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In our El Nido trip, we had spent two days, and two nights. We availed two tour packages one is for Tour A which I wrote about hereΒ and we had Tour C. This is what I am writing about here now. πŸ™‚

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People may ask, why you travel. You have the choice to answer or not. You don't need to explain. Almost all travellers know, that there's something in travelling that makes you do more than you already did. 
I am blessed to have traveled once again, after my international travel back in August, by October 3-4, 2015, I've once again packed, and went on a domestic travel. 
As much as I want to be well traveled across the world, I would also want to know much much more about my own country's destinations. This time, I (along with friends) booked a travel (exploration) to Sohoton Islands, Socorro, Surigao del Norte.
I have been informed months ago, that the place is worth the travel. It would take you 6-8 hours of travel from Cagayan de Oro. We left at around 1:00 A.M. and we've arrived in Sohoton (Club Tara) at around 8:30 A.M. You'd immediately be amazed by the view. 

Travel Tip #1: Travel at night time, so you'd have a whole daytime exploring, saves you time. No need to file leave if you don't have a work on a Saturday. Sohoton could be a weekender adventure!

So what to do in Sohoton? What to expect when in Sohoton?

Sohoton, like Britania's Island hopping is composed of several islets where you can explore. Swim. Dive. Snorkel. But, here, there's also adventures like "caving". 

First stop, Sohoton Gamay entrance to Bolitas Cave. 

Safety first! 

It's the climb!

At the entrance of the cave, these lovers are a great subject!

What's inside.

The miner?

Just like other caves. πŸ™‚

Next stop was Lagoon Tiktikan. There's a lake where you can take great pictures!

It's hot but it's cool!

She doesn't want to pose, how bout a stolen shot?

I was able to force her to pose! Haha hello there! πŸ™‚

At the monumental seat!

Can't stop smiling and clicking 'eh?

Next stop is Sohoton's Bucas Grande Island, this is where you'll ride the banca going to the non-sting jelly fish area.

After we went to the non-sting jelly fish area, we went back to Bucas Grande (quasi-port), then proceeded to a restaurant nearby, to order our lunch meals. 

Travel Tip #2: You need to order ahead of time, preparing your food is about two incredible hours if you're lucky! 

After we placed our orders at the Cafe, we sailed (naks! actually we head) towards the Sohoton Cove, I can't exactly remember the name of the place, but it's still Sohoton, we needed to duct at some area. See my video footage below.

This is where I had the longest eight seconds of my life. In one of the areas, you'll have to dive into the deep blue-green sea water in order to get to the inside of the cave and see the stalactites and stalagmites. 

After the longest eight seconds of my life, (I was the only one who dared swim towards the inside of the cave) we proceeded to another cave, where we have to climb up, and if one decides to go inside, climb, one is left with no choice but to finish it off with a jump in a fifteen feet (15 ft) cliff (diving spot).

Next to the nerve shaking jump, is our sumptuous lunch!

Then, we decided to go Island hopping after lunch. One of the islands we've visited is Bobon Island (not sure with the spelling), but we did enjoy the white sand shore  of the island (islet), it's ours to explore since there's only us left to explore the entire island. Wow! 

The star and the starfish!

After the island hopping, we decided to go back to Club Tara.

Some of us were itching to take a bath after a long day of adventure, some were still motivated to go kayaking. 

At night, Club Tara has a pool area where guests can gather, talk, chitchat, and chill out. 

It was a day of many  adventures, beautiful, sweet, amazing adventures! 

It was a happy way of connecting to the universe! 

There's just so much we've experienced, and there are just snippets of the entire adventure weekender trip! A must-visit place in Mindanao. Choose Minda-NOW!

Special thanks to CDO Travel and Tours and acknowledging the good service of Tomas one of the staffs of the Travel Agency. I'm giving you my unconditional 5/5 rating for the Travel Tours. Thank you for the fantastic experience!

If you want to contact them, you can reach them at the following information:

email: inquiry@cdotravel.com 
mobile: 09228658481 or 09261717570 
ym: joy_101travel@yahoo.com

They also have a page on facebook where you can follow for more travel tour packages and promos at CDO Travel Tours Facebook Page

Come! Explore Mindanao. Choose Mindanao, choose MindaNOW! 

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What are the top places in Kuala Lumpur? If you haven't booked a City Tour yet, then you can use some of these items below as a guide. Traveling in Kuala Lumpur and having your D-I-Y Tour is also quite a good adventure!
When in the City of Kuala Lumpur, you can have a City Tour. I booked a City Tour for convenience sake. Again, because I initially planned to have someone with me, and it was for her benefit (supposedly), that I preferred convenience. Again, however, I had to travel solo, and the booking is non-cancellable. So, I just go with the flow, and enjoyed the city tour. 

I was picked up in my hotel at around 8:30 A.M. it was a seat in coach van tour so, it's very convenient. #1 The first stop was at the Palace of the King (see photo above). It's a grand place, the palace being at the top of the place. There are guards outside the gate. The traditional guard who doesn't move even if people takes photos with them.

Then the driver took us to their #2 Museum, it's where we were even more convinced that we really are like the Malay. We have almost the same traditional clothes, videos and photos in their museum somehow resembled ours.
Took some photos that I wanted to share. What's in the museum? Have a sneak peek below.

Looks like a traditional outfit in the Philippines. Our Maranao brothers/sisters would resemble some of these clothing designs.

Cave men

I saw something like this in Sagada, Philippines! Although, in Sagada, it was a bit smaller because the dead were buried in a fetal position. 

Next stop is a park is this cool place that signifies the patriotism of their country's heroes. #3 National Monument is a sculpture that commemorates those who died in Malaysia's struggle for freedom, principally against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency, which lasted from 1948 until 1960. It is located in the Federal capital, Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian Houses of Parliament is situated near the monument.
It is the world's tallest bronze freestanding sculpture grouping. Every year on 31 July on Warriors' Day, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Prime Minister and heads of military and the police pay their respects to the fallen heroes by laying garlands at the monument. 
The predecessor of the National Monument is an interwar-era cenotaph originally erected by the colonial British administration on a 10m flat grass-covered ground on a roundabout adjoining Victory Avenue (now part of Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin) and Raja Road, close to the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and Railway Administration Building. Originally intended to commemorate World War I (1914–1918) and honour its war dead, the cenotaph's inscription would later include fallen soldiers of World War II (1939–1945) after the conclusion of World War II and resumption of British rule. Names of the fallen are engraved on the plaques of the cenotaph as a token of tribute to their sacrifices.
In 1964, the cenotaph was moved from its original location to the site of the National Monument in Lake Gardens before a planned flyover connecting Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin and the Parliament roundabout was constructed over the original site. Transfer of the cenotaph was made possible by dismantling the structure into catalogued parts, allowing the structure to be transported in pieces and reassembled in its original form at the National Monument. Following its move, inscriptions were added to include fallen soldiers from the Malayan Emergency (1948–1960) and an archaic Malay translation of "To Our Glorious Dead", "Untok Mengingati Jasa Pahlawan-pahlawan Yang Gugor" ("To Remember the Service of Warriors Who Have Fallen").

