Sunday, December 22, 2013

Welcome to Davao!

" Davao City serves as the main gateway to Southern Philippines.  Direct flights to and from major cities in the Philippines  and Asia are available  via the Davao International Airport, a modern  facility able to handle  wider-bodied aircraft such as the Boeing 747, the Airbus A340 and the Airbus A330. Flight time to Manila (the country’s capital) is 100 minutes while Cebu City is 50 minutes away. It has daily flights to Singapore - serviced by SilkAir - and weekly-chartered flights to Manado,  Indonesia."

Read more here: Getting Around Davao

Waiting for our departure from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Termial 3

After 2 hours, touchdown Davao City! Our plane landed safely here at  Francisco Bangoy International Airport.
The airport is not that big but it is clean and the location is very convenient! This is quite close to some of the biggest shopping malls in the City.

First Destination: Haven's Peak Highland Resort

A resort nestled atop Maragusan Hill Offering 208 Steps ascending to its skyline provides sight of the picture perfect and great scenery amidst a mountainous backdrop. You have the chance to search for that inner peace on its blossoming grounds or simply just have a time-off walk and unwind on the resort's beautiful landscape.

Be enchanted with the breathtaking cool climate and feel the mist. You can either karaoke the night away or enjoy a chat under the stars, while dining on appetizing foods.

Be one with nature...experience a simple and hospitable service. We're glad to have you with us at Haven's Peak where experience lingers on!

Read more here: Welcome To The Haven's Peak Highland Resort

Check my blog about it here: Trip to Haven's Peak Highland Resort

Few minutes away from Haven's Peak, there is a popular hot spring. They called it Kanlawig Hot Spring Resort.


Welcome to Eden Nature Park!


Ahuh! This is just one of the bats' caves that you can see in Monfort Batcave.

Hello Maxima! Maxima is such a lovely place!
40-Meter Drop at Maxima Aquafun's Giant Slide

Close to Maxima, you can visit Hagimit Waterfalls!

"Davao is an anchor tourist destination and one of the 7,107 times more islands that make up the Philippine archipelago. It is a natural haven for both sedate and daring pursuits.

Davao, on the southeastern seaboard of Mindanao, is attracting more tourists because of its rich culture, abundant natural resources, forests, wildlife sanctuary and the magnificent presence of Mt. Apo, (the tallest mountain in the country). Davao City limits sprawl over 224,000 hectares, among the largest in the world, leaving ample space for environmentally friendly expansion and development.

If you’re in for an exciting and unforgettable experience for both business and leisure, come to Davao and feel the captivating lure of nature’s bounty fused with cosmopolitan comforts. A city that’s bustling yet peaceful, modern yet rustic. Anytime of the year, there’s always a good reason to visit Davao City.

Davao City is a place like no other. Offering the best of urban amenities and rural pleasures, it is a place where business an leisure are interchangeable. Where the luxuries of cosmopolitan living complement the breathtaking beauty of the great outdoors."

Source: Beautiful Davao

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


It was still dawn when we woke up and got ready for that day's activity. We were fetched by a 4 by 4 jeep from our hotel up to La Paz Sand Dunes. 

La Paz Sand Dunes or Bantay Bimmaboy consists of an area of approximately 85 square kilometers (52 square miles) of protected sandy coastal desert and beach close to Laoag City, the capital city of Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. 

The area is locally known as "Bantay Bimmaboy", a name which refers to a perception that dunes' formations resembled closely like pigs. The area is also known as the "Desert of the North" and it is a popular location for movie makers since it is a good venue for shooting films. 

Source here: LA PAZ SAND DUNES

You should really be here and don't you ever miss this super fun adventure.

From the left (Our super cool 4 x 4 driver Kuya Anthony, Me, and Ate Cindy, my travel buddy/sister)

Oh! The sun is about to rise! Look at these grasslands, they look so amazing!

Okay wait. My experience riding here was just like riding on a roller coaster and mind you, I never tried riding a roller coaster in my entire life. 

But oh c'mon! I was able to survive! But if you have some heart-related problems, don't try this one. :(

Oh yes, I don't have a driver's license yet...but, who says I cannot drive this one? It's just a piece of cake! Haha! (Kind of boastful here...uhm, please excuse me, haha)

Few meters away from those sand dunes, we went to this seashore. Waves were big that time. Yeah, I cannot swim here. (Oh I forgot, even if the waves were not that big, I cannot really swim there since I don't know how to swim ever since the world began, haha)

Perfect Jump shot!

After the roller- coaster-like ride with a 4 by 4 Jeep and a short break in the seashore, we tried, ta-dah! SAND BOARDING. I'm pretty sure that you have already heard about wakeboarding or snowboarding before.

Okay, so now, you should look forward to sand boarding this time. 

I never had any experience trying any forms of boarding (Oh yeah, except boarding on the plane, LOL).

 But wait! Before doing this one, there are some things that
I would like to share with you:

1. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sand.
2. It is better to wear long sleeves shirt and leggings. In this way, you will only remove lesser sand from your body once you clean yourself later, haha!
3. Don't open your mouth as you slide because sand might enter your mouth... seriously. I know that you are either nervous or excited but try to close your mouth when shouting. Aha, you have heard it right! Shouting while your mouth is close. Uhm, I actually did that!  It works! :D


Since, we were beginners,we just sat on the board.
I think advanced "sandboarders" already stand on the board as if they are surfing on the sea.

When you are planning to visit Laoag City, grab the opportunity to experience this so good and so much fun adventure! Yeah, Ate Cindy and I enjoyed it! Even if it was just the two of us. Perhaps it would be more fun if we were 4 or 6 that time. 

***Mas masaya sumakay sa Jeep pag 4 or more para siksikan at hindi madaling tumapon habang paakyat, pababa, at patagilid yung Jeep. Haha!** 

***Enjoy life! Enjoy traveling because we are only young once.*** 

***Photos are credited to Miss Cindy Rose Santillana and Sir Anthony and company***