To say that Boracay 2007 was my first real travel is a false statement. Ang late bloomer ko naman? Actually, I got to travel 10 years earlier. First plane ride ko rin yun. It was 1997 and I was in 3rd year high school and I was one of the National Press Conference representatives for Region 1 on sports writing. And the venue, Tangub City in Northern Mindanao. We got there via Cagayan de Oro so even if we only passed by, CDO was the first city I got to visit outside Luzon. I remember taking long bus rides to Tangub City and then during our event field trip until as far as Dapitan City. It was not the most pleasant of trips pero byahe parin.
And I never returned until this year. 18 years! Imagine? It has been a while and Cagayan de Oro has changed a lot. Just like other other cities in the Philippines enjoying the boom. I noticed so many constructions all over the city. Also many new dining places and Cagayan de Oro nightlife has never been this alive.
Unfortunately, fast craft is no longer operational in CDO. Di ako na-informed! And even my pal who is a respected photographer in CDO was confident until when were having been the night we arrived that there are still regular trips. It was our guide/tour contact in Camiguin who told us that such route no longet exist. And the people at the inn where we stayed that April last year pa wala. Perfect. Revert to plan B. Bus.
St. Nicholas Inn
Well, at least we got to explore the city a bit. We checked in at Saint Nicholas Inn and in
had late lunch at Chub's Diner in the afternoon.
The Inn is really a good value for money and I will write a separate review on it soon. With Chub's Diner too which we found via Tripadvisor. Quite popular as it is located in front of Xavier University and is a favorite hangout among students but I didn't really like it. To think we were already starved at that time and were not that satisfied means something. I think quota nako sa mga diners after a similar dissatisfaction with Bigg's Diner which is homegrown in Naga. If there are similarities with these diners, it would be 1. Hip interior 2. Nice food presentation 3. So so taste. It's fast food with a little upgrade. More details on the food we ordered soon.
There is nothing much to do in CDO but it definitely is a fast growing city with lots of construction going on and a few nice spots to try out. It is the set off point to Bukidnon and of course Camiguin where we were headed. A quick stop in the city was a pleasant experience.
More on Cagayan de Oro soon.