I’ve been to Batangas a few times prior to visiting this side of the province. I’ve heard about Lian before but this would be the first time that I’ll be staying for some kind of a getaway. A real bonding time with friends whom I met in 2012 at my dayjob and I can’t even imagine my life without knowing them.
Roderick or Dek who introduced us to the place already warned us not to expect anything grandiose. He told us ( Jerica and I) that it’s just a regular resort fronting the Lian beach and his main selling point was the peace that it offers. The three of us went to Pasay where we’ll be riding a bus that will take us to Lian. The travel time from Pasay to Lian was a good three hours. I find it quite long to be honest but it was fun because we just chit-chatted all the way to our destination.
Arriving at Lian, we immediately went to the wet market (I think it was about six in the evening then) to buy some stuff – food and some supply. We had a good 10 minute tricycle ride before reaching the resort. I was kinda expecting the look of the place but I wasn’t expecting that it looks almost dilapidated. What’s shocking is the fact that it’s not the only resort that looks like that, 90% of the structures near the seashore had similar condition. Turns out, the Typhoon Habagat’s the main culprit.
We’re met by one of the most accommodating couple I’ve met in my life. Nanay and Tatay are so welcoming especially with their almost adoptive son Dek who’ve stayed at the resort for a number of times prior to this trip.
During our first night, we just drink some good ol’ beers beside the shore and it was just an amazing experience. I don’t know about you but when you’re with special people, you just enjoy the time with them disregarding where the you’re at. And at this instance, it was as if we’re having a grand vacation of some sort.
This was also the night that I (apparently) passed out. That is according to Tatay, Dek and Jeka which I don’t remember at all. Haha. It was fun though, we had so much fun that night.
The following day we just walked through the whole village and the whole shoreline and had some photo ops. It was also a good time for us to reminisce more about just anything and talk about our lives. It was a great bonding experience that let us shared some intimate times in our lives that we usually reserved for people (well, like Dek and Jeka) whom we feel so confident about.
On our last day, we asked the resort nearby if we could have some pictures in it and the caretaker gladly obliged.
I personally felt sad leaving the place because it means that everything has to go back to normal where the three of us had to go back to our day job. I did promise to myself though that I’d be back and I made good with that promise (watch out for my future posts.)
Being able to spend three days with my two closest friends was nothing but a great experience. It was something that you’d always smile about whenever you remember it. A testament that true friends will be with you for richer or for poorer. I don’t know if I made sense with you guys but this place is one of my favorites especially if you’re with people you hold dear to your heart.