Next stop of the tour is #4 Royal Selangor the home of authentic Pewter! They have a ready tour guide inside the factory where we saw how the pewter and other items are being crafted. Everything made are handicraft. It's not being made out of a machine, they use manual crafting of each item. And I am glad to have visited the place. The perfect cup for your beer is Royal Selangor's Pewter!
I am sharing some of their authentic product designs!

After the Royal Selangor Tour, we had a tour at the City's stunning structures. The city holds several infrastructure designs that would capture its visitors. Our drivers told us that his indian visitors or tourists do not quite appreciate this, since they have these designs much in their place. πŸ™‚

While in the City, witnessing the grand structural designs. We were lucky to see the army passing by, on top of their tanker!
Next was a visit in the #5 chocolate factory! I had some Tiramisu Chocolates. If you ever go on tour, please visit this store, they have FREE TASTEs for all variety of chocolates. Even if you don't intend to buy (for pasalubong), just go out of the van, and at least have a taste of their delicious chocolates.

Last stop, was a distance view of the #6 Petronas Tower, where you can take great pictures with the World's Tallest TWIN Tower as a background. Then, the driver took as to the spot of the TWIN Tower itself, for a closer look.

  
And that capped off my Kuala Lumpur City Tour! I gave the driver MYR20.00 as I got out of the van. He was a funny and cool driver/tour guide. He knows a lot about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He cracks jokes and even have a good english. So, it's a great City Tour! 
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One of the things I do when I travel, is visit a good place for FOOD! I found it when Pam brought me to Nando's. I agreed because it's not in the Philippines yet. I am sharing below the items on their menu. 
I like how they started with "Life is Sweet". Sets the tone before eating. Studies have shown that it's not good to eat when you're upset. So there, good job! Makes me realize even more that LIFE IS INDEED SWEET!
Even when life gets tough at times, we couldn't discount the fact that it's sweet, why? Because, we're alive! Glad we still have a chance to live it and make it sweeter! 

And yes, it's also true, it's not good to be Hungry!
As we entered the premises we were properly greeted and welcomed by their crew. They ushered us into the table where we wanted to be seated. She handed us the menu, and we had our time to choose our meal.  

This was the food that I ordered. The chicken was so tender and the taste was distinctly delicious. The fries, is like a normal fries. But you can put a twist on it, by playing with their sauces.

Have your way with sauces, depending on your taste, we tried the two below.

I enjoyed the Wild Herb Peri-Peri Sauce. I like how it has the sour taste and the texture is smooth, filled with spices/herbs. Weirdly tasty!

Of course, we couldn't let the moment pass without the evidence. Here's our photo as we dine.

The place is soooo cool! We had linda as our servers, she talks very fast, but she's very friendly!

In the paper bag that they used, I like how Nando has promised something! It's a good one!


"My father taught me that nothing is more important than keeping your promise. The Escudo is a symbol of my promise to give you excellent quality and flavor that you you can expect from Nando's."

Nando's is one of the places I had a decent meal in Kuala Lumpur! Haha because, most of the time, I just buy burgers, or street food, and it sustained me for couple of hours. The meal I had at Nando's was one blog-worthy experience!

To Linda, we were not able to say "thank you" so here goes my shout out for taking our orders well, and for welcoming us into Nando's place.


Review of the Experience:

Service: 4.5/5 quick service I'd say.

Sanitation: 5/5 everything was neat and clean. Cool place to dine.

Price: 5/5 it's worth it! It's not expensive.

Food: 4.5/5 I enjoyed the taste. I'm a rice eater, and there's a little rice! HAHA but yeah, it's good! Must-try!


        

I don't usually spend much for accommodation. I know how to live simply when I am away from home, I just need a place to rest and relax. But this was different, because I initially planned to be with someone, I booked an accommodation, not in a usual simple-low-cost-good-for-rest hotel. Instead, I booked a suite room in a 5-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Would have been ______. But, due to some turns of events. Some intervention of the universe. And maybe, just maybe, some "gestation" process, I have to travel solo. 
I checked in at one of the 5-star hotels in Kuala Lumpur, it's Pacific Regency Hotel Suites. 
A photo of the hotel standing tall. I took the photo with my iPhone outside the hotel. Its grandeur is so cool!
As I entered the room, I am quite satisfied with their suite room size. I am sharing below the photos of different areas in my suite room. It's good for two, but for someone who grew up with a big family. I guess my entire family can fit into this good-for-two room! Haha It's spacious enough for a family of 5 or 7. Had a video of my entrance to the room here.

There is a space for you to work. Work area. There's a sink. There's a microwave, refrigerator, storage cabinet. Just like when you're at home. 

If you have guest in your room, you can have them occupy this part of your room. Sofa and a table. You can some drinks. How cool is that?

Below is the photo of the Restroom. It smells so good, I wanna take a bath as I entered. 


They have as usual, cold and hot shower. And a cabinet for some of your things to settle in. Inside the cabinets, were the bath robes and of course the disposable slippers. 

As I sat on the side of my bed, I saw this well placed item on the table beside my bed. It's where I could write something for them, and used this notepad, to scribble some of my thoughts on my solo travel to KL.
You can leave this card (I did) on your bed, so they don't need to change the linen. For environmental-friendly practices.
The menu were also placed in another table on the side of the suite room, where the available food in their restaurant, drinks in the bar and other services that the hotel is offering were presented in the menu book. 

Like any other hotels, yes, they use hotelcard for their locks and electricity in the room. It's true, the one home where two worlds meet.

If you don't want to be disturbed, you can put this sign! Haha PRIVACY PLEASE! πŸ˜€

In their ad, their location is opposite the Twin Tower. I looked outside my room, and it's true. I can see the Petronas Tower from the view in my window.

Toiletries were all set in the lavatory. 
Travel Tip: Five star hotels have these, so you don't need to bring them:
  1. Clean face towels, 
  2. shampoo, 
  3. conditioner, 
  4. body wash, 
  5. soap
  6. tooth brush
  7. toothpaste
  8. shaver
  9. comb
  10. floss
  11. stitching paraphernalia
  12. disposable slippers 
  13. bath robe 

As curious as I am, I checked out some more amenities. I found out that they have a swimming pool and a bar at the roof deck. Cool place to stay and relax, have some drinks and enjoy the moment.

You can do some leisurely-working stuff beside the pool. 

