On Honesty & Dishonesty (Transpo Edition)

On Honesty & Dishonesty (Transpo Edition)

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This is a long overdue blog post. I’ve intended to publish this while I was still in Cebu. It’s actually a short sharing on #Honesty & #Dishonesty in these five (5) types of transportation in the Philippines.

 

  • TAXI  – LTFRB set a new calibration scheme for taxis in Cebu. That is a 40 PHP flag down, an additional 13.50 PHP for every kilometer and 2 PHP running for every two (2) minutes waiting in a traffic. This set up though is only applicable if the taxi franchise has calibrated the new meter and has installed the new requirements before using this fare format. As I sat on the taxi and noticed that it has updated with the new system, I asked the driver; (in Cebuano) So, kumusta man ning bag-ong scheme bai? How’s this new scheme bai? (bai – is like “bro”) He said this idea is better for both the driver and the taxi franchise owner, but a bigger expense for the passenger. In fact over the past weeks, his personal experience is that the number of passenger is lower than expected. Nevertheless, he is expecting it to pick up and the riding public will eventually get used to it… Sad for the passenger, better for them. An #honest answer!

 

  • TRICYCLE  – My house to Gaisano Fiesta Mall will take 15-20 minutes by tricycle (it’s a motorcycle with an attached cart that can accommodate 6-7 persons. #Honesty: Although I know that the fare is 7 pesos, I have intentionally asked again. He said 7 PHP. #Dishonesty 🙁 On the way back, I rode another tricycle, didn’t ask this time and gave the 10 PHP coin, only to end up receiving 2 PHP change. I was surprised but can’t complain because I paid as I went down from the tricycle and it went off fast.

 

  • TRISIKAD – Our neighborhood takes around 10-15 minutes walk from the highway to our house. Trisikad makes it shorter. My cousin who visited us for the first time took the “trisikad” (it’s a bicycle that has a cart that can carry 2-3 persons in one round. It’s one way fare is 5 PHP per person. But as he came to the pick up point, there was no other passenger, he was alone and took the trisikad. The driver seemed to recognize that he is a first timer –  took advantage and asked for 20 PHP!!!!!! #Dishonesty 🙁

 

  • JEEPNEY – This time, let’s talk about the #honesty that a passenger abides by pure honesty and conscience. Majority of the people in the Philippines have been truthful and trustworthy that they are giving the fare. Of course, some might do the tricks [#dishonest 🙁 passengers!] but I want to emphasize more on the veracious act all Filipinos riding a jeepney. I’ve been outside the country for almost a decade and yet this honest system still works! Hats off to all of those who are reputable and truthful! 🙂 

 

  • UBER + GRAB – It is given that using GRAB or UBER will cost more than a taxi. So most drivers tend to choose and sometimes will not take your booking if its out of their way… What my personal experience on the other hand is an #honest driver who willingly explained to me and my friend on the ins and outs of becoming a GRAB/UBER driver (even though his place is north while ours is going south) … Another honest and alarming thought he shared too is that it is a fact that both companies have made Cebu more congested and traffic! 🙁 

 

So this post resurrected because of my current encounter here in Dubai. 

I went out to meet a friend…

To commute in Dubai means you need to take the bus, the taxi and the metro. As I draft this, the dark side has been tempting my mind to use the Silver* card (for the train/metro) but ride in the Gold* cabin. I actually have both and because community service events are way too far from our location, Kokobear and I have intentionally purchased the Gold card for long train minutes or hour/s as applicable. Anyway, of course; “I fought that thought” and did the right thing.

Now I took the taxi going to the first metro stop (@JLT Station) because I’m a bit out of schedule. Took a cab and asked him to drop me to JLT. A couple of minutes before reaching the destination, his meter broke… He didn’t panic, neither do I. He called someone over the phone and although I didn’t understand the whole convo, I know he was asking the cost. As we reach the station, I gave the fare and he was ready with his change. He charged me 16/- AED. I stopped and asked 16? His face changed – a bit worried I supposed. Yes, my friend told me so, he answered. I smiled. Gave him an additional 2 AED, I think it’s 18. Here, thank you for your honesty! I responded and got off.

