All Roads Lead to Davao

To date, Davao City seems the place to be and its no brainer because of incoming President Duterte.  Due to time constraint, my husband and I decided to have our honeymoon here. We rented an apartment and I planned to stay there for a month but was cut short to two weeks instead. Anyway cut short or not I think we were able to achieve its main purpose… To have a baby 🙂

We visited several places while there and this blog entry will be a brief look of how the trip goes…

1. Maxima Aqua Fun, Samal Island


The place is tiring. It took us a whole day to get, be and leave the place. We rode the barge from davao city proper to samal island which only took 10 minutes then again, rode a motorcycle for 20 minutes from the barge area to the resort itself. I am not sure of the entrance fee but I think its Php 350. There’s a lot of water activities you can do like a giant slide, banana boat etc. The food inside the resort is limited so I suggest you bring your own food and drinks. There are rooms for rent available overnight too. They have their own barge too that can take you to the city proper, but it has a limited schedule only.

I enjoyed the place, but mostly because I was super high from being a new wife. But let me tell you going back and forth to slide and stairs is worth it.

2. Davao Crocodile Park 




It speaks for itself. Crocodiles everywhere! Small, medium, large to gigantic Lolong (statue only as he’s dead). There are other animals too. Tigers, Ostrich, Parrots etc. A zoo exactly. Inside, there’s a restaurant that serves crocodile dishes at Php 950.

3. Kapatagan, Davao del Sur





I cannot remember the exact names of the places we visited. But of all places we’ve been to, these are my favorites:

Camp Sabros is where all the fun of zipline happened. At an affordable rate of Php 850 you’ll experience an almost unlimited zipline activity overlooking Mount Apo.

Kublai Art Garden is art that you can feel. The gigantic statues are very impressive and sitting in a corner is all you need to appreciate the wonders of nature.

Kapatagan is the so-called baguio of davao del sur, but believe when I say that it is far better! The weather is perfect. Cold perfect!

4. Digos City



Three hours away from Davao city the place has a lot to offer. With three different Gaisano centers, Churches steps away from each other, Lots of food places to choose from and friendly locals, it is a great place to stay to.

Being a first timer in Davao I am solved. I remember my post in facebook upon arriving here:

Hello Davao!!! Wala kong ibang alam sayo kundi Durian at si Duterte. Surprise me 😬

Well, it really did surprised me! By blessing us a honeymoon baby… Somehow we’re lured to calling the baby “Digong” hahaha.

Visit Davao and maybe you’ll be surprise too.


Wishing your trip to be memorable like mine…

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Year-end Trip 2014: SAGADA

Days after Christmas, I find myself in a van paving its way in Halsema Highway through the mountains of Cordillera. It is not an easy road to travel especially at night, but I guess the dark has protected me against the fear of falling in the what seems to be very deep cliffs. This goes on for five hours…



Manila to Baguio: 8PM – 1AM then Baguio to Sagada: 2AM-6AM

The road towards SAGADA itself is ragged,steep and quite dangerous, but the breathtaking views once daylight approaches combined with the heavy fog and cold breeze can calm and distract you in a good way.


Warning: from here onwards, pictures overload! 

All tourist need to register in the Municipal Hall. Then you will be ask to proceed in SAGGAS to get your tour guide. In every tourist spot you get to, you need to register in SAGGAS and have a tour guide with you. This has been recently implemented by the government to organize and protect everyone. (There’s an incident sometime in August that led them to do this…)



Day 1 has started and so we geared for the most challenging part of this trip. SPELUNKING in Sumaguing Cave!



Note: Wear leggings, dri-fit shirt and sandals. As from what I observe this seems to be the most appropriate outfit. There are 3 levels where after each one the guide will ask you If you want to proceed on the next one. Personally, I find the first level to be the most challenging of all because of the slippery stones and uneven rock formations, Stages 2 and 3 is fun because you get to walk barefoot, submerge in cold waters and slip in tight ways.(Where you enter is where you get out). So step 1,2,3 then 3,2,1… but you won’t feel too tired here because of the cold temperature inside the cave.