So, for the review summary of the Pacific Regency Hotel Suites
Service: 5/5 very prompt, direct and convenient.
Sanitation: 5/5 everything was neat and clean. 
Price: 5/5 it's worth every penny. 
Room/Place: 5/5 I enjoyed the place. Spacious. Grand. Greatly maintained.
I guess, they were able to live up to their standards as a 5-star hotel! Thank you Pacific Regency Hotel Suites for the accommodation!
#doroexplorero #dorolakwatsero #laagAsia #suroyWorld #PacificRegencyHotelSuites #KLSolotravel #solotravels #MalaysiaTrip 

My Singapore trip was fantastic, but I am still bound to another adventure solo trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

I love how countries are just too close that you can travel from one country to another. In this short vacation/trip I was able to travel to three different countries, makes every penny I've spent worth it.
My next stop, Kuala Lumpur is one of the places that people in our country also visits. And it's been making some noise online with its attractions. I browsed the net about it, and here's what I found. 
According to http://www.kuala-lumpur.ws/klhistory.htm 
"Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia is located within the heart of Selangor state. It is bordered by mountainous ranges on all sides except in the East, which is why Kuala Lumpur and its adjoining areas are called the 'Klang Valley'.
Its name literally means 'muddy capital' in Malay, because of its establishment in the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. It was previously part of Selangor until 1971, when it separated to form Malaysia's capital under the Federal Government."
I've been thinking about what to do in Malaysia. Of course, the Twin Tower was there, but what more? So, what's Kuala Lumpur like? I wondered in my mind as I travel to Kuala Lumpur on the night of the 29th. 
On my flight to KL, I was privileged to have been assigned a seat nearest the window and on the second row of the aircraft! I feel like VIP! haha 

So, as we depart from Singapore, I took a shot at the sky and the areal view of the country.
We boarded at 7:00 P.M. and that was a stunning view up in the sky looking at Singapore with the lights on. Just what I wanted. Just what I imagined to do. 
 Travel Tip #1: Try to be on the window side seat, so you can have an aerial view of the place you are visiting. It's gonna be awesome! 
As we arrived in Kuala Lumpur, I also had the privilege to take an aerial view photo of Kuala Lumpur at night.
It is again my first time in Kuala Lumpur, some not-so-good thoughts occurred in my mind which I immediately rebuked and refused to imagine. I looked for the immigration where I needed to present myself as a tourist and get my passport stamped. There is a lane for ASEAN member country's citizen, so I went to fall in line. I saw Filipino looking people but I was afraid to speak to them, as from my experience, we look like Cambodian, Thai or Malay.
At the immigration, I was asked nothing but "how long are you going to be here?" Which I quickly answered, I'd be here only until the 31st. And off she stamped my passport for 30 days stay as a tourist. Very quick and easy. No hassle. No further questions. 
Now the next challenge is, where do I go? Unlike in Singapore, I've already researched where to go, I even had the map, thanks to Jackie for the map and railway guide. But this time, I felt so alone. After the immigration, I was lost! I didn't know which way to go. 
Although, I know I should go to the hotel, I don't know where I could get a cab or even ride a railway, worst, I don't know if the hotel is within close vicinity of a train station. So, I opted to look for the bus or taxi stand. 
From the immigration, take the exit, look for the sign which indicates down stairs, there's an escalator, as you descend you'll see booths in a side, and you'll see ticket booths for taxi. They'll give you a coupon as proof that you have paid and your destination is also indicated there. These are the legit taxi which are safer than the taxis outside the airport. 
Travel Tip #2: It's convenient and safer, to get a taxi at the taxi ticket office at the ground floor of the airport in KL. They will ask you for the destination and you will pay the fix rate, although it's a bit pricey than the train (as usual). 
Travel Tip #3: If you know the nearest train station to your hotel, you can take the train from KL Airport to KL Sentral, then ride another train to your destination. I didn't know this so I wasn't able to do this.
I took a cab, paid RM$70.00 from the airport to Pacific Regency Hotel. On the way, I was told by my indian driver that he might not be able to take me to the hotel, as there's a rally going on. He told me about the anomalies that their leader in Malaysia did. He was sharing it passionately. And asked me how inconceivable it was, how some people could do it. His english is quite good, and we had a good conversation, about how he came to Malaysia and left Singapore, and some other things he shared to me about Malaysia and his life as a driver.
I told my driver, I couldn't take the train if he'd drop me somewhere else. It's my first time, and I might get lost. It's already 10:00 P.M. and I can't afford to walk on the streets I haven't been to ever before. He called someone, I'm guessing, another driver and asked if the traffic situation in KL Sentral has improved, fortunately, after the call, he informed me that it has somehow subsided and he reckoned he can take me to the doors of my hotel.
As we drove, I saw this high rise building with the mark of one of the prominent business in KL, the Berjaya Times Square! Stood tall in the city that couldn't go unnoticed, and couldn't help but click some shots to capture this. I'm still inside the taxi as I took this photo.
Travel time from KL Airport to Pacific Regency Hotel is around an hour. Thankfully, when we arrived in the city, there was no traffic jams, no rallies. We found out, that the rally has already been called off. And in a few minutes, I was already at the doorsteps of my hotel. 
It's a nice 5-star hotel. My first time to experience a 5-star hotel. And yes, only in Malaysia. Thanks to Agoda.com for the online booking. Way convenient and easy. I will be writing a review in another post. So keep posted. πŸ™‚
Travel Tip #3: Bring extra cash or credit card for the deposit. Hotels usually have deposits, specially 5-star hotels like Pacific Regency Hotel. Deposit is RM$200.00 which will be given back to you as you check out. So, you should extra, even if the hotel booking for the entire duration of the stay has already been paid.
It was a great time sleeping after a long day in Singapore and the travel from SG to KL, from KL Airport to the hotel. My body needed to reminder for rest. It simply fell into deep sleep after my entire body touched the linen on my hotel bed. 
In the morning, I agreed to meet my beautiful, long-been-silent friend and classmate Pam, who I was surprised to know, been working in KL for quite some time. She generously agreed to take me to Batu Caves, since I didn't have a guide going there. 
I asked from the hotel crew some directions to the train stations, and gladly discovered that the crew is a Filipino! He explained and directed me to the streets where I should go to reach the train station. Pacific Regency Hotel is near a train station. Couple of steps away. Then from the train station, I went to KL Sentral, I met Pam. 

From KL Sentral you can also take a train to Batu Caves. As to how much, I didn't know. Thanks to the sponsorship and generosity of Pam! πŸ˜€ 
And here below I'll be sharing my photos at Batu Caves. It's an engineering icon and breakthrough. According to mmadventure.com "Batu Caves, is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, located in Gombak district, 13 kilometres (8 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village. The Batu Caves is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. Murugan Statue at the entrance of Batu Caves."
Batu Caves is free admission. Most merchants and traders you'll find here are the indians. You'll find them at the entrance selling just almost everything, souvenir items, key chains, ref magnets, decorations, religious articles, books, etc.
From the entrance, you'll be ushered to the view of the temple where the Hindu pray. Photo on the left below.
And of course, the icon is not the temple, it's the Standing at 42.7 m (140 ft) high, the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, is located outside Batu Caves, near the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The statue, which cost approximately 24 million rupees, is made of 1550 cubic metres of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars and 300 litres of gold paint brought in from neighboring Thailand. (Lifted from http://mmadventure.com/kuala-lumpur-attractions/batu-caves.htm)

Rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a 100 m-high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, visitors must climb a steep flight of 272 steps.
At the base of the hill are two more cave temples, Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave, both of which are full of Hindu statues and paintings. This complex was renovated and opened as the Cave Villa in 2008. Many of the shrines relate the story of Lord Murugan’s victory over the demon Soorapadam. An audio tour is available to visitors. (Source http://mmadventure.com/kuala-lumpur-attractions/batu-caves.htm)

I am not a Hindu, but I believe in spirituality. I checked out the temple. Took stunning pictures and noticed that there are also several Filipinos there, most of them are also on a holiday. It didn't take me long to explore the area as it's a temple, and it's meant to be respected for our Hindu brothers and sisters. After I get a glimpse of the entire area, I descended where Pam was patiently waiting for me.
As we head back to the City, I had the occasion to take a picture inside the new train we just hopped in for a trip back to KL Sentral! New, neat and clean train!
Travel Tip #4: Do not book for a tour to Batu Caves, it's just soooo easy to go there, explore it yourself. If you know how to read, you can go there, without a tour guide. Saves you a lot of money. Also, you get to explore the train stations! Just ask for directions. Humans are still willing to help. πŸ™‚

#doroexplorero #dorolakwatsero #laagAsia #suroyWorld #AsianCountries #KualaLumpur #BatuCaves #MalaysiaTrulyAsia #MalaysiaTour #solotravels #KLSoloTravel #MalaysiaTrip

It was Independence Day! And yes, we spent the Independence Day in this amazing place of South Cotabato! We were welcomed by the Great King Sun! Such a sign that he's with us on this trip! 
My curiosity for this place started when I joined a trivia quiz and the answer of the tourist spot, which I unfortunately haven't visited and heard yet is this! Since then I can't get my mind out of it. Until one of my colleagues in the office offered a trip going to this place! What should I do? Of course, by all means, join the trip! Hence, I've made it here! 

Below is a photo of the unperturbed beauty amidst the advent of technology and globalization. This place has remained seemingly undisturbed by the noise and haste of the cities and neighboring places. Look at the photo below. The stillness is a bliss!

The #BukidLife we have here, it's not the typical vacation where you'll be welcomed by gold-plated staircases but you'll be welcomed by the homy, primitive set up and ambiance of the hotels or inns. The hotel/resort that we booked in happens to enjoy and wishes to maintain to be so, being a good old resort home away from home!
So here's our room, sorry, my room, they are just invaders! haha Enjoy my room guys! LOL!
And adding some drama to the photo op is Chef F. C. My room overlooking the lake's view!
And what would come to your mind? Just anything, look at this man below! haha
And without anyone, this is my window's view. πŸ™‚
The room in a peaceful and calm state. T'was a great room. Good for two, but I was occupying this alone! Such an amazing thing. haha I love to be alone. 
As soon as we arrived in the place, we asked about the activities that we can do. And we were told that we can have the tour around the lake. Yes, you are not mistaken, we are in LAKE SEBU! So, we asked that we be ushered to the place where we can have the lake tour, and our hotel fortunately was able to accommodate our need. We were taken to the resort where we need to pay for the lake tour. 
On our way there, we happen to manage a selfie, or wefie!
Below is a photo of us on board the vessel for the lake tour! The tour offers you a fun site-seeing and be entertained by the tour guide's historical and educational lectures, while also performing for your consumption.


I have the privilege to have taken footage of the dances performed by the native T'boli in the area.
First dance is TRUE Dance watch video here.
Next dance is Seductive Dance watch video here. Starring our very own colleague Ms. R. C. L.
Here's another Seductive Dance by the Princess herself. Princess Hannah!
Sharing here our video as we started the lake tour.
Included in the lake tour package is the food (lunch). Since their pride is the Tilapia, they are serving these, Tilapia Curry and Fried Tilapia. The specialty viand of Lake Sebu!


We were blesed to have been joined by locals dressed in their traditional T'boli attire. πŸ™‚

The tour wouldn't be complete without myself having a photo taken with the Princess of the Tribe herself. 

After our Lake Sebu tour, we went back to the hotel, for a few minutes, or an hour of rest. Then we set the next trip will be towards the 7 falls! 
On our way to the 7 falls, I can't help but click again. Look at this raw, unedited, unfiltered view!

It's where you'll see another majestic water falls in the Philippines. There's literally 7 falls. One of the highlights would be the Zipline, highest in Asia, and of course, the steps going up through a stairway (we didn't do this one). So, for the 7 falls, we grabbed the opportunity to have the adventure captured and pasted on a mug, that which would remind us of the adventure every time we drink our coffee in the morning!
And we were lucky enough to have joined the adventure of the renowned #ElGammaPenumbra of Asia's Got Talent! hello there EGP!

After the adventure, we went to a floating restaurant in Lake Sebu! Thanks to our driver/tour guide! They took us to this amazing place, where we had our dinner! To dine floating over the lake! How about that? Living the time or our life! πŸ™‚

It's me pulling the rope to fetch my colleagues and bring them to the floating restaurant!

Yep, you guessed it right! It's yours truly, haha #feelingpro
How about a glimpse from atop Lake Sebu? 
The next day, we set our trip back home! But as we've discussed, we decided to might as well, go to General Santos! Haha But wait, we can have a stop at Surallah! Have you heard of it? It's just around 15 minutes from Lake Sebu, South Cotabato!




After the joyride and short stop at Surralah, we proceeded to Denmark Terminal for our trip to General Santos. And this unique and misleading address of the terminal is fun to take a jumpshot selfie! So here it is! πŸ™‚ #doroexplorero's Signature Jumpshot!
In General Santos, we only managed to visit SM General Santos, and well visit Starbucks, but wait! I made another Jump Shot too!



After our short stop at General Santos, we headed to Davao City, yes, the peaceful city of Davao! We craved for Durian, so we couldn't let the opportunity pass. We need to have some Durian for ourselves. They say it here, DAVAO LIFE IS HERE!
We actually devoured one 4 kilo Durian for our craving's satisfaction. The opened Durian's video is here.
We also had to stop at one of Davao's uniquely located Restaurant Jack's Ridge! πŸ™‚
We had our dinner in Jack's Ridge! Well, this was a dinner date I suppose, I was just a joiner! Intruder. Chaperone. πŸ™‚ I have video of why this dinner is romantic! πŸ™‚ Watch it here.
Panoramic view of Davao City
And that is our way of capping off our Lake Sebu-Surallah-GenSan-Davao Trip! What an Independence Day! Another way to enjoy Mindanao. Choosing #MindaNOW!
As we head back home, this view of sea of clouds did not escape my sight. This was captured while on board a bus, going back home, this was taken with my iPhone somewhere in higher places in Bukidnon while the bus is speeding up towards CDO! #NinjaMoves #doroexplorero
Why LAKE SEBU? Aside from the curiosity that mainly drove me to take this trip, I also want to see for myself (although risky), whether it's really dangerous in this part of Mindanao, and I have proven for myself that it's okay to travel towards this part of the country. We've never encountered any dangerous incident, no threat, no bombings, no nothing, simply and purely leisure travel! I hope this opens the mind of the tourists. There's just so much the Mindanao has to offer! Choose Mindanao, MindaNOW!
#doroexplorero #dorolakwatsero #doroadventures #laagAsia #laagPinas #suroyWorld 

While people across the globe or even the country hear stories about Mindanao, most of them not-so-good and not-so-safe! I chose to travel! Chosen to travel, and will choose to travel! Mindanao has been underrated for so long, and it's time to wake up to its beauty! This post may not comprehensively show what Mindanao is and have, but at least it gives you an idea, how fantastic it is here in the land of promise!

