“Here you go,” our driver from Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort said, smiling at us as he parked outside a tall building. After a 4 hour drive back to Cebu City, all I wanted to do was get some rest. We entered Verbena Capitol Suites and the staff quickly checked us in. I could barely talk, I was so groggy from the trip to Cebu City that all I wanted to do was feel the soft covers behind my neck. When I got to my room, I quickly dropped my things and carelessly flopped myself onto the bed, bouncing a little at the softness. “Ahhh. Back to the city life,” I say to myself.
“Maayong buntag!” they greeted us as we stepped off the golf cart and entered the main pavilion. I breathed the fresh air and for a moment I forgot we still hadn’t reached our room. Ms. Apple lead us into the pavilion, disappearing to get our keys. After about an hour and a half of travel from the airport, we had finally reached our destination. And boy, was it a beautiful, beautiful one.
Although I am definitely not an expert in festivals, I do know that Sinulog is one of the most packed festivals in the whole country. Hundreds of people attend the festival and it seems as if it just grows bigger and bigger every year. This year, I got to experience the phenomenon for myself and being practically tiny, I get why they say it’s the most packed festivals in the country. Had it not been for Doi of The Traveling Feet’s navigation skills and Dylan of the Wandering Dylan’s towering height and protective gentlemanliness, I probably wouldn’t have survived. Seriously. There was even one time when we were lined to go up the overpass but the line was simply too thick and long to go through. Had they all decided to push back, I would’ve been squashed like a bug. Not a very good way to end a festival. It’s a good thing that I had my trusty friends to get me through the fun and very interesting festival. If you want to survive the Sinulog Festival and have fun, you will definitely need these tips.
Loud music. Beat of the drums. Dancing men and women. The flowing skirts and graceful arm moves. It’s everything you would imagine in a festival. Maybe even more. I’m not a very people person. I hate malls whenever there’s too many people. I hate tourists spots whenever there’s too many people. But in this case, there was just something different.
For beach bummers, if you’re looking for some of the best beaches in the country, there’s always Malapascua Island and Bantayan Island. While it definitely isn’t fair for you to bundle these two islands in one trip (there’s just not enough time!), for those whose hunger of beaches had to be quenched in one go, you can always partner these two in a single trip – like us! Itinerary 6-9 Pax Per Pax Total Transportation Van to Malapascua * 190 Boat to Malapascua 80 Malapascua – Bantayan Boat ** 500 Tricycle P20 Pedicab P20 Bantayan Ferry P144.5*** Aircon Bus from Bantayan – Cebu City P150 P1104.5 Accommodation Malapascua P183 Bantayan – Sugar Beach Resort * P168 P351 Tours Island Hopping * P300 Snorkels P100 P400 TOTAL P1855.50 Transportation *You can choose to take the bus OR a van to Malapascua. While vans may be more comfortable, buses are cheaper and most of the time, they won’t go into the port for Bantayan, like vans will. You can always ask the driver though for clarifications. Buses cost P160 – P180. Travel time is 3 – 4 hours. ** Since we were scheduled to do Malapascua and Bantayan within 3 days, we had limited time so we had to maximize our time as much as we can. However, we
In order to help plan your family vacation, here’s how I did mine. Because I am such a bad booker (is there such a word?), you might be wondering why our airfare from Cebu Pacific is a little irregular. That’s because I booked one way in 2010 (for travel in 2011) for P999 (all 6 of us) and then I booked a way back for me (P946 I think) and then booked the rest of my family in a separate plane. Don’t ask why. LOL. This is a list of expenses we had during our Cebu – Bohol Trip. Note that because of my amazing booking skills – I booked a flight to Cebu in the afternoon – which is a total waste. Always book flights in the morning so you have all day to do stuff in the city. I also booked a way back to Manila in the morning, which is another waste as well, because they (my family) could’ve spent another whole day in Cebu. If you want to make the most of your time in a new place, book the earliest flight in and the last flight out so you don’t waste money on accommodation. Since there were 6 of us, we had to take two taxis – except for the one we took to the