I decided to ride the last trip of Victory Liner Cubao to Bolinao, Pangasinan at around 9PM. The trip went too well that we arrived at Bolinao at 2 in the morning!
After some time walking around town and talking to different tricycle drivers, one of them noticed that I was sleepy. He asked if I wanted to sleep for a short while in Dos Flores.
I was reluctant to take the offer because it was obviously a lodging that offers what we popularly call “short-time”. Negative sleazy images of people checking-in short-time came flashing on my head. But lacking sleep for a few days did not help me withstand the temptation of checking-in short-time. I then realized that maybe checking-in short-time is not as bad as I associate it is. Maybe I should give it a second chance, I’m just only going to sleep nothing more. I want to sleep badly!
I rode the tricycle. It was somehow farther than I expected but to my surprise Dos Flores it not a building with rooms like what I associate motels to be, but it was actually a cozy beach front resort. I paid the tricycle driver 40 pesos as we agreed and talked with the lady at the resort who had only awaken because of my arrival. (Imagine 2 sleepy heads talking.)
“Gaano katagal?” – Lady at the resort
“Hanggang 7AM lang po.” – Me
“Exted nalang ng 1 hour. Bel, P350 para sa short-time at P50 para sa 1 hour extension.” – Lady at the resort
“Ok po.” (Sleepy and awkward moment) – Me
Went inside the room, dropped my bags, set alarm at 7AM, made sure that some windows are open for people to see me inside and slept soundly for 4 hours.
After waking up, I found a new definition of the phrase “short-time”. Not the negative sleazy definition that I usually associate it with. But a definition where a sleepy, tired traveller could slumber even for a short while.
Dos Flores has a great morning ambience. They have clean rooms with private CR. We also saw the life of some locals in front while they were gathering shells/fish during the low tide.
Dos Flores Hotel & Resort
Ride a tricycle from the bus stations or anywhere in Bolinao, Pangasinan and tell them that you are going to Dos Flores. Travel time is approximately less than 5 minutes. Fare is 10 Pesos/pax during the day and 40 Pesos/tricycle during the night.
During the day there’s a line of tricycles nearby and fare is P10/pax. At night ask the one who’s at their information to call one for you. Fare at night is approximately 40 Pesos/tricycle.
Or you can do what we did. The tricycle we got in the morning is the one who we asked to take us to UP Marine Science Institute in Bolinao.
This is a part of my 12 for 2012 Travel Project that aims to document 12 local destination in the Philippines in 2012 to help travellers plan their trips faster.
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