Confession: (If you didn’t know this about me already), I am not a beach person. When I think of travel or summer, I see myself exploring a city – whether here or abroad – walking along their street, dining at the local restaurants and coffee shops, visiting museums…
There were a lot of cats in the area of La Carinderia and this particular feline was not shy in approaching us. This cat seemed very keen of Rej, letting him swoop her up in his arms for a cuddle. What an adorable cat.💓
All the food we ordered from La Carinderia. Servings are of good size but it’s really just for one individual. It’s good food but I wouldn’t recommend dining here if you’re really hungry because the food takes a while to be served.
We checked out the famous Cloud 9 after and stayed there til sun set.
Then we went to this coffee shop, our favorite activity.
And from afternoon coffee it quickly turned into alcohol when we met up with the rest of the group and had an impromptu birthday salubong for Rej, going from one bar to another. And what followed was a fun and drunken night with a series of blurred photos.
1st stop: Coconut Viewing Deck and Road Coconut View
But then it started to rain while Jen and I were in line, waiting for our turn for a photo on the bamboo boat. Well that didn’t deter us from our plan so we stayed in line and got drenched.
Jen and I took a selfie together. The guy in the yellow? We don’t actually know him but there he is part of the photo.😅 He later on asked us for a favor – asked to use my phone for his photo in the bamboo boat because he didn’t have a water resistant phone. Rej teased me about that later on saying I was meeting the guy. 😑
There was an invite to go party and drink again afterwards but we ended up having coffee instead. Tito/Tita feels. We did surprise Rej with a cake and a Happy Birthday song at the coffee shop since it was still his birthday. Officially 32.
I will never forget our trip this island hopping activity because we had quite the scare on our way to the next islands in our itinerary. While in the middle of the sea, the weather suddenly turned bad and it rained, really hard. Really dark clouds loomed over us and then a downpour.
We were drench but that wasn’t much of a concern considering we had gone swimming at Sugba Lagoon. But the scare came once our boatmen instructed us all to put on our life vests and what followed of the strong rains (that felt like we were in the middle of a storm) was also strong winds and the waves that came at us. I was silently praying the whole time. I was also thinking “Is this how I’m going to die?”; “Can I stay afloat for awhile if the boat capsized?” and “Dear God, don’t let this boat capsize.”
Everyone on the boat was quiet the whole time while also cold and trying not to panic. Thankfully, after what felt like forever, we managed to get to calmer waves and the rain subsided. If you ever find yourself in such a situation, look at your boatmen. If they’re calm, you’re still good. One of our boatmen even managed to smoke while we were in that ordeal.
By the time we got to the last island in our itinerary, Guyam island, it was already dark and almost high tide so we couldn’t stay long. Just a quick group shot before we returned home. I was so relieved when we were back on land.
And after that whole tiring and scary island hopping activity? We went drinking again. There was a lot of eating and drinking booze during our whole island stay.
Day 3 Siargao
Only five of us were left by this time. The rest of the group traveled back to Manila. Vinse invited us to go island hopping again (I think he went back to the three nearer islands) but after our experience the day before, I think the four of us were more than happy to stay in land and just go exploring the island.
And then lunch at Bravo.
Bravo Resort isn’t a popular restaurant for nothing. Food is delicious! Expensive but delicious.
This cute dog approached Ryan while we waited for our food. Look at those eyes, seemingly saying “feed me human.” He’s well fed though because he’s a pet of the resort owner. So adorable this dog!
Were we stuffed? Oh yeah. But after Bravo and a short shopping for souvenirs, we went for coffee and snack again.
We went back to Cloud 9 afterwards so Jordan could surf and cross it off his bucket list which includes surfing in all the surfing spots in the Philippines. Ryan wanted to try it but since neither Jen nor I wanted to, he stayed on the shore with us. I don’t really have dreams of channeling Kate Bosworth ala Blue Crush.
For dinner, we treated ourselves with another splurge. We dined at Kermit, another popular restaurant in Siargao.