Tandag is a magnetic little town
which pulls in travelers
who are looking to take things slowly.
Do not worry though if you’re the active sort
there’s plenty to keep you occupied in and around the town as well.
This year she spends 14 days
indulging in idleness some days
and out exploring on others.
the sleepy sea seduces,
takes a morning walk along Mabua Beach,
has some beers
and listens to the different tunes of karaoke there.
Once, she wants to try a new sport,
but time left in Tandag is too short.
Glad she managed to learn the basic
skim boarding is so fantastic.
The next day,
jogs along the boulevard
then head on to Jollibee
for breakfast and coffee.
When in Tandag,
spends great time with friends,
tries good coffee at VML,
has loads of fun with them.
Chums you’re the sweetest bunch of all.
Another beautiful day has come,
decides to go to the farm,
walks through the rice paddies,
and enjoys birds’ sweet melodies.
During her stay,
family and friends
pamper her with plenty of seafood,
grilled Gangis, kinilaw na Malasugi,
crabs, Tinola na Katambak, and a lot more.
Not to forget some Filipino foods too
like Roasted pig, dinogoan, ginataang langka
papaya pickles, laing (pangat) to name a few.
Many days have passed,
she realized she hasn’t done much,
visits Saint Pio’s Shrine in the morning,
hikes to Tandag Grotto in the afternoon
and spends the rest of the day
lazying at the beach.
Stays one more night,
and takes one more sunrise swim.
In Tandag it’s so easy
to laze through one day
and the next to sneakily begin.
She remembers all the activities
she said she would but didn’t do.
bicycle trip in the surrounding countryside
island trip in Mangcagangi island
camping at the beach
fishing and sunset watch at Lapaz bridge
enjoy the breathtaking Green Falls in Cagpangi
swim in the jungle at Villa Azarcon
climb in Danakit’s Cave
visit the sweetness of Laswitan Lagoon
spend a day trip in Magkawas Falls
chill in Cagwait Beach
With further reflection she recalls
she hasn’t done much at all.
It’s not her fault
the town’s easy rhythm
and quiet charms
lured her into its laze
looks like she will just have
to stay one more day.