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Canso X: The Adventure Begins!

 Canso X is a mountain adventure park owned by Aboitizland located in Cansomoroy, Balamban, Cebu. It is approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hour travel from Cebu City via Trans central highway.  It offers different activities and surprises for outdoor enthusiasts; from camping to biking, sight seeing to river trekking, and even caving. It would also be perfect for a family who would like to spend quality time by having picnic in the park.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City, you can take a van in Ayala Center Cebu or in SM going to Balamban via trans central highway. Just around 10 kms near Balamban proper you will be able to find the park in the left side. Just make sure that you notify the driver with your destination.

Fortunately, we were able to attend the soft launching of the park. We were able to discover the different scenes of the park and their activities. Here are some of the activities that you can enjoy at the park and the things that you will see:

Play Ground for the children and children of all ages  

The Kiosks 

Bike Tracks for Cyclists   

Trekking  and Sight Seeing   

River Trekking     

Camping  

Camping with convenience: These are the washrooms near the campsite. 

Biker on the move 

They also offer local food such as these 

Always remember this

Canso X is an all-in-one adventure park that outdoor enthusiast should not miss to visit. I am sure that their adrenaline-pumping activities would give you the time of your lives. You can contact them through landline: (032) 411 1600 loc. 1472 or their mobile nos.: 0923-9787640(sun) 0915-3455661(globe). If you want to have a group trekk, be sure to book ahead of time so that they can make arrangements with you.

I would like to thank Canso X for inviting us over and for giving us freebies. We would definitely suggest this place to our readers and for sure we will be back real soon. 

Until then, love will be conquering another destination as it conquers everything.               Just keep posted! 🙂 

Rainforest Park: A Jungle Within The City

 When you need an instant escape from your activities of daily living, this might be the perfect place for you; of course, if you are living in Cebu. You do not need to travel distances, you just have to take a cab.  Situated in Panagdait, Mabolo, Rainforest park is very accessible to Cebuanos living within the metro.  Visitors of Cebu should also not miss this place.  Come and see what you can find here! This place is perfect for children of all ages!

How To Get There:  From Cebu City (Ayala Center), if you want to ride a jeepney, you can take the route 04L (Lahug-SM) and drop off the corner of F Cabahug St. and Pope John Paul II street, and ride another jeep bound for Panagdait (route 03A).  To make sure, you can just take a cab from Ayala.  It would just cost around 50 to 60 php.

Amenities and Activities:

The Jungle Adventures  

As the park’s main feature, Jungle Adventure offers adventure-seeker very challenging obstacles.  See below for more images. 

Amazon’s Aviary

Tarzan’s Tree House  

Floor Simulated Fountain  

Oasis Fish Spa  

Zoofari Cafe  

Tribes’ Bar  

Souvenir Shop  

Hanging out with friends or family, or your loved ones here in Rainforest would be perfect on a Saturday or a Sunday.  Schedule your next family outing, team building or just simply bonding here at Rainforest Park!

For more info about them, you can visit their website: Rainforest Park

Choose Philippines, Choose Rainforest Park!

Enjoy!

Cebu City: The Queen City Takes Pride

(photo credits:  wikipedia)

Cebu City was once the capital of the Philippines until it was transferred to Manila.  It is now the second city of the Philippines and is dubbed as the “Queen City of The South.”  Cebu is one of the favorite destination of tourists in the country because of its white sand beaches, shopping, historical landmarks, and any other activities under the sun; from snorkelling and diving deep down underwater with its rich marine life to trekking inland to the mountain area, or simply wandering around the city and shopping in malls or in marketplaces.  In everything that you can think of, Cebu could always have it for you!

What To Do/Where to Visit:

Malls:  Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu, Elizabeth Mall, Banilad Town Centre, Gaisano Country Mall, SM Consolacion, Parkmall, J Centre Mall, etc

Restaurants/Food Dining:  Hukad, Golden Cowrie, Cafe Laguna, Alejandro’s (best crispy pata), Ila Puti, Mooon Cafe, Casa Verde, Rodeo Grill, Kuya J’s, Chika-an, and more!

White Beach Resorts:

Mactan High End– Maribago Bluewater Resort, White Sands Resort, Shangri-La Mactan, Plantation Bay, Imperial Palace, Crimson

Mactan Low End– Blue reef, Ocean Pearl,

Camotes– Please refer to my Camotes entry.

Bantayan Island- Please refer to my Bantayan Island entry.

Moalboal- Please refer to my Moalboal entry.

Mountain Resorts:  There are several mountain resorts that can be found throughout the island of Cebu, but if you just opt for a mountain resort within the city, you can choose Mountain View Nature’s Park.  You can get there through any cab or hire a motorbike in Lahug, Cebu City.

Transportation:

Mobilizing around the vicinity would be cheaper by taking jeepney.  That is if you are already familiar with the places and the route of the jeepneys.  It has always been cheaper and enjoyable to take a jeep when you want to have an adventure in this concrete jungle.  Here are some tips from me if you are planning to visit Cebu and wander around the city by jeepney:

  • Always remember the jeepney markers or numbers at the upper part of the jeepney, that is their route.  Observe first what jeeps pass by your hotel. (ex 13C, 14D, 01A)
  • Do not be shy to ask any friendly face in the jeepney, you might win a new friend.
  • Activate your sense of direction.  It is a human instinct.
  • Take the same jeepney route to and from the place of destination, but always ask the driver first because in some cases, they wont pass a certain street in going back.
  • Watch your wallet and bags at all times, knowing that you are a foreigner or a tourist makes you a probable target of snatchers/pickpockets.
  • If you get lost, the best option is to get a taxi cab.

