This is a late blog post.
Based on my record, it’s not all the time that I trust myself on spontaneous decisions most especially when traveling. I’m not born with the inner compass in me. I suck at geography and I don’t have a sense of direction. And for the record, I’d like to blog about my Aloguinsan-Pinamungajan escapade. For once, I attended into my spontaneous self.
We only planned the night before our trip. Our meetup place was at the Southbus Terminal and our first goal was to reach Toledo. The bus ride was not very convenient. We could have taken a vhire but it would cost us more. When we arrived in Toledo, we can’t decide whether to go to Hidden Beach or to Hermit’s Cove. Luckily, we met a kind-hearted woman who introduced herself as “Konsehal Patring” and helped us made up our mind. Since Hidden Beach is nearer, we settled for Hidden Beach as our first stop. The jeepney fare from Toledo terminal to Hidden Beach is 30php. Then from there, we rode a passenger motorcycle which costs us 10php per head. Konsehal Patring warned us that there are some motorcycle drivers that will take advantage of tourists and will ask for an expensive fare. She advised us to look for those with IDs because those drivers are members of an association and are regulated by the Aloguinsan government.
I guess it was not our lucky day at all because when we arrived there, the beach was really crowded and it also rained. We did not get a cottage and we ended up eating by the sand. I’m not a fan of the idea because there were stray dogs everywhere. The beach was not very clean. The water was not clear and there were sea weeds everywhere. However, the entrance fee was very cheap. Still, I’d rate it as a 5.
Since we were not really convinced with the Hidden Beach, we decided to try Hidden Valley in Pinamungajan. It was a rainy afternoon and the road was slippery. I actually didn’t expect it would be that FAR. We just rode a passenger motorcycle from Hidden Beach to Hidden Valley. My butt hurts. And to add up to the list of my mischievous deeds, that long and dangerous trip to Hidden Valley should make it to the top of my list right now. It was like I was kissing death in the ass. I may not die from broken ribs if ever our motorcycle slipped, but I cannot imagine what I’d look like if ever my parents will know. It would be like going to hell alive. After more than an hour of travelling, we finally reached our destination. My slippers were muddy since in the middle of our journey, we walked through the mud. The motorcycle fare is 150php per head.
I was relieved when we arrived in Hidden Valley. We decided not to go to the wave pool. We decided to go for the less crowded pool. There was also a lifeguard in the bigger pools. And the cottages are cleaned thoroughly before someone could occupy it. The shower area is also clean and the comfort rooms are accessible to everyone. I’d rate this as an 8.
It was a tiring day for us. We were not able to catch a bus or a vhire on our way home. It was Sunday evening and there were a lot of passengers going back to the city. The weather was also bad. In the end, we decided to ride a motorcycle to Naga. Then we rode a jeepney on our way back to the city proper.