Friday, August 20, 2010
Off to Dumaguete
Dumaguete is found at the tip of Negros Island. It's also a dropoff to nearby islands. It is the seat of education in the Visayan Region. We took a tricycle to the city and booked ourselves in a hotel that the driver suggested. Most of the hotels then were full because of the Siliman University Anniversary. Alumni came home to their alma mater.
We first visited the 800meters bay walk. It was pretty humid that day, a different kind of heat, and the place being near the sea makes it worse. There are only few people around. It's nice to walk there early in the morning. The sea doesn't have a funky smell unlike Manila Bay and also no trash in site. Concrete seats under coconut and pine trees lined up facing the sea. It's a wonderful place to just chill out at dusk. At the end of the boulevard, Siliman Museum stands. The structure was built in the early 1900's as a school. Painted in white and red, standing amidst a wide expanse of lawn. It's made out of big planks of wood. I can imagine how magestic it looked when it was first built. It was a gift from an American Philantropist, Dr. H. Silliman. We visited the artifacts at the museum at the upper floors of the building. We strolled in the university surroundings. They have a big open area almost a park, with big acacia trees and the other smaller buildings.
It was near noon, we got pretty hungry. Strolling along the streets of Siliman area, we stumbled upon "tempura", a street food kindof same with our fish balls but shaped into a tempura. And it doesn't have any shrimp or fish in it, just flavored flour.
We went to visit Cafe Antonio but it was closed, so we opt to try out Ka Waway's, which was a bit of a disappointment. That is where I ate the skinniest chicken leg in my entire life. Well, we cant have it all. To please our palettes, we hunted for Sans Rival. A heaven for people with sweet tooth(90% of pinoys). I tried the Carrot Cake and Ma'am Cinch tried the Sans Rival which is their best seller. The interiors of their shops is cute and has the little cottage feel to it. The uniforms of the employees also are cute with matching baby blue apron.
That afternoon, after hiding from the sun, we went to the Panda Ice Cream Parlor. It's a tiny shop. I tried the Durian Ice Cream and the Fried Pandan Ice cream.
One thing we noticed in Dumaguete, tricycles are crazy, they don't know have to give way.
The layout of the streets are in short grid system, so at every intersection we had to be vigilant in crossing.