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Dr. Wak-wak, please help us!

After a search from Google, Dr. Wakwak is not uniquely Filipino. But the name though, makes the game sound more playful than the English equivalent.

Here’s a description from http://wilderdom.com/games/descriptions/HumanKnot.html:

Human Knot

  • a get-to-know-you icebreaker
  • involves close physical proximity
  • can be used as a name game
  • helps a group learn about  how to work together
  • can also focus on group understanding of communication, leadership, problem solving, teamwork, trust, persistence, etc.

I had my CMSC 21 class do the Dr. Wakwak exercise as reprieve from the semester-long coding work. We had our make up class at the Hadsan Cove Resort, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

Problem-solving need not be in code.




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Revisiting Hadsan Beach

Hadsan Beach Cove in Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu was one of the most frequented resorts of batches of UP students back in the 1990s and early years of 2000s. Hadsan was the easy favorite as one can enter the resort at around 50 pesos –great for the budget-consious and -challenged. Testament to Hadsan’s mark in UP is the naming of one of the campus tambayans now more known as the Sagabay tambayan.

Last Monday, my CMSC 21 class took advantage of the Sinulog break and trooped to Hadsan for some team-building action. While the resort needs some repairs to keep pace with the other resorts in Cebu, its old charm remains. Watch out for tuyom and the stone-floored waters though. Thick, calloused feet are an advantage here.

The resort retained its mark of being inexpensive with its entrance fee now just 40 pesos. With the 40-peso rate, expect a self-service accommodation since the resort do not have handy personnel for your group’s needs. You also have to walk a few meters from the beach and your group’s cottage to avail of the free grilling area. What’s nice though is that you can just rent one cottage and colonize the unoccupied ones without resort staff keeping watch.

Note: Hadsan Cove does not provide overnight accommodation.

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The best island for your peso… Olango

For those wanting a relaxed beach experience this summer, you should try Olango Island, Cebu. An island just about 30 minutes away from Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City. Olango offers adventurers an inexpensive vacation different from the crowded beaches of Mactan.

Armed with ready-to-grill meat, drinks and snacks, we ventured to this small island in the summer of 2009. We rented a kayak for just 100 pesos good for the whole day. The unli-kayak allowed us to see and paddle through mangroves and off to deeper waters relying mainly on our instincts to go left, right, forward and against the strong currents.

For those who want to mingle with the fishes and spy on the migratory birds, there are also boats which service island-hopping trips for around 1700 pesos.

Olango Island
Giving up on paddling and resorting to pulling.

Surfing with our multi-purpose kayak

The obligatory ‘jump shot’

Motorized boat to ferry us to Olango

The birds enjoy the still waters of early morning

Eating time! Don’t disturb the birdie

Manong bangkero

Island co-habitants

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tayo na sa beach!

With the year 2010 about to close, a few friends and I charted a hastily planned beach getaway last December 26. From Jollibee at corner AS Fortuna and Hiway (Mandaue), we took the Maribago jeep armed with lechon manok and bottles of Coke. Portofino Beach Resort, Mactan was the ready answer for the group’s beach-thirst.

Despite the large crowd at the resort, we got to enjoy the waters including the funny intermissions by zipline riders.

Lesson learned: Never head to Portofino on a weekend or holiday if you are allergic to several beach-goers.

(Photos courtesy of Ana Coritha Desamparado)

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