This is a story of a vacation that turned into a nightmare. I am sharing our experience because I DO NOT WANT YOURS TO END UP JUST LIKE OURS.. TRAUMATIC AND DISASTROUS L
READ ON AS I TELL YOU OUR STORY. SO YOU'LL BE AWARE AND BE ADVISED,
...SO THAT THIS INCIDENT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.
FORWARD THIS TO YOUR OTHER FRIENDS SO THAT WE CAN CREATE AWARENESS IN THEM AS WELL...
To give you a glimpse of our story, we were robbed inside our cottage during our sleep inside a PRIVATE resort.
Last June 11 - 12, 2010 we went to Caliraya Re-creation Resort or also known as Caliraya Resort Club in Lewin, Laguna. (Well, if you're not yet familiar with the place, this is the one printed on the "pamaypays" being given in the LRT whenever you ride)
We were 8 in our group and rented 2 cottages for our trip. We went to this place because we thought it would be great to go to a resort with different activities to do. On our first day, we enjoyed our stay. Yes, the place is nice and had attractions that surely was FUN. We even said this resort was a good one. We rested in our respective cottages at around almost 11pm. We got so tired of our activities and travel going to the place so we slept at around 12mn.
Suddenly, at around 4:30am one of my cottage mates awoke and checked her phone. To her surprise it was not there and afterwards, she saw that our window was already slashed and open. She immediately looked for her other phone stationed beside the socket for it was charging. But, to her dismay this phone was also gone including the charger. Afterwards, she woke us up to tell us what happened. As we got up, all of our phones were already gone too.
( As for me, my bag was beside me, as I checked it was already open and my wallet was missing. So, all in all the robber got 6 cellphones (2 Blackberrys, 3 nokias and 1 samsung) and 1 wallet.
Afterwards, we rushed to the resort's lobby. Since it's in Caliraya, we had to go up on a hill before we reach the lobby. On our way to the lobby, the place was not well lit and had no guards stationed near our cottages at that time. Upon our arrival at the lobby, we saw a guard (not in uniform) sitting on a couch. We told him of our dilemma and were directed to the Assistant Manager. To our disappointment, the Assistant Manager and guards did not show any sense of urgency. That made us totally mad at the resort already.
As we went back to our cottage with the guards to review the area, we saw a scaffolding resting on our window wall. We found out that this scaffolding was a property of the resort. (this has led our suspicion to an inside job robbery).After 2 hours, at last, we were able to talk to the resort manager. He was nice and very apologetic, but, we did need more than 'nice' at that time, but action and urgency.
Our dismay continued and we then had to contact the police ourselves to further investigate on our incident. The cops then came immediately, got our statements for the blotter, took pictures of the crime scene and gave us advice on what to do. Since we didn't have a suspect they can't arrest anyone.
( The resort made their own investigation, while doing so, they had us to stay back at our cottage that had a slashed window. We didn't receive any accommodation from the management as they say the resort was "fully booked". So we had to stay in that stinking place AGAIN!
We WAITED and WAITED. And had only 'I will give you feedback as I will be forwarding the documents to the head office' as the answer of the general manager to our complaint. We had to go home. We were tired and traumatized by this so-to-be perfect vacation
( Good thing we were fetched by relatives and had a safe way home.
Until now, we have not had any concrete answers from the management. The last email we got from them is from three weeks ago, saying that they were investigating. But as we followed up last week, no answer/reply was given to us.
This is very disappointing, indeed.
( When all we wanted was to have fun as a group
( Never did we thought of our lives being at stake during our stay. Since, they claim that they are a PRIVATE RESORT.
( We paid worked hard money for this trip, but we went home losing EXTREMELY MORE than we paid for.
We got robbed inside our cottage while we were asleep, what if we awoke, what will happen to us then? Our situation was like being robbed inside your home but the difference is that you paid and there should have been protection when we needed it.
From this experience, I have learned the following things:
Vacation is what most of us need. This is our break from all the stress brought about by different factors (e.i. school, work, relationships.. etc). It is then our time to relax and have fun with our friends or relatives. So, we then plan carefully on where to go to that is worth all your penny. Let's face it, the money we spend on trips is no joke so we have to make sure the enjoyment we'll have on that place will surely be (at least) equal to the money we spent. The last thing we want is our VACATION to turn into a NIGHTMARE.
In choosing a place or resort, I advice you to seek (1) recommendations from your friends or family -- check whether they have gone to your ideal place and ask about their experience. Next,(2) check out for travel blogs in the internet . These are very helpful in assessing if the place you'd like to go to is really nice and worth it. (3) Never rely solely on the advertisement of the resort/place -- man, these commercials or ads can deceive. So, it helps to be really curious. Last, (3) Take high regard on the SAFETY of the place or resort -- THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Like I said, you'll never want your vacation to turn into a nightmare.
I am sharing our story not intended to damage anyone but primarily to have everyone's awareness increased. In this way, I can help all of you who would only want the best during their trips. Again, the money we spend is no joke, our lives and safety is the least thing we want to sacrifice.
ALWAYS BE CAREFUL, ALERT AND MINDFUL OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT. LASTLY, PRAY ALWAYS.