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Back to Dumaguete

I found myself on an trepidatious fast bus ride going back to Dumaguete. And every time the bus driver hits the accelerator , I step on imaginary brakes in front of me. I’m not sure if the driver noticed it but his face is like a yahoo smiley that grins every time my body language is looking for the imaginary brakes.


Just like the old times, when in fear, I think of happy thoughts. While I still can’t get over with the rustic beauty of the sandbar, the scenic view of Negros Oriental going back to Dumaguete is fantastic. I’m not sure if it’s just me but the air smells like a boiling brown sugar. Kinda addictive. Perhaps, I was just craving for Sans Rival I thought.


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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Dumaguete City


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Dumaguete City

Dumaguete is a small city. I can say that you can explore it by walking. They have Robinson’s mall, Banks, Jollibee, McDonalds, Shakeys, etc… but I’m not interested to those. So I woke up at 5:30 am the following day and explored the bay.

Rizal Boulevard

The Rizal Boulevard is famous in the city. It’s the Roxas Boulevard of Dumaguete but cleaner and well mantained for my taste.


I walked farther…
Rizal Boulevard

Rizal Boulevard



My plan was to buy tickets for my next day’s Siquijor tour. Which is a walking distance away from Bethel. But I’ll discuss that in my later post.

And since I’m a very health buff person, I walked going to the Pier but rode the cab back to the hotel. Hehehe.

Here’s what they call “Cab” or “Pedicab” wherein we call it “Tricycle” in Manila.

Beware of the cab fare coz some drivers will charge you higher than normal if they knew that you are a tourist. As of writing, minimal fare is 7.50 per person. With my exprience, I was charged 40 pesos for a walking distance route. Ouch!

Dumaguete City is such a lovely place. I’ll be back soon. And oh, don’t miss Sansrival Resto.. one of the best in town. It’s few blocks away from Bethel Guest House.


Posted by on January 28, 2012 in Dumaguete City


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Bethel Guest House

My failed attempt to spend the night in Malatapay gave me no choice but to go back to Dumaguete City.

My choice of accommodation must be cheap yet strategic to the place and things I need for the following day. With months of research about the city, I find Hotel Nicanor and Bethel Guest House to be the best choice for both budget and strategic location.

Bethel Guest House

My Room – I find it good enough for the price. I paid 1,100 for an overnight stay
Bethel Guest House Room

The Corridor – I’m not sure of the history of this place but the smell and feel is like an old hospital.
Bethel Guest House Corridor

The Lobby

View outside the main entrance

Should I recommend Bethel? Definitely!

– It’s cheap (cable tv, hot n cold shower)
– It’s near Sans Rival Resto (a must visit if you’re in the city)
– It’s near the city pier (for Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, and nearby island tour)
– Located in Rizal Boulevard (Manila’s Roxas Boulevard counterpart)
– If you plan to go to Bais or Manjuyod, you can just wait in front of Bethel for the bus.

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Posted by on January 28, 2012 in Dumaguete City


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