Why do I travel? "I travel because I want to make memories all over the world."

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. To travel is indeed to live!

For all the weekends of April and May last summer, I've been traveling from one place to another. Some of my travels have already been posted:
  1. I went home to Camiguin Island and I wrote something about it here.
  2. I went to my other home Tandag, Surigao del Sur! Visited my Sister who came home from Canada!
  3. I went to visit my sister in Dipolog City and wrote something about it here.
  4. I also went to Davao's Samal Island  and shared my visit here.
  5. I also traveled to Cebu and shared about our Canyoneering here and other activities here.
  6. I was also able to visit Sagada and posted something about it here.
  7. Then finally I capped 'em off with my Surigao del Sur Summer Escapade of which I will be writing about now.
So June has come. April and May (the summer months) have officially ended. And I am glad to have spent it in Surigao. This has been a long overdue post, super late post, but might as well post it. Better late than never as they say. πŸ™‚
It wasn't my first time to visit Surigao. My Dad is from Surigao so I've been there for couple of times, however, it's my first time to visit Enchanted River. It was the main reason why I joined the travel. Enchanted has been on my list for quite some time, and I felt the need to strike it off the "to visit" list. So thank God for my friend and colleague Chef FC who invited me to join his "just started" summer! haha Ironically, he's just started his escapades because he has been caught up with a lot of things back in April and May. When he told me Enchanted is on the itinerary, I didn't blink an eye or have second thoughts, I said "yes" immediately!
The travel started on the night of May 29th. The assembly time was 10:30 P.M. and time of departure to Surigao is 11:00 P.M. I arrived at the assembly area at around 10:30 P.M. people are already there. That's when I realized, we are not going to travel in 3s or 5s. We are going to have several vans full of people. Full of travelers. Full of humans wanting to have their getaway! 
Our first stop was the famous #EnchantedRiver of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur!

Here's a video of Enchanted River's fish feeding!

We had our breakfast and proceeded to go caving! On the way to Sarsoza Punta Cave we stopped by Sibadan.

After couple of minutes, we headed to the destination!  Sarsoza Ponta Cave!

The caving photos may look like we had fun, we did but there are things I want to highlight.

  1. There is scarcity of tour guide? We lost couple of minutes waiting for the cave's tour guide. 
  2. Very poor tour guiding service. No stories, no pick up lines, no nothing. Just plain and simple guide where you should go, where to put your feet first, and where next. It appears that the tour guide are not really trained for basic tour guiding.
  3. They said, they wanted safety for all those who would enter and do the "caving" but when my friend asked if the guide had any "first-aid kit" he boldly answered "nah, wala raba", meaning he doesn't have one.
  4. Head gears are not required, so you expose yourself to risk when you go inside without a gear. Although there are head gears/helmet available for hire at the entrance.
  5. Since the cave is occupied by bats as you can see in the photos above, you'd have to expect that it's gonna smell, or you're gonna smell when you go out.
  6. If you are not that adventurous, this is not a recommended activity. 

Thank God we were able to finish the caving and got out of the cave! Yehey! But look at the this? Haha

Then we headed back to Enchanted River where we wanted and we soaked for a swim. We experienced its being enchanted. Indeed the fish are just there as you swim. They are not afraid of people swimming around them, maybe because they are already used to it.

Schools of fish comes out at around 11:30 A.M. and you would have the privilege to watch them swim with you in the cold fresh water of Enchanted River, but if you go there during summer, expect to have a competition with other tourists.  πŸ™‚

After swimming for couple of minutes or in an hour, we decided to have our lunch.

Lunch are pre ordered. Before you go to Enchanted River the tour guide would ask the van to stop at the store/tiangge/palutuan where you would order your food, as there will be no stores or restaurants within Enchanted River vicinity. The establishments' staffs then would deliver the food to the cottages where you would be assigned. The picture above was our candid picture while eating our much-awaited and hungered-for lunch.

Then we traveled to Tinuy-an Falls. We saw the wondrous multi-falls. One of the pride of Surigao del Sur. But when it's summer, the water wouldn't create big splash as it falls, the water wouldn't be as splendid as it is if it's rainy season. But yeah, traveling on a summer is also way sooo fun!

I am sharing some of the photos we were able to take as we witnessed the beauty of Surigao's #Tinuy-an Falls!

  

To see the falls' water source you have to climb. See it for yourself up close! So we climbed up and as we head back down, took some stolen shots!

 Below was the view at the top of the falls! Isn't it amazing?

After our brief visit at Tinuy-an Falls, we went directly to our respective vans and prepared for the travel to the International Doll House. Yes, you've read it right! House built by DOLLS! Some fun photos we took as we entered and checked it out.

After the Doll House visit, we went to have our stomachs filled. Java Travel and Tours were able to reserve us a place where all those who joined the tour will dine. It's an Eat-all-you-can restaurant, at a very cheap price of P99. Not bad. 
Then, we traveled to our dormitories, or places of temporary abode.
The following day, we were asked to prep early for the Island Hopping in Britania, I had a separate post about my previous trip here, but this time is different, I'm with Chef and Engr.!
I am with different company, and yeah, perks of traveling is to meet new good friends! They called us brother (brader) so we called them sister! 
Sharing again, some of the candid and well-prepared (is it?) shots in Britania the next day!
As we went to the entrance of the beach, we saw this funny pictures? Answer to the all-time question "Where do broken hearts go?"

People get busy, and yes, they might not notice the boat will be leaving soon? Are you going to swim as fast as you can to catch up? LOL!

This was a picture we took in one of the Islands in Britania! Such an amazing view!

The Victory POSE!

Selfies and photo-ops everywhere!

While on board!

When you travel, you try different food! This right here, is a must-try! Haha


Of course, if I go on Island Hopping, wouldn't it be amazing if you jump off the boat and swim all your might? haha A fun photo below capturing the experience!

And we saw some people doing, groupfie, why would we not try it?

And we also enjoyed taking photos in cave-like rock formations!

On the bridge going to the boat! Cameras are at work!

You can also go shopping some great items! Things Chef K wants!

And the beach is perfect with the heat of the sun, white sand and friends!

Fun things happen when you take pictures and you didn't know what pose to make! Wacky or formal? Or what?

As we head back home and got nearer to our residences, we stopped and clicked some more for the group to have a souvenir picture with the van and the tour guides!

