Hello almost neglected Tumblog! A couple of months ago, I promised to post about an amazing experience with my travel buddy, Len. We got the chance to be “weekend warriors” for GMA News TV’s reality travel show Weekend Getaway! Everything went so fast, that we just found ourselves packing for a trip to an unknown destination and getting all giddy about an all-expense-paid vacation to be shown on national television!
We were excited to meet the show’s host, Drew Arellano, but unfortunately, he was in Europe that time. :( But we were fortunate to meet Pinoy Survivors Betong and Maey who made our experience super fun and memorable! They welcomed us in the airport, and after days of guessing where we’re going, they finally handed us our tickets to Dumaguete!
The sequence of activities were kinda different in the episode aired on TV. ;) The first thing we did was travel mission # 1, where we had to play Sapnay Tukag, something like a volleyball game, but with a smaller and harder ball, and crazy challenging rules. We had to win this game otherwise, we will be sent back to Manila! Luckily, we won! :)
We then headed to this restaurant called Gabby’s Bistro where they served us overflowing food and drinks! Super good food, nice ambiance and cool decors! A must try in Dumaguete!
After treating our tummies, they brought us to Tierra Alta for our 2nd travel mission. We knew that it was a zip line place, so we were confident that we will be able to do the challenge. Little did we know that we had to ride the zip line in an inverted position! Scary at first, but really fun!
We were so happy to have accomplished the first 2 travel missions and continue with our Dumaguete adventure! On our first night, we went to Hayahay (Dumaguete’s “gimik” place), and once again, we were served with so much good food!
We then had some fun and played Cocktail Pong. Weekend Warriors vs. Pinoy Survivors! After shooting for the show, we continued playing a couple more rounds. Boys vs. Girls! Ended the night with a couple of rounds of free Tequila! Zzzzz!
Day 2: We had to shoot the 3rd and last travel mission that involved running, finding puzzle pieces and solving the puzzle. Doesn’t sound so good for players who stayed up late with a super early call time, and the worst part- hangover.
But we motivated ourselves for the 30k worth of prizes and of course, making sure we accomplish the 3 travel missions. Aaaand.. we did it! We won! :)
Now, here are the other activities and beautiful spots we visited in Dumaguete..
Toured the historic and beautiful Siliman University. Imagined spending my college years in this kind of environment sans the Taft pollution.
Monkey from the Siliman Zoo. :)
Golf 101 at Angtay Golf & Country Club
Reenacted Jose Rizal’s “chicks” moment at the Rizal Boulevard. :)
2nd night in Hayahay. Band + never ending rounds of Tequila! Zzzzzzz
Antulang Beach Resort
My super wa-poise moment! Rappelling at Antulang..
At the famous Sans Rival Cafe. Super yummy sansrival and silvanas!!!
This was such an unforgettable experience for us! We were still Dumaguete-high when we got back to Manila..
Our prize for accomplishing all travel missions: Shopping at T3ck Outdoor Shop for P30,000 worth of items!!! :)
WATCH FULL EPISODE HERE!