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Jo’s Chicken Inato

A few people recommended this place, so we stopped by to try it!  It is just across Siliman University

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Grilling by the entrance of the restaurant

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Seating is all al fresco :-)

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Second floor

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We tried two specialties

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Chicken Inato - Their version has a hint of sweetness - YUM!

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And we shared some Buko Halo :-) How romantic :-)  

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Love the washing station :-)

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Sans Rival Bistro Dumaguete

A must in Dumaguete!!  We went to have some silvanas and then we also ordered in advance for pick up the day we were leaving Dumaguete.  We were a big group and we wanted to make sure we had our orders :-)  

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The chocolate is quite good!! I wish they had more flavours!

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Whether to just take home and have sylvanas or to even dine here will be something you have to do.   I heard that it is very reasonable yet very good 

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A cute place :-)  Reminds me of the colours of Vargas Kitchen - Blue and White :-)

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Cozy interiors

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An old piano by the restrooms

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They have many other pastries aside from sans rival and sylvannas

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We discovered on the last day that there are two areas - this must be the old annex

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Taco Surf Dumaguete

After a long day, we were happy to have a nice dinner at Taco Surf!  My sister in law, Pam recommended this place

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We were so happy to meet the two gwapo owners of the place - Jay and sandy.  They are both Chefs of two of the best restaurants in Dumaguete - Taco Surf and Lab As.  Jay is the Chef for taco Surf and used to be  a chef in Costa Rica and even cooked for Cameron Diaz :-)  Sandy is the Chef of Lab As :-)  They are both single and available FYI :-)  You can call Sandy directly at 0917-700-8399 but only for food and reservation inquires haha!! :-)   

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Indoor seating :-)

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with a sushi bar

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They showed us their steak which is from the Kitayama farm, so you can have steak

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and of course fresh seafood

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Fresh buko juice

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Whether you are in Taco Surf or Lab As, you an order anything from both menus ;-)  We want tacos because we are in TACO surf :-)

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Fish Tacos were no promo that evening - how luck can we be?  Buy One Take One - so one order has 2 pieces so you get 4 for the price of one

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Beef taco

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Calamari Bistro Style

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Chef Jay making our Hayahay roll which is one of their best sellers

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P 350.00 for all this!!  Rolls with tempura on top! YUM! :-)

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Platter # 2 P 960.00 for all of this!!!!

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Wish we could have tried more dishes!

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Fresh oysters with cheese from Lab As :-)  

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And grilled squid

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There is a frozen yogurt stand outside!!! YUM!!!!

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There is also Conching’s Native chicken 

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201 Flores Avenue, Piapi Beach, Dumaguete City  tel #:  (035) 2253536 or ( 035) 2263677  Email:  hayahay02@hotmail.com

Click below to go to their Facebook page

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Apo Island Dauin Negros Oriental

From Malatapay market, the boat to Apo Island is right there :-)  So though it was raining, we waited for it to stop and until the coast guard gave a go signal for us to leave

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 Not really a smooth ride, but bearable :-)  

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 The first part of our trip, we were only two families :-)  So happy to be with Newts, Mish, Enzo and Sophia

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 Approaching Apo, you will see this resort, Apo Island Beach resort.  Looks nice :-) 

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 And there is this :-)  upon arrival

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The marine habitat in Apo Island, Dauin, Negros Oriental, is a marine reserve

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This is why I think aqua socks may be better because of slippery stones and sharp rocks, though you need to be cautious always when walking - this is advice for city girls like me :-)  and of course for kids who are not used to roughing it out like my kids haha :-)

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 You need to go to the main office and register and pay the fees before you snorkel or dive

 

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Plenty stones but anyway you use your boat to go and snorkel

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The Baluarte rock formation which is a very popular landmark in Apo Island

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We went a few meters away from the shore and snorkeled 

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We did not have underwater cameras so we do not have photos of the turtles or pawikans.