Thank you new friends! Sisters! Java Travel and Tours and Chef and Engr. for the fun and crazy travel! Had a great time!

Travel Tip for Surigao:
1. Bring some food. It's gonna be a loooong travel!
2. One of the things, I've (We've) observed in Surigao is the need to improve hospitality and service industry! Do not expect everything to be prepared and well organized in establishments, from dorms to restaurants. So I am warning you, bring a lot of patience.
3. It's not as developed as the other places, so you might have to go to certain areas to withdraw some cash. So bring, a considerable amount enough to cover your expenses.
4. Reserve batteries for Cameras, Phones and Gadgets! Power banks! 
5. Slippers are good, don't bring hava! My friend's hava gave up as we climbed up the TinuyAn Falls.
6. Enjoy while it last! Stop complaining! Just enjoy the ride, the trip, the company, the environment!
7. PLEASE DON'T TRHOW YOUR GARBAGE JUST ANYWHERE! PROMOTE ECOTOURISM!
Despite my observations, (honest ones), I still choose Mindanao, because the benefit of knowing and witnessing its splendor outweighs greatly than the things I find noticeably needing improvement. All in all, I still enjoyed the trip and had a blast!
As we head back home, we've already planned the next trip... What is it? Check it out...on my next post...
#doroexplorero #dorolakwatsero #laagPinas #laagAsia #suroyWorld #SurigaoPH #BritaniaPH #EnchantedRiverPH #TinuyAnFallsPH

SAGADA has been the ultimate goal I've set for myself this summer. I've had several summer getaway during summer, but SAGADA was unique. I want to go there alone. Some may think, "gusto ko lang mag #hugot" but no. I wanted to witness the beauty of the place it self. In fact I just wanted to check it out for myself. 
It was not an easy trip going to SAGADA but would be all the rush, sweat, late meal, and every penny. One friend of mine asked, "pretty place" I undoubtedly said, "pretty" is an understatement. SAGADA had several activities and spots to offer. And it's beauty is indescribable.
I came to Metro Manila primarily to attend as part of the entourage of my very good brother in Christ Mr. MP last May 15, 2015 #MLBiyahengPagibig051515. But I was booked for a flight back to Cagayan de Oro City on the 18th early morning. Which means that I still have time to go somewhere over the weekend. 
I was thinking, can I really do it? I mean SAGADA? First time and alone? But I know "me". I love adventures! Of course, the urge to say YES is greater than the urge to say NO! So, the day just a couple of hours before my brother's wedding, I went to Victory Liner to book my ticket to Baguio. And guess what! Fully booked! 
Hmmm, what if I go to BALER, and not SAGADA? But Baler wasn't the priority this time. It's really SAGADA. I think the universe may have heard my whispers in the wind that it urged my friend AM to prod me to pursue my SAGADA plans. I told him, Victory Liner is fully booked, it's not unusual because it's summer and the next available trip is already the following day. He said, NO! It's not just Victory Liner that goes to Baguio, there's still Genesis! I've tried it before, and it was okay, my friend said. I said, let's try. 
We did go to check Genesis out. On our way to their Avenida Terminal, Getting a cab nor riding a jeep was already an adventure. Even the jeepneys are full! Seriously? All taxi seems to not care about passengers. Don't we exist here? Hello! Taxi? But no, we didn't get any cab. 
Until that destined jeepney going to Avenida, came and we were allowed to enter and take our precious seats! Yes! After around 30-40 minutes of looking for a cab or jeepney. Finally! (Don't sing ariel please!), A jeepney passing just for us! (LOL actually, we just had the opportunity to hop on it first). 
As we arrived, we saw there are buses parked in Avenida. And yes, it's Genesis! But they call their bus, Joy Bus? They said it's the same. We asked if I can hop on one of the parked buses. I got a stern "no". All were fully booked except that which would leave by 1:00 AM. Wow! Seriously? Fully booked again? But since there's a chance to have that 1:00 AM bus, we decided to stay. While we were trying to find something to fill our stomach. We left the terminal, thinking that it's still 11:00 or a couple of minutes after 11:00 PM. We went to a nearby Jollibee to feed ourselves. After having our meal, we went back to Genesis' terminal. Guess what? The bus intended for 1:00 AM has already left. Whaaat? Are you kidding me? 
TIP: Do not believe in time schedules when it's peak season like SUMMER! 
We were informed that as soon as all the seats (allowed capacity) are filled, the bus will travel even if it's not yet the scheduled time for the bus. Amazingly, most bus companies going to North has this practice! So never rely on their schedule. Book ahead, ensure your schedule! Be there earlier than your travel time! 

I did not give up! Thanks to my very supportive friend Mr. A.M. for pushing me! haha 

I was able to travel earlier than 1:00 A.M still, riding the bus, initially intended to travel by 2:00 A.M. because again, it got all filled before the scheduled time.

I arrived in Baguio at around 7:30 A.M., and guess what!? The bus going to Sagada is fully booked again! The next trip to SAGADA is by 11:30 A.M! Wow! Although there is a trip to SAGADA at 9:30 A.M. but the available seats are center seats. The trip is for 6 long hours from Baguio, so don't choose center seats unless you don't have a choice because of the schedule. Before the 9:30A.M. came, we've already left the terminal. Again, because it's full! 

We arrived in SAGADA by 3:00 P.M. There are I believe 3 bus stops that Lizardo bus usually makes their stop. Or should I say, their drivers stop. So you can be sure you can have somewhere to buy your food, if you didn't bring anything with you. But I am a light meal eater when on travel, so every bus stop I just usually pee and not really eat. I don't smoke, so I usually just use the time every stop for site and sight-seeing.  

Upon arrival in SAGADA there's the Town Hall, but that's not where you register. Go to your left where there is a Municipal Hall, register as a guest. Pay your environmental fee of P35.00. If you haven't booked a travel agency or guide yet. Ask for a guide there. Also, ask for a map! They have one to give to each guest/visitor/tourist.

Because it's already late. I went to find a hotel. I walked couple of meters away from the hall, and all hotels were fully booked! 

Another tip: If you haven't booked ahead of time, you have internet, and credit card, use www.agoda.com! They have room for everyone.haha because I was afraid I couldn't find a room for a night, I did browsed through Agoda. Thank God, there's a room available in Masferre for US$36.00. Few clicks, and my booking was confirmed.

I walked couple of steps from the hall, and yeah! It's Masferre Inn! I asked for my booked room (just a couple of seconds earlier). Then I was ushered to my room where I left my things.

I lost no time to freshen up. Went out, asked for  my guide. And off to my first SAGADA adventure!

My first adventure is CAVE Connection. According to the guide the adventures starts with a 40 minutes walk from the town center to the entry point at Lumiang/Burial Cave. Wedged at the entrance are piles of coffins. Deeper into the cave are awesome rock formations to satisfy your eyes and some rock climbing, and crawling for those thirsty for a more challenging physical activity. the exploration usually takes about 4-5 hours, ending at Sumaguing/Big Cave. I took this cave connection and just made it to the end within 1.5 hours only. Quite fast. 

