Our Siquijor Sojourn
“Let’s go to Siquijor!”
“OK ka lang? Nakakatakot daw dun! May mga mangkukulam. ‘Di mo ba napanood ‘yung episode ng Magandang Gabi Bayan!?” (Rough translation: Are you crazy? That place is creepy! It has witches! Haven’t you seen the episode on Magandang Gabi Bayan (a local TV show)!?”)
That’s how I remember the conversation between the wife and I. I was the one who said that bit about the local TV show and I confess that I’ve been guilty of spreading stories about Siquijor, a place I haven’t even visited.
What do I know? Who’s my source? I just heard it from someone and that “someone” is reliable! More reliable than those who live or have been to this so-called enchanted island.
After years of being more aware (reading is the key, folks!), I was all set to go to Siquijor, a small island east of southern Negros. There are no direct flights so my wife booked a flight to Dumaguete. It’s an hour from Manila and then we rode a ferry for another hour to reach Siquijor.
We stayed in Coco Grove Beach Resort for four days. We’ve been planning this holiday since February. It was a much needed break from work. This vacation meant a lot to us. It’s to celebrate last year’s wedding anniversary, Christmas, New Year and both of our birthdays this year. I’ve been counting the days leading to this trip and I’m writing this post because it was just great, it was worth it.
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Coco Grove Beach Resort has good amenities. The rooms are clean, they have shower heaters and flat screen TVs, the same model as ours back home! My wife picked a pretty good room, which was the beachside … because it’s near the beach. Hihihihi :-)
We didn’t do much on our first day in Siquijor. We spent the afternoon in the pool, took a lot of sunset photos and then had dinner at the Sunset Restaurant. Most of the guests in Coco Grove Resort are Westerners. There were a bunch of Germans, Aussies and Americans. Aimee and I felt like the minority during dinner.
One of the highlights of that day was the massage! We had a good night sleep because of that.
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Aimee booked a guided tour around the island and we were lucky to get Joam for this trip (kudos to Pinoy Adventurista on this one!). Our tour started at 8:00 in the morning of the next day. Joam briefed us about the places we’ll visit: Lazi, Maria, Salagdoong, Larena, Siquijor town, Paliton and San Juan.
Before heading to the town of Lazi, we started with a visit to the huge balete tree along the way.
We had to stop by a public market to buy a pair of swimming shorts because I wasn’t expecting to get wet. I thought that it’s just a sightseeing tour! I had to make do with the tight yellow green shorts.
The tour finished at around 5:00 in the afternoon. We had sunset cocktails and dinner at U.Story Bar and Restaurant, which was four kilometers from the resort so we hired a tricycle for a P250 roundtrip ride.
Joam mentioned that the island has rotating brownout schedules and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. We had candlelight dinner. The moon was beautiful and shining so bright that night. We didn’t mind at all as we walked back to our tricycle. We were looking forward to next day’s activity, a swim with the whale sharks! :-) It deserves a separate post.