Dumaguete- My First Visit.

in travel •  9 months ago


Getting your passport renewed in the Philippines is not easy as 1-2-3. For the past three months, I have been trying to get an appointment with DFA but agencies like to take all the slots, and sell them for a premium service :(

I know it would be impossible for me to get a slot here I Cebu in a sufficient time, I tried other locations in the Philippines and was able to secure an appointment slot in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

Since the flights to Dumaguete weren't exactly reasonable to make a quick day trip, I booked a flight and hotel for one night as soon as I got my appointment confirmed. A few days later, I got a message from my good friend, @bonjovey saying that she wanted to join me on this trip (since she never got to see Dumaguete.) I was happy to know that I wouldn't be traveling alone- It's always more fun to travel with a friend!

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There are ony two flights daily from Cebu to Dumaguete on Cebu Pacific Air; So I was glad when @bonjovey was able to get the same flight as mine. The downside of the trip, was having to wake up at the buttcrack of dawn, since our flight waas scheduled to depart at 5:30 in the morning. I am not a morning person, (Especially when I can't get coffee within 30 minutes of waking up).

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We were only going to stay for two days, and one night, so I didn't bother bringing my whole wardrobe, only extra clothes to wear the next day. I actually regretted this, since the following day we wanted to go swimming in the hot springs, but I only had one set of dry clothes.

At 3:20am on the day of departure, I met @bonjovey in the lobby of my condo and we scheduled an Uber pickup to the airport. At this time in the morning, it would have been hard to catch a taxi. Unfortunately, the first two Uber drivers canceled my booking and I wasn't happy about it. I have missed my flight before, so this was a bit stressful for me. Granted; at 3am there isn't much traffic to the airport. This trip should only take about 30 minutes at this time, but trying to catch a flight at 9am, around noon, or after 5pm would take at least an hour and a half. So, I booked another one and I sent a message begging him not to cancel this trip or else we could possibly miss our flight (my fingers were crossed). It was nice that the driver read and responded to my message- And assured me that he was on his way, and we would get to Lapu Lapu on time.

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We got to the airport about an hour before our boarding time and everything went smoothly from checking in, to passing through security, phew! I always get nervous when I travel, because the Philippines security and customs seem to enjoy giving Filipinos going abroad a hard-time. So even when I fly domestic, I get a bit nervous. I think am starting to like the idea of traveling with less baggage, means less hassle ;)

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When we got to our gate, it wasn't long until they announced our flight would start boarding soon, and immediately everyone rushed to get in the queue. Me? I sat until almost everyone else got on the flight-They can't leave without us anyways :) We arrived in Dumaguete 30 mins ahead of schedule which is surprising because most flights with Cebu Pacific that I flew on for the past five years, were always delayed.

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Btw, @bonjovey and I didn't have any plan laid out for this trip so when we got out of the plane we looked at each other, confused and laughing wondering what to do next, lol! It was both our first time to visit this place and we have no idea where to go and what to do at 5:35 in the morning since our check-in time at the hotel is not until two in the afternoon.

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We decided to do the “bahala na system” which means “whatever”, so we'll just go wherever the road may lead us. Outside of the airport terminal, there were only two motorbikes and few tricycles ready to pick up some passengers, since this flight is usually not too full. We got both of the motorbikes and told the drivers to take us to wherever he would recommend at such an early time.

The first place we visited was Rizal boulevard where we took the photos below.

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It was a very nice day to just sit and watch the locals doing their own thing, and getting ready for the day. After taking a short walk down the boulevard, we decided to head to our hotel to see if we could possibly check in a bit early- So we can get some rest. Since it was much earlier than 2 pm, we had to pay an extra 650 pesos for the early check-in. I think it was worth paying for especially since neither of us got enough sleep the night before our flight.

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The reason I booked this hotel over one that was overlooking the ocean, was because my appointment with DFA was less than a minute walk from our hotel.

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Tips for those who have an appointment or who will schedule an appointment in Dumaguete:
You can arrive at DFA even 30 minutes before your appointment time so you can finish early. They prioritize applicants who scheduled an online appointment since they have all the documents already.

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For a simple renewal of your passport, you only need your electronic passport (passport starts with EB), one photocopy of your old passport and one photocopy of page 1 & 2 of your online application form which is sent your email address when you schedule your appointment online.

P.S. The DFA system can only send email notification to Gmail accounts.

The passport appointment took about 45 minutes, (which was awesome because @bonjovey recently got hers renewed in Cebu and it took a bit longer)- And they told me they would send my new passport to my condo via LBC within 10 business days.

Now its time for me and @bonjovey to go see the beach! ^_-

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It was a nice feeling walking on the beach with the smell of salt in the air and the sound of waves crashing upon the shore. There weren't many people at this time, so we decided to hang out a little bit longer. We pulled up a spot of sand, with a slab of driftwood, and took our time enjoying the scenery.

