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November 19, 2011

2 Days and 1 night – Welcome Us Iligan City!

Filed under: Travel Experience — Tags: , , , , — scarletnii @ 2:16 am

Another exciting experience at Iligan City together with my office-mates, we explore the beauty and wonders of Iligan.  Our main purpose why we visited the place was to be with our very own friend who celebrated her birthday. But at the same time think of some outing and adventure while in the place.

From right Bryan, Sheila, Bernie, Flor, Frank, Me and Michael 🙂

Iligan City was known of its Maria Cristina Water Falls. Yes, we never passed the days to see the place. Maria Cristina Falls was definitely amazing and one of a kind.  During our first day we splash and plunge to Timoga spring resort.  The water was so cold as if you chill out.  We celebrated Flor’s birthday in Timoga, we all had fun. It’s an ordinary day yet an escape from a busy online job.

@Timoga Spring Resort

hahaa..funny look at me bby!! 🙂

Shiela & Bryan <cute>

Flor & Frank { Lovely!}

On the second day, we visited NPC where Maria Cristina Falls is located. Inside NPC we also enjoyed the scenery of their zoo and botanical garden which they called it as NPC Natures Park. We made it sure to take photos in every place we went through. You will see the pictures below, exactly the places I’ve mentioned. And because the whole we haven’t take a bath yet, again we headed to Timoga resort and spend the hours left before we decided to go home.

Maria Cristina Falls

Yoh! Frank..heheeh

Inside Butterfly Garden

Iligan City, is just a simple place with a very humid weather and temperature. Visiting this place is worth it don’t mind of preparing much money just to explore this place, a 1 thousand peso bill would be enough to visit and enjoy the captivating sceneries that they have.

If you think of visiting here, don’t forget check on Tinago Falls too, this is another tourist spot in Iligan City that is widely known. Sad to say, we missed dropping by the place since we run out of time. Better luck next time!

I still wonder how the place looks like personally.

July 12, 2011

CDO White Water Rafting Adventure- Advance Course

Filed under: Travel Experience — Tags: , , , , , — scarletnii @ 6:59 am

After a very tiresome and exhausting day during our team building activity last July 9, 2011. The Gearyseo team from CDO and Davao dive into another exciting adventure, the white water rafting advance level. I have been waiting this experience since I started working in CDO, yet it’s hard to find such time and group of people who are interested in this kind of adventure. So glad, time has come and I’m very much excited, happy and nervous at the same time. This was my first time to do rafting and automatically go into the advance course.

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Ready or Not???

Orientation-Serious Mode

The group meets up around 5am in Divisoria, CDO and travelled to the rafting place for an hour then started the race around 8:30am. We are all set now with safety gears after that,  a short instruction from our guide. I’m definitely excited and nervous that time, I could see the heavy waves splashing with big stones.  I started screaming and shouting again (this is it!! whooooooooooooooo…) that’s all I can do just to release all my unexplainable feelings and thoughts.  Fear of water? Thumbs up, I’m the most coward because I don’t know how to swim. Good thing during that time, the guide said “if you’re away from the raft don’t try to swim just go with the flow of the water”. WEeeeeeeeee.. I’m happy to hear that because I don’t know how to swim but their was a life vest then.

On-board..yey!

Go..go..go..

We now started the first rapid, I thought all 21 rapids that were gonna pass through are of the same level but sad to say it’s not! Expect the most challenging and fearful rapids our guide has told us. In our raft were all 8 in the group including our guide. Most of us were first timers, but all are willing to experience that unusual adventure.  As we set for the trial rapids waves of cold water was starting to splash in our raft.  How could I explain my whole experience that day? Well, I’ll only highlight those unexpected event happened and that is when our raft turn and all of us in the group got drown.  Believe it or not! It was intentionally done by our guide just for fun? Crazy he was! But I admit it was incredibly fun never have I regretted that he did that (hahaa). The 21 rapids have its unique name, but I can only remember the elephant back rapid.

Go-Team..

Nice one James..hehe

Here are the other group..go..go..Patet! it’s YOU…hahaa

During the advance course of rapids, I have not tried paddling; I have no guts  to try at all. Only our boys in the group did and the girls were cheering the paddlers. But when we’ve pass through the advance level, I’m now curious and eager to try paddling on the beginner’s rapids level. And guess what? I did! Adrenaline rush as I started doing paddling..hehehe..so happy I have done such achievement. I started paddling on the 15 rapids down to zero.

Weeeeeeeee…it’s me paddling on the right…hehehee

The experience was amazing, intense, exciting and nervous but when your in that moment, you could only say “this is it!..break a leg!” no left turn anymore. Expect the unexpected, your raft might flip, or you might even fall, expect those things to happen caused our group experienced that. And it was all worth it! This is what I get during that rafting adventure, if you really want to try such challenging adventure and you know that something bad might happen, don’t think about those possibilities during the raft but instead challenge your self to do your best, specially your strength and think what might happen with the group if you’re not responsible and brave enough to the best paddling that you can do.

Under the water falls 🙂

Were really having FUN!!!

