Tracing the Edges of Southern Cebu Island February 29 - March 1, 2008
2/29/08 - 3/1/08
Apas, Cebu| I was nearly lost in my mid-day sleep when i was awaken by my phone blasting the cocacola tune. And when i reached over and answered the call, Maya lossen out her signature greeting: "Hoooooooooyyyy, kanina pa ako tumatawag. Bangon na tuloy tayo!". It took me awhile to regain my consciousness and assume my panic mode. Half-asleep, i managed to wash my face and grab my backpack and literally filled it with whatever i can get hold of- things that i call my travel essentials: shirt, sarong, short, toothbrush, shampoo, and wet tissue. I was struggling to do my post-checking of THINGS TO BRING when Maya sent my queue via sms. I met them down the block and we drove to the nearest Jolibee to grab a bite and shop before we commence our southern cebu invasion!
Pete and Maya had been planning this trip for quite some time already. And since, it's Maya's birthday they decided to finally push through with the plan, well, after some non-violent argument that lovers normally had when they decide to do something together. Eitherway, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to hop in the wagon- considering that i seldom got the chance to travel these days with my depleting treasury and limited time.
We left Cebu City on board Pete's sexy Honda Civic-Hatchback or simply call it "sexy". I wouldn't claim I'm a genius when it comes to automobiles. In fact my knowledge about it is only limited with long, fun, and exciting roadtrips. Moving on, it was around 11am when we left Cebu City. We crossed the Trans-Central highway going to Balamban with the speedometer probably glued in metrics between 80-100kph. Whew, the sexy-pete tandem is surely not a team that you want to mess up with. We cruised through blind curves with screams that we tried to silence inside and exhiliration or maybe fear sometimes that our face failed to masked. It was literally a life in the fast lane, sexy-pete version. But even with the rush, i was luckily able to capture some interesting images of the roadside landscapes on a perfect sunny afternoon.
I must admit the curves and the speed made me dizzy and i felt fortunate to have crossed the transcentral highway and came out in one peice. Without a stop, we then continued to drive down south to Toledo city. This time we were able to enjoy the interesting sights of 19th century churches and old houses that were reminiscent of the Spanish occupation in the island. The roadside view of the beach is another sight as well. Something, that we momentarily missed when the road to Barili took us slightly away from the shoreline. We pass through a bumpy ride cruising the muddy dirt road, an occasion that turned our high-speed team to dawdled through the course.
And when we finally rolled throgh the concrete road again, we were back on the go. We were reunited with the shoreline in Dumanjug, Ronda, Moalboal and all the way to Santander. The picturesque seascape is one of the sight you wouldn't want to miss. The clear waters of southern Cebu is pretty much interesting to see. We in fact made occasional stops to admire its beauty that is reflective of the clear summer sky. And aside from occassional call of nature we also stopped to check out someother fascinating spots like the Bato wharf where you can see Dumaguete peeking from the horizon. But of all places, the town of Santander amused me the most. The scenery was like any other towns that we passed through but the idea that we were on the edge of Southern Cebu looking over the province of Negros is something that i considered as an exciting achievement.
It was around 5pm when we left Santander. And while sexy rolled through the smooth asphalt road going north, Pete and Maya thought that we might as well spend a night in Alcoy rather than drive back to Cebu since it was a little late to enjoy the roadside view. The idea was perfect and so sexy seemed to glide on the free way passing through the towns of Mainit, Oslob- where you can see Sumilon Island from across, and Boljoon.
At exactly 6pm we parked outside Bodo's Bamboo Bar Resort. BBB Resort is a classy place that boasted its wonderful location covering a hectare situated on an elevated plateau overlooking the Alcoy sea. It is equipped with wide variation of amenities that includes the swimming pool, an outdooor jacuzzi. pool table amd table tennis, and conference room. The resort also took pride of their elegant restaurant that serves variety of western and oriental dishes to choose from. All of these in a very reasonable price.
After we checked in and rested for an hour, we all decided to take a dip. I also took the chance of enjoying a can of beer and cigs on the poolside while the lovebirds went for a swim. At about 7pm we decided to have dinner, the steak was great. It is a certified MUST-TO-HAVE: tender and hot. We left the resto at around 9pm and decided to stay the rest of the night inside our room and embrace our pillows in slumber. (zzzzzzzzz)
March 1: 6:00am| The sun blazed through the horizon and seeped through our light curtained windows. I woke up in a sepia-colored morning and admire the wonderful view in the terrace. The seascape was picture perfect. It's probably one of the places where waking up is a magical experience. And after basking in the morning glow, Maya and myself went out of the cottage and checked out the rest of the resort. We wander around and found out that the resort has table tennis- a sport that i haven't played for quite some time. Thinking that it would be the right time to play the sport again, we bugged Pete out of his slumber and force him to play the game. After a series of games we decided to take a dip and try the jacuzzi. By noon time we got ready to grab a bite and check out.
We left Alcoy at around 1pm. We headed north passing through the town of Dalaguete and Matalongon up to our next stop: Argao, where the Riverstone Castle stands. The structure is a depiction of a medieval castle made by a Belgian national last 2000. And since then the structure never failed to catch the curious eye of local tourists and travellers. We had our share of that curiousity or... ROYALTY maybe! By looking at it, the castle is an interesting structure. Although the depiction was crude it was relatively able to achieve a medieval ambiance. We amused ourselves with the sight of the dungeon, the torture room, and the bar where a round table is placed as a centerpiece akin to those of King Arthur's Court. The experience had given us the taste of royalty. At about 2pm we left our Disney dream and drove northwards to Cebu making a stop in Carcar to check out famous emporium where local shoe-makers display their products. Another 2 hours more and a breathtaking ride we were finally back in the metro.
The entire trip summed up a total of 10 driving hours. That was 10 hours of tracing a picturesque view of the southern Cebu's seascape and landscape. Hmm now, I wonder how long will the northern part take? Any takers?