And that’s the wonderful thing about family travel: it provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind. ~Dave Barry
The day has finally arrived. 7:00 in the evening, we were on the ferry to samar island. Dad is already waiting on the side. He just arrived at the port from Butuan from a business. Finally the whole family is complete. The evening enveloped the sea, as the car parked the ferry. I saw piles of big tanks of Maersk on the side as the boat left the dock and move towards the island. It took a few minutes to arrive at the other side, and we relied on our Google Map navigator to route us to Maxima Resort. It was a very long ride, and from the ferry port to the little town, it took a while. I noticed there were little street lights on the side, and no way to light the road except for the head light coming from cars. There seem to be few vehicles traveling too. Maybe because it was already past 8 in the evening.
I want to describe to you how road and the place at night looks like but I just can’t find the words. Arriving at the entrance of the resort, no staff was actually on post. It was pretty dark because of so many trees and because of the hillside behind us although there are flourescent lights scattered. If you can just imagine for a moment the movie ‘the wrong turn’ and its scenery, then you have a bit of an idea. Honestly, I said to myself ‘is this the resort?’ because its far from what I imagined it to be.
Either way, we had to get a place to stay for the night so we hiked down to I-really-don’t-know-where and what to expect. Imagine the steps you would take down the Tinago falls of Iligan City. Now you get the picture. To cut the story short, we found a guard who is on duty and negotiated for some close cottage. We got our bags – yes we hiked up and down the steps twice! – settled ourselves in a need-to-be-upgraded cottage.
The cottage is slightly raised above the ground, about 2 meters, and below you have a net swing. Beside it was a very tall tree with picnic tables and chairs. The cottage is fronting the sea which is a major plus. The comfort rooms are public.
We were able to hit the night at 11:00 in the evening, I guess.