1st Swimscape Out of ECQ in Tabuelan, Cebu

When the husband mentioned that after we visit his parent’s home last August 30, we would spend 1 September weekend on a beach, I had 2nd thoughts. Even if Mandaue City has long been in GCQ, relaxing was never an option as our family believes that God always protects but we have to do our part too.

I was very firm in not taking risk but since it’s the husband’s birthday weekend, I relaxed. After all, between me and him, I’m really the “laagan” so this request to travel is a rare request – something that I cannot ignore. Despite prior agreement, the husband must have felt my doubts so the follow-ups were more of a joke as if weighing if my yes is still a yes.

On the 1st weekend of September, I took the liberty to look at my news feed and noticed that there were posts from the beach. Told the husband about it and he commented how it’s okay already just as long as we follow the protocol. With that, I barely noticed how my work week was as I was really looking forward to our escape. Yet even on the day, lots of prayers were thrown still and until we were safely settled in our accommodation, I was very discreet.

When guilt crept in, the thought that this is really not just all for luxury as aside from going to the beach, we made arrangements for Lanie to visit her family in Asturias as well. Unyara’s minder has missed her children a lot already from not having to visit them starting April. When the husband shared that Lanie might be able to go home on our weekend escape to Tabuelan, it was a wrap. Lanie’s excitement peaked at Friday night. She was not able to sleep at all. While we were all busy that Saturday morning, I made sure we brought our quarantine pass and my company COE in case of checkups.


The Drive, Per Town Checkpoints & COVID Measures

When I shared our trip in Facebook, some friends messaged me asking about the checkpoints and if we were checked. Not sure if it’s really the norms but we were not checked all throughout every checkpoints. I don’t know as well if it matters that we are coming from Mandaue City and not Cebu City where COVID cases are high.

When the husband researched on where to go, we carefully avoided Cebu City as last August 30, when we visited his parent’s home in Labangon, a checkpoint in city health asked us for our border pass. As we have none, we were told to secure on our next visit to Cebu City. We didn’t really have the time on weekdays to get that border pass so we kind of avoided Cebu City at all costs.

Heard about Tabuelan before but didn’t really take it as something that I would like to visit as it’s on the other side of Cebu. When the husband shared that it’s just 2-3 hours travel, I was confused. He explained that there’s a road connecting Sogod and Tabuelan.

The road from Sogod to Tabuelan is awesome. It’s wider than the high way. If not for the heightened alert of COVID, I would have asked the husband to stop and have a quick photo. Oh well there’s always a next time. Whenever we are going outside our home, I always make it sure to have less or no other contact in between at all. Point A to point B travel is still the best practice in this uncertain times. And of course, even though it’s a hassle, we still make it a practice to take a bath right after going home from an outside trip or errand. Also, make sure to pick a resort with COVID measures. So glad, Therrish has that.

The Accommodation

Didn’t really ask the husband where we would stay but I scoured the look of Maravilla beaches just so I have an idea. When I saw the post of sugboph about Tabuelan, I was very impressed. Considering it’s the beach, I expected a native accommodation. Therrish Beach Resort is far from native. A modern basketball themed 2 story building with well manicured lawn and uniformed staffs greeted us.

Getting ready to dip! Unyara #OOTD!

The resort was fully booked. When the husband process the check-in, we waited in the car with our masks on. Upon entering the premises, our temperature was noted and names were entered into a logbook. I noticed how the last 3 guests were from Mandaue City. As Lanie’s pickup hasn’t arrived yet, after checking in, we proceeded to picture taking immediately while Lanie is still around noting how hard it is to take pictures without our official photographer.

Beach at last!

The Beach

Maravilla beach didn’t disappoint. The long beach line was free of structure. I always love Moalboal but somehow, I think I just found a new favorite. The sand and the water was awesome too. Unyara had so much fun playing in the sand. The water was child friendly as well, knee deep with soft sand and countable rocks beneath.

Moalboal & Alcoy were our go-to white sand beaches in Cebu which are both in the south part of Cebu. Due to the restrictions, we were forced to explore the north. And what an exploration it has been. I think Tabuelan is probably my favorite white sand beach now especially  with it’s long stretch of shallow part. I love it because it’s good for our toddler.

