5 July 2014
Sadly, it was time to say farewell to the white sand and to the clear, blue sea of Alona Beach. I will miss the sound of the waves, the feel of the fine sand on my bare feet, the fresh coconut juice and the delicious seafood dishes. I had a blast during the short two days we were in the island and I would not mind coming back.
After breakfast, the van that would take us to the pier was already waiting for us at the end of the beach. Along the way to the port, we made a quick stop at a store to buy some native sweet treats to take home.
At 11 am, we were already aboard Ocean Jet express, the boat that would take us back to Cebu City. Unlike the previous ferry experience, the ride back was not bumpy. Thankfully, the weather was nice and the waves were calm.
When we arrived at the Cebu port, we used the same taxi hunting strategy we did before. Us girls walked a few paces ahead of the guys so that taxi drivers would not overprice just because we were with foreigners. We found a mini van who charged only Php300 for 6 people. At first glance, the vehicle looked small to fit all of us with our big backpacks but we managed to squeeze ourselves in the van.
We were hours early for our scheduled flight to Manila. With much time to kill, we browsed thru the souvenir shops at the airport. My cousin wanted to bring back Lechon (roasted pork) Cebu as pasalubong (gifts) to her family. I thought my Cebu getaway would be incomplete if I do not try the ever-famous Lechon Cebu. I tagged along with Aki to the Ayer Lechon stand located just outside the departure area of the airport to get my hand on one of Cebu’s popular delicacies. It was a bit pricey but worth it. The skin was crispy. The meat was aromatic and tender juicy.
Aki and Meme were on a different flight. We bid them goodbye and went to a restaurant to wait until our designated check-in time. At around 9 pm, we were back in Manila. Thanks to my Ninang Minda – She let us stay in her SOMA unit while we were in the city. We dropped off our bags at the condo in Bonifacio Global City and then went out again to have dinner with Aki and her sister Odessa. They took us to a Filipino restaurant in Bonifacio High Street. This was our send-off dinner for Nick and Casey. They were flying back to the US the next day. Ryan and I were so happy and thankful for the effort and time they took to be on our wedding. We told them that when their wedding comes, we will surely be there wherever in the world it may be.