March 26, 2016
It was a Saturday and I was feeling kind of down. You know, that feeling where you’re not exactly sad but you’re definitely not happy either? And so there i was working away on a Saturday afternoon with a cloud over my head. I wanted — no, I needed fresh air. I need energy. I need the sun.
I thought, “Sunset.”
Thus, I began this little project of mine called Chasing Sunsets. I decided to go look for places in the city with the best view of sunset. I think it’s a great idea. It would be a little adventure around the city.
So because I had no idea where to go to have the perfect view around the city, I asked Google. The results were disappointing. I had a few great places in mind, of course, but I was budget and time restricted.
My cousin, whom I was texting, suggested a place which I didn’t like but you can’t really complain when you’re short on options. Agusan Hilltop, she said. I’m not sure what the name officially is because I see several versions of the name referring to the same place (I think). Anyway, Agusan Hilltop, is located in one of the barangays of Cagayan de Oro City. It’s 15 to 20 minutes away from the city proper depending on logistics like mode of transport, traffic, and how high the driver is.
As soon as I finished work, I upped and left. I decided to ride a jeepney because what is adventure if you’re just going to hail a cab the first chance you get. And, of course, it’s ten times cheaper. My cousin and I got to Agusan Hilltop and true to its name, it’s on top of a hill. We had to walk a few meters (I’m horrible at estimating distances so I’m not even going to bother) uphill and because I’m badly out of shape… let’s just say it wasn’t pretty.
When we got to the entrance, it took all the energy left in me to control myself and not cry. It was closed! (I hate how I don’t have photos for this part). Apparently, it’s not open to public anymore but the caretaker said we could go there if the owners weren’t around. For someone who dabbles on the paranoid side, that statement didn’t sound good to me at all. I could think of all the horrible things that could happen, not to mention being sued with trespassing. No, thank you.
As we always say, when life gives you lemons make lemonade. I brushed it off and decided to go the beach instead! Sunset and beach? Sounds perfect! There was a beach nearby in the next barangay. We rode a pedicab to get to there. This beach is no Boracay though. No white sand. Heck, there was no sand. There were stones, lots of it. I had a horrible memory of this beach but let’s save that for next time.
By the time we got there, it was already around 6PM so we we a little late and I realized we were in the eastern part side of the city so it wasn’t a direct view. But that’s okay.
Finally, my dose of sunset.
One of the best places to be, the beach.
All in all, I would say this was a fun day. It’s been sooo long since I did something totally random. Although, this was a little #fail, it did do its purpose: make me feel alive. I promise this wouldn’t be the last of it. To more sunsets!