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Surigao City and Mabua Pebble Beach

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October 27, a quarter hour before ten in the morning, is memorable to me because it was the first time I experienced running across an airport terminal to catch our flight. My travel buddies and I did check in at the airport early, but we took our time eating our breakfast. We heard our names being paged while on our way to the boarding area. Later on we realized that we’d just re-enacted Home Alone and countless other movies.

A little more than two hours later, on the plane, the captain told us that landing was taking a while because of overcast skies and rains, and he said that there was a possibility of our flight being diverted to Mactan. I started to worry. We did land though, thankfully, at about half past noon.

The first order of the day was looking for β€œauthentic” lunch. We asked around for a good place to eat. The guard at the airport and the tricycle driver pointed us to Gaisano, particularly at Mang Inasal. On the other hand, we decided to go to another local restaurant in Gaisano which sold P99 combo meals and P200 eat-all-you-can meals. It was the first (and perhaps only) wrong move of our trip as the restaurant was undermanned, service was slow, my fish fillet was cold, and my tartar sauce turned out to be mayo mixed with catsup. However, we did discover a yummy local dessert called sayongsong. This is important to note.

We decided to hire a jeep (P200) to Mabua, just a few kilometers from Gaisano, to see its famed pebble beach. It reminded me of the beach in Lobo in Batangas, but here in Mabua one could barely see a patch of sand or soil under the smooth pebbles. By this time the sun was blessedly peeking behind gray and white clouds.

We parked our stuff in Mt. Bagarabon Beach Resort and headed straight to the steps that led to the other side of the mountain. Climbing the steps let to some magnificent views of the beach.

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Descending on the other side, we found a rock formation where we spent some time taking pictures and drinking in the sights and sea breeze. Just a few days before, we were steeped in work and stressed out from our classes; all that seemed so far away as we looked at our surroundings.

Mabua Pebble Beach in Surigao City. Suddenly, zen.
Mabua Pebble Beach in Surigao City. Suddenly, zen.

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We went back to the resort, dropped our bags into our family room, and headed back out to bathe in the sea well after sundown.

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