Thursday, May 3, 2012

How to Get to Sogod Bay, Padre Bugos

Sogod Bay - before my relocation, I honestly had no idea where this place was. I tried looking for travel blogs that featured Sogod Bay for days. And I found none. Zero. Nada. Zip......Scary. But I sure am glad that I gave the job offer a shot. If not, I would have never found this.....


This piece of heaven is actually in Padre Burgos. It's found at the southernmost tip of Leyte. A small town that's roughly 4 hours away from Ormoc and 45 minutes away from Maasin (which I'm guessing, is the nearest city).



The beach is not exactly powdery white, but it is wonderful and clean. The waters are crystal clear and are regularly visited by whale sharks. The corals are beeeautiful. And because it's a bay, you can see beautiful towering mountains right at the horizon.

So if you're planning to visit me or if you simply want to see if that picture really is for real, here are some of your travel options.

Via Ormoc (Supercat)
CEBU-ORMOC Schedules
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Departure
Arrival
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1
5:45 AM
8:05 AM
DAILY
2
8:00 AM
10:50 AM
DAILY
3
11:00 AM
1:30 PM
DAILY
4
4:40 PM
7:00 PM
DAILY
5
6:00 PM
8:50 PM
DAILY

ORMOC-CEBU Schedules
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Arrival
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1
8:20 AM
10:40 AM
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2
11:05 AM
1:55 PM
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3
1:45 PM
4:15 PM
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4
7:15 PM
9:45 PM
DAILY
5
9:05 PM
11:55 P
DAILY


  • Travel time: 2.5 hours (boat)
  • Ticket price: 740 PhP (one way); 1300 PhP (Round trip)
  • Getting to Padre Burgos: You can take a v-hire from Ormoc to Maasin. Travel time is roughly 3 hours (2.5 hrs if you take the first trip because of less traffic). Fare is 170 PhP. At Maasin, ride a cab to Padre Burgos for 30 PhP. Travel time is 45 mins.
  • Total travel time: 6 hours
  • Total fare: 940 PhP (one-way)
  • Pros
    • Short boat ride
    • The fastest route to Padre Burgos
    • More frequent/flexible trip schedules
  • Cons
    • Expensive
    • Long road trip


Via Hilongos (Roble and Gabisan Shipping) - Daily
Cebu to Hilongos

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Roble Shipping
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Roble Shipping
9:00 PM - 2:00 AM 
Gabisan Shipping Lines, Inc.
9:00 PM - 3:30 AM 
Roble Shipping
9:00 PM - 3:30 AM 
Roble Shipping




11:00 AM - 2:30 PM 
Roble Shipping
9:00 PM - 2:00 AM 
Gabisan Shipping Lines, Inc.
10:30 PM - 2:00 AM 
Roble Shipping








Hilongos to Cebu
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM 
Roble Shipping
9:00 PM - 2:00 AM 
Gabisan Shipping Lines, Inc.
10:30 PM - 2:00 AM 
Roble Shipping



  • Travel time: 5 hours (boat)
  • Ticket price: 330 Php (Tourist) - there are other accommodation options but this is the most comfortable choice for its price.
  • Getting to Padre Burgos: Hop on a bus / a jeepney to Maasin. The trip will take an hour. At Maasin, get on a cab to Padre Burgos for 30 PhP. Travel time is 45 mins.
  • Total travel time: 7 hours
  • Total fare: 390 PhP (one-way)
  • Pros
    • Frequent/flexible trip schedules
    • The long boat ride means you can rest while in transit
    • Cheapest route
  • Cons
    • Longest travel time


Via Maasin 
  • Travel time: 5 hours (boat)
  • Ticket price: 625 Php (Tourist) - there are other accommodation options but this is the most comfortable choice for its price.
  • Getting to Padre Burgos: Get on a cab to Padre Burgos for 30 PhP. Travel time is 45 mins.
  • Total travel time: 5 hours, 45 mins 
  • Total fare: 655 PhP (one-way)
  • Pros:
    • The long boat ride means you can rest while in transit
    • The boat ride takes you nearest to Padre Burgos
    • Short road trip
  • Cons:
    • Most schedules arrive at Maasin in an UNGODLY HOUR

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
  • The last trip for the van from Maasin to Ormoc leaves at 4 P.M. - do not be late
  • If you are late, there are cheap pension houses in Maasin that you can stay for the night
  • Always allot time for delays. Vans usually make A LOT of stopovers to pick up passengers along the road. Do not be like me. Leave early and be patient. 
  • Food stalls in the Maasin bus terminal serve pretty good food. Try them. =)








a BIG change

They say change is the only constant thing in this world. But to put it honestly, I'm not really a huge fan of change. I hate it when my usual routine gets disrupted. I hate it when a friend brings a stranger to a planned private party (haha, mean, yes). I hate it when my desk gets cleaned up and rearranged (yes, I'd rather have organized clutter). And last but definitely not the least, I hate moving.

But change is the only constant thing in this world (repeat 100 times). And this month, I'll have to pack up my bags and move somewhere else.

Let me start from the beginning. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will be launching a project this month to rehabilitate coral reefs in selected parts of the country. There will be two rehabilitation sites in Batangas, one in Aurora, one in Masbate, two in Boracay, one in Panglao, Southern Leyte and Tawi-tawi. It's a huge project.

I was recently hired to take care of the Southern Leyte project for one whole year. Since relocating the entire family was out of the question, I'll be moving back and forth from home to project site every week. This meant I can still go home to see Jan-jan and the Energy Ball over the weekends. It's sounds tiring but it's the best option for everyone.

I hate to be away from the family, but it's something that I have to do. On the bright side, I'll be spending 5 days of the week here.....

Friends, meet Sogod Bay. Isn't she beautiful?
The work and the scenery made the moving less painful. I'm excited actually. I'll be working with a lot of new people. I'm glad to be a part of something as big and significant as this. This will  be my little part of saving the ocean. 

A new job will definitely not mean less trips. I'll try to sneak in a few weekend get-away's here and there with Janjan and the Energy Ball. And I'll give you all the juicy details after, of course!

Where February, March and April took me....

I initially had a few trips planned after finishing graduate school. There was SUPPOSED to be a trip to Huna-huna Resort with Janjan and the Energy Ball to celebrate graduation, a Batanes grad-gift trip with a classmate and a holy week get-away to Malapascua with the BFFs. But none of them ever happened.

Even before finishing graduate school, I already had tons of work in my hands. Work meant being on-call, 7 days a week, without holidays and going on 8-hour hikes to mountains, swimming in coliform-infested waters, doing death-defying stunts in waterfalls and hours making reports and presentations.

But then again, I'm lucky enough to be madly in love with what I do. So I never complain. Yes, I sometimes nag and get grumpy when I only get 2 hours of sleep before heading out to the field the next day. I get sunburnt and tan lines in all the wrong places. The callous in my heels are almost an inch thick. And the pay? Never mind the pay. Haha.

But after a few minutes of sulking, I think. And I end up feeling this huge sense of gratitude to be exactly where I am, right at that very moment. Every time.

So where have I been to these past few months of blogging silence? I'll let the pictures tell the story..

Attended some kid's graduation....
Oh look, Janjan got a haircut.
Worked from ridge to reef.....

Went to Ilo-ilo for the first time for a conference....
SEAFDEC'S sprawling property
Sea cucumber!
Treated the boss and the workmate to a fish spa in SM Ilo-ilo

And just a week ago, I FOUND PARADISE........

This little beach is found at the southernmost tip if Leyte, in a little town called Padre Burgos. Get to know more about this sleepy town here. =)