High Blood Station: a Delicate Taboo

Believe it or not, it took us two days to find this place. Actually, just two lunch periods. But we literally went around Mabolo just to find this place they call High Blood station.

Pareng Vic’s Carenderia is known to locals as High blood station, though I’ve seen some posts online naming it Hi-Blood station –  I don’t think there’s a difference at all. It’s just nicknames people created to describe what you will see, and probably experience in this place.

It is just a typical carenderia or a small diner in the heart of Mabolo (here is its foursquare, so you can check it ). It’s not the most accessible place nor does it have a good parking area, but people drive their way, or commute to  Pareng Vic’s Carenderia for lunch breaks (just like we did) or for early dinner.

Though the price of the food here is not like your neighbor’s carenderia, it is most reasonable. Their servings here large enough for you to request for an extra rice and a bottle mountain dew, and maybe even a puff on your cigarette after eating.

So why high blood? No it’s not the service, the people serving the place are actually really nice. The place?  Well, probably because again it’s not accessible and by the time you found a parking spot you probably are starving-  but no it’s not that.

Let me give you a sneak peak of what they have on their menu:

 

 

Pareng Vic's Sinigang
Pareng Vic’s Sinigang

 

Pareng Vic's Pochero
Pareng Vic’s Pochero

 

Pareng Vic's Crispy Dinuguan
Pareng Vic’s Crispy Dinuguan

 

Pareng Vic's Ginabot
Pareng Vic’s Ginabot

Cholesterol for Free!!  No! not Cholesterol Free, but cholesterol for free  on almost every dish you order. They also have the pork bagoong which didn’t make until the food pictorial because it was on someone’s tummy already 🙂 .And they have  a whole lot of good food. and I mean GOOOD food.

It’s not the best idea to dine here everyday, but to dine here at least even once (a month) is a good way to indulge on something your doctor might give you that stern look you’ll remember as you eat. But then again, if you’re on medication, uhm, check with your dietitian or doctor. Or make sure you’ve got your meds with you all the time.

So if you think you are healthy and are just curious about the place, go ahead and visit it. If you are just hard headed and is planning not to tell your wife/husband/doctor about it, uhm bring your meds? 😉 I’ve tried to locate the area in google map and it’s there so you can go ahead and navigate through google maps or waze. Again it’s at L. Tudtud St. (P. Cabantan), Cebu CityCebu

Mas masarap ang bawal, (more delicate taboo).

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Let’s Go South Of The Queen City Of The South, Cebu (PART II)

It’s good to see you again. Let’s continue our  journey down south …

For those who just joined us on our south trip, you might want to check Part One of our trip too…

 

 

Last time were able to visit nine municipalities down south of Cebu . Here I continue to count some of the beautiful places one should visit just in case you settle for a vacation in Cebu.

 

 

Boljoon

Down in Boljoon you will find one of the oldest church there is in the country. The church of Patrocinio de Maria is the oldest church in Cebu and holds a great part of history. UNESCO has included the said church on its tentative list to be a part of the world heritage.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Patrocinio de Maria
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Patrocinio de Maria  Boljoon holds many historical sites within the municipality. Click on the photo to see the list.

 

 

I was able to find an area in this town a certain beach resort which has a very stunning view of the beach and mountains. It was still a work in progress when we went there. It doesn’t even have a name back then, but it is on that location across the market, and I believe it is now operating. I’ll get you the name once I find it out since I wasn’t able to visit the place again. For the meantime, down here is a photo taken from the place:

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Boljoon See that mountain at the background? The famous and my personal favorite blind curve road is located at the foot of that mountain.
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Boljoon
See that mountain at the background? The famous and my personal favorite blind curve road is located at the foot of that mountain.

Since I don’t have the name of the beach resort above, here are some beach resorts and other places you can check  down in Boljoon:

 

OSLOB

An estimate 3 hour ride brings you to the town of Oslob. This place has been so popular for the past few years since Butandings or whale sharks decided to make the seas of this small town their home. It wouldn’t be a big surprise. Oslob’s water is rich in sea treasures, as it has been very known for snorkeling and diving spots.

