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Bacolod-Dumaguete Tour: Unexpected Travel Experience

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Bacolod 2019

Bacolod 2019

There is nothing more exciting than seeing new places for the first time and traveling with your friends for the first time. It was 4 in the morning, as soon as we arrived at the meeting place, I have observed the pale crescent moon that illuminated like a silvery claw in the twilight sky. The weather is fairly cold and a fairly strong wind is blowing. I feel the cool mist on my skin. We hurriedly look for our bus. I was super excited, of course, it was my first time to go to another place without my family with me. However, in the middle of our travel, those excitements were replaced by disappointments. Tears welled and coursed down our cheeks. We were wishing we could go home. Hoping we can go home on our own but sadly, we can’t. How can we possibly go home when we are far from our home and we don’t have someone who can help us so, unfortunately, we just stayed. Trying to calm ourselves, we pat each other back, helping one another to calm down. The sky is getting darker, we still have a long day to face tomorrow so we have no choice but to move on and prepare ourselves hoping tomorrow will be a good one. We dragged our heavy suitcase down the aisle, finding our room for tonight, and then finally, after long hours of travel, we can now lay down in bed.

The Forest Camp

The Forest Camp

Another day had passed and another day had dawned, bringing new hopes and aspirations. The just-risen sun shone on the whole city streets. We just arrived at our first destination on this day. A wonderland that can fill the hearts and minds of children, teenagers, adults, literally everyone. Designed and surrounded by the dinosaur figures, The Campuestohan Highlands Resort. A place that is very pleasing to the eye and a place that is so calm and peaceful. I have never visited a resort that has so much to offer so visiting the destination really astonished me. However, the allotted time for that place is not enough for us to wander around and see everything in that place. We missed a lot of things and activities since we just decided to stay on the wave pool and spent the whole time given to us and honestly, I somehow regretted it for I haven’t able to see and experience some of their activities. However, given the chance to visit and see the beautiful scenery of the destination, I totally appreciate the place even though I haven't seen all of it and told myself that "I should visit this place again" soon, I will and I will definitely spend days in the resort. This is one of my unforgettable experience during the tour, even though we haven’t done a lot of things at the destination, I fancied the place so much and we really had a good time just spending our time swimming and bursting out with laughter. The waves were creeping steadily towards us and we felt that we are in the ocean. I felt calm. The place becomes meaningful to me and it is one of the places I really love. Sometimes, I'm asking myself if this place will be as beautiful as I have seen when I will visit it again, and I am hoping that it will still be.

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On day 2 of our tour, we arrived at Dumaguete. Things went smoothly and at night, we had a dinner buffet at Tierra Alta for us, students. It kinda looked like an acquaintance party for us. We wore a Hawaiian outfit, some activities we’re prepared, and they are some who performed and showcased their talents. We had a fun night. Everything goes well and when the night is almost ending, we were supposed to go back to the hotel and we were told that the hotel (which where our suitcases are) is not actually the hotel intended for us. I and my friends went to the wrong hotel but it wasn’t our fault since we don’t have any idea that they booked 2 hotels for the students, I thought there is only 1 hotel for us. So we went to the hotel which is the original hotel that is intended for us. There is a lot of complications with the rooms and with our suitcases which were at the other hotel. We were frustrated since we didn’t expect these to happen, we were supposed to be having fun, we were supposed to be enjoying the trip with our friends but we all got disappointed. Fast forward, another day spent but what we felt was frustration. We were separated from our friends, different hotels, different van. It was just me and my other friend inside the van, and a group of people we don’t know, we cried out of frustration and we wanted to go home. How frustrating it was. However, the tour was not just about that, we need to move forward, forget about what happened, and think about the good memories that happened during the tour.

Pulangbato Falls

Pulangbato Falls

The twilight sun brings darkness to the city. The rays of the setting sun gave a warm orange shade to the sky. I looked up at the night sky, wondering, “Did I have fun?” I asked myself. Mixed emotions, those two words describe what I felt during the whole tour. Happiness covered up with disappointments. This tour was supposed to be a perfect memory for me if that unpleasant thing didn't happen. However, we can't undo things in the real world. The good thing is the attractions didn't disappoint us at all. The beauty of the destinations that we had visited was very irresistible. The external feeling coming from the physical environment that gives a peaceful atmosphere makes me calm and it suddenly changes the mood. These places are absolutely wonderful and worthwhile. Despite what happened, these experiences are still memorable for me since it taught me a lot of lessons. I have learned that happiness depends on us, on our decisions. If we let negative things affect us then we won’t absolutely feel happy. There are a lot of reasons to be happy. So, we just choose to be happy and enjoy the rest of the tour and realized that there are a lot of beautiful places scattered across the country and every place has its own distinct features. This experience made me realized that the benefits of traveling are not just a one-time thing, not just giving you the best experience but also, letting you experience unexpected things to give you a lesson. Traveling changes you physically and psychologically that is why we must travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

Souvenirs

Souvenirs

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