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Whale Shark Attraction in Oslob, Cebu

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Okay, so I’m getting mixed feelings about writing this one.Β  I guess this is how you feel when you don’t exactly know the point of your story? Should I make you feel like this one is a MUST-GO-TO attraction? or the other way around? (I’m afraid I might start something here but whatever this is just my opinion so I guess anything goes) PS : but please tell me what you think of this..

Okay so before this mixed feeling happened I was just so psyched about having Oslob in our itinerary for Cebu. I mean, swimming with whale sharks? that’s a big check in my bucket list! πŸ™‚

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But upon arriving in Barangay Tan-awan, I was not expecting a line of resorts to choose from so we just opted for the one in front of where our bus stopped. We immediately inquired for the prices and other things to do like rentals, food and stuff.

P3000 Scuba Diving with the whale sharks
P1000 Snorkeling with the whale sharks
P500 Watching the whale sharks from a boat
P500 Underwater Camera (It’s a FUJIFILM FinePix XP70 for those who doesn’t haveΒ  an underwater cam or want another source for your group photos then you can rent this)
We rented one and will show you the quality of the photo later.

After a short briefing, we went to our bangka. On the way to the snorkeling spot I saw a line of boats waiting for the whale sharks (maybe), I had this feeling that we were at those usual zoo’s where animals are only kept for the purpose of gaining profit. (Well, that’s how I felt)

Well, anyway we were only given 30 minutes to do whatever, part of that was waiting for the whale shark to come close so we could have our photo taken with them. I never expected the water to be that salty, we were floating up in seconds! (In this body, I could barely stay down. I felt like a buoy! Hah!) So it was a bit challenging for the photo part! All of us wore rash guards that was constantly trying to remove itself from our body, so eventually 50% of the photos were 50% nude. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Seeing and being close to a whale shark felt amazing! but why do I feel a bit sad about this? I saw how the fisherman would feed them a bucket of fish to get them closer to where they wanted them but doesn’t this feel wrong? I mean, aren’t they overfeeding them in that way? Are the nutrients in the fish that they feed equivalent to the fishes that they normally eat andΒ  supposed to be eating?

It’s a bit amazing how the whale sharks would just go up and eat those fishes near the bangka, but don’t they get hit by the bangka sometimes?Β  Is this really okay? I’ve seen & read blogs of people where they talk about how enchanting it is to be swimming and “touching” the whale sharks Β  –to– Β  blogs that says that this might break migration cycles, breeding and the natural ways of the whale sharks.

Sample photo of the OLYMPUS rented camera
Sample photo of the FUJIFILM FinePix XP70 camera that we rented. This wasΒ  taken by our guide. He held the rented camera the whole time. So that he could take our photos without borrowing the cam from us anymore. Though most of the shots were also blurry. PS: I am really hoping that the guys foot here isn’t stepping on the whale shark’s skin. (-__-)

Gaaah, this is confusing me but what do you guys think? (Opinions and facts about whale sharks are welcome) There will be no fighting in this page. Thank you so very very mucho. πŸ™‚

Okay, so that aside, I’ll let youΒ  see the rest of the photos πŸ™‚

30 mins was so damn fast to get those perfect shots that you wanted! I never felt so rushed in taking photos.Β  Even if we had 2 GOPROs w/ us (one was mine and the other was Bianca’s) plus 1 underwater FUJIFILM FinePix XP70 camera that we rented for our group shots was still stressful enough to take good photos because of the salty water that was lifting us up! So here’s what I’ve managed to save and enhance.

Out of a hundred photos here’s 2 of the only ‘good’ group photo I enhanced and could show you from the FUJIFILM FinePix XP70 that we rented from the resort.

The rest are from Kanjie my GOPRO HERO 4 SILVER.

Oslob, Cebu
Oslob, Cebu
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Off to Aguinid Falls. See link here later —> (content unavailable, come back later)

Camera used: GoPro Hero 4 Silver & FUJIFILM FinePix XP70

Thanks for checking out this post!

AENRI (Aah-Yen-Ree)

Damires Hills (Tierra Verde)

Hey Hey Hey, as I’ve told you in my previous post Directions to Damires Hills. I’ll be posting the photos I shot in this resort.

So here we go… πŸ™‚

If you’re looking for a chance to get away from the city to collect your thoughts and go back with a much calmer version of yourself then I’d really recommend Damires Hills as a great solution for aΒ  great escape. Not to mention cheap rates for their rooms and open cottages.

Here are some of my shots for their daytime cottages.

As to Families, Lovers or Barkadas who just wants quality time with not much of those loud noise we hear in the city this is a great place for you. When we stayed here it was just them birds chirpin’ in the morning and crickets n’ frogs croaking in the evening ’twas just the perfect legit background music for reminiscing and warm convos..

We stayed at room Zinia in the new building, that roomΒ  will now and forever be my favorite room in Damires. Haha! Cozy room with a veranda at the back (same goes with all the rooms in the new building) Here are some of the rooms/balays..

Love the fact that they have Duyans in every open-cottage and in some areas (nostalgic)

This is where we ate dinner, overlooking the poolside.
(please click the photo if you want see the full resolution)

Hut

The next day I went over to where they grew their fruits.. They had Rambutan, Kapayas, Calamansi, Cabugao and Katumbal πŸ™‚

After Lunch, we tried the Ziplines and the Bunjee Trampoline. We also wanted to try the ATV but they were still rerouting the trail. (but will def’ try it next time!) πŸ™‚

Zipliners
With the Manong Tata and Albert in charge of Ziplines. πŸ™‚

Here’s Ron enjoying his weight and one fail photo of me trying to do a back flip in the trampoline. (yes, I am chubby but I am happy I did 3-5 flips or 2.. out of let’s just say several attempts. (I will be back, you tramp!) <– see what I did there? HAHA! Okay.. back to the photos..

