From Tagbilaran City, I embarked on the two hour OceanJet ferry ride to Dumaguete. A short time after exiting the ferry, my phone rang. It was my friend Michael. He was waiting for me just outside the gate to the ferry terminal. After loading my bags, and hoping into his van, Michael took me for a tour of the down town area of Dumaguete City, it was a very short tour. We then drove to the Calvary Chapel Training Center.
Michael showed me around the expansive Calvary Chapel Training Center (CCTC), which houses the Calvary Chapel Bible College. While walking we discussed my housing options. There was only a small number of staff on the campus at this time. They had already purchased their food for this week’s meals, and would have enough for me. I asked Michael if he could recommend a hotel or resort nearby. He suggested the Pura Vida Resort, describing it to me. I agreed that it sounded like a good place to stay.
As we pulled into the resort, my eyes were filled with beautifully landscaped grounds surrounding individual raised bamboo bungalows. I checked in and was given my room name. Yes, name. No numbers. All the rooms, or bungalows, were given the name of a fish. Mine was cardinal, after the Cardinal Fish. I was taken to my bungalow by the front desk clerk, who showed me how the door lock worked, and around the room.
I settled into my room, ah, I mean bungalow and rested awhile. That afternoon I walked around the resort grounds, along the beach, and did some more writing. Later in the evening, after the sun had set, I enjoyed a delicious steak at the beach side restaurant. I followed that up with a quiet walk along the beach, the retired back to my bungalow for the night.