To The Beach We Go

Monday, September 21, 2015 Medina, Misamis Oriental, Philippines

It has been a long time since my family and I went out for a mini vacation. We were relieved, blessed, and thankful to have spent yesterday in a beach, 90+ kilometers away from home. It was a good day to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and just enjoy each other’s company. 

My mom’s new car (which is basically a ‘family’ car) arrived and we rode on it to Medina, Misamis Oriental. Honestly, I was quite nervous that my mother was driving to our first stop. She has gone through driving lessons and even had a refresher last month but her driving made me feel really worried. When my dad took over, I sat back with ease. Sorry ma haha :)
The drive took longer than an hour since we had a few stopovers. We ate lunch at Nita’s Place in Talisayan and it was a cool place to dine in. The place has a good view of the Bohol Sea and Gingoog Bay. Also, you can see Sipaca Island and behind it are silhouettes of mountain peaks of Camiguin Island.  
Most of their meals are seafood. Their fish and clams are definitely fresh since they have their own fish pens. Actually, their dining areas are sort-of cottages that are built above their fish pens. I think they allow their guests to feed the bangus (milk fish) below since I saw people throwing fish feed to them when we dined there. 
Their fresh kinilaw (ceviche) was so good! But what caught my attention was their shrimps cooked with garlic sauce. I’m a die hard fan of shrimps so that dish was a winner for me. 

After enjoying a heavy lunch in Talisayan, we were back on the road again to Medina. My mom had to attend to some business in the town proper so my dad, my siblings, my nephew, and I went ahead to Duka Bay Resort. Since it was a weekend, the place was slightly packed with people who want to relax and enjoy the beach. 
Honestly, I didn’t quite like the sand there. What are you talking about, Pearl? You’re not a sand expert! Yes I know but I’ve been to beaches with pure powdery white sand and beaches with powdery black sand. In Duka Bay, they had crushed corals scattered everywhere which is quite painful if you’re walking without a pair of flip flops. 
On a lighter note, they offer a number of sea activities that families and barkadas would surely enjoy. We wanted to try snorkeling because my siblings hadn’t tried it yet, but we were on a tight budget. So we opted to ride the kayaks instead. We spent 450 pesos for two kayaks which were good for two people. 
We had an hour and a half rowing around and doing a kayak race. It was fun for the first 30 minutes but everyone got tired after. We fell off the kayaks thrice and it was hard to get back on it (or maybe that was just me), but it was fun nevertheless. After the activity, we went around the resort and took photos. 

Its nice to have days like this. That’s why Sunday is my favorite day of the week. Its a time to de-stres and spend time with people who matters even if its just with your self.  
Have a good week everyone! :)

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