A private Island feel..
18.10.2015 - 21.10.2015 32 °C
People often ask why I'm so into long journeys and tedious rides when I travel. Well besides the adrenaline rush I get by being on the road and the excitement it brings to my core while imagining what's in store for me in that certain place after the long travel, there are two more things. Read on..
First, intimacy. It's a chance where I can be one with myself again for a moment, because most of the time my mind and body are all over the place. Also, it's a time when I can shut down from things I'm tired of seeing, hearing and feeling. I can sit however I want, nap without hesitations, think about random things, smile at random strangers and laugh at random thoughts. I personally think that these particular periods of time is the most important part of my travels. It is simply coming to terms with, forgiving, nourishing and loving yourself a little bit more so you have enough of it to share with others genuinely and unconditionally.
Second, Ideas. Ideas are as bright as the sun in summertime during these times. Past, present and future are all in tune playing in my head and rushing through my senses without getting me into my crazies. Finally, I have the time to think carefully again about what I really want, what I need to do, what I have accomplished so far and where my life is heading. Long travel is my guilty pleasure. I can overthink without harming myself, lol.
That was a long a** introduction. As promised regarding the next travel blog I'm gonna be posting. Here it is, straight from the get go. More detailed and informative, hopefully. Enjoy!
MANILA October 18, 2015 ETD 7:10am
3:00am While typhoon Lando/Koppu is happening outside we started preparing. Breakfast, shower, last minute packing and all that ish. DONE in a whim.
3:45am We head out and took a cab from my place in Quezon City to the Airport (P350).
4:25am Arrived at NAIA Terminal 4, it was a Sunday so no traffic jam. Went straight to security check.
5:00am Baggage check, since we're done with checking in online a day before. Self check in online is a time saver, I highly recommend it.
5:15am At the Boarding gates. But first, coffee (P150).
7:10am Exactly, we lined up for boarding.
7:25am All aboard. The plane took off. Tried to write for a bit.
CEBU October 18, 2015 ETA 8:45am
8:45am We head outside and rode a white metered Taxi to Cebu North Bus Terminal (P150 + P10 terminal fee) but first, toilet.
9:30am CNBT Breakfast! Batong, lechon paksiw and rice wrapped in leaves called puso or heart because it is heart shaped, I guess (P120) while brainstorming whether going to Maya/Malapascua or Hagnaya/Bantayan. Although I love the reviews about Bantayan we chose Malapascua.
10:00am Rode Ceres bus, the yellow one.
11:00am Note that the bus only leaves when there is enough passengers (P160+ and P130+ 20% off student discount). It was a fun swift ride because Kuya, the bus attendant was very friendly but not until Manong driver started flooring it really fast that I/we have to shout at him cuz we were literally flying, only to realized that there were ladies on his passengers side and "nagpapaimpress pala". They got off and he drove normally again.
3:00pm Thank God we reached Maya Port safe. It was a 4 hour drive with 2 stopovers.
3:10pm After a short negotiation about the sea's condition (remember there is typhoon happening in Luzon) and boat fare we begin our rough journey to Malapascua Island (P200/head but P100/head originally). Man the waves are rocking and rolling our boat out like crazy for full 45 minutes and I'm not gonna lie it was hella scary. I suggest that you trust your boatmen cuz I believe they've been doing and dealt with it all their lives and they sure know what they're doing but also, pray and keep your eyes locked on that orange thing called life vest.
4:00pm We safely reached the island. Note that there are no other means of transportation but by walking and motorbike (P20/head in any part of the island). We actually paid P60, we gave extra because we went somewhere else first before finally going to Thresher Cove Resort and Dive Center without any reservation. Luckily they have available rooms but we chose the cheapest (P1400 for 2 packs 3days/2nights) plus complimentary drinks. The room was cold, clean and nice. The bathroom was huge. The staffs were friendly and always willing to assist with anything plus the sight of the pool beside the beach and a bonfire, heaven in my eyes. We rest for a bit after checking in.
5:00pm Since we can't resist the pool we soaked ourselves for an hour. Go back, freshen up then went out for dinner.
7:00pm Dinner time! At the Hotel's Gallery Restaurant. We had a big bowl of Nasi goreng (if you're sensitive to smell and a small eater this is a big no no), sweet and spicy chicken, buttered veggies and ginger tea (P700 for 2).
8:00pm Sleep finally, the ultimate luxury! Lights off.
THEN MORNING CAME. What happened next literally changes our lives forever. Soon..