The Fun

When Lanie’s parents arrived, we quickly said hi and bid Lanie goodbye. As it was still 3PM,we decided to rest first before our main agenda – swimming. By 5PM, we were ready.

Twinning with our 23 month old!

After some photos, Unyara and I proceeded to swimming while the husband tried his luck on Octi – his 25 feet Octopus kite. Thankfully, he was able to put it on air, to his delight and the delight of those on the beach. Noticed some ooohs and aaahs and lots of photo shoots. Pretty sure it made the husband’s heart full as well.

Unyara with the husband and Octi in the background!

First Night Away from Home

After dinner, we proceeded to the beach. There were people still but not too many. You can really still do social distancing. Unyara really loves the sand and the water. After playing, the husband and I decided to walk to the end of the beach line with our very game toddler in tow. And as we were going back to where we came from with a thought to roam the opposite end of the beach line, Unyara was asleep. Her earliest so far as she normally sleeps when I do, mostly 12AM tops. Since it’s very hard to roam with a sleeping, we decided to call it a night and continued the fun at our room where the husband encouraged me to learn ukulele.

Breakfast in Bed

Before we retire for the night, we ordered our breakfast. The initial plan was to have it delivered at 7AM but later changed to 8AM. Thanks God that we did because even at 8AM, we were still too tired to wake up. https://www.facebook.com/kringjuly/posts/10221217340377106

Funday Sunday

It was an extra lazy Sunday. If not for the thought that we would checkout at 12PM thus we need to maximise our time, we would still be in bed even if it’s almost 10AM. Good thing that at 9:30AM, we realized how we have to enjoy the beach while we still can. Unyara had so much fun as this time, it’s both the husband and I who were all eyes on her as she enjoys the water. We left our phones at the room so we can focus on swimming and have fun. Best decision ever!!!

The time quickly passed. We actually didn’t noticed it passing while swimming. It’s a good thing that we went back at 11AM just in time to take a bath and checkout at 12PM. Being Airbnb hosts, we know how important it is to checkout on time so the husband was already agitated when it’s about quarter to 12 and we weren’t outside already. Thankfully, we were really able to went out at 12PM.

Finding Lunch

We had our dinner and breakfast at Therrish so for lunch, we decided to roam the beach line for some restaurant. And just as we thought it was a bad idea after walking for quite some time because there wasn’t really any restaurant nearby, my roasted pic cravings kick-in. The husband laughed saying where to get “lechon” but as soon as we turned into a corner for our last stop before ruling out that “carenderia” hunting was a failure, a “lechon” vendor met my gaze. Another proof just how God’s favorite we really are.

Photoshoot for Unyara@2

When we decided that we would go to Tabuelan, I was also very excited for a DIY photoshoot. There’s really no problem with quarantine views but it would surely be awesome to be out of condo view as well.

Everything was set except for the fact that I want a family picture but our photographer was not around. While we were eating lunch, Migo mentioned that Lanie took a while and asked me if I considered the thought that Lanie would not come back. I didn’t. It wasn’t really on my mind but I told him we would manage still. I know friends who don’t have childminders. Fortunately, we didn’t have to face that problem as after a while Lanie text that she is back. We were happy to resume our photoshoot as well. We had it quick because the sun was high up already.

Darna in Tabuelan
Home Sweet Home

The quick swimscape ended but our hearts are full of gratitude. Traveling is not as easy as it was before COVID but just thankful to God for making it happened as blessed as it have been.

So how about you? When are you planning to hit the beach if you haven’t already done so. If you have, where did you went and how was it?

Author: Kresia Julio

Kring is a woman of style whose fashion would make you doubt the validity of her stories in conquering mountains. A software engineer by profession, financial literacy advocate, fitness buff, DIY fan, AirBNB host (stopped in March 2020 due to leave and cleave) and a big promoter of self-turn-God confidence with a big heart to those in need. Her hobby includes blogging, scrap/photo booking, traveling, trekking, volunteering, cooking (new in quarantine) & podcasting (new in quarantine). She is easily bored thus the need to have more activities. This is where board gaming and jewelry making comes in. She is married to an introvert who understands and supports her OVERLY extrovert personality.

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