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Shopping in Dumaguete July 21-23, 2023

Shopping in Dumaguete

Montenegro Lines, 7:30 am, 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:30 pm, P234/pax
Montenegro Fast Craft, 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm, P455/pax
Aleson Lines, 6:00 am daily, 1:30 pm M-Sat, 6:00 pm daily, P200/pax
Ocean Jet, 6:00 am, 6:00 pm, daily, P350/pax

Montenegro Lines, 7:00 am, 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm, P234/pax
Montenegro Fast Craft, ???????, P455/pax
Aleson Lines, 8:00 am daily, 10:00 am M-Sat, 6:00 pm daily, P200/pax
Ocean Jet, 7:20 am, 7:10 pm, daily, P350/pax

Hostel: Antwep Hostel, P350/night, bunk bed, dorm room
Location Google Map: Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Restless in Siquijor
I needed to do some errands in Dumaguete and I needed a break from Siquijor - I was increasingly getting restless every day. Despite the continuous rain, I braved the land/sea voyage with my folding bike. It was a choice to bring my bike or motorcycle to Dumaguete. But Dumaguete is small enough for just a bicycle.

Shopping in Dumaguete
on board the public jeep with my folding bike

Siquijor Port
The Siquijor Port ticketing office was more orderly and organized. There was even a covered waiting area for passengers. Schedule for the day was posted. They didn't give me a hard time with my folding bike - I got it free (as long as it was folded, otherwise it could be another P160 for the bike).

inside the terminal awaiting boarding

Montenegro / Aleeson Shipping
Both shipping lines had ships departing for Dumaguete at 10am - same fare. But people were crowding and forming a line at Montenegro while Aleeson was already open with no line! Of course, I took the Aleeson. Upon boarding, it felt eerie that there were only a few passengers while Montenegro was packed. We left the port promptly at 10 while Montenegro was still on the dock. But close to Dumaguete, the Montenegro ship passed us and arrived Dumaguete first. With the Aleeson ship, it took 90 minutes from boarding to disembarking. It was a pleasant trip with Aleeson. I still wonder why people were insistent on Montenegro. Although raining, the sea was calm.

the Montenegro ship, a roro that can accommodate cars and bicycles

Upon docking at Dumaguete, I locked my bike along the street and boarded the Ceres Bus to Tanjay, 4 towns away North. I wanted to verify if my healer, Virgie was indeed dead. She was well-known in the area. I asked around, and everyone said she died a few years ago from a heart attack. I was saddened by that. Virgie made me well many years ago when I got sick in Valencia.

Budbod Tanjay
Since I was already in Tanjay, I stopped by the market for their renowned Budbod Tanjay. It's steamed rice cooked with coconut milk and swirled with the local cacao. At P180/12 pairs, the price has gone up, but still worth the treat.

Budbud Tanjay is a sweet chocolate swirled rice dish usually paired with sikwate, a local hot chocolate drink

I passed by Mr. DIY, a popular gadget chain across Southeast Asia. I just wanted to buy lithium batteries for my bike light, but I ended up with so many peripheral gadgets I needed/wanted that could not be found in Siquijor - blue tooth ear buds, xxxxxxxxxxxx. It felt really good having all those things. Now I understand why so many people are addicted to shopping.

AntWet Hostel
Being the cheapest in Dumaguete at P350/night, I defaulted to Antwet Hostel for 2 nights on a bunk bed in a dorm room. I would have stayed 4 nights but they refused the discount I asked for. I checked in here during my last visit and it's good value for the money. They have a bar on the roof deck where guests gather and interact.

meeting Agatha and Jet from Bacolod, on the hostel roof deck

Neva's Pizza
Neva's Pizza is iconic in Dumaguete. It's also my benchmark for value-priced pizza. With its wood-burning oven, wide pizza selection on the menu, and hands-on management of the owners, a visit to Dumaguete isn't complete without a whole pizza for me.