A tap on my back  for being brave and over passing those different rapids. It was a cool adventure and thankful enough I’m with cool people from Gearyseo Davao team. By the way, guys they have extreme level of rafting, would you go for it? Me? Why not..hahaaa…it’s another and more suicidal experience to conquer.

Love it!! at last were done…love the adrenaline rush adventure 🙂

Group pix with our great guides!!!

July 11, 2011

Seaside Bible Camp-Team Building Experience!

Filed under: Travel Experience — Tags: — scarletnii @ 12:59 am

July 9, 2011,  Sticky Media Solutions Inc. created another  team building activity, held at Seaside Bible Camp, Opol Cagayan De Oro City. The event was composed of three departments’ gearyseo, date.com and valorebooks. Never did we expect that it was a burst of fun since that place was considered to be a sacred and solemn place. We are all band to say cursing words, no smoking, no smooching and all there 300 rules to follow while we stay in the place. And yes! We did it!

Snap-shot! Click..click

The team building activity was composed of indoor and outdoor activities. During the indoor activities it was just light and relaxed. But when it comes to our outdoor activities oh it was full of fun, shouting and screaming. Imagine, we did board walk, pick the donut, tag of war, volleyball using super big ball and lastly my most remarkable experience that day, the confidence coarse challenge. Yes, all our strength was tested, group coordination, strategies and most of all the fighting spirit was all kicking. I couldn’t imagine myself joining those challenges, all my strength was poured out. But so fulfilling! The spirit of unity was there, it inclined with the talk of an intern pastor before the activity started, that “unity is through humility”.

Volleyball with super ball 🙂

Everyday is unique gift and whatever opportunities that is open and free I’m grabbing it! It’s only happens once and I don’t want to miss it. Experience is the best part of living and I’m enduring all my experience that day. It might be that simple and ordinary activities but I super love it!

Hey, guys I can’t get over with my confidence coarse challenge. I want to embrace that feeling of fear again mixed up with excitement. You know what, when I feel that mixed emotions I’m definitely going crazy as if I’m out of this world..wahhhhhhhhhhhh…I  do shout, scream and jump before  I’ll do such level of adventure! It was definitely high but there was a protective harness being put in your body. The scenario was you need to jump from one place to another but you need to walk within the wood board and jump with 1 meter distance to the other side of the board. Whoooooohhhhhhh, a tense feeling was there, the board was so shaky that you need to balance well. Lucky me! I got to jump to the other side successfully. The feeling was awesome, relief and fulfilling. Fight your fears! The key is confidence..hehehe..

The board is really shaky! Relax..relax..

The other side of the board now. I made it! Yehey!

Going Down!!!..slowly, easy and dropped!

All in all the activity was a blast of fun. I may say it was exhausting, crazy, suicidal experience (hahha) but there are lessons I’ve learned from that team building activity. We may fear, fall and doubt life sometimes but what makes its amazing is that we keep on fighting. And that is why we end up winning those battles in life with FAITH! 🙂

June 12, 2011

Born of Fire Island

Filed under: Travel Experience — Tags: , — scarletnii @ 11:15 pm

One of my greatest ambitions in life is to travel around the world (there’s no harm in trying). Dreaming is free! Life has always been a journey and that’s how I see the importance of travelling. Through travelling I learned to discover and appreciate more the essence of living life with lots of differences to other people.  My heart overjoyed with so much happiness every time I meet new people especially when I get more along with kids and this what I’ve experienced when I had my 3 days vacation in Camiguin Island Philippines.

Weeeeeeeeee..love the Ice Cream Treat

Camiguin Island is known as Island Born of Fire. Want to know why? It has seven volcanoes and several volcanic domes. Volcanic eruptions and land movements have created this spectacular island which is full of natural wonders and historical riches.  Camiguin is consider as one of the beautiful Isalnd in the Philippines, it’s dotted with hot and cold springs. The entire Island can be discovered in just one day. Amazing!

Soda Cold Spring

My experience was terribly amazing, it was Camiguin Lanzones Festival  then when we go there.  I was with my two officemates namely Laling and Laping. Laping is the one who invited as to have a vacation in their place since her aunts and cousins are living in Camiguin.  I totally enjoyed my daily stay their, I meet new people and get along with them.  Such a nice feeling to mingle with them, knowing their lifestyle and culture living in an Island. Thanks to Laping’s Family for that warm welcome to us!

Laping’s Family

Feeling the joy, that it was Camiguin Lanzones Festival,  I could barely see and taste the Camguin’s pride and that’s their  “Lanzones”. Where ever place we stop by they have plenty of Lanzones being sold along the roads. Lanzones from Camiguin is sweet and seedless, I could now determined that a Lanzones is coming  from Camiguin or not (num num num).Aside from that we had also tried their rambutan too.  I would really appreciate much eating fruits that are fresh from the branch. I’m even thinking of bringing the trees back home. ( can I?..hehe)

Lanzones Models on the Go…:)

I could barely see Rambutan here that the fruits are closer to the ground! Amazing!

