It was supposed to be holy but I am a peaceful person in nature. Really.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Despite its mystic beauty, aura of magic and its reputation for shamans and aswangs, we went to Siquijor to spend the Holy Week. We sailed from Dumaguete for about an hour and a half aboard Montenegro Lines.

We reached Siquijor, Siquijor during lunch time and upon arriving, I asked one of the locals where Jollibee is because the three of us were already hungry. Apparently, there is none. Not even a single branch of McDo or kahit Big Mak man lang. My first mistake. I know, right? Instead, we looked for a place to eat around St. Francis de Assisi Church and found one small carinderia where we met a local pedicab driver. I asked manong pedicab driver for the fare going to Salagdoong Beach and we came up with a reasonable price of Php300.00 (the charm still works at may asim pa rin ako) but then manong pedicab driver suggested to us to rent a motorcycle so that we can explore the whole island to our hearts' desire. He was even kind enough to let us borrow his map (since I left mine back home).

So with my pathfinder, Jronny – who never failed to look at the map to check if we were in the right track even if the signboards along the road said we were, and the photographer slash driver, Aljhun, we headed to Salagdoong Beach from the little town of Siquijor.

Along the way, the sights were absolutely breathtaking. From corn and rice fields to the crystal-clear waters around the island of Siquijor, hindi mo na kailangan ng gayuma (love potion) that other Siquijornons supposedly sell to make you fall in love with the place. You don’t need to. You don’t have to. The place itself is the gayuma.

We met Jronny’s friends along the way – one of them happens to be my student assistant at work before. They were in a bigger group – about ten of them or so. And, obviously, they were pretty much “well-sponsored” with food. I know because one of their bags was open. Mistake number two: Do not forget to bring food.

Finally, we reached Salagdoong Beach after an hour and a half of ass-pounding, sunburn-inducing road trip. Entrance fee to the resort is only Php10.00 plus Php15.00 parking fee for the motorcycle. For rent cottages are for Php100.00. There are also cottages for Php 1,200 a night – perfect for families who want stay overnight. You can also stay in their newly-built hotel. However, if you choose to stay in your own tents, camping fee is Php100.00.

So, ladies and gentlemen, for bragging purposes and for posterity’s sake, the pictures.

Expenses Summary:
• Boat fare (Dumaguete to Siquijor and vice-versa) – Php 218.00
• Terminal fee (Dumaguete) – Php 15.00
• Terminal fee (Siquijor) – Php14.00
• Motorcycle rent – Php 350.00 (for 24 hours)
• Gasoline – Php 52.00/liter
• Food in their restaurant – Php60.00 – Php180.00 (insanely expensive)

…but the experience is absolutely PRICELESS.

12 comments:

kat said...

true, best of all, you didn't spend a lot to have fun. thanks for sharing the details. :)

L.A. said...

You're welcome, Kat. Here's the name of the shop where you can rent motorcycles. Siquijor Motor Bikes Rental and Souvenir Shop. It's along Sta. Fe Street, Siquijor.

kat said...

thank u for that. basug di ra mi mangawala. nindut imong pics, LA. i think it gave justice to the island.

Lynn said...

Wow, it's a beautiful place. So it wasn't scary there at all? :)

L.A. said...

No. It wasn't scary at all maliban na lang yung tent na nasa tabi namin. Umuuyog eh at may umuungol sa loob. Lucky guy.

LG be said...

Nung pag-alis mo ng Siquijor hindi na siya scary. LOL! Great shots L! Will place Siquijor higher on my list of places to go to. =)

L.A. said...

Grabe ka brew. Nakaksakit ka ng damdamin. LOL. Sige. Inform me when you're going to Siquijor para sasama ako.

Anonymous said...

Woah. It's really, really cheap. :) I was expecting more. :O

L.A. said...

@Anonymous: Ok na diba? You don't have to spend a huge amount of money to enjoy the Holy Week.

renin said...

beautiful pictures, so the place is not really scary, huh...

Nadine said...

elo po o_O

nice blog.,like the pix too. me and my hands have plans to go into that island by month of June 2010. I have friends from siquijor as well.,hmm ...but i think they'll not be available when i get there. sad to say.. .:(

Is salagdoon nicer that casa de la playa?

Kristine R. said...

I love your photos! And my, you have been around! I haven't even heard of these places :) I should be putting watermarks on my photos. Thanks for dropping by! xoxo

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