It may sound like an exaggeration, but I really do love Sipalay forever and ever, again and again...for its one particular strip of lovely sugar-colored sand beach that I want to go back to, again and again. This is Sipalay's Sugar Beach.
Let me start with a not-so-brief description of my latest (and 7th?) trip to this city. With a friend, I spent a couple of days swimming and resort-hopping around Sipalay last October. I booked us a hut at a new-ish resort outside Sipalay proper. It was a good spot for a base. It's called Perth Paradise Resort. We got there via a Ceres bus plus a hired tricycle that we also used as our transport service for our two-day vacation.
We left Bacolod just before 4AM and got off at the public market of Sipalay at around 9AM. It took us about 5 hours of fairly comfy travel since we started off in the wee hours of the morning. After we jumped off the bus, we got breakfast from the seaside strip of grillers, Sipalay's Food Park. It was there that we hired Manong Rommel as our tricycle driver/bodyguard. We didn't need to hire a tour guide. I was our tour guide. HAHA.
First on our agenda, after stuffing ourselves with inasal nga manok so early in the day, was to locate our resort and check in. It wasn't rocket science. We just asked a few pips along the way and finally drove up to the resort gate without any incident. Check in was a breeze. Simple introductions, cash upfront and we were shown to our "room".
We chose the native hut nearest to the restrooms and reception area, being the only patrons checked in for the day. We had the place to ourselves. YEY. It was really fortunate that we decided on taking just the fan room instead of opting for air-conditioned accommodations. The climb to those quarters would have ruined the whole trip for me!
After unpacking, we met with our migo driver who was very polite and courteous to us. We decided to hit up all the resorts we could that were along our way. So, our first stop was the Punta Ballo Beach which has about three to four adjoining resorts sharing one long strip of creamy white sand beach. I had been here before but it was my friend's first time.
I didn't recommend any of the resorts here because the beach was shallow. So, all we did here was check out the beach, the resorts, and take pictures. All we left were our footprints. Love the earth, eh?
We paid P30 just to see and walk across this bridge. It was kind of scary, crossing an old-ish makeshift bridge made of bamboo and wood. It was reassuring to see that it was supported by concrete pillars, though. With my curiosity satisfied and expectations unmet, we decided to leave the crowded resort and find some refreshments in the city.
Manong driver recommended a place, and we proceeded with great enthusiasm. We were not disappointed.
We were greeted by a host of servers despite our cat-dragged-in looks and were seated immediately in an airy dining area of La Veranda By Sipalay Suites. The place opened up to the nearby pool and garden.
At one in the afternoon, the resort was deserted, so we lounged around and played in the garden swing till our orders of halo-halo came. Speaking of halo-halo, this is the best I have ever tasted in my whole life. And I never liked halo-halo. But for this one, I'd travel 5 hours again.
Fortunately, the tide is out at 2PM that afternoon. It took us about 60 seconds to cross the island by boat. Yes, just sixty seconds. HAHA. Lucky, right? We paid the boatman P5.00 each.
Screaming with joy at the top of our lungs, we ran and plunged into the waters. What a feeling! Indescribable. Heavenly. Peace. It was like we died and went to heaven.
We had the beach (again) to ourselves. How blessed were we? Indeed, very blessed.
For two hours, we savored the joy and utter happiness that only Langub Beach can give. The saltiness of the sea. The soft lapping of the waves. The gentle sun on our bare shoulders. The stillness of the air. The serenity of being nowhere. The freedom of not caring.
But alas, at four o'clock, it was time to leave. We sadly rose from the sea, like beautiful mermaids (naks!), to go back to our real world. Trudging back the way we came, we found our boatman waiting to carry us across.
Our spirits were lifted when we espied a fishing boat with fishermen selling their fresh catch. We went closer to inquire about the possibility of buying our dinner fare from them. We got a deal and a bargain with a kilo and a half of mameng for a fraction of its market selling price. We left the beach happy and proceeded to Sipalay Food Park once again. We requested our driver's distant relative to grill our fish and ordered some rice for supper, as we enjoyed the sunset from our table by the sea.
At dusk, we called it a day and went back to our resort to shower and recharge for the next day with a good night's sleep.
The next morning, we woke up early for a morning dip in the pool. Finding the pool was easy. Just follow the winding steps up till you get to the highest point of the resort. The view? It was awesome.
A couple of hours' swimming got us hungry, so we hunted for food and breakfast...at our resort's restaurant. Food was good and filling at affordable and reasonable prices at our resort, so we were happy campers as we packed for home.
Our trusty driver came for us again and we were off to the bus stop after checkout. We had a little wait at the bus stop but what are digital cameras for, if not for selfies? HAHA. We also got some rice puto from a lolo who was selling them. They were still warm when I bought them for the long bus ride. I had some regrets that I only got one pack, coz they were good!
The bus arrived soon enough and we were on our way to Bacolod. But not before I got some yummy kalamay-hati from the bus-climbing vendors! NYAHAHA.
The Budget Estimates: around P1,500/person
Ceres Ride (one-way) P200
Breakfast (Rice & Chix meal) P 75
Fan Room (one night-for 2+1) P1,000
Tour/Tricycle Ride w/tip (8-hrs) P600 + 100
Boat Fare (one-way) P5
Dinner for 4 (Rice & Fish inc.service) P380
Brunch (Chorizo-log) P140
Tricycle to Sipalay/Bus Stop (for 3) P100
Puto (10 pcs) P20
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If you were you, and you're not me, would you go to Langub Beach, too? :)