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Bukidnon, Philippines

This is a side trip of our Mindanao travel last May which makes the whole week travel well spent ๐Ÿ™‚ Our accommodation in Cagayan De Oro, Marianne Suites arranged this tour for us aside from our rafting adventure. This is only a whole day travel but its all worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

First stop for the morning: Del Monte Farm. Aside from their tomato sauce, Del Monte is well known for their pineapple fruit drinks and we got to see their huge pineapple farm.

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Pineapples everywhere

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We also had a good view of this farm from the top of a hill and the scenery was just beautiful.

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A whole field of green

Next stop: Dahilayan Adventure and Nature Park. The place has a strong resemblance of Baguio because of the Pine trees and the cool climate, but this is a lot better than Baguio. With tall pine trees perfectly aligned with each other, cozy picnic tables and great view, its a Camp John Hay version 2.0

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Twilight feels here
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Nice Picnic Tables

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They also have some attractions like the Luge Hanging Bridge, Drop Zone etc but we didn’t try those (except for their zipline) because its a bit pricey, so we just hang out in their cute playground.

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View of the Luge Hanging Bridge

And last but not the least, we tried their longest dual zipline in Asia and it was really awesome! With 840m long, the zipline passes through great pine trees, lush mountains and green fields. Before the ride, A 4WD safari cruiser transported us to their launch tower.

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groufie before the ride!
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w/ our gears for the zipline

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Preparing to fly: the “WTF I’m nervous” look on my sister’s face ๐Ÿ˜€
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#supergirl on barefoot!

We also tried their 320 MT plus 150 MT zipline and the view is awesome too.

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with my sis ๐Ÿ™‚ #wesurvived

Go conquer your fear of heights here! Visit Dahilayan’s official website atย dahilayanadventurepark.com

Till next time, Bukidnon!

River Rafting in Cagayan De Oro

Another dream come true – i finally got to experience river rafting! I’ve been waiting to cross this out in my bucketlist, so last June 2, Friday, together with my family of adventurers, we survived this wonderful and thrilling experience.

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We were picked up by our tour jeepney at 7:30 AM sharp. We were not the only passengers in the jeep as it also picked others who will have river rafting too, and we had a long time waiting for them so we already arrived at 9AM. Before we had our rafting, our tour guide gave us a briefing on safety measures and i got nervous when he said that a lot of tourists have fall in the rapids during the rafting. LOL. But then he assured us that as long us we will follow his instructions, we will survived this adventure. He also taught us the proper use of our paddles.

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Me and my brother ๐Ÿ™‚

We chose the Mid-Section package (Advanced Course) which costs 1800/ head. Our raft will go through 24 rapids in 4 hours + a free swimming ๐Ÿ™‚ Our transpo, gears and paddles are already included in the package.

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Our Hi-5 !

It was very nerve-racking to go through the rapids, it feels as if you fall from the boat! We just paddled and paddled and after every rapid, we do the Hi-5 ! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s like i’m in a Rio Grande Ride in Enchanted Kingdom, but this time no one operates the ride but us. The view of the river and the surrounding mountains is also spectacular.

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The river has a also a free-swimming area, which is 30 to 70 ft deep.

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Jump then fall
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Paddle through the waves

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We survived !

 

For me, 4 hours isn’t enough as we had really enjoyed this adventure. The endless paddling + heat + the huge scary rapids, it was all worth it!

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We survived! Here’s to more adventures ๐Ÿ™‚

Go try it with your family and friends! Visit the official website of Kagay Cagayan De Oro Raftingย here.

BONUS: Here’s a video of our thrilling experience- watch until the end! ๐Ÿ˜€

Island born of fire: Travel to Camiguin Island

I never thought that I would travel here, I mean I only used to read about this wonderful island in magazines and brochures. After our trip here, i realized that as much as i want to travel outside my country, i need to explore the whole Philippines first because it’s really more fun in the Philippines! ๐Ÿ™‚

My parents already booked our flight last January and so far, this is our most expensive trip because we also include Cagayan De Oro and Bukidnon in our trip (a separate blog post for this). ย We were worried at first to travel because of the commotion happening in Marawi City caused by the Maute group and the whole Mindanao is under Martial Law. Fortunately, our whole trip went well. (thank you lord! ) ย Here’s a diary of what happened in our trip to the island born of fire.

May 29, Monday 4:30AM- Departure

  • We arrived early in the airport around 2:00 AM and we already feel the excitement. ย It’s been 4 years since I boarded a plane so i really enjoyed our 1 hour flight. I even ย get a glimpse of the wonderful sunrise.
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Pastel sunrise
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Arrival at Laguindingan Airport, Cagayan De Oro

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We arrived at Laguindingan Aiport around 6 in the morning and we took a van to get us to Agoda Terminal. The travel is almost 1 hour and after arriving at the terminal, we boarded a bus to take us to Balingoan Port. The bus travel is almost 2 hours and we took a heavy breakfast in a restaurant just beside the port. Travelling can make you really hungry!