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About an hour later, we decided to get an early dinner at a resort called PuraVida, that we found while walking on the beach. It was a nice looking resort with a native yet modern design. If we planned on staying for few more nights, we would have definitely stayed at this place. The staffs were friendly and the chef stopped by to say hello to us, and to make sure everyone was enjoying their meals, as they had been ordered.

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Later that night we had an excellent opportunity to view the 'super-blue, blood moon'- While having our dinner on the beach. This was the highlight of my trip- An unforgettable experience to share with my dearest friend, @bonjovey. After a few hours, we left the resort full- with happy bellies. Then it was time to head back to our hotel and get some good night sleep. ^_-

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XOXO,

Gilaine

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Hey purepinay,

I have become kind of your regular reader. Let me tell you, you are not alone when it comes to renewing your passport or dealing with some government officers. We have kind of the same situation in Pakistan too.

Do you plan to make vlogs?

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You look cheerful lady and so much positive in you @purepinay.
Thank you for this article.
I will follow you from now on.

it was a great time pretty, balik tayo bukas...hahahah I really really love Dumaguete pretty Sana makabalik tayo noh?? taz mag camping bah??
kahit mga first timer tayo feeling natin taga don na tayo...hahahah
masakit parin ang mga paa at tuhod ko hanggang ngayon:D nanginginig parin:D pero it doesn't matter kay ang worth it ng buong trip natin....hehehe

Ang saya saya mong kasama pretty:D
salamat :D

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Huhu inggit much oyy! Hindi ako nakasama😌
Sana next time makasama ko kayong dalawa ulit 😉 parang nong nag camping tayo dati! Hayyy kakamiss na yun😔

@purepinay buti naman naparenew mo na pasaporte mo at waiting ka nalang. Good for 10 years na ba yun? So pagmakuha mo na passport mo lalayas ka na ba ng Pinas? 😔 iiwan mo na kami...mi...mi...mi....

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@emonemolover

ay bago ang profile pic! charot! haha

kaya nga, sana maulit muli, tumatanda na ko, huhu mabilis na ko mapagod ngayon, less ang energy buti nga kasama ko si jovey kung hindi tulog lang ako sa hotel lol

hindi pa agad agad, ang dami ko pang ngang aasikasohin na papers, kaka stress nga, haist! bakit kasi na uso pa visa, pahirap sa buhay grrrrrrrrrr. ang shakit sa bangs. masakit yung ulo ko mula pa kagabi, di makatulog ng maayos. huhu

Miss you!

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@purepinay

Anong bagong profile pic? Haha with nemo? matagal na kaya yan niyan mo la gud napansin hehehe kinakalimutan mo na gud si nemo😂😂😂

Kaya nga yan ang mahirap dami pang kelangan na mga papers etc. Pero keribels mo lang yan ikaw pa!😉 oyyyy magpa burgers ka muna ha bago ka umalis hehe andito lang kami ni @bonjovey 😁

Miss you more!😘

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grabee trending ang haba nde ko makita ang reply sakin ni Gil.
Ano daw? @purepinay, sis nde ko makita habaaaaaaaa nito parang quiapo sa haba ng pila, o baclaran:):)
Have a great time, update mo kami kung kelan ka punta sa S. America. miss you!!

xoxo

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Lence, ma-miss nya kau pag umalis sya:(

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gusto mo ulet mag punta dun sa mighty fall? hahaha! kulang pa ko sa tulog, sobrang pagod pari aketch!

thank you din sayo, it was really fun... still not done with my next blog, nosebleed na akis, hay buhay steemit haha!

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Hello Gilaine! I so much LOVED your post! I appreciate your work and Love what you do! Soon as an unfamiliarly skinny squirrel told me to check out this sweet post by Gilaine, I tripped over shoes running to the computer. True story. Who else is going make such an exclusive post about traveling somewhere in The World that I haven't even heard of before? ;). You're one of the ones I Love to follow. Thanks so much!

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Pardon my illegal manners @bonjovey, good to know you are travelling with purepinay, i can see you two already having fun, please take care of yourselfs and make sure you both have that swim. Mean while @purepinay love and have a taste for good food which am yet to see here, am looking out for the cuisine you will be eating at.

Have fun and great travel.
Xoxo
From your friend.

Yours truly loved
@iconnelly

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Hi @iconnelly sorry for the late response been busy the whole week but anyway thank you for taking time to read our amazing journey in Dumaguete and hope you keep on supporting us. =)

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Very amazing place... For a minute, i felt i was there already. I'm waking up and still in Nigeria. Great experience buddies

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Thank you and yes it was an amazing experience and we had fun. =)

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enjoy trip maam..godbless

:))) Such a nice environment. Even though it's based on the harsh delays of bureaucracy that led you guys to this, it's these unavoidable paths that take us to the beauty of knowing more, of seeing the movements of the world around us at just the right time to see the exotic.

