Alimyon Kapehan

Before the rise of social media, our way of finding out new places are through magazines and words of mouth. But now, by simply checking your Facebook and Instagram feeds, you get to know places and hotspots you’ve never been to. Just like Alimyon Kapehan. Someone just posted online his photos at this coffee house tucked away in a highland area in Janay-Janay, San Jose, a town in Negros Oriental,20 kilometers from Dumaguete, and lo and behold, people were talking and raving about it. And the wanderlust in me is just dying to find out. So off we go.


Alimyon, in English actually means fragrance or aroma. It’s synonymous with the Bisayan word “kahumot.” So it just makes sense that they name their quaint coffee shop, Alimyon Kapehan.

We reached the place by climbing the paved steps up the hill. And I was amazed.  It was indeed what it was depicted in the pictures – and more, actually. You know sometimes, what you see online is not what you get. But not this place. It delivered its promise of an ideal place to chill and sip your coffee while admiring the beauty of nature.

The place does not only offer coffee though. They also serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Though quite pricey compared to similar menus I have tried from other establishments, the ambiance makes up for it.



Will I be back? Definitely, next time armed with a good book and a wonderful husband. 🙂

How to get there:

  1. From Dumaguete, take the National Highway to Sibulan. Nearing San Jose town, there’s a road to the left which has the Twin Lakes sign. (For those who don’t have their own vehicles, there are buses and jeeps bound North, just tell the driver to drop you to the place)
  2. Once there, you can hire a habal-habal (motorbike) driver to bring you to Alimyon for PHP50/pax one way or PHP100/pax, back and forth

Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park

I’ve heard about Balinsasayao Twin Lakes since I was young but I haven’t had the chance to visit until a few days ago. Actually, the original plan was to check-out the FB trending Alimyon Kapehan but since both are on the same route, I suggested for us to also visit Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park. It is a natural park surrounding Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao which spans across the town of Sibulan and San Jose in the province of Negros Oriental, 14.5 km west of Dumaguete. It covers an area of 8,016.05 hectares with heights ranging from 2,723 to 2,776 ft (source: Wikipedia).


I’ve been bugging my husband for so long to visit this place but he’s not keen to go until he saw our pictures (dzaaaa!). His defense – he thought the road isn’t good, which was also our concern before going, but we pushed through anyway. And boy, we were wrong. The road is cemented all the way from the National highway to the park where you can get a glimpse of the ocean view and lush vegetation, and feel the cold air as you drive your way up.



The view going up’s too nice not to take a photo with. 🙂


Once you reach the park’s entrance, you are welcomed by their friendly staff. PHP50 is the entrance fee for adults, while the children enter for free. If you have an ID with an address in Dumaguete or other neighboring provinces, you get a discounted rate of PHP25. Your enjoyment and safety is their main priority thus a mandatory log-book entry. And they radio the guest details to their staff in the main park. The climb up was kinda steep we have to get off our motorbikes and walk in some instances. But when we reached the lake, it was so worth it.



Lake Balinsasayao is just so serene. The water’s calm. The place – perfect. Indeed, there’s no better designer than nature. 19576672_10213643577315681_614182322_o

Should you want to check out its twin lake – Lake Danao,  you can take a boat ride to its viewing deck at PHP250/hour good for 7 pax.



Lake Balinsasayao’s view deck

There’s also a trail for those who want to hike. And if you forget to bring your own food, the park has its own restaurant, and affordable at that, try their banana turon at PHP10. Glad to know they are not taking advantage of their park’s location.

Overall, it was a well-spent trip. Time spent with nature is always never wasted. I’m also glad to be with people who are also up for adventures. If not for them, this trip would have not been plausible. But knowing me, I always have my ways. 🙂


How to get there:

  1. From Dumaguete, take the National Highway to Sibulan. Nearing San Jose town, there’s a road to the left which has the Twin Lakes sign. (Motorbikes and off-road vehicles are suitable for the drive up. For those who don’t have their own vehicles, there are buses and jeeps bound North, just tell the driver to drop you to the place)
  2. Once there, you can hire a habal-habal (motorbike) driver to bring you to the park for PHP150/pax one way or PHP300/pax, back and forth at your disposal.


Yas Waterworld 

Been wanting to visit this water park in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi since it opened in 2013 but the rates were just too much for my budget. The cheapest is their bronze ticket at AED250 for adults and AED210 for children (unlimited access to waterpark) and the highest is their gold ticket at AED485 for adults and AED410 for children (unlimited access to the waterpark, fast pass, merchandise voucher to name a few). They do offer discounts & promos though from time to time, you can always check their Facebook page. And in our case, fortunately we got a bronze ticket voucher for only AED75/- (imagine the AED175/person we saved!) which we got from joining the AUH Electric Run at Yas Gateway Park last month (free VIP tix – the perks of my husband working in an events company) thus finally I have ticked off YW from my UAE bucket list.

