29.02.2008 - 01.03.2008
We were supposed to go to a beach somewhere in the north or Bohol maybe for my post birthday celebration. My boyfriend, Pete, can't seem to find the perfect location so out of the blue, I blurted out the idea of pushing through with our long standing plan of going on a road trip on the southern part of Cebu. (The idea hit him when we went to Simala on one of our impromptu trips..)
Since we also have another friend, Karl, who's crazy about road trips, we decided to bring him along. After 17 missed calls, Karl finally woke up and jumped in the car. It was around 9 a.m. when we hit the road. We had breakfast first in Jollibee then the roadtrip began. There were the 3 of us - me, Pete, and Karl - the lakwatseros.
At around 11 a.m., we were driving our way to Trans-Central Highway. We passed by Island in the Sky. Though they have a restaurant and they serve lunch, we didn't stop since we're still so stuffed. We've been there before and so we know nothing has changed much on the place anyway. But I did have my first experience on a hanging bridge there though. It was one of my firsts...among the others..( hahaha! )
The drive was very exciting and hair-raising. Being an aspiring F1 racer , Pete , he made the road a race track. there was not much time to admire the scenery..but we did get the feel of how it is on the fast lane.
In going to Balamban, you will find fresh veggies displayed and sold just on the side of the street. The weather is nice there. It's like being in Baguio during summer. You'll find the shipyard in Balamban. That's where ships are made and sold.
We passed by Toledo, a small municipality with a laid back lifestyle. It was raining.
From there, we passed by Pinamungajan and Aloguinsan. In Barili, we got stranded for more than an hour. The road was under construction and we waited until there was a spot where we can pass without damaging Sexy's bumper. It was past 4 p.m. when we headed for Dumanjug.
We didn't bother stopping in Dumangjug, Ronda, Alcantara. Moalboal and Badian are great spots for beaches. But since our goal is to be in Alcoy before dark, then we didn't make a stop there either. It was somewhere in Alegria that we noticed the beachline just along the road. We stopped to stretch our legs and to admire the place. The white sand and water were very inviting. We almost got tempted to just take off our clothes and hit the water for just a few minutes if only we can find a way to go down from where we were.
After about 10 minutes, we decided to just continue with our road trip. After driving for less than 10 kilometers, we already passed by Malabyoc, Samboan, Bato,Santander and we were in Oslob when we stopped at the wharf for a pee break. It was almost 6 p.m. and only one more town to pass before we arrive in Alcoy. Pete wanted us to arrive in Bodo's Bamboo Bar in Alcoy by 6 p.m. sharp. It was around 5:45 p.m. when we left Oslob. After a hair-raising, heart-stopping, nose-bleeding, breath-holding drive we pulled over in Bodo's at exactly 6 p.m.. The place is really heaven. It was already dark when we arrived. It has been our fave resort and Karl fell in love with the place. We went swimming and then we had our dinner at around 8 p.m.. It was a sumptuous dinner. We wanted to go swimming after dinner but the wind was so cold that we changed our mind and just hit the hay early. Since the resort is situated in a cliff, one can really expect an amazing scenery.
The next day, we woke up early to see the sunrise. The resort offers amenities where guests can enjoy their stay. After a match in table tennis, the 3 of us decided to take advantage of the resort's jacuzzi. My fingers and toes were all pruned when i decided to shower and prepare for check out. It was almost 11 a.m. and check out is at 12 noon. We had heavy lunch and at 1 p.m. we started for the road. First stop was Riverstone Castle in Argao. I saw this place in the tv and was curious. They said it's an authentic castle complete with dungeons. We paid Php 40.00 for the entrance fee and we explored the place. It was really like a real castle. They have the torture room, the archery room, and the likes. The stairways are very narrow that one can hardly climb the stairs. If you're claustrophobic then i suggest you don't bother going through the spiral staircase. There's a swimming pool for kids and adults alike to enjoy. There's also a mini zoo and their rabbits roam the area.. I wonder if the caretakers know? Hmm..for aspiring divas, they also have videoke. Their bar is amazing. When you get inside, you will feel like you're taken back to the medieval times. There are still parts of the castle that's under construction. In totality, the place is good. I just think the Php 40.00 was too much.
It was already almost 3 p.m. when we headed for Cebu City. When we reached Carcar, we stopped for a pee break and wondered how the giant shoe was made.
At 4 p.m. we were back in Cebu. It was really one heck of a road trip.
Next stop: NORTH..I wonder what awaits us there? We'll soon find out..