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Rekindling Roots: Travel to Bohol

 

Ah, Bohol! What can I say, home of the Tarsiers and famous for the chocolate hills. I was still in high school when I went there with my father. We took the bus from Gensan to Cagayan De Oro. Then from there you can ride Superferry or Cockaliong shipping line.

For the second time around, I went to Bohol to tour with family and relatives. Our starting point was from Cebu sea port and we boarded the supercat fast track ferry that took us 2 hour to reach tagbilaran sea port. We arrived noontime and rented a van to drive us to Guindulman.

It was past 2 in the afternoon I guess when we arrived at the house. I was recovering from a headache and still struggled with 3 mouth soars but I really enjoyed the view that day. The weather was good, the sky was blue and the water was definitely blue and clear.

From Tagbilaran city to Guindulman, the road trip was smooth and you can see the sea from the right side of the road. It was perfectly clean and clear that It makes you feel at peace. Compared to Oslob waters, the sight and view is better. Ang sarap mag road trip at ikutin ang buong bohol! Seriously.

We finished lunch, arranged our bags, changed our clothes, washed some clothes, and waited for the contacted van to arrive so that we can have a short swim at Anda. Locals there described it the mini boracay version.

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The beach that we went to was public and free. Anyone can just come and have a swim. You can bring food and drinks. The place is currently being renovated to provide better shower and changing area, and more tables and chairs. Later, the family had dinner at the house.

Our itinerary for day 2 at Bohol was tight. The time schedule was set 8 a.m to 3 p.m

Chocolate Hills

First stop was the Chocolate hills where I had to climb 2oo plus steps to get to the top. Imagine that. Yes, very challenging that you have to catch your breath once in a while. Overall, you have plenty of areas to take pictures. Lucky for us, that morning had a few tourist.

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Chocolate Hills Adventure Park (CHAP)

After the hills, we went to CHAP. This place is new to me and the park offered a lot of activities. You can see at the two photos I shared below. The place was cool and relaxing. They have a function area and a souvenir area. They sell ice cream, carabao’s milk, and water for refreshments. In the area you can feed the fish, sight see chickens and look at caged snakes. Read the rest of this entry

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I Will Act Now by Og Mandino

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One sunday morning, after shooting some hoops at the IDS multi-purpose hall, I sat on a wooden bleacher to take a break. While looking down on the ground, I noticed a piece of trash. I picked up this paper and curiously unfolded it to see its content.

As I read the piece, I thought to myself, “wow, this is very good writing. Who could have composed it?” Images then flashed back on my mind wondering who among the students could have came up with such  an inspiring composition. Then I saw the name: Og Mandino

I googled the guy and I was suprised. He was actually famous – rather a well known American author of self-help and motivation books. This just caught my full attention as thoughts of Law of Attraction filled my head. I researched the internet as I was eager to know his biography. I found a summary of his story online at success.com

Anyway, before I side track to further realizations, here is an excerpt of Og’s I will act now from his The Ten Scrolls. I haven’t read the book as I am still looking for it. The text below is taken from the piece of paper. Read the rest of this entry

Ten Commandments for Tourists

I’ve read a quote that says, “Spend money on experiences and not on things.” While I ponder on that thought, it sinked into me that there is some truth and depth to this. Come to think of it, If I were to compare my experience between buying the latest gadget and going to a place that I have never been before, the fulfillment of gaining a new experience is more satisfying than the material possession.

Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, agrees that:

We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them. .

In his study, he states that:

People’s satisfaction with the things they bought went down, whereas their satisfaction with experiences they spent money on went up. We consume experiences directly with other people, and after they’re gone, they’re part of the stories that we tell to one another.

Part of life is creating memories with love ones but we get caught up with trends that we forget to think twice and buy that dress that we really don’t need. I’m not against rewarding your self with a new watch, bag, shoe, or clothes because it is important. I would recommend you buy a really good camera (Handy digicam, GoPro) for all the wanderlust you have targeted throughout the year.

