Travel Essential for Solo Traveler

Hi, dear friends!

So, I am writing now in the airport while waiting for my 9PM flight to a place where just maybe 10 people know. Haha!

I am really being secretive this past few months. Keeping things to myself and to the people close to me. When I have travel, other people would know when I posted about it. But few knew before I fly. ๐Ÿ™‚

This time is a little bit different. I booked a ticket few months ago without anyone knowing about it even my family. I then told one of my friends about this trip yet he/she later forgot. Good thing, I guess! Haha. Until I sent a private message to my mother and siblings just late October about this trip. Guess what my Mama said? “Nganong ikaw ra man? Nganong dili mo kuyog ni Ate nimo?

But then why? Simple. I want to try traveling by myself. I traveled a couple of times within the country and abroad but mostly with someone, be it my sister or my friends. So, I want to experience just me, myself and I. And I really prepared for this trip. I made four (4) versions of Itinerary. I booked my hotel. I even rented a pocket WiFi that I can use the whole trip.

Yet, something happened before my trip. I was admitted to the hospital because of gastritis. Oh, c’mon! My stomach might be theย kontrabidaย this time. Fortunately, things went well and I was discharged last Wednesday. My mother is hesitant because I just came out from the hospital plus I am alone in this trip. But Mama,ย birthday gift nalang ni nako bi. ๐Ÿ˜€

So, yeah! They were left with no choice. But to check on me every now and then if I am okay. By the way, my sister is in Iloilo for her own solo trip.

I brought biscuits (3 packs) and medicines. I need to be okay because it will just me.

But, what should be the travel essentials or travel must haves for Solo Traveler like me? Here’s mine (I have family and friends who let me borrow these :)):

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  1. Phone – Of course, you need it to communicate to your family & friends back home, to post to your social media account, to search for anything, etc.
  2. Camera – So, I had a Go Pro (thanks to Chinkee) and DSLR (thanks to Uncle Joe & Ante Bibing) during this trip. The Go Pro is for selfie, recording videos, and for activities. While the DSLR will be for picturesque and instagrammable view & scenery. You need to make sure that you have taken the moments on your trip.
  3. Cookies/Biscuits – Since I just got out from the hospital and my stomach pain is due to skipping meals and eating meals past the time, I need to bring this so that I have something to munch while I am traveling or doing something and cannot eat yet. It will save you from getting stomachache or hyper-acidity.
  4. Pocket WiFi – I rented a pocket WiFi at FlyTPack because I am going to a place where English language is not widely and commonly used. I need it to connect to the internet for me to search anything and communicate with the people back home.
  5. Powerbank – It is not in the picture but I always carry my powerbank with me anytime and anywhere I go. I really need it because I cannot let my cellphone to die down. By the way, my pocket WiFi can also be a powerbank. ๐Ÿ™‚
  6. Notebook and Pen – for anything that I need to write. It could be random thoughts, rare moments and things that I need to remember. The pen is needed also to fill up the forms in the airport.
  7. Money – (thanks to Mama! haha) of course, you cannot go around without the money. Make sure to have it exchange to the currency of the country you are going. It is best if you already had exchanged it back home.
  8. Scarf and Beanie – Since it is winter already, though I am going to a place where it is not snowing, but I think it is still cold. So these two can protect me (at least) from getting sick because of the cold temperature.
  9. Laptop – so wherever I go, I need to bring my laptop. Why? Because I need to check at some point of time my emails from work and if they need some documents from me, then I can send.
  10. Passport – this is the most important thing to have wherever you go. Always bring your passport. This is your identification and this is required if locals would ask if where are you from or if they need some document from you. Also, this is a proof that you are not from the country you are going if ever you did something wrong or violated something.

 

Different people have different needs. But, I guess the above items are common to all of us. We can add other things like make up for the ladies or anything. However, always make sure that you have bring what is really required. Do not forget about it.

Also, make sure that you have recorded the moments during your trip. It might take a long time for you to visit again. So, take advantage now.

Enjoy and have a safe travel! ๐Ÿ™‚

THANK YOU NOTE โค๏ธ

I just got home from a rare trip of my life. Thank God! It is a 2days and 2nights staycation (stay + vacation) at Chong Hua Hospital in Fuente. Thanks to my sensitive stomach. *insert sarcasm* ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„

So what did happen? ๐Ÿค”

I was just blogging last Sunday night (if you can read my previous posts). I was even productive finishing two write ups. Unfortunately, before I went to sleep at around 11PM, my stomach was aching. I drank the medicine prescribed by my doctors but there was no effect. The pain did not subside.

I drank again at around 1:30AM until I vomited. And I tried to sleep but I kept on waking up after a couple of minutes. Then I vomited again. Until I asked my sister (who was not able to sleep well) to bring me to the hospital.

We went to Perpetual Succuor Hospital (since it is the nearest) around 5AM and asked for some assistance. But after 8AM, there was still no medication or anything that they provided. Except for the Urinalysis and Complete Blood Count laboratory tests that they requested. They kept on waiting for the doctorโ€™s advise and so we decided to proceed to Chong Hua Hospital Medical Arts and consult my Internal Medicine physician to have her read the result of the ultrasounds she asked two weeks ago. (I was not able to go back because I was out of town.)

After waiting, she arrived and we were called. She asked me few questions and read the result. Until she and my aunt (who accompanied me because my sister needed to work) agreed to confine me for more laboratory tests especially Endoscopy and for monitoring.

We just went home to pack some stuffs then went back for confinement. To my surprise, my mother arrived. She was travelling to the city without our knowledge because she knew that we wonโ€™t let her come.

And so I was confined then was given tests (been extracted twice), inserted with IV, monitored the vital signs, was advised to fast. Then was brought to the Endoscopy Unit the next day and did that test that made me cry. Was given medication, was reinserted with IV, was given food with no taste at all. But, yeah! Not easy. Painful. However, worth it I guess. Because I cannot take to have this stomach pain occurring over and over again without knowing why.

And as what they say, you know who are your true friends when you are not in your best state. With that, I wanna thank a lot of people.

Thanks to these two early birds (I mean visitors) who just came out from work and went directly to the hospital.

Thanks to this guy who entertained not just me but also my visitors. (Side effect sa walay tulog. Haha)

Thanks to Francis for dropping by. Naglakaw tawn ni siya from Ground to 9th Floor. ๐Ÿ™‚ Si Toj ready to go na para makauli and makatulog. ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks Chinkee sa pagbisita bisan way tulog. Nakaingon na sad si Mama nimo ron nga nagtagay ka. Haha

 

Thanks bessy Neil for visiting. Last day na siya nivisit kay natagbaw pa siya’g pangita sa iyaang ID. Maayo na lang jud nakaagi ug nakapanguros sa simbahan. Nakit an ra. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks to my first, last and daily visitor. Just because sa hospital siya nagwork, so wa siya’y choice. ๐Ÿ˜›

Thanks to these people, Tropang Laagan for being there always for me. Happy or sad, up or down, healthy or sick, laag or kaon or tagay. Always. Thanks sa gikan nagwork, sa mowork, sa moduty. Thanks sad sa sige’g chat to check if kumusta nako. Salamat sa concern guys. โค

Thanks Fujitsu Family for visiting bisan layo ang office. Lami bya kaayo mo og lunch. Magtan-aw nalang ko ani next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks Ante Clara for always looking after us and taking care namo. Bisan nabiyaan na nimo sa balay kay naa ka sa ospital.

