‘Take me to the islands, lakes, beaches and mountains’

By Joy Sabandal


“Grabe ka!” why do you post pictures of splendid places in Caraga Region but you don’t take me there! Why are you making me envious and miserable I would not be able to complete my ordinary bucket list before I retire? Wait till I get rich and I’ll never take you to Paris, France, ha ha ha!

You declare no more over rated destinations like the surfing town of General Luna, Siargao Island, which both of us are not interested to learn surfing anyway and what for when we prefer to join the marathon or simply walk or jog by ourselves around or half the island, parking overnights in more reasonably priced lodging houses in other towns like Del Carmen and Santa Monica.

Another island you made me salivate to visit and explore is Dinagat Islands where you teased me pictures of the beauty of Libjo town. I cannot wait to go when I saw the enthralling attractions of the lake connected to the sea and guarded by rock towers and formations s scattered all over like anti-drug agents.

But I am also awed of Mount Redondo’s Bonsai Forest at its peak and can’t wait to be there with environment-conscious friends and get to study and learn the environmental condition and action of preserving nature, the new and much needed concept and trend of responsible travel and tourism.

As you know I don’t just travel to escape but to be a learned person. That way we come home a better person with an added perspective in life. OA ba? But that is better than OE-overly empty in the head.

Then you told me to come so we can gaze over the picturesque mountain range of Cabadbaran City with the river that snake in between. You told me we can fly over it if we have wings, which we don’t have of course and how sad but I can bring my binocular to spy at. I am also curios of the hanging bridge of another river which I must negotiate as part of my rural adventure.

Not to be miss is the ultimate adventure of the region, the Agusan Marsh of Agusan del Sur. I am even more fascinated to come when you told me there is now a floating hotel there as you sail on a “baroto” or on a pump boat to explore the famous “waterworld.” Worry not, you told me, the whole village float as the humble tribal villagers welcome you.

I cannot wait to come. I know, I know, I have to be responsible and respectful of nature and indigenous culture. You know me better, di ba?, I’m not hook on the malling and online habit.

So yes, I will hang on and can’t wait to join you and please keep up those photo ops coming so my interest to come will keep burning especially this summer. How they will fill my appetite.  Hulata ko sunod semana!

Photo courtesy of DOT Caraga

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