Enchantment on a Lazy Afternoon
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December 29th, 2007 – by: Isabetlog
Such was the case when I flew down to Camiguin to spend New Year's Eve. The flight from Manila to Cagayan de Oro took an easy 1.5 hours, 20-30 minutes by cab to the Agora bus terminal, an hour to the Balingoan Port and finally another 1.5 hours to the island of Camiguin. A bit daunting in black and white, but patience does have its rewards.
The island of Camiguin is a far cry from Cagayan de Oro, which I found even more polluted and filthier than Manila, and the chaos just as bad if not worse.
It was a very pleasant 30 minute drive and I completely enjoyed every minute of it, just soaking in the views.
The place where I stayed couldn't have been more complimentary to its surroundings. The Enigmata Treehouse is exactly that - a little hostel built on a single tree.
Turning off the main street into the dirt road whose corner is marked by the Enigman already hints at what to expect of the place - an enchanting little arthouse inside and out.
After checking in and getting a few minutes' rest in my loft on the top floor, the gracious host, manager and creative director, Ross Zerrudo, offered to take me to Mantigue island for the afternoon. I appreciated the gesture and accepted right away. Besides, I had nothing planned for the rest of the day so the timing was rather perfect as I had not really known about this islet to have included it in my agenda.
We set off for the dock not too far away and hopped on a bangka. It was a fairly short trip and made it to Mantigue in no time. There's not much to do on the island but enjoy a stroll around it. There are a number of good dive spots I'm told, but I wasn't particularly in the mood to snorkel at the time. The next couple of hours were just spent lazing around before an early night back at the Treehouse.
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