Last entrance to the cave: 4:00 P.M.
Route: 

Dokiw Hanging Coffins viewpoint

Lumiang Burial Cave Entry point

As shared to me by my guide, these are small coffins, not because the people before have heights less than 4 ft. but because these people buried here, are put in the coffin in a fetal position. They believe that when a person dies, he/she goes back to how he/she came into the world, thus the fetal position when placed in a coffin. He also added that the burial in this area was a festive and happy one. The people buried in Lumiang Cave are those who died of old age. There are different places for different categories of death. People celebrate when a person dies out of old age. When he's accumulated several grandchildren and wealth, that's something to celebrate. For them, it means, they've lived their life well.

Inside the cave you'll have several physical activities including rock climbing, crawling and even rappelling. 

But it's worth it, as you'll see nature at its best under the cave! 

Sumaguing Cave exit point

Rice Terraces view point - this is something I only read about in my geography class. Not knowing, I'd come here at least for once in my life time!

Guide Fee: P800.00 for 2 visitors or less and P400 for each additional visitor.

After the Cave Connection I asked my guide's contact number for another adventure the following day. Mang Lacsim was happy to help and tour me around SAGADA. He suggested we go to Kiltepan Peak for the sunrise early in the morning, then to any of the tourist destinations afterwards. 

I went back to Masferre and relaxed! I had a long day of travel and adventure! Thank God, Masferre serves delicious food! It somehow relieved me of the physical exhaustion I've had for the day's activity.

The following day! Mang Lacsim called me at around 4:30 A.M., he's already outside the hotel to fetch me. Yeah! The sunrise! On our way to Kiltepan Peak, where sunrise can be seen magnificently along with the aerial view of the rice terraces and mountain ranges. It's best to go there on summer. However, on the day that I went there, it's very cloudy. And we haven't really witnessed the beauty of sunrise at Kiltepan Peak.

I saw, however, the "kubo" where Angelica Panganiban (That Thing Called Tadhana) shoot the scene with JM De Guzman. The famous #hugot (#whogoat) place!

The movie started the phenomena of #whogoat which also features SAGADA as the best place to relieve one's heartaches and pains with the place's scenic and serene views! As my guide put it, "Jan po sumigaw sigaw si Angelica sir!" (That's where Angelica shouted/screamed sir!). Pointing at the "kubo".

Because it's summer, tourist flocked to SAGADA like ants in a colony. They are just everywhere. Even in Kiltepan Peak. You could barely have a space for yourself. It's hard to take a selfie. Everyone is just every where.

I asked my guide to usher me back to the hotel as I will be having breakfast. I asked him if he already had one, he said he's going to have it too but outside the hotel, I asked him to join me and I'll take care of the bill, he gladly accepted! I had Filipino Style Breakfast with Native Longanisa while he ordered Filipino Style Breakfast with Boneless Fish (Bangus). 

After breakfast, it's time to decide where to go! I have a lot to choose from. But very limited time. I asked him which water falls would have lesser people and that it's possible to go there and be back by 10:00A.M. he said it should be Pongas Falls in Anikeleng, Sagada, Mountain Province. I told him to bring me there as I would be going back to Baguio before lunch.

On the way to Pongas falls, are greeneries. It's a refreshing place to be in. You will see different crops, it somehow had me revisit my childhood days, memories in the past when I see almost every day these kinds of view. 

These are newly planted cucumber. They just can't stop planting. They plant after every harvest. The guide told me that their guide services are in demand only in the summer, but after the summer they'll all go back to farming. Sagada's local population is mostly comprised of farmers, whose income mainly depend on agriculture. 

 I also have to stop and take a picture of this great scene! Green leaves of "palay"/rice. With the great mountains on the background!

 These are peanuts! Since I've been seeing different crops, I was looking for peanuts, and yes, the guide gladly told me that there are peanuts! Here they are!

Of course, this is the plant/herb that made our family's living possible. I remember back in my childhood days, I will walk for couple of miles to get ready to consume bananas! I can't let it pass. I have to take a picture, as my brain traveled fast back to my childhood days!

There's corn too! Corn has been an alternative to rice for my family. Back when I was a child, we cannot always afford to have "rice"/palay in the table. They're just so expensive. While "corn rice" are way cheaper. So as an alternative, for a rice eater, we will have steamed "corn rice". And they said it's good for health. Maybe, because we remained alive and grew up! haha

Closer look at the almost golden seeds of palay! 

 I am also not surprised by the presence of sugar cane in the field. 

In the middle of the trek, we stopped by at the what the locals call as the "Bad-ay", my guide expertly explained to me what it is. Bad-ay is a the place where the locals (native) specially, back in the old days, convene, discuss, try a case, and socialize. It's also the place where they perform rituals, during planting season and harvest season (both are festive events/rituals). Bad-ay is also the place where the men, back then, sleeps. Because their houses are very small, it can only accommodate the women, and therefore, men choose to sleep outside or in their tribe's "bad-ay". When we visited, it's evident that a ritual has recently been performed. My guide showed me the evidence. 

The trek going to Pongas Falls was enjoyable as those above were present, however, it's also challenging as it's a climb! Up to the falls, would be several thousand steps.  There are stairways and hanging bridge. 

Then when we reached Pongas Falls, there's only me and the guide! My solo experience of Pongas was amazing! You need to climb up to the top to see the majestic beauty of the falls. Up there, is the small pool, where you can get soaked, wet and sun-kissed!

I've not been to a falls where I am alone, or atleast it's just me and the guide. The guide happily watched me be amazed by the beauty of this falls. It's not well marketed yet, not yet well advertised so it's not populated at 9:00 A.M. I was thankful I chose to visit this place over Bomod-ok. Although, when I get back to SAGADA, I'll definitely, visiting Bomod-ok. 

I didn't stay longer in Pongas, as much as I'd want to, I need to catch up the bus trip by 11:00 A.M. So after getting all the positive energies of the universe through this falls, I went down with the guide, and head to the hotel. 

When we get to the hotel, I paid the agreed price for the guide, and fetched my bag at the hotel, then went directly to the terminal. A few steps from my hotel. In my arrival, bags are already lining up for the bus trip. Indicating that a person has reserved a line for a slot of seat in the bus.

I also took advantage of the waiting time, trying to document the fact, that foreigners (non-filipinos) are also in Sagada, specially this summer, they are all around! (welcome to SAGADA!) of different nationalities. Of course, our favorite neighbors and co-asian Koreans are also here! πŸ™‚ While filipino tourists are also flocking in to SAGADA!

Traveling alone to SAGADA was a rich experience for me! I became more aware of time, direction, and even had the chance to reflect and be thankful of all the things that God and the universe has allowed me to enjoy!

Some more scenes I took to and from SAGADA I'll be sharing below.

I will always treasure this first trip to SAGADA, and I am definitely coming back here! 

