Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tonight, Socorro. Tomorrow, Siargao!

Island Vacation seems to be the most popular vacation home in the town of Socorro. I booked a room for the night by texting Sir Ed 09199897331. We booked the family room for 6 pax.The room costs Php 1,500 per night or Php 250/head.

It took a couple of minutes for the caretaker to reach Island Vacation. Kuya Jimby was nice and patient to wait for the caretaker before leaving us. It took the caretaker a couple of minutes too to put in the fresh linens and blankets in the room. I think he wasn't informed that we were coming? Oh well. All was in place after a couple of minutes.

The family room was decent enough: there was still enough space to move our luggage around. There is one private bathroom, and another common bathroom. We were the only tenants so we had the bathroom and the place to ourselves.

We took showers and freshened up for dinner. The boat ride from Bucas Grande to Socorro left us with a salt-tanned skin. The aircon took a while to cool the room. There was a small TV which hosted a couple of channels. The room had two double-decker beds and two single beds.

 We had a peek at the other room.

They also have some cooking utensils and kitchenware that you can use. Island vacation is good enough for just one night. We stayed for 12 hours before we checked-out and headed to Siargao. There are other options in the island, there's another Pension House right across them.

It was past 7:00pm when we went out for dinner. Socorro was a quiet, “sleepy” town. A lot of the carinderia/ eateries were already closed or they were already selling whatever food was left. We went around searching for a decent carinderia. We found a simple one with decent food served with a smile.

I wanted to turn in early after an eventful day in Bucas Grande. But I spent two hours waiting for the caretaker to come and get our payment. We realized that were leaving so early the next day so we had to pay immediately. I finally headed off to dream land at 10:00pm. Quite early for Manila time. In Socorro, that was late.

Another early morning. The alarm clock buzzed off and woke us up at 5:00am. We wanted to catch the 6:00 ferry going to Siargao. The port was 5 minutes away from Island Vacation. The bakery opens up early, a pandesal costs Php 4.00. Enough to get us by the morning hunger pangs.

We paid the Php 3.00 before entering, and Php 200.00 in the boat. The boat roared to life shortly past 6:00am. It was a cloudy ride going to Siargao. We expected the ride to last for two hours but it took us around one hour and 25 minutes to reach Dapa Pier of Siargao. Gloomy skies threatened our island hopping plans.

Inside the boat. Louis smiled when I lifted my camera.

Our trike driver, Lito 0916-8665890 was waiting for us. I got his number from a forum and texted him the night before. He made me call him, explaining that he had to make sure that I was a real customer and not some prank of other trike drivers.
The 6 of us fit here
The six of us (with our backpacks), were packed in his trike. It was a bit of a squeeze but we happily managed the 45-minute trike ride going to General Luna, then Point 303 Resort. We paid Php 300 (for 6 pax)  for the trike ride to General Luna (GL) plus Php 20 per head for the trip from GL to Point 303. Point 303 is located in Cloud 9, which is a bit far off from the town.

After three hours of travelling in gloomy weather, we settled ourselves in Point 303’s restaurant for brunch. 

My brunch. Php 260 for the pork chop and drink

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