So far the only place that I’ve traveled to by my own choosing, and without my family (and their consent! *gulp* ) was in Siquijor last May 2010. I was with my friends (new ones), and my boyfriend Miguel. We were invited by our friend for the town fiesta there, and only stayed for 2 days.
Fun fact: Usually in the month of May, it’s fiesta almost everyday in Siquijor; in the different towns and municipalities.
This is how close Siquijor is to Dumaguete. We took the fast craft and the trip only took about 45 minutes or so. The fast craft docked in the Siquijor main port. The town that we went to was Lazi, about a 20-30 minute drive from the port.
We didn’t get to do much on our first day, except eat and go to the barrio disco at the gymnasium in the evening.
The next day, our friend brought us to one of the tourist spots in Siquijor, the Cambugahay Falls.
It was nice, but I wasn’t really able to enjoy myself because I can’t swim.
Okay, so here’s an interesting bit, behind the falls, there’s actually a small ledge where you can go and sit. Some of the guys went there and I thought it would be nice looking from behind the falls. I asked Miguel to bring me there, and he did, except he went directly through the falls instead of going around to the side. The falls as you can see isn’t that high, so the drop wasn’t that strong, again, except for someone who can’t swim or float. So there I was right under the falls, struggling with my dear life to ‘swim’ towards the ledge. Miguel was helping me, but it was just a lot harder since it’s fresh water so we were not that buoyant, and we were right under the falls. We were both struggling, and in that moment I thought I was going to drown and I thought about how I did not ask permission from my parents for that trip. I was so terrified, but then lo and behold a hand reached out for me and pulled me to the ledge. It was one of our friends. You could imagine my relief.
Another place we went to is the Salagdoong Beach Resort, located in the town of Maria.
On the way there, we went through the Salagdoong Forest Reserve. These are Molave trees that line up the road. The pictures does not justify it but it felt magical going through there.
We arrived at the resort and took the cottage nearest the shore. The resort was under renovation that time. From what I heard and seen from friends who’s been there recently, it really looks great now.
Here are some pictures taken when we were there:
Here’s me and Miguel exploring the other side of the resort.
Over all my Siquijor experience was a good one.
I want to go back there this year, and hopefully I would be able to swim then and enjoy everything the island has to offer.