Archive for the 'Places I've been…' Category

16
Jan
10

New Year Escapade at Camiguin Island

This is the first time in my life that I spent New Year outside Davao City with my family. Thanks to our friend Mercy and Ruel-whose hometown is Camiguin Island. I already visited Camiguin Island for so many times but this experience was the best because we had lots of adventures and pictures. We were able to see how the locality celebrated their New Year and experienced fireworks.

At night you will be able to see various decorations that were left during the Christmas Season. There are many Christmas lights on the street as if they are into a competition on what barangay has the most lights and beautiful decoration.

During our 4 days and 3 nights at Catarman, Camiguin Island, we visited various tourist spots like the famous White Island…

The White Island is known to frequently change its shape everytime the tide changes its course. At this time the shape of the Island is crescent. Other times its circle, letter C or letter I. From White Island, you can see the beautiful view of the Old Vulcan and Mt. Hibok-hibok. Since White Island has very clear water, snorkeling and scuba diving is very ideal. The best time to visit the White Island is from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. where the sun is still good for sunbathing.

Next stop is Bura Soda Pool…

Cool bubbles in cool water

Bura Soda Pool has 2 pools in the middle of the garden resort. The smaller one is for kids and the bigger one is for adults and is good for swimming. The pool is cold and sparkling like a champagne because there are bubbles emitted in the middle of the pool.

The last stop for our 1st day tour was Sto. Niño Cold Spring…

Sto. Niño Cold Spring is a very very very cold spring that’s why this is the most popular place to stay during summer time for local tourists. It has a restaurant that offers variety of food like the Tinolang Bisayang Manok with Coconut Milk (yummy), a very good soup to warm your body. Outside the resort you can buy various souvenirs like key chains, figurines, shawls and t-shirts.

Our 2nd day was more relaxing since last night we partied all night as we welcome New Year with a blast. We only went to Ardent Hot Spring…

Ardent Hot Spring is known for its therapeutic effect in our body. It’s like a spa in the middle of nowhere. The hot water emitted by Mt. Hibok-hibok has a sulfur content. There are 6 pools to choose from based on your taste on warmth and depth.

After our restful stay at Ardent, we passed by the Old Volcano…

Here you will see the 14 Stations of the Way of the Cross. On the 14th station you will experience the scenery of the ocean as far as your eyes can see. Last 2007, during the Holy Week, my hubby and I were able to climb upto the 14th station. They said that if you were able to finish the 14 Stations, what you wish and ask for will come true…and it did!

Some places we just passed by were The Sunken Cemetery, The Old Gui-ob Church and The Lagoon.

20
Sep
09

Dayang Beach Resort

We should have climbed Apo at this point in time but a family friend invited us to go with them at Dayang Beach Resort at Samal Island. My sisters and I didn’t realize that this would be our last get away together since one left for an opportunity abroad.

Dayang Beach Resort is only a 1 hr. boat ride from Sta. Ana Wharf in Davao City. Though there are cottages for rent during night tour, we preferred to use our tents because we want to experience natural living.

Even though many local and foreign tourists are already visiting this place, the owner still preserved and maintained the natural setting of the place. An ideal place to spend a peaceful and a romantic vacation.

19
Sep
09

Summer Climb

At 2954 meters, Mount Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines. This majestic peak is one of the country’s most popular climbing destinations.

Several trails lead to the summit, coming from North Cotabato and Davao provinces. An average hike requires 2-4 days. Various sights include Lake Venado, one of the highest lakes in the Philippines, and the old crater of Mt. Apo near its summit.  The mountain may be climbed year-round. Some trails are very easy that’s why some climbers bring their children with them.

We started climbing Mount Apo with our daughter in the year 2003 when she was still 4 years old.