Dec. 28, 2016
(I think it’s apt to call this trip now as Negros because Negros Oriental and Occidental is now just one province.)
Sometimes airbnb-ing would take us to a a place like this, taking the path less travelled literally.
Mark had been planning for a Christmas holiday trip with the kids for some time. The original plan was Biliran but backed out at the last minute after his meticulous research that there’s not enough amenities for a “children” type of activity like swimming pool, or JollibeeMcdo. So we decided that Biliran is reserved for a legit “backpacking yolo” kind of trip; I mean you know like millenial kind of trip.
So last minute, we decided to go to Dumaguete because it’s kinda tried and tested destination. But then somehow we ended up in a truly remote area of Valencia; probably not much different from Biliran.
So we stayed in a placed owned by a year+-old Chinese immigrant. It’s located in the Mt. Violin (I dunno if he just made it up or it’s the place legit name). Based on google maps, we thought it’s just a bit on top of a hill in Dumaguete. But based in real life, we’re right above smack on a mountain area minus the cemented road kind of mountain.
Being entertained by a legit newly immigrant Chinese with his very new acquired English who said that he’s never going back to China (or probably I just did not get his English right), this remote piece of Valencia felt like those mountain villages of China featured in documentary videos. Think about those mountains in the border of Himalayas.
In between of trying to understand each others conversation, it made me wonder if China had been so harsh to him and his family or is he just very risk-taker to decide to relocate in the Philippines despite the language barrier?!?
Seeing him attending to us with his 2 young daughters in tow makes me think that immigrants tend to be successful is probably because they have the need to work harder, harder than the locals to make it in their new place.
More photos from Day 1.
Maria’s Batchoy, default breakfast place in Dalaguete.