I also relished seeing the owners who are also my friends. We talked about pizza franchising, branching out, human resources challenges and more food.

Shopping in Dumaguete
with friends and owners of Neva's Pizza

Movie: Oppenheimer
I would have preferred the latest Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible, but it wasn't showing anymore. Luckily, Oppenheimer was being shown. At P300/pop, it was pricey compared to P100 from the days I lived in Dumaguete. I didn't realize that Oppenheimer was star-studded and directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring was Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt and Kenneth Branagh. It was initially confusing with 3 time frames all juxtapositioned with each other. It took a while to realize the formatting. The treatment of the whole movie was introspective, sensitive and borderline surreal. A must-see!

Being Senior
For the longest time, I was in denial about my age - rightly so, since as a yogi, I never felt my real age. I was forever fixed at 35. However, given the generous 20% discount I could get as a senior from transport, food and movies, I finally wavered and buckled down. The 20% adds up. Seriously!

Shopping Around
I went all over Dumaguete's department stores even in the rain, in search of all the things I wanted to get - Mr. DIY, Unitop, Lees, Home Hardware, Robinson's, etc.

Ending Thoughts
Turns out I needed to buy more than I planned. It was Christmas in July for me as I returned to Siquijor with a Coleman camping chair, camping tin cup, fresh batteries, bungee cords, etc. Things I wanted to buy but didn't are army jacket for motorcycle spills, easy hammock (my jungle hammock is not for leisurely chilling) and maybe decent shoes. That will be for next time. It was fun. Last time in indulged in shopping like this was many years back, I can't even remember when.

  1. jeep, Lazi-Siquijor w/ bike - P100
  2. boat, Siquijor-Dumaguete free bike, w/ discount - 167
  3. terminal fee - 14
  4. bus, Dgte-Tanjay - 50
  5. bus, Tanjay-Dgte - 50
  6. 1 dozen Budbud Tanjay - 150
  7. 4 lithium batteries - 64
  8. 4 AA batteries - 54
  9. M&M, cinnamon stick - 60
  10. Artisans coffee - 505
  11. toothbrush - 39
  12. electric kettle - 690
  13. blue tooth - 630
  14. bunjee cords - 37
  15. S hooks - 39
  16. pliers - 93
  17. juggling balls - 105
  18. shaver - 30
  19. Nevas Pizza - 160
  20. Gcash - 128
  21. Lee - 375
  22. Coleman camp chair - 1800
  23. movie, Oppenheimer - 240
  24. tin cup - P48
  25. boat, Dgte-Sqj, Aleson, senior - 160
  26. terminal fee - 15
  27. jeep, SQ-LZ - 100

TOTAL - ~P6000

Given my spendings, the only indulgence was the movie and the juggling balls. Everything else was a need, some bordering on desire. As much as I want to be content with meager means, it's nice to cut some slack every once in a while.

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Dumaguete >> Cebu City by bus/boat

Dumaguete to Cebu City route is done by bus and boat. Ceres bus leaves almost every hour from the Ceres Terminal bound for Cebu City. It goes to Tampi and boards a roro until it reaches Bato, Cebu. From there, it resumes its land travel until Cebu City. xxxx hours, PHP xxx.

Dumaguete to Cebu City

Dumaguete >> Siquijor (Siquijor Proper & Larena Port) Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)
  1. Montenegro Lines - at Dumaguete Port, P234.00/pax, P169/bicycle

  2. Montenegro Lines, Dumaguete to Siquijor

  3. Aleson Shipping - at Dumaguete Port, 8 am and 6 pm daily, 10 am M-Sat, Regular P200.00/pax, Aircon P250.00/pax

  4. Aleson Shipping, Dumaguete to Siquijor

  5. Ocean Jet - 40 mins, docks at Siquijor Port, 0919.066.5964,,

    Ocean Jet
  6. Please check first if Atlantis Yohan Express is back in operations

  7. Atlantis Yohan Express - Siquijor Port or Larena Port?

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    Atlantis Yohan Express
Dumaguete >> Lazi, Siquijor by boat

Dumaguete to Lazi, Siquijor route by Kho Shipping was just opened up in early September 2023. Before, going to Lazi meant going to Siquijor Proper first, then catching the 2pm jeep to Lazi (last trip), adding 1 hour on the trip. Now, Siquijor Proper can be completely bypassed.

