I’ve always wanted to travel alone. People say that traveling alone gives you time to reflect and nurture yourself. Some say that it’s a perfect way of meeting new people along the journey. Whatever the reason, I just wanted to be alone and be isolated from the harsh reality of life.
I’ve been so stressed these couple of months. I wanted to take a break for a moment and relax. So I did a little research on what to do and where to go to have some “me-time” and momentarily leave everything behind.
I originally planned to go to Osmeña Peak overnight and traverse to Kawasan the next morning. The plan didn’t push through for the reason that I wasn’t completely equipped for an overnight camping in Osmeña Peak. So instead, I decided to change my itinerary and went to Oslob for an overnight stay from O-Peak.
After my shift ended, I headed immediately to the supermarket to buy food and all other stuff that I needed for my solo trip.
It was about 7:30am on the 1st of February when I left home to catch the 8:00-9:00 morning mass at Mt. Carmel in Magallanes before heading to Mantalongon. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch the bus bound for Mantalongon because it departed earlier than its schedule, so, I waited for an hour and half for the next trip.
I was so excited then for it was my first time traveling alone. I was expecting to meet people going to the same destination, but sadly, I was the only one.
Anyhow, excitement had become an understatement to describe what I actually felt upon seeing the picturesque view of Mantalongon.
After two and a half hour of traveling, I finally arrived at Mantalongon market. It was about 2:00pm then. I found myself somewhere to eat to restore my energy before heading to the foot of the peak.
I also had to buy a jacket from ukay-ukay due to the cold weather. I was able to buy the jacket for 90Php from the original price of 100Php. If you have a very good haggling skill, I know you could buy one for a much lower price:)
Then I chartered a habal-habal(motorcycle) to get to the foot (if you’re traveling alone and it’s your first time, I suggest that you hire a motorcycle and a tour guide). The motorcycle was supposed to be good for 2 persons but since I was alone, I had to pay the price of two. I paid 50Php from the market, 100Php for the tour guide, another 50Php for the waiting time, and 200Php from there down to the highway of Dalaguete.
I wanted to see the sunset but due to the inclement weather, everything was not visible. I didn’t stay long at the peak because of the strong wind and heavy fog. After couple of minutes of taking photos and savoring the moment at the top, I descended immediately to head to Oslob so I would get there early.
On our way, the driver asked me if I wanted to drop by that area in the photo above to take photos of the facade of the O-peak. I fell in love with the place already. It was so serene and everything that I saw was just so amazing. Even the word amazing is not enough to describe how amazing it was.
It was about 3:30pm then when I got to the highway of Dalaguete to ride a bus going to barangay Tan-awan Oslob.
I stayed in Aj’s resort. I was surprised when Jimmy, caretaker of the resort, told me that I was the only one in there. I only paid 400Php but I was like renting the entire resort.
The resort was like divided into two. On the left were beach houses and on the right were cottages. So just imagine how I was like in the middle of the night alone in the resort…creepy…lol
The next morning, I already prepared myself for my next adventure and had my breakfast in a kitchenette just across the resort. People there were very friendly and the food were so affordable. Food prices start at 50Php.
Again, due to not-so-good weather, the sea water was not as crystal clear as expected and as what I saw from photos in the internet. The boat was for free but I still had to pay 500Php for snorkeling and swimming with the whales. I didn’t have photos underwater because I left my underwater action camera at home and their underwater cameras were too expensive for me alone.
My experience from Osmeña Peak to Oslob was so much worth remembering and I just said to myself “Definitely not the Last Time”:)
AJ’s Place is now being managed by another person and it manages the right division of the resort. The left part where I stayed in is being managed by Jimmy.
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