 

This simple encounter, made me smile and has reaffirmed my trust to the honesty of humanity. Not that I don’t have, but just a concrete example here.
Praise God for that! 🙏

 

Be blessed & be God’s blessings!

 

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*Dubai Metro (NOL Card) has color coding metro and bus cards, it has blue, red, silver and gold. Although majority uses Silver – for the general public and Gold – a special cabin that has lesser passenger because it costs double than the regular fare with §the silver card.

Podcast Interview @ Our Food Adventures

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Podcast Interview @ Our Food Adventures. 

Another breakthrough and milestone I’ve faced this year, is this opportunity to be interviewed for a podcast!

I was first introduced to listening to a podcast way back 2016 when I get hooked to a certain Youtube video that talks about podcasting. From then on, I started to discover amazing podcast shows which I listen to whenever I am in transition such as riding a bus going somewhere or sometimes when I’m cooking. In fact, I have shared last year my top 5 favorite podcast here.

Never did I thought that I will – one day become a guest of a podcast! ha ha 😊 #HappyAndSurprisedMe

Earlier this April, I received in my inbox an email asking me to be a guest in their podcast. Tiarra and Chris from Our Food Adventure have started their podcast where they interview different people around the world sharing their foodie experience and travel tips. I happen to represent, 🇵🇭 Cebu Philippines! 

So without further a do, here’s the link to that interview!

 

INTERVIEW LINK HERE

In case you’re curious of the complete text interview, I have created the below script for you to be guided. 😊 

Listen on and please let me know your thoughts in the comment below!

God bless,

 

 

 

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Disclaimer: I missed a few questions that I left them unanswered in the podcast, 😂 
so I took the chance to write what I was supposed to say/answer in the below transcript. lol

 

Here are the questions! 🙂

Tell us about you and your blog. 

Well, let me start by introducing myself, my real name is Julie Mae Bacus – Chavez. Kayne came up because way back 2000 Yahoo messenger was a thing and for me to get an approved username, you need to have a unique name, JM, Julie, Julie Mae were all taken. So I coined that alias and added it o JM, thus JM Kayne was born which is my URL address as www.iamjmkayne.com.

My blog’s title is #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog. It’s a personal blog that I started way back 2008 when I moved from Cebu to Abu Dhabi, UAE. Originally I used my blog to share personal experiences making it like an online diary.

But as time goes by, I’ve learned more about blogging and so I ventured into other topics like travel, food reviews, stories of life, family and faith, a few public service blog posts and just last year, I started receiving collaborations or sponsored blog posts. Overall, my blog is about the stories #inmyheart.

 

Filipino food:

How would you describe Filipino food to someone whos never tried it?

Filipino food is actually a fusion of many different cuisine… so a little of Spanish,Japanese and American foodie have influenced the food culture in the country..

Common dishes are meat, vegetables, grilled fishes and sea food, and a wide variety of soups and noodles. … Thus, Filipino food can be defined by its combination of sour, sweet, salty and spicy…sometimes all in the same dish.  

But if you are to ask a Filipino on what food is most popular, probably Adobo will be on the top list. It’s made of meat from pork and chicken to seafood braised in garlic, vinegar and soy sauce.

Is there a difference between Cebu local cuisines from other Philippine islands?

Well, Yes, basically Adobo for Cebuanos is dry, but for other parts of the country it has a little sauce. Then for all other recipes, we have our own little version that we tweak according to our tastebuds. Some cities use more sugar or some cuisine has coconut milk in its major recipes.

What one of your dish in Cebu everyone HAS to eat?

Lechon! It’s a must try. Have you heard of it?

It’s a pig dish, seasoned and cooked by skewering the entire pig in a pit filled with charcoal. It will be roasted on all sides for several hours making the pork skin crispy and a distinct feature of the dish.

If your’e familiar with Anthony Bourdain?  He actually tagged Cebu’s lechon as the best pig ever!

What is one dish that people should stay away from?

