Sunday, May 22, 2011
I was in Cagayan de Oro City last May 10, 2011. We had the last Cebu Pacifific Air flight from Davao to Cagayan. The plane (CEB’s 72-seater ATR aircraft) was small and it was nerve-wracking to be flying amidst heavy rains but we landed safely in Cagayan de Oro's Lumbia Airport.
It was already past 7:00 P.M. when we arrived at their airport. It was still raining but thanks to Cebu Pacific's great services, each of the passengers were lent an umbrella to protect us from downpour as we walk from the plane towards the airport.
The Lumbia Airport is small but clean. I appreciate the benches where recently-arrived passengers can sit and relax while waiting for their checked-in baggage. However, my first disappointment arrived in the form of taxi drivers not wanting to give us a ride unless we hire them through "pakyaw" and they refuse to use their meters. What are metered taxis for when taxi drivers refuse to use their meters? They were insistent and even the security guard told us that taxis are really like that in Cagayan. We were left with no choice.
Next stop: Marigold Hotel. We browsed the internet to look for decent but affordable hotels in CDO and found about The Marigold Hotel located in Velez St. The Marigold Hotel seems like in the same building as Land Bank so it's convenient. However, we were not able to make reservations earlier and when we got there, the place was fully booked. But the receptionist was so kind to refer us to another neighboring hotel, Philtown, and even lent us their telephone so that we could inquire for available rooms.
I woke up the following morning and got ready for the day's event. May 11, 2011, it will be my first time to file an Appeal with the Court of Appeals. It's fortunate that Philtown is just in Velez St., and it connects to Julio Pacana St. where the Court of Appeals is located. We boarded a jeepney and in less than 10 minutes, we were already at the Court of Appeals.
Fast forward: After Court of Appeals, we went back to the hotel to fix and arrange our things for the next adventure: CAMIGUIN!
Fast fast forward: After Camiguin.
May 13, 2011. We arrived in Cagayan at almost dusk and we wanted to explore the city more. We were back at Philtown hotel and the receptionist told us that there will be a "night market" in the City's "Divisoria". By night market, she means ukay-ukay. The night market would start at around 8:00 P. M. until 2:00 A. M. We decided to check the city's malls first before going to the night market.
We boarded the local transportation known as rela: it's a tricycle and I failed to inquire why they call it rela. Unfortunately, there was heavy rain and since the rela is not allowed to enter the street going to Robinson, we were left at the sidewalk to take shelter. When we finally had the courage to get wet from the rain, we mustered to run and run until we reached Robinson's Mall.
Night Market. So, this is night market! Their Divisoria is far from Manila's Divisoria. Here in CDO, the alleys are wider. There are a lot of people even though it's still drizzling when we got there. I ended up buying 2 blazers and 2 blouses from the night market.
There was only one more thing to do before going home: have lunch at Butcher's Best. And so we did! We left with full and satisfied stomachs without breaking the bank. Butcher's Best offers really delicious meals at affordable prices.
So, that was my Cagayan experience. I will definitely come back and when I come back, wild water rafting should definitely be on my list!