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Cebu-Tagbilaran

Tagbilaran-Cebu

6.00 am

7.05 am

9.30 am

9.30 am

1.50 pm

11.35 am

3.35 pm

4.10 pm

6.00 pm

5.30 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

Cebu-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P800 one-way regular fare

Libre-balik promo of P800 is still available, subject to change without prior notice. (for Cebu and Tagbilaran routes only)

Cebu-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P500 one-way promo fare
Cebu-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P800 roundtrip 
promo fare

Advanced purchased promo fare rates:

  • 1 day before departure date P400 one-way or roundtrip promo fare (open air accommodation only)
  • 2 days before departure date P500 one-way or roundtrip promo fare
  • week before departure date P400 one-way or roundtrip promo fare
  • weeks before departure date P300 one-way or roundtrip promo fare

*terminal fee not yet included

Ocean Fast Ferries, Inc.
Pier 1, Cebu Pier Area Cebu City, Cebu Philippines
Contact 
OceanJet at +63 (32) 255-7560 or e-mail at info@oceanjet.net

(via Tagbilaran)

Cebu-Dumaguete

Dumaguete-Cebu

6.00 am

7.30 am

3.35 pm

2.20 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

Cebu-Dumaguete & vice versa- P900 one-way regular fare

(via Tagbilaran &Dumaguete)

Cebu-Dapitan

Dapitan-Cebu

6.00 am

12.20 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

Cebu-Dapitan & vice versa- P1250 one-way regular fare

(via Tagbilaran &Dumaguete)

Cebu-Siquijor

Siquijor-Cebu

3.35 pm

6.00 am

Schedule may change without prior notice.

Cebu-Siquijor & vice versa- P950 one-way regular fare

Dumaguete-Dapitan

Dapitan-Dumaguete

10.00 am

12.20 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

Dapitan-Dumaguete & vice versa- P650 one-way regular fare

Dumaguete-Siquijor

Siquijor-Dumaguete

7.40 pm

6.00 am

Schedule may change without prior notice.

Dumaguete-Siquijor & vice versa- P200 one-way regular fare

(via Dumaguete)

Tagbilaran-Dapitan

Dapitan-Tagbilaran

10.00 am

12.20 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

Dapitan-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P650 one-way regular fare

(via Dumaguete)

Siquijor-Tagbilaran

Tagbilaran-Siquijor

6.00 am

5.45 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

Siquijor-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P700 one-way regular fare

Dumaguete-Tagbilaran

Tagbilaran-Dumaguete

7.30 am

8.00 am

2.20 pm

5.45 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

Dumaguete-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P650 one-way regular fare

Bacolod-IloIlo

IloIlo-Bacolod

6.15 am

6.15 am

7.45 am

7.45 am

9.15 am

9.15 am

10.45 am

10.45 am

12.45 pm

12.45 pm

2.15 pm

2.15 pm

3.45 pm

3.45 pm

5.15 pm

5.15 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

Bacolod-IloIlo & vice versa- P350 round trip promo fare
*Contact ticketing office for promo availability

Camiguin – Balingoan – Camiguin

Camiguin-Balingoan & vice versa- P250 one-way promo fare
Camiguin-Balingoan & vice versa- P300 one-way regular fare

Jagna – Balingoan – Jagna

Advanced purchased promo fare rates:

  • 2 days before departure date P700 one-way promo fare
  • Same day departure date P750 one-way promo fare
  • 2 days before departure date P1100 libre balik promo fare
  • Same day departure date P1300 libre balik promo fare

(daily)

Camotes-Cebu Cebu-Camotes

6:00 am

5:30 pm

Jagna-Camiguin-Balingoan

Jagna-Camiguin

Jagna-Balingoan
9:30 am

9:30 pm

Camiguin-Balingoan Balingoan-Camiguin

12:20 pm

1:30 pm

Balingoan-Jagna

Camiguin-Jagna

1:30 am

2:20 pm

Jagna(BOHOL)-Benoni(CAMIGUIN)-Balingoan(MIS. ORIENTAL) (available soon)

Oceanjet Website

 

last updated 4 Nov 2011
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Cebu-Tagbilaran

Tagbilaran-Cebu

9.00 am

7.00 am

2.00 pm

11.20 am

6.30 pm

4.30 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

Cebu-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P500 one-way promo fare

