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Choice. Chance. Change. Choobi Choobi.

Choice in responding to a situation. Chance to make great. Change so you get a difference in your daily life. If you don't make what you haven't done, you wouldn't get, what you haven't got.

Those words. Those thoughts. 
It was a not-so-good evening, I was set to have a meeting with a client via Skype, and a very good electric company did not advise that their rotating brownout scheduled, as disseminated will not be followed. But I don't blame them, may be it was my fault, because I did not anticipate that they could be creative enough to change the schedule without prior notice to an insignificant customer like yours truly. 
I managed to connect and got online after several desperate attempts just to give a word to my client that I am suddenly experiencing electricity challenges. He can hear me but can't see me, it feels weird to talk to a client without seeing him, and he feels weird talking to a dark room, since the candles can't suffice, to add to the spice, I have a very low connection because I am not in an LTE zone of my data plan provider. Hence, the Skype call has been a total adventure experience trying to decipher what the other line was saying. Then, out of respect to the time of both my client and mine, my client re-scheduled. What a CEO, he was so considerate. And I am thankful that he re-scheduled without further stressing about the situation.
But it did got to my nerves that time. I can do nothing about the situation, but to let it go. I decided to go out with my partner. πŸ™‚ She agreed, and we went to Centrio Ayala Mall.
We wanted to try a new place, we checked the restaurants and we've dined in all of those in the place, except for Choobi Choobi. We have quickly decided to have our dinner there. Actually, it's supposed to be just her, coz I already had my dinner before the supposed meeting. 
It's quite a cool place. And there's a local touch, since it uses "bisaya" words in their tag line. 
They have a very wide variety of menu, but we only need to have something. Plus, she's not really that heavy eater. She easily gets full. 
So for her dinner, we ordered:
1. Stuffed Grilled Squid
2. Crispy Kalamari
3. Halo-halo
4. No juices. Just plain, mineral water.
Simple meal for a not-so-hungry tummy. Not stress eating either. Just needed to breath some fresh air from outside. πŸ™‚

We have generally enjoyed the dinner (well, I didn't intend to eat, but got tempted to taste the Stuffed Grilled Squid and Kalamari. 
Finished off the dinner, and off to watching Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. But, first, let us take a phot.
Review of Choobi-choobi
Sanitation: 4/5 it was clean. Easily gets cleaned. Fast crew to clean the table every after guest use.

Service: 2.5/5 the food took a little bit longer to be on our table. When the Crispy Kalamari was served, it took another 10 minutes to get the Stuffed Grilled Squid to follow and served our table. But the crew were friendly and welcoming.
Price: 4/5 reasonable pricing. Worth the penny spent for the food. Not extravagantly pricey.
Place: 5/5 Cozy place. Not so quiet but not so loud and noisy. Just good for dinner convo. Well ventilated and well lit place.
Food Taste: 3.5/5 there's nothing so outstanding with the food taste, but it's already sufficient to fill our tummies. (Disclaimer: we've only tasted Stuffed Grilled Squid and Crispy Kalamari. Well also Halo-halo and this review on food taste is only based on those. Some of the food may have excellent taste.)
For a complete list of their food choices and corresponding prices, you can browse their menu.
They are located at Centrio Ayala Mall's 2nd floor.

#doroexplorero #dorolakwatsero #doroadventures #foodadventures #laagAsia #laagPinas #suroyWorld #Choobichoobi #Choobi-Choobi

  

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™‚

I was informed that it's best to stay or go to Paradise Island. Well, Samal is a white sand beach island, so it's not just the beach. It also has something to do with the accommodation or service of Paradise Island why, they have been consistently endorsed by several people I've known who is from Davao or who have been to Samal. So here my Paradise Island experience.

We arrived early in the morning and of course, I can't miss the sunrise! It's just so beautiful!

As soon as we stepped, our stomach demanded to be filled. The only vice that you can't really leave. Eating! Breakfast is just the first thing we wanted to do. We didn't care where to go, we just want to eat. It's around 6:30 AM. We were told we can stay anywhere in the area, restaurant area is where people with no food are allowed to stay and eat. You can choose from their menu below, some of the food items they serve.

