I tried to press my digital camera's button several times, hoping that the LCD screen would spring back to life similar to how its lens desperately opened and closed as I attempted to turn on the four-year old Canon gadget. Alas, water has completely seeped through its insides back when we were enjoying the cascading Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur. Ever since, I was not already in the mood as the magnificent Enchanted River and the overrated Siargao Islands were still on our itinerary, and we apparently do not have any camera to capture the supposedly adventurous anniversary we're brewing up for the both of us.
The absence of a camera and the poor quality of photos that our mobile phones captured inevitably led me to a bad mood. How unfortunate could this trip get? Nonetheless, my heroic best friend/boyfriend somehow managed to get everything back on track by letting us travel to Butuan City for three hours just so we could try to borrow a digital camera from a friend he only met on an online game, and someone who apparently decided not to show up the minute we got off the tiring bus trip from Bislig.
I was about to blow up and nearly decided to go back to Davao City when Ryan again suggested that we could borrow a camera from his brother's girlfriend in San Fran, Agusan, which is yet another two-hour bus trip from Butuan. For the sake of this seemingly necessary gadget, it seemed like we have already toured the Philippines' entire Mindanao island in a span of 24 hours.
In the ungodly hours of the morning, it seemed like luck was turning to our side when we were able to meet up with Ate Leslie in San Fran and finally got our hands to a functioning camera. While we first opted to purchase a digital camera in one of the malls in Butuan, we realized we were almost broke to even afford one, not to mention that we still have to go to Siargao.
Not enough budget. This is evidently the result of incomplete research about the entire place and the stupid need to tour EVERY tourist spot associated to Surigao's name. Tinuy-an Falls. Enchated River. Siargao Islands. Who would have thought that these tourist spots are HOURS apart? We found this out the hard way.
The streak of bad luck seemed to end when we finally boarded the bus to Surigao City, where we hopped on a barge that served as our temporary shelter for four more hours of trip before we could arrive to Siargao Island. For a second, I thought we had a stroke of luck as the driver of the habal-habal (single motorcyle) we hailed upon arriving in the island was the supposed president of their organization.
For P50, we traveled fro 30-45 minutes from the port to General Luna, where both luxurious and budget resorts line up. I guess you should not entirely trust the driver to lead you to a cheap lodging as some of them appear to get commissions from the more popular hotels, so expect them to bring you to the expensive accommodations first.
Not unless you've researched enough and knew where to go, there won't be a problem. This did not happen in our case though, as we really checked almost each resort and asked their rates before we finally found the Traveller's Pension House and Beach Resort, which humbly offered a P500-P600 room rate for two per night.
|Siargao's Traveller's Pension House and Beach Resort|
|Siargao's Traveller's Pension House and Beach Resort. Our bungalow to my left.|
|Road in General Luna, Siargao|
|Not So Affordable Meal in Meredyl's|
|P100-Breakfast Somewhere in General Luna|
|Old Church in General Luna|
|Siargao Beach. Weeds and Flotsam Found on the Beach. Hence, Not Recommended for Swimming.|
I think I've ranted enough about the unfortunate events in our Surigao trip, so I'll just post our island hopping pictures below to lighten things up.
|Naked Island, Siargao|
|Naked Island, Siargao|
|Dako Island, Siargao|
|A View of Dako Island from the Naked Island|
The second island we visited was Dako Island (dako means big). We only checked out the island and took a few pictures as there were not much to see around. It's a typical island where boats dock on the shore, and a couple of kids and locals pass by. I was quite uncomfortable swimming in the beach area of the island, so we left after 30 minutes.
On our second day, we spent a longer period of time frolicking in Guyam Island, which is a small island that has a manageable white-sand beach that only stretched for several meters. The rest of the island offers acceptable areas for picture taking as there are big chunks of rocks found on about three-fourths of the island. There are also open cottages around, and I heard tourists could spend a night there by pitching tents and creating bonfires at night (there is, of course, no electricity on this part of Siargao).
We also took a picture on the floating cottage in front of our pension house's beach.
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