Thanks to my Superwoman of a mother, Mama Cora. For traveling from home to the city kay worry kaayo ka. Thanks for always being the savior and sa pagcare and support.ย 

Thank you to Ate Jane sa pagkuyog sayo sa buntag sa ospital, sa pagbantay bisan kuwang og tulog kay sige ko og mata-mata.

Thank you also to my father, brother and Ate Porcia, the whole family for the care and concern.

Thank you friends, well wishers, prayer warriors ug sa tanang nag message sa akoa. Salamat kaayo.

Thanks a lot for your concern and care, guys. Appreciate it a lot. Love you all. :*

 

 

 

Reliving childhood in HK Disneyland

It is always a girl’s dream to be a princess, live in a castle and meet Prince Charming. Right?

But we all know that it could not happen for everyone.ย And as we grow older, we face reality and realize that this will forever be a dream and only happens in the movies.

But what if one day, we will wake up seeing this castle, the Princesses and Princes are right in front of us. That will surely make us bring back to our childhood days and relive our dreams years back.

This is what happened to me whenย me, my then-boyfriend and my new found friends (his HS classmates) visited Hong Kong Disneyland last July 2016 (sorry super late ๐Ÿ™‚ many had changed. haha). The trip was instant to celebrate the birthday Marvz.

How to purchase the ticket

But before making this happen, we did purchase a ticket first online.

By the way, tickets can be purchased online (Hong Kong Disneyland) and the voucher will be sent through an email. This voucher will be used to redeem the ticket on that day in Disneyland itself.

You may also purchase the ticketย at Disneyland on the day you will be visiting. You just have to fall in line. And most of the time, the line is long especially during weekends and holiday.

Alright! This is it! Let’s go!

Attractions

  • Toy Story Land
    • Toy Soldier Parachute Drop
    • Slinky Dog Spin
    • RC Racer
    • Barrel of Fun
  • Mystic Point
    • Mystic Manor
    • Garden of Wonders
  • Grizzly Gulch
    • Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars
    • Geyser Gulch
  • Adventure Land
    • Festival of the Lion King
    • Rafts to Tarzan’s Treehouse
    • Tarzan’s Treehouse
    • Jungle River Cruise
    • Liki Tikis
  • Main Street, U.S.A
    • Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad – Main Street Station
    • Main Street Vehicles
    • Animation Academy
    • Art of Animation
    • Magic Access Member Service Center
    • City Hall
  • Frozen Village
    • Frozen Festival Show
    • Frozen Festival Square
    • Frozen Processional
  • Fantasyland
    • Sleeping Beauty Castle
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    • Cinderella Carousel
    • Hong Kong Railroad – Fantasyland Station
    • Fantasy Gardens
    • Mad Hatter Tea Cups
    • “it’s a small world”
    • The Golden Mickeys
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    • Snow White Grotto
  • Tomorrow Land
    • Space Mountain
    • Stitch Encounter
    • Orbitron
    • UFO Zone
    • Autopia
    • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

In each area, there are restaurants and souvenir shops. But remember that it’s kinda expensive inside Disneyland. So, if you are on a tight budget, better bring some foods and drinks from the hotel.

During our visit, we haven’t tried everything but still it was worth it.

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definitely! no one has gone to Disneyland without taking a photo at the entrance ๐Ÿ™‚

And of course, your experience will not be completed without Mickey!

I think Disneyland = Mickey and Mickey = Disneyland!

Upon entering Disneyland, we can see Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

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First stop isย Tommorowland. Since we went to the right first.

We just took some photos in Tommorowland. We did not try any ride because most of those are for kids.

Main Street U.S.A

ย (the whole street in Disneyland where you have to pass to go to the other attractions)

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there was a parade

Toy Stoyland

 

Fantasyland

it’s a small world

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Mad Hatter Tea Cups

The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh

Then, we went to the Fantasy Gardens where we met some of the Disney Characters and took a photo with them.

I think Pooh is on a diet that’s why he is sad. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Isn’t it cute that Mickey will fetch Minnie during their break and they will walk hand in hand? Awww… So sweet!

This is Goofy, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s Pluto.

Benny & Wilber with Goofy, me & Jonie with Pooh and the birthday girl, Marvz with the one and only Mickey ๐Ÿ˜‰

Adventure Land

Rafts to Tarzan’s Treehouse

Tarzan’s Treehouse

Grizzly Gulch

We tried this Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars ride. It is like a roller coaster. And I am not fond of that ride but I enjoyed this experience. I was really shouting the whole time. Hahaha!

We also tried their train ride from all those lands. However, we were not able to visit Frozen Village because we were running out of time.

But the best part of this visit aside from meeting those Disney characters is the Fantasy Parade. It is the time when the visitors can see all the Disney characters on the float and there were also people dancing on the road. Such a wonderful thing to witness.

When you are in Hong Kong, do not forget to visit Disneyland. Because missing it will not make you trip complete. The experience seems to give out the child within us. We were reliving those childhood memories. We were able to see that fantasy in our bare eyes. And we gained memories that we will cherish and will tell to every kid that we are going to meet. ๐Ÿ™‚

I believe Marvz did really have a wonderful and memorable birthday because she is in Disneyland. And indeed, it is the happiest place on earth.

A trip to the Land of K Drama and Kimchi, South Korea

Nowadays, Korean Dramas have already gain too much popularity in the country. Many follow those telenovelas or movies or even the K Pop groups. Many goย gagaย with how cute these Koreans are and how beautiful their shows. Many would even live like them by buying their foods, following their trends in terms of clothes, using their cosmetics, learning their language, and so on and so forth.

And so, the dream of going to their country had been born. But, what you can find in Korea is more than those popular celebrities. There are more to see and look forward to this beautiful country. Not just kimchi and ramen but a lot of different foods. The culture, the history, the tourist destinations that may include the shooting locations of those K Dramas, the shopping centers, and especially the people.

Just recently, me, my sister and her friend went to South Korea. And now, I am sharing to you our experiences.

Let us start with our journey in acquiring the Korean Visa. Then, our exciting trip from Cebu to South Korea. Our day 1 is spent in the beautiful Nami Island, Petite France and N Seoul Tower. On our day 2, we visited Gyeongbokgung Palace, witnessed the changing of guards in Gwanghwamun Gate and said a prayer of thanks at Myeongdong Cathedral. Day 3 is only for Everland to experience the extreme rides, see the various animals and take a look on their wonderful Rose Garden plus the amazing parade and fireworks display. Lastly, before heading home to Cebu, we went to Jeju Island on our Day 4.

I hope it will help you planning on your trip. Have fun! And do not forget to leave a comment. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Day 4: Jeju Island plus Trip to Cebu

On our Day 4, we will be going to the famous Jeju Island. This is known for the location of some Korean Dramas. That’s why many would like to visit here. Of course, aside from the beautiful spots.

According to my friend Wikipedia,ย Jeju Islandย (ย previouslyย Cheju-do) is the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, and the main island of Jeju Province of South Korea. The island lies in the Korea Strait,ย south of South Jeolla Province. The island contains the natural World Heritage Site Jeju Island Volcanic and Lava Tubes.