It is easy to fall in love with travelling. Planning your next trip can be very exciting so before you book that next flight, remember these few rules to help you enjoy your trip.


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Finally! SIARGAO happened to me.

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4 nigths. 5 days. Long road trip. Worth it. 🙂

We departed from Gensan around 6 in the morning and arrived at Surigao City about 5 in the afternoon. I have to commend our driver was fluent with the road. Kuya popoy is a friendly, funny and experienced driver.

SURIGAO CITY

First impression for the city of surigao, it was actually more urban than Iligan. The city were big and streets are congested. The people have surigaonon as their dialect which is quiet difficult to understand at first.

I also noticed that their airport is very small and well cute. You can easily see it. As we arrived at the area, we asked where the port is so that we can inquire the schedules for the ferry to siargao.

To go to Siargao, you have two options. You ride the Roro or the ferry where cargo and cars can be brought or the small fast track boat for people only. The fast track is located along what they call the boulevard, full of very insteresting boats with unique design, more like an airplane if you might ask.

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Schedules of departure and arrival:

Roro                        11:45 AM    3:00 PM – Surigao Port to Dapa port of Siargao Island

(fare 200)                 6:00 AM     9:00 AM – Dapa port to Surigao Port

Fast Track            5:00 AM     8:00 AM – Surigao Port to Dapa port of Siargao Island, different route

(fare 250)

Prices and schedule may change. They have discounts for children depending on the age. 7 years old and below are free.

After checking the boulevard cause we opted to ride the first trip on the following day and deciding we will just leave our vehicles on the hotel’s parking lot, we went to the Tavern Hotel to see if there are rooms available. The hotel is very nice but sad to say they were all fully booked. So we opted for their annex which is just in front of the main hotel, you can easily see it. The annex is budget friendly. 🙂

We settles ourselves cozy in our beds as our relatives arrive. One big happy family.

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hotel master size bed

Morning came and we went to the boulevard. After some time where everything is set, the little ferry started its course.

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13 Little Things I Started Doing Differently To Improve The Quality Of My Every Day Life

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1. Waking up 2 hours earlier than usual. I started making time for all the things I wished I had more time for – reading, exercising, working on side projects. This helps me feel like I’ve accomplished something with my day before my actual work day even begins.

2. Drinking more water.  I’ll probably never drink “enough” water to ever truly feel hydrated (does anyone feel hydrated?) but by replacing my daily drinks like morning and afternoon coffee with water, it’s helped out with better skin and less headaches.

3. Taking the time to cook and to cook more creatively. Instead of surviving off of take out and a minimalist diet of peanut butter, raw veggies, nuts, and whatever’s in my cupboard I started planning my meals in advance and finding recipes for simple dishes before I went shopping.

4. Stopped trying to multi-task all the time and…

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Dahilayan Forest Park – Manolo Fortich

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

Whether to finish at school with high honors, to win that trophy or gold medal, to get on that stage to perform, to travel around the world, to start that business, or to volunteer and give back to the community, from the words of Lailah Gifty Akita, “no dream is too big to come true because you are born to manifest the glory of God on earth. The pursuit of dreams is the fulfillment of the scriptures and your divine spirit of personal power should inspire you to pursue your dreams.”

But your dream is not just wishful thinking. If you want to make your dreams come true, you have to put in the effort and make a reasonable plan.

Some of the things that I want to do are on my bucket list. As I constantly check on my list, I am amazed at how each of them are being crossed done. The Lord is good, indeed.


Barangay Dahilayan is located at the municipality of Manolo Fortich at Bukidnon. This place is a site most visited by travelers and locals for its tourist attraction – Dahilayan Adventure Park and Dahilayan Forest Park. If you are looking for relaxation and adventure, this is a must visit place in Mindanao.