Check-in at our hotel: Rock Valley Inn





Every bath you take is literally an ice bucket challenge experience. Tag no one as everyone in Sagada, Mountain Province is doing the same (except if their using hot water)…

Next stop, Traveled via topload – Sagada Bonfire Festival for an entrance fee of Php 350, Sorry, but it isn’t much. I am thankful for the big bonfire that kept me warm and was comforted by the live band.





Ready for the next adventure: Hiking for 4 hours. Our destination: Bomod-Ok falls. Get your cameras ready especially that panorama shot because it is beautiful. Be sure to get a walking stick, It is a need and you’ll be thankful you have it when its the only thing your holding to on your way back up.













By noon, walk your way towards Echo Valley and the not to be missed Hanging Coffins. You’ll pass by St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church. Visit their normal cemetery with a cell site that does wonders to my wifi signal, (it is a super strong and stable connection!!!) Re-enact a local film in Echo Valley or simply scream anything you want the whole place to hear. Then walk more steps below and see the historical hanging coffins above you.






Note: Be sure to cover up (socks, jacket, blanket, scarf) If you plan to see the sunrise in Kilpetan Peak to warm you. This is a hit or miss experience, so you better bring some luck too.


Random thoughts about Sagada:

– Some locals speak better in English than Tagalog

– Try out the breads in Masferre, they are delicious! They also serve breakfast at Php 150.00



– Jeepney fare cost Php 20.00 per person

– Meals are quite pricey (Presyong turista)

– Famous places to eat in: Yoghurt house, salt n pepper, the sagada lemon pie house, pinikpikan house (If your going there at peak season be ready to wait and fall in line, since the places are small, and there’s too many customers to the point that they cannot accommodate anymore, or simply, there’s no food left).

yoghurt house




– Buy your pasalubong in Benguet, the vegetables are really affordable. Pechay baguio at Php 20.00 per bundle of 3. Broccoli at Php 35.00 per kilo. Sayote at Php 20.00. Lettuce at Php 30.00 and Chicharo at Php 40.00… Get those bulalo, pancit and beeg broccoli ready…

– The hot chocolate in Ysagada is heaven!





Well, That’s SAGADA… be sure to pack lots of clothes, energy, love of nature and everything adventure. This will test your body, the extreme activities will tire you off and the cold temperature will take you to dreamland easily.





Note: Safety first! Be sure to register 🙂


FYI: We did avail a package tour for this trip. For a group of 12 at Php 3,500 / pax.


Lovin’ this year-ender trip,

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The Giving Tree

It’s like losing a part of my childhood…

This morning I saw the TREE which has been in our neighborhood for as long as I can remember. It was so big and enormous that it covers most of the area, protects everyone from extreme heat and makes our place homey and oh so green.

But then for some reason that they think is so important enough to cut off more than decades year old tree, and for what? Modernization? Come on, We all know this is for money and politics. It breaks my heart that something as wonderful as that old tree who’d been there before these people to have to sacrifice for selfish and nonsense agendas.

That’s the second precious tree in our area that they cut off for road widening? Hell, I hate such reason. People can go modern without killing nature. It breaks my heart that I didn’t even get to do anything for the trees. I  hate that I didn’t do anything, like I let them down when they need someone to protect them, after the years they’ve done on doing those things for us, shading us from the sun, blazing winds and heavy rain.

I pity the next generation who wouldn’t experience climbing a tree, who’ll spend their lives looking in on screens and dependent on the internet for happiness, who relies on modern things for living. I hope they’ll have something yet to see, to see things like I did when I was young and everything else is simple and nature isn’t a hindrance to anything but an advantage to have and a priority to fight for.


Have you read THE GIVING TREE by Shel Silverstein? It is wonderful and tearful story. Give it some time and learn something  that’ll surely touch your being.

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Singapore Zoo

I love everything green and living. But what I love most is seeing them in their natural form and habitat, roaming where they belong and should be… Their freedom means peaceful and serenity 🙂

I know that the closest thing I’ve got to such thing is the Singapore Zoo. One of the best zoo ever… Hmm, I need to see it on my own before I agree. And so the long journey begins…


CHINATOWN to SG ZOO directions: From Chinatown MRT to Dhoby Ghaut Station to Choa Chu Kang Station or Ang Mo Kio (same MRT line just different stations), alight  from train then ride a bus going to Singapore Zoo.