 So I tried their bacon breakfast, with egg. Then I wanted to taste their "Durian cafe'", so I ordered one.

Here you go, my first sip of the Durian coffee. It smells and tastes like Durian of course. But I like how it was blended with a coffee mix. Superb taste! Good job! Whoever made the menu, "thumbs up" to the Durian Coffee! πŸ™‚

Then I also tried their Pineapple Orange Fresh Fruit Juice! Since it's fresh fruit, the juice is really extracted, and I can tell it's fresh by its taste and the granules  or extracts are evident in the juice itself! Another thumbs up!

After we've obliged to our tummies' demands, we needed to do something. I browsed through the net where we can possibly go. And we did have a tour. More details are posted here.

After we had our tour, we went back to Paradise Island. We had a ticket to be allowed entry without paying once again the entrance of P200.00.

As we entered the restaurant area this time (already in the afternoon around 3:00 P.M.) we were welcomed by the sound of music played by the live band.

I went around checking the place out, I found this area. Billiards! Wow! If you're into it, you can play here. I checked, and it's for a per hour fee. I just didn't know how much per hour.

There is also a self-service area, for guests with food and drinks including fruits and snack items. If you want to go on budget, you can choose to buy and bring your own food.

I didn't want to miss this scene. A relaxing view of the beach, sea, sun and sand in an afternoon!

I also noticed there's a table tennis area too!

And who wouldn't notice this? Giant pieces of chess.

If you are coming with kids, no problem they have something to play on! Haha ride on kids! C'mon! πŸ™‚

They also have a souvenir shop. They sell of course Samal Souvenir Items.

They also had a poster of getting around the Paradise Island area. So there, you have an instant guide!

This is their kitchen area. Where food comes from.

 Some information regarding their entrance fees:

 Read their rules and regulations too.

Tariff for room rates, etc.

Of course, I took a close look at their restaurant's menu in the afternoon and I was presented a different menu book. Here it is for the items and prices of Paradise Island's restaurant.

We weren't hungry as we just had our lunch at around 12:30 P.M. so we just tried their Halo-halo. I ran out of battery then, so I wasn't able to take a photo of the halo-halo. Typical, sweet taste halo halo. πŸ˜€

Review:

Service: 4.5 Took them a bit longer to serve the food. Although I would understand it's peak season. The crew really don't know where is which item. I tried asking for something  at the reception and I was pointed at one direction then when I asked the crew in the direction I was told to go, I was pointed back to the reception. haha well, again let's give them the benefit that they are very busy because tourists are flocking in by tens or more in almost every say 30 mins. I also didn't receive smiles while I was asking questions. So, yeah, they needed to improve this.

Ambiance: 5.0 it's a cool place to stay. I love it there. There's just so much to enjoy. My P200.00 entrace fee was worth it!

Sanitation: 5.0 I didn't have problems with leftovers on table when we were searching for a place. When I used their comfort room, dressing room and shower room are all cleaned up. Water supply is also good. Didn't have problem. Thumbs up on cleanliness of the area.

Price: 4.9 I guess it's reasonable, considering we only paid P200.00. Their room rates are also reasonable, if you'd look at it. I am evaluating the prices based on the ambiance I've experienced. Worth the penny.

Even with the petty issues I've experienced, I'd still recommend this place for stay. πŸ™‚ Thank you Paradise Island! πŸ™‚

We originally planned to go backpacking and not stay there for one night. We'll just go to Davao for the seminar and go home afterwards. We'll sleep while riding the bus back home. But when my appointment was canceled, I immediately suggested change of plans. And yes, the plan was changed. We were left with no choice but to stay, and enjoy Davao! We're going to Samal the following day! So, we found a good and cheap place to stay! Efemela!
When there's already a need, resources immediately becomes within sight or periphery. It's as if, the resources are just around, waiting to be tapped. Isn't it that sometimes, you don't notice the thing before the need for it arises? That's exactly what happened. Thanks to the good souls who accommodated us. 
Efemela is within the City of Davao. Their address and contact numbers are found here:

They have cheap rooms as low as P650 for Single room. Contac them on those visible numbers of the above picture. They are very welcoming and warm to guests. 
They also have monthly packages, if you wish to stay longer. They have monthly rates here.

