A week later and everybody’s (me, my sisters, shiela and mark) still raving about our weekend trip in Misibis Bay, Albay. We missed the buffet, lounging in the pool area and doing water sports.
Before our trip, I’ve read varying reviews of the resort, from greatness to dullness (which I interpreted as “kaartehan” lang). But for us, every centavo was worth it. Why? Because we made sure we get the best out of the experience, never letting small stuff bother us. Our goal: SULITIN!
It was raining when our plane landed in Legazpi and we were scheduled for the city tour prior to checking in. The rain was boohoo but we didn’t let it dampen our mood. Plus, our tour guide, Bert, was keeping us entertained. It was drizzling when we visited Lignon Hill and Mt. Mayon was barely visible. (Sayang! But hey it’s always a reason to come back. They say the mountain hides from evil people….. ugh so we debated on who the jinx was..nobody conceded) Next stop was the Cagsawa Ruins, a church that was built in 1724 and was buried by Mt Mayon’s eruption in 1714. Only the bell tower survived. Bert told us there were photographers around the area who offered to take trick shots in exchange of a small amount of donation. My niece, Ishi, was so fond of the photos. We also bought our pasalubong from the adjacent market. Bicol Putoseko for the win! Nex stop: LUNCH!
Colonial Grill was famous in the area for their Tinapa rice so we decided to give it a shot. I still couldn’t forget the tinapa rice and laing I had over a year ago in Legazpi while visiting Camsur. Our lunch did not disappoint. The best part was dessert, where in we ordered the famous sili ice cream and calamansi ice cream. Boy! That sili ice cream tasted like Labuyo with matching guhit sa lalamunan but the creamy taste to it was a nice combination.
I think it was an hour drive before we finally got to Misibis Bay Resort. The rain has stopped and there were dancers in costume who greeted us at the front lawn. Tine gleefully joined them in their dance. Dinaig pa yata sila. Welcome drinks and chips were given at the reception area. By the time we checked in, it started to rain.
We got to our respective rooms via the golf cart because of the downpour. Tine, Irhys, Shiela and I stayed in the 1BR Deluxe while Dianne, Mark and Ishi settled in the adjoining Premier Villa. Ang sarap matulog! But of course, sleep was last on our list. Complementary beach woven bags were placed on each bed. Acca Kappa toiletries in the bathroom! And… tada! meryenda on the kitchen table. We saved the palitaw for later since we just had our lunch. We got into our swimsuits and went to the water sports area.
The rain was teasing as it poured and stopped but what the hey to the rain. We didn’t care. Allan greeted us at the waters sports area and gave us waivers to sign. All non-motorized water sports are Free of Charge to all guests. Yahoo! We got into our kayaks and paddled away. The sun started to shine and the wind calmed. We heard the hobie cat sail was a nice ride so we got rid of our kayaks after a while and headed out to sea with Allan as our sailor. Sayang we didn’t have underwater cameras. It would have been nice to take photos of ourselves getting splashed by the sea water. The splashes were unexpected so it was very fun to watch each other get drenched and hit on the face.
We still had so much energy so we decided to try wind surfing. I was the first to get on it. We listened to Allan as he gave us a short briefing on the whats and hows of wind surfing. In fairness, hindi siya madali! I might have fallen 10 times before I was finally able to surf on my own. You need to have upper body strength and balance. Shiela tried it next but she wasn’t able to sail on her own. I had bruises on my knees from repeatedly getting on the rough board. It was already 5pm so we decided to try it again the following day. The water sports area is only open from 8am- 5pm. Out of curiosity we also tried the trampoline, wherein we roared with laughter seeing someone fall and then we also tried to climb that freaking floating white mountain and the orange one too.. but failed miserably. There was no way we could reach the first handle bar.
It was getting late. We lounged at the pool area while we took turns to get showered. Puto was waiting in our kitchen table. (Winner!)We had dinner at Spice Market. Some of the crew offered us their dinner buffet at a much lower price (huh? natatawaran ang buffet?) but we settled on ala carte since were not that hungry. After dinner we checked out the recreation area. Ishi was already sweating, jumping and moving infront of the kinect screen. Syempre nakilaro din kami! We returned to our villas happy and contented. We shared 2 bottles of wine and some cheetos and called it a night. That was only our first day and we felt like we have done so much already.