How to get there

If you don’t have private car, you can avail of the shuttle bus service. One stations at Coffeeworks divisoria near Xavier University. Fare is 350 php back and forth, available saturdays 8:00-8:30 am. It has a capacity of roughly 20 persons. You probably would arrive around 10am as the bus goes directly to the adventure park. Your other option would be a shuttle bus from magnum express, a more modern-safe-fast bus compared to the other one. Fare is 249 php and stations at Limketkai near the souvenir shop. I suggest you take this one, cheaper and more convenient. It goes directly to the forest park just ahead the adventure park.

Dahilayan Forest Park

Luge

The Luge ride is one of the cutest ride ever. Very easy to manipulate. You sit down and stretch your legs a bit, you hold the handle. To lounge down the slopping hill, you just pull the handle towards you, enough angle to loosen the clutch that grips its mini wheels. When you feel like you are going too fast or about to turn  a curve, you just push the handle again to put some friction so that it will halt.

It cost 600 per head and you get to ride the Luge twice. Also included in the package is the entrance for the hanging bridge and the mini putt golf.

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Hanging bridge

The hanging bridge is quite the stroll. I thought it would be an easy-peasy but when I got to the middle of the bridge, I felt my knees start to weaken. I got a little panic and my heart started to pump a little faster than normal. My fear hightened when few people on the other end where starting to cross the bridge too.

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Hang bridge

Forest Putt Mini Golf

The mini golf consist of 18 holes. It was great to play this, I got a hole in one! After the Luge ride, this is perfect to calm those shaking knees after crossing the hanging bridge. If you pay to ride the Luge, this mini gulf is included in the route/package, as well as the hanging bridge. But if you want to try the mini golf separate, that’s 150 until you finish. It was worth it. Time consuming but worth it. 30-45 mins I guess.

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Phenomenal Woman | Maya Angelou

I first heard of this poem when our Pastor shared this during one Sunday sermon. I never knew the legendary Maya Angelou but after listening and digging into the meaning as it was recited, I felt a sense of empowerment. Her poem is quite catchy but everyone in the room knows it’s more than the rhyming at every end of the stanza.

Not all people, let alone women of this generation, could ever know the autobiography of this modern day Renaissance woman that’s why I am sharing this poem. It may have an impact one way or another.

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Phenomenal Woman | Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

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For me, the poem is inspiring, self-assuring, motivating. Not being a feminist, but to every woman who might happen to read this, let it be mirror to yourself. What is a phenomenal woman? A phenomenal woman is passionate and intentional. She is true to herself, her voice and her inner self. She is resourceful and honest. A phenomenal woman can have any physical appearance yet the non-falsity of her appearance makes her unique. She  proudly asserts it and is happy with what she has. Such honesty radiates immense confidence which breaks the stereotypes and refuses to mold to society’s interpretation. 

Get to see this poem in fine color and print as it was adapted by the cartoonist Gavin Aung. Check out his cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, (site that I really love to visit) Zen Pencils.

Everybody’s got a story, visit Maya Angelou’s official website to find out more about this phenomenal woman’s journey.

Maxima Resort & Aquafun – Samal Island

And that’s the wonderful thing about family travel:  it provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind.  ~Dave Barry

The day has finally arrived. 7:00 in the evening, we were on the ferry to samar island. Dad is already waiting on the side. He just arrived at the port from Butuan from a business. Finally the whole family is complete. The evening enveloped the sea, as the car parked the ferry. I saw piles of big tanks of Maersk on the side as the boat left the dock and move towards the island. It took a few minutes to arrive at the other side, and we relied on our Google Map navigator to route us to Maxima Resort. It was a very long ride, and from the ferry port to the little town, it took a while. I noticed there were little street lights on the side, and no way to light the road except for the head light coming from cars. There seem to be few vehicles traveling too. Maybe because it was already past 8 in the evening.

