Pearl Farm, Samal Island

a world-class beach resort in Samal Island off the coast of Davao City. A perfect place for couples and honeymooners

White Island, Camiguin

a white sand bar and ideal for swimming.

Snorkeling at Balicasag

After Dolphin watching, the best thing to do is to swim and snorkel at Balicasag Island.

The majestic Cagbalete Island, Quezon

A simple island that offers peaceful and relaxing weekend getaway.

Cagayan de Oro

Experience the thrill of White Water Rafting at Cagayan de Oro with Kagay

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Davao-CDO-Camiguin Tour (Day 2) l White Water rafting with Kagay

After an 8-hour ride with the so called Non-Stop Bus, (we actually had 3 stop overs), I was really exhausted. I will never ever sit at the back portion of the bus, ever again. It seems that everything went out smoothly, Mike had the best evening talking to man (?) seated next to him. Bus ticket from Davao to CDO was around 550 pesos.

March 10, 2012
Hello City of the Golden Friendship!

Around 5am, we arrived at Agora Bus Terminal, we thought it was too early, so we ate at Jollibee for breakfast. After that, we were advised to ride a "motorella" going to D-visoria. Fare costs us 8 pesos each, not bad!
xave and mike wandering
When I was doing the itinerary, i was thinking of not staying at Cagayan de Oro for an evening and spend 2 nights at Camiguin . Then I thought, why not have some drinking sessions for the evening, right? :)


 that's the motorella

We know nothing about Cagayan de Oro so what we did was we walked and walked and walked. Turned left and right, left and right, till we found 3 sisters dorm and transient.

 Staying at Three Sister's Dorm and Transient is quite expensive for me but I have no choice but the agree with them. Its already past 6am and we need a room to leave our things as Kagay will be arriving anytime sooner. We paid 1600 pesos for 2 rooms, of course, 800 pesos each room. 

We were informed that they have this rotational brownout  to conserve energy ever since the "Sendong" typhoon. The dorm was using their generator but we can only turn on the lights, so no TV, no AC.

Good thing, Kagay, was on time, they arrived at exactly 7am!

Kagay,  is Cagayan de Oro's premiere whitewater rafting outfitter. They use State Of The Art Rafts (SOTAR) and equipment and offer rafting trips ranging from the beginner’s course – which covers class 1-2 rapids – to advance courses, which cover the more difficult class 3-4 rapids. 
 For more information regarding their rates and services click their link. ( Kagay )

There were 11 guests, (4 of us included) and 4 guides inside the Jeepney.


We went straight to the Macahambus Park, since the other guests availed the Sky Bridge/ Zipline/Rappelling package, which we did not since that will costs us additional 500 pesos per person.


We paid 700 for the beginner course, since that was our first time to try White Water Rafting.
We were given life vests, paddles and helmets. After a brief discussion on what to do, lol, and how to save a "swimmer" ( that't the person who gets the chance to fall down the raft), and how to save our own lives, the adventure began. 

Our guide was Kuya Tata, he was so funny and cool. He tells us stories from time to  time. And his snake joke was so realistic that the girl who joined our group almost jump out of the raft! (scary!)



You can never put a price tag on this priceless moments.  If not for Kagay, i don't think rafting would be that fun and exciting! If i'm gonna go back, ill get Kagay again! Thanks kuya Tata! 

The fun lasted for 4 hours. For 700 pesos, we get to experience this kind of adventure!  We also paid 250 pesos for the pictures. (dvd copy).

We headed directly to our Dorm, washed up and went out to take Lunch. Too bad, the Buffet Restaurant infront was already closed. After that, we went to Kagay's office, paid for our DVD copy, had some drinking sessions with the Kagay Team, and played some billiards.



 After that we went to Lokal Grill that serves the coldest beer in CDO.  I won't recommend dining at Lokal though. We did not enjoyed their food. Price ranges from 200-250 for food. They've got unlimited Halo-Halo too. We had few bottles of beer then afterwards, we went straight to the Dorm to get some goodnight sleep.