Beach Resorts in Oslob ( there are quite a couple, I may not be able to list all of them ) :

One of the places I’ve visited in Oslob is this unique and private beach resort. Seafari Resort is easy to locate since it is just along the main road, and you would be amazed on where the actual resort sits.  As you enter the resorts premises you would notice it is on a cliff.  The reception area is on top and you need to climb down 260 steps to find the very serene and beautiful resort. You don’t have to worry about food since they have a restaurant that provides great food at a very reasonable price.  They can also help you arrange your visit to whale shark’s lair if you wish to swim and feed the gentle giants.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Seafari  Resort
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Seafari Resort

 

Sumilon Island

Further on the southern part of Oslob is a port that brings you to the majestic island of Sumilon. In here is a private resort , Blue Water Sumilon Island, that caters both relaxation and luxury.  Dive, snorkel, kayak, relax, trek beyond the woods … all of these you can enjoy on this small, yet so enchanting island.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @  Sumilon Island This here is the island's sand bar. The island's bar changes it's location depending on the tide. This is just one of the many things you can explore in this beautiful island.
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Sumilon Island
This here is the island’s sand bar. The island’s bar changes it’s location depending on the tide. This is just one of the many things you can explore in this beautiful island.

 

Little do people know that this beautiful island holds a great part of the southern Cebu’s history.  Back in the days when slavery was rampant, a certain Father Julian Bermejo led a couple of towns in the southern part of Cebu to prevent unwanted guests to enter their towns. People of Argao, Oslob, Dalaguete and Boljoon helped each other to win this battle over slavery. Remember that church in Boljoon? That there was one of the greatest architecture created during those times and yes, it was led still by Fr. Bermejo. Watch towers were located in certain areas, including in Sumilon Island.

 

 

Santander

At the tip of southern Cebu is Santander. This is where you would find Liloan port. It is here where you can hop on a ferry for around a 30 minute ride to the province of Dumaguete, Negros Oriental.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Eden Resort
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Eden Resort

Here you can also find many beach resorts. One that has been my favorite is the Eden Resort. With their serenity pool that faces Negros Oriental,  the pool gives you a beautiful scenery of the sea and the mountains.

Other places you could visit  in Santander, Cebu are :

 

Toledo

Going back up a bit on the western part of Cebu, parallel to Talisay is the City of Toledo. Toledo is known for its mining industry but a little knows about some beautiful spots in this area.

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Spring Park Mountain Resort
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Spring Park Mountain Resort

One is this place in Lutopan, Toledo called the Spring Park Mountain Resort.  The source of water for the swimming pools are the springs around the area, as the name of the place implies. I need to warn you though, it is not a kind of place you would want to stay if you are on a romantic getaway or the like. The place is quite big and luscious trees are everywhere, which is actually a good thing since it shows that the place is all about being one with nature. But if you would imagine yourself on this place, let’s say not on peak months, being here alone or with a friend or your significant other, it is just creepy (I can’t find another word for it, I’m sorry). I would recommend this for group outings or rest and recreations and team building since it could accommodate large groups.

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Spring Park Mountain Resort
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Spring Park Mountain Resort

But if you are the adventurous type, you can go there by yourself, by all means 🙂

It was not long ago when another place called The Ranch Resort opened in Toledo. It has a western / cowboy theme resort which is pretty neat. Aside from their swimming pools they have horseback riding, the mid air obstacle course  and mini zoo.

Pinamungajan

A few years back I found myself in the far mountain area of Pinamungajan. I’m describing it as far since it is REALLY far. From the main road we needed to go up a steep road to reach this beautiful place (and it is worth it) . I remember recommending this to some friends, and on their way there they were appalled as to how far it was that they were starting to hate me for letting them go there. But when they got to the place, they changed their thoughts and were happy they had a chance to visit the place.