I want to describe to you how road and the place at night looks like but I just can’t find the words. Arriving at the entrance of the resort, no staff was actually on post. It was pretty dark because of so many trees and because of the hillside behind us although there are flourescent lights scattered. If you can just imagine for a moment the movie ‘the wrong turn’ and its scenery, then you have a bit of an idea. Honestly, I said to myself ‘is this the resort?’ because its far from what I imagined it to be.

Either way, we had to get a place to stay for the night so we hiked down to I-really-don’t-know-where and what to expect. Imagine the steps you would take down the Tinago falls of Iligan City. Now you get the picture. To cut the story short, we found a guard who is on duty and negotiated for some close cottage. We got our bags – yes we hiked up and down the steps twice! – settled ourselves in a need-to-be-upgraded cottage.

The cottage is slightly raised above the ground, about 2 meters, and below you have a net swing. Beside it was a very tall tree with picnic tables and chairs. The cottage is fronting the sea which is a major plus. The comfort rooms are public.

We were able to hit the night at 11:00 in the evening, I guess.

Maxima Resort and Aquafun

A picture of what I had describe. It seems harmless at day, but totally different at night. 🙂

Maxima Resort and Aquafun

A picture of the steps a told you about. Very long hike down hill.

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Wakeboard Water Sport – Davao City

After having seen so many Philippine Eagle and Crocodiles at the Crocodile Farm, we headed on to our next destination. Taking the calculated short cut using google maps, we cruised the Philippine -Pan National Highway  and arrived at our destination.

Talk about something extreme.

We entered a subdivision called Deca Homes at Mintal, Davao. I wasn’t really familiar with this water sport and how it operated. I imagined some jetski or water boat to drag the wakeboarders. Observing the place while looking to park the car, I saw cables up high pulling the people. I see that the place was man made, kind of like a big pond. This one is oval with tramps and a center island. I wasn’t really that excited. I watched some guys flawlessly gliding above the water while holding a rope that would proper them forward. Some were exhibitioning.

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The Halloween Road Trip – Dapitan City

After a very exhausting, jam packed semester with my master subjects, work and lecture units I thought I need a break. I invited some of my coworkers for a getaway to unwind and relax. Unfortunately after some follow ups, few backed out. Eager to push through with the plan, my friend Coach Hennie was also game with the thought of traveling so the two of us decided to go no matter what. The trip Dapitan city is unknown for both of us because it would be our first time to go to the city. Nevertheless the adventure drawn us.

Early morning on the first day of November, we went to the bus terminal. Little did we know that many people were also traveling back to their home town that dawn. Five buses already pass still the people were so many. We had to fight for seats on the deluxe rural bus bound for mucas, good thing a fellow man helped us sat down. The bus was filled to standing position.

Arriving at the barge, trucks buses and cars lined up. We were able to catch the second trip to Ozamis port and arrived around 6.30 am. We had breakfast at Jollibee then headed to the bus terminal to catch another bus bound for Dipolog. The trip was long and I get to watch the beautiful scenery of nature along the way but most of the time a dozed off to get the sleep that I need.

We drop at the bus stop called the Polo round ball which was the diverging road between Dipolog and Dapitan. It was 11:30 when we arrived, 2 hours earlier than expected. My companion, Hennie, and I rode a tricycle to the inn that we booked the night before.

Travel Bee Heritage Inn
We checked in at the Heritage Inn and rested for a while. Impressed with the cheap price, they offer basic necessities with economy and standard rooms. Bath has hot shower which works fine with me.

Dapitan Escapade

Bike around the city
After lunch, we started our adventure. It was already three in the afternoon and we rented the inn’s bike to ride around the city. It only cost 50 pesos for a whole day. We had our travel bee tour guide map from the folks at the counter and headed out.

Our ride

St. James Church
After getting used to the bike, our first stop was at the St. James Church. It was the 1st of November. Streets where not yet busy and the sky was cloudy. We took some pictures (of course). Looking at the church, and some old lamp post, you can clearly see the deep connection of the town from it historical roots.

At St. James Church

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