I flew out to Dumaguete for the weekend! My Mom is from here and I have lots of memories of Dumaguete. I spent a lot of summers here as a child. I try to come and visit every year. We are normally here this time of the year, as we never fail to celebrate my Grandfather’s birthday! This year my Lolo is turning 89 years old! I am so fortunate to still have grandparents from both sides of my family. I feel that having them is really a wonderful blessing.
We took the first flight out of Manila and we arrived just in time for breakfast. I love having breakfast in the province, as everything is really fresh! We had freshly baked pandesal, local longanizas, and scrambled eggs! I love the fact that the my Lola Turing‘s kitchen is still the same after all these years! It’s the old-fashioned outhouse kitchen, the type where you use firewood. Somehow, this adds a special flavor to the food.
After breakfast, I decided to go UKAY-UKAY! Dumaguete for me is a secret vintage resource. I have been “vintaging” here since I was a teenager and I always manage to score some major finds. My favorite UKAY place is called AlenMae. I love how civilized the UKAY is in Alenmae. It’s very organized and it’s not too grungy! LOL!
This trip was spectacular as I was able to find a fabulous Louis Vuitton jacket for Venisse! I failed to get a photo of it as she immediately took it home. I will definitely post a photo of it when the time comes. I also scored several finds with photos and captions.
After the UKAY, we headed out to Bahura, a resort in Dauin. We love going here, as my nieces and nephews love the gigantic pool! We spent the rest of the day swimming and eating and bonding!
There is actually so much to do in this laid back university town! I will be here till Sunday and there are still several things on my to do list! In the meantime, I would like to personally invite you to Dumaguete! I consider it my secret treasure.
As the morning sun rose, I took quick snapshots of the Boulevard! I love how large the trees have grown!
The boulevard is really a great way to feel this sleepy and laid back town.
On the boulevard, you will find this surreal flying nun monument. It never fails to make me smile.
At the end of the boulevard is the pier. Funny how this now looks so small, for I remember it being so big when I was a child. Now they have this merienda-like area where you can watch the sunrise or sunset while enjoying local delicacies.
This is my Lolo and Lola's house. We call it "Dakung Balay," which means Big House. It's really not that big, but we though it was gigantic when we were small so it stuck. I am loving how my Lola has kept the garden so lush and green despite the summer heat.
This is my Grandfather Herminio "Meniong" Teves. Happy Birthday LOLO! He is really an inspiration to us all!
This is my Lola's wood-burning kitchen. I have lots of memories of this place, as I literally grew up in the kitchen! LOL!
Nix and I stayed at this funky inn called Florentina Homes. It's really cool! It has several villas and each of them is styled differently. One is Tudor English style, another is like a Swiss Chalet. My mom got us the Mexican-inspired villa. I liked the place, as it is well thought out and the beds are quite comfortable, Check it out at florentinahomes.com. This is Nix at the cafe, which was like a '50s diner.
This is another shot of the Cafe. It has a do-it-yourself charm about it, with lots of personal effects lying around. I have a feeling that a lot of it comes from the knick-knacks from the vintage bazaars which dot the city.
I always go UKAY-UKAY in Dumaguete! I love vintage hunting here, as it's very organized and it's not so dusty! There are several vintage centers in the city. but my favorite is AlenMae. I won't disclose where it is...LOL! But when you come to Dumaguete, every tricycle driver knows where it is.
I was over the moon when I found these vintage shades! The brand is Bushnell, a division of Bausch & Lomb. They came with a cool leather case. Inside the case was a certificate that stated that it was made in 1978. How cool is that?! I found two aviator style shades. This and a vintage aviator Rayban, but I decided to share the loot with my new balikbayan friend from Toronto, Caroline.
I found this amazing '50s dress I automatically thought that it was perfect for my friend Pauline Suaco-Juan. I love the delicate beading on the bodice and the soft pleat detail on the skirt. I cannot wait for Pauline to try it on for size! I know that it will definitely suit her feminine aesthetic.
I also found these "Bugaloo" shades for just 250.00 Pesos! I bought it for my wacky friend Angelo Villanueva! I am sure he will love these!
We then proceeded to the resort called Bahura. My family really likes it there because each time we're in town, that's where we go. The weather was just GLORIOUS!
This is my sister Gela. She is trying out the shades I bought for Angelo. UH... It's not working for her.
I love the water! Here I am with my nieces Alix, Danielle and Gaia. Gela also made singit in the shot.
Summer blooms were abound. Loving the color of this flower.
Nix really likes the Kalachuchi (Frangipani) tree. I like the name. I find it funny!
Palm trees = Summer for me.
Right after lunch, we headed out to the beach to just chill. Best of all, we did absolutely nothing. I love that!
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