Sunday, February 13, 2011

To Rub Elbows with the Beer Lovers


With Homer J Simpson and Bender Bending Rodriquez

Shoes painted by my mustache

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Stumbling into Simply J's Cafe

Look what Mustachio chanced upon

Simply J's Cafe

What shall Mustachio order?

Lengua con champignon, kani salad, garlic rice

And a mango/pineapple ice box cake for dessert. Délicieux!

Now some table napkins to wipe ze food off ze mustache!

What did Mustachio stumble into? A quiet little restaurant called Simply J's Cafe.

Did Mustachio mention where Simply J's Cafe is? No, but I will tell you. It's at 10 Apitong corner Escario Street, Kamputhaw, Cebu City. If you don't know where that is, check Google Maps, or call them at 505 8315 for directions.

Can Mustachio eat there everyday? Only if his week has no Sundays and only if he has at least a hundred in his pocket.

Did Mustachio enjoy his dinner? Didn't he just exclaim "Délicieux!"???

How this chance encounter bore a hole thru Mustachio's pocket:
Kani Salad Php 100
Lengua con Champignon Php 200
Garlic Rice Php 30
Mango/Pineapple Ice Box Cake Php 80

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Shores of Esperanza

Mustachio's big breakfast at the port

Aboard the Super Shuttle Ferry...a two-hour ride that stretched to three 

The reward after an hour on the road and three hours at sea: Bakhaw Beach 

Guarding the packs while deciding whether...

to tent...

...or to rent?

No eateries on this part of the island, but Mustachio came prepared! 

This is dinner. 

Reconnoitering up a tree

 The bench press behind the cottages of Keshe

Relaxing in the open cottage

Shall we go boating?

Or would you prefer swimming? 

Exploring the other corners of Esperanza

Mustachio's secret castle

On a lantay by the beach 

Chillin' on a coconut on another beach in Esperanza

Where does one sleep when stranded in Camotes with limited funds?

In the Bible Baptist Chapel. Indeed, Jesus saves.
Where the heck is Esperanza? Northwest of Pacijan Island. Pacijan Island is one of the four islands of Camotes, the other three being Poro, Tulang, and Ponson.

What's at Esperanza? Bakhaw beach and more beaches I don't know the names of.

And Bakhaw beach? Perfect place for pitching a tent. But if camping isn't your thing, there are two places to sleep in: Borromeo's Bahay Bakasyonan [0999 703 5704] and Keshe Resort [0929 892 5792]. Both rent out rooms/cottages for Php 1200 a night. There are a few small stalls at the end of the beach selling drinks and junk food. No restaurants 'round here but you can ask the caretaker of the resort to prepare meals. Ask them hours ahead as they still have to go to the town to buy ingredients.

What's there to do at Bakhaw Beach? Relax. Swim. Snooze. Explore.

Be prepared. The journey across the sea to the islands of Camotes is often bumpy. Don't forget your medicine and your barf bag. There are no ATMs at Pacijan Island so bring extra moolah in case you get stranded. 

If you do get stranded...good luck. 

How this trip bore a hole thru Mustachio's pocket:
Jeepney from hiway Mandaue to Danao Port Php 25
Super Shuttle Ferry to Consuelo (Pacijan Island) Php 180
Danao Port terminal fee Php 5
Big breakfast at Danao Port Php 62
Jeepney from Consuelo Port to Bakhaw Beach Php 100
Cottage at Keshe Resort Php 800 (from Php 1200. Haggle haggle haggle!)
Habalhabal from Bakhaw Beach to Consuelo Port Php 100
MV Jomalia from Consuelo to Danao Php 180
Minibus from Danao to Mandaue Php 25