We arrived at 10:30 on a sunny Friday morning from Dubai. Thankfully it was not crowded, was expecting it is since it’s a weekend but maybe because there’s still a hint of winter in the air, or was it just me who thinks 28 deg Celsius is still cold.😂 And yes, it was exactly how I envisioned it to be (thanks to photos online), you know how sometimes photos differ from actual. Spacious, clean, clear waters, big slides, awesome water park environment.

We rented a small locker for AED35/- but regretted it because hello, this is UAE, and you can just leave your bag with your phones/wallets (which what we did the whole time we were there) and nobody would even care to steal it. What I will terribly miss living in this country, it’s very rare that theft happens. Moving on, we immediately try their rides. As if,haha, out of over 43 rides, I only manage to do 3. Blame my fear of heights, my claustrophobia and the fear of panic attacks. I did the Slither Slides with the hubs (cannot do a slide alone, first and last was 2010) where there are 4 slides you can choose from. We tried the Serpent Spin, as suggested by the attendant when she noticed how fearful I looked. Seriously I was scared at first but it turned out to be the best choice, it was slow and fun and thanks to the LED lights inside, my fear subsided.

Hubs did the Sebag ( I was actually at the top already when fear overpowered me and I have to back out, the heights and that narrow open slide just don’t suit me). He, on the other hand, had fun (evident by the photo below).

We challenged the waves of Amwaj wave pool. The waves are gentle and small, perfect for the kids and the oldies ✌🏻 (i still prefer the wave pool of Wadi Adventure). Played with sonny at the Tots Playground, but mind you, adults love it here,too, especially when the bucket spills.

Hunger got the best of us, so we stopped for a bite at one of their dining areas, Chubby’s Kitchen. Spent AED200 for 2 medium sized pizzas, 2 order of fries & drinks. Not bad for a group of 6 (child included). Tummy full, kinda tired but doesn’t want to miss the rides, Al Raha river was the answer. Ah, laze around in bliss.

Rejuvenated, we all agreed to ride the Bandit Bomber, the only attraction we all enjoyed, ok we fearfully enjoyed,haha. The heights and its roller coaster feel, it was such a feat for me but am glad I did it though my eyes were shut the whole time, still. Had a similar experience at Universal Studios Singapore thus the lesser the fear ( char, if you only heard my screams) 😂.

If there’s something I regretted not riding was the Falcon Falaj. It wasn’t supposed to be scary because you’re sliding in a group but again, fear got me. So maybe next time.

All in all, it was a 4/5 experience for me (fear took the 1 point) and my family, my son most especially. 

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Hooray! Finally got a blog site for my travel stories and aspirations (mainly) and sometimes, the by-product thoughts of my sudden burst of emotions. Got  a venue too, for the frustrated writer in me. Shukran, WordPress!

Now let’s go straight to the point of making this page.

I am just a wanderlust by nature. I love going to different places and meet different people (yup, despite people seeing me as anti-social though I find my self just selectively social, yes, cut the maaartes asap). I’d rather spend my money anywhere than the mall (because I tend to overspend on things that I don’t really need and eventually give or throw it away and by that I mean immediately out of my sight as I’ll get depressed by the thought of the hard-earned cash I spent them with).

Back when I was young (gees how 30 makes you sound old),  you’ll find me swimming in the river or the beach til I’m sun-baked and hands are wrinkled, sliding on the farmers’ irrigation and shorts tattered, up on the hill satisfying my thirst with young coconuts’ water and to wherever my restless feet brings me.  I like to travel and unravel. But I was not born rich (nor I am currently rich) thus I have to travel at my pocket’s pace.

I used to just  settle in reading travel books and gush over travel photos (still does) and dreamt of the days when I myself will be the subject of the photo and the story. Thankfully, life became a bit easy to handle. I got myself a job immediately after six gruelling-financially-and emotionally-burdened years in the University. It was a taste of heaven. My first job is in a call center where team buildings are productivity boosters thus a must.  I was able to go places. And it was then my travel book-like journey started. But it was not just my journey, but my sister’s and my best cousin’s and my then boyfriend turned husband’s too. They are the favorite people I want to travel with. Now my son, included. If a genie will grant me a wish, I’ll ask not for a magic travelling shoe but a magic travelling car, enough to fit us all. Of course, am gonna be the driver. I am always the trip organizer, the planner, the new place checker, the budget maker. I can pass as a tour guide, I bet, lol, I mean seriously.

Oops, forgot this is just page 1 and not a chapter. So shall post accordingly.