I don’t often go out when I’m at home. I use the time to catch up on backlogs and online tasks as well as get some rest and relaxation in the process. At times, Pinoy Travel Bloggers would drop by and I’d get to hang out with them only for meet-ups.
Then there are moments when everything just falls into place and you get an extra time off from the office. You go out with these eccentric travellers on a trip within your region which you never knew existed. Such is the case when Gael, aka ThePinaySoloBackpacker, visited Cebu and invited us for a trip down South.
heading to the Citlink terminal in Cebu
photo by Doi
With a Lonely Planet guidebook as our reference, we stopped by Alegria in Cebu and asked locals about our destination. Some of them didn’t even know that they had one. Crazy how one can get just to satisfy that lust for wandering.
Watchtower in Alegria, Cebu
Motrbike to Salay Cave
We were able to negotiate with habal-habal (motorcycle) drivers to take us to Salay Cave, which was our main agenda on that day. I know we didn’t have any motorhome insurance quote to begin with but that was okay. I miss the feeling of butt-numbing rides on a 30 minute traverse from where we were to our point of destination. I found out that it’s been awhile since I last hopped on a motorbike.
habal-habal in Cebu
30-minute Farm Trek
After that motorbike ride, we began our trekking journey amidst corn fields. It was a different view which made it more unique. How does it feel to have crops towering you? At a point, it became eerie knowing you could get lost. I’m just glad they weren’t as dense as that Mel Gibson movie.
cornfield – farm town?
Passing through a small hole good enough for one person to enter, we hardly saw anything when we were inside Salay Cave. It’s a different kingdom altogether; it would’ve been more beautiful if it was bright. But then the Tourism office was closed at the time; I’m sure they would’ve advised us to bring headlamps before our trek.
Salay Cave with no lights
How many years has it been, Moalboal? A lot of memories in college and when I first started working in a BPO company are stored in this quick beach-fix – some of which are worth sharing and some I’d rather not recall.
goofing around in Basdaku, Moalboal
Swimming in Tuble Marine Sanctuary
It’s even better when you get to explore other places and swim underwater. Then it hit me. It’s been 3 months since I last went to the beach – 3 months is already a long time for this bum.
underwater in Tuble Marine Sanctuary – I miss my underwater cam
photo by Edwin
Gael is pretty hardcore; she’d even check out these places by herself if she had no one to tag along. It’s also great to have Edwin and Doi with us who also did their own research and recommendations. Even if I’ve already been to a number of places in Cebu, I realized that I should make the most of it and explore other treasures and try going to off-the-beaten paths more often.
All in all, I’m glad to have people to drag along (once time permits) for a quick adventure. There are less excuses and there’s no need to explain why we do what we do. You can connect easily because you have the same desire for budget travelling.
This two-day trip made me appreciate Cebu even more. Will post more stories after I’m finished with the backlogs; whenever that is.
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