Me and my college friend met last October to catch up on what’s happening with our lives. I shared to her what really happened to me in the past months, which apparently was my darkest moment this year. I was surprised that she wasn’t so shocked like my other friends when i told her my story , maybe because were quite on the same page. Both our parents didn’t understood what we really wanted in life – to work in the field of art. The only difference we have is that she fought for her dream while I just accepted the fact that maybe, corporate life is really for me. But the most surprising thing of that day is when she told me that she and my other college classmate are jealous of me.
They thought that I was having the time of my life – working in a large company, earning money every month, etc. They thought that I enjoyed corporate life and made new friends. They thought that I was living my dream, which is in reality, was a nightmare. A living nightmare. I felt sad when she told me that she felt sorry for me, that she wasn’t there when i needed help. I assured her that none of it is her fault and the blame is all on me, because i never told anyone, not even my parents.
That’s when i realized that we can’t really judge someone based on what she have, and everyone is battling a fight everyday. I never thought that my friend is experiencing depression-anxiety, and we’ve been friends for almost 5 years. As i write this post, i hope that someday, me and my friend would finally live the dream we’ve been waiting for because i know that we deserve so much more.
These past two months have brought some unforgettable memories : my tita and tito from Canada came to visit us after 3 years ; beach bonding with my family at batangas and my first ever slumber party.
#teamBatac Family Reunion.
Halloween at the beach @ Munting Buhangin, Batangas.
Actually, our beach outing was unplanned and we just decided it the day before. LOL 😀 We had breakfast at Mcdonalds Tagaytay first thing in the morning and we arrived at the resort around 8 AM. We had a good stay there because aside from the calm and clear waters of the beach + good weather, there are only a few people in the resort.
My first ever slumber party !
Just this weekend, our #weDeserveBetter gang had our first slumber party in one of my friend’s house and its the best thing ever! we had korean themed dinner while watching Conjuring 2 (LOL) and watched What Happened To Monday before we slept. Good thing my friend’s guest room has its own bathroom + flat screen TV and Karaoke! We are planning our next slumber party next year, January 2018 for our 2nd anniversary.
I hope this coming Christmas Month would be unforgettable too and maybe a plot twist? in my life before 2017 ends.
This is a side trip of our Mindanao travel last May which makes the whole week travel well spent 🙂 Our accommodation in Cagayan De Oro, Marianne Suites arranged this tour for us aside from our rafting adventure. This is only a whole day travel but its all worth it 🙂
First stop for the morning: Del Monte Farm. Aside from their tomato sauce, Del Monte is well known for their pineapple fruit drinks and we got to see their huge pineapple farm.
We also had a good view of this farm from the top of a hill and the scenery was just beautiful.
Next stop: Dahilayan Adventure and Nature Park. The place has a strong resemblance of Baguio because of the Pine trees and the cool climate, but this is a lot better than Baguio. With tall pine trees perfectly aligned with each other, cozy picnic tables and great view, its a Camp John Hay version 2.0
They also have some attractions like the Luge Hanging Bridge, Drop Zone etc but we didn’t try those (except for their zipline) because its a bit pricey, so we just hang out in their cute playground.
And last but not the least, we tried their longest dual zipline in Asia and it was really awesome! With 840m long, the zipline passes through great pine trees, lush mountains and green fields. Before the ride, A 4WD safari cruiser transported us to their launch tower.
We also tried their 320 MT plus 150 MT zipline and the view is awesome too.
I never thought that I would travel here, I mean I only used to read about this wonderful island in magazines and brochures. After our trip here, i realized that as much as i want to travel outside my country, i need to explore the whole Philippines first because it’s really more fun in the Philippines! 🙂
My parents already booked our flight last January and so far, this is our most expensive trip because we also include Cagayan De Oro and Bukidnon in our trip (a separate blog post for this). We were worried at first to travel because of the commotion happening in Marawi City caused by the Maute group and the whole Mindanao is under Martial Law. Fortunately, our whole trip went well. (thank you lord! ) Here’s a diary of what happened in our trip to the island born of fire.
May 29, Monday 4:30AM- Departure
We arrived early in the airport around 2:00 AM and we already feel the excitement. It’s been 4 years since I boarded a plane so i really enjoyed our 1 hour flight. I even get a glimpse of the wonderful sunrise.