Avail Roundtrip promo fare by:

  • presenting used one-way ticket and add P100 if return trip is within 3 days from the first travel date
  • presenting used one-way ticket and add P200 if return trip is within 4-7days from the first travel date
  • presenting used one-way ticket and add P300 if return trip is within 8-15days from the first travel date

Cebu Ticket Office
Pier 4 North Reclamation Area, Cebu City (Beside former Water Jet Terminal)
Tel No.: (032) 412-9562 / 231-7737
Mobile: +63-922-8660-347 / +63-917-7104-967
Email address: cebu@weesamexpress.com

Tagbilaran Ticket Office
Tagbilaran PPA Terminal
Tel. No.: 038-501-8223
Mobile: +63-917-3015-749 / +63-922-8660-336
Email address: tag@weesamexpress.com

Dumaguete-Tagbilaran

Tagbilaran-Dumaguete

2.00 pm

8.10 am

Schedule may change without prior notice.

(Temporarily cancelled)

Ormoc-Cebu

Cebu-Ormoc

8.00 am

10.45 am

1.30 pm

4.30 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

Ormoc City ticketing office: +63 (53) 561-0080; +63-922-8660-343; +63-917-3018-551

IloIlo-Bacolod

Bacolod-IloIlo

6.30 am

6.30 am

8.15 am

8.15 am

10.15 am

10.15 am

12.15 pm

12.15 pm

2.00 pm

2.00 pm

3.30 pm

3.30 pm

5.10 pm

5.10 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

P450 roundtrip promo fare  (First Class)
P370 roundtrip promo fare  (Economy)
P330 one-way fare (First Class)
P280 one-way fare (Economy)

*Contact ticketing office for promo availability

Iloilo City ticketing office: +63-922-8660-342  

Weesam website

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Dreams and Goals

Do you have a dream?  Everything begins with a dream.  A dream is what you want to be, to have, to become at a future point. It is your aspiration; your most desirable. It will take every action possible. It’s a big cajuna. The dream should be yours—so to say, it’s my dream. You can share it but it’s still yours. It should be important to you. They do not die. Keep your dreams alive. In pursuing your dream, there may be obstacles and doubts. But you should fold them. These obstacles may be money; friends who doubted in your dreams. Fold them. Keep them away. You must be passionate about this dream. Passion is an extra thing that keeps us going. Your dream must be exciting to you or else it will be nothing. It will not be a dream; it’ll be just something else. Goals, however, are desired outcomes. It’s what you want to realize within a period of time. These are steps one must climb to reach their dreams. In setting goals, there are few guidelines. It must be specific. You don’t just say, I want to lose weight. Say, I want to lose 20 lbs in 2 months. It makes the goal more compelling. It must be big. Don’t start small. If you start small, tendency is if you can’t make it, you will end up with nothing. But if you start big, somehow you’ll end up with something better than nothing. Set realistic goals. Don’t set impossible ones. Don’t say I want to lose 20 lbs in 2 days. Set attainable goals. Concrete goals are reachable. Losing weight without doing something about is unattainable. Set measurable and long-term goals. Now attack these goals with passion. You have to set your standards high. Separate others who aren’t pushing themselves… who haven’t accepted the status quo. Set priority for your goals. Overcome procrastination. If you can do it now, why wait? Take action to realize the full potential of your opportunities— even when it hurts. If it hurts, it means it is working and you can appreciate the efforts better. Once you have a dream, you must create various goals that will move you forward towards achieving that dream. Realizing your dreams and working on the goals are not easy. You should sacrifice. Face the fears. Be courageous and self-reliant. Take risks and most especially trust yourself. Winning is easy. The persistence of a person who always wins can never tested. Struggling or losing is hard. People who struggle, crushed and smashed but still get up have more experiences in life that will make them better persons. Be passionate to make your dreams into a reality. Now, what’s the difference between a dream and a goal?  For me, Dreams have no specific target when to achieve it but goal has a set target on when exactly to accomplish it.  Before, I have a vague dream but now, my dream is to own a two-storey house with a swimming pool and a garden that I designed which will be in sight in Consolacion, Cebu 10 years from now. How about you? What’s your dream? Have you set goals to reach it?

