids. Stroll around the gardens and enjoy the wonderful sighs, sounds and wonders the luscious greenery offers.

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Clock Tower at Botanic Garden

BUGIS

One of Singapore’s key shopping destinations. Home to the largest market in Singapore. Bugis is popular with both locals and tourists. Bugis Street Market is well-known for being one of the cheapest places in Singapore to buy souvenirs, accessories, clothes, shoes, bags, cosmetics.

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Bugis Junction has a lane of colonial style shop houses selling locally design dresses, tops, accessories, bags, shoes etc. There are cute instagrammable cafes as well where you cn sip coffee while taking your instagram OOTD poses.

CHINA TOWN

This is an area in Singapore that’s proud of its heritage, and has so much to offer. There are ornate Chinese, Buddhist and Hindu temples, museum galore, bustling streets lined with old colorful shop houses. There are plenty of retail stores where you can purchase clothing, accessories and souvenirs as well.

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CHINESE AND JAPANESE GARDENS 

This is an ideal place to go and visit if you are looking for some peace and serenity. A quiet place to stroll or jog and a perfect spot of photography. The gardens are very popular with photographers and lately cosplayers.

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CHINESE PAGODA

THE FLOWER DOME

Stand in awe as you stepped into the Flower Dome. It is the largest glass greenhouse in the world as listed in the 2015 Guinness World Records!

Flower Dome is open daily from 9:00 am to 9:00pm

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CLOUD FOREST CONSERVATORY

The Cool-Moist Conservatory that showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 metres above sea level. It features a 35-metre-tall mountain covered in lush vegetation, shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. There is lift  to the top of the mountaintop of cloud forest and there you can take a stroll along a walkway in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below.

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FORT CANNING SINGAPORE

One of Singapore iconic landmark. The park was originally known as Bukit Larangan or “Forbidden Hill” in Malay. Today the park is chock full attractions – from ancient artefacts for history buffs to outdoor lawns for concerts and greenery for nature lovers.

Battle Box, a former underground military complex that was used in WWII and the Charming Hotel Fort Canning also lies here.

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Fort Gate, a remnant of a fortress built that was built here in the 19th Century.

HAJI LANE

Fashionista Paradise as they say, this little gem is tucked away from the narrow alleys located in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood of Singapore. This street in the Arab Quarter now stands out as one of the must-do-shopping experiences. Here you can find a collection of vintage items, quirky designs, colorful dresses and even vintage cameras. The lane itself has lots of candy colored shops houses and interesting murals which is great for picture-taking.

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GARDENS BY THE BAY

Singapore largest green, colorful and futuristic park located along the bay area of Singapore. The famous Supertree structures offer an impressive skywalk overt the gardens, over-sized seashell shaped greenhouse,making this destination great fun for both kids and adults,

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CLARKE QUAY

The place is famous for its stunning waterside restaurants and exciting collection of bars and clubs.

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The place is covered by a huge-umbrellas which protect al the restaurants and bars from the rain and it is also air-conditioned.

SENTOSA MERLION

Don’t leave Singapore without visiting the famous Sentosa Merlion. A 37 meter-tall mythical creature. This legendary statue is a half-lion half-fish guardian of prosperity which personifies Singapore’s history as a port city.

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BUDDHA TOOTH RELIC TEMPLE AND MUSEUM

This is one of Singapore’s must-see cultural sites located in the Chinatown district. Admission to the temple and weekly guided tours are free of charge. Visitors are allowed to take photos even during services.

Note: Avoid off-the shoulder Tops, shorts and mini-skirts as dress with respectful attire is required when visiting the temple.

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MARINA BAY

Whether you are looking for a lovely place to walk, malls filled with great shops or delicious cuisines in fine restaurants, Marina Bay has just something for everyone to offer. Most people from all walk of life gather here and enjoy the sunset view while some taking their time strolling along the waterfront promenade while enjoying the beautiful view of all sights and attractions from the water, on board a river taxi.

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ArtSCIENCE MUSEUM (Future World: Where Art Meets Science) 

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HOTEL FORT CANNING

The hotel tucked within 18 hectares of lush greenery of Fort Canning Park.

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LITTLE INDIA

A buzzing ethnic district that shows off the best of Singapore’s Indian community from vibrant culture to incredible shopping.

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Photo not mine

ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN TRIPZILLA.PH

Another articles of mine has been published in the Tripzilla.ph.