(Somewhere in the net I found another route which we followed, its a very long and complicated trip, it got us lost and walking so far and crossing a very wide highway, tsk tsk never again 😦 My sister told me that If I were to blog about it I need to give the easiest way which we learned after getting lost and arriving at the zoo at past lunch time) and so our first stop is Ah meng.

Ah Meng is the restaurant inside the Zoo. The food choices are quite limited but since their of different cuisine, mostly Asian its more than enough to feed your hunger. I got the Indian Food, Sorry I forgot its name, but its very tasty. See more of my food blog in my entry Foodgasm in Singapore.


The Zoo is far from the city. Its so huge that you need comfortable shoes and a map to  see all animals. (Follow the map as it has a route to follow leading you to see everything and not miss some animals). If you don’t feel like walking you can ride the train that roams within the zoo for SGD 5.




Skechers Memory Foam. Very stylish, almost glow in the dark and comfortable like in their ad as if they got bed in their shoes!

Skechers Memory Foam. Very stylish, almost glow in the dark and comfortable like they claim in their ad as if they got bed in their shoes!

Warning: Pictures overload. These are not all the animals, just some that I find most interesting.

The Otters stink! But after reading the sign board I’m like ahhh, that’s why.



Inuka seems lonely, maybe because he doesn’t have a mate/friend. I need to take a photo of his head and bottom separately because I cannot see both at once.


These monkeys has got one of the best areas, they have a tree to climb on and can roam around freely. I find their super long hair intriguing, Close-up their similar to that of a damaged human hair 🙂



An interesting find here, on how TEDDY BEAR came about. Such a soft-hearted President.

I am not that fond of reptiles though…
DSC02146Seeing penguins for the first time, hmm, not that fun they look similar to an otter (for me), I know some find them irresistible, I find them normal. Sorry.


ELEPHANTS OF ASIA is very entertaining, the long walk is worth it. Funny and charming creatures. They really put on a good show. New fact: They can eat a whole bunch of bananas! and they like carrots too.

Kangaroo. I didn’t see them hop, but well I guess that’s too much to ask for.

This Hippo is so endearing, he is a ballerina haha! He just tip toes along with the fishes and go rounds in his space.
DSC02188Zebra, Giraffe, Lion and Rhino made it to my top list. Good thing they are all in the same area. They are so near you can almost touch them except for the lion, he is a snob.


I can almost touch them… almost.



Pumbaa's here! Hakuna Matata

Pumbaa’s here! Hakuna Matata

An interesting story here:

I keep on hearing myself humming “the lion sleeps tonight” and “roar”. Ideal songs for a place like this. Gets you in the mood 🙂 I hope they’ll take my suggestion hahaha!
IMG_2218They’ve got a souvenir shop that has wide selections. From clothes, footwear, toys, cards, and many more. Its pricey though…

I got this shirt for SGD 39

I got this shirt for SGD 39

Singapore Zoo is a great place both to entertain and educate, I recommend this for both adult and children as we need to see them personally to appreciate and value their existence. A great place for Family bonding. Just rest your feet a day prior to visiting so you’ll have lots of energy to explore everything.

The Zoo schedule is 8:30 am-6:00 pm, you may check out their rates and to know more…

check out their website here.

DSC02136Loving all things green and living,

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Rizal has its secret gem, the wonders of Tanay Rizal can be seen in its mountains, hidden falls, caves and friendly people. You need to go beyond their plaza, market, fast food chains and anything typical or common. You need to go deep…

PASEO RIZAL has always been a dream destination. If you love comfort food, nature and serenity, then you need to visit here. Near the area where Regina Rica and Daranak Falls is located, with just a few more drive you’ll get there.


I have always been in love with green, tall trees. So imagine the feeling of Baguio… It was about to rain, so there’s a slight cold breeze and darkening of the sky.





Good place to just sit, enjoy the scenery and have good conversation.


The foods served are typical Filipino meals, Tapsi, Bulalo, pancit etc. They also have sandwiches, nachos and drinks… The price range and food taste are okay, The thing to consider here is the PERFECT AMBIANCE, everything else just comes in secondary.



The place is inviting you to jog!