We arrived at Laguindingan Aiport around 6 in the morning and we took a van to get us to Agoda Terminal. The travel is almost 1 hour and after arriving at the terminal, we boarded a bus to take us to Balingoan Port. The bus travel is almost 2 hours and we took a heavy breakfast in a restaurant just beside the port. Travelling can make you really hungry!
From Balingoan Port, we took a small ferry boat that will take us to Camiguin(finally!) and I realized that we traveled by all means of transportation (plane, van, bus and ship). It’s been years too since i boarded a ship, the last time was during our immersion in Mindoro back in 2013.
After an hour or so, we finally arrived in our destination. The travel was worth it.
Our home for 3 days and 2 nights was at Cabuan Beach Resort in Mambajao, Camiguin and the whole resort was ours ! the area was really nice too and view of the ocean is really awesome.
We took a few hour rest first in the resort then we had a hearty lunch in a Chinese restaurant. A BUFFET restaurant for 200 Php. Travelling and Eating is my perfect combination, tbh. 🙂
During our travel to the next destination, we had some picture taking to some popular destinations in Camiguin.
We headed to Tuasan Falls after and had a refreshing swim. This falls is one of the best I’ve been too, honestly.
Our next stop: Sto Nino Cold Spring Resort. My mom and my brother had enough of cold springs so its just me, my sister and papa who enjoyed the fresh water pool.
Our last spring for today: Ardent Hot Springs. Actually, i thought the temperature would be the same as Maquinit Hot Springs in Coron, Palawan but no. The water is only a bit warm and i think that’s why there are many people bathing in the resort. Still, we enjoyed it!
May 30- Tuesday
We woke up at 4AM to view the sunrise in the highlight destination of our trip- the famous White Island! Just a 15-20 minute boat travel, the white island is a huge patch of white sand in the middle of nowhere. My father called it as the ” almost island” because we thought that it was supposed to be an island but never materialized. Nonetheless, the view was spectacular.
Everything was just picture worthy- the fine white sand, the view of the mountains and the deep blue ocean. Nature is indeed magical.
Up next is Mantigue Island, which is a spot for snorkeling. The view is great however, because of the strong current we didn’t get to snorkel that much.
After Mantigue, we had lunch first then proceeded to our next destination: The Giant Clams Sanctuary in Guinsiliban, Camiguin. Entrance fee is 25 Php and to view the natural habitat (which is a snorkeling tour) you will have to pay 150 Php. They also included an educational tour of the the giant clams in a man made pool sanctuary, which we thought at first to be the “main tour”. LOL. I really enjoyed our snorkeling tour and its my first time to see giant clams and the small ones. Sadly, our underwater camera has run out of battery so no pictures of our snorkeling trip. 😦
We headed to our last destination which is at Katibwasan Falls. This is much taller than Tuasan Falls, however the place is quite the same: very relaxing and the view is really awesome.
May 31- Wednesday – Last day. 😦
I’m really glad that despite the popularity of the place among tourists, Camiguin has retained its natural beauty and i hope that it would stay the same way for a very long time.
Planning to return here in the next 3 or 4 years. Till next time Camiguin!
Our Itinerary for 3 days and 2 nights:
May 29- First Day
– Arrival in Laguindingan Airport, Cagayan De Oro.
– 1 hour travel from airport to Agoda Terminal
– 2 hour travel from Agoda Terminal to Balingoan Port
– 1 hour travel from Balingoan Port to Camiguin Island.
– 30 minute travel from port to our resort (Cabuan Beach Resort, Mambajao)
– Destinations for the day: Sunken Cemetery, Tuasan Falls, Sto Nino Cold Springs and Ardent Hot Springs.
2. May 30 – 2nd Day
– Wake up time: 4 AM
– Travel to White Island
– Breakfast at Checkpoint Buffet
– Travel to Mantigue Island
– Lunch in the city proper.
– Destinations (Afternoon): Giant Clams Sanctuary in Guinsiliban, Camiguin and Katibawasan Falls.
3. May 31- 3rd Day
– Bought Pasalubong and other delicacies in the city proper