Here’s the link https://www.tripzilla.ph/crossing-malaysia-singapore-border/2893

https://www.tripzilla.ph/4-days-hong-kong-itinerary/2751

https://www.tripzilla.ph/instagram-spots-silay-city-negros-occidental/2119

 

VOLLEYBALL – A SPORT THAT CHANGE THE LIFE OF OFWs IN SINGAPORE.

What is an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker)?

A person of Filipino origin who lives outside of the Philippines. This applies to Filipino who are abroad indefinitely as citizen or as permanent residents of a different country and to those Filipino citizens abroad for a limited, definite period, such as on a work contract as students (Source: Wikipedia).

Most Filipino dream to work overseas.  It is every Filipino dream…to dream of a better life. To give their family a better and comfortable life, to give their children the best education, to build their dream house, to support their siblings education all the way to college, to support their ailing parents and family members. These are just few of the many reasons why many Filipino choose to leave their family and work abroad.

Leaving a family behind is a sacrifice that every Filipino Overseas Workers must face in search of a better opportunities. A bitter pill that no one would swallow if they would be given a choice. Working in a foreign land is very rewarding. They are able to give all the needs of their family back home. However there are also several disadvantages. Some of these are homesickness a feeling of emptiness and longings of being away from their family. Discrimination from foreign employers. Some are lucky to find an employer who treat them with respect and dignity. Some ended to be mistreated by heartless employers.

Living and working abroad is a bittersweet. They face insurmountable challenges with only their faith, courage, hope and determination to carry them through. They even go beyond their call of duty to help their families even to the extend of sacrificing their own needs and even if it means of putting themselves in danger.

Being away from family for a long period of time can turn ones life upside down. It is very depressing. To cope up the loneliness of Filipino overseas worker in Singapore, a group of young and active Filipino volleyball enthusiasts organized an event called SportsatSG.  Their aim is to help their fellow Filipino Overseas Workers mostly domestic helpers to stay productive and healthy. They are actively supporting them to be physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally fit. They prepare them to adapt and keep up a healthy lifestyle to cope up stress and loneliness. Putting them to stay happy and positive all the times.

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Every Sunday the open field and parks in Singapore transformed into a volleyball field. Crowds are cheering and chanting to their favorite team. Some crave for the competition, others enjoy the camaraderie and others are just happy to stay active. They gather together to create a positive experience. 

SportsatSG changes strangers into neighbours, bringing them together in settings where friendships and abilities can grow into a positive environment. They believe that sport and recreation can be a vehicle for positive social change in the life of Overseas Filipino Workers  in Singapore.

 

 

CHADA GID ANG NEGROS ( NEGROS IS BEAUTIFUL)

Negros is an Island in the Philippines which is the fourth largest in the country with a land area of 5,137.87 sqmi. Negros is one of the many islands that comprise the Visayas, which forms the central division of the nation ( source Wikipedia).

Negros is a beautiful island surrounded by rugged mountains, pristine beaches, beautiful underwater coral gardens that must be added to your bucket list on your next travel. Travelling and exploring the hidden gems of Negros is fun with friendly locals who are very accommodating and extremely welcoming. An added bonus, it is very cheap to travel in Negros, surely you will have a great value for your money 🙂

I am sharing this travel experience of a friend of mine “Pobreng Lagaan (The Poor Traveller)” around Negros. Check this out!

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Photo by Pobreng Lagaan. PUNCAK TAN-AWAN NEGROS ORIENTAL

This restless soul of mine was delighted after our two days of tremendous quest of some Negros’ hidden gems. Those picturesque scenarios at Puncak Tan-awan, Balinsasayao Twin Lakes, Casaroro Falls and Forest Camp are just too few to showcase the real beauty of Negros Oriental but it already convince myself to say  “Chada gid ang Negros Bai” ( Negros is Beautiful My Friend).

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Photo by Pobreng Lagaan. TWIN LAKE BALINSAYAO SIBULAN, NEGROS ORIENTAL

Getting around Negros was actually one of the most incredible experienced I had so far.  It was Saturday when everyone was already set for our Negros adventure except me.  Having a second thoughts I decided to go after them. It was almost 12:00 noon when I boarded the bus from Tabunoc going to Liloan Port. After four hours of travel with massive commuters from Baruganay to Show and Tabunok to Oslob) finally I arrived at my destination. From the port I bought a ticket and sailed in a fast craft  going to Sibulan. It took me 45 minutes to arrive from Oslob port to Sibulan Port. It was very relaxing to feel the gentle sway of the boat but honestly I was a bit scared. I  was anxious a feeling of fear where an emotion that evolved to keep us safe from danger. Good thing the boat did not sink haha.

