Despite being born in the Philippines, I haven’t really had the chance to travel around my own country that much. I guess its the same as most other nations, many of my friends haven’t even seen their own country’s landmarks. So many travelers from around the globe travel thousands of miles just to see sea turtles in my country, while I fell into the trap of choosing destinations that allowed me to check off my list almost all of Southeast Asia.
So, after quitting my job recently in Shanghai, I decided that I will take a break and go back home to be with my family. My boyfriend also wanted to come visit, so we made a plan to travel for a bit. I chose Dumaguete because I had been to the Apo Island marine sanctuary ten years ago with my mom and fell in love with the corals there. And on the map we saw that Bohol and Cebu are not too far either, so we flew in to Dumaguete and flew out from Cebu. In between we took a 5 hour bus ride to get from Dumaguete to Cebu.
I must admit though, that the travel in this journey was indeed one of the most painful ever. Lol. We ended up enjoying snorkeling in Apo Island a bit too much and came home with a really bad burn. The worst part was we didn’t realize how bad our skin was feeling only until evening, it was like a gradual roasting. By the next day we could barely get out of bed – and this was also the day we had chosen to take the 5 hour bus ride to our next destination. The bus arrived late, of course… and when it came, all passengers scrambled to save a seat – because reserved seating does not exist yet. I was high-fiving myself in pain from the bad sunburn, hot humid weather, and all the other passengers pushing each other to get on the bus. Luckily we were welcomed into Cebu with a very nice garden hotel, and we were able to book through the hotel a Bohol day tour for the next day which was very convenient.
Scroll down below to see some of the photos we took on our trip.
Dumaguete – Kav’s Beach Resort. Details here.
Cebu – Montebello Villa Hotel. Details here.