May 15, 2017

3D Outreach Activities

Chapter 8: “Hoping to go Island Hopping”

Good evening ladies and gentlemen! My name is “Uncle Nathan”! Do you remember me? If yes, you know why I am here. If no, nobody cares!!! Last time, I went to Island Hopping in Mactan with some 3D students. I wanted to share that story because I got a lot of good memories from this journey. Goosebumps! Goosebumps! And I’m sure that people who joined the school trip at that time also had fun. So, for this post, I would like to talk about Caohagan Island, a natural paradise located in the middle of the Philippines’ sea. Can you believe it ??? The owner of this island is a Japanese. Mr Sakiyama bought the island thirty years ago for 1000 USD. If you don’t believe, check it out by yourself. Then, since that day he managed to keep the island quiet, peaceful and natural. I talked to him and he revealed to me that money does not always comes with joy. There are millions of people in Japan who are living in luxury but they are not happy. They don’t enjoy their lives. That’s why he fell in love with Caohagan. Simple life makes happiness. These will be his final lands and where his body will be buried he said. He lives happily here with his new families which are now composed by local people and others lovers of nature living there.   If I were a total stranger in Cebu City, I would like to know what is the best way to reach that island.

1: How to go there from 3D Academy (JY Square)?

First of all, you can rent a van, a car or if you know the city well, you can also use local transportation (Jeepneys) to reach Marigondon’s Port. You need to remember the following addresses: From JY Square Mall, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines To Caohagan, Marigondon Port Rd, Lapu-Lapu, 6015 Lalawigan ng Cebu, Philippines.

  1. How far is it? How many hours do I need before arriving in Marigondon’s Port?

There are three ways to go to the port. According to the road you will use, that will take at least 58 minutes and maximum 1h15.

  1. At Marigondon’s Port, how can I rent a boat?

You will probably rent a motorized Bancas for sure. The prices are given by boatmen over there who wait new clients all day. This is a picture of the Bancas which are famous means of transportation in Philippines.

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  1. I understood. How long does it take from Marigondon’s Port to Caohagan Island?

That depends on the tide and the weather. It is not really far from the port because you will rent motorized boat. You can count 30 minutes~1h before arriving in Caohagan.

  1. What kind of activities can we do in Caohagan island?

To answer that question, I would like just to say, Steady on, Chill out, Go easy, Calm down and relax. In that place, the true happiness is to enjoy the nature. Besides, you can get along with the local people. They are very friendly on that island.

 

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No Wi-Fi, no phone, no electricity, in that place. If you want to go to Caohagan, you must forget everything about your modern life and look at the new opportunities that life offers to you on the horizon.  Be free to reborn in that island and to experience a new life. Try to discover your limits when you are released in a natural place.  Are you a survivor? Are you a hero or a zero? Let’s find it out together. For me and my friends, we were soldiers. We fought against the nature and we won. Some made friends over there and others just enjoyed the beach. There is a local market on the beach. You can buy a lot of souvenirs, eat sea food that villagers catch during the day. Everywhere on the beach, you can also enjoy a beautiful view, admire the crystal water and the white sand. For me, it was simply a natural paradise. For people who want to go back to the nature, it is definitely the best place to be. During your Island Hopping, you can stop there for one hour or more. Believe me! You won’t regret it! My friends and I didn’t regret it. If you look at our pictures below, it is all about happiness. You can appreciate the beauty of nature through the latest video made by our lovely Australian video maker, Jacob Steenson. Enjoy baby! I am a Jack-of-all-trades in that superb video. I do cooking, fishing, swimming and so on.

The story of Uncle Nathan in Caohagan is over for this time. That was life, babe. My six packs and myself on the beach. Big time for me!!! Doing barbecue, swimming everywhere, drink a cold beer and dream. You know what they say about us. A man who doesn’t dream is dead. I’m a dreamer, therefore I live. Dreaming is the beginning of creation and that makes us bold. I like this sentence. Anyway, stay tuned to know more about my life in 3D and Cebu City. Next week we will learn more English. For now, you can check out the new vocabulary below.

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