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Keeping Cool

Smart Fans

An Asahi smart fan has a remote control, with the same controls in the mounting. You switch on the fan with the top right speed button. Usually one click there is fast enough. Left of that button is a useful timer function button as often at night it may get much cooler and a fan would not be necessary anymore, you may get woken.
Each press of the button is one hour, then two, four and eight hours. I usually in this climate set the fan going for two hours. The bottom left button switches on and off the oscillation whereby the fan swings left and right so you may position the fan in another direction also. The bottom right button pulses the speed of the motor creating a wafting breeze but I usually use this setting as pitch of the fan changes disturbingly.
All these actions can be done from the remote control. Please ask us if you have another question or if you want a demonstration.

Air Conditioning

Even though the room has air-conditioning, the fan and the clean mountain air may provide you the best sleep generally. Some nights and afternoon are impossibly hot or humid and a comfortable sleeping temperature for the air-con is usually 25-26 degrees whereas when doing computer works or reading you may want 24 degrees settable in the Air Conditioning.

Television Satellite

TV service

If provided has a remote control allowing you to control the channel and the volume, in this country there is no Electronic Program Guide provided and the location and availability of channels may change without notice.
This is beyond our control and systematic in the Philippines. The TV setting needs to be set to the HDMI input for the satellite receiver and you may use the volume control also on the TV remote.
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Electrical

220V AC

Electrical supply 240 volts AC 60 Hertz but frequently the voltage drops significantly, aggravated by the poor distribution design and lack of surge protection systems. In this house, much of the lighting are supplied by solar panels as power interruptions can be frequent particularly in lightning storms and high winds.
For your safety and comfort we have solar powered backup systems and can always run a refrigerator keeping your drinks cold even on the hottest day if we have a prolong power cut. We also can supply 110 volts for those people from Japan and the USA. Most modern equipment is dual voltage, especially portable electronic equipment.

Media Service

Plex Media Service

Play media on your TV with Chromecast

To control the Chromecast, you need to download a program called "Plex", once you load Plex, follow any additional instructions we give and you will then see the media library which can be played to your TV using the chromecast.
We will assist you with this and demonstrate it.

Internet

Free WiFi Internet

Our Internet is provided through our own cell tower, however we are dependent on the proper operation of the Internet by the various telephone companies and unfortunately sometimes occasionally the Internet service in this country has been appalling. We have printers and photocopier, usually A4 paper.

Happy Food

Eat Well

Our menu is adjusted to a healthy mostly Western taste style. We source our food usually from the local weekly market and we have to get supplies from Cebu City and a supermarket. Especially for more exotic items, it can frustratingly difficult to find them so we have adopted our menu accordingly picking the best available fresh local food. With our menu, we will talk with you asking what your eating preferences are, and we will make our best effort to suggest and supply to you some local adoption or something from our local supplies.
It's a great help to us if you order your preferred meals ahead of time as there is no local shopping and sometimes we will always try to obtain fresh items.

Maxi Bar

Helping Yourself


Maxi Bar Attach to your bedroom is a kitchen with a stocked refrigerator, for your use. We also have provided a coffee machine, electric kettle and toaster so that anytime you may make a hot drink, etc.
The tea and coffee is free but drinks are on your account but you can take them anytime 24 hours. If you are short of ice please ask us for more. The range of drink available in the Philippines is limited but the local rum and beer is outstanding value.
If you are longer term staying guest, of course we are gladly help you obtaining any other preferred elixir were possible.

Phones

If you carry your life on a phone?

Be prepared to loose it or to break it, by backing it up or much better take another one on holiday. Even loosing your sim card from back home may be a nusance that will cost you. Roaming is costly, get people to email you. Even the better bus services have WiFi on board now.

Finest Rum

Quality Local Rum

Famous Rum

Our regular Norwegian guest however has chosen as their preferred rum been the 8 year Tanduay, a combination of high quality smooth rum with a little hint of rawness giving it a signature flavor.

We try to keep large stocks of that rum on hand just like the British Navy did.

Cameras

Big SLR Cameras

Asia is bright, small cameras work well

For years I've been using the point and shoot Panasonic Lumix cameras. I've travelled with people who has expensive and large cameras, and at the end of the time togethere we exchanged photos. If you are on the move take the small camera anytime, the qulaity is as good for travel pictures. Many good photos have been taken by me from a moving van, because my camera sat inside a belt pocket as was quick to open.

Pack Your Bag

Practice Packing Your Bag

Budget fly - budget travel - see the back country!

For tourists please have a think about this. I've been travelling in Aisa for over 40 years. Take very little. Clothes are cheap here and you need very few. They dry fast and the locals can wash anything and dry it even when it is raining using a fire. You don't even need a towel or bring a small one. Standing with the shower you can wipe off the water. The rest will evaporate soon.
Most cotton shirts are too thick. Thin cotton is much cooler. Quality brand name stuff can be sweat boxes. Bring a thin rain coat, your biggest hassel is the aeroplane (use a cheap blanket) and the the last segment in your own country. No liquids or sprays if carry-on baggage, nor sissors etc. But with some brand shifting you can get anything you need on arrival. Good waterproof spray on sunscreen is available here cheaper so don't pre-load your stuff unless you have very limited time. Jeans - I almost never wear them, they are hot and restrict walking. If you bring them, you can cut them down to shorts and have them sewn up cheaper than buyng a pair of shorts!
Shoes - Get the best quality sandals you can unless you are intending to treck a lot.
Backpack - Get a ventilated sort that has some separation between your back and the load.
Tablets versus laptop - If you work overseas a laptop is needed and for backing up photos. Sports - My affair with water - for 40 years I carried small flippers, mask and snorkel. Power Bank - Mobile phone charger and torch.

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For Flight ideas...Don't Book *

Information about flights and connections. But prices are sometimes much more expensive than booking directly with the airline and their customer service and conditions are tough.
In a recent price comparison on one date the Kiwi.com flights were 35% higher than booking directly with the airlines.

Wanting a flexible timetable?

If you have a return ticket, make sure that you can change the return date easily or without significant penalty. Travellers to the Philippines are asked for an onward ticket always by the incomming airline. Customs never have asked for it unless you are covered in tatoos, but it is a requirement but you want to make use of the fact that tourist Visas are easy to extend, up to 18 months.

To get aboard you need to book the cheapest future flight to another country that you can afford to not use.

If you have a open return ticket, but on a one way ticket to Cebu etc please get an exit ticket booking. A favourite cheap price is Air Asia from anywhere in the Philippines to say Malaysia from Clark or Kalibo.

From New Zealand...

Planet Earth Travel, a family business, specializes in tours to the Philippines. Get the best deals in some seasons or group tour. I can personally recommend using this company and have used them many times over 20 years. Edith Carpenter is the manager.

Thank you Christopher

Is Cebu Safe?

With the crackdown on drugs the number of petty crime and hold up events have massively diminished.

Before P (Shabu) was almost sold openly like fish. Town dwellers say streets were noisy till the late house as dealers on zero mufflered motorbikes advertised and sold to the mostly innocent. Yes we all notice the peace. Many poor people have suffered. Please come and support them with tourism.

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Walking

Just Walk

Leaving Serenity Resthouse

Historical walking tracks for every level of fitness, to every part of Cebu!

Touring

Motorbike Rental

Guest rate (US$6) per day

So many close places to see and explore.

Rivers

Canyoning Adventures

Walk north or south
Stunning landscapes in gorges (deep, narrow valleys with a stream or river running along their bottom)

Hot Spring

Esoy Hot Spring

An easy walk
Bookings needed usually the day before. We can guide you.
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