 I could really say that Camiguin Island was made out of simplicity but the places to see where beautiful and exceptional. They were rich in natural resources, really a God given place that needs to be nurture and protect.  Our journey started on the second day, we’ve tried to go over the places that were known in Camguin like the Katigbwasan Falls, Ardent Hot Spring, Sto Nino Cold Spring,  Bura Soda Water Swimming Pool and more. Sad to say, we didn’t able to visit Mantigue Island since the weather was not fine that day.  If I’ll be back next time, surely that’s the first place I will visit.

Katigbawasan Falls..it’s cold

Sunken Cemetery

Roaming Around the  Island

It was a merely tiresome experience yet satisfying and full of fun. I just simply love the place and the people as well. What I love the most is the Ardent hot Spring I felt like all my physical anxieties disappeared.  If you’re thinking of natural relaxation and rejuvenating, well just visit Camiguin and you’ll be totally healed.

@Ardent Hot Spring

GUIOB Church Ruins

I’m thinking of coming back here together with my Family next time around!

Von-voyage!

June 10, 2011

My First Extreme Adventure

Filed under: Travel Experience — Tags: , — scarletnii @ 12:46 am

Have you ever heard the record breaking longest dual zip line in Asia year 2009? If not, let me partially introduced it to you and the rest discover them. Dahilayan Adventure Park was owned by Paras Family which is  located in Brgy. Dahilayan, Bukidnon where you could definitely find the longest dual  zip line not only here in Mindanao but all over Asia. If you’re a person looking for the greatest challenge and adventure of your life, be one of the bravest and fly like superman!

The dual zip line is 4,700 feet above sea level with speed of up to 90kph zoom through lush greenery and breathtaking views only found in the mountains of Dahilayan. Experiencing doing zip line  was incredibly shaky but a relief feeling since I able to conquer my fear of high edges (congratulations!).  My family didn’t even miss the chance to explore the place. We all greatly enjoyed the fun and adventure.  Even my little cousins take the kiddy ride of zip lines too.

Were ready!!

Look how brave they are..hehehee

Dahilyan Adventure Park has lots of re-recreational activities aside from doing zip lines. They have zorbs, KTV rides, horse ride, playgrounds and more.  You could even have overnight stay with the place. They have rooms you could stay-in if you want a longer vacation. The place is surrounded with trees which makes the air fresh. You will highly noticed that your in the province of Bukidnon because even if noon time it’s still cold and foggy.

Under the woods

Food House Area

Fascinating  Fish

I really appreciate how the place was being transformed into a unique area of recreation and adventure.  The place was amazingly perfect for those adventurous people. Thumbs up! I’m one of it. 🙂

Caught-in-the-act 🙂  (were not ready yet)

Get the thrill of your life and enjoy the scream inducing ride you’ve never had before!

Check out this map below going to Dahilayan Adventure Park.

May 31, 2011

Finding Hidden Island Resort

Filed under: Travel Experience — Tags: , , , , , , , , — scarletnii @ 12:21 am

December 2010, when my family had our Christmas Holiday non-stop travel and tour from Dahilayan, Bukidnon to Surigao sponsored by our very own Manang Babets and Jo. What inspired me to blog this place, it’s because of their preserved and untouched environment .

Going to Sohoton Cave about 30 minutes boat ride from the resort

To give you a map on how to get there here’s how. From From Surigao City, 1 hour land trip to Hayanggabon, Claver then 30 minutes boat ride to the Island and if your from Dapa Siargao Island, 1 hour boat ride to Hidden Island Resort. If you’re from Cebu you could have a daily flights of Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines or an overnight boat ride of Cebu Ferries and Cokalion Shipping.

 I definitely find the place so serene and private. For those people who want to escape from their busy work and city life, you don’t need to go further Hidden Island Resort is the best place for you. It’s breathe taking, soul captivating and relaxing. You could clearly see underneath the water fishes, turtles, millions of jellyfish and more marine life. They has great diving spots, one of it is the Sohoton Cave. I find it very exciting since it’s my first time to do caving and diving. Yes! I able to conquer my fear after almost an hour deciding if I will dive or not 🙂 They have a sanctuary of jellyfish too and I able to hold them. Wow amazing that’s all I can say! Oh FYI the place is so safe from heavy rain and storm since the island is surrounded with mountains.Jelly Fish Sanctuary

 Sohoton Cave

Aside from great spots, they served bunch of sea food too. Yummy! Clams, shrimps, squid, lubster and more take note they’re all big. Can you imagine that? Not a in a day that I felt hungry 🙂 >> Guys I only have few source of food photo here, I’ll add if I find more.

Shrimp Sinigang

 The facilities and accommodations is worth every penny. From their rooms, stilt retro bar, hallways and bridges which every tourist would enjoy viewing surrounded with live corals and marine life. Definitely, my eyes was filled with beautiful and refreshing scenarios of the place.

Diving Board Area

Hallway

Bridges

Stilt Retro Bar

 Marine Life

 Look my cousins are busy playing the sand 🙂

Bring you’re family and friends here! And discover the beauty and wonders of Hidden Island Resort. For me this place is not hidden anymore 🙂

I’m wandering when I’ll be back here again!