But you see, it's not just the rates. I like their set-up too. The place is so cool with these wall.

And here's a snapshot of our room, I was not able to take a pic on the side where the TV was hung, and a little cabinet/closet for things and clothes. Rooms have their own comfort rooms as well.
We had a comfortable rest and sleep in Efemela. And would surely stay again there, if I'll visit Davao in the future. πŸ™‚
Review:
Service: 5.0 We were actually asking about the packages, ways, and tours in Samal, and the girl on the reception was just too patient answering all my questions! Thanks to her. We were able to go to Samal. Our reservation was duly noted, and we were given a very accessible room.
Sanitation: 4.9 It's clean, but there are areas in the comfort room, I found a little stain or should I say dirt on some areas of the comfort room. But very negligible, I was just meticulous.haha I saw it. And didn't escape my sight.
Price: 5.0 Very reasonable and affordable. A go to dormitel if you're looking for good quality, cheap-priced, comfortable, temporary dwelling.
Ambiance: 5.0 Very comfortable. Quiet. Accessible. It's in front of a kitchenette where great tasting food are served. I just didn't remember I'm not sure if it was Mhalda. Or something sounds like that. A good place to stay.

Have you ever been caught in a place that you haven't been to, and don't have any idea what to do? With the universe's conspiracy you were meant to be in that place? What would you do? Thank God, there's google, there are bloggers, there are already information available online. 
I was supposed to travel back to Malaybalay, Bukidnon after our "Intelligent Investing" seminar with the Association of Finance Educators in Mindanao. But, suddenly the appointment in Bukidnon was canceled, and we wanted to make use of the time while we are still in Davao. What can we do? Mr. Google and Bloggers across the country helped us. I browsed through the internet all the possible things we could do, of course, top of the list is SAMAL island. 
Again, the question is, what can we do in Samal? I consulted the internet, and there were couple of travel agencies, but when I contacted their numbers, all of them rejected us. LOL! Actually, because it's peak season, I understand that they are all fully booked. But I wanted to go to SAMAL! Haha So I said, we will go D-I-Y! Who cares! I have to go there! haha Travel tours of agencies are all fully booked, some were even still fully booked as of this writing. All the more that I wanted to go to Samal even just for a day. I want to see what it is that people would want to go there! It's again a different thing if you hear it, versus you actually been there. 
I asked my auntie, who's from Davao City too where we could possibly go. She said we have to go to Paradise. And it's recommended that we go there early. First trip to Samal Island is 6:00 AM. I also saw the rule on a large tarpaulin at the port mandated by MARINA. So, I told my friend, we'll get up 5:30 and leave for the port at Magsaysay, board the vessel/barge going to Samal. We were advised, we'll pay around P40.00 for the trip.
But, when I asked the receptionist in the morning as to how to go to Magsaysay, she told me our mentor, friend Mr. F will take us there. Thank you sir! And we were not taken to Magsaysay, he knows a port, where the ferries are going to dock at Paradise Island itself. We were early to witness the sunrise, but we were just on time, since as soon as we took our seats in the ferry, the engine started! So, off we go! 
As we arrived in the Island, I was astonished by the sunrise that welcomed us into the Paradise!

We had breakfast at Paradise Island!

Then my research proved to have pointed us to the consistent places to visit when in Samal Island.
Before we could get to the destination, we have to find the transportation! One of our concerns is that, my friend Mr. CFG is not used to riding a motorbike. You see, he's not a promdi like me.haha And it's one of his fears, riding a motorcycle. But we have no choice, it's the only transportation available to tour us around Samal, with only two of us. We were told, they're going to charge P300/hour. I reacted! What? They said, (I know it's a marketing strategy), they can have a package. Unlimited hours for only P1,200 per motorcycle. I thought of the package we were not able to avail, it's almost equal to the two motorcycle. So I said, GO! Lez do thiz! Just get us back here by 4:00 PM. So we can still go back to Davao City by 5:00 PM the boat's last trip to the City.
Here are some places we went to and sort of itinerary for the entire day! A day trip in Samal Island I'd say.  
1. Hagimit Falls - a great, relaxing and enchanting water falls. Entrance fee is P5.00 environmental fee, and then another P40.00 for the property's entrance. Total cost P45.