You reminded me of the times when I used to travel a lot, the haste of going to an office and finding out that there is a problem, or arriving late and finding out it's still ok to do the paperwork and then going out to dinner, seeing the people of this strange area walking by in their daily routine. Then you realize you're a foreigner in their lives, that this is their dull everyday while for you it's something exotic, unexplored, so interesting.

Thank you for this kind of posts, Gilaine. I don't mean this in the cliché unappreciation of a passer-by but in the sense that you keep awakening in me a strange passion that I can't begin to describe. It's something calling me to keep knowing, to keep exploring, telling me that the world hasn't ended yet: there's still so much to see.

I kinda missed you these days. Took you long enough to post a new one. :P

XOXO - See you around

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Hello there, Sharon!

Thank you for this wonderful msg.

Yes, there's is so much to see, I hope you get to travel more this year!

Yes, it's been a while since I wrote a blog, I have been busy with the newbies and I didn't reliazed the days already gone fast ;)

I visited your blog and you are doing great! I am really proud of you.

I hope everything is well with you and thank you for always being here.

Love,
Gilaine

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Yes! I'm doing much better than when I started. I think a lot of it is thanks to you. Your constant suggestions and support opened the way to knowing more about the way things worked here on Steemit. There is still a looong way to go, and a long list of things to do, but I'm confident that the future will bring a lot of excellent things for both of us.

I've also met friends who make my stay in Steemit wonderful. Like Dawnsheree, for example.

But time, there's too little time to do everything. You noticed that too. It's hard, but it's very satisfying in the long run.

Anyway, thank you for your kind words. I also hope everything goes well with your trip and all your plans. Thank you too for always being an inspiration.

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Hello @purepinay, I'm glad you could renew your passport. Actually here in Venezuela, the office in charge of issuing passports (Administrative Service of Identification, Migration and Immigration) has also put more obstacles to the process.

With regard to the images taken, I find excellent photographs that show the coastal marine beauty of Dumaguete ...

Regards...

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Hi @ulisesfl17 sorry been a crazy and busy week for me I just realized I wasn't able to reply to all of the comments here, but yes it was a great experience. =)

all your photos are beautiful as always miss @purepinay , the great thing about this poat ia again how you're able to make your readers feel that it's like we're also there, and everything was so real. it's really like a tour. aboutthe boarding time , when you said you waited everybody to board in then it's like you're the last one to go on plane haha, i remember evrytime i go home to oriental mindoro i do the same ,since we haveseat numbers i dont put myself in a hurry to go on ship. haha. and the special thing about your post is the time you've spent with your friend , really it's an unforgettable moment . And you never fail to give additional information on your post specifically on this post is about getting an appointment , you're always awesome miss @purepinay , love you!!! 👏👍❤️❤️❤️

Nice travels!! I really don't get why people need to rush to board the plane. Like they have to be the first to get on. So they stand for long period of time in front of the queue. I don't get it. It's not like you will run out of baggage space? Hosts will make room for you anyway.

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thank you @foovler!

natawa naman ako sayo hahaha! but so true!

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Looking beautiful dear @purepinay i want to friendship with you ........

I just #upvote and #resteem your post

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Haha @purepinay I love that you didn't have a plan for your trip! That's how I like to travel! One time, I went to the Dominican Republic. I didn't look up anything about it before going...I just got on the plane.

I speak Spanish, so luckily I sat next to a Dominican guy on the plane. I asked him where I should go there...and he told me about this cool place called Bayahibe.

No one ever talks about Bayahibe...they only talk about Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. After landing, I just found a bus to Bayahibe and walked around with my backpack looking for a place to stay.

Ended up making friends with some Dominicans who took me to a secret dance club!

I love traveling with no plans! You are awesome for being a similar kind of traveler!
Maraming salamat po for the post. Mabuhay!

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Hahahahahaha, your route seems a bit scary. I would have been afraid of being taken to a dark place where someone would steal my kidneys.

You got recommended to go to a place no one knows, and then to a "secret dance club". I'm glad you came out alive. :P With a good story to tell.

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haha when you put it that way...

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Hahahahahahahaha, that was exactly what I was thinking of. I love the Candy Mountain Cave song. <3 I could sing it all day long.

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hahaha we should do a collab video of us singing it together...haha #untalented

dear @purepinay
I am with you on this point. Yeah, steemit is the only platform where are all looking so happy and relaxed. steemit absolutely a great place where we can earn money and also meet with beautiful peoples, learn great ideas and improve yourself very beautifulyl.
I also thankful to all my followers and the people like you for to make the reason of my happiness.
Stay blessed and be happy always.

last i #RESTEEM YOUR POST

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thank you for taking the time to visit my page and for the support.

Happy Steeming!

I heard a lot of nice things about Dumaguete. Should visit when next time when I am back in the Philippines.