Nothing really. I can vouch that all food in the Philippines are really good.

Questions about traveling to Cebu for the first time:

Is there anything first-timer travelers should prepare for before leaving to Cebu?

I think the best you can do is just read about Cebu and get insights from different threads online.

Is there anything first-time travelers should bring to make traveling there easier?

Well, I don’t think there’s a specific item to bring – I guess Cebu has almost every thing you’d probably need – from groceries, to travel accessories  (unless its really native from your own country.) And personally I believed that as a traveller/tourist, one of the best way –  I could contribute to a city or place I am visiting to buy local. I’m not saying this because I am from Cebu but in general, whether you’re in the States, or some parts of Europe or Asia – we extend our blessings by helping the people and the tourism economy  of that city/country.

What are some misconceptions you’ve heard about Cebu?

I think some foreigners think that Cebu itself is a country.. probably because we have our own internationally airport that takes direct flights even without stopping over in Manila which is the capital of the Philippines.

Another one is that, Cebuanos  or Filipinos as a whole tend to deceive  foreigners when it comes to prices and taxi fares etc. But I can’t say its not true, but I’d say it’s a stereotype and that it doesn’t apply to all.

What would you recommend first-time travelers to do in Cebu?

Try to visit Cebu during January. It’s when Sinulog is held – the biggest festival celebrated around the city. There is street dance, some religious activities and a month full of looking back to history and faith. (Haven’t shared this exactly – but this is what I actually want to say)

What is something first-timers should avoid?

Avoid going around Carbon Market and Colon Street –it’s downtown proper – wearing expensive accessories made of gold and silver to avoid attracting bad people. I’m not saying it’s a dangerous place, but it’s just a caution to avoid untoward incidents. Over-all Colon street is a must see place too since it is the first and oldest street in the Philippines.

As a first-time traveler, what phrases should they know to communicate better with the locals?

Well, I’d like to teach you at least 5. You ready?

  1. First is KUMUSTA – which is How are you?
  2. SALAMAT – Thank you
  3. TAG PILA – How much
  4. ASA (ang) – Where (is)
  5. AYO – AYO – Take care

*BONUS: BAI / BAY – Dude/girl (applicable for both man and woman.) 

>>> By the way, there is a follow-up question that Christ throw and I misunderstood the question. So please – – –  let me answer it here. So, he asked, if they use these words (above) will they answer us back to the same language or should we continue speaking English? 

Answer: After the above basic words you can go back to speaking English. Because it is the second official language of the Philippines, so communicating with the locals wont be difficult. 🙂

Why should people visit Cebu?

I can tell a lot of reasons why you must visit Cebu… but let me just say a few sentences why…

Cebu is tagged as one of the best islands in the world by Conde Nast traveller magazine. Immersed into this beautiful city that can offer you the best the from the sea, mountain and other natural resources. Filipinos are known for our hospitality, so it is a must visit not only with these site but most especially because of 3Cs – that’s Charming and Cool Cebuanos. (Haven’t mentioned this words during the interview, the questions I was a bit of everywhere ( lol hahah first timer moments) and so I was not able say it. But these words are exactly the reason why you should visit Cebu! 🙂

*Please be prepared to let us know:

3 specific restaurants/dishes that you loved

I have mentioned Adobo earlier and then Lechon – which is best paired by puso.

It’s a rice wrapped and boiled in a  diamond shared casing made of woven coconut leaves – usually called hanging rice.

And then in Cebu, I would definitely recommend visiting Larsian. It’s the barbeque haven in Cebu where you could eat our version of barbeque from meat and sea food and some chicken and pork innards. (intentines, gizzards, blood, chicken feet, pork ears and more)

2-3 things to do you enjoy doing there

My 3 MUST TRY/VISIT are:

  1. Sto. Niño Church– it’s one of the oldest church in the country which will celebrate it’s 500thyear on —
  2. The white sand beaches either in Bantayan Island or going south to Moalboal or Osloband swim with the Whalesharks.
  3. Finally, my favorite adventure is to do Canyoneering, where you chase waterfalls and jumps over canyoons and rivers.

