After five days of non-stop cramming for school work that would determine the future of our academic lives, the whole class went on an overnight trip to Tabuelan, Cebu. I kid you not, this was still mainly for the purpose of implementing the Socialisation Programs we had to make for our Industrial/Organisational Psychology course, but our professor (God bless his heart) is always game for class trips to the beach, and this was no exception.

We were 35 people all in all, so we arranged for private transportation to take us to Durhan Beach Resort. Although we were unable to get an airconditioned bus, the Inday Memie mini-bus we rode to and from Durhan was satisfactory.

I have never been a fan of going far North via public transport, and that trip only cemented my decision to avoid it for as long as I can. There was a cold breeze, but the weather, generally, was hot, and the breeze wasn’t enough to keep me comfortable.

The beach at Durhan was nice. The sand was thick and cream-coloured, like a duvet enveloping an unresisting mattress, and the water was cool under the blistering heat of the summer sun. The only downside was that the water was too salty, and our eyes would sting each time we surfaced.

We booked three kinds of rooms: air-conditioned, non-air-conditioned, and a house. The house had a small kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, stove, and a spacious sink. It was perfect for the Food Committee to use.

One of the socialisation programs involved a bonfire, so all of us got the chance to spear jumbo marshmallows on barbecue sticks and toast them. After the program, we lay on the sand and watched the stars. Some of us fell asleep, yet others stayed up until the wee hours of the morning.


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