2. Bat Cave - my first time to visit a Bat Cave. We had to take this picture at the entrance. Pay P5.00 again for the environmental fee, and another P100.00 for the property's entrance. 

3. Taclobo - this one we opted to pass on this one. We did go there. But when we were there, we were not equipped with underwater camera. I haven't got one yet and we think we can't get the value of our money without the pictures of what we can see there. Here we were supposed to witness more than 3,000 Taclobos. Clamps! To do it, you'd pay P500.00 for the boat to go to the area, then pay P200 (I am not sure with this one, but this was what I could remember told to us) for the snorkeling gadgets, etc. I then just took a photo of the Island at a closer look.

4. Overview at Kaputian  - we had to stop at the place where we can have a look of the Island at bird's eye view. We were not informed there was entrance fee. As we were about to leave, we were asked for the entrance fee of P10.00 each. 

5. Fish Feeding - we did not do this as we were tired. But we were informed that it's free in Paradise Island, included in our entrance fee of P200.00 as we arrived. 
Our lunch was at Farmer's Bar and Resto in Penaplata, Samal (will have the review on a separate blog). Took a picture with our drivers! πŸ™‚
We wrapped up our day relaxing in the beachfront of Paradise Island. What an amazing sight of Beach with the live music of the band! 

Such a fulfilling day! From sunrise to sunset at Samal Island! Thank you for the great trip! Thank you to my friend boss CGF for going with the flow! Congratulations on conquering your fear! 
I can't let the day pass and leave Paradise Island without my own proof of visit. Here I asked a picture taken with me at the entrance as we leave for the port to Davao City.

No-filter, breath-taking and relaxing view of the sunset at the port of Paradise Island!
If you have questions which cannot be answered on this post feel free to ask on the comment box. If you want to say something just hit the comment box below! Take risks! Travel more! Life is short! Keep moving! Live each day, don't miss it! It's a gift!

One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another.
An uncle of R. U. Darby was caught by the "gold fever" in the gold-rush days, and went west to dig and grow rich. He had never heard of that more gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has he ever been taken from the earth. He staked a claim and went to work with pick and shovel. 
After weeks of labor, he was rewarded by the discovery of of the shining ore. He needed machinery to bring the ore to the surface. Quietly, he covered up the mine, retraced his footsteps to his home in Williamsburg, Maryland, told his relatives and a few neighbors of the "strike." They got together money for the needed machinery, and had it shipped. The uncle and Darby went back to work the mine.
The first car of ore was mined and shipped to a smelter. The returns proved they had one of the richest mines in Colorado! A few more cars of that ore would clear the debts. Then would come the big killing in profits.
Down went the drills! Up went the hopes of Darby and Uncle! Then something happened. The vein of gold ore disappeared! They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was no longer there. They drilled on, desperately trying to pick up the vein again - all to no avail.
Finally, they decided to quit.
They sold the machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars, and took the train back home. The junk man called in a mining engineer to look at the mine and do a little calculating. The engineer advised that the project had failed because the owners were not familiar with "fault lines." His calculations showed that the vein would be found just three feet from where the Darbys had stopped drilling! That is exactly where it was found.
The junk man took millions of dollars in ore from the mine because he knew enough to seek expert counsel before giving up. 

(Story from Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich")

In your busy time, bear in mind that you are fearfully and wonderfully made! As described in this verse you are a masterpiece, created by the master potter.
Often we limit our identity to what we have, to our job, rank or position. Sometimes we identify ourselves as being lowly solely on the basis of income. Sometimes we feel we belong to a certain class. But what our ultimate identity is, is the identity we have in our creator. We are masterpiece!
A masterpiece is so valuable that people would bid higher price for it. And we are way beyond valuable that Jesus Christ bid with His own life at stake to redeem us.
I hope today, as you busy and huggle through the issues and transactions of the day, yiu remember that you are valuable. Paid with the highest price, created by the Almighty One! Fearfully! Wonderfully! Made!
God bless you!