 

Rapid fire questions:

What’s the best thing you ever ate?

– Tuppokki – I’m a big fan of Korean food! hahah

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?

– A dish in one of the restaurant we’ve visited in Maldives called Fried chicken but way too different from our concept of a fried chicken. 🙂

If you had to be a tour guide for one place in the world, where would you pick?

– Aside from Cebu, I’d like to be a tour guide in ITALY. Haven’t been there but its our next stop hopefully this year or early next year. I am amazed and in awe of its beauty and to be able to visit it especially Rome, is a dream come true.

If I were intimidated to travel to another country, how would you encourage me?

– Well, I’d simply tell you that experience is the best teacher. Whatever it is that intimidates you in visiting that place, will remain a misconception or stereotype to a certain group of people unless you experience it first hand. You will never know if this is true or not unless you faced it yourself. So go ahead, avoid what ifs, face your fears and explore!

 

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My Paradise | JM Bacus

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via My Paradise | Julie Mae Bacus

from Ang Suga Publication (CNU)

Didn’t know that this 13-year old poem of mine was already published by @angsugapublication’s Worpdress blog since Aug 2016! So happy and blessed to have finally made it to the school’s mag! 😍 hahaha T’was my frustration back then… (to get published in the school mag) 😂
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Know the reason why I wrote it and get the feels of it! A special shout out to Ms. @leonemaeestrelloso (on IG) for the photo background.👍

Check it on angsugapub.wordpress.com/2016/08/my-paradise-julie-mae-bacus/

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#cnumagazine #AngSuga #HigalangNormalite #Poem #Poetry #MyParadise #FrustratedWriter #HappyMe #iamjmkayne #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog #PPBreakthroughs2018 #PoetDawKo #FeelingWriter

 

Never give up on your dreams, keep chasing it even if it will take more than a decade. The right time will pass. Take it from me, I just did after 12 years! <3 . . . #MyParadise #IamJMKayne #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog #PPBreakthroughs Click To Tweet

 

 

God bless!

JM Kayne 

 

 


 

Cebu – Temple of Leah (2018)

Temple of Leah has started making the buzz all over Cebu and nearby cities as it captures the heart ♥ of many Cebuanos & Filipinos.

This temple isn’t a place of worship. Instead it is an expression of love from a husband Teodirico Adarna to his late wife Leah Albino Adarna. Also dubbed as Cebu’s version of Taj Mahal.

Right after our unplanned trip to Sirao Flower Farm, we headed to this temple which is a 20-25 minutes drive by motorcycle (habal-habal). 75/- Pesos is the fare per person, one way.

Entrance Fee @ 50/- pesos per person (as of Feb 2018)

What can you do/see?

✔️ Basically the temple is open, Leah’s statue will greet you once you enter the structure. It is right in the centre of two arching stairs that make it look like a throne. Some rooms are not opened yet but you could see a glimpse of Leah’s life through her collections such as figurines, books, kitchen utensils and more.

✔️ Unlimited photos all the way from Leah’s structure to the huge columns that seemed to bring you to a #EuropeFeels or #RomeFeels to the two gold-plated lions. 🦁🦁

✔️ Outside is wide space to chill out. A few seats and tables are set at the ends of the area where you’ll be able to see Cebu city skyline. And oh don’t forget there’s a fountain in front that has 3 Goddesses I think… When night falls, it is a treat to see the city lights and the temple itself.

✔️ A snack station is also available where you could grab a quick 3-in-1 coffee! ☕

Our stay took us around an hour. We took the advantage that our driver is only waiting for us and he didn’t mention any time frame for us to finish. I will leave out the details on why this structure has been built and let you read it yourself once you pay a visit to this place. 🙂

 

Check out some of the photos I took during this visit.

 

 

Hope this blog post gives you an idea on how to get there!

Enjoy the sights and lights!

 

 

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 


Cebu – Sirao Flower Farm (Garden) 2018

Welcome to Sirao Flower Farm(Garden) – aka Cebu’s Little Amsterdam.