The Hidden Valley Mountain Resort is located in Lamac, Pinamungajan. It is really far from the main road so I wouldn’t recommend this for those you are planning to have a relaxing day off from work. I would suggest if you are planning to visit the place, settle for an overnight stay. Around 5-6 am when the fog covers mostly the area, the sight is just breathtaking .  From the view deck you can watch the stunning sight of the mountain and the view stretches to the sea. This place is ideal for group outings since their rooms are intended for big groups – and it’s quite affordable.  Always call up for reservation, because you wouldn’t want to travel all the way there just to be told that they are fully booked.

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Hidden Valley Resort Pinamungahan
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Hidden Valley Resort Pinamungajan

 

 

 Moalboal

 

I have been a couple of times in Bas daku, Moalboal and I’d never be weary of going back there, even if I am asked to go there every month. If you are a beach bum like me, I believe you would agree with me.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Moalboal
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Moalboal

This town takes pride havings  its gifted sea and astounding beach. To look at the white sand on its long beach line and the marvelous blue waters, gives quite a relaxing sight.  In spite of the fact that beach resorts are being built and cottages are almost everywhere, Bas Daku, Moalboal remains to have its beautiful shore untouched.

There are a lot of tourist inns and resorts where you can check in at Moalboal. Here are some you can check out if you are a planning to spend a night at Moalboal:

 

Pescador island

 

Pescador Island is a 30 minute boat ride from Moalboal. It is a rock island, thus it has no shoreline. Pescador Island is a favorite spot for diving and snorkling. If you are lucky enough, you might just even catch a glimpse of some dolphins around.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Pescador Island Pescador island is said to be home to more than 2,000 species of fish.
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Pescador Island
Pescador island is said to be home to more than 2,000 species of fish.

 

 

 

Badian

 

Badian is well known for Kawasan Falls. After an estimated 1.5 kilometer trail walk you will be welcomed by the sight of the first and the largest waterfalls. With the hieght of 40 meters the first waterfall of Kawasan is usually the  most visited waterfalls in the area. For those who are up for more hike, you can go up for another 15 minute trek to the second waterfall, and another few minute walk and you’ll find the third.

 

Makatang Lakwatsera @ Kawasan Falls, Badian In here you can see the first waterfalls that drops from a height of 40 meters.
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Kawasan Falls, Badian
In here you can see the first waterfall that drops from a height of 40 meters.

 

 

Badian is not only about Kawasan Waterfalls. Here are some stops you might want to consider on your visit to Badian:

 

 Alegria

Alegria is a town gifted by Mother nature. Treasures like Mt. Lanaya and the Kitara and Cambais falls are just a few of what tourists drive their way to this far part of Cebu. I have driven passed this town a couple of times but have had visited this town only once.

alegriaMakatang Lakwatsera @ Batong Malunhaw, Alegria
Makatang Lakwatsera @ Batong Malunhaw, Alegria

Alegria is a simple quiet town (or at least it was back then when I visited it).  Me and my family spent a night at Batong Malunhaw Beach Resort. Rooms here are very cheap and you can freely use their kitchen and  swimming pool. It is a very nice place to stay for mere relaxation and some bonding moments with your family.

I’ve searched the web about more places to check in Alegria and I did find a couple of places you can feed to your adventurous side:

 

 

This ends out trip, for now. I know, I know there are more to see down south of Cebu.  We will explore them very soon. For the mean time, check your schedule. Leave no vacant hour. They say summer is about to end, but really, when does summer end? After May? In the middle of June when the rain starts to fall? What if the rain won’t fall on June? And besides, why let the end of summer end our fun? Weekends are there whole year round. Make use of them. Start checking the list you have created during our south bound virtual tour. Who knows? We might bump into each other on your next trip.

You think I missed out a place on one of our stops? Do you know a place in one of the towns we just toured? Share about it and post it below. I would totaly appreciate it!