We were able to buy an airplane ticket at Jeju Air. It costs us KRW 75, 2000 or around Php 3,500. Seems like were going to Manila from Cebu and back & forth. ๐Ÿ˜€

We got the first flight which is at 6:25AM and will arrive in Jeju at 7:30AM.

We started our journey from our hotel at around 3AM since Gimpo Airport is more or less an hour away. We hired a taxi to the airport since the train is not yet open at that time. Unfortunately, when we reached at the airport, it was still closed. We waited for an hour outside in a super cold weather (maybe 19 degrees Celcius or less).

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They opened at 5AM and that was the time we were able to get inside and went to the check in counter. The check in process was not that hassle or long. After that, we went to the departure lounge and waited for the boarding time.

 

The boarding started at 6AM and departed a few minutes after that.

Since we didn’t sleep that night, we were all sleeping throughout the flight.

We arrived in landed in Jeju Airport at around 7:30AM. Then headed straight to claim our baggage. After that, we went out and look for the bus that would take us to our hotel, Olle Tourist Hotel.

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We travelled for approximately an hour from the airport to the hotel. The hotel is just beside the highway and can be easily found.

This is our room.

We just rested and changed for a while then headed out to explore Jeju Island.

The view from the room.

During this trip, we were not able to visit those destinations that tourists usually go because we did not have enough time. In addition, those destinations are far from each other. We did not book a tour as well. The only means of getting around the island are either hiring a taxi or riding the bus which follows a route and schedule.

However, the good thing is that we were able to see how the local people live. We witnessed the local community that tourists usually overlooked and left unnoticed.

Sharing with you here some of the moments we had in the province in the short time that we were there.

Jeju has a lot of tall buildings, wide roads but no traffic coz there are only few cars.

Night time in Jeju.

Me and my sister went out strolling and having an afternoon lunch along the way.

The next day, our flight will depart at 11AM and arrive in Gimpo Airport at 12:10PM. We checked out in the hotel at around 8:30AM and decided to take the bus. We went to the bus station across our hotel thinking that the bus (with the same bus number that we rode yesterday) will go to the airport. Unfortunately, as we were getting far from the station, we noticed that the area was not familiar. When we asked the driver, he told us that it will not go to the airport. So we decided to get off and hired a taxi. We were already worried because we were almost late for the check in time.

Jeju’s own version of buffet. What they served were all vegetables.

The train station that we went to.

Fortunately, when we arrive in the airport with all our running skills, we were able to check in. Thank God!

We boarded at around 9:45AM and arrived in Gimpo past 12NN.

We were able to reach our hotel in Seoul,ย Hostel Korea Original, almost 1PM. They allowed us to extend our check out time to 1PM (supposedly it was 12NN) because we won’t be using the room for one night and the owners are really nice and accommodating.

We just packed and changed then checked out. Me and my sister went out for a while in the nearest mart and bakeshop to buy something for our family in Cebu.

We departed from the hotel to Incheon International Airport at around 5PM. The travel time is more than 1 hour. We chose to take the train because our flight is still far and it is cheaper yet convenient.

We arrived at 6PM in the airport and headed straight to check in. But before that, we looked for the convenience store wherein we can return the T Money Card. But, since the refund is small then we decided not to pursue with it. Then we bought foods for our dinner. And we saw a crowd with media taking videos and photos. We found out that they were the football team of Korea which just arrived.

Our flight then departed Korea at 10:15PM (Korea Time) and arrived in Cebu at 1:40AM (Philippine Time) or 2:40AM (Korea Time).

That ends our South Korea Trip! The whole experience has a whirlwind of emotions from nerve-breaking VISA processing to the exciting preparations to the fun, memorable and lovely moments to the bittersweet feeling of leaving the country to the accomplishment. Everything has been surreal. It seems we won’t make it but we did. And we have our family and friends who have been so supported of us.

Until next trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

Gamsahamnida, Korea! It was indeed a travel that we will always cherish.

DAY 3: Everland

Every childโ€™s dream is to be in Disneyland and meet the Disney Princess and other Disney characters that they love. But South Korea does not have Disneyland. However, they have this theme park which will make every children, teens, & adults enjoy. You will not encounter those Disney Princesses, Winnie The Pooh or other characters but you have the chance to meet different animals like elephants, tigers, lions, etc., and experience the adventure and extreme rides like the wooden roller coaster.

Like any other theme park, Everland is located almost two hours away from Seoul. If you are on a budget, you can take the train and bus. But if you want to have a hassle free trip, you can book a tour with your hotel or other booking sites. We did book through Klook. The package includes a roundtrip transfer and the entrance fee. The whole trip takes a whole day from the pickup time at 10:40AM in Dongdaemun Design Plaza Station (there are other pickup points but this is the closest to our hotel) and you will be dropped off again at around 10PM in the same place.

We departed from our hotel at around 9AM since Dongdaemun is just near. We arrived at the station and were wondering why it seems it is just the 3 of us. We were worried that we might went to a wrong station. Fortunately, there is an old man sitting in the area. We approached him and asked if it is the station for Klook. Sad to say, he cannot speak English. With this Korean attitude of being helpful, he looked for another person and asked until there are around 3-4 people talking just to help us. And then, there are people arriving and we were on the same trip. Thanks God! And Gumawo to those helpful Koreans.

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That is the Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

At around 10AM, a lady arrived and approached us one by one. She is the tour guide who will accompany and give instructions regarding the tour. She will just drop us off, then help us get inside the park, give instructions and orientations then pick us up at the same area by 10PM.

After more or less 2 hours travel, we finally arrived in Everland.

Then right after giving us the ticket, map & instructions, she bid goodbye and we then get inside the park.

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The girl standing is our guide.

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The map and the ticket that we should not lost.

One thing to notice when you are in the park is that there are beautiful flowers everywhere. Plus that lovely music playing all over the place.

Our first destination is the Zootopia.

Upon entering, you will be greeted with the Panda World signage. We just took some photo but did not go there. Instead we headed straight and we were brought to the Bird Paradise.

You will be welcomed by the angry looking owl and a Korean speaking parrot. Isnโ€™t that cool? ๐Ÿ˜€

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Then information about why birds fly and what is a bird are being posted also for the visitorsโ€™ knowledge. And saw different kinds of bird.

When we went out from Bird Paradise, we saw the Lion King relaxing under the tree.

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Across him is the house of the Polar Bear.

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Then, there were Jackass Penguins.

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After that, we went to our next stop which is the Safari World. In here, we will be riding on a bus to tour around and see those different types of animal.

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Then, we went to Lost Valley.

While walking to where we can ride, we found other animals.

When we were about to get in the bus/boat, the staff was singing and dancing. They look really cute.

Then, we saw different animals until our bus transformed into a boat. Hahaha!

I did enjoy these rides so far.

Next stop is the Amazon Express. We will be riding a boat around the river.

When we arrived, it was also the time that the staff were dancing. Unfortunately, I was not able to take a video.

Then, when it was our turn, we were guided to the โ€œboatโ€ then place with a cover for our stuff not to get wet.

I have tried riding something like this in Enchanted Kingdom and we really got wet. Good thing, they provided us with a cover here. We cannot afford to get our stuff especially the cameras wet.