Here’s a wide-shot of the overnight houses and open-cottages.

Wide shot for overnight houses
Wide shot for overnight houses/balays
Wide shot for open cottages
Wide shot for daytime/open cottages
We done
We done, we done, we done done done. πŸ™‚

Damires Hills

For questions, comment below or email me at aenri05@gmail.com (please leave a comment below if you emailed me) Thanks guys! πŸ™‚
See my previous post for Directions to Damires Hills

If you want to contact Damires Hills…
You could go to there website here:
http://www.damireshills.com/
Message them in their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/DamiresHillsResort
Or contact them here:
Mobile: 09176325901 or 09399060689
Telephone: 033-3968144
(Hope this helps!) πŸ™‚

P.S
Thank you to these awesome heads for having us!

And to Sir Frank who decided to offer us pamahaw before we go because it was still raining. πŸ™‚

Thank you Sir Frank! πŸ˜€

THIS RESORT IS WORTH CHECKING OUT! πŸ˜€
(Not only is this a farm-like resort but they also have functions rooms and places for Team building/Leadership trainings!)
Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚
AENRI (Aah-Yen-Ree)

SEAFDEC, Guimaras Island

Southeast Asian Fisheries Development CenterΒ  (SEAFDEC)

After watching the movie YES OR NO 2Β  (Les movie) I’ve been addicted to Fisheries and Agriculture.Β  (Something Random)Β Β  —–Β  Anyway..Β  Hahahahaha..

Let’s move on..Β  On June 1, 2013 – My theater folks and I went to Guimaras for our “Year-end-celebration-vacation”
We were supposed to stay at Raymen Beach Resort but decided to stay on the other resort (Alubihod Cove) which was just right next to Raymen’s.Β  (I’ll try to make another separate post on both Raymen and Alubihod Cove)

This was my 2nd time in Guimaras with the USALTees (Theater Company). So we decided to go island hopping and visit the ones that we haven’t seen/been to.

After countless visits on the same island/caves every time I go Island Hopping.. This was the first time I’ve been to the SEAFDEC.. a 20 minute “PAMBOAT” ride from Alubihod beach. Since I was super thrilled and excited to roam around the area.. I took a lot of photos and forgot to take a good look at those big groupers (Lapu-Lapu) 😦

– If you know Jennifer Lawrence the girl who portrayed Katniss EverdeenΒ in the movie The Hunger Games. During her interview with Ellen Degeneres she said that she wasn’t afraid of sharks but was afraid of a Grouper that was as big as a Volkswagen. – :OΒ  (Here’s the link to that ep..)

(Usa Little Theater : WORDPRESS)
(Usa Little Theater : FACEBOOK)

Enjoy your day Blogger, Phlogger and Readers!
–Β AenriΒ (Aah-Yen-Ree)

DSLR used: Nikon D3000

Villa Igang Beach Resort, Guimaras Island

The day after the Flying of the 15k lanterns, I went to the Island of Guimaras again.Β  (May 25, 2013)

This is actually my 2nd time coming to Villa Igang and actually slept here for the night.
Villa Igang is located at Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.
After arriving at the port in Guimaras
– You can either rent a “multi-cab” if you come with a group.
– You can either rent a “tricycle” if you come in 3’s or 5’s and with little luggage.
– or ride a jeep if you’re saving money (Haha) πŸ˜€

But I wouldn’t really recommend this place to Foreigners, Filipinos orΒ  those who are “allergic” to dirty bathrooms, like me, and to those who expects 5 star accommodations.Β  (ex. Hot showers, Fresh Towels, Free Toiletries, Aired Pillows etc..)

But putting those negative things aside, For those adventurous people who just wants to visit or wants to stay for the night despite those unclean bathrooms, Haha. There are, (I guess) a lot of places to go to and a lot of things that you could do.

The first thing you’ll see when you arrive in the resort is the way to the butterfly garden which also leads you to the cottages/rooms, if you don’t want to pass through the garden,Β it’s fine you could just take the other way.. πŸ˜€

They also have a place if you wanna go cliff diving, our room was just close to the cliff. I think there were about 3-4 rooms available near the cliff diving place.. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to jump since I was afraid of heights. Hahaha.
But my friend did, and he actually jumped right after we had placed our bags in the room. Hahaha.

There’s also this Mangrove route which is the best part of Villa Igang for me. Well, next to the Cliff diving part.
Gave me chills when we were passing through those bamboo-wood-made-bridges..

They also have swimming pools. A place for Kayaking and I think you could also rent a Jet ski? (Not sure)

If you wanna go Island Hopping I think that it would be better If you go to the other beach resort (Raymen Beach Resort) –> It’s just near Villa Igang so you could go early in the morning or whatever time you want to go Island hopping.. πŸ˜€

I hope I’ve helped you (If ever you were looking for a review on Villa Igang)
Though, It’s not the usual “COMPLETE REVIEW” (Since I suck at that, My apologies) πŸ˜€
Β – if you do have some comments/reviews about Villa Igang, Please don’t hesitate to type in your comment/review. πŸ˜€

Here are my photos during my stay in Villa Igang. Most photos are taken near the cliff and on the cliff..

DSLR used: Nikon 5100

Enjoy your day Blogger, Phlogger and Readers!
Aenri (Aah-Yen-Ree)