For our first day of tour:  Davao-CDO-Camiguin Tour (Day 1)
For our third day of tour:  Davao-CDO-Camiguin Tour (Day 3)

Davao-CDO-Camiguin Tour (Day 1)


Everyone was excited when we booked tickets to Davao. We will be on vacation for 8 days. Yes! You heard me right, 8 freakin' days! How's that for vacation? My friends work at BDO, so they have this Mandatory Leave for 5 straight days, plus of course, weekends. I was able to save 6 days of Vacation Leaves last year, that's how I was able to pull this off.

Plane tickets via Zest Air bound to/fro Davao was 2500 pesos each person, ( i know this is too expensive), we had no choice, we really want this trip.

March 9 2012


Our flight (Zest Air) schedule was 4:00am. By 2:00am, we already checked-in and paid 200 pesos each for Terminal Fee. Good thing, i didn't have to pay extra charges for bringing my Tripod! (lol) Armed with ipods and psp, we patiently waited for 2 hours. I was hungry that time so I have no choice but to buy food at Cinnabbon (worth Php160).


 tanya, mike and xave

By 5:30Pm, we arrived at Francisco Bangoy (Davao) Airport. We immediately hired a cab going to Matina Aplaya, as we stayed with Tanya's cousin.



davao for the first time (me and my friend mike)

By 6:00pm, everyone was busy getting ready packing things we need for our CDO-Camiguin Trip.
By 9:00pm, we already sitting inside the Bus going to Cagayan De Oro! I already informed my friends that the the trip will be an 8-hour ride.

For the Part 2 of our Davao-CDO-Camiguin Tour, click here. Davao-CDO-Camiguin Tour (Day 2)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hunger Games

I was thinking of watching Corazon, ang babaeng aswang or Mirror Mirror but i actually have no idea which one is the best to watch so i posted a status on facebook.
Kerwin, my officemate and Vern, of Pinoy Ambisyoso advised me to watch hunger games!

Cebu City Tour

After bumming around Bohol, we need to go back to Cebu since this was our last day of our Cebu-Bohol Tour. We woke up at 7am to prepare. I was teary eyed  (haha!) when I went inside Kuya Tatsky's car. We rented him to take us back to Tagbilaran Port.

Upon arrival, we went straight to SM Cebu, they have this Tourist place wherein you can leave your luggages. Paid a couple of hundreds and we're good to go!

First stop, Mike really wanted to eat at CnT (they have this Famous Cebu Lechon), so we asked the Cab driver to take us there only to find out it was just across SM Cebu, dang! We paid the flag down rate and told the driver that he should've just told us that it was just infront SM Cebu!

So much of that, we went inside CnT, (then again) only to find out that their Cebu Lechon was already sold out! My gawd, how unfortunate! We decided to buy other dishes since we were really hungry that time. Food was so/so! Nothing special. I won't recommend CnT, oh, for the benefit, maybe they really have yummy Lechon which, i haven't tasted till now.

After Lunch, I went outside (to smoke), talk to some Cab drivers for City Tour. 1500 for City Tour, there where 5 of us, so i think that was cheap.

First we went to Fort San Pedro, nothing much to do there. We didn't paid the entrance fee, so we just took pictures outside.


Next we went to Magellans Cross, the ever famous cross just outside the Church. Took some pictures then we left the place.


After Magellan's Cross, we went to an Old House. Paid 50 pesos for entrance fee!

 
old house
 
  
This place was way to creepy for us! Antique figurines and furnitures were all over the place. The care taker provided us those cloth like shoes since they won't allow us to go upstairs if we won't be wearing those.

Next stop was the Taoist Temple. Nice place. Felt like I was at the Great Wall of China.

my friend Anak

Then we went to Lapu Lapu Shrine. Nothing much to do.


We headed straight to the Famous Larsian's. Cebu's famous must-go barbecue place for food and drinks. I think everybody love's this place! They have the best barbeque in town, plus they have this rice wrapped inside the banana leaves. (puso) You can also choose among the piles of meat: skin, gizzard, intestines, liver, chorizo, dried squid, chicken wings, thigh, breast etc,


After Larsians, we headed to the Mactan Airport to go back to Manila.
That's how we ended our 4day/3 nights Cebu-Bohol Tour. 

