It was indeed sweeter the second time around.
We got an invitation a year ago from a dear friend. The venue? South Palms Beach Resort in Panglao, Bohol. And because we were so excited, we booked our tickets months ago (syempre dahil sale din). June 1 pa lang nagpabook na kami and the roundtrip tickets only cost 1,630 pesos for two. Well, perks of booking ahead of time.
Nung malapit na yung date, biglang hindi na kami sure kung makakapunta kami. The flight we booked was for 4 days and I will only get regularized 2 days prior the departure date which happened to fall on a weekend. So hindi ko maffile yung leave ko because I will be out kung kelan maccredit at pwede ko na ifile. Ubusan ng leave to as early as the second month of the year. But things fell into place and I found out that I can access the site outside work and I can file the PTO using my phone while I was out. So okay lang, kaya push pa rin.
Our departure date was February 22, 2016 at 6:00 a.m. from Manila to Tagbilaran via Cebu Pacific. Of course, make sure you have a valid ID with you bearing the name on your ticket. As for me, maiden name ko pa rin ang nakalagay sa mga tickets ko kasi di namin napalitan yung pre populated details sa account namin. Good thing I still have valid IDs showing my maiden name. As a rule, for domestic flights, check in counters close 45 minutes before flight departure. Para less hassle, you can check in online on Cebu Pacific website or app 24 hrs before your scheduled flight. This will lessen wait time once you are already at the airport. At dahil nga hindi kami sure na aalis kami talaga, hindi kami nagpabook ng hotel in advance. This is the first time that we did this, we hate taking risks when we travel.
We arrived at Tagbilaran airport as scheduled. The couple made an arrangement with their hotel to pick their guests up at the airport at the scheduled arrival time. Naghintay kami ng konte for the shuttle and while they were coordinating. Kami lang kasi yung ganung time ang dating that date. That afternoon na rin yung wedding. While waiting, may mga lumalapit samin na mga drivers and tour guides to ask us if we want to avail their services. Hindi kami masyadong nakikipag-usap pag ganun. Meron lang isang manong kaming kinausap na nag-offer ng service using his car for a tour. 1,800 pesos kaming dalawa na for 1 whole day. Kinuha namin yung contact number nya in case kailanganin namin. Wala pa kasi kaming itinerary that time.
When we reached the resort, I was really amazed with the beauty of the place. The beach was crystal blue and everything was just perfect. I want to freeze the moment and just enjoy the view. Kung pwede lang icapture pati yung nararamdaman ko ng moment na yun, isinave ko rin sa phone ko. Even the cameras cannot capture how beautiful the place is. But again, the place was South Palms Beach Resort. You may search their rates on their website. It’s quite pricey and our trip was not really planned so wala kaming malaking budget for our accommodation. Wala nga kaming kahit anong plano.
My husband went ahead and tried to inquire with the nearby resorts. May idea naman kami na magkakalapit lang sila and pwede lang lakarin. Dumaluan Beach Resort is like 3 resorts after South Palms. Yun yung sinuggest ng couple samin kaso walang available, afternoon pa magkakaroon. 2,500 pesos per night yung pinakamura sa AC room nila. Dahil pagod na ko at gusto ko na magpahinga, nag inquire na rin sa katabi. Dumaluan Beach Resort II naman din. Kailangan na kasi namin makapag settle down dahil 5:00 p.m. ang wedding. 1,300 pesos lang per night ang rate nung standard AC room nila. Mas mura pero mas maganda naman kasi amenities sa kabila. Pero pwede na rin, maayos at malinis naman yung room at malapit na malapit lang din talaga sa beach.
So we stayed at the second Dumaluan Beach Resort and agreed na lilipat na lang kami the next day. We took a nap and prepared for the wedding.
It was a lovely wedding. My dream wedding destination. The beach, the sunset, the fine sand, the sky and everything there is. I was amazed how two people love each other so much that they would leave everything behind for the one they love.
Moving forward, we took a rest the entire second day. We explored the beach and just laid down the fine white sand. It was a perfect day. Wala akong ibang nasabi kundi Thank you, Lord. Ulit ulit. Ang bilis ng tibok ng puso ko sa tuwa, sa saya, sa pagpapasalamat. Yung tipong ayaw mong tapusin ang araw, gusto mo lang humiga sa buhangin. I can still remember how I exctly felt that day up to this moment. And I promised myself, I shall return. Di na rin kami lumipat ng resort, ganun din kasi.
Nagtour kami on the third day. Nakapunta na kami sa mga lugar na yun so hindi ako masyadong excited. 1,800 pesos ang rent namin sa car kasama na yung gas at driver’s fee. Samin na yung mga entrance fees at activities.
- Tarsier Sanctuary – 60 / head
- Loboc River Cruise Floating Restaurant – 350 / head with buffet lunch
- ATV ride around Chocolate Hills – 1700 / head for 2hrs
- Chocolate Hills – 50 / head
- Hanging Bridge – 10 / head + 150 photo (optional)
The second visit was worth it. Good thing we tried something new which was the ATV ride. It was quite expensive compared to what we had in Boracay but it was something to try on. It was a wonderful experience (kahit nabangga ko yung fence ng isang bahay dahil nagpanic ako sa bilis ng takbo ko 😂).
Around 5:00 p.m. tapos na yung tour. Di na namin pinuntahan yung iba. Nagpahinga kami sandali sa room then nagpunta kami sa Alona beach para magdinner. Bora style ang Alona, maraming kainan sa beachfront unlike sa Dumaluan na yung mga kainan lang sa resort ang meron. Mas mura din accommodations dun. Okay naman yung beach pero mas gusto ko pa rin sa Dumaluan. Pagod na ko sa city life at okay na yung dun lang kami nagdinner at tumambay saglit.
Beach bum lang ulit ng 4th day. Swim pa more then after lunch nagprepare na kami pabalik ng Manila. Yung nagtour na lang din samin yung hinire namin na maghatid samin sa airport. 400 pesos yung binigay namin. Medyo pricey ang pagpunta sa Bohol, hindi accessible ang mga kainan talaga at mga lugar na pwedeng puntahan. May fee lahat. Pero kung beach lang talaga, perfect to. Sulit pa rin. May mas imumura pa ang mga gastos, basta marunong kayong magsearch sa Google. 🙂 We will definitely go back!