When I created our itinerary for this trip, I made sure that it isn’t going to be as aggressive and tiring as what we did in Ilocos (though it was all out fun). Khanto, Blogging Puyat and I all agreed that we need time to just simply relax and beach bum to the max.
2 weeks before our flight, there’s nothing coming into my senses. I haven’t finalized what we’re going to do and where we’re going to. It was a busy week at the office and I was also making preparations with my internal applications and other tasks. Updating my resume is not as easy as I thought! 😛 Plus taking my own photo is not as easy as well.
In between these tasks, I was looking for blogs to help me out with the itinerary. Most of them picked Guimaras and visited nearby churches with a sidetrip in Bacolod. It’s a sure-fire tiring trip if we do the same. Thank goodness I found Ambot-Ah’s blog and found this new-to-my-ears island called Sandbar.
Zest Air is our chosen carrier for this trip – thanks to the 211-peso promo last November. 😛 Our flight bound to Iloilo was moved from 4:55PM to 5:10PM and flight back to Manila from 7:55PM to 6:55PM. Zest didn’t fail to inform me 2 days before which is a courteous move. We arrived 2 hours before the scheduled flight and we had our baggage all checked in. While waiting, I suddenly changed my mind and thought of going to Boracay instead of Sandbar. The two agreed with me and we weighed the pros and cons.
– 2-3 hours travel from City proper
– No food in the island, you’ll have to buy in the town beforehand
– Electricity is from 5PM-10PM only
– Activities only include island hopping and beach bumming
– No Nightlife
– 5-6 hours travel time from city proper
– Boracay yan eh! 😛
Obviously we “weighed” our options subjectively as if choosing Boracay over Sandbar is out of the question. hehe We checked the web (using MDA’s weak public wifi) for cheap accommodations and ended up making a reservation. 4:40PM came. Guess what happened next? – “Hello.. *pukpok ng mic for testing* Flights bound for Iloilo are….”
Tsk.. tsk.. I knew it, delayed for 1 hour.. Kain muna kami sa Jollibee at dun napagdesisyunan na Sandbar na lang ulit.. Sayang ang oras sa byahe kung tutuloy pa sa Boracay. Next time ka na lang.. 🙂
Travel time is 45 minutes. We landed safely with no turbulence along the way.. Thank God! Iloilo Airport is undoubtedly clean and resembles NAIA 3 a lot.
Taxis and vans are found outside going to the city but most vans are only available until 6PM. So no choice, taxi kami. Unang singil sa amin, 500 pesos daw.. (haaaaa????) di ko kakagatin yan, ako pa.. Hanap ako ng iba.. JanAc told me to look for Lights of Glory cabs. They only offer 350php going to the city. I found one but the driver’s charging me 400php and we hopped in. Wala ako sa mood makipag diskusyon kaya okay na yung 400, besides aabutin kami ng dis oras ng gabi kung magpaka kuripot pa ako. 😛 Mabait naman si Manong driver, nakikipagkwentuhan sa amin, yun nga lang, Ilonggo salita nya.. kaya yung mga huling words lang ng sentence ang nage-gets ko.. tas tatango na lang ako sabay ngiti 🙂 Taxis in the airport don’t use their taxi meters. Lugi raw kasi sila paghatid at pagsundo dahil hindi ganun karami ang pasahero papunta at pabalik ng airport – an airport officer affirmed this to me as well.
It took us 30 minutes to get to our hotel, Century 21. Along the way, tinuturo ni manong yung mga lugar na pwede namin puntahan like yung SM Iloilo, yung mga restaurant, yung mga gimikan. Akala ko nga walang night life sa Iloilo pero dito pa pala ako mageenjoy.. 😛 I was in awe na hindi ko pinahalata dahil malinis ang mga daan at walang masyadong traffic. Iba kasi ang na picture ko sa isip ko na itsura ng Iloilo. Right at that very moment, I realized na mukhang mag-eenjoy ko ang stay namin dito.
We made our reservation 2 weeks before and the hotel does not require any reservation fees. Payment is done upon check-in. Cool!
Parang ayaw ko na ring umalis ng hotel.. okay lang na matulog ako buong araw dito.. hehe Kumpleto na pati TV, cabinet, aircon at toiletries.
Later that night we headed to Smallville to hangout and chill. This time JanAc met us together with his friend Nick. They’ll tour us around and introduce us what’s in store in Smallville. Umambon for a few minutes pero tumigil rin when we reached the venue. Ang lakas talaga namin kay Lord. 🙂
The four of us decided to have a coffee instead of beer. JanAc said they always hang out in Coffee Break and it’s interesting to give it a try.
Just like how it looks, these cakes are equally good.
The price of each is less expensive than that of Starbucks. For less than a 100php, you’ll get a coffee or cream-based frap. However, the size compensates its cost. Mas maliit yung size. Nevertheless, you still get the value of your money.
We kept walking afterwards to check what else to see and we reached Boardwalk. It’s a riverside park where you can just sit down and have your quiet/alone time with yourself. As we walk along, I realized that it’s a good chance for a night shoot. The skies cleared up and the lights are just perfect. Di baleng walang tripod, buti may mga sementadong bakod na magsisilbing tripod ko.. 😛
The river looks wide and it’s shallow. I think it serves as a passage way of flood during strong typhoons and not boats.
Boardwalk measures a little less than 1KM, 600-800 meters I think. It already reaches the other side of the highway.
Before we wrap up the day, we tried Ted’s Oldtimer La Paz Batchoy. For those who didn’t know, La Paz is in Iloilo where the renowned delicacy originated.
Ano pa ba synonym ng Neat and Nice?.. hehehe
Hungry? 🙂 Yes, we were…. that time… Pagkahigop ko ng sabaw… wala na.. speechless na ako.. Ang sarap! That’s what you call authentic La Paz Batchoy!..Pwede pa magpa refill ng sabaw pag naubos mo na.. Kung hindi lang ako inaantok nun, makakadalawang bowl pa kami ng sabaw.. 🙂
Ako yung nasa lower right.. kahit pangalan ko man lang eh masama sa pic.. wala kasing tripod eh.. 🙂
Back to hotel na to rest and prepare for the Sandbar Island Adventure.
That’s next! 🙂 woot-woot!
P.S: Sabi na eh, hindi pwedeng mawala ang walang katapusang lakaran.. hindi rin natupad ang “need time to just simply relax
sa first paragraph“ – boo! hehe.. pero enjoy! that’s the best thing!