Palm tree’s ocean breeze,
lets go crusin you and me
salty air sun kissed hair,
endless summer take me there

I must have mistaken the early warnings of nature when Cebu Pacific’s lack of competency had my red-eye flight delayed by 2 hours. The reason being technical difficulties and bad weather. I have a feeling that this isn’t going to be an easy travel even if I packed light.

I’m restless and I can feel another sleepless night brewing at Changi Airport budget terminal. Crossing fingers that I’ll make it to my connecting flight for Manila-Cebu at 7 AM.

Manila to Siargao Flight

How can I manage to sleep if I am being entertained by stunning views like this? Somewhere near the Island of Siargao, Surigao or Dinagat Island maybe.

The good news is that I will be flying with the same airline company on 3 connecting flights: Singapore – Manila – Cebu – Siargao. Then I don’t have to worry if I missed any of my flights since they will arrange for a seating on the next schedule. Bad news is that I don’t really want to miss any flights ‘coz that will ruin our perfectly timed itinerary on a short getaway.

My flight map: 4 airports in less than 8 hours.

To make the long story short, I made it to Manila, just 20 minutes before departure of the Cebu bound plane.

I barely made it to our flight. Mind you i had to run from end to end of NAIA terminal 3 airport, from arrival to departure area. I haven’t even breathe Manila’s familiar smell, as I hear my name being announce for the last passengers call. I was the last one to board the plane, albeit not so late, but just in time. I saw my husband already seated near the front row.

Maayong Buntag Cebu!

Quick brekkie at Mactan International Airport before our next flight.

SIARGAO AIRPORT

We transferred to a smaller plane with only around 50 passengers. It’s a bit scary for a first time, not to mention, our first experience to fly with a lady pilot too. How to relax, if the propeller is just outside my window? It didn’t help that we went to a rough landing too.

To compensate my whole experience with Cebu Pacific this time, I won a trivia game on board and got a blue plastic traveling pouch. This is my second win, guess I’m very lucky with this games and have won a Cebu Pacific tumbler on my first.

Touchdown in Siargao, a province in Surigao Del Norte, an island located in Mindanao Region. The home of the largest intact mangrove forest reserves in the Philippines.

We were fetched with a jeepney arranged by our host. It was supposed to be a private van, but the rough terrain might have not made it.

As expected with this countryside tour, it was a bumpy ride that warrants a flat tire. Uso din dito ang top load. It is a norm to see people riding on the roof specially if it’s full inside.

Our first destination is small town of Burgos, northeastern part of Siargao Island. It was far from the airport, though blessed with a scenic view along the way. So amaze to see a lot of authentic bahay kubo (nipa hut), we don’t see it everyday in the city, and peek on the Pacific Ocean on the rocky coastline.

The Unexpected Hitchhiker

My husband took charge of this trip so he made prior arrangement for our accommodation and drawing up our itinerary.

We met our host, Marcos, who owns Marcos at Burgos resort. He has 4 cottages for rent nestled in front of a world class surf spot. We love our own nipa hut with porch. I can almost taste the sea. But have to nap first and recharge before exploring the town.

Waking up in an Island Dream

We woke up with a late but hearty lunch made by Marcos wife.

Beyond the fence, is paradise away from stress. I can sit here the whole day and daydream or maybe look for some starfish, which always perks me up on beach trips. Can you find me?

We rented a ‘habal-habal‘ or a modified motorcycle that sits more than 2 people. You’ll be surprised how much it can carry. This is the only available public transport in the island, unless you want to wait for the jeepney that mostly carry passengers only 3x a day, early  morning, mid-day and afternoon.

We negotiated to bring us to the port at the far end of the town where we found these hidden gems smiling at us. Playful and carefree, these Surigaonon kids will make you wish to be young again.

A real dilemma struck as though before we can even enjoy this Siargao Trip. Devastating. We found out a powerful earthquake and tsunami struck Japan that morning and Surigao Island being in the front row of Pacific Ocean is under threat too. We have no idea, we have a hitchhiker in tow. A tsunami warning that rocked the whole community.

So, when in Siargao, do what Surigaonon do. Evacuate!