Monthly Archives: December 2013

Dakong Bato Resort: The Big Rock of Dalaguete

Dakong Bato Resort is located in Coro, Dalaguete, Cebu.  It is around 100 kms south of Cebu province and about 2 hours of travel by bus. The resort offers wide range of amenities for the whole family. Local tourists often visit the place on weekends, so it is much better to visit the place on a weekday if you want to enjoy the place just for yourselves. They have rooms for families or couples that can be used overnight. They have two pools; both are 5 feet max.  You can also enjoy the beach if you want to.  It offers stunning view of Cebu Straight, facing the island of Bohol.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City, take the bus going down south in Cebu South Bus Terminal. Again, choosing Ceres Aircon Bus would be the best option for safety and convenience.  It would cost you around 100-110 php per person.; just tell the bus crew to drop you off in Dakong Bato. The resort is just adjacent to the national road, so you do not have to take another ride which is a pain-in-the-arse for most people.

  The Swimming Pool   

    Pool 2  

The Beach    

Hello to the Pool and the Beach

Resort Accommodation       

      The accommodation we chose is good for two.  I like it because we already have our own dining table just outside the room with a very great view of the sea.

Here are some shots we took from our balcony:       The breathtaking view just gives you broad perspective in life.

The Food             We had their house special, Kamayan, for dinner. Yummy! 

            Tocilog and Baked Mac for Brunch.. 🙂  

Dakong Bato Restaurant’s Menu   

Getting Around The Resort                                                                            The Resort Lobby    

The Garden         b

The Beachfront     

The Resort’s Structures                  

We went to this place to celebrate our Anniversary.  We want to move on with our lives even though our families were affected by the recent typhoon. We are still thankful that our families in typhoon-hit areas are doing well and moving on with life. With this, we are able to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a more meaningful way.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of You!

Keep on Movin’!  Never stop Explorin’!

A Journal: How Yolanda Broke My Heart

 Sunday after the typhoon, I went to Leyte to check on my loved ones and relatives if they were doing fine after the super typhoon.  Saturday morning, I was a bit worried because all source of communication went down. Me and my girlfriend were in Cebu and decided to rush to the ticket booth to buy tickets bound for Ormoc, but sadly, they were sold out for that day.  So we decided to take a fastcraft on a Sunday morning. A few dozen people surprised us on the ticket outlet of a certain fastcraft on a sunday dawn. They were already lining up as early as 3 am. They were, as well, anxious to see their families in Leyte.  We were not able to ride the first trip because it was already full, but thank God we were able to get a ticket for the second trip.

When we arrive in Ormoc, these images below stunned me and actually made some tears fell from my eyes because I just remembered how beautiful that place was before Yolanda came. It just crushed my heart.

I apologize for the quality of the images.  I only used my phone camera.

It is never easy to look at the surroundings.  About 90% of the houses have major damages while 100%  has damage (minor or major); coconut trees were cut off and even centennial old trees fell down as well.

When we arrive in Ormoc, my girlfriend’s family was there at the port waiting for us.  It was a relief knowing that all of them are safe. Now it is my time to check on my Nanay and my sisters in the nearby towns Merida and Isabel. At first, I had a hard time looking for transportation going there because transportation operations is not functional yet because of the electric posts and trees that blocked the highway. But good thing I was able to reach my nanay through phone and asked one of his grandchild to fetch me from Ormoc using motorcycle. It was already dusk then when we traveled from Ormoc to Merida. When we were travelling, I have seen a lot of devastation along the way.  Again, it squeezed my heart.  People were sleeping along the national road because their houses were swept away. Some just made bonfire to keep their selves warm. Their primary need at that time was shelter because if it rains, they would just be wet and cold again. Food is not yet a problem since they can still eat from fallen coconuts.

In my nanay’s place, Calunangan (Merida), I was able to sit with them along with the neighbors and converse with them that night outside the house. Their houses has damages as well. No more roof and no more ceiling.  Good thing, my nanay’s house has only minor damage.  Hope came in when I saw them talking together and even laughing (which is normal with their daily conversations) as if nothing happened. They even share their dinner together, and I ate with them. We had fish and some kind of a sea eel that they were able to catch earlier.

These are the scenes I saw on the morning after that small gathering in Calunangan:

 

That morning I was able to visit my sisters and my uncle’s place in Isabel, and I am thankful enough to God that they were spared.

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Here are some pictures of Leyte towns:

Isabel, Leyte

Merida, Leyte

Yolanda is probably the only girl who broke my heart this worse. It should not happen again. It has not just affected the eastern part of leyte but whole Leyte as well, Northern Cebu. and some parts of Panay.

Let us all pray for our land.