I now officially consider Dumaguete City as my second home. It beats Iligan City for the unforgettable moments and memories I can keep in mind. For my five years here, Mongkeys Team has been one of the circles I’ve been part with. To celebrate our Fifth anniversary, we decided to hold it in an enjoyable place yet offers affordable rates. Not to mention that it’s within the city.
|Swan Lake pool|
Swan Lake was conscientiously chosen by most of us. Aside from the very fact that we’ve never been there, it’s the closest resort in the city. No! It’s actually within the City. It’s located in Claytown Subdivision, Daro, Dumaguete City. We really want to swim (though most of us cannot), so we have to decide a place that has a swimming pool. No corkage is also a must for our choices, since we wanted to grill.
|Smiling Me - sorry for the pixels|
|Omar, Aicy,Timogen, Tito Boy, Chimbe, Naizel, and Mary Rose|
|Naizel,Tikya, Tito Boy, and Kuya Mong|
During my lunch break at work, I settled all the necessary things we needed. Poor Ate Shey (congrats to her because she’s now having her first baby) that I have to disturb him for marinating our pork. Cross my heart! I really wanted to do it myself, but I do not know how! Plus NO ONE has ever defeated his super delicious marinated grilled pork. Every outing we had, Ate Shey has always been our cook, so it’s really hard without her. Anyway, everything was settled and good to go. Everyone was waiting for me to log out from work (evil grin).
|Our Cook - Ate Shey|
|Mongkey Girls - Chimbe, Adamarie, Aicy, Shey, Hya (middle), Mary Rose, and Sybil|
We’re not familiar with the address, so we got lost, but found the right way. When we arrived, most of us were excited to see the pool. It’s not that beautiful, but at least it exceeded my expectation of the place. Most of our friends and colleagues from Dumaguete City discourage Swan Lake. Why? I REALLY DO NOT KNOW with them. The place is not boring at all (unless you’re such a boring person).
|No idea how to grill|
|She's not that hungry lol|
We finished the grill and prepared to eat. We were waiting for our Kuya Mong, who happened to be in another outing (with his family). Good thing he did not forget our brandy (Emperador Lights). We have a lot of food, so it took us three hours before we got up and decided to swim.
|Kuya Mong MAKING UP his explanation lol|
|Thanx to those who donated - you know who you are ;-)|
|Ready to Eat|
|Posing before eating|
Swan Lake has only one pool. It’s declining from 5-feet deep to 7-feet deep, which would never be my option. I just stayed beside the pool. Poor me! Actually, most of our pictures were beside the pool. And, the night was getting late and our brandy was getting LATER. The cold air started to give me Goosebumps. So, I ate again!
|Enjoying the pool side|
The resort has also a minibar and cottages that are in affordable in rates. For Php 1200.00, eight persons can accommodate the room. They also have enough area where you can spend occasions like Birthdays, Reunions, and even small wedding ceremony.
|Always at the GOOD side|
We chitchat the whole night and laugh till we drop. We realized how time flies. We looked back to each outing and moments we’ve shared. We recalled people who became part of our lives. Truly, people come and go, but we always get memories to keep.
Thanks to Swan Lake for in such a short time, our anniversary has become so special.