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Photo by Pobreng Lagaan. CASARORO FALLS VALENCIA< NEGROS ORIENTAL
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PHOTO BY POBRENG LAGAAN. THE RESORT CAMP, VALENCIA, NEGROS ORIENTAL.

I sighed in relief when finally I arrived at the drop-off point. I flag down a habal-habal ( a motorcycle modified to seat more than two persons. It is in use in provinces in the Philippines where jeepneys and tricycles cannot stand the rough, steep terrain and narrow roads) to bring me to Puncak Tan-awan. You need to register before you can get to the Peak. They offered to drive me going to the peak since it was already late.  It would take me an hour and thirty minutes to reach the top of the peak but I opted to not to. Trekking is a healthy physical exercise that creates a wonderful experience. It provides me an opportunity to slow down and disconnect into the chaotic world. Besides it was fun and I love the stillness and calm of an empty trail. The trek to the peak was easy. It took me an hour to trek the peak but going uphill needed an extra precautions to avoid slipping. 

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When I finally reached the camp where my friends are I was extremely happy. It was a great feeling.

 

 

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN SILAY CITY

Silay City my hometown, is a third class city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. It is often referred to as the “Paris of Negros because of its rich heritage history, well-preserved arts, cultures and Spanish colonial houses.

Aside from heritage houses, Silay has so much to offer both for tourists and locals alike. There are breathtaking sights to see which is perfect to put on your instagram profile!

So here are some of  Silay City most-instagram-worthy spot. All you have to do is grab your phone or camera to capture the moment.

SILAY SPANISH COLONIAL HOUSES

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Silay Spanish colonial houses located along Cinco de Noviembre Street that have been long a sightseeing attractions for tourists. 29 of these ancestral houses considered heritage treasures by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

SILAY CITY MINI PARK IN FRONT OF CITY HALL

This is one of the underrated spot in Silay.  This spot is located right in front of Silay City Hall beside the San Diego Parish church.  Wear your OOTD and snap a picture at this iconic statues.

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 SAN DIEGO PARISH CHURCH

You don’t have to go to Rome to post for a picture of their famous churches. The San Diego Parish Church proves to have those structures comparable to Rome churches. This church is unique in Negros Occidental for being the only church in the province featuring a cupola or dome.

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 MANGROVE ECO PARK

Mangrove eco park is located in Balaring. The park consists of a long bamboo walkways that winds through a forest of Mangrove trees which the local government and residents have constructed for easier access. This is one of Silay tourist attractions.

Inside the mangrove eco park is so cool and calm, the shades will sparing you from the sun’s glare. The view is relaxing and admiring. It is a little sanctuary where you can feel serenity, tranquility, and a gateway, out into the open seas.

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BALARING THE SEAFOOD CAPITAL OF SILAY 

Balaring is a small barangay or village located kilometres away from the city proper, with panoramic sea view, stunning sunset and an array of seafood restaurants.

Each one of us loves a good sunset. Balaring is an amazing place to sit back, relax and enjoy as the sun slowly bids goodbye to the day that is just flown by.

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LANTAWAN VIEW SILAY

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The place is surrounded by greenery and fresh air.  The scenery is so beautiful. You felt you are being transported into a paradise realm where the Earth is still pure and fresh and nourishing. 

LANTAWAN ZIGZAG ROAD

The zigzag drive going to Lantawan view and Patag is very scenic.  The landscape is very picturesque and the drive is definitely worth it. People stop here to take photos. I would say this is a dream destination for every photographers. So don’t forget to bring your camera.IMG_1929.JPG

PATAG THE SUMMER GATEWAY 

Patag is a small village that is popularly known as the last stronghold of the Japanese Imperial Forces during the second world war.  It is also known as the pre-war site of a hospital for recuperating patients suffering from tuberculosis.

Patag is know the favorite destinations of locals and tourists. Due to its altitude the cool weather has remained a perfectly good reason for people to hike to the cool mountains of Patag.

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PUNONG GARY’S PLACE

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The place is not far from the centre of Silay City but secluded enough for relaxing surrounded by nature. The place is a blissful sanctuary which reminds me of Bali Indonesia. The place is absolutely lovely surrounded with big towering old trees.