We just enjoyed the whole ride turning around, getting some splash and just laughing.

But, while I was checking the videos in the Go Pro later that day, I saw elephants behind us. That was so cool!

 

Since it was almost lunch time, we went out looking for a place to eat. We went walking around until we arrived to our second destination.

The Global Fair.

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In there, we found the Food Fair in Alpine Village. Me and my sister got in and ordered our food. It is kinda expensive but the serving is big and super delicious. It is totally worth it.

 

While we had our lunch, Ate Tzhe went and rode the T Express. She was really excited to try it and decided to ride first before eating as she might throw up all the food. ๐Ÿ˜€

Wondering what a T Express is? It is a wooden roller coaster. Actually, it is the steepest ride in the world with a top speed of 104 kph at a 77-degree angle. Imagine that! Really! Only the roller coaster lovers and the brave hearts will try this one. This can be found in the European Adventure which is just near the Global Fair.

After the ride, Ate Tzhe went back to the Food Fair with a face of suc

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This is the T Express.

cess and excitement.

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Achievement unlocked and bucket list checked look!

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Congrats, Ate Tzhe!

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She ate while telling us how’s her experience. Totally scary! heehe

Then, we went inside the Alpine Village and took some photos.

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Our Third destination is in European Adventure.

We tried the Rotating House wherein the house appears upside down. It made me dizzy and felt sick because of all those stuff turning around.

Next is the Space Tour. It is another 3D experience for us. We were watching the Hotel Transylvania movie.

Next is the Four Seasons Garden. It is still part of the European Adventure.

Here you will find different types and colours of flower. There is also a big stage for the show later that day. Then there is a big colourful tree called the Romantic Tower Tree. There is also a Miniature Garden.

 

But, the best part for me is the Rose Garden. A garden of thousands of real roses in various colour and sizes.

My mother and aunt will certainly love this place.

After that, we went to the cable car station to ride going to our fourth stop, the American Adventure.

While falling in line, we saw this cute Korean kid. His grandfather (I assume) was kind enough to let us took photo of the baby.

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Isn’t he cute?

Then, we found these while riding.

When we got there, we went inside the Pride of Korea. This is a place for the visitors to learn the things about Korea from their rich history to their different leaders and there is also a monitor where you can take a test. Then, there is a VR show about the Korean culture/history. We also did try their virtual Hanbok wearing which you can save and send a copy to your email.

After that, we went out and look for foods to eat because we were getting hungry and it was getting dark (around 7PM).

Ate Tzhe bought some hotdogs then we walked down to the direction of the Grand Parade. Then, we passed by the Double Rock Spin ride where the visitors were shouting. If you will ride on it, you will really shout because you will spin four times at a height of 20 meters. There is also the Hurricane where you will still spin.

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Double Rock Spin

Then, me and my sister bought foods from KFC.

After that, we headed back to European Adventure to witness the amazing and jaw dropping Moonlight Parade. During this time, the lights in the street will be turned off to give way to the floats that were decorated with hundreds to thousands of colourful lights. There are also people dancing on their colourful costumes.

Then, we went back to the garden for the one of a kind and the best fireworks display ever.

But while waiting for that, we went around to take a picture at the Romantic Tower Tree and the Musical LED Rose Garden. This LED Rose Garden is like the 10K Roses here in Cebu except that it came in different colours (which the colour changes from time to time) and there are a lot of them too.

Finally, the time for the firework display arrived. We ran to the stair in front of the Romantic Tower Tree. What I love about it is that it came with a story and the lighting effects of the stage & the fountain. Plus the fireworks were totally wonderful and unique. This is the highlight of the trip. Everyone coming to Everland should wait for this. It happens daily except for some reasons.

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After that, everyone were walking fast to go out and go back home or to where they were staying in South Korea. For the three of us, we went to where the bus parked that morning. There we found our guide.

After 2 hours of travelling, we finally arrived in Dongdaemun Design Plaza Station. We just walked going back to the hotel since it is just near.

And that ends our Day 3. We just have to prepare our stuff for our super early trip to Jeju Island the next day.

BORACAY: What can you say?

Have you been to Boracay before it has been this popular to each and every person in the universe? Where you can still find peace and less party. Well, if you say that you did, you are lucky. But if not, then we (including me) missed something beautiful.

Boracay has been a luxury and at the same time, most of the people’s dream destination. An airplane ticket costs much that it is better to spend it to more useful thing. And I am one of those people who wished to visit this island.

If you would asked me 7 to 10 years ago if where or how to get there, I could not even say a word. You know why? Because I have no idea. Literally, no idea. Zero. Hahaha!

But as of today, I have been to Boracay three or four times within this year and a couple of times every year since 2013. Thanks to my work though. Of all those times, I just visited the island once for a personal trip and the rest is for work. Call me blessed! ๐Ÿ˜€

Actually, I just got home today from the island since Tuesday. And I have a lot of things to say based on what I have observed and experienced.

  1. There are many tourists visiting the island even if the weather these past few days has been bad and unpredictable. More tourists only mean that more income and good for the country’s tourism.
  2. The patience of the people in the island. Traffic is real because there are many vehicles already yet the road is small to accommodate everyone. But I really admire how patient the people are. They will not complain if there is a tricycle who will stop to unload or load a passenger. They give and take. They understand about each other’s needs. And that is important.
  3. The locals are friendly. If it is your first time in the island, definitely you will not have a problem going around. You can always ask for help and they are willing to. Some can understand Bisaya while mostly, they speak Tagalog and English.
  4. The island is safe, I could say. Maybe because the tourism police is everywhere checking everyone. They have a huge concern especially to the tourists. Any complain that you have as long as it is valid especially regarding the tour/activities, you can escalate it to the tourism police. They will be glad to assist you. Those tour coordinators are afraid of them and so, you have an assurance that you won’t be fooled.
  5. Many things can be done in the island whether it is raining or sunny.ย  There is a long list of activities in the island from island hopping to beach bumming to ATV riding to cliff jumping to scuba diving to eating to partying to just strolling around to taking photos to sunbathing to sunset viewing, etc. If it is sunny and the weather is good, you can do all these stuff and more. But if it is rainy and windy, then there are few activities that cannot be done. Yet you can still have fun. I have been to the island both the rainy and summer seasons.
  6. Many tourists could also mean more traffic and more garbage. Imagine how many bags of garbage will they produce everyday and how to dispose it.
  7. Many buildings and resorts are being constructed. The island has been damaged because of the people (especially the business minded one).ย  They keep on destroying the nature to free up the space for a new resort to be built. You can see more infrastructure than nature. The essence of being an island has almost been lost. Maybe the government should stop giving permits and just stick to the resorts now.
  8. The cost of living is high. Everything is expensive from foods to fruits, etc. They have fast food chains in the island (in fact there are a lot already) but the prices are way more expensive than from Cebu or other places. The fruits are expensive. Imagine, one kilo of mangosteen costs Php 300 while the mango is Php 230. The price is too much I believe. Unless, exporting or bringing these to the island really cost a lot then that is fine. But, I am more concern of the local people who live in the island and earn the minimum wage that is lower than in Cebu. If they will eat in those fast food chains, then it will cost them more. Yet, I am not sure how this can be addressed because two prices (one for the local residents and one for the tourists) would be not appropriate to do. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

I think everyone of us would want for the best for Boracay. It is the pride of our country. It was even known as the Best Island in the World. And being called that means big to all of us. It means that we have a gem in this country. We own a diamond, a gold. And like any gem, diamond and gold; it is expensive but you have to take good care of it. Or else it might be taken away from you.