If you feel the need to stay a little longer, you can book a room. At around Php 2,200 (but you need to book ahead as they only have 2 rooms) you’ll be able to sleep late yet wake-up early to experience nature’s finest in the morning.


The place is cozy. It’s a Saturday when we went there, and they have this soothing acoustic performer. The place is packed with ART. It is everywhere! They have what seems to be a mini museum… and the main dining area has more painting too.



This is not your typical restaurant with one floor setting. They have stairs that you can get your pictures taken, which leads to other cottages with a greater view than the first one you’ve chosen… As i said you cannot seem to decide on which table to stay!

IMG_1863IMG_1860One of the best places I’ve been to with good and prompt service, dining and accomodation. Very nice place indeed! Will definitely go back with someone special 🙂

See it on your own and experience PASEO RIZAL.
More know about them in their FB account.

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Wishlist destinations in 2014

2014  is planned as my SAVINGS year. So, I try my best to really stick to my budget as I have a target amount at the end of the year.

But every now and then, whenever I browse the net I find myself spotting the best places ever! and the good thing is they are just a few hours away from home. I live in Rizal Province and may I just boast that we have high end resorts here, with just the perfect view, fresh air and relaxing ambiance, all in without the hassle of long hour driving.

I have gathered the places that I planned to go to hopefully, before the year ends or maybe, even 2015 ends… I promise this is all lovely!

1. PUNTA DE FABIAN (Baras Rizal) Before you reach the boundary of Tanay Rizal via highway, you’ll spot their super steep entrance (there’s a grotto at their gate). An infinity pool with a good top view of Laguna de Bay. And upon looking on their site, their accommodation costs starts at only 3,000+

Funny that I spent most of my weekends in Tanay, and I passed this resort everytime but never really get the chance to experience it. Guess, this’ll be my first stop when I start this bucket list.


2. LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR (Bataan) – February 2015 If you’re into history like me, then you’ll dig this place. It’ll take you the past, as If you’re back in time where Spaniards still reign the country. All houses has been restored and get this they also have pools and a beach. What I like best and exciting is THE BRIDGE… also, for a price you can have a photo wearing Filipino traditional costumes (Your own antique picture!). I want to see those cobbled streets… hmmm….







3. CLUB MANILA EAST (Taytay Rizal)  10 minutes away from home, and it is a shame that I haven’t been here until now. Several times I’ve been at the entrance as I go jogging in the area, and still I never get to enter 😦

With an overnight rate of 3,000+ (accommodation included), big huge, huge pools, lazy river, wave pool and other activities such as surfing and ziplined, this resort is all packed with goodies.I promise to find time and really dip in their pool sometime.

4. PASEO RIZAL (Tanay Rizal) – December 2014 This has 2 branches; one in Tanay and the other in Morong. I’ve been to their branch in Morong and the nachos (is looooveee!!!), the place is full of art and nature, and you get to relax with good food and music. Upon checking on their site, they have a room to rent worth 2,000+ but they’re only two so you have to book ahead I guess… the road trip is worth it, especially in Tanay as you get to experience real road trip with just fresh air and no traffic!

5. THUNDERBIRD RESORTS (La Union and Rizal)

thunderbirdresortslaunion  Santorini inspired. La Union’s beach, pool, huge rooms, movie-set paradise. It’s all here. Though, the price is around 6,000+ per night plus around many hours of travel time. This should really be a well-budgeted adventure that you want to save for. But its the perfect getaway for couples 🙂



thunderbirdresortsrizal  30 minutes away from home to be on a luxury hotel with the most scenic view in Rizal. More affordable than that of its other half in La Union, at around 4,000+ / night. Biking is the most appealing activity here, as they have no beach guess I have to settle in the pool and go site seeing since I am not into casino which they have here.


And there goes my top destinations mostly around Rizal, with a few items on other provinces:) **Another trivia and something to boast about is that Rizal has the best churches… whether you’re into modern or historical portrayal of Faith, you will love those Architecture. I’ll have a separate post for them when I get the chance, but for now… Hope this helps you in your next adventure!

pictures are taken from the resort’s / restaurant’s website.



BULAWAN Floating Restaurant (Pililia Rizal)


If you’re passing by the wide roads of Pililia Rizal,  you’ll never miss this floating restaurant. Tagged as Rizal’s top 1 restaurant by Ang Pinaka (show in GMA news TV), this place has been known to food lovers and is usually discovered by people who always looks for something new.

