Samboan: Waking Up to the Sunrise of the South + a Teaser Photo of Dao Falls

We had a long weekend last week so my friend and I decided to go falls-hopping in Samboan, a fifth class municipality about 150 kilometers south of Cebu City.

We arrived at the South Bus terminal at around 1 AM for our 2 AM Ceres bus, but to our dismay, the bus did not arrive until 3:30 AM.  By then, another bus company, Sunrays, had arrived.  Despite Sunray’s non-aircon bus, we opted to take it since it was a direct trip to Samboan (Ceres was via Barili).

Because we were exhausted from work and all the waiting, we slept the whole duration of our trip.  I only woke up when I felt the first rays of sunshine on my face.

Here’s my first view of that day’s sunrise.

Samboan Sunrise 01
As the bus cruised along the highway, I relished the feel of the summer breeze on my face.  This is actually why I prefer to ride non-air-con buses during trips to provinces – it’s nice to inhale air that is devoid of pollution and smog.

Another reason why I prefer taking non-air-con buses on provincial trips is that on them, I can snap photos anytime.  (Most air-conditioned buses have immovable windows that prevent me from taking really good shots of the scenery before me.)

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Too bad I couldn’t will the bus to stop anytime to take photos, so some of my shots were either blurry or skewed.  Good thing it’s now easy to straighten photos.

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Here’s a photo that I had to crop because there was a signage by the breakwater that ruined my composition.

Samboan Sunrise 01
Here’s another one.

I love how the clouds looked fluffy.  Too bad I had to again crop this since the signage is right underneath the sun.

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If I’m not mistaken, we were in Boljoon when I chanced on the above.

From Boljoon to Oslob, I kept on snapping photos in between snacking on the sandwiches I brought with me.

Here’s  one of my better photos from this set.

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I love how the coconuts and trees framed the sunrise on the above photo.

On this photo, the fluffy clouds again made an appearance.
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This is another photo of the same scenery, but this time, I zoomed in for a closer shot.

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Morning had broken, and everything looked so serene.

Here’s another favorite because the plants again nicely framed the sunrise and clouds.

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Up next is my blog about Dao Falls, the tallest waterfall in Samboan with a 90-foot vertical drop of water.

Here’s a teaser photo.

Dao Falls
Till next!

9 thoughts on “Samboan: Waking Up to the Sunrise of the South + a Teaser Photo of Dao Falls

  1. pattimoed

    Gorgeous shots! I love your thoughts on air-conditioned buses. It’s true that the windows get in the way of great shots. This is such lovely country. I’m going to enjoy learning more about it from you–Patti

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    1. milai Post author

      Thank you.

      I love your perspective. Your photos were taken in a way that make us ponder on what it really conveys. Looking forward to seeing more interesting photos from you. 🙂

      Reply
  2. maryshoobridge

    One of the great things about blogging is that you get to see the most wonderful places and get inspired to travel to locations you have never experienced.

    Reply
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