Dumaguete: How the City of Gentle People won me over.

by Rose

Our trip to Dumaguete last May started as a spur of the moment decision out of the need to renew my passport before it expires this September. We had no itinerary set except for my DFA appointment and our side trip to Tanjay (45mins to 1hr from the city!) to visit my sister’s godmother so we were literally winging it as soon as we left Cebu around 5AM on a Friday. For people who don’t travel much, we were just happy to arrive at our destination in one piece by 10AM.

The city’s laid-back charm is very comforting. Not once did we experience being taken advantage of and it was easy to go from one place to another even with public transport. My only regret was not being able to food crawl as much as we wanted to. (Chorizo bungkag! *sighs*) Squeezing in everything for a day and a half is a talent that I have yet to master.

Two of those we managed to tick off my list were 2 Story Kitchen and Silliman University. The former is a Korean coffee shop-inspired restaurant with a fusion take on its most popular dishes like kimbap and tteokboki to name a few. With its photogenic nooks and cozy booths, it’s easy to see why this place has become a social media favorite.

Silliman University on the other hand, with its massive land area and old school charm, is right up anyone’s alley of a dream campus. I love how their buildings have retained its architectural style while the campus itself sets off a vibe that inspires creativity in anyone who sets foot on its grounds.

With my phone acting up for the entire duration of our trip, I actually missed lugging a DSLR for documentation purposes. I could’ve taken better photos to capture the warmth of Negros hospitality. I hope we get an opportunity to visit again in the near future and this time, for a much longer stay to better enjoy what the city and its nearby towns have to offer.

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Diane June 26, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Hi Rose! Dumaguete has remained in my list of travel destinations. Nasa list pa din hanggang ngayon. I love that everything look and feel laid back. Walang pressure and from the looks, wala yung awra na nagmamadali lahat ng tao.

Parang ang saya sumaya mag food trip sa inyo. :p I love the spicy ramen ba yun, at yun cake, dyosko!!!! Sansrival ba un?

Btw, I hope everything is well with your passport na. Sana nakuha mo na at ang iPhone mo, sana magtino na siya forever hhahaha

Rose July 4, 2017 - 11:24 AM

I got my passport na! Exactly one month after I applied for renewal. My iPhone’s doing great too (*knocks on wood*) pinatingnan ko sa isang technician who specializes in repairing iPhones at a cheaper price… nilinisan niya lang tapos sinubukang i-charge using third party cable and so far it has been perfectly working ever since.

I wanna go back to Dumaguete just for the food trip, I swear. Pero pinag-iisipan ko pa if this or Iloilo naman for next year. Goal ko rin kasi makapag-Korea if ever I’ll get to save some money kasi manonood ako ng Shinhwa. Haha!


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