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Yes, you should visit Dumaguete. =)

HI Gilaine!
I'm from Cebu and got to book an appointment sa DFA next week for my passport renewal. I just want to make sure that you only need your old passport to renew and I don't have to bring my NSO and other stuff? lol Sorry ikaw jud ako pangutana. Since you have firsthand experience I don't have to worry on getting back and forth and just go through the process without delays. ^^

I've been to Dumaguet years ago, the one that really stood out is their huge puso! You should visit the boulevard at night. :) But murag naa najed ka siguro sa Cebu!

I look forward on seeing your future travels, :)

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Awww, @dawnsheree, you're from Cebu too! It feels like there's a lot of people from that city! But also some of the nicest I've met on Steemit. It's a bit strange, meeting so many people from one city, yet pleasant to know that your primary export is nice Steemians. 😂

I think that's one of the pleasures of this site: getting to interact with people from so many parts of the world. It feels like an inter-cultural party, an exchange of exoticisms. I hope you solve your passport thingy; travelling is the best thing that has happened to me. It has drastically changed my life, no exaggeration here.

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I'm a pure Cebuana Sharon! lol. Yes, there are a lot of people here that are from my place but I only know those who are my friends in reality. While @purepinay is someone I just followed recently. Just proud how a fellow Cebuana has been doing great here. :)

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Wow, maybe you could go to one of Gilaine's Cebu meetups. I don't know how social you are but I would certainly enjoy meeting all these friendly people and hanging out with them. Sometimes I feel a bit away from home while I'm on this site, a bit unfamiliar. That's why I was trying to set up a community for my country but people here are too filled up with crises and problems. It's not easy for Venezuelans to dedicate themselves to the Steemit community.

You, however, have this potential. Let me know if you guys ever hang out together :P Although since I follow both of your blogs I don't think it'll be that hard to find out!

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I'm sorry to hear that about your country Sharon! They might just need a little bit more awareness and more proof. Maybe you can do that in the future! :)

I'm too shy to do that. She's too super! hahaha I'm not sure if I can describe it correctly. :) May be in the future! Aja!

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Hahahahaha, yeah, I get it, I get it! But there's also a lot of people in these meetups, from what I have seen. Whenever I hang out with a group of people I tend to find at least a couple friendly ones with whom I talk a lot and they make my day so worth it! I'm not shy, though. I'm as eccentric as they come, even though my day-to-day is very solitary.

And you're right about the people in my country. A lot of people have already started online projects and this brings them a lot of safety since they don't have to leave their homes (crime!) and it also brings in much more money to their homes than they could make by working day-to-day jobs. I've talked to a lot of people and they think that the main problem for them is that they don't speak English. They think that every monetary opportunity on the Internet can only be attained if one speaks English.

While it's true that English speaking people have the best opportunities here on Steemit, I've seen that there are many blogs that earn in the hundreds and are in Spanish and other languages. Maybe the key to bringing them here would be to show them the opportunity and emphasize the possibility to be successful in their own language.

I think I'm not the best representative of that, since my "best" language for writing is English (I think better in English, and I'm more accustomed to writing literature in English than in Spanish), so maybe I can't be the one to bring them together to Steemit. I hope I can find a way to entice them without having to change my language.

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It's not so obvious that you think better in English Sharon! I just left for a bit and you've written a diary. Not a bad note just find you so bubbly (that's a good thing).

Don't underestimate yourself, your talent can get you wonders, especially on your tinkery and your fiction write-ups. :)

We will never know. I do hope that everything would go well for all of us. ^^ Aja!

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Not a bad note just find you so bubbly.

Hahaha, I looked that up! (bubbly) I wasn't sure about your intentions. :P I guess I am. I'm very outgoing and likeable. A bit of a drag sometimes because I talk too much and don't understand deadpan sarcasm.

I'll try not to underestimate myself :P Although many times I instead overestimate myself and end up accepting tasks that I can't really undertake.

I hope as well that everything goes super well for all of us :) This is such a dreamy place, so nice. I'm really looking forward to being able to call myself one of the successful early-comers to this land of opportunities.

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It's pretty impressive that with all of Venezuela's problems...YOU'RE on steemit and able to dedicate time to it. Debes estar orgullosa de ti misma. I'm sad for all of the problems in your country...because otherwise, Venezuela would be such a great place.

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I'm a really lucky one hahaha. I have my parents to feed me, my grandma to give me a roof, Steemit to give me money, friends to bring me out of my home every time I'm starting to feel a bit lonely.

I still feel sad for all the others who are not as lucky as me. Unfortunately my luck is not enough to have the resources to help others. I'm barely able (but able) to be here.

Proud? Of my luck? Perhaps. I have things to be proud of. I'm sure many do. You do, for example. :P I already left you another comment about that somewhere else.

And yeah! Venezuela was a great place before, and I'm sure it will be in the future after this "bad dream" is over.

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No, proud for taking action. Not just luck. You are lucky you know Steemit exists, and you can share that knowledge with others. But you also took action to get on the platform...write...put yourself out there...interact with others. Give yourself credit!

I know what you mean...my biggest goal is just to help others. I don't really need a lot to be happy.