After checking, our expenses each were 6800 pesos each! Way too cheaper than expected! :D

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bohol Sea Tour

Again, we woke up 4:30am to prepare for our seatour. Everyone was excited and thrilled as we walked outside and waited for the banca to arrived at Dumaluan Beach. We were informed that we need to atleast look for Dolphins at around 5:30am.


It was already 6:00am but we found no Dolphins. There were a lot of boats roaming around  but still no dolphin show. We almost lost our patience when we suddenly saw not just one but a LOT of dolphins! Whew! That was an awesome show!


After the dolphin show, we went to Balicasag Island to snorkel.  We paid 300 pesos, for guide, use of snorkel and aqua shoes. I was amazed how the people kept those corals and fishes alive and healthy (like me!) 
snorkeling at balicasag
 
 
pic before my olympus tough died on me

it'll be easier if you put the pieces of bread inside a bottle of water

Snorkeling at Balicasag was tiring and made us hungry. We had "paluto" for lunch that costs us 800 pesos for 5 persons, not bad right? We had sinigang and grilled fish for lunch. Buko juice and Coke to quench our thirst!


Highlights: My Olympus Tough underwater camera died on me and I got a lot of scratches too!!

 sun kissed skins

After the feast, we went to Virgin Island. Twa's a hot and sunny summer and oh! no trees to be found on the island, only the gorgeous sandbar! So much for beachneering! That ends our Sea Tour.

We paid 1500 for the Sea Tour. lol

Kuya Tatsky and our Bohol City Tour

We woke  up 6:00am to prepare for our Countryside Tour. Good thing I was able to book Kuya Tatsky as our guide for the day! Our tour starts 8:00am but Kuya Tatsky arrived with his brand new Innova by 7:30am! Cool. The Countryside Tour takes an entire day to finish so we need Kuya Tatsky to drive us around the city.


Blood Compact Site - We first started by dropping off the Blood Compact Site located in Barangay Bool, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines.  The blood compact was considered as the First Treaty of Friendship.  It was a treaty of friendship based on respect and equality and most commonly known as Sandugo.

We were there all by ourselves, no othere tourists roaming around so we had a lot of time for photo OPs. lol


Baclayon Church - This church is considered to be the second oldest church in the Philippines. There’s a convent mini museum that contains religious artifacts and relics from the Spanish era.

I wasn't able  to get inside the church. No sleeveless and Shorts allowed.



"Prony" the Huge Phyton -  a 250-kilo, 26 ft. and 30 in. in circumference python, noted as the biggest in the Philippines and is living inside a huge cage.


We were able to hold prony. She is silent, maybe sleeping the entire day. Ahaha..


Marimar - the star of the day. She tells the entire story on how Prony was captured.
She also entertained us by her song and dance performance.  The show was funny. How she perfected her pole dance and lip sync was really amazing!

Butterfly Farm - Bohol is home to some of the best things that nature has to offer. Entrance fee is 20 pesos. The guide will give the basics information such as their life cycle and how the breed.


Tarsier Encounter - Tarsiers are small monkeys (4 to 6 inches tall) with strong tails that enable them to leap 16 feet high and still maintain balance.

You've never been to Bohol if you haven't seen this cute little creatures. Entrance is free, they will just ask for donation.

Loboc river cruise - Lunch time buffet? Floating Restaurant? Choose Riverwatch. They offer yummy dishes! As the raft moves, tourists get to see the sights while enjoying their meals.

Man Made Forest - Mahogany trees cultivated were all over the area. This place is best for peaceful walks. This man made forest is located along the borders of Loboc and Bilar municipalities. A perfect jumpshot completes the tour around this forest.

Chocolate Hills - The signature landmark of Bohol. It was told that these hills were formed out of a giant's tears. Tourists get to see what Bohol has to offer through the Observation deck. It rained and was cloudy that time but still we got good panoramic view of this spot.

Hanging Bridge- If you need the perfect and cheap place to buy Pasalubong like keychains, peanut kisses and t-shirts, then this is for you. One needs to cross the bridge to get to the other side to buy, then cross the other bridge to go back.
Hinagdanan Cave -Another popular spot in Bohol.  A majestic cave that is well maintained by the government of Bohol. An entrance fee of 15 pesos before you enter, but we actually paid 30 pesos since our guide was really good. He even taught us how to set our DSLRs ISO, Aperture and shutter speed to get good pictures inside the cave.

