I was in General Santos City on the first day of the Mindanao backpacking challenge.
Day 2, I went to Saranggani Province, known to be Cong. Pacquiao’s district. The destination is Glan where Gumasa White Beach is found. As I always do, I headed to the Municipal Bldg. and asked for infos:
HABAL-HABAL TO GUMASA
After lunch, I boarded a habal-habal going to Gumasa (about 15 minutes ride). I don’t know why the beach (dapat white) has really charmed me. Gumasa beach was love at first sight. Heart pumped fast as I hurriedly went off the motorcycle. I looked for a place to set-up my hammock so I can have some snooze. Honestly, the past few days in Manila was tiring and this place is a perfect gift for a tired backpacker like me.
RELAX! Beach front baby!
I tied my hammock and slept for almost 2 hours, I didn’t mind if people are walking to and fro. I slept without any fear of being mugged or anything. The place was serene and peaceful. Contrary to what many in Manila think of Mindanao.
Locals are smiling at me, talking to me like I was their valued guest. Problem is I cannot speak their dialect. I would always say, “Pasensya man ha, makasabot man ako ng Bisaya, gamay lang” (My apologies, I can only understand a little of your dialect).
As the sun began to set, I looked for a viable place where I can spend the night and set-up my hammock and not be bothered by rain.
Lolo Zaiaz and the locals
I found not only a place to stay but also a lolo (grandfather), an uncle and an auntie. Lolo Zaiaz (pronounced as “Sayas”), 84, owns the small beach front property where I stayed for the night. His daughter Tria and her husband Rudy were managing the small undeveloped piece of land. Although we are not related in anyway, they welcomed me not only as their guest but as a family member.
Tuba + Videoke = RELAX.
I had the opportunity to interact with the locals too, we drank tuba together and they “forced” me to do some videoke. Surprisingly, a song only costs Php2.00 (its Php5.00 in Manila). Tuba + Videoke = RELAX.
I rested early, prepared my mobile bed and ZZZZzzzzz…….
Expenses for Today: Php513
Php 80 – Van fare (Van Terminal at KCC – Glan Terminal)
Php 10 – Tricycle (Glan to Municipal Bldg.)
Php 8 – Tricycle (Municipal Bldg. – Public Market)
Php 35 – Lunch (Carinderia, Public Market)
Php 100 – Habal-habal (Public Market – Isla Hardin – Gumasa)
Php 5 – Empanadang bukayo (merienda)
Php 100 – Zaias Beach Resort overnight stay
Php 80 – Tuba (1 gallon)
Php 95 – Dinner and mineral water
This should only be Php393, but I opted to add Php40 for the habal-habal driver because he was so helpful and I bought tuba as requested by the locals. No worries, I saved Php350 on Day 1. I’m still within my budget.
Word for Today:
Hubog. Drunk or Lasing. Muntik na akong mahubog sa tuba.
Reflection for Today:
“It is amazing to realize that living in simplicity gives true contentment. We go as we come to this world. In the end, nothing is ours to keep. Let’s share what we have… smiles, knowledge, hugs, kind words, time, love. Love more. Hate less. Ignore critics. Love life!” (SMS from Sweeney)
Now on my way to Koronadal City then to Lake Sebu… until Day 3.