This is one of those successful unplanned trip. Been trying to complete my to do’s as I continue to enjoy my longer vacation here in Cebu. Gemma, one of my highschool buddies initiated this and instead of a simple lunch out/roaming around SM or Ayala, we took the high road! hahaa literally high  going up to Busay and beyond! This farm has been on my 2017 bucketlist and missed that chance last year, so it excites me to finally pay a visit!

How to get there:

Which ever part of Cebu you are from, Colon Street will be the best starting point. Head over to the side of UV (University of Visayas) and catch a jeepney #04C and stop at JY Square. Fare is at 7/- pesos.

From JY Square a line of motorcycle (habal-habal) driverswill approach you, offering their service.  One way to Sirao Flower Farm costs 75/- pesos per person. That means 150/- pesos 2 way. Each motorcycle can take 2 persons.

But we took the advantage of being there so we agreed on visiting Temple of Leah as well. Which costs us another 75/- pesos. So this trip basically charged us 300/- pesos each (1 person fare) for motorcycle transportation alone. The driver anyway will be stand by and will wait for you to finist. For this trip our habal-habal driver is named Randy. Sharing Temple of Leah visit in the next blog.

This ride took us around 30-45 minutes. We started at Sirao first then Temple of Leah.

Taxis are also available, but expect the costs to be higher than this! The last time I heard it runs up to 1500 – 2000 pesos (two way)

What can you do on site?

✓ Unlimited Selfies,

✓ Chill out some time and family/friends bonding.

✓ Coffee/snacks on site.

✓ They are also open to Pre-nup sessions which will cost 1500/- pesos.

Entrance Fee is @ 50/- pesos per person (as of Feb 2018)

Timing : 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Location: Brgy. Sirao Cebu City

 

It took as around 1 and half hour to finish the whole farm. There is so much to enjoy to if only we own our time but that duration was well spent! The flowers are blooming, the landscape is beautiful and view is fantastic!

 

Here are some of our photos.

That’s Gemma and this is the cafe inside Sirao Flower Farm.

A little background:

Sirao Flower Farm is also coined as Cebu’s Little Amsterdam. It has two windmills that seemed to bring you to that Amsterdam feels. Celosa flowers in red, yellow, fuchsia, and orange, sunflowers, gumamela, roses, french marigold ahito are those beautifully ararnged flowers that will greet you once you enter the site. The hillside landscape takes you to a bed of – – – flowers! Fresh air, colorful sight and the ambiance is just superb. These flowers especially the celosa could last up to 8-10 weeks in full bloom.

Checkout my Youtube video to see the view of this attractive farm!

Sirao Flower Farm, visited! ✓

 

 

 

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CEBU Archives

Cebu – PARDO CHURCH – Memorya sa Pagkabata

Cebu – PARDO CHURCH – Memorya sa Pagkabata

Mga litrato sa simbahan nga akong nadak-an…

 

 

Atubangan sa simbahan sa Pardo Church

 

Ang Altar
Ang sawog – makahinumdom ko samtang nagmisa- nag duwa ko dinhi 🙂

 

Bisan tuod ug na sakop mi sa St. Joseph Church sa Tabunok, pero ang akong Lola nga si Lola Tanciang dinhi tig-simbahan sa Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Pardo.

 

 

 

Kauban sa akong lola ang akong inahan ug amahan nga mamukaw ug sayo sa buntag sa Domingo namong duh aka managsuon para mu simba – sa akong pagkabata nga lutay kayo matulog – sapoton ko pero pagka human sa simba kung diin mangaon dayon mi ug puto ug sikwate, aw buhi na dayon! J

 

Nindot panumdumon ang mga nangagging katuiggan.

 

Sa kada tuig nga mu uli ko sa Sugbo ug maagi-an ning simbahan – handumanan sa akong pagkabata ang akong mahinumduman.
#ChildhoodMemories

First 2 photos from this blog are are from https://mycebuphotoblog.wordpress.com/2009/08/22/pardo-church/

Warning: Bisaya (Cebuano) text only. Intentionally written that way.