Just wandering out on the street and having an interesting conversation with someone is enough...or seeing something pretty in nature.

But having resources to help others would be the best. I have a non-profit in the Philippines (not just me by myself)...so far we just do fundraising to raise money. But it's never enough.

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That's so cool that you have a little Steemit community right there in Cebu :) I wonder how the embassy's are over there. Maybe I shouldn't try to get a visa for another country while in the Philippines (I'm coming to visit soon)...hmm...I'll have to research that now

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@nomadicsoul not active within the community. lol But I've seen there posts all around here on steemit.

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hi ,there, @dawnsheree! thanks for dropping by. How are you doing?

Oh good for you... I had to check the online website every single day and it was really frustrating!

Yes, you only need your old passport and a photocopy of it and the print out of your appointment.

I understand it's really stressful when you don't get the right information, but so far that's all they asked if you only need to renew your passport same thing in Cebu.

I just got back last night, we didn't see the boulevard at night coz we went back to our hotel after going to the beach and we're dead tired :D

Oh yeah, "the city of gentle people" as they call it, I hope not to forget to mention on the next blog ;)

Thank you again for visiting my blog. I hope you'll have a wonderful weekend!

XOXO!

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They had their slots open the first week of January so was able to insert for this month!

I forgot about that too! I'm glad you arrived safe and well.

Thanks for letting me know, hopefully, everything will go smoothly and no delays. Wish me luck! lol.

You have a great weekend as well! So happy to find a fellow Cebuana here. ^^

Hello @purepinay' My Sweet Friend.

feeling glad to hear your whole story
about "Renewal of Passport" Thanks God that it is successful tour Cebu to Dumaguete on in DFA. You made this tour while travelling and Staying in Damaguete hotel more entertaing and adventurer with your effforts. wonderful written whole the content. all the pictures are much attractive while enjoying the company with @bonjovey, I hope you enjoy this trip. My best wishes always for you, Stay Blessed and Be happy.

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Hi @rabeel thank you for appreciating my new blog, I definitely enjoyed the entire trip, to be honest and I want to go back to explore again. =)

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LOVELY GIRLS and My CUTE Friend @purepinay.

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my upvote did not go through on this one just like the others... urgh,

thank you for your continues support. Hope you are well.

Wow ate, I've been in Dumaguete last year and I really love Dumaguete, gustong gusto ko balikan :), I hope kumadto ha Sans Rival, adto kasi an ira delicacy nga silvanas, tas iba iba nga nga cakes..As.n super delicious :)

Love your blog Ate Gil:)

mwaaaah!
@micch

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nagpalit nani ak han sans rival ubos dayon pag abot ngadi lol

thank you, dai!
XOXO

Very detailed and comprehensive blog post regarding visit to Dumaguete.
I read every single word of your trip and honestly speaking I enjoyed it. Specially that moment "when your friend @bonjovey said that she wanted to join me on this trip. I believe that during journey you should have someone for company.
Your passport was renewed and you visit the beach, that was another beautiful moment. I felt this one too.
And then that night where you wrote:
we had an excellent opportunity to view the 'super-blue, blood moon'- While having our dinner on the beach.
I know this trip is unforgettable for you twos. But at the same time this one is unforgettable for me too. As while reading I was involved in your blog and felt everything very close.
Your pictures are as usual so beautiful and your way of writing a blog is tremendous. I have seen lot of writers here who writes very well, but your way of PRESENTATION is outclass.
Keep sharing genuine stuff and stay blessed dear friend @purepinnay!

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Thank you that you like reading my blogs because of this I'm so inspired and I'm happy that my blog makes you feel that you are with us along the way. =)

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Sorry if my upvote didn't go through, wish I can give more but my Voting power is going down like crazy every day because of my autovoter and am doing manual upvotes ;D but I'll see you around and thank you for your loyalty, I really appreciate your support!

wow..what a beautiful photo dear @purepinay i love your post,, really you are so sweet

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He is the real friend who loves you with your life. Respect. Helping you stay on the right track. Rescued in danger. Trust in times of sadness. The price of true friendship increases day by day. Is deeper. Many may just praise you, but real friends show your mistakes. He also tried to improve it. There is nothing more valuable than a real friend.

Famous people said about these friendships. So many famous words ...

  • My friends are my empire ....

  • Those are unfortunate who have no real friends ...

  • It is better to walk in the dark than to walk alone in the light ....

  • Be slow to build friendships. But when you are in friendship, serve him regularly ...

  • True friendship grows as the tree grows slowly ...

  • A real friend will lead you forward ...

  • Rosa is a special kind of flower, a friend of a special kind of people ....