My friend, Anak, wasn't able to get to pass the rocks as she was wearing heels! lol



Bohol Bee Farm - Our last stop was at Bohol Bee Farm, a very cozy and relaxing place on Panglao island that offer organic products. I even bought organic garden salad with Honey mustard sauce. (real flowers!)

Not a minute or even a second was wasted on this tour. We even asked Kuya Tatsky if we can go to a store so we can buy food and water before going home! We paid Kuya Tatsky Php 2300 pesos for taking care of us the entire day!

For Countryside Tour, you may contact Kuya Tatksy at +639223671051.


Also check:

First day of Cebu-Bohol City Tour
Staying at Sugbutel, Cebu
Bohol Sea Tour
Dumaluan Beach, accomodation
Cebu City Tour

Monday, March 19, 2012

Parokya ni Edgar at 70's Bistro

At first, we were hesitant to go to one of Parokya ni Edgar gigs at 70's Bistro since its a Monday, of course, we need to wake up early to go to work. But I really would love to see them play, ( i really like Chito Miranda and Buwi Meneses).

Both of us came from work so we manage to be at the venue around 9:00pm. 70's Bistro was already full of people that time and it was already standing ovation. Good thing were able to work around and get some space at the bar. (cool!)

Entrance fee was around Php200 and you get a free beer too! (not bad, right?). The first band who performed was The Youth and I was actually outside waiting for my favorite band to arrive.

Around 9:30pm people were swarming outside to take pictures when Gab Chee Kee and Vinci Montaner arrived. Cool. Xave was just as useless as he could be and he doesn't want to go outside to take pictures! (so much of that). Good thing bystanders were very nice to me that one of them asked me if he can take my pictures provide that i take his pictures too. Nice!


At first, we were not able to take pictures since one of the employees told me he doesn't know how to use Dora, my Nikon dslr, so i showed him how to use it first then we go back to Vinci for one last time and ask him if we can take pictures of him!


Next to arrive was, one of my favorites, Buhawi "Buwi" Meneses. He's also a member of Franco ( i also love them!) He was so nice, and oh look! he put his arms around me! i'm gonna die!!! lol!
Then Dindin Moreno arrived, followed by Darius Semana!



I went back inside to get some beer when someone called me and told me that Chito Miranda arrived! I was looking for him and saw him infront of a camera and was being interviewed. Soon as he was finished, I went infront of him and ask him if I can take his picture!


I really loved their performance. They sang all of my favorite songs from the famous "Buloy to Alumni Homecoming to Akala to Pangarap Lang Kita". Everyone, i guess, enjoyed the night!
Too bad, i was at the bar, near the entrance so i wasn't able to get close up pics while they perform.


Fantastic performance! I'll be back at 70's bistro and i swear to get the closest table i can get in front of the stage!

Trivia: I actually asked Chito Miranda while we were outside.
Me: Hey, is it true about you and Neri Naig?
Chito: Yeah.

Confirmed! Lol! I really like Kaye Abad though. :)

Facebook Page: Parokya ni Edgar
Twitter Page: @parokyaniedgar

Friday, March 2, 2012

Panglao Accomodation: Dumaluan Beach Resort

THE RESORT


Accomodation: Dumaluan Beach Resort
Check in time: 2:00pm
Rate of 5 pax per night: Php785 for fan room. We added Php145 for the TV so thats 945 a day with free mattress!

Non aircon rooms have their own private CR and Veranda. We got the one nearest to the beach and Dumaluan's Grill called DBR Grill. We opted to stay on one of their non aircon room since we just need a place to sleep, wash up and got drunk!



THE BEACH


Dumaluan Beach resort shares one of the best stretch of sand with Bohol Beach Club. Yes, we are next to Bohol Beach Club! lol. You just need to jump off to the right side and you get to enjoy their beach too.


I'd say the beach really have nice and fine white sand. I've seen no dead corals when I was there.
I would really recommend Dumaluan Beach Resort at Panglao! 2 thumbs up!

 

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