If there is something more concrete as my words, I would still, share none of it so detailed. When something feels so good out from something so ordinary, you just let it be.
I wish I could tell you of a guy I met this summer occupying the empty seat beside mine, and that I fell helplessly for a fleeting moment of what, might, felt like forever.
I wish I could tell you of a summer fling, some holding hands, and giggles during night fall.
But I haven’t, I didn’t, and there was none.
I did meet a guy. Scratch that. He found my carelessly written words nearly two years back, and I wish I could say the rest was history but it was not. It was more interesting than just that. And take it from my badly scribble travel journal I wrote during a solo trip to Biri Island, Northern Samar, “If summer is for salty water swims, and sand covered feet; for midnight sounds, and strange adventures; and some sweet words, and rambling conversations — then I may have had plenty of it already. But I write this after spreading my scarf on very doubtful sheets, tugging the side table, and barring it against the door. The stillness of the night carried the masculine voices from the outside in. Even the lizard at the ceiling stopped at it’s track hearing them roar in laughter with obvious intoxication. Dinner for me is the unfinished pack of chips, biscuits, and a citrus fruit from the transit with the fear of getting unwanted attention while finding a decent meal this late. And then he called again, the third time today.
… after nearly a year of this, his need to communicate has become consistent. When I tried sleeping, but could not, I wrote instead. Getting this sorry-for-an-excuse lodging at the dead of the night was a God-send but I was tortured by it’s conditions. With some occasional wake ups in betweens, I did get some sleep. It was not pure comfort, but it was better than nothing. Before the sun could peak over the horizon, he called again. His promised wake up call was accurate. And when I did say thank you, my thoughts really just wanted to ask — tell me, why are you so kind?”
I went out an ear shot good distance from everyone when my phone rang. I paced on the even walkway at the front yard looking up to see the sky looking down at me. My laughs of his jokes will reach both stars, and my sisters ears. Yes, one so familiar of this talk time, and one making it difficult for me. Sisters have a way to torture the youngest one when she’s home.
“Tacloban was late, dark, and of fully booked hotels. After maybe more than ten blocks of going around in circles, I was close to tears. I took another turn and looked at the dark skyline for the familiar old building where I was first dropped off. I sent him a message saying that I was still walking around looking for a place to stay, and ending it with, “I’m dying here”.“
Traveling, and post travel stories is interesting when shared with someone who loves it equally, or even as much as one does. It was this summer, I learned to share my solo travels with someone. Even if it meant sharing it with someone who was +400 nautical miles, or so, or more away.
“Who calls at the middle of the night when you’re lying at the beach and rocked in lullaby of the waves crashing to the shores anyways? And for that, I write in ink so the universe will read. He owes me salt in the air, sand in my hair, a long talk at the beach one, or maybe more than a few of these nights.“
I already promised then bride-to-be friend that I will be attending her wedding at Dumaguete early 2013. When my guy friends wanted to travel in a group, I asked them that a condition of me traveling with them is the possibility of adding a side trip or two after the wedding event. Here is a helpful transportation guide, how you can get to Apo Island, and the directions you can take if you’re traveling from Dumaguete City to get to the eco-rich and diverse island.
I. B] BY BUS:
Dumaguete – Malatapay Public Market
1] Hotel Nicanor – Bus Terminal
::: Travel Duration: 3-5mins.
::: Fare: 16PhP Pax ( two jeepney rides)
2] Dumaguete City – Malatapay Public Market
::: Travel Duration: 30-45 mins. – 1H
::: Fare: 50Php
III.] Malatapay Public Market – Tourism & Information Office, Malatapay
::: 3-5 mins
IV] Tourism & Information Office, Malatapay – Apo Island
::: Travel Time: 1H
::: Outrigger/ Banca Fare: 2,000PhP / 4Pax (Medium boat)
3,000PhP / 8Pax (Big boat)
V] Apo Island
::: Environmental Fee: 100PhP/Pax, ask for a reciept
Who would have thought that in the month that precedes the love month February, I would find that familiar feeling tugging up my sleeves where my heart used to be displayed. I thought I was quirkyalone at the moment. You know, being single and being okay with it than be in a relationship for the sake of just. being. in. one. A mindset that I thought a not-really-normal-and-sane-person has but not at all knew — uncompromising romantics. Goodnight Tweetheart was “Hello there love” printed words on pages, a light read was both entertaining, and interesting.
