Alegre Beach Resort
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Three months after our amazing trip, we received a call from Mario T. Reyes to invite us to his Birthday party in Cebu, Visayas, so he send for us to Mexico and we back to Philippines a couple days.
Before the party, we had some free time to visit the zoo, where we saw some native species like tamaraus, chevrotains, tarsiers, Bengal tigers, many kinds of alligators, birds and marine species.
Then we went to practice Kayak in the White ...
... This sweet baby girl was the youngest of seven children. The only thing that stood between her bringing her baby girl back home to be with her other 6 children was about $40. I wish I could say she was the only one, but as we spoke to more families we found that this was more the norm than the exception. Many parents were stuck sleeping in plastic chairs at their child's bedside until somehow they could find the ...
... recommend against anyone staying at this hotel).
After having breakfast at a French cafe, we took a jeepney truck (8Php/ea) up the short hill to the airport.
The only thing we weren't prepared for, was to pay the 550Php (~$16 CDN/ea) departure tax; but the check-in, security, and customs all went smoothly.
We had another empty flight, with only 15-20 people on the 180 seat flight, and had a smooth flight to Hong ...
... entire families to 3 generations all on the one bike with a driver... You really have to like each other to ride that closely packed ;)
After getting back to the pension I had a shower, second for the day, and went to another, closer internet cafe, bought some sleeping pills and foot balm cream from the pharmacy (all this walking has me getting a blister forming! I might look up a clothed, legitimate massage shop for a foot ...
... in sight and utter peacefulness. Arriving back at the resort, I swam in the idyllic small swimming pool, doing 100 lengths before moving on to the bubbly Jacuzzi to enjoy the many coloured bougainvillea shrubs, flowing all around me. Even just the use of a divinely fluffy, pillow towel and relaxing beachside lounger was a real treat.
It was time for lunch that I’d specially ordered for 1.30pm, so I went on to enjoy four absolutely lovely ...