That Honolulu Trip – Part 2

Aaaand my island adventures continue. Note that I am writing this nine months after they happened. The nostalgia and the longing bite me hard. I really should have finished writing this sooner, as in as soon as I was flying back home.

DAY ONE-3

Still not waking up early, and a part of me kind of regretted a huge chunk of the morning wasted. But what can I do, I was on vacation, so forcing myself’s way below my list talaga.

After breakfast I felt like going to the beach again for a mid-morning soak, so I took the bus (yay, finally) and stepped off the stop nearest to the Duke Kahanamoku Statue. It was a bit on the other end of the shore where I baked myself burnt the previous day. Maiba naman. Not sure if it’s because it’s a Saturday but more people were on the beach. It was surreal seeing different people enjoying themselves under the sun. No drama intended but the feeling na you’re traveling solo but you’re not alone…that kind of feels.

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From Target the previous day: Quaker rice crispies (flavored ampao, in short LOL), some pretzels, and blueberries. Then cranberry juice! This is something I would not spend time buying and putting together back home but as they say, necessity is the mother of all inventions.

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Told you, nice view.

After an hour at the beach I walked to Food Pantry in Kuhio Avenue to buy more essentials, and oddly enough unti-unting pasalubong, and also grabbed lunch from HI-Steaks.

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HI-Steaks ranks high on Yelp and compared to similar restaurants in the area, they serve very affordable yet hefty meals. After buying groceries, I bought my lunch to-go.

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This is their original steak and BBQ chicken combo ($11 more or less). I opted for the chimichurri sauce which I was given generously. Look at that brown rice and greens to complete the ensemble! If I wasn’t in a hurry to make it to my next stop, I would have taken my time with it.

In the afternoon it surprisingly rained, lakas makasira ng sleeveless romper outfit because of the lamigin me. However I still went ahead to Leonard’s Bakery to try their malasadas.

From the nearest bus station from my apartment I took Bus #13 and got off in front of Leonard’s. Other buses like #1 and #9 also have dropoffs near Leonard’s but not as near as #13’s, so that’s something to consider. Other people, such as the guy I met while there (aka who chuckled while I was hilariously Boomerang-ing my malasadas), actually walked to the bakery from Waikiki Beach! Going back to Waikiki, take the same bus number at the station in front of Safeway in Kapahulu which was a block away from Leonard’s.

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Anyway, malasadas. It is basically deep-fried dough sprinkled with granulated sugar. Think bicho-bicho back home. Leonard’s offers other varieties like the cinnamon-sprinkled ones, and some coated with li hing or Chinese dried plum. They have malasada puffs with filling, too. I tried their original and cinnamon-sprinkled bread. They’re okay. I mean, it’s soft on the inside and it was still warm when I got my order so it’s good. I ordered a lot for one so I ended up eating it for breakfast and merienda the next day.

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I accidentally deleted the photos of my Leonard’s trip save for my IG stories so all I got now our screenshots. See, parang tinapay lang na may asukal di ba?

It started raining again on my way back to Waikiki so I just hit the mall and went to B&N again. Still didn’t do a lot but I was happy with my day.

DAY ONE-4

Finally, I was able to wake up early enough to enjoy the first half of the day. I spent it inside the room to enjoy my breakfast with a view. Cannot complain.

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Leftover malasadas, cranberry juice, and a banana. If you know me well enough, you can tell this was very new to me.

I walked a few blocks around the area and began to feel feverish. I knew it was days of wonky sleeping and getting rained on. I rested until late afternoon and walked to find a place to eat rice. You know that very Pinoy feeling na you need to eat something before taking your meds and “eat something” means kanin and ulam? So off I went walking along the shore. It was a very good afternoon. 

I made a premature left turn going to the Royal Hawaiian Center and found Pau Hana Market. It’s a small lot with food trucks. I heard it’s closed now. I hope they just moved elsewhere. I planned on getting the famous garlic shrimp but they weren’t ready and I was hungry. I chose Hoaloha’s fried chicken meal of the day.

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Chicken, lots of carbs, fruits. For a hungry stomach it was quite a feast. The beer-battered taste of the chicken was ordinary. The fresh pineapple juice was a delight. I shelled about $30 for this late meal. I devoured it while i placed a quick video call to my mom and watched about half an episode of Hawaii Five-O. Hihihi, “for the feels”.

I walked a lot to make up for the heavy meal. Before I knew it it’s dark outside so i just went back to the room to rest some more. I was reviewing my photos and I was convinced I didn’t take plenty of shots for a tourist. But you know what, I still remember them all in my head. I don’t know how much longer I can retain them in but right now they’re all vivid. The place really made a mark in me.

Three more days to go!