Book Genre: Chic Lit
Bestselling author Abigail Donovan almost won the Pulitzer Prize and did win Oprah’s stamp of approval. So why is she spending her days–and nights–hiding in her expensive New York City condo with only her two cats for company? When her publicist drags her into the world of social media, Abby figures she’ll meet some 14-year-old living in his mom’s basement. But instead she finds Mark Baynard, a sexy and quick-witted English professor traveling the world in search of adventure. Although she tries to resist his charms, Mark begins to shatter Abby’s writer’s block one wickedly funny encounter at a time.But just when she begins to write–and live–again, Abby discovers Mark is hiding a secret that could change both of their lives forever.
Travel With or Travel Without:
This is a pocket-size. You probably get it done in 3-5 hours straight. It would be a nice company during long transit time, or in between connecting flights or what. This is a romantic chic lit book in contemporary set-up. Most of you might have been saving these book genre during your “Me-Time” routine. This one though would be a nice fitting read should you be doing short travel by yourself. I apologized a few times having to wave off my travel buddies for this. A delightful read — whether on the road, or at home.
Your gateway to Negros Oriental, Dumaguete City is accessible via land, air, and sea. Flights are available from Manila, and Cebu City, ferries available from Manila City in Luzon, Cebu, Siquijor, Tagbilaran in Visayas; Dapitan, and Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao. I got an email asking directions to Dumaguete City other than the route we did. So here is a (hopefully) complete transportation guide to help you plan your route to Dumaguete City.
::: Manila – Dumaguete City
Flights are available
::: Manila – Cebu – Dumaguete City
Or you can do a road trip with these routes
West | Manila – Batangas – Aklan – Iloilo – Bacolod – Dumaguete
East | Manila – Naga – Legazpi – Sorsogon – Northern Samar – Tagbilaran, Leyte – Ormoc, Leyte – Cebu City – Lilo-an, Santander, Cebu – Sibulan, Negros Oriental – Dumaguete
* Though you could skip Leyte from Northern Samar to Cebu City, there’s a ferry boat from Calbayog, Northern Samar to Cebu City.
Via Cebu City:
::: Cebu City – Dumaguete City
Flights are avialable
Time Duration: 45 mins
Fast Crafts are available
* Do check it out first, you can check it out at the ticketing office at the pier, or at SM Travel Lounge in SM Cebu, or at ticketing offices you can find in the travel booking wing at the malls.
* I was informed that there’s a Cebu – Tagbilaran – Dumaguete route, though I do not know how long that will take you to get to Dumaguete City
::: Cebu City – Lilo-an, Santander, Cebu – Sibulan, Negros Oriental – Dumaguete City
1] Cebu City to Santander, Cebu (By Bus)
Take the van/bus at the Cebu South Bus Terminal
Travel Duration: 4-5 H
Fare: 165PhP Bus non-AC
200PhP Bus AC
160-180 PhP Vans
2] Lilo-an, Santander, Cebu – Sibulan, Negros Oriental
Travel Time: 45 mins – 1H
Fare: Quadro Alas Shipping Lines
52PhP Student or Senior Citizen
First Trip: From Liloan: 4:30 AM
Sibulan: 5:00 AM
Last Trip: From Liloan: 7:30 PM
Sibulan: 8:00 PM
38PhP Senior Citizens
First Trip: From Liloan: 6:00 AM
Sibulan: 6:30 AM
Last Trip: From Liloan: 5:00 PM
Sibulan: 5:30 PM
* I suggest that you take the fast craft if the weather is bad, and the water is rough. Then again, if you’re up for some adventure, don’t let my fair warning stop you.
3] Sibulan – Dumaguete City
* Instead of taking the bus, we asked for a trike to take us, and paid him 20PhP each, there were 4 of us.
Via Dapitan City:
1] From Iligan City – Ozamis City – Oroquieta City – Dapitan City
—– Check out the updated Iligan – Dipolog route HERE
—– Check out the updated Iligan – Ozamis – Dapitan route HERE
Via Cagayan de Oro City
1] From Cagayan de Oro City – Cebu City – Dumaguete City
* There used to be a direct overnight ferry for CDO – Dumaguete but I checked out some of the ferry sites that used to travel directly there, it was either it’s not updated or that they have stopped transit.
—- Check out Cebu City – South Cebu – Dumaguete City route above