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 There are many here in this island.  The time we were there, they saw a few.  It was habagat season already end of June.  Not really an ideal time to go but we had no choice due to the kids vacation schedule.  We also prefer not too have too many people - true enough we had the island all to ourselves :-)   

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Going back to Malatapay with a beautiful view

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Malatapay Wednesday Market

Sandra recommended we go to the Malatapay Market which happens only on Wednesday.  She knows we like to eat :-)  So we made sure we were in the area on a Wednesday to see what this is all about and experience it.  It is around 30 minutes aways from Dumaguete and in the town of Malatapay

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It’s a street with stalls selling fresh seafood and others but mainly seafood

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You can buy the seafood and have it cooked in one of the restaurant stalls

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Shark :-O

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They also trade livestock.  This carabao has been sold already to this new owner 

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More livestock in that truck

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Other items being sold

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A must in the market!  Lechon!  I saw two stalls there and they were fully sold out

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This was where we ate.  We could not really shop for our seafood because it started to rain so we just ordered our food from this restaurant

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 Our table :-)  with a tarpaulin as our table cover 

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Utensils were in a bowl with hot water

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Puso rice which is wrapped and boiled in woven coconut leaves. It is known as hanging rice since they hang it :-)  It’s very dense rice and is a Cebuano creation

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It already has a split in the middle you just open it up :-)

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Sauce :-)

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Kinilaw na Tanguige

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 Lechon

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Fish

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Tinola

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I saw this across our table :-) Blindmen serenading :-)

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Our bill for 10 people 

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We went to Apo Island then came back and on the way home this was how the market looked like :-)  

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The souvenir shop was still opened

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Signs, Smoking and Motorcycles in Negros Oriental

I noticed that the people in this area like using signs :-)  To me it’s useful and we should do this all over our country :-)  It makes it easier for everyone and is more friendly for everyone.  

In Florentina Homes plenty signs :-) in creative ways!!

Previous entry:  Florentina Homes Dumaguete July 21, 2014 

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In Jo’s Chicken Inato

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In Public places, I love the inspirational quotes

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Fun store names

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In Negros Oriental, almost the whole province is smoke free in public places.  Around 3 more towns have not yet implemented.  This is good news for me and I am sure for many.  And on this you will see even more signs all over the province to remind everyone including visitors :-)

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In restaurants

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Public markets

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In Malatapay

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In the bangka/pump boat

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The province is also the motorcycle capital of the Philippines.  Thy have all kinds - tricycles

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I like this one :-)  It looks like a jeep but it’s a tricycle.  I heard they tend to overload these tricycles too.  I am hoping for stricter rules for the passengers

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For cargo

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Just regular motorcycles for passengers

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 I worry though about them overloading ( sometimes a whole family ) the bike and they are hard headed and don’t use helmets

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Motorcycles outside Siliman University - they are not allowed to enter if they do no have helmets!  No helmet no entry! Again see how many do not follow.  This is however a blessing for the ” Watch Your Bike”  boys who earn a living parking the bikes.  They are paid from P 1.00 to P 5.00 per bike depending on the mood and generosity of the bike owners :-)  There are ” Watch Your Bike” boys around the city making a living doing this type of service  

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Superga X Versus Versace Collaboration

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Torta from Zamboanguita

We arrived in Dumaguete at around 10 am, checked in out hotel and immediately left to have lunch at Malatapay.  On the way there, we stopped by this place to try Torta which is only made here.  This was not in the itinerary but our tour guide Jac knows a lot about food :-)  So he recommended this and I made sure we stopped.  There is no address, it is on the left side of the road on the way to Malatapay Market - it is a few minuted before the market  

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Gloria’s is the original :-)

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Baked in a Clay oven/horno

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 Here is Gloria! Smile!! :-)

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 Freshly baked  

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Torta is made out of tuba as a dough riser.  They say you keep the bread overnight and eat it the next day.  But we prefer it hot and fresh! YUMMY!!!  We ate it the day after, it was still okay but it was a bit rubbery already :-)  They like it that way :-)

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Only P 10.00 a pack or a bunch of 8 pcs

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Art in Florentina Homes

It’s so colourful at Florentina Homes :-)  Many nice signs and artwork all around the place

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Terracota by Carmen del Prado

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The walls are painted by Tita Wing del Prado, the mother of the family and the artist :-)  Previous entry:  Miniatures and Textures December 3, 2013 

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If you stay on the third floor, you will see miniature hand painted chairs on the wall :-)  LOVE:-)  Also by Tita Wing

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Outdoor garbage cans each hand painted in different designs

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