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Bohol Trip: Day 2

Day 2 in Bohol started early for us.  We were expected to be up and about way earlier but we were tired the previous day so we decided to sleep in a little longer.  We had free breakfast at 7 am and proceeded to a 45-minute boat ride to Balicasag Island.  We missed the dolphins and the boatman said it’s wavy anyway so they’re expected to stay away.

Our tour package only included the fee for the boat ride to and from the resort and snorkeling privileges for two guests.  Since we’re 5 people, and 2 begged off from snorkeling, we had to pay for one more person’s gear.  We didn’t avail the flippers though because the spot wasn’t deep (as in waist-deep) and well, we’re cheap.   

Balicasag is a good spot to see marine creatures but in my opinion, Coron is better, because it’s more colorful underwater.  But this was still a great spot, especially for first-timers.  The corals were impressive.  I am for all efforts to preserve them.  Since it’s a very shallow part of the ocean, we had cuts and scrapes from the corals and our soles weren’t spared because we didn’t have flippers, remember?  However, it’s worth all the bloody, mahapdi mess.

After the morning activities, we asked for the food to be served.  Before snorkeling, we reserved a kilo of fresh squid to be cooked three ways – adobo, calamares, and inihaw.  They were served promptly with rice for P15  a cup.  It was yummy.  It’s rare to go wrong with fresh seafoods.  Anyway, the vendors did not mention that they charge P250 as cooking fee, so you have to consider that when you mentally total your bill.

After lunch, we looked for a sari-sari store because we’re thirsty.  A few meters away from the shore, we saw a store and an elementary school.  The price of the goods were a little steep but we understood – to get those merchandise, you have to ride a boat for 45 minutes then travel 45 minutes more to get to the city, and back!

We left Balicasag a little after 12 noon.  After 30 minutes, we were in Virgin Island.  We stayed there for about 20 minutes only.  We just took pictures. 

     

We’re back in Whites & Greens early enough to enjoy the waves of its beach.  I liked it because it’s not full of seaweeds.  It has lots of pointy rocks near the shore though.  But overall, we had a grand time frolicking under the sun.  After this, we took time to fix our things, talk, and freshen up for dinner – although, “taking a bath” in saltwater did not really make a difference.

We had dinner in Kan-anan Restaurant in Dumaluan Beach Resort.  We thought we’re hungry so we ordered coma-inducing food – kangkong with bagnet (more like bagnet with kangkong!), shrimp slathered with crab fat, bangus ala pobre and grilled liempo.  We decided to walk the shore after dinner for fear of killing ourselves from heart attack.  The food was good and the price was reasonable.  Ambience was very satisfactory, too.

Today, we spent the following per pax – P130 (lunch in Balicasag, total is P650 including tip), P200 (share in extra snorkeling gear), P400 (Kan-anan gluttonish dinner).  Plus less than a hundred, give or take, from the sari-sari store drinks and junk food purchase.  

See Bohol Day 1
See Bohol-Cebu Days 3 & 4

travel plans

There was a change in my travel plans this year.

Because of Cebu Pacific’s zero fare promo, I decided to scrap my Tokyo trip in October and split the budget (which I still don’t have in full, as there are still paydays UNTIL October) for two trips. I felt bad giving up Tokyo as Rachel and I were all set since the year started. However, she understood, plus she has legitimate reason to go there anyway while I’d only be tagging along. Maybe in 2010. Tokyo’s not going anywhere. Why 2010? Later.

So the first of my two trips was already booked, though still for November, in one of our long weekends in the office.

Rachel, Lalaine and I are going to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia for some skinny dipping. Hahaha, joke. But we’re really going there! Since the airfare is quite a steal, we had more leeway, budget-wise, for our accomodations so we’re opting to stay at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria resort right in the heart of Kota Kinabalu.

I definitely have to make bawi because I had a beach drought this summer because of schedule constraints. At least Rach and Laine are going to Bora, although separately, next weekend! Ako sa Subic lang, uwian pa. Hay naku. The most immediate one after that would be Batanes that has a 99% chance of being scrapped unless we want to be stranded there for long, or worse, dead. Bagyo season na eh.

The second trip is still in the works so I will not say anything about it yet although it also involves the beach.

By May 2009, Raft3r and I are planning to go to New York, swinging by Vegas (where he has a cousin), and maybe San Francisco (where my sister is naman). I’m excited with New York. I don’t know if Boeing Boeing (wih Bradley Whitford) will still be on Broadway by then though I’m fervently wishing it would still be, or kahit repeats na lang; that’s one of the best things I’m looking forward to there. I’m planning to use my miles for this US trip para di masyado mahal. And I also have to renew my visa. Sana wag ako ma-deny, hahaha!

I gave up on planning trips by myself because they always don’t push through. I guess it’s reality’s way of telling me that travels are best done with a friend. After all, who would take your pictures – good ones, hindi yung puro mukha mo lang ang kita kasi sariling sikap –  if you’re alone?