I’m currently writing this while on the plane bound for Korea. Yes, we’ll be in Korea in a few hours! And while I’m thinking of all the Korean skin care products I might buy, plus all the Korean food that we might try (haha), I decided to continue writing about our backpacking trip last year. I’m thinking, Wednesdays could be a good time to share some travel stories. And besides, ang tagal na, hindi ko pa rin tapos i-kwento.
So, just a little background, Darel and I went on a 3-week honeymoon-backpacking trip (few weeks after the wedding) and it was definitely the best 3 weeks of my life. Btw, my latest post about this was our first few days in Siargao, “What? You Didn’t Stay in General Luna, Siargao?” I’ll link the series of blog posts down below. FB memories just reminded me this morning that this time last year, nasa Bacolod pa lang kami after coming from Balesin and Lakawon. Hay. Nakaka-miss ang island life. Anyway, let me continue sharing about what happened when we finally decided to stay in General Luna, Siargao.
Like what I previously mentioned in my latest Siargao blog post, we rented a motorbike to move around the island. Buti na lang talaga marunong si Darel. However, the one we got didn’t include any helmet so we had to be very careful when we traveled via motorbike from San Isidro (we stayed there for 3 days) up to General Luna. Medyo malayo rin. Parang 2 hours ata. Haha. The struggle was real as we tried to keep our bags from falling during the entire travel. Also, napaka-init! Haha. Pero okay na rin yun kesa umuulan.
We booked Siargao Inn for our accommodation in GL. Actually, the night before lang kami naghanap ng matutuluyan. Pahirapan pa nga kasi aside from halos lahat fully booked na, we had no signal in JAFE Resort, San Isidro. JAFE offers free WIFI, pero mahina rin yung signal so buti na lang talaga na-iraos namin yung pagbook ng new resort. Haha. We decided to transfer in GL and stay there for 2 nights kasi mas malapit na dun yung pag island hopping, plus we will go straight to Surigao Del Sur din naman in a few days.
We tried inquiring in almost every hotel we could think of and lahat puno. Weekend rin kasi nun plus holiday (I think?) Good thing Siargao Inn had an available room! We were so happy kasi the room we got was so big tapos may terrace area pa na may duyan! Pwede pa magpatuyo ng damit kasi may sampayan talaga. Haha. If you’re doing backpacking for 3-weeks, kelangan mo talaga mag laba. So anyway, they even have complimentary drinks and they serve it with a reusable straw. Yehes. Environment friendly. Hahaha.
We decided to rest for a bit before exploring GL. Ang saya na may beachfront si Siargao Inn kahit na hindi naman talaga naliliguan. Haha. Well, I think ganun ata halos lahat ng beachfront resorts dun kasi generally, rocky talaga ang shores ni Siargao. Also, wala naman talaga kaming plano when we got in GL. We just wanted to check out the famous Cloud 9 and wait for the sunset. Tapos island hopping the next day. Hmm. Bumili rin pala kami ng supplies namin like soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc. Haha. Buti na lang GL is like the main town in Siargao so napaka-raming stores that can cater to all our needs. We don’t know rin kasi if may madadaanan pa ba kami na big town like GL in the next days of our trip.
When we finally dropped by Cloud 9 later that day, medyo marami pa ring tao. Lahat gusto mag-surf. Hindi na naming tinry ni Darel kasi aside from injured nga ako, parang nakakalunod na yung dami ng tao itself. Hahaha. I’ve tried surfing in Baler before, and kung doon marami ng tao, mas marami pa sa Siargao! Hahaha. We just stayed for a few minutes to take some photos, then we decided to look for a place where we can have early dinner. Nadaanan pala namin yung Shaka, pero closing hour na pala nila so sabi namin babalik na lang kami the next day. Haha.
GL is also famous for its vibrant night life and medyo nanibago kami kasi sa San Isidro, sobrang hindi ganun. Like 7pm pa lang dun, sobrang tahimik na. Haha! So habang naghahanap nga kami ng kung saan pwede kumain ng dinner, napaka-rami pa ring tao sa kalsada. Medyo scary din mag-motor sa gabi kasi parang ang dami mong kasabay tapos minsan may mga bigla pang tatawid. We wanted to try Kermit’s food sana pero when we got there, as usual ang daming tao. No available seats. Nag-end up kami sa Trattoria, na sobrang lapit lang din sa Kermit. Haha. Halatang wala na kaming choice.
Thinking about it, parang graduate na ata talaga kami ni Darel sa night life na yan. Hindi na kami na-eexcite. Tito and tita na talaga. Hahaha. So tinatanong ko yung sarili ko if na-enjoy ba namin ang GL for what it has to offer. Hmm. Honestly, steads lang. Actually mas na-enjoy namin yung next day, the island hopping part. Here are some photos! More about it soon. :)
If there’s something memorable about our first day in GL, siguro it would be the travel going there (from San Isidro). Ewan ko ba. Kahit medo buwis buhay siya, na-enjoy ko yun. Siguro kasi hindi naman namin normally magagawa yun kung nasa city kami like QC diba. Bukod dun, wala naman kaming motor at wag na umasa si Darel na bibili kami. Hahaha. Isama na rin natin siguro yung pagiging adventurous ko. I cannot imagine doing that backpacking trip without Darel. I mean, yes, doing backpacking trips with friends before was fun, pero mas masaya ‘pag asawa mo na yung kasama mo. Haha. Well, never ko naman na-imagine dati na gagawin namin ‘to ni Darel once na ikasal kami. Somehow parang it just happened. Nung una kasi feeling ko hindi naman sya game. Hahaha.
At this point, I have no idea if we can still do a trip like that. Marami na kasing considerations ngayon like budget, health, responsibilities… well, tingin ko mostly eh sa budget. HAHA. Pero masaya ako and I’m thankful na kahit isang beses lang nagawa namin yun. Pangarap ko sa future masubukan din namin yun with our kid/s eh. Malay natin diba?
I still have a lot of stories and photos about this backpacking trip. Til the next!
Related Posts About This Backpacking Trip:
- Backpacking 2018: Three Weeks of Island Hopping
- Who Starts A Backpacking In Balesin?
- This Is Why Lakawon Is The Perfect Island To Chill
- In Our 25 Day Backpacking Trip, We Only Stayed Overnight In Bacolod
- Cebu: Our Pre-Siargao Destination
- What? You Did Not Stay in General Luna, Siargao?