When I started taking trips, Dumaguete was one of the most accessible and safest places to travel. It is a city that invites you to take long walks. It is a place that always gives you two options: to stay or to explore its neighbors. In my case, it is always Valencia and Siquijor. I started backpacking Valencia with a girlfriend four years ago. We trekked our way to Casaroro Falls, remembered violence and brutality at Cataal World War II Museum, enjoyed nature at Forest Camp, and dipped at Banica water. All of these happened before Sendong’s raging water razed […]
I passed port security without a ticket. I had no idea which ship my mountaineer friends board. They were not at Pier 3. I boarded the ship without really knowing if it was the right one. I missed my phone at my nook. The adventure began.
I was at the port by 11:30 a.m., quite unusual for me who had made others wait for more than two hours. According to an online guide I read, the boat would leave by noon or 1 p.m. There is only one passenger boat every day, and I could not possibly miss it or else I would have to shell out a hefty Php5,000 or so to reach my destination. At Estancia Port, I was the earliest passenger. Boatmen were busy loading the sides with pieces of styrofoam. They would be used as buoys for a crab farm. Despite the […]