Like Boracay, we all need to be responsible as a local resident and as a tourist. Let us stop damaging the nature. Let us throw the garbage properly. And help protect the island and avoid it from being destroyed.

Because what we do now will have its result in the future. We will not feel the consequence of our actions today. But the time will come and it will surely happen. And when that day will come, all we can do is regret. We will cry and blame ourselves for the irresponsibility and abusive we did. Yet it can’t do anything anymore. It won’t change the drastic outcome.

So, while we can still do something and avoid it, let us help one another.

Let us keep Boracay the best island in the world. For real. Forever. Without Mother Earth suffering. ๐Ÿ˜‰

P.S. Share the things that you can say also about Boracay. Either your experiences if you have been there or your expectations if you haven’t.

Day 3: Advance Water Rafting and Trip to UBEC

Rise and shine, Cagayan de Oro!

Wow! How time flies so fast. Our vacation is about to end. But, in all honesty, it seems that we were traveling for a week. Maybe because we were able to visit many destinations and there are a lot of things that happened.

The places that we visited, the experiences that we had and the people we met in the past two days made our trip memorable, fun and one for the book. We will always be grateful to The Harwarts and Ontanillas Family for everything and making our trip possible.

However it did not end there. Let us add to that. This time is an adventure that each one of us will surely be proud of that we survived safe and sound. I know that you know what it was. Of course, it is the title of this blog post. Hahaha!

But how the activity went and what we can say about it will be what I am going to talk about in this post.

So yeah! Our last activity on our last day is the Water Rafting. This is my second time. My first was last June 2013 still with my friends. We did the Lower Section or the Beginner Water Rafting.

Where to book?

If I am not wrong, there are three companies that organize Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro. There isย Kagay, Bugsayย andย Great White Rafting. You can check their website for the rates and schedule. But based on my research, their rate is most likely just the same.

What Company did we choose?

It took me quite some time to finalize my mind and book for the activity. I have been researching and comparing these companies over and over again. But, I ended up booking at Kagay. Why? Simply because we already had a wonderful experience with them. During our last rafting, we also booked with Kagay. And so far, we have nothing bad to say about it. Plus, they are very accommodating and responsive.

What levels are available and what did we choose?

There are three levels of the rafting. The lower section that has 14 rapids, the middle section with 24 rapids and upper section with 14 more difficult rapids.

We chose the middle section or the Advanced Course since half of us experienced the lower section already and the rest were too excited and adventurous.

When is our schedule?

Supposedly, our schedule is on our Day 1 right after we arrive CDO. But because we have a friend who asked me if we can move the activity to either Sunday or Monday since he will go to CDO on Sunday. So, yes! We chose to have the activity on our last day (Monday) in the morning so that we have enough time before our flight.

How long is the rafting?

The Advanced Course or Middle Section took us 3 hours to finish.

How is the experience?

There are different types of rapids that we passed through. There are easy and manageable and there are also scary that we stopped paddling and just held to the rope in the raft. Hahaha!

But, the rapids are not the only thing exciting about the activity. The beautiful river, trees, birds, the fresh air, the calmness and wildness of the river, the relaxation, the time to swim and cliff jump, all the High Paddles, the stop, forward paddle, and even the stubborn friends. Everything made the whole experience one-of-a-kind that we can narrate to everyone over and over again without getting tired. Plus the idea that we are in a river that connects Bukidnon (on our right) and Cagayan de Oro (on our left). Along the way, you can also get a glimpse on how the people in the area live. We passed that area where people need to cross a rope from Bukidnon side to CDO then climb on a ladder made of bamboo and tire.

Ooopppsss! It seems I have been talking too much already when I am still in the beginning of the blog. ๐Ÿ˜›

So, how did everything go?

Let us start with waking up at 6:30AM and had a morning swim. Actually, only Toj did it. Our schedule pick up time is at 8AM.

After swimming, relaxing, packing our clothes because we will check out already and changing to our rafting clothes, we went to Jollibee Georgetown. They will supposedly pick us up at Middleton Apartelle. But, we asked them to pick us up at Jollibee because we need to buy our breakfast.

When we arrived there, the jeepney that will take us to the starting point of the activity was already there waiting for us. We just bought the foods and then hop on to the jeepney. All of us except Maizel joined the activity. Actually, Howell won’t supposedly join but he did not have a choice because we need to reach the minimum requirement of 6 persons. Otherwise, we will pay for the 6th person. So, thanks to Howell for joining even if you are tired driving us around and to Maizel for letting him join when he should be accompanying you to the hospital. ๐Ÿ˜€

The trip from the city to the starting point takes about an hour. You can pass an area of buildings, trees, cliff and even the check point of the soldiers. We finished eating, talking and some were able to sleep yet we still did not reach our destination. That’s how far it is. Hahaha!

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Hey, bee! Thanks for making me happy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, while we were on our way to the starting point, we were asked to sign the waiver. This is a dangerous activity and so, waiver is required.

A couple of minutes later, we stopped and welcomed by a breathtaking view. A chocolate like river. It’s dark brown this time because it kept on raining. It only means that the rapids will be more difficult and the current will be stronger.

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I will not miss this chance to have a photo before the challenge. ๐Ÿ˜›

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The calm before the storm. The excitement before the action. ๐Ÿ˜€

Before we can hop on our raft, we need to be briefed by the guide on the rules and rescue procedure during the activity. He taught us how to use the paddle and the commands that they will use. Everyone seriously listened to the instructions. Then, we were asked to try paddling using the commands.

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Before we can move to our first rapid, we need to try how to paddle.

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This is it, guys! Let’s do this.

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Hello to our first rapid. Not so bad though. ๐Ÿ˜›

Of course, it is not always about passing through the rapids. There are also times that the river is calm. We used this time to relax and prepare for the next rapid.

We can also jump off the raft and swim but we need to follow the instruction given earlier and not to go far though the current is really strong. However, the hardest part is getting back the raft. Really a struggle! ๐Ÿ˜€

Hello rapids again!

The looks of a success after passing the rapids. But the game is not yet over!

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Wondering if where I am?

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So, I am in this Kayak with the photographer/rescuer. Toj did try riding this first then I followed. The best part was that I was able to pass the rapid (above photo) with this. Imagine how scary it was. But totally fun and one for the book. ๐Ÿ˜€ Bucketlist checked! ๐Ÿ˜›

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If I am not wrong, this was the rapid.

Then, we were allowed again to jump off the raft. But again, going back is totally hard.

But, Howell and Chinkee did notย  join us.

We swam towards this big rock and have that jump shot.

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I climbed on the rock but jumping is not really my thing. Hahaha!

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But Chinkee’s feeling at that moment was the best. Chillin’ like the boss. ๐Ÿ˜€

What a nice splash! Followed by the calm river.

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The smile of the survivors.