What I haven't visited or done in SAGADA yet, will be my priority on my next visit. (According to their publish map and travel guide). Use this as a guide for your complete SAGADA trip! Complete guide including trips schedules, fees and transportation, accommodation, etc. When In Sagada, What To Do? How Much for Which?

1. Balangagan Cave Spelunking - Also known as "Marcos Cave", it boasts of fine pure white flowstones and stunning stalactites. Be prepared to climb up its chambers or crawl along tight passages. The rock formations inside the cave are delicate and sensitive. Please avoid touching the rock formations.

Last entrance to the cave: 4:00 P.M. 
Guide fee: P650 - 4 visitors or less.
Transport Fee and Schedule: P650
8:00 A.M.    - 20 pax
10:00 A.M.  - 20 pax
12:00 N.N.   - 20 pax

2. Bumayeng Twin Falls - the trek to the falls starts at the drop off point in Barangay Bangaan, and will pass through some rice fields through natural trails/pathways.

Fee: P2,500 - 5 visitors or less (includes guide fee and packed meal).
Hike duration - 3 hours or more, one way
Transportation - P650 two-way.

3. Bomod-ok - 3 hours hike (back and forth) from Bangaan drop off point to the falls, passing through rice paddies and natural trails.

Fees: P500 - 10 visitors or less
Transportation - P650 two way vehicle hire via Aguid P500 two-way vehicle hire via Bangaan.

4. Bokong - one of the favorite picnic areas in central Sagada, it's swimming pool was carved by nature. 

Fees: P200 - 10 visitors or less
Transportation: P250 two-way vehicle.

5. Eco-tour 3 hours ofloop hike to Echo Valley Hanging Coffins, Sagada Underground River entrance, St. Mary's Church and Bokong Natural Swimming Pool passing through small river, valley/canyon, rice fields and Sagada Weaving.

Guide fee: P600 - 10 visitors or less.

6. Adventure Trail - 3 hours trek to Echo Valley Hanging Coffins passing through St. Mary's Church, enter the Underground river, forest trails, river crossing, Bokong Swimming Pool.

Guide fee: P1,000 for 10 visitors or less.

7. Echo Valley Hanging Coffins - a short hike to the view point and a challenging, slippery walk to have a close-up view of the coffins.

Guide fee: P200 - 10 visitors or less.

8. Camp by the fire - includes a Boodle Fight Dinner at any preferred campsite (Kiltepan Peak or Danum Lake). Arrangements may be done at the Municipal Information Center.

Minimum of 4 for only P1,800.
Inclusions: meals and shuttle back and forth.

9. Lake Danum/Sunset - the lake is a venue of some legendary tales, which includes how Sagada got its name. Drop by the Sagada Stoneware Pottery on the way to the lake.

Leave for Lake Danum at 4:30 P.M. 30 minutes drive from town center.
Transport fee: P550.

10. Mt. Ampacao Traverse - A loop hike from town center to Lake Danum view point then to Mt. Ampacao and down to the village of Demang or Ambasing or vice versa. This will take around 3 hours or so depending on your ability to walk on natural/mountain trails. The Ilocos Range and a hazy outline of the Ilocos coast can be viewed along the way.

Guide fee: P800 - 10 visitors or less.

11. Grassy Land/Marlboro - 2-3 hours of back trekking. It is also a camping site and a sunrise viewpoint. Rice terraces and limestone formation can be seen along the way. 

Guide fee: P600 - 10 visitors or less
Shuttle fee: P650

12. Langsayan Danum Traverse - 3 hours hike or more, passing through mossy and pine forest. The area overlooks 2 municipalities and a vast view of mountain ranges, rice terraces.

Guide fee: P1,000 - 3 visitors or less.

13. Mt. Sisipitan - The highest mountain in SAGADA, it is 2,200 meters above sea level. It is an excellent area for a day hike.

Guide fee: P2,000 each.

14. Mt. Polis - is nestled between Mt. Ampacao and the "Grassy Land/Marlboro". It provides a good view of Sagada.

Guide fee: P1,500 - 3 visitors or less.

15. Marlboro Hill - Blue Soil Traverse Trek - 4-5 hours trek passing through rice terraces and limestone formations.

Guide fee: P1,800 for 3 visitors or less.
Transportation fee: P1,350

16. Sagada to Mainit Hotspring  rek or travel by jeep to the minicipality of Bontoc to enjoy the natural hot spring in Mainit. A trip to experience the Maligcong Rice Terraces can also be included in the itinerary.

Guide fee: P2,500 each visitor (for trekking)
Additional fee from the hot spring to Maligcong.

REMINDERS FOR CAVING:
Attire: 

  • shirt (loose t-shirt), shorts/loose pants
  • rubber sandals/flipflops/rubber shoes
  • Optional - gloves
No entrance to the cave after 4:00 P.M.
Expect waist deep water in some parts of Sumaguing Cave.
HOTLINES
SAGADA PNP         0908 225 8115
Municipal Mayor      0999 991 1800
Municipal Tourism   0999 991 1801
Sagada Municipal Tourist Information Center
Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province, 2619 Philippines
Email add: sagada.mayor@gmail.com
Open: 7:00 in the morning
Close: 6:00 in the evening

SCHEDULE OF REGULAR TRIPS

SAGADA-BAGUIO (GL/LIZARDO BUS)
Bus fare: P220.00 5-6 hours

Morning Trips:
1st Trip: 5:00 A.M.
2nd Trip: 7:00 A.M.
3rd Trip: 8:00 A.M.
4th Trip: 9:00 A.M.
5th Trip: 10:00 A.M.
6th Trip: 11:30 A.M. Depending on availability of bus

Afternoon trip
Last trip: 1:00 P.M.
***Trips usually start ahead of schedule if seating capacity is full.
***No booking/reservation. First come, first serve.

SAGADA-BONTOC
Jeepney fare: P45 - 45 minutes.

Morning Trips:
1st Trip: 6:00 A.M.
2nd Trip: 7:00 A.M.
3rd Trip: 7:30 A.M. 
4th Trip: 8:00 A.M. 
5th Trip: 8:30 A.M.
6th Trip: 9:00 A.M.
7th Trip: 10:00 A.M.
8th Trip: 11:00 A.M.
9th Trip: 12:00 N.N.

Afternoon Trip
Last trip: 1:00 P.M.
***Trips usually start ahead of schedule if seating capacity is full.

BONTOC-BANAUE
Bus Fare: P150 - 1.5 hours 
Morning Trips only
1st Trip: 7:00 A.M.
2nd Trip: 9:00 A.M.
Jeepney Fare: P150 - 1.5 hours
1st Trip: 8:30 A.M.
2nd Trip: 10:00 A.M.
Afternoon Trip:
Last trip: 1:00 P.M.
BANAUE - MANILA
Night Trips only 10 hours
Olympus Bus: 7:00 P.M.
INNS/LODGING/RESTHOUSES - There are several of them. I suggest you look for them in Agoda, but if you need their contact numbers. Please feel free to request on the comment below. πŸ™‚