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100%vote, resteem and love dear @purepinay

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Thank you for the upvote and resteem. =)

Wow well I my country too getting passport is quite difficult too, well this is definitely a beautiful city, the horizon in general,and everything, this is so amazing

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Yes but anyway I was able to make it. =)

Got my passport in Dumaguete last year, too.. hahaha... Going there was double purpose... Passport and exploration.. lol.. xD

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Never expect how beautiful Dumaguete is, it was nice and refreshing. =)

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Dumaguete is so clean, too~!!! ^^ Daghan lang mga tricycle sa city center.. hahaha

This is good to know. My mom doesn't have a passport yet and always wanted to get one but getting an appointment in Cebu is impossible just like you pointed out. Maybe I can set an appointment for her in Dumaguete and then I can go with her para gala mode din kami after. Thanks for the info.

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Yes, you can do that, just have to be patient in looking for an appointment. =)

It was nice of you to visit Dumaguete, Gilaine. I grew up in Amlan, Negros Oriental - two towns away from Dumaguete - and Dumaguete has been part of my childhood. I also have friends and relatives there, so Dumaguete has a special place in my heart. Hahaha

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wow, taga Dumaguete ka pala kim, omg!! I really love Dumaguete kung millionarya lang ako bibili ako ng lupa at magbabahay ako sa dumaguete .:D hanggang ngayon hindi ako makamove on :D para kasi nasa ibang bansa kami ni Gilaine kay omg!! napakalinis at ang ganda ganda kasi.. I would love to go back back and go to the mountain (Mt. Manipis) taz mag camping don...wow!!! gustong gusto ko yon...hahahahah di ba Gilaine???sabi ni kuya magdala ng tent!!!hahahah and ohw the twin lake and apo island pa d i ,,,huhuhu pwede mobalik ugma??? hehehe

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Yes! Mt. Talinis. Balinsasayao Twin Lake and Apo Island.

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Seeing her pictures and her description of it, coupled with yours, it seems like the city is really nice. It actually looks pretty homely, a place where you can live at and feel like you don't need much more. I might be seeing too much where there actually isn't, but that's how I feel about it. I'm glad there's places like this around the world. My favorite moments have been spent in parts just like these.

You finally got there☺️ it's been an amazing post...... amazing photography everything looks soo good.....thanks for sharing with us

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Yes I was hesitant to go there at first but after everything we did in Dumaguete it's worth it actually. =)

Wawoo Gilaine .
Its awesome here. its very nice travelling visit and fun stuff. Thanks for update of your social steeming @purepinay
Its great article for steemian community as ever you sharing.
My support always with your blogs.
Stay blessed steem on

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Thank you for taking time to read and for suppporting every blog that I posted. =)

I am also planning to renew my passport in gumaguete since all cebu slots are alreasy filled. Its great that you have you passport already renewed. I guess ill be expecting more of your travel blogs soon with that passport ready for use. Hope to see you soon again miss @purepinay

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Go for it @josejirafa find a slot in Dumaguete much easier than getting and renewing here in Cebu. =)

I just discovered your blog @purepinay and I am loving it because I am also a traveler!
I didn't know about this place, it looks beautiful, I may add to my bucket list! Cheers

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Thank you for taking time to check my blog, yes you should add this place to your bucket list this is fun and exciting. =)

So is here in Uganda, it takes some marnouvering. Those who have more money are always worked on first. I love the pictures it must have been a trip full of experiences.

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Indeed this is an awesome trip anyway thank you for taking time to read have a good one! =)

Looks awesome!

wow, I'm so happy that you travel safely to your destination, you guys a lot of fun there.

I love all your photos.

have a great day @purepinay.

I promote your link new post in our steemitdavao group chat.

thanks and more power to you.

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Great @mrblu thank you for promoting my blog much appreciated and thanks for admiring our pictures. =)

Apart from the beautiful country Phils is, thats one of the downsides i guess, i remember applying a schengen visa (tourist visa for europe) for my gf in manila ....what a disaster that was hahahaha

Atleast you made it a nice siteseeing trip and got to catch the super blue blood moon (my goodness what a name lol)

Nice pictures! steem on!

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I know it's been like back and forth but good thing came out from the DFA experience and that's the experience we had with nature. =)

Gusto ko yung part na nakita nyo yung Super Blue Blood Moon, ganda ng view for sure. Lagay ko na yan sa dream destinations ko 😅😍😍

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Hi @khloyd yes, you should add this place to your bucket list. =)

Nice write up. Dumaguete is a beautiful place to be and your write up shows you had plenty fun. Lucky you to have a friend make the trip with you. Its always fun travelling with a friend seriously! Good post!

