I will come again, Camiguin!

Disclaimer: This is a long post with a lot of group pictures. :p

Last January, my friends and I went down south to finally experience Mindanao. It was our first trip together and my first out of town trip this year. Being too excited, I was the first one to arrive at the airport; also because I opted to go straight from the office. It was almost forever since the last time I flew and I missed the moment of waiting for your flight and the ambiance of the departure area.

Laguindingan Airport View
The view from Laguindingan Airport.

We arrived at the Laguindingan Airport at around 2:00 p.m. There were vans outside the arrival area that are available to give a lift to the town proper for P199.00 per person. We managed to score a Toyota Innova for P150.00 per person to send us to our booked place. 🙂

There was a little misunderstanding when we arrived at the condo unit I booked for us. The security guards on duty were confused with the name of the owner of the unit. We were able to get in after roughly 40 minutes.

Since we didn’t have any plans for our first day in Cagayan De Oro, we just hung out a bit at our rented place and decided to go to the mall which is fortunately just outside the condo. We got back after stuffing ourselves with late lunch and scheduled a movie date in the evening. 😀

This is us fooling around inside the condo unit. 😀


We headed to Balingoan Port early morning of the next day to catch the ferry boat bound for Camiguin Island. The ticket costs P170.00 plus the extra payments (environmental fee, etc. which costs P15.00 and P2.00) per person. It was a slow ride to Camiguin Island; the ferry took an hour to reach Benoni Port. From there, we started our Camiguin Island adventure! 🙂

We booked The Yellow House for our 3 day-stay in Camiguin. The place was a bit difficult to locate because the locals were not very familiar with it. But the owner Ate Nena was helpful enough to instruct the drivers how to get there. The place was very solemn — something that you would mistake for a retreat house; the very calm caretaker Manilyn made it even more relaxing. 🙂

The four of us are probably the laziest people in the world; we just stayed indoors until around 3:00 p.m. to check out the White Island. We reached the white beach through habal-habal. The ticket for a boat ride from the port to the island costs around P170.00 per person. Below are some of the pictures we took while on the White Island. 🙂

boat to wi
My squad’s boat ride to the White Island.
White Island pano
The White Island

white island

One more groufie on this beautiful place. 😉

We were also lucky to witness a union on the beach. We were hoping we didn’t photobomb some of their pictures. Haha 😀

The White Island wedding.

When we got back to The Yellow House, we asked Manilyn if she can cook us dinner. She was hesitant at first but said yes after asking Ate Nena to do it. Haha, poor Manilyn. But hey, her adobo was very good. 😉

The day after was planned for touring around Camiguin — that includes checking out the falls, springs (hot and cold), ruins, and a lot more. Below are the pictures we took from the tour.

old volc
That’s the Old Volcano in the background. Haha, kind of.

old church ruins

This is me, walking around the Old Church Ruins because why not. 😀 I really loved the small castle in the background.

camel tree
That tree in the background is more than a hundred years old. They call it the Camel Tree for a reason we forgot to ask.
sunken cemetery
The Sunken Cemetery.
cold spring
Cold Spring.
Us at Katibawasan Falls.
Me and the Katibawasan Falls.

It was indeed a great vacation. The locals were very kind, too. I would love to go back there probably just to relax or buy as many Pastel as I can. 😀

One last look at the island of Camiguin:

camiguin island
Camiguin Island.

I will definitely Camiguin (come again)! 😉

I will come again, Camiguin!

Ryuma Restaurant

A good friend of mine is leaving for Japan on Sunday morning. A few weeks back, we met in a coffee shop in Alabang to catch up, since we haven’t seen each other for almost three years. After spending more or less 5 hours of talking about each other’s life, we planned to do it again right before she leaves. We are both fascinated by Japanese culture (anime, J-Pop, J-Dorama, et al), so she suggested perhaps stuff ourselves with authentic Japanese cuisine.

There’s a new Japanese Restaurant near our place called Ryuma Restaurant. It is located in Paseo de Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa City, Laguna. I read tons of good reviews about it, some say it’s hard to explain the Ryuma experience unless you’ve been there often enough. We decided to meet there today with a few friends from college, surprisingly, it ended up like a small reunion.

Enclosed in glass cabinets, Japanese-inscribed messages all over the place, well-lit and people in native Japanese costumes, you may find it a bit intimidating. But what many people are not aware of is that this restaurant gives its customers much more than just authentically prepared dishes.

Warm greetings in Nihongo from the crew will welcome you right before you enter the restaurant. The place is filled with different kinds of toys, they welcome kids below 10 years old with free ice cream, pop corn and sometimes, cotton candy. Plus a chance to spin a wheel and win a toy (that’s really nice). Like a normal Japanese, we were asked to remove our shoes before we proceed to our dining table. We didn’t sit on the floor though, but we sat on a tiny chair covered with white cloth. It’s not really convenient for a tall guy like me; I bumped my knee against the dining table several times. Another perk, professional drivers get free lunch too (well-off dads and boyfriends who claim to be drivers are not included) and if you are celebrating your birthday, you will get a cake. You just have to present your ID with your date of birth for proof. 😉

Ryuma restaurant sells daily lunch meals ranging from P100 to P200 and this includes soup, salad, meal, dessert and house tea. It’s really affordable compared to other Japanese Restaurants in the metro, sushis on the other hand range from 100 to 300.

One of the best things in Ryuma is the band that approaches each table to perform at least 2 songs. They asked us to request any song, I asked them to play Mas que nada (the famous Brazilian song) one of my favorites. I was expecting they’ll ask for something else but no, they played it right away. They were really great! All of us ended up dancing.

Albeit, Ryuma Restaurant appears to be incomprehensible because of its uncommon interior design and really bright lights, I’m pretty sure you are going to love it. I could not resist myself from taking pictures of the dishes for it was beautifully done. So, scroll down the page and drool on with some of my shots.

California Maki

Ryuma Restaurant - Tamago


Ryuma Restaurant Tonkotsu Ramen

Tonkutsu Ramen

Ryuma Restaurant Sauce Yakisoba

Sauce Yakisoba

Ryuma Restaurant Agedashi Dofu

Agedashi Dofu

Ryuma Restaurant Seafood Ramen

Seafood Ramen

Ryuma Restaurant

Ryuma Restaurant

The fact that this is the nearest Japanese restaurant from my place that serves authentic Japanese cuisine will make me go here over and over again. It was a really great experience. But of course, I can not deny that the main reason it was a fun night is because of the people I am with. Nothing beats a simple pig-out night with best buddies. I will see you again, Ryuma!

おやすみなさい みんな。


Ryuma Restaurant