Monday, April 15, 2013

The missed flight that brought me to Camiguin Island

All my bags were packed and I was ready to go – so excited to explore Isla de Gigantes of Ilo-ilo. It’s a reward to myself for successfully defending my thesis proposal. This could be my first-time experience of travelling solo. Good luck to me :D

The day arrived for my flight and since I was used to be always in a hurry, I decided to take my own pace in travelling. I wanted to experience a trip where I do not do things in haste, savoring each moment until I reach my destination. I must admit, I felt relaxed not doing things in a rush. 

Other than this is the experience of a budget travelling – taking the cheapest mode of transportation – after all, I will get there.hehe. So, when I arrived in Cagayan de Oro City, I took a jeepney bound for Carmen and from there I took another ride heading towards Lumbia Airport. "Thank God! Makaadto najud ko og Ilo-ilo" (Finally, I can go to Ilo-ilo), I happily expressed.

While I was falling in line to check-in, I met Gabriel, a blogger friend and we had a conversation.

RSC: Hi Gab, today must be your flight going to Manila?
Gab: Yes Kuya, where are you going by the way
RSC: I’m heading to Ilo-ilo 

The security guard who heard our conversation butt in and said, “The airplane heading to Ilo-ilo has already left.” It left 45 minutes earlier than the schedule. Tsk. Tsk. I was petrified for a second :D and found myself a bit hopeless.hehe. Then, I was endorsed to one of the staff of Cebu Pacific and I was told that there is no remedy for the missed flight. I needed the guts to insist my rights but to no avail. hehe.

After trying some possibilities of going to Ilo-ilo, the thought of visiting Camiguin came to my mind and I immediately called Pinay Travelista of the schedule of the boat going to Camiguin. With my final decision, I hurriedly ride a taxi going to Agora Terminal and paid the driver Php 250.00 :D

Then, I took a bus going to Balingoan. I asked the driver what time will it reach Balingoan and he answered at about 5:30 o’clock in the evening. I was a bit worried because it’s the same time that the last boat bound for Camiguin will leave Balingoan Pier. I was lucky enough that I was able to catch up the last trip. A local of Balingoan assisted me in getting a ticket and finally boarding in a boat. Thank God… Tsk. Tsk. Thanks Pinay Travelista, thanks to the driver for making it on time and thanks to Manong for the assistance :D
Taking a glance in the sky while on board. 
I had no itinerary then for Camiguin because what I prepared was for my Ilo-ilo trip. While I was on the boat, I plugged in my Smart broadband but the signal was not good. I called up our marketing officer and requested her to browse Pinoy Adventurista’s write-up about Camiguin and copy the contact number of Kuya Jojo – a tour guide/driver/photographer. I immediately called him up and told him I’m heading to Benoni Port of Camiguin. He confirmed to fetch me and to him I am thankful :D Thanks Ms. Queen for doing the favor and thanks Pinoy Adventurista for posting Kuya Jojo’s number - 0905-9566288.
Welcome Dinner near Benoni Port :D
I arrived at Benoni Port an hour after and Kuya Jojo was already there. Thank God! I invited him for dinner at a nearby barbecue house and we discussed about the destinations we will visit the next day. I asked him of a budget accommodation and he suggested that I will stay at Sunriser Pension House. The rent per night is Php 150.00 only – just perfect for a solo traveller like me. Thanks Kuya Jojo. I unpacked my things, freshened up and went to bed early for a good rest. :-) Good night for now :D I'll be posting my experiences on a day tour... :-) 
My room at Sunriser Pension House, Mambajao, Camiguin

Do you Like this story..?

Get Free Email Updates Daily!

Follow us!


  1. Ahahaha! Cool! You finally did your solo travel! When you called up, I thought you were kidding when you said you were going by yourself, I thought you had, uhm, someone else with you. =P good thing you were quick enough to have thought of Camiguin after missing that flight. Cheers to a successful spontaneous solo trip! ;-)

    1. Thanks Ms. Lai | Pinay Travelista for the helpful information :D

      Travelling solo is exciting, relaxing and yes challenging... :-)

      Thanks again for answering immediately my call :D

  2. WOW na WOW! oh diba, Kuya Jojo will surely take care of you! Kaya cya ang lagi ko nire-recommend sa mga readers ko.. Glad you enjoyed the trip... :)

    1. It was truly a wonderful experience :-) Thanks again Pinoy Adventurista :-) Happy birthday :-) God bless :-)