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We made it, guys! Thanks to Kagay for the super fun experience. Thanks to the one who oriented us, Kuya Arlan, to our guide, Kuya Allan and to our photographer, Kuya Dodong.ย 

After that, we went to Kagay Office to get the CD where the photos &videos were stored and asked for a favor to take a bath. Maizel was already waiting for us there.

Then, we had our lunch at Redtail Shrimp & Moreย in their branch near Mallberry Suites Hotel. They also have a branch at Velez St.

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All set for our delicious lunch. Yuuuum!

Our last stop before heading to the airport is at Vjandep Bakeshop to buy the famous pasalubong, Pastel.

Afterwards, we went straight to the airport. The passengers were all sleeping (Howell is driving the car). It seems they really got tired from the rafting. (Supposedly, I will post the photo of them sleeping but I don’t want to ruin their image. Kidding! Hahaha!)

Maize & Howell dropped us off at Laguindingan Airport then they headed back to CDO.

The 5 of us then proceeded to the check in counter for the check in process and was informed that our flight will be delayed for approximately 2 hours. WHAAAAATTTTTT????

Our flight was at 7PM and if be delayed for 2 hours, then new ETA is 9PM. Wow! It means that we will arrive Cebu at around 10PM. Too late! But we don’t have a choice because that is the only flight left. So, Toj & Jessie just asked for a Certificate from Cebu Pacific which they can show to their managers why they will be absent.

When we were in the departure lounge and waiting for the flight or any announcement regarding it, I was hoping that it might just be a few minutes delay. Unfortunately, it was really 2 hours. What happened was that the airplane that will take us to Cebu is coming from Davao.
The route seems to be like this: Cebu -> CDO -> Davao -> CDO -> Cebu -> CDO -> Davao -> CDO -> Cebu. It only means that one delay from any of this flight could cause the delay of the rest. Unfortunately, our flight is the last.

Since we cannot do anything than wait, we just occupied ourselves from anything so that we don’t get bored and stuff like that. Some were eating, surfing the net, walking here and there, etc. Until the crew announced that they are serving snacks. Then when we lined up, they gave cup noodles and bottled water.

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Maybe, we should be thankful that they provided this. Even though it was never our fault. However, I hope they could be more generous and provided the passengers dinner instead since it’s past the meal time. Anyway, we just bought our dinner from the stalls in the airport. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the positive note, we had a great 3-day vacation and whatever challenges we encountered, these were all worth it in exchange to the experiences and memories we created together.

When travelling, it is not always being on your comfort zone. We should expect the unexpected and leave our comforts at home. We need to spread our wings and fly without worrying where to land. What matters most is the story we can tell when we go back to the comfort of our home. ๐Ÿ˜‰

TIPS! (Still have though heheh)

  1. Booked and reserved ahead to what company or organizer are you going to avail the Water Rafting activity.
  2. They also offer tour packages that include Dahilayan. If you want to, you can check their rates on this as well. It can be seen on their website.
  3. Prepare for the activity. Have an enough sleep and rest. The activity is really tiring and needs energy especially when paddling during rapids.
  4. Bring water and foods. You need the water during the activity. As you might get thirsty. The foods are important after the activity.
  5. You can leave your stuff in the jeepney. Somebody from the team will be left on the jeepney to guard the things.
  6. Listen and follow the guide. They know what they are doing and they know what is the best, so always listen carefully and follow religiously. One mistake might ruin the whole experience. And it is kinda dangerous.
  7. Wear sunblock but do not apply on the forehead as it might flow down to your eyes.
  8. Be a responsible citizen. Do not throw garbage in the river and its surrounding. Let us all help in maintaining the cleanliness of the river especially that there are people who are depending in there.
  9. Enjoy every moment. Whether you are passing through the rapids or swimming or just relaxing on the calm water. It might only happen once so grab the chance. Leave without regrets. As long as you are all safe.
  10. Do not forget for the captured moments. The photographer usually stopped near the rapids. Stolen shots are the best but you can still give your desired pose when the water is calm.
  11. They can provide the copy of the photos and videos but on a certain amount. The CD is cheaper than the Flash Drive (USB). You can get it immediately at their office after the activity.
  12. Redtail restaurant is a must try. They served delicious yet not so expensive foods.
  13. Vjandep bakeshop has many branches within the city. If you do not have enough time, you can drop by their branch in going to the airport.
  14. Traffic in CDO especially in going to the airport can be real at some time. So better leave the city with more than enough time. Or else you will end up panicking and wondering if you can still catch your flight.
  15. Laguindingan Airport’s Terminal Fee is already included in the ticket just recently. Please no stupid jokes in the airport.

With this, I want to thank again the Maize, Howell and Ontanillas Family for everything that they had done and extended during this trip. To our parents for letting us go with the trip (though sometimes, they do not have a choice). To our bosses for approving our VLs. To all the people we had met (from the restaurant to our destinations to the hotel to the rafting to the stores to the airport). Lastly, thanks to the Tropang Laagan people for making it possible (nahitabo jud sa wala’y pagduha-duha).

Until next time everyone! ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 2: MN Farms, Squash Mountain, Lake Apo, Hotel de Susana Resort and Middleton Apartelle

Good morning, Bukidnon!๐ŸŒžโ›ฐ

Wow! I really love waking up in the province with fresh air, peaceful surrounding and just hearing the dogs barking or the cows mooing or the people talking. No pollution! No traffic! And no noise from the cars. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

We have a lot of activities to do in our Day 2. We started it by harvesting Rambutan from one of the trees in the farm. Everybody was excited and tried doing it (except me because the stick is so heavy for my thin arms ๐Ÿ˜œ).

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The happy kids after harvesting. FarmVille Level 01 Unlocked! ๐Ÿ˜›

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But it did not stop there! We just asked permission to get Rambutan but when we saw this tree of Tamarind, we had a stopped and got some. Sorry maize! ๐Ÿ™‚โœŒ๐Ÿป

After harvesting, having our breakfast and talking with Maize’s father, Tatay Mario, we went to our first stop for the day and third for the whole trip. It is called the Squash Mountain. If there are lots of squash, we don’t know. But if it is beautiful, we believe so it is a yes! This is what we saw in the FB. Hehehe.

But before we can step on the mountain, we have to travel for about 20 minutes to reach there. The only thing you can see is a field of either sugarcane or rice or pineapple. And it is such a good experience being able to pass the road like this. It is not an everyday opportunity though.๐Ÿ˜‰

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This is Squash Mountain from afar. It looks beautiful and so green. And it seems that it is not a long trek but if the trek is easy or not, let us all find out. ๐Ÿ™‚

The trek was not that long. Maybe, it was just 10 minutes. But it is not an easy trek and kinda tiring. It is so steep and there is just a small walkway to take. One missed step and you might end up with a bruise or a wound and have to pick up yourself at the foot of the mountain. ๐Ÿ™‚

These photos were taken during the time that we stopped and rested for a little while. Unluckily, we were not able to bring water.๐Ÿ˜“

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This is one of the views from the top. Actually, you can have a 360 degrees view from the top. Unfortunately, I only have a video of it and I cannot upload it here.

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This is our mandatory group picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

After a couple of minutes on the top, enjoying the view and taking pictures, we headed back to the house.

