For a month and a half, I spent my weekends out of town on different travel adventures with various people. The surprising thing was that these weren’t really planned at all.
I thought all my travels for the year were over and I was going to stay put in order to finish writing articles and other freelance tasks. I had unexpected trips but had a great time in the process.
Weekend 1: Boljoon, Osmeña Peak, Kawasan Falls, Moalboal
November 12-13, 2011
Doi, Edwin and I went with travel blogger Dong Ho to Boljoon to visit the church and climbed Osmeña Peak, which is the highest peak in Cebu. Then we met up with another travel blogger, Jerome, in Kawasan Falls in Badian and chilled at Basdaku beach in Moalboal. We slept at a barangay hall, climbed down a mountain with hardly any light, took a dip in the waterfall, relaxed at a beach and visited our friends, George & Isa, at The Outpost.
Conquering South of Cebu
Weekend 2: Dumaguete, Siquijor
November 18-21, 2011
- Motorcycling in Siquijor
- Jumping in Cambugahay Falls and Salagdoong Beach
- Visiting Lazi Church & Lugnason Falls
- Food Trip in Dumaguete City
Headed to Siquijor with Ron & Monette, Chichi, and Doi and spent a couple of days on motorbikes while touring the island. We visited a couple of falls, jumped off a cliff, tried to swing like Tarzan (but failed), made crazy videos, and had a quick side trip to Dumaguete for food! We met up with travel bloggers, RV and Mervz, as well as chatted with a kind soul along the way.
Motorcycle diaries in Siquijor
Weekend 3: Siargao Island
November 25-28, 2011
- Island Hopping in Naked Island, Daku Island and Guyam Island
- Surfing Online (lol)
I travelled solo to Siargao island to practice riding the waves in Cloud 9. However, I didn’t have enough rest the previous weeks so my body gave in – and I thought I was invincible. I was able to hop to 3 popular islands though, but I was stuck in my room the next day.
Since I like to maximize my time, I went surfing online (in Siargao!) and worked on my freelance tasks. In the end, I was able to migrate this website to a new hosting provider. I was happy to have finally done it as it saved me 5 bucks a month on hosting fees.
Soloing Siargao island
Weekend 4: Cagayan de Oro
December 03-05, 2011
- Whitewater rafting in Cagayan de Oro
- Food Trip at Divisoria’s Night Market
I travelled solo again, but this time it was in Cagayan de Oro (CDO). I met a great bunch of people when I tried the whitewater rafting activity adventure. I also met up with fellow travel blogger Lloyd since he also dropped by CDO.
Note: It was devastating to hear the tragedy that struck this city and its nearby regions (Iligan and Bukidnon) due to Typhoon Sendong. Relief operations are still ongoing as people are still recovering from this calamity. Here’s how you can help: Iligan and Cagayan de Oro Asks for Your Help
Rafting adventure with a family
Weekend 5: Bantayan Island
December 13-14, 2011
- Chill at Bantayan Island
Okay, so this wasn’t really a weekend as this adventure happened on a Tuesday. This was my second time in Bantayan Island and I’m happy because I finally saw the beach minus the dead seaweeds! I was there about 3 years ago and it was not the best time because of the season.
I spent time on a long stretch of fine, white sand under the scorching sun with other Pinoy Travel Bloggers (Robbie, Mica, Edwin, Drew, Brenna, Renz, Ivan, and Chin Chan). I served as a ‘kuya‘ since most of my companions were young. It hit me, I’m getting old. hehe.
9 people cramped in one room. Would’ve been better to stay in a suite in Brighton hotel
thanks to Renz for some of the photos!
Weekend 6: Oslob, Boljoon, Osmeña Peak
December 23, 2011
- Whaleshark (Butanding) watching in Oslob
- Boljoon Heritage Walk and Jump at the Plaza
- Trek to Osmeña Peak (again)
One of the things I missed out this year was my trip to Legazpi so I could travel to Sorsogon and swim with the whalesharks or butandings in Donsol. I got a little upset because that plane ride was postponed due to conflict of schedules. So when I heard about these whaleshark sightings in Cebu, I had to see it for myself.
We also went for a heritage walk and jumped into the waters at the plaza in Boljoon. To cap it off, we hiked back to Osmeña peak in Dalaguete and trekked down on a foggy trail at night.
Best Animal Encounter and it’s in Cebu, baby!
These were all unexpected trips and upon checking my photo albums in my hard drive, I can’t help but worry a bit about the blogging aspect. Spell B-A-C-K-L-O-G-S?
Oh well, I’m happy enough that even if I tried to veer from the travels and adventures, they suddenly fall on my lap. I have a lot of stuff to write about and I’d like to share these experiences so hopefully, more people will be inclined to get up and head out into the open. Merry Christmas everyone!
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