Cliff House Valencia

Chillin’ at the Cliff House

Cliff House Valencia

Just another lazy afternoon at the Cliff House in Valencia. We’ve seen several Facebook posts featuring this place we decided to check it out. Cliff House is being hosted by Jenny at Airbnb (check the property in Airbnb here). It had great reviews in Airbnb and Facebook so we decided to check this out. This property is booked most of the time and luckily we were able to grab an available weekend. Xavy spent weeks checking Google maps surrounding the property that when we actually drove to this place, I didn’t have to check my phone for directions anymore, he became my guide.

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Cliff House is actually a small apartment that’s perched dramatically near a cliff with stunning views of a jungle valley and clear stream. Not only you can stay overnight but you can also dine here. It’s a small place so not ideal for big groups. But you can arrange with Jenny ahead of time so she can make arrangements.

How to get there:

From Dumaguete, head to Valencia. From Valencia, take the road leading to the Forrest Camp and continue all the way to the junction of Casaroro Falls and Japanese Shrine. A few meters before the junction is green gate on the right side. Unfortunately there are no signs outside the property so you have to watch out for it. It’s about 10 minutes ride up from Forrest Camp, the road is well paved.

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Things to do:

You can dine at the Cliff House. Their food is affordable and is actually good. Some of their servings is good for more than one person so you have to check before you order too much. If you’re staying overnight, the place is really cold since it’s all near the forest, sometimes it’s covered in fog so it’s amazing for photos if that’s what you’re into. It’s a place to unwind, away from the city life. You can enjoy a book and some coffee. You can also just enjoy a Netflix movie if you want (yes they have free wifi for guests staying overnight).

We’re actually going back a few months from now, to spend a quiet weekend. So yes, this is highly recommended if you’re looking to spend a quiet night.

Coffee anyone?

Xavy never got to enjoy his semestral break as he got sick the whole time. So the past few days, we’ve been going out and trying new places. He’s been checking out Coffee Grove in Google Maps and has been rambling about going to Balayag-Manok (where this place is located). So we checked it out. 

We found the place surprisingly nice! The prices are also very affordable. The best para sa amin is that the owner is nice, she’s very polite and so soft-spoken. 

Their food is also good! Xavy had the cookies and hot choco. We tried their empanadas, they were baked and was good. Also tried their carbonara, it’s good. 

My day mostly start with coffee so this a good find for me. Mga 20 minutes ride sya from the city. It’s not packed with your usual “coffee shop crowd”. It’s quiet and you’ll find people talking in hushed voices, 2 or 3 people quietly working on their laptops. 

A quaint coffee shop somewhere in Valencia

A few friends recommended this place, it’s been there for several months but we just never had the time to check it out. Xavy loves cookies so when they mentioned that the cookies are good, specially with the gravy, we decided to check it out.

We’ll definitely come back to this place. If you’re ever in Valencia and wanted somewhere quite, you definitely should check this out. 

Getting Xavy’s passport (Part 2)

So we lost the slip for claiming his passport and I eventually forgot. Until one of my friends saw his name posted. Said something like we need to claim it before to send it back to Manila for cancellation. So the next day I went to their office. I brought some identification and informed their guard that I’m only there to claim the passport but lost the slip. I was there at 10 AM but they don’t release passports until 11. Unfortunately, I had to get an affidavit of loss before they can release it.

GETTING XAVY’S PASSPORT (PART 1)
Credits to Roxy for buzzing me!

It’s a good thing they also had their own lawyer. I waited for about 30 minutes for the lawyer which was fine because I had to wait until 11 anyways. I had to pay P350 for the affidavit. By the way, the affidavit didn’t have to be issued by DFA’s lawyer, it can be from any lawyer. I just opted to wait, it was more convenient.

So we finally got his passport and we’re very excited to start travelling together.

Weekend and long drives

Yung feeling that you’re missing out on life because you’ve been working like crazy for the past few months. It’s just been a series of meeting deadlines, meetings and making sure that everyone at work is up and running and that the rest of your team is happy with their jobs.

One of the things that I learned (the hard way) is that you have to take care of yourself first. I hope it doesn’t sound as selfish as it seems, or a typical millennial. Damn millennials. And for the record, I am one.

I don’t think na-imagine ng younger me that I’d be where I am right now. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy (I think I am) where I am right now. Yes I have regrets (quite a lot of them too) but I learn from those regrets (I mean what can I do but learn from them right?) and I believe I am making better choices because of those regrets.

I thought I had the world figured out back then, the joke was on me. Kaloka! Okay, don’t tell my sister but yes I should have listened to some of her litanyas back then. So now, I had to fucking learn from my mistakes coz I didn’t listen back then. Oh well.

One of those mistakes was to take life slowly. Namnamin mo besh! Huwag magmadali. I was always in a rush that eventually life took it’s toll on me. Char lang! Tangina, hindi ako naniwala sa mga soul searching churva back then, yung hanapin mo muna yung sarili mo. Kala ko drama lang, but besh, it’s true! Kailangan mo pala talagang kilalanin ang sarili mo, mahalin ang sarili mo at higit sa lahat alagaan ang sarili mo. Coz you know what, at the end of the day, when the lights go out, it’s just you and you alone.

Every once in a while, spend time with yourself. Bet ko long drives coz ang dami kayang pumapasok sa isip ko, yung feeling ko ang profound nila and na-aamaze ako sa sarili kong thoughts. Shets, aging issues besh! Watch a movie alone, grab a coffee alone, whatever rocks your boat. Kung #richkid ka naman, travel alone. 

Life is weird, sometimes it will catch you off guard. But when you know yourself, fucking bring it on!

****Photo of Xavy was taken last weekend when we drove to Canlaon, Negros Oriental. His first. My nth but I was about his age then so I don’t remember anything about the place. This was a day trip, we were there for about 3 hours while the drive back and forth was about 5 hours. We only visited the century old Balete tree and Inland Resort which was packed by the way.