  1. Dumaguete Port - take Kho Shipping to Lazi, Tu-F-Sun, 3 hours, Dumaguete departure 1 am, arrival in Lazi Port 4 am, economy P300, tourist P500.

  2. Dumaguete to Lazi

Dumaguete Itinerary restaurants Things to Eat in Dumaguete:
  • Eat at Neva's Pizza. They have a wood-burning stove and make the best pizza in Dumaguete
  • Eat the local version of Tempura, fish ball, balut at Tempurahan, an adhoc outdoor section by the City Port entrance.
  • Eat Paklay, a local delicacy made of pork inards. Popular in Dumaguete's roadside eating places
  • Try any of the lechon manok (chicken roasted on a spit) that's scattered all over the city
  • Try the torta bread (bread made with fermented coconut nectar) - you find that along the highway in Dauin...or the Dumaguete Public Market
  • Eat the breakfast combo - Budbud Cabog (Dumaguete's specialty suman) or puto + tsokolate (sticky rice wrapped in banana leaf + native chocolate drink)
tours Things to Do in Dumaguete:
sightseeing Sightseeing / Activities Near Dumaguete:
  1. Valencia
    1. Forest Camp in Valencia - a mountain resort fed by the Banica River. Great for getting wet and picnics (blog by Lakwatsero)
    2. Go to the Japanese Shrine and Casaroro Falls - 100 meter falls and site of a fierce WWII battle between Japanese, Americans and Filipinos
    3. Head out to Camp Lookout in Valencia for great views. Famous writers stay there for the Silliman University National Writers Workshop.
    4. Stop by The World War II Museum in Valencia and talk to curator/owner/collector, Constantino "Tantin" Cata-al.
    5. Splash on Pulangbato Falls and Hot Spring - via Palinpinon road towards PNOC. Great to dip-in after a day's hike or for hot lazy days
    6. Climb Mt. Talinis. At 1864 meters, it lords over Negros Oriental, and home to endemic and rare species of flora and fauna.
  2. Dauin
    1. Dive on Apo Island - best for scuba and turtle watching
    2. Dive on Dauin's District 1 Marine Reserve - best spot for snorkelling - 10K grouper, turtles, cuttlefish, Titan Triggerfish, etc. This is only one of many marine reserves dotting the Dauin coastline.
    3. Soak in Baslay Hot Spring
  3. Sibulan
    Go to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes - two lakes almost 1000 meters above sea level
  4. Siquijor
    Take the ferry to Siquijor - stay in Siquijor overnight
  5. Zamboanguita
    Visit Malatapay Market on a Wednesday and try their lechon, tuba, and grilled fish
  6. Bais
    Go dolphin watching and swim on the sandbar
  7. Mabinay
    Rappel down Mabinay Caves
  8. Siaton
    Experience Lake Balanan

Onward Destinations After Dumaguete

These are the nearest popular destinations from Dumaguete by boat

  1. Bohol - Bohol is an island northeast Dumaguete. Tourist attractions are Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Monkey, Loboc River Cruise, Beaches of Panglao, whale sharks (recent offering), freediving (recent offering)
  2. Cebu - Cebu City is the usual gateway into the Visayas. But in Cebu Island itself, there are many offerings - Whale Sharks of Oslob, sardine run at Moalboal,Thresher Shark of Malapascua
  3. Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.
  4. Plaridel (Misamis Occidental, Mindanao) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.


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