source: Albert Mensa’s audio presentation of Dreams & Goals

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Cebu-Tagbilaran

Tagbilaran-Cebu

8.30 am

10.30 am

12.30 pm

2.30 pm

4.30 pm

6.30 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

P800 one-way regular fare
P520 one-way promo fare

SuperCat offers P300 return trip promo for Cebu-Tagbilaran & vice versa UPON PURCHASE of a one way fare of P520 (exclusive of terminal fee). Return trip must be within ONE WEEK from the first travel date. For more details, contact customer care +63 (32) 233-7000 or email at scat-customer care @ SuperCat.com.ph

Supercat Fast Ferry Corporation (SFFC)
Pier 4, North Reclamation Area
Cebu City, Philippines Tel: +63 (32) 232-4511 to 16

Tagbilaran City, Philippines
Address: POOC PANTALAN, TAGBILARAN CITY
Phone/Fax: +63 (38) 501-8380

Bacolod-IloIlo

IloIlo-Bacolod

6.00 am

7.30 am

9.00 am

10.30 am

12.00 pm

1.30 pm

3.15 pm

5.00 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

P350 one-way promo fare  
P460 round trip promo fare  *Contact ticketing office for availability

Through the non-aircon accommodation rates, you have the option to purchase a cheaper fare rate. One way fare for Bacolod-Iloilo route is P200.

For more details, contact:
Bacolod ticketing office: +63 (34) 707-7227
Iloilo ticketing office: +63 (34) 508-7227

Calapan-Batangas

Batangas-Calapan

4.45 am

6.30 am

6.30 am

8.30 am

8.30 am

10.30 am

10.30 am

12.30 pm

12.30 pm

2.45 pm

2.45 pm

5.00 pm

5.00 pm

6.45 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

P300 one-way promo fare

Through the non-aircon accommodation rates, you have the option to purchase a cheaper fare rate.  One way fare for the Calapan-Batangas route is P230.

For more details, contact:
Calapan contact numbers:    +63 (43) 288-3179 and 288-3258
Batangas contact number:    +63 (43) 723-8227

Cebu-Ormoc

Ormoc-Cebu

5.45 am

8.20 am

11.00 am

1.45 pm

4.40 pm

7.15 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

P695 one-way promo fare

For more details, contact:
CEBU Office:     +63 (32) 233-7000
ORMOC Office:     +63 (53) 561-9818

Supercat website  

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Egg-citing Eggs

Chocolate Easter EggsEgg Hunting on a fine Easter Sunday?  An egg hunt is a game during Easter season which hard-boiled painted eggs are hidden for children to find.  But today, Easter Chocolate Eggs are much more famous.  The egg is widely used to represent the start of a new life practiced by Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus.  I remember when I was younger; we did Easter Egg Hunt and painted some eggs.  I don’t know but there is an unexplained bliss in painting these eggs.  You get to personalize them, paint the face of your enemy then smash ‘em.  Of course as a kid, I painted those awful zigzagged patterns, scary polka dots, zebra stripes that don’t really look like one and some horrible emoticons.  Even so, I was so proud of it. Finding these eggs on a hunt makes it so exciting especially if you have collected the most.  Eggs, however, get very unlucky.  They either get rolled, picked on, boiled, harassed, smashed, toyed, dodged and messed up.  But they all look adorable during this season.  All glammed up with fancy decorations.

In another egg-related topic, my sister once made eggs with cheese.  I love cheese!  I can totally munch them in seconds.  But I don’t like eggs.  I even order a “tapsilog” without the egg.  Weird, right? If I eat with somebody who happens to describe egg as heaven, she can have all my egg she wants.  I don’t eat eggs.  Not because I’m susceptible to it but I just simply don’t like it.  I don’t enjoy eating them as much as I enjoy any cholesterol-rich food.  But eggs with cheese, this I like!  Totally changed my point of view on eggs.  This is a better egg in an egg-citing way.  I made my version.

  • Crack eggs into a bowl.  Beat them.
  • Add a tablespoon of milk (optional).  I use fresh milk.  It’s what I saw first in my fridge.  The milk keep the eggs light and fluffy.
  • Whisk the eggs and milk until it’s blended well.
  • Add a generous measure of quickmelt cheese or a regular cheese.  Whatever’s available in your fridge.  Make sure the cheese is melted or at least already soft.
  • In a non-stick pan, add a tablespoon of butter and turn the heat down.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the pan when the butter turned bubbly.
  • Cook the eggs over medium heat until you see the edges start to appear firm.  Stir in the eggs with a silicone or wooden spatula to begin to scramble.
  • Continue cooking while stirring them often with the spatula until you see that the cheese completely melts.
  • Lower the heat to low when the eggs seem to cooked.

