Dumaguete, Philippines

I mentioned in my last Instabits that I went to Dumaguete to attend a Physics conference with some colleagues and students. We took lots of photos and I didn’t want to spam my Instagram friends so I figured I would just share them here on my blog🙂

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We left Manila on October 19 since the conference started on October 20

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Touchdown!

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We made reservations to stay at a dorm in Silliman University. We got a bit lost on the way there but eventually we made it.

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Their dorms were nice and airconditioned (and we had our own bathrooms), but our room had a severe ant problem. They got into all our things and bit me when I slept. The other rooms seemed fine though.

After getting settled in we decided to explore the town a bit. We grabbed some lunch and decided to go to the Sans Rival Cafe in Robinsons

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20161019_133629The famous Dumaguete silvanas

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and sans rival

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Thanks for the treat Sir Emman!

After this we walked around the city for a bit

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For our first dinner in Dumaguete we decided to try Lab-as since a lot of people recommended it:

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It’s famous for its seafood dishes

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Grilled squid, yumm~

The next day was the start of the actual conference

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The plenary sessions were held inside their auditorium, where we spotted this interesting piano

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Double layer and black keys. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it before.

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Our meals were held at the gymnasium:

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That evening we had the conference banquet there as well

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The next day we had poster sessions:

My poster was pink and girly. No surprise there.

That evening we decided to have dinner at the Sans Rival Bistro since they served meals there

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I had the fish which was really good

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They also had a wide selection of desserts

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But of course we went for their specialty – sans rival and silvanas. We tried their choco silvanas this time.

I love the decorations they had at the bistro

We tried to burn off some of the calories we ate by taking an evening stroll around the city

On the third day of the conference we had the closing ceremony in the morning and a conference tour in the afternoon

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We got to ride Silliman’s heritage bus for our tour

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They took us to a wildlife reserve where we had fun feeding some deer

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We also went to the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria, the oldest stone church in Negros:

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Dumaguete squad at the Boulevard

That evening we had dinner at Jo’s Chicken Inato, another recommended place. Afterwards we walked around the boulevard and watched the fireworks competition (the Buglasan Festival was being held that week).

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The following day we had to go back to the Manila. Our flight wasn’t until the afternoon so we squeezed in a quick visit to Silliman Beach.

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We saw this man with the sea urchins he caught that morning.

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Apparently Silliman beach is right next to the airport, and the green patch behind me is actually the airport runway.

To wrap up this entry here’s a quick clip of the gang spinning around the beach and getting all excited after seeing an airplane take off from the runway:

Thanks for the memories Dumaguete!

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