If getting to the top is hard, going down is much harder. You have to walk slowly and with care. Or else you will really end up in the finish line the fastest but the most painful way. Howell had wounds because he slipped. Jessie ended up with a damaged slippers. Chinkee sat on the ground a few times. It is just me, Tatay and Toj who did not have any bloopers. ๐Ÿ˜› Maybe because Toj was wearing a pair of shoes (the shoes that he bought just for this activity and will throw after! Kidding! Hahaha), Tatay is becoming a mountaineer (with all the lovely ladies accompanying him! :D) and I have a Go Pole that I used as a support when it’s kinda hard (just like the crutch!Poor pole. :P).

So if you are confused why it is called Squash Mountain, we are too. At first! Hahaha. Because there is no squash in the mountain. Not even one. But Howell explained it to us. The form of the mountain is like a squash. It looks more like it when it is summer and the grass becomes brown. Indeed, it is.

When we got back to the house, we then took a bath and prepared our things because we will go to CDO after in Valencia. So we need to bring all our stuff.

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This is Tristan a.k.a Longlong. The nephew of Maizel. He was camera shy. ๐Ÿ˜€

Before heading out, we went to thank the family especially the parents of Maizel for the warm welcome and wonderful accommodation. We just asked permission that we will go because we will still see later that afternoon.

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With us here is the loving mother of Maize, Nanay Norma โค๏ธ

We passed lots of like these in going to Lake Apo.

An hour after, we were able to reach our second destination for the day, Lake Apo, timeless distinction place.

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Here’s my trying to be a blogger who is emo pose. ๐Ÿ™‚

The entrance fee here is Php 50.00 while the floating cottage costs Php 230 plus Php 100 for the tour guide.

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Let the exploration begin. ๐Ÿ™‚

Indeed, this place is wonderful, relaxing (again :D), and instagrammable (so millenial hahaha). I hope my photos can give justice to the beauty of this place.

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The floating cottage that is available for rent.

WHAT TO DO IN LAKE APO

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  1. Fishing – you just need to rent for the fishing rod (Tatay)
  2. Take pictures – the place is both picturesque and instagrammable so take an unlimited shots as much as you want (Chinkee)
  3. Picnic and some photo under the heat of the sun – you can bring your foods and even grill then enjoy eating while cruising the lake and being surrounded by the beautiful Mother Natureย (Howell)
  4. Cruise around the lake – pull the rope in order for your cottage to move. You can either hire a guide to do it for you or do it by yourself for free (Jessie)
  5. Emote and enjoy the moment – you can just sit in the cottage and enjoy the view. Or play some playlist that can let you remember your loved one. Or just cherish the moment to be in this beautiful place once in your life. (Toj)
  6. Rest and relaxation – the place is perfect for everyone to rest and relax. You can even sleep with the cold and fresh air plus it is peaceful.
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Tropang Laagan mandatory group picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

Where Lake Apo located?

It is located inย Barangay Guinoyoran in the city of Valencia in Bukidnon Province. It can be found in a hilly area which is about 11KM from the city proper of Valencia.

Why it is called Lake Apo?

According to my friend,ย Wikipedia, its name is derived from the bisaya word “Apo” which means elder or grandparent.ย ย According to legend, there was a man living in the mountains who assaulted his granddaughter and was punished by the mountain deities for his disrespectful act by flooding the area forming the Lake Apo.

As of today, no one can determine how deep the lake is as no one has been able to reach it.

We did not stay that long in Lake Apo because Howell needs to be in Hotel de Susana Resort (our next stop) at 2:30PM.

So we went there at around 2PM, and he just dropped us off since he needed to be in the church for their nephew’s baptism. For the 5 of us, we decided to have our lunch in the restaurant. The foods were all delicious. And we stayed their for a couple of minutes before deciding to go out in the pool area for some pictorial (as always hahaha).

The Ontanillas Family was already there when we went out but we still proceeded to the pool because they were still settling down.

This is Hotel de Susana Resort in Valencia.

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They have an amazing pool and garden. ๐Ÿ™‚

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And it is instagrammable again. hehe

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Plus the sunset is so lovely here. โค

Then, Howell called us because it is eating time.

So, we did gatecrash the event plus we were given giveaways. How blessed are we. ๐Ÿ˜€

Took these photos while waiting for The Harwarts before heading to CDO. The hotel’s chandelier is beautiful too.

Then, we departed at aroung 6:30PM and arrived in CDO after 3 hours. We directly went to Middleton Apartelle in Carmen, CDO where we will stay for the night.

After arranging our stuff and changing, we went for a night swimming and the continuation of Tatay’s birthday celebration. Another night of Emperador Light plus the Rambutan plus the cake and Tatay ordered Alberto’s pizza. Burp! hahahahaha

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Their pool has 6ft, 5ft and 4ft depth.

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Swimming, drinking and eating while having some chitchat and catch up with Howell’s cousin, Kristian who we first and last met during The Harwarts wedding back in December 2015. ๐Ÿ™‚

We ended the session and decided to sleep at around 12MN because we still have an early wake up call for the most exciting and adventurous activity for the whole trip. ๐Ÿ˜‰

TIPS

  1. Hire a vehicle for the tour. It is totally difficult to reach there by commuting. You might get lost and end up looking for the place the whole time.
  2. If you want to visit Squash Mountain, it is better if you know someone from the area that can guide you in getting there. It will surely be hard to find and go.
  3. Lake Apo should be spent a longer time than we did. I believe the rent of the floating cottage is maximum of 2 hours. So if possible, use all these hours to make it worthy.
  4. Bring some foods and drinks for you to munch while cruising.
  5. Take as many pictures that you can. Getting there is hard so better take advantage of the chance that you had reached there.
  6. When in Valencia City, you can check in at Hotel de Susana Resort. They offer good foods, service and amenities.
  7. Middleton Apartelle is a perfect place for those people who is visiting CDO but wanted to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is quite far from the city and at least you can really rest.
  8. The Apartelle is perfect for big groups. The unit that we rented have 2 bedrooms.
  9. The Apartelle’s pool only operates until 11AM. After that, the security guard or staff will placed chlorine on the pool whether someone is still swimming or not. Hahaha!
  10. It is better to buy Alberto’s Pizza in their store than ordering and have it delivered. The first is I think much faster. Hahaha. (Sorry iapil na lang sad nih nako!)

Day 1: Dahilayan & Nasuli Spring

On our first day, our itinerary is to visit Dahilayan and Nasuli Spring. Dahilayan is about 3 hours from Cagayan de Oro.

But before reaching the park, we had a stopover at Del Monte in Manolo Fortich and took a photo on the big pineapple and the signage. (This is my first time to stop here and took a photo after a couple of trips here.)

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Thanks to the friendly Guard who took our picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then, our roadtrip continued…

After travelling for less than an hour, we finally arrived in Dahilayan. Dahilayan is a Barangay in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

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Dahilayan has two parks, the Dahilayan Forest Park wherein you can experience their Luge, ATV & Buggy Ride, Tree Top Adventure, hanging bridge and a park for everyone. They also offer accommodation for an overnight stay and restaurant for guests to dine.

The second park is the Dahilayan Adventure Park that includes the famous Asia’s First Longest Dual Zipline, Drop Zone, Rope Course, Python Roller Zipride and a lot more. There is also a package that includes a round-trip transfer from CDO and water rafting activity. Picnic Grove is located here where guests can rent a room for overnight stay.

