A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

Plantation Bay Resort & Spa

After 17 days in rainy season Japan, here we are in an Asian resort with sun and sand at our feet; not to mention actual beds!! But, as always, after a couple of days, once we have sampled all the activities and gone to the pool a few times, we get bored. I am an avid reader so one would think I would love to sit on the beach or by the pool to read, but here are the problems with doing this: 1) need to find a shady spot, 2) even in shady spot, I burn, 3) need to find lots of potable water (coconut is great, but can be pricey and really, there just isn’t space for this large fruit on my small lounge chair), 4) need to find close toilet (and this is a whole other problem when one has a fitted one-piece suit, especially one that tucks in certain less aesthetic body parts), and not to forget, 5) sand everywhere!!!

So, you can imagine that after a couple of days, I’m ready to move on. This time, I tried to stretch my activities on the resort by having a lengthy body massage (in a proper spa room) the first day, meeting some employees of Justin’s on the second day (in a mall where we also went early to see a movie!), going to the gym with my son the third day and fifth day, taking two-hours dinners in a different restaurant every night and also taking long detours wherever we need to go. And, even though I am working for a few hours every day as well as reading books, I have never seen so many cooking episodes on TLC. I can truly say that I am fully ready to go home, red skin and all.

But don’t get me wrong, the resort is quite nice and they do offer many activities, I am just not one to go snorkeling, boating or fishing. And leaving the resort can be a bit scary. It did remind us of certain parts of India and our 14 km taxi ride took over an over in overcrowded, unkept roads. I probably would not come back here unless I was traveling to a destination in close proximity to Cebu, but if I were to come back, this resort is the perfect getaway… for a few days. And I must say that Filipinos are very charming and welcoming; this, I will actually miss!

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