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I agree it's fun to travel with your friends I bet you love doing it as well. =)

HI Gilaine! Glad to hear from you again! The issue about getting appointment from DFA has been escalated. Hopefully, things will get better soon. By the way, I just found out that when you have a family member working for government or you yourself is a govt. employee, you need not to have an appointment in DFA. You can process your passport right there and then. Well, Dumaguete is a great place. Happy you enjoyed it somehow! :D

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Glad to hear that it has been escalated however got mine processed already. =)
Sadly I don't have any relatives working in the Government but that's okay thank you for your comment. =)

Picture of Dumaguete airport in the morning is gorgeous, theyre all good of course but I particularly liked that one !!
Hmmm, need a coffee within 30mins of waking ? Im going to buy you a kettle and stash of Nescafe 3in1 for Christmas ;-)
You keep safe, this has been my favourite place youve blogged about so far, looks like my kinda place. A little quiet, ocean beach and not too many foreigners......is there a Jollibee near that hotel please ? ;-)
As always, take care, be safe and be happy :-)

Hahahaha you travelled with your friend and left me behind. No fair i must say. Haha. So when am i joining? Hahaha love the part you said they wouldn't leave without you anyway and oh yes, they wouldn't. Yeah some uber drivers are actually nice too. So, what do you have for me on the trip? I want to join in the fun too. Say hey to your friend would you? Sometimes it is good to just head wherever your legs lead you. Glad it was a bit of fun for you. Duly deserved.

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It was fun anyway never regret this trip it's nice exploring the beauty of this awesome place. =)

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You, my friend, you are the awesome in that place that made the place an awesome place. You always leave the trail of your sweetness everywhere you go. You are so adorably cute. I like seeing your lively fun face.

a very interesting post

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Thank you @rifki.mufty do you love traveling as well?

AHHHH so beautiful we ned VIDEO from you girls more selfies more steepshot please teach more girls to use steem OMG you guys are gonabe Queens of Philipines!!!!

Wow, so awesome. When I like you

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Thank you. =)

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You're welcome, I want to come to here any you post Steemit

You really had fun. The pictures have spoken. Nice post too. !
By the way, you are beautiful!!!

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Thank you for appreciating my blog, you are beautiful too. =)

Very good visit
Tour loved it

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Thank you hope you will have time if any in case you visit Dumaguete to explore those place I mentioned above. =)

beautifull travel @purepinay thannks for shareing your injoyble moments dear!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thank you for taking time to read my blog, you should travel with your friends as well and post it here. =)

wow, you have to take a flight to somewhere to renew your passport? This just made me super grateful for the services in US haha. Great writing btw :)

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I know my partner even told me it didn't take him an hour to have his passport renewed the last time he visited his family in the US. =)

You two are having fun. Enjoy your vacay travel.. 😙😙

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We are back in Cebu @chingpherd it was a great experience in Dumaguete. =)

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Ohw! Good to hear. :)

It sounds more like you hard lots of fun...Philippines got some beautiful cities. I have never heard of Dumaguete till now. Thanks for taking our eyes along with you on the journey.

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Dumaguete is famous especially for tourist, mostly retiree from different countries settled there in Dumaguete. =)

I really like the trips you make
The money from the steemit is also helping you
or more on your money?

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Hahaha more on steemit of course. =)

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thx a lot for reply me

Quite the hassle for renewing your passport! At least you had picked a hotel close by :-)

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Yes it was @cryptotem but good thing I'm done and everything is all set. =)

Wow so much enjoyment...love to see it..!!

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Yes, got the chance of exploring Dumaguete finally actually I'm afraid of traveling since I've never been there but good thing I have Bon with me. =)

yes some of my friends went to Dumaguete for tht matter. it is really that easy. Good thing we public teachers we need not to set for an appoint na.. just knew it when im about to renew mine.

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I envy you, been doing it online and checking for the appointment it was not easy since slot sometimes shows full. =)

hi miss @purepinay 👶 our mom @zephalexia has been following you and is always amazed with your post since she started,and yes you are amazing inside and out, really a good example and inspiration for newbies like us. your blog today is just full of fun ,love and information , fun and love kasi po kasama mo si friend mo magtravel so it became a happy trip and another story for keeps for your friendship, informative kasi para mo po kaming tinour padumaguete, and infos on passport renewal. saka the photos are nice po, thanks for sharing this po, hope you'll notice us , God bless you more po 👶👍❤️❤️❤️

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Hi, thank you for appreciating my blog and tell your mom as well I'm so happy that you like it. =)
Yes, Dumaguete is a nice place to visit and I'm happy to share all of my experiences so that you all can get the idea if any in case you are planning to visit this place or getting a passport. =)

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thanks for noticing us po, take care always and God bless you more po 👶❤️❤️❤️

@purepinay Wow, I didn't know that it's quite hassle to renew passport in the Philippines. Fortunately, you've got it at Dumaguete and spent some great moment with your good friend, @bonjovey :)

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Hi @wilhb81, yes, now you know how hard it is lol. I'm so thankful that @bonjovey help me explore this awesome City. =)

Thanks for sharing your trip and tips,that will help some steemians who are planning to renew their passport in Dumaguete,and while waiting they already have the idea where to spend their time worthly.

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Thank you as well for taking time to read you can share it with your friends outside steemit so they could get an idea. =)

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Yip i will and thanks.Take care and Godbless you.

Congratulations @purepinay for you made to overcome the hassle renewal of passport. xoxo

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Yes glad I have my passport renewed and I'm going to travel soon. =)

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You deserve all the best in life @purepinay because you truly work hard. Take care and God bless the desires of your heart.