DISCLAIMER:  I do not own the Easter Chocolate Eggs photo.

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BoatOCEANJET SCHEDULE

Cebu-Tagbilaran

Tagbilaran-Cebu

Dumaguete-Tagb

Tagb-Dumaguete

6.00 am

7.05 am

7.30 am

8.00 am

9.30 am

9.30 am

2.20 pm

5.45 pm

1.50 pm

11.35 am

3.35 pm

4.10 pm

6.00 pm

5.30 pm

Dapitan-Tagbilaran 

(via Dum)

Tagbilaran-Dapitan

(via Dum)

Siquijor-Tagbilaran

(via Dum)

Tagbilaran-Siquijor

(via Dum)

12.20 pm

8.00 am

6.00 am

5.45 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

 Cebu-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P800 one-way regular fare

Libre-balik promo of P800 is still available, subject to change without prior notice. (for Cebu and Tagbilaran routes only)

Cebu-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P500 one-way promo fare
Cebu-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P800 roundtrip promo fare

Advanced purchased promo fare rates:

  • ONE (1) day before departure date P400 one-way or roundtrip promo fare (open air accommodation only)
  • TWO (2) days before departure date P500 one-way or roundtrip promo fare
  • ONE (1) week before departure date P400 one-way or roundtrip promo fare
  • TWO (2) weeks before departure date P300 one-way or roundtrip promo fare

*terminal fee is not yet included

Dumaguete-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P650 (tourist); P850 (business class)
Dapitan-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P900 (tourist); P1200 (business class)
Siquijor-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P700 (tourist); P1000 (business class)

Ocean Fast Ferries, Inc.
Pier 1, Cebu Pier Area Cebu City, Cebu Philippines
Contact OceanJet at +63 (32) 255-7560 or e-mail at info@oceanjet.net

WEESAM EXPRESS SCHEDULE

Cebu-Tagbilaran

Tagbilaran-Cebu

Dumaguete-Tagb

Tagb-Dumaguete

9.00 am

7.00 am

2.00 pm

8.10 am

2.00 pm

11.20 am

6.30 pm

4.30 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

Cebu-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P500 one-way promo fare

Avail Roundtrip promo fare by:

  • presenting used one-way ticket and add P100 if return trip is within 3 days from the first travel date
  • presenting used one-way ticket and add P200 if return trip is within 4-7days from the first travel date
  • presenting used one-way ticket and add P300 if return trip is within 8-15days from the first travel date

Dumaguete- to be updated (temporarily cancelled)

Weesam Cebu Ticket Office Pier 4 North Reclamation Area, Cebu City
Contact Number: +63 (032) 412-9562 / 231-7737
Email address: cebu@weesamexpress.com

SUPERCAT SCHEDULE

Cebu-Tagbilaran

Tagbilaran-Cebu

8.30 am

10.30 am

12.30 pm

2.30 pm

4.30 pm

6.30 pm

Schedule may change without prior notice.

Cebu-Tagbilaran & vice versa- P520 one-way promo fare

SuperCat offers P300 return trip promo for Cebu-Tagbilaran & vice versa UPON PURCHASE of a one way fare of P520 (exclusive of terminal fee). Return trip must be within ONE WEEK from the first travel date. For more details, contact customer care +63 (32) 233-7000 or email at scat-customer care @ SuperCat.com.ph

SuperCat Fast Ferry Corporation (SFFC)
Pier 4, North Reclamation Area
Cebu City, Philippines Tel: +63 (032) 232-4511 to 16

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Wow! Bohol

It’s summertime!  And for most us, it means time to treat ourselves a cozy trip vacation.  What’s an ideal destination for a trip?  Bohol!  You’ll have the sun, the sand, the sea and the scenery all in one place.  And do you know that you can find all these in a day or two?  That’s right!  If you have a tight budget or just sneak out a weekend from your busy lifestyle, you can still enjoy a little piece of heaven.

