Cagayan de Oro’s High Peaks: Ultra Winds & Hugo’s Skye Lounge

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Peacocks at Ultra Winds

I spent Christmas alone in Cebu (boo-hoo!) because I failed to book a ticket on an earlier date and every ship was already fully booked by December 21st (not to mention the bad weather which cancelled a lot of trips and delayed many passengers).

Anyway, I managed to book a ticket on Dec. 25 bound for Tagbilaran. From Tagbilaran, the ship will sail to Cagayan de Oro – arriving the next day, on the 26th. I still consider myself lucky because I can spend the New Year with my family.

So anyway, both my mom and sister were thinking about where we can go for a family outing on the weekend before New Year’s eve. This has become an annual family thing (sort of), because last year, we went to Carmen and Mantianak. Continue reading

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My Top 3 Study Places in Mandaue City, Cebu

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One of my favorite study places (aside from our library) is the A Plus Coffee branch here in AS Fortuna, Mandaue.

Many students (myself included), cannot study at home because of distractions from family members, house chores, and other entertainment options that can tempt them to laze around instead of reading.

So the solution is to get out and find a place where you can be a bit more productive and motivated to actually do some work/school stuff. Although I love studying at our library, it is usually crowded and full of students that it is sometimes hard to get a comfortable spot. Plus, we are not allowed to bring in food and drinks (except water), which sucks. Continue reading

A Christmas Light Wonderland: Holidays at the Municipality of Carmen (Agusan del Norte)

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The Holiday Season is finally here, and this means that the municipal town hall of Carmen, Agusan del Norte will be literally LIT again.

Every year, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Carmen decorate their grandiose town hall with lots of Christmas lights – creating a Christmas Wonderland which is a great place for sightseeing and taking pictures. No entrance fee is necessary – it is free for all.  Continue reading

A Short Getaway to Punta Diwata Cave Resort

Trying to go to a good beach in Cebu is quite a hassle. First, you have to get through the traffic and second (and the worse part), decent beach resorts here are just waaay too expensive (SERIOUSLY, WHY THO?!).

That’s why whenever I get to go back in Mindanao, I always get so excited whenever we go visit a beach. We have lots of cheap choices here, and some of them can be reached within just an hour or less (depending on where you live).

So when I got to visit my mom’s hometown in Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental last October, I convinced my sister that we should finally visit Punta Diwata. It is basically considered a Cave Resort in Carmen, Agusan del Norte because it is a beach with a cliff that has a cave in it (whew)! Although it is part of a different town, it is just a 30-minute ride from our home there.

Because of its location, you can take reaaaally great pictures. And the best part? You can enter the resort for a whooping entrance fee of 20 PESOS. YES, Php 20 only! So take that, overpriced resorts of Cebu! HAHAHA

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Hear Me Roar: Meeting Tigers in Mantianak Zoo

During the Holidays, I was fortunate enough to be able to spend time with my family back in my hometown in Cagayan de Oro. As a family tradition, we also travel back to my mom’s province in Misamis Oriental to attend family reunions. While we were returning towards the city proper, we decided to stop by Sugbongcogon and visit the Mantianak Botanical Garden and Zoological Park.

Picnic and rest area in Mantianak Zoo.
Picnic and rest area in Mantianak Zoo.

This is the second time that we have been here. The main reason why we went back is because when we first got here, my son was just an infant and very unaware of the surroundings. Now that he is a toddler, we wanted to let him experience the place again. Continue reading

Temple of Leah: A Piece of Europe in Cebu

Just last week, my mother visited Cebu as part of her yearly devotion to the Holy Child, Sr. Sto. Nino. Together with her friends, we decided to finally go and see Temple of Leah as a bit of a side trip during their stay in the Queen City.

I have seen the pictures and heard a lot about the place, but I never got to stop by when we went to Sirao.

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Some random Greek statue at the Temple of Leah. Definitely not Leah.

So anyway, a lot of people already knew the “story” of the Temple of Leah. The popular story goes that Leah is the mother of known actress, Ellen Adarna. But nope! Leah is actually Ellen’s grandmother. You’ll know this because a family tree is listed inside the temple.

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2016 Summer Outing at Medellin Cebu: Bakhawan Beach Home

This post was meant to be published last year, May 2016, but certain events had kept me from finishing this post (and updating the whole damn blog) thus, the very late publication.

Since I started working in IT Park, my team usually organizes Summer outings each year. This is not really a company-wide thing, so we are free to discuss among ourselves as to where, when, and how much we’re willing to spend for it.

img20160416122827That year, the team decided to go to the same place as last year (I wasn’t able to go last year, so this is my first time to visit the place). It is somewhere near the boundary between Daan Bantayan and Medellin – it is a private beach house called Bakhawan. Continue reading