Riding jeepney is good but taking a cab would be the best option.  And oh, make sure to take note of the cab’s plate number and operator.  You might leave something important behind.

For more Jeepny Route guide just click here:

Tourist Spots:

Cebu Taoist Temple (photo credits to George Tapan)

Magellan’s Cross (photo credits to the owner)

Tops

Places for Adventure/Hangout:

Crown Regency Sky Experience 

Danasan Eco Adventure Park (Danao)

Rainforest Park

I cannot just blog everything about Cebu because it is way too many to tell you everything and I do not even know everything about my hometown yet.  I am also still discovering.  You might be searching google for more about Cebu but I think google still does not know some things about this Metro.  All you have to do is discover the streets of Cebu!  Enjoy!

A glimpse of Sinulog 2013


Sinulog is the grandest of all festivals in Asia. It is happening every third sunday of January (so if you are looking forward for the next sinulog, then try to find your calendar and start counting up to three sundays of January) celebrating the feast of the holy child Jesus in the queen city of the south, Cebu.  Sinulog 2013 drawn more than 4 million spectators and visitors from different places, local or international tourists.  It is a week-long celebration with various activities such as Ms. Cebu, kickoff of band competitions, dance competition, cultural presentations, school presentations, sport activities, sinulog sa kabataan, prayer vigils for the devotees; on Saturday, the fluvial parade and the procession; and finally, on the feast day Sunday, the grand mardigras, with the street parties.. Caution:  You can get wet from beers and get messy from face paints when walking along the streets.  The crowd is in party mode.

What can you see when you visit Sinulog:

The Colorful costumes of the contingients.

Beautiful Smiling Faces

Visiting Celebrities.

Being in the line without getting bored.

Colorful Props and Wonderful Giants

From Formal Street Party

To Crazy Street Party Rockin’

Henna Tattoos

Tribal, Disco, Rock, Reggae Bands everywhere

Food….

Celebrate Friendship..

And Of course, experience it with your loved one…

What else in life we could ask for? Just enjoy it and live the most out of it!

If you are planning to party next sinulog, book a hotel as early as now!  You might end up sleeping in the streets… Ciao!

To know more itineraries visit:  The Philippine Travel Itineraries.

Sweet Potatoes wandering in Camotes Island

Camotes is a group of islands located in the northeastern part of Cebu, with 3 major islands (Pacijan, Poro and Ponson), and 1 small island called Tolang..  The Capital of Camotes is the Poro town but since most resorts are located in San Francisco, it became the major hub for tourists.

The port in Brgy Consuelo, San Francisco, Camotes

It was a gloomy day when we arrived in Camotes.  We were sad because we thought that our Camotes trip would be spoiled by the bad weather.  But good thing, the next day, the sun did shine. Hurray!

Where to stay:

There are a lot of resorts to choose from, but as a practical budget traveler, it is wise to choose Santiago Bay Garden Resort.  The resort is located in Brgy Santiago, just few minutes away from the port of consuelo.  Remember that the port of Consuelo is nearest to the resort, not in Puertobello or Poro.

Santiago Bay Resort’s cheapest accomodation is 1,000 php for 2 pax.  It is a nice place to stay because it is strategically located near the wide stretch of white sand beach of Santiago and it is also a few walks away from few grill restaurants.

Here are some photos of the resort:

Santiago Bay’s Infinity pool.

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Santiago Bay Resort is the best place (for me) to stay whenever you are in Camotes.  You can also choose Mangodlong Rock Resort, a higher-end resort and a sister resort of Santiago Bay.

You can reach them through their office in mainland Cebu which is in Mandaue through phone number (+63 32) 4203385.

Where to go and what to do:

The Beaches:

The stretch of white sand beach in Santiago.

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Borromeo Beach Resort in Bakhaw, Esperanza, Camotes

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Fresh Water Adventure:

Lake Danao Park

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Kayaking in the lake cost us only 50php per person for an hour.  At first, I was hesitant because it might be costly, but I was wrong.  It was my first time to ride a kayak.

Timubo Cave

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Water at last! 🙂

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  • Baywalk
  • Municipal Hall
  • St. Joseph Church 

    If you need more assistance about tourism info in Camotes, just visit the Tourist Information Center.

    You will surely find it helpful to ask questions in the tourist info center.  They might as well give you an itinerary, if you do not have any.  And remember, it is free of charge.

    Where to Eat:

    Santiago Bay Garden Resort also offer food:

    Pito’s Sutukil

    Sugba Tuwa ug Kilaw which means Grill, Fish Soup, and Raw seasoned fish.  That is the specialty of Pito’s Sutukil.  Their food is great and the price is reasonable enough.

    Bon Appetite!

    How to get there:

    From Cebu:  From North Bus Terminal, take the Danao-bound jeepney or minibus going to Danao port.  You also have the option to take jeepney from White Gold Club or Vhire from SM.

    Take a 2-hour ferry from Danao port bound for Consuelo Port.  I prefer Jomalia Shipping because they have comfortable seats.

    From Manila:  Take the plane bound for Cebu and then take the jeepney/bus/vhire to Danao port.

    Just try to discover yourself in Camotes.. It might be helpful to you.

    Enjoy!