Day 4, we were supposed to fly back to Manila via Dumaguete Airport but due to some unpredictable delays, we arrived at the airport as the plane departs for Manila. Left with no other option, we found ourselves loaded in a van heading to Dumaguete City for an overnight stay.
We are not exactly lost, we were simply stuck in the city while arranging for the next available early morning flight. While heading to the city proper, all of us agreed that Dumaguete City is indeed peaceful, quiet and a little bit laid back compare to other cities that we’ve been to in the Visayas.
After leaving our things in Worldview Pension House, I walked around the city to familiarize myself and take photos as well. While walking towards Rizal Boulevard I saw several interesting architectural landmarks including the old Silliman University Building.
Facing the old Port is the beautiful Silliman University building which was built in 1903. Silliman Univeristy got its name from Dr. Horace B. Silliman – a Protestant missionary from the USA who funded the establishment of the school. Along Rizal Boulevard, I saw a lot of interesting restaurants and business establishments like Spa’s, Dive Shops and Party places.
After taking few photos of some beautiful heritage buildings in Dumaguete, I went straight to Sans Rival Cafe to meet the rest of group. Finally I got the chance to taste Dumaguete’s famous Sans Rival and Silvanas. While having a late Merienda, Azrael was contacted by Yogajane via Plurk and invited us to visit Howyang Cuisine – a Chinese fastfood restaurant owned by Mimi Young – YogaJane’s sister-in-law.
We had a wonderful dinner, I loved their Lomi soup, pancit, hakaw and their best tasting desserts. We were supposed to walk around the boulevard after dinner to tryout their tempura balls (sold like fishballs) but everyone agreed to head back to the hotel and and take advantage of the free WiFi.
While everyone is in the lobby checking their emails and updating blogs, I decided to just go to the Internet cafe located right across the street. I was supposed to go to Bethel Guest House to meet a friend I met in a diving trip in Palawan but Im already tired and sleepy so I just notified them via SMS instead.
Everyone surprisingly woke up early, I guess we just want to make sure that the plane will not leave us again:) Before leaving the hotel, we requested from Worldview Pension House to have our breakfast packed but to our surprise, the food was not individually packed. The food was mixed altogether inside a plastic bag as if we will be having picnic somewhere else.
We cant complain since the breakfast was complimentary but what happened to the word “Common Sense” LOL. We ended up having our breakfast in a restaurant located in the airport vicinity.
Dumaguete is truly the city of gentle people, good food and peaceful environment. Getting stuck in Dumaguete City was a blessing in disguise and given a chance… I will definitely go back to dive in Apo Island:)