From Balingoan Port, we took a small ferry boat that will take us to Camiguin(finally!) and I realized that we traveled by all means of transportation (plane, van, bus and ship). It’s been years too since i boarded a ship, the last time was during our immersion in Mindoro back in 2013.

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View from our ship

After an hour or so, we finally arrived in our destination. The travel was worth it.

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Our home for 3 days and 2 nights was at Cabuan Beach Resort in Mambajao, Camiguin and the whole resort was ours ! the area was really nice too and view of the ocean is really awesome.

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Loving the view of the ocean ! #beachgirl

We took a few hour rest first in the resort then we had a hearty lunch in a Chinese restaurant. A BUFFET restaurant for 200 Php. Travelling and Eating is my perfect combination, tbh. ๐Ÿ™‚

During our travel to the next destination, we had some picture taking to some popular destinations in Camiguin.

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View of the Majestic Mount Hibok-Hibok + the cloudy skies
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Sunken Cemetery

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We headed to Tuasan Falls after and had a refreshing swim. This falls is one of the best I’ve been too, honestly.

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Our next stop: Sto Nino Cold Spring Resort. My mom and my brother had enough of cold springs so its just me, my sister and papa who enjoyed the fresh water pool.

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enjoying the fresh water + there are small fishes here!ย 

Our last spring for today: Ardent Hot Springs. Actually, i thought the temperature would be the same as Maquinit Hot Springs in Coron, Palawan but no. The water is only a bit warm and i think that’s why there are many people bathing in the resort. Still, we enjoyed it!

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Natural Pool of Ardent Hot Spring
  • May 30- Tuesday

We woke up at 4AM to view the sunrise in the highlight destination of our trip- the famous White Island! Just a 15-20 minute boat travel, the white island is a huge patch of white sand in the middle of nowhere. My father called it as the ” almost island” because we thought that it was supposed to be an island but never materialized. Nonetheless, the view was spectacular.

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Everything was just picture worthy- the fine white sand, the view of the mountains and the deep blue ocean. Nature is indeed magical.

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Up next is Mantigue Island, which is a spot for snorkeling. The view is great however, because of the strong current we didn’t get to snorkel that much.

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After Mantigue, we had lunch first then proceeded to our next destination: The Giant Clams Sanctuary in Guinsiliban, Camiguin. Entrance fee is 25 Php and to view the natural habitat (which is a snorkeling tour) you will have to pay 150 Php. They also included an educational tour of the the giant clams in a man made pool sanctuary, which we thought at first to be the “main tour”. LOL. I really enjoyed our snorkeling tour and its my first time to see giant clams and the small ones. Sadly, our underwater camera has run out of battery so no pictures of our snorkeling trip. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

We headed to our last destination which is at Katibwasan Falls. This is much taller than Tuasan Falls, however the place is quite the same: very relaxing and the view is really awesome.

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  • May 31- Wednesday – Last day. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I’m really glad that despite the popularity of the place among tourists, Camiguin has retained its natural beauty and i hope that it would stay the same way for a very long time.

Planning to return here in the next 3 or 4 years. Till next time Camiguin!

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  • Our Itinerary for 3 days and 2 nights:
  1. May 29- First Day

– Arrival in Laguindingan Airport, Cagayan De Oro.

– 1 hour travel from airport to Agoda Terminal

– 2 hour travel from Agoda Terminal to Balingoan Port

– 1 hour travel from Balingoan Port to Camiguin Island.

– 30 minute travel from port to our resort (Cabuan Beach Resort, Mambajao)

– Destinations for the day: Sunken Cemetery, Tuasan Falls, Sto Nino Cold Springs and Ardent Hot Springs.

2. May 30 – 2nd Dayย 

– Wake up time: 4 AM

– Travel to White Island

– Breakfast at Checkpoint Buffet

– Travel to Mantigue Island

– Lunch in the city proper.

– Destinations (Afternoon): Giant Clams Sanctuary in Guinsiliban, Camiguin and Katibawasan Falls.

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– Bought Pasalubong and other delicacies in the city proper

– Left our resort at around 10 AM

– Arrived in Benoni Port at 11 AM

– Departure from Camiguin at 11:45 AM

 

 

My first Holy Week at Ilocos Norte

Despite the fear of traffic which usually happens during the holidays, we still traveled to Ilocos Norte last holy week and I’m so glad that we did it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • April 13- Maundy Thursday.

After a 12- hour travel from South, we headed to a river resort somewhere in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte.

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  • April 14 – Good Friday.

We did the traditional station of the cross at St. Monica Church in Ilocos, Norte and the church is one of the best churches I’ve ever seen.

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Pastel-colored clouds

We also witnessed the traditional ‘ prusisyon’ of the saints and the statue of Christ in Laoag, Ilocos Norte.

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  • April 15- Black Saturday.

We went to Saud Beach Resort in Pagudpud and even with a huge crowd, it didn’t destroy the beauty of the place.

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I still can’t help but stare in awe of the beautiful sunset in Saud- it was magical.

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Till next time, Ilocos ๐Ÿ™‚