Taking an afternoon walk in Dumaguete at Sunset

24 Hours in Dumaguete: Exploring the Gentle City



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After leaving Palawan, Preston and I headed back to my Peace Corps site in Dumaguete. It was fun to show him around some of the highlights of the town here since he’s the first family visitor, and I had to make sure his report back home was good. We hit most of the highlights, even if we rushed a few of them a the end of his visit here.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    From Puerto Princesa in Palawan we caught a Cebu Pacific flight to Cebu.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    In addition to the whale bones, the Marine Lab is home to endangered Philippine crocodiles. The "Do Not Put Your Hands in the Crocodile Pen" sign is not a joke.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    This fellow would certainly relish some fresh meat.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    Best to observe them from the other side of the fence.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    After the Marine Lab tour and meeting some staff at the lab, we headed back in to town.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    We stopped off in the Lee Plaza mall in Dumaguete where Preston tried out some souvenir shirts.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    For dinner we went to Mamia's, where they have the best steak in town by my reckoning.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    It was a great meal as usual.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    The next morning Preston tried out the local internet cafe, Scooby's.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    After Scooby's we went over to City Burger, where they make the best chicken on a stick in Dumaguete. I've never ordered a hamburger here, and it's pretty much known only for the chicken. Recently I've noticed that the "CB" initials for City Burger have been changed to stand for "Chicken Barbeque".

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    Preston turned out to officially be the first person to write a message on the new Apo Island post cards.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    Preston enjoyed his complimentary bag of "Roller Coaster" potato rings on the flight.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    We were pretty hungry so we ended up ordering two plates of chicken each. Oink oink!

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    A completed Apo post card in hand and City Burger chicken juice on the face, this was a good day.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    Then it was time to catch a tricycle to the airport to send Preston back to Manila for his return flight to San Francisco.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    They won't let "well wishers" inside the airport, so we had to say our farewells outside the gate.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    Preston traveled very light for the trip over, though he obligingly carried some stuff back home for me. Thanks again brah!

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    Our captain was a regular in-flight Jerry Lewis, and took time out from steering the plane to come out in the aisle and crack some zingers with the passengers. With a wave and a "that's all folks", he was back in the cockpit.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    After we landed in Cebu, we immediately caught a bus south to catch the ferry to Dumaguete.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    Once again I have to compliment the tricycle design in Dumaguete that allows a few Western dudes like us to ride comfortably around town.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    While Preston was in Dumaguete, the post cards that I designed for Apo Island were in print at Dumaguete Asian Printers in town.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    I gave Preston an impromptu tour of the Silliman University Marine Lab where I work for my Peace Corps assignment. This room houses the second largest collection in the world of the Brydes' whale.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    Just to give an idea how big these animals are, Preston is sticking his head into the whale's mouth.

  • Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005

    Dumaguete with Preston - February & March 2005
    Believe it or not, these tools are used to kill the whales. Kind of like killing a bull moose with a knife and fork.