Since we have a house in Tanay Rizal, This is one of our go to restaurants. Road and Food trip –  all in one destination 🙂





The first thing you’ll notice once you enter the place is that its very spacious, relaxed, green, quiet and windy. A perfect place to eat and share stories. You can do fishing here and they’ll serve you the same fish you caught. You can have a fresh coconut to sip.




The cottages are big enough to accommodate 10 people. There are also seats around, placed near the water areas, under the trees etc.




Check their menu:





There’s a variety of food that you can eat. Personally, I think the food is average. But the place itself is so nice and refreshing that their food isn’t really the star but the scenery and ambiance of the restaurant.

In one of our recent visits, we ordered the Sinigang special, 2 ensaladang mangga, sisig, 3 pcs chili alimango, 2 sago’t gulaman, coke in can. Our bill totaled at Php 1500+ (that’s for 8 pax).

All in all, BULAWAN FLOATING RESTAURANT is a must try. Visit them to experience dining at nature’s presence.

Address: Km. 59, Manila East Road, Pililla, Rizal (It’s so easy to spot, you’ll never need a map. If you’re from Tanay area, just go straight on the hi-way, you’ll see their sign on the right side).


The different versions of POCAHONTAS


POCAHONTAS has always been my favorite Disney princess (I have to say this as I am not that fond of the story). I like her image of being native, strong and nature lover. Everything about her speaks of simplicity…

She does have this FAMILY vs. LOVE angle, which many of us in real life encounters. Also, the animals here are very likeable, though at first he is a villain, Percy the Pug really catches my attention (as mentioned in my other entries, I am a Pug lover :)).


I’ve gathered a few versions of POCAHONTAS as portrayed by different artist. Some of them goes traditional, while others have gone to the extremes… Check it out and be engaged to the colors of POCAHONTAS!

First, see my top choices:








Celebrities dressed as POCAHONTAS

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Other versions of the Disney Princess…

















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Tagaytay 2014

These days are the best ones to go travelling in Tagaytay… The cold breeze will keep you energized for a long day of adventure.

We spend a whole day going around… with packed food, a few bucks and good company, we’re ready to go!

Rowena’s, The Pink sisters convent, Picnic Grove, People’s park and Sky Ranch is our itinerary. Our first stop was Rowena’s as we want our pockets full upon buying pasalubongs and we fear that it’ll be closed when we go home. Next is the pink sisters convent, wherein we get to have peace and guidance. The chapel speaks of silent sanctuary so you get to pray and write your petition after.





Just in time for lunch, we arrived at Picnic grove to eat… It really is windy! but this is best place for me on the trip as this is where I really laugh so hard my heart aches to the point that its hard to breathe 🙂 (talk about good times) we paid for an entrance fee of Php 50.00



People’s park was a disappointment as it really is old and abandoned. (imagine a set for an action movie where they keep their hostage), we paid for an entrance fee worth Php 30.00. There are a lot of souvenir shops in the parking area, The shirts ranges from Php 120-150 depending on the size.



The highlight of the day was our Sky Ranch experience which I reviewed in another entry.

Our last stop was in Mahogany market where we buy fruits and eat bulalo. They have an area where there’s an array of carinderias serving the famous special bulalo and tawilis. (Prices: Bulalo 350 good for 4 pax and tawilis 400 good for 6 pax)… Try them as they’re really a comfort food on that cold temperature.


So there goes my Tagaytay 2014 experience.



Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever

2013 has not been a healthy year for me. Just before the year ends I’ve seen myself in and out the hospital. Last week, Me and my sister had Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever – spending five days confined in a room is boring. I even just looked in walls for an hour one time.

Tracing back the place where we get bit by that female mosquito, we tracked it to Cainta Church. We’ve sat on a rock where mosquitoes fly at five in the afternoon, seeing us as food… bam! A few days after we got the fever.

Being a dengue patient got me thinking that we really need to be careful. There’s no exception. We are all at risk.

And so, I’ve gathered some DENGUE INFOGRAPHICS to share and I hope this’ll help us to get a clear understanding of the danger of this mosquito bite.