So the next time you visit Silay City, check out theses places and don’t forget to bring your camera to take nice photos and post away 🙂

HUGYAW SILAY KANSILAY FESTIVAL

Local and tourists alike flocked to the street of Silay City, Negros Occidental to witness the most grandeurs street dance competition in celebration of the city’s charter day. The Hugyaw Silay Kansilay Festival is the main highlight of the week-long celebration of Silay 60th anniversary which runs from June 6 – 12, 2017. The festival was derived from the story of Kansilay which also the etymology of the city’s name.

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The festival is an annual street dance competition wherein participants from 16 barangays or villages wear a colorful costumes made from indigenous materials while they performed gracefully and lively  in the tune of Asenso Silay. The streets filled with a festive atmosphere as the crowd cheer for their own bet.

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After showing the dance steps in the streets, the contingents compete in the dance show down at the Silay City plaza covered court wherein they can showcase their creativity and artistry as they swinged and moved energetically to the rhythm of the music.

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TRIVIA: KANSILAY a local legend tells of how Silay got it name. It is said that in the days of the datus and rajahs, there once lived a princess named Kansilay. An attack on the settlement by pirates thwarted when princess bravely led the people in the village’s defense. The fight was furious and the princess fought like a seasoned warrior. Murals that used to grace some of the city’s building depict her as a fierce fighter wielding a huge talibong, a short native single-edged sword. The pirates routed, but the cost of the princess’ life. Her paramour arrived in time to see her die. In grief, the people lovingly buried her. To their surprise, a tree grew over her grave, the first Kansilay tree, a final gift from the brave princess. (source Wikipedia)

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KANSILAY

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TRIVIA: Silay became a chartered city on June 12, 1957 by virtue of Republic Act 1621.

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The increasing popularity of the Hugyaw Kansilay Festival year after year is a testimony of Silay’s strength as one key player in the tourism industry.

 

 

 

 

KAON TA LIWAT SILAY FOOD FESTIVAL

KAON TA LIWAT Food Festival is part of the week-long celebration of Silay City 60th anniversary which runs from June 6-12, 2017. The food festival was launched in November 5, 2016 during the Cinco de Noviembre Commemoration. The said food festival showcasing the local homemade cuisines and food delicacies of the town help  boost the tourism industry of Silay.

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Aside from culture, arts and heritage, FOOD is considered as one of the major pillars of the tourism industry.  Silay is not only a home for heritage houses but also a melting pot of sumptuous local cuisines and mouth-watering native delicacies.

Disclaimer: Video not mine taken from the Facebook page of Kaon Ta Food Festival

The food festival opens at 8:00 a.m. and run until night-time for two consecutive days (June 10-11, 2017) at Balay Negrense Museum ballpark displaying an array of delicacies and homemade cuisines. The said event is a good venue for family bonding and get together as well. Filipinos love to eat and food is the basis of our social life and is a huge part of Filipino culture.

Here are some of the photos that I took during the food festival this morning.

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TURON also known as lumpiyang saging is a Philippine snack made of thinly sliced bananas, dusted with brown sugar, rolled in a spring roll wrapper and fried.

 

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UKOY is the Filipino version of shrimp fritters. Small shrimps mixed in a batter and fried until crispy. This can be an appetizer, a main dish, or a mid afternoon snack.
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BUTCHE is a rice cake made from sweet rice flour that  folded into shape with a sweet paste filling and sesame seed coating.
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GULAMAN ENSALADA (SEAWEEDS SALAD)  is a type of Filipino salad that makes use of edible seaweed as its main ingredients.

Filipinos like condiments and fond of dipping on or pairing anything with our dishes. Eating oysters would not be perfect without dipping it into vinegar with chilli, ginger and garlic.

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CHICKEN INASAL is a popular dish from the city. It is not marinated or prepared like the usual chicken barbecue found in the rest of the country.

Aside from food and delicacies there are also souvenirs items being sold made by local artists of Silay like ref magnets, key chains made of lutak or clay, wire sculpture of Ian Valladarez.

KAON TA LIWAT SILAY FOOD FESTIVAL is more than just an opportunity to try the Silaynon delectable food and learn about Silaynon culture. This is an invitation for the community and visitors to come, eat and be a part of the celebration. A great opportunity to come out and support our local food business industries as well.

Whether you are a serious foodies or just curious to learn more of the heritage tour this is the event that everyone must look forward to every year and something that everyone should come out and experience.

KAON TA! (LET’S EAT)