Pretty ladies :) ... enjoy the adventures! oh and the foooood =P @purepinay @bonjovey

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Thank you for taking time to read and yes we enjoy this awesome adventure looks refreshing for me since it was my first time in Dumaguete. =)

Wow, what a weekend vacation trip :D Happy Weekends, Cebu and Dumaguete

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I'm back in Cebu but thank you for taking time to read my blog. =)
Have you been to Dumaguete?

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I love reading your blog posts, am hooked ever since I stumbled here at steemit. Yup been there once but for only a day tour. huhuhu but t'was a great experience :D

Different color of moods in a single post. Great write-up like ever before. By the way,we have the same problem when we need passport here in our country.

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Thank you so much for appreciating my blog well, we need a new system to be able to have this process easily. =)

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Yes, the underdeveloped countries need better system.

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I hope you are doing well. I look forward to your next blog ;) Happy Steeming!

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Thank you @stevekelly sure I'll visit your page and I've been to Thailand as well with my partner I posted some awesome blog about our trip. =)

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Share the link to your post. I'm always keen to read about Thailand

You are prettier than your friend :p have a great journey.

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I believe we are both beautiful. =)

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Yeah, Everything in the universe is beautiful. we just need kind eyes to see them.

Very beautiful....@purepinay

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Thank you @starzy how are you?

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I am having fun reading your post 👑👑👑!!! Thanks for sharing it with us @purepinay....

This post makes me think of planning a holiday. The photos in a hotel room, the boarding the plane photos. Damn I wanna go on a holiday now.

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Hahaha @blog-beginner book your plane ticket and explore Dumaguete. =)

Wow...what an opportunity to explore the city proper of Dumaguete. At least, you spent the day significantly no waste of time while waiting for the day of your appointment. Thank you @purepinay you give me some information what to do just in case i will not be able to get an appointment here in cebu for the renewal of my passport later this year.

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My pleasure @chameh hope it helps you plan your next trip and hope it really inspired you to visit Dumaguete. =)

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Too nice of you. It stir me up to visit Dumaguete even before the needs to renew my passport. It's just that i will be leaving for Germany early next. But prior to that scheduled travel, looking forward to see you and finally meet you in person this Sunday for the 7th Cebu steemit bloggers' meetup.

That is an excellent way to renew your passport! Create a trip around it!

Also, "bahala na system” which means “whatever”" I will introduce this system in the Netherlands!

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Hahaha we Filipinos are known for this "bahala na system" but anyway got my passport renewed and happy to be back in Cebu. =)

a very pleasant visit

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Yes it was have you been to Dumaguete?

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I have never, definitely a very beautiful city

Really one thing I can get from “work hard and party even harder” . Hope I would travel all those places with my steem ;)

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Yes you can do that just be consistent and work yourself up and you will get a reward out of it that you can use when you travel in the future. =)

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Thanks for your kind words . You’re my inspiration 🙂

Congratulations @purepinay ! Goodluck on your international travels soon :)

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Thank you and it's a mix emotion as of this moment, I'm excited and a little nervous but I'm happy. =)

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You're welcome ! :)

Take care and Enjoy your trip. Hopefully I can make my appointment in DFA by next year. :)

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You can have the appointment as soon as you can and you can choose the available date no need to wait for next year. =)

Really nice views dear @purepinay

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Indeed it was @uniquegem and great food. =)

Very beautiful) Charming nature and your photos are amazing))

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Thank you indeed, it was fun visiting those amazing spot in Dumaguete. =)

Looking good

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You are welcome

Very nice travel, lovely pic, amazing post, thanks for sharing

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My pleasure to share this awesome trip with you guys. =)

I went to renew my passport recently also, the waiting room was freezing me into an icicle waiting so long lol but I did get through, just waiting for it to be processed to actually have it now. Maybe when I get steem rich I'd visit the Philippines and try some balut LOL (totally joking btw) I don't think I could ever do the "bahala na system” but I can see how it can be an adventure especially when you're with someone else to share confused faces 😂

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I hated balut for how many years hahaha but it's delicious it takes courage to try one. lol

nice place

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Thank you =)

Amazing place. You are so lucky to live near there. I live in the desert. It's just rocks and dirt. LOL. It's good to follow you. These posts really make my day. Keep it up.

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Thank you for taking your time to read my blog, from where are you btw?

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Sorry. I've been busy. I am from Arizona. Looks something like this:

And this

purepinay (64)great congratulations on appointment and nice of you to visit Dumaguete, Gilaine. I wish to visit same beautiful places in future .

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Thanks for visiting my blog, I wish you could visit Dumaguete soon. =)

Good place visit to dumaguete
It's a beautiful place
I aslo love to visit their once

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Yes you should visit Dumaguete you will love the food as well. =)

travels are increase our knowledge @purepinay thanks mem for shareing

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No problem, my pleasure to post this amazing blog. =)