It was a typical fine sunny sunday morning in the island when me and my 2 friends decided to head out on a road trip. With only a few pesos (Philippine currency) in our pocket for food, gasoline, and fees, we drove to the western part of Masbate.
Here we are (Salvador, Mark, and me) on our first stop over to buy something to drink since it was so hot. What we always laugh about this picture is that Mark looks like that local guy whom you can pay to tour you around town. LOL It was just in the corner of junction road to Balud, Barangay Bacolod, Milagros Masbate. It’s 20 minutes away from the city.
It was a long hour and a half drive(but it felt like days!) on a motorcycle to the far western part of the island we live in. Good thing the roads were not that rough anymore unlike before. We enjoyed the scenery along the way since you’ll be seeing lots of trees, fine green hills and rice fields. Stuffs you won’t be seeing in an urban jungle.
We ended up on this sandy beach in a small barangay in Balud, Masbate. The place was called PALANI. It was a long stretch of fine white sand, same as the famous beach in Boracay island but not too crowded. We don’t know much of the place, and we haven’t taken our lunch yet so we asked some locals where we can find something to eat. After a few minutes of driving around the small village and asking where to eat, we were pointed by the locals at MyQ beach resort.
It was owned and run by this guy, a foreigner (forgot to ask but he was like a European guy to us because of his accent). He stayed in the Philippines for 5 years now and now living there with his wife and kid for a year already. A friendly and a great man. He gave us 2 rules before we entered the resort. #1 Don’t feed the dogs and #2 Don’t piss in the waters.
The place was still new, clean, and relaxing. The entrance fee was Php50.00, they got a few A/C rooms to offer as well for Php1,200.00/night and a few cottages for Php500.00/day. He generously offered us the small hut with two bamboo recliners for free. You could stay in the hammocks and tents if you bring one with you cause the owner told us peak season is coming from last week of march due to Rodeo and the seafood festival. They have water jetski for rent, around Php1500.00/hour but we don’t have that budget for now so we told the guy we’ll try that next time.
They serve good food but it depends on the availability from their kitchen. This time Chicken was offered with Vinegar as its sauce. But the best thing about this was the view. It felt like we were in the remote island in the Caribbeans or some sort. Every bite was made heavenly I should say.
We stayed there for a couple of hours. Took some photos, dipped in the waters, and played a lil football out of a rolled shirt. The place was great I should say, but too bad we got in there during low tides so there’s a lot of seaweeds along the shore but the water is clean though. No plastics and fine sandy bottom that feels comfy on your foot. Ow if you’re into skimboarding this spot is so stoked! With the fine sand a few small waves. Too bad we don’t have a board yet but will definitely get back on this spot.
Since it’ll be a long drive back home, we left the place early feeling refreshed from the stress of life. We don’t know where our motorbikes will take us the next time. But I’m so sure it’ll be a whole lot of adventure again. This is the island life.