I don’t believe in the cliché that the sun rises after the storm – because that reeks of false hope – but I’m beginning to recognize the idea that taking control of your life for a moment and stir it through the storm pays off greatly. It may be an overstatement, but I think that September 2019 may be the best month of this year that has happened to me – or maybe the best month to happen for a very long time now.

These past few months had been upsetting but I’m proud of how I’ve been able to handle things and thankful for family and friends who had been so supportive and loving. While I am a believer of the Higher Being, I don’t believe in hopelessly waiting for the sun to just appear in dark times. One must have the inner strength to find it.

September, aside from being my birth month, had been busy with numerous surprises – none of them being on the side of negative. Culminating this September with a trip to Cebu is the best kind of fireworks.

11 years ago, I left Cebu with only one thing in mind – to never come back. The place broke me into pieces even I believed I couldn’t put me together again. I have been back every year since 2016 and realized I have been so much stronger each time.

I have been to Cebu early this year and this second trip for this year with Marefe and Merk had been the positivity that I need to only remember whenever I think of the place. By far, this trip had been one of the best I’ve had and I’m genuinely happy to have shared it with Marefe and Merk. You can throw Paraj there too as he accompanied us on our city tour.

Oslob – Hidden Falls – Canyoneering – Kawasan Falls

Swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob is one of the most beautiful things I have experienced in any of my travels. The massive awe that these those creatures command cannot be fully captured in any frames. One must experience them to be able to realize how breathtakingly awesome whales are.

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Despite the lack of an underwater camera, the experience had been complete and one which will make me come back repeatedly.

According to chitchats, tourists are boycotting Aguinid Falls because of the very steep prices they have just implemented. Also, the waterfall is on dry spell because of the season. So Aguinid Falls was a missed opportunity.

However, one of the best things to happen there was the homemade cookies sold in a store by the parking area. The cookies rightfully compensated the experience that should have been Aguinid.

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Due to the “boycott” visitors are doing to Aguinid Falls because of the steep prices, the nearly Hidden Falls became the option given to us.

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Also, for the duration of this tour, we booked a guide to assist us in all our activities. Our contact made the reservations in our Oslob activities, provided us with motorcycles for our Oslob to Canyoneering transport, and secured us slots for our Canyoneering activities. We only had to provide for the fuel of the motorcycles. He also assisted our needs and managed our time to ensure that our planned activities for the day are well executed.

I highly recommended that you do the same and avail the Canyoneering services of Reynaldo Catigbe – 0905 193 5675. Or you can contact me directly and I’ll help you connect with him.

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Canyoneering was never what we expected it to. We thought we could just chill through it. We were very wrong!

I must say that, by far, this Canyoneering is the most adventurous thing I’ve ever done in my life. One needs to do some stretching before jumping his wits off that river…

Hidden Falls and Kawasan Falls were just of the waterfalls we had the pleasure of stopping over. I’ve got nothing to say but believe the pictures you see on the Internet.

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Busay, Cebu Tour

The destinations in Busay are all ode to social media especially Instagram. I think that people generally go to the place just for the pictures. I get it I’m judgemental.

The only struggle in going to the places in Busay is the haggle with the motorcycle drivers in JY Square. The drivers tend to overprice especially if you don’t speak the dialect. After a few minutes of friendly haggle with the drivers, we agreed to the typical 400/head price for the 3 destinations, with no waiting fee.

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Cebu
Cebu

Fort San Pedro and Magellan’s Cross

Since our accommodation is conveniently near these spots, we allotted 30 minutes before turning to Grab for the airport. The church is behind the cross.

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Cebu

Itinerary

South Bus Terminal to Oslob – 215.00
Oslob Whale Shark Watching – 600.00
Hidden Falls
       Entrance – 40.00
       Guide Fee (discretion)- 50.00/pax x3
Oslob to Kawasan – 100.00
Canyoneering + Kawasan
       Package (All In) – 1,500.00
       Guide Fee (Contact Person) [1000.00] – 350.00/pax

TOTAL: 2,855.00

Sampaguita Suites to JY Square (Jeep) – 9.00
Habal-habal pakyaw for 3 destinations excluding entrances (good for 2 persons) – 400.00/person
Sirao Garden Entrance – 60.00
Tops of Cebu Entrance – 100.00
Temple of Leah Entrance – 75.00
Lunch (There is a carenderia where habal drivers usually eat near the parking lot at Tops. You can ask them about it if you are on a very tight budget) – 75.00

JY Square to Fuente (Jeep) – 8.00
Dinner at Larsian – 100.00
Fuente to Accommodation (Jeep) – 8.00

TOTAL: 835

Accommodation (Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia via Agoda) [3 nights] – 1,050.00/pax

Plane Ticket (Gensan – Cebu vv) [On Sale] – 1,266/head

GRAND TOTAL: 6,006.00

Author: Mark Atong

If he is not taking advantage of his skills on full-time IT employment, he is going different places and hopefully making his mother proud. He believes writing is his passion; but it has yet to prove to pay his bills. He is a fun-loving individual who would rather stay at home reading books and catch-up on episodes of TV shows.

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