You can check their sites for the rate of the rides and the accommodation. They also offer shuttle from CDO for a hassle-free trip via Magnum Express.

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This is the admission ticket to Dahilayan Forest Park that cost Php 100 each. Then, you will be stamped upon entering so that you can get in & out anytime.

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Our mandatory groufie. ๐Ÿ˜€

Then we planned to try their Buggy which costs Php 1,200 for 2 persons. As we reached the briefing station, we were asked to weigh. And so, we obliged. Unfortunately, they have a weight requirement of 110 kgs for the two persons. But, we were all overweight. Unfortunately! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ #strike01

So we went to the bridge and took a picture until Toj decided to try Zorbit. He really wanted to try it. Then, he went to the cashier booth. A few minutes later, he was running back to us and told us that they need two guests in order to do it. The bad thing is that no one wanted to try it because the rest of us was afraid that we might feel sick after. Too bad! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ #strike02

Finally, we all agreed to try the ATV ride since we can all do it except for Maize. We went back to the briefing station, they gave this paper which we need to show to the cashier for the payment and signed the waiver. After that, the staff oriented us on how to use it and the rules. Then, the two guides (one in the front and the other in the back) arrived for the trail which is 3.5KM. With the kind of environment Dahilayan have, it will surely be a wonderful experience.

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After a few minutes, we finished the ride with disappointment. The trail is amazing with all those trees and overlooking view. But, the guides are not that approachable, friendly and helpful. The ATVs are not that well maintained. Toj kept on going to the side but the guides are not that helpful to bring him back to the trail. It came to the point that I shouted for the guide in the front to help him because he just kept on telling Toj to move backwards. But how can he do it if his ATV has powered off. They did not even let us stop to take some pictures. Actually, just once because we kept on nagging the guide in the front. It seems like they are both in a hurry. That’s why we decided to write a comment at their reception. I hope they will take action on it.ย  What can I say! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ #strike03

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The only photo that our guide took.

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I took this photo while we stopped because my ATV powered off.

However, we did not let this not good experience ruined our trip. We all travelled far and we won’t let anything destroyed the fun. So, we then headed to Dahilayan Adventure Park.

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It’s my third time visiting this place and I already tried their zipline. But 3 out of 7 are first timers and Toj wanted to try the rides.

When we arrived, Toj & Maize went to the cashier booth. When Toj was about to buy the ticket of the ride he wanted to try, the window was placed with the Lunch Break signage. And so, they both came to us with Toj voicing out his disappointments and the rest of us laughing. That what friends are for, ya know. They will be open again by 1PM which is an hour away and we are all hungry.

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So, we decided to have lunch and proceed to our next stop. With Toj babbling while eating and the rest of us laughing again. Hahaha!

We had our lunch at Pinutos Restaurant. After that, we head to our next stop, Nasuli Spring in Valencia. We travelled for about 1 to 1.5 hours to get there. Since we have not taken a bath the whole day and it was already around 3:30PM, we decided to take a dip in the cold spring (Literally, cold! hehe..).

The entrance fee is Php 50 for adults. Their life jacket is for rent at Php 50 and so their salbabida or lifebuoy.

The place is serene and perfect for some relaxation especially after the disappointments we had and the sweaty feeling of not taking a bath. ๐Ÿ˜›

This lovely place welcomed us.

There are only few visitors when we got there. And we have the chance to enjoy the place.

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By the looked of these photos, we really had a great and fun time in the spring. We were able to relax, bond and freshen up at the same time.

The resort is open until 5PM only. So, we decided to just changed to dry clothes and head to our next stop before going to Maizel’s house.

Maize had to do some errands for the baptism of his nephew the next day. And we did some grocery shopping for their vitamins (meaning Emperador and Tequila) and the cake for Tatay.

Since, it will take us about 2 hours to reach MN Farms in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, we stopped in a carenderia for dinner. Their lechon manok and liempo tasted so good.

After dinner, we headed to the farm/hacienda of Maizel’s family where we will be staying. It was around 8PM when we reached there and her family was still awake.

After settling down to our room, we then planned for the surprise for Tatay. Too bad I cannot post here the video of the whole surprise but I can say that it was successful. We brought the cake with magic candles (those candles that keep on lighting unless you will put them in the water) then broke eggs on his head (5 eggs if I am not wrong and that was painful and smelly). Hahaha! But Tatay is so assuming, really assuming that the cake we bought was for him. And it seems he was expecting for the surprise except for the eggs. ๐Ÿ˜›

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This photo was taken after he took a bath after we messed up. hahaha

Then, we ended the day with some drinking and eating session while watching IT. ๐Ÿ˜€

P.S. Prior to our trip, Maizel told me that the mobile signal in their area is not that good. However, they have a Wi-Fi that we can connect to. But, I told her not to give the password to us so that we won’t be just spending our time on the phone.

And it really did happen. We were just able to use our phones to take photos. But, the good thing was that we were able to talk and bond with each other. Instead of just browsing the net or our social media and chatting or stuff like that. This is a good way to make everyone closer. ๐Ÿ™‚

After the IT movie, we decided to head back to our room and sleep. Because we cannot wait for our activity the next day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

TIPS!

  1. You can go to Dahilayan through their Shuttle service but better check the schedule and the meeting place ahead. If not, you can commute but it will gonna be hard.
  2. These tips are based on the strikes I put on a hashtag above. ๐Ÿ™‚
    1. If you want to try buggy, make sure that you and your partner will weigh 110 kilograms only. So if you have a total weight of 112kg, diet diet lang ng slight bes! hehehe
    2. If you want to try Zorbit, convince someone from your group to try it. Otherwise, convince yourself not to try it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    3. If you want to try ATV ride, negotiate with the guides before the ride that you want to have stopovers to take some shots. And that make sure of your safety always. Take it slow but sure. You will pass an area that might let you fall on the cliff or to the road below. I almost fell. Good thing was that there’s a railing. Otherwise, they will pick me up on the road below with maybe a broken leg. ๐Ÿ˜› Thanks God we were all safe. โค
    4. If you are going to Dahilayan Adventure Park, make sure that you were able to buy the tickets and take the rides before or after lunch break. Because all of them are really taking the lunch break.
    5. It is best to plan ahead on what rides you will try. But unplanned things can be fun too. Just make sure that you have enough time to try everything that you want.
  3. Use some sunscreen when you are out. Dahilayan is not so hot but still it can damage your skin being exposed from the heat of the sun.
  4. Prepare a coat or sweater in case it will really be cold.
  5. You can bring foods for lunch and snacks. I am not just sure if there is corkage or none.
  6. It is better to rent a car or van to get there so that you can follow your own time. There are many for rent vehicles in CDO that offer a tour to Dahilayan.
  7. If you are going to visit Nasuli Spring, ask ahead about how to get there. Or use Google Maps. The road going there is kinda confusing especially if it is your first time.
  8. An afternoon visit is a good time since the water is so cold.
  9. Relax and take a good dip.
  10. The roads in Bukidnon are kinda dangerous because there is this zigzag road. So make sure to always be careful when driving and not that fast.

 

And do not forget to enjoy and live the moment! You cannot be there all the time. ๐Ÿ˜‰