Luckily, I scored two 900-peso roundtrip tickets to CDO for August 14 to August 16, 2010. Hubby and I promised to go out of town (on a plane) at least once every year for our yearly couple vacay. I decided on where to go since I’m the one who pretty much plans everything and is patient enough to check airline websites once in a while for discounts.
This 2010, our mission is to go white water rafting! Planning this trip was hard considering there’s only two of us going. All the tour/adventure packages available were for at least a group of 6.
Manila to CDO
Our AirPhilippines flight was supposed to leave for CDO at 8:25 but we were almost half an hour delayed because of the cargo. It didn’t matter much because we got to CDO on our expected arrival time which is 9:40. Actually, we landed 3 minutes early =) I had our itinirary planned out so even a 30-minute change in schedule might mean us missing the zipline in Dahilayan.
Right when we got out of the arrival area, cab drivers flocked us. I asked how much, to Willshire Inn, they all said 350! I was like, “Are you effing kidding me?”. I haggled for about 5 minutes until someone gave in to a 150-peso rate. It sucks how these predators are trying to suck as much money as they could from tourists like us who bring in income to their province. I was given a complaint form but I didn’t want to dwell on it. I wanted to just focus on the good things and have fun! No bad vibes!
CDO to Dahilayan
We finally got to Willshire Inn and were very disappointed with how unfriendly the staff was. Our room wasn’t as clean as I expected.
The floor was not well swept. There was piece of rambutan and cotton buds on the floor. There was also a piece of trash on the table when we got there. The bathroom is so small that you shower over the toilet bowl. The towel rack was also too high that we had to hang our towels on the doorknob. I also didn’t like it that there was only a stool to sit on besides the bed. The wallpapers were peeling off. Paying 595.00 for a Willshire standard room wasn’t worth it. We decided to stay there just for a night since we’ll be out the whole day anyway. We were in such a hurry to go to Dahilayan so from the airport, we just dropped our bags in the room and left imemdiately. As planned, we left for Dahilayan at 11:00.
From Willshire, we rode the cab going to Eastbound terminal. From there, we rode a van directly going to Camp Phillips. Fare is 50 per person. The ride lasted for an hour. We arrived at Camp Phillips at 12:15 and haggled with a Habal-Habal man to take us to Dahilayan. We agreed to pay 350 for 2 persons, roundtrip.
The motorcycle ride took about 45 minutes and we arrived at ZipZone at exactly 13:00. The ride itself was an adventure. Going up and down the mountain was fun, especially when you’re breathing fresh air and surrounded by beautiful scenery.
We paid Php 600 each for all the rides (150m,320m and 840m). They charge Php10 for a locker.
The steak surpassed our expectation! They had huge servings for a price of Php470! And that already comes with soup and salad. We can tell that it wasn’t grilled, rather pan fried but we didn’t mind. FM almost didn’t finish his steak. Trust me, my husband CAN eat!
After that sumptuos meal, we decided to head back to CDO and call it a day. From the clubhouse, we rode a multicab (Php6 each) to the highway and from there, we waited for a bus going back to CDO (Php50 each). We got off at the bus stop in Lapasan then took a cab from there to Willshire (Php60).
Breakdown of expenses:
|Airport to Willshire taxi (I tipped 20 because he was nice)||170.00|
|Standard room at Willshire||595.00|
|Willshire to Eastbound terminal taxi||65.00|
|Bottle of water||15.00|
|Van to Camp Phillips (50 each)||100.00|
|Habal habal to and fro Dahilayan (I tipped 50)||400.00|
|Zipline fees (600 each)||1,200.00|
|Picture with certificate||100.00|
|Steamed corn, cheeseburger and water||135.00|
|Steaks, iced tea and extra soup (Tipped 20)||1,091.80|
|Multicab to highway (6 each)||12.00|
|Bus to CDO (50 each)||100.00|
|Bus stop to Willshire taxi||60.00|
…to be continued (Divisoria Night Market)