You can reach Bohol conveniently by boat or plane.  You’ll probably want to take the plane ride for around 70 minutes travel if you come from Manila.   Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Zest Air and Air Philippines are among the airlines that you can choose from which lots of flights have.  If you come via Cebu, you can take a boat ride (Oceanjet, Weesam or Supercat) which will take you a couple of hours to get to the city proper of Bohol, Tagbilaran City.

There are lots of vans and cars that can offer you a deal for a Day Tour. But for your convenience, visit http://www.jmj-transport.com/, they offer great packages. If you don’t want a package, you can just avail their affordable and reasonable transportation services for the Bohol Day Tour which pretty much covers every tourist destination.

For backpackers, this is a perfect itinerary.

Let’s say, around 7am, your ride will pick you up from your hotel or port.  This is a long ride so you better pack food just enough before lunch.

First stop, Blood Compact Site.  It’s a historical site when the Spaniard conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi and the local native chieftain Rajah Sikatuna pledged peace and strengthened their treaty of friendship in a historic Blood Compact on 1565.  A bronze statue lies exactly where this historical event happened.

Next stop is Baclayon Church.  Not too far from the city.  A structure of heritage built during the Spanish colonial era.  This is the oldest church in the Philippines with its original coralline limestone still preserved.    They are strict with the dress code inside the church so be prepared to have a bandanna or piece of cloth to cover yourself if you are wearing sleeveless and shorts.  You can find old church relics in their small museum.

Say hello to Bohol’s biggest and longest python Prony in Alburquerque.  This 23-foot 300-kg python is the star of Albur. Entrance fee is 30 pesos.

Now, off to the town of Loboc.  Also known for their Floating restaurants that cruise along Loboc River.  The hour long cruise includes all-you-can-eat buffet meal, live music and a stop to the locals dancing Filipino folk dances by the bank (you actually have to give donation).

While feasting and enjoying the surreal green landscape, it travels upstream and ends at Busay Falls, a small waterfall then make its way back to the dock.  Some tourists take a dip here (that is if they will take the motorized banca). All of these for 300 pesos but on top of that is a hundred pesos government tax.  I don’t know why it’s charged separately but that’s how they do it.

Now in the same town, you can see the tarsier. You can actually take pictures to this cute creature.  It has enormous eyes but a teeny tiny eyeball and can twist their head 180 degrees.  It’s the smallest living primate in the world and considered endangered.  It’s a nocturnal animal and eats insects.  And do you know that tarsiers are sometimes suicidal?  They bang their heads onto a tree when they get upset.  There is no entrance fee here but I guess donating any amount is encouraged.

Now, who wants to race at the hanging bridge?  A few kilometers from Loboc is Sevilla wherein you can experience crossing over a river through a bamboo hanging bridge.  It’s actually scary to cross especially when it sways and bounce with every little step you make.  But you’re already there; why not just make the most of your trip!  You may ask if there’s a fee for making sure you have conquered your fear of heights?  Yes, there is a fee of 10 pesos.

The road you will take is the “tinai’g manok” (chicken intestine) as what locals call them because of the winding curves of the road.  It will take you through Bilar Manmade Forest with thick, tall mahogany trees lining up like stiff soldiers.  It is said that Boy Scouts during early years painstakingly planted it and grew mightily over the years creating a lush canopy that allows less sunlight to penetrate through the road underneath.

And for the provincial pride, the infamous Chocolate Hills at Carmen.   Two of the highest hills have been developed and provided with facilities such as a restaurant and a deck.  Climb at the highest hill through the cemented stairs where you can conveniently see the lower surrounding hills.  These dome-shaped hills are spread all over the towns of Carmen, Sagbayan and Batuan.  Approximately, 1,268 haycock hills are formed centuries ago by tidal movements.  During summer, these hills turn brown, transforming the area into seemingly endless rows of chocolate kisses.  Entrance fee is around 50 pesos.

On your way back, you can stop by at the Butterfly Sanctuary in Bilar and relive your grade school lesson about metamorphosis.  The butterflies here are not afraid of people.  It perches on your hair on a daily basis.  Well, not for long coz we all know they have a very short life span.  Entrance fee is around 20 pesos.

Now for your last stop is your resort accommodation in Panglao.  You can enjoy pristine beaches with powdery white sand.   Relax all you want with the clear waters and the friendly sun.  Resorts also have kayaks and jet skis that you can rent.  For most resorts, check-in time is around 1pm and check out time is 12 noon.

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