When we checked in, they gave us a print out of the suggested itinerary. My roomies woke me up at 6:30. It was too early but they wanted to get the best out of the buffet breakfast so I obliged my half asleep self. For day 2 we skipped the snorkeling and enjoyed our buffet breakfast until 9:30am. I’m a breakfast person so I love breakfast food but I’m not a buffet eater. I really have a very small appetite. I had to shoo away the demons that say “you’re eating too much. stop!” during that particular trip so I indulged. Pancakes with layers of whip cream, blueberry jam, kisses and chocolate syrup! Happy tummy!
Ziplining time! We got to the zip lining area at 10am. We were the only group there. We got strapped and climbed up the narrow ladder to the take off point. It was onlya 150m long ride since the longer one was non-operational due to the rainy weather. One by one, we took our turns. We were allowed to repeat as many times as we wanted. Sulitin! So I did it 3 times even if it meant walking back to the start line in that squeeshy mud and grass.
Next stop, we dropped by at the ampitheatre. Magnificent view! In fairness, ang gagaling maglitrato ng mga tao dun. Our golf cart driver offered to take our photos with matching posing and angle na nalalaman. Thumbs up, kuya!
It was already lunchtime by the time we got back to the resort but we were still full so we decided to head for the beach. Hobie Cat Sailing round 2! I brought a book and Shiela her tablet. We were going to lounge but then we changed our minds and strapped on our life vests, pulled a kayak and started paddling. Unlimited is awesome. After 2 rounds we headed back to the shore and propped on our beach beds. We were settled comfortably on the beach beds and bathing in the sun when suddenly the rain decided to pour. We scampered to the shaded area and decided to go back to our rooms. We were walking back to our villa when the rain stopped. Shiela and I turned around and walked back to the beach. Took the cabana and settled on the cushions. I wanted to get my tan lines a bit even so I propped on my elbows under the sun and began to read the book I brought. Shiela was reading on her tablet. The sun was shining but the wind was blowing madly. I think we dozed off for a few minutes. Tine and Irhys arrived a few minutes later, followed by Mark, Dianne and Ishi. Shiela, Irhys Mark and I played a bit of volleyball then switched to soccer. Shiela and Irhys were the goalee while Mark and I ran after the ball trying to score. Hingal! I was sweating and breathing heavily. Dang! Ang hirap pala. Mark and Irhys won. Boo! Hobing Cat Sailing round 3! Alex was our sailor this time and he was very entertaining, maneuvering the boat to maximize the splashes we were trying to duck. Ang galing prumeno sa tubig!
The wind still hasn’t calmed but Tine was decided on trying out the wind surf. Everybody was having a good time watching her, including the water sports crew. In the end, nobody got to surf successfully because the wind was relentless. So, we decided to try the floaters again… to no avail.
One of my greatest accomplishment during our stay was being able to get up on the stupid orange floater. Took all my strength. Thanks to Kuya Dan Lloyd who helped me get up. Shiela was the only one left on shore to watch my victory! Hurray!
Dinner time! I promised the group I’d treat them to dinner so we attacked the dinner buffet after getting showered. Sinulit!
My body was so sore and tired I fell asleep instantly. The following day was our last. We ate our breakfast wherein I wasn’t able to eat as much as I wanted to because I got full immediately.
Mark was already at trying to wind surf when we got to the water sports area. The wind was strong so he failed and failed and everybody else who tried. We did our final round of kayak and paddle surf then got showered. We were leaving at 11am.
After getting dressed, we ordered pancit and headed to the water sports area to give it to the crew who were so patient with us during our stay. All the staff and crew were really really nice. We are going to miss them. It was one hell of a vacation. Sulit to the max! Nakakamiss!
from left Dan Lloyd, Shiela, Ishi, me, Tine, Allan, Alex