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Gamarjoba Georgia! Khakheti and Signaghi

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Signaghi (above photo) is a small and quiet town in eastern Georgia. They call this town the city of love because of some old tale. I do not really know the exact story but what I have read from some article is that there was a similar love story that of Romeo and Juliet’s that took place in this little town. Well, true or not, you will really feel the love when you get to visit this place. With the Caucasus mountain range as you backdrop, it will be perfect for some lovebird’s selfies.

It was our first day in Georgia. We arrived via FlyDubai in Tbilisi at around 5 in the morning. Guess what? It was freezing cold! It was 9 degrees C at that time, and imagine, it was still autumn! Anyways, it is not freezing for some, but for me, who have been living in a tropical country and the desert, I am not used to it.

Anyways.. going back to our story.. We then went to our apartment where we only paid quarter of a hotel’s price. Yeah, we paid less for an accommodation because we want to spend our budget to the “highlights” of our trip. Thanks to G7 Team, they gave us airport transfer services and tours as a package. I will give you their details at the end of this blog. After we freshen up from our flight, we then went ahead to jumpstart day 1 of our tour package.

First Stop!22221894_10154905935601269_3687168983199094695_nBodbe Monastery

This monastery is one of the most important sites of the Georgian Christian Faith. They call themselves as Orthodox Christians. The lady evangelist, St Nino, one of the early Christians went to Georgia to preach the gospel of Jesus. She was able to preach to the King of Georgia and was healed from his sickness. With great joy, the king accepted the Lord which lead the whole country to be declared as a Christian country. Georgia is, by the way, one of the earliest Christian Country along with Armenia. The significance of this site to Georgian Christian History is that the relics of St Nino is buried here.

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We then went to Signaghi tower where they used before as an outpost as a lookout for a possible invasion from the Caucasus.22196013_10154905077406269_4613473797823137460_n

This little town indeed made us fall in love with Georgia!

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We then went Kvareli where you will see another eye candy22279636_10154905066526269_143669121261105941_n

The favorite part of wifey is our visit to Khakheti’s Winery. 22467363_10154927901756269_8058332665439498378_o

Georgia is one of the countries in the world that produces great wines. Tracing back from their roots, they have been experts in wine making. For me, they are producing the best grapes in the world. Never have I tasted in my entire life such quality of a grape.

22467774_10154927902186269_2114126622083112818_oWith a minimum fee, we were able to take a tour around the winery and even experienced harvesting grapes. grapes

On our first day in Georgia, I have learned a lot of things about this country. I am fascinated with their culture and their great love for it. The Georgian people treats guests as a gift from God. I love their food – I will be talking about it later in a different post. Me and my wife were so thankful for G7 team for the friendly local guides and for going extra mile with their service. You can, by the way, contact them through their Facebook page: Kabayans and Pinoys in Tbilisi

All GCC residents, regardless of passport, does not require any visa hence we took advantage of it. Georgia is a beautiful country. There will be more to tell on our 2nd, 3rd and 4th day. See ya on my next entry!

Karancho Beach Resort

 Karancho Beach is a family beach resort located in Maribago, Lapu-lapu City.  It is one of the white beaches that offers reasonable prices.  Among the three resorts within the area (Bluewater, White Sands, Karancho), Karancho is the cheapest so people with tight budgets will always choose Karancho beach.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City proper, if you are commuting, you can take a jeep bound for Mandaue (Highway Seno or Parkmall), and then take another jeep/multicab bound for Maribago.  It would take around 45 minutes travel from Mandaue, lesser if you would take a taxicab.  The resort is pretty much accessible from the international airport.

Amenities:  This resort has nothing much to offer when talking about the amenities, but the beach is good enough for the family. The resort has a great landscape.  These are the few things you can find in the resort:

Beach Volleyball 

Pets Allowed   This is a pet-friendly resort, so you can bring your cute little ones.

White Sand Beach  

Bancas  

Beach View  

Resort’s Rates                                                                      

Contact Numbers: 09476902228 / 09052906198 / 09473241969 / 0905223574

Karancho would be a good place to spend a day with your family.  Check the weather and your calendar for the tide, make sure tide is around 1.6 to 2.0 during daytime to enjoy swimming.

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Maribago Bluewater Resort: Mactan Island’s Gem

 Maribago Bluewater is a resort located in Brgy Maribago, Lapulapu City, Cebu.  It is one of the premiere resort-destination in Mactan Island.  It is one of the Bluewater-trademark resorts in the Country.  It offers wide range of activities such as for team buildings and other family or group activities.  It is also a nice place to spend a night for those who needs to escape from the stress in the city.  You do not actually need to travel long distances.  This is ideal for people who hates hitting the road but are longing to spend a day at the beach.

How To Get There:  It would just take a few minutes ride from Mactan International Airport (Cebu) so it is really ideal for tourists who want to start their day soaking at the beach; you just need to hire a cab from the airport.  From Cebu City proper, if you are commuting, you can take a jeep bound for Mandaue (Highway Seno or Parkmall), and then take another jeep/multicab bound for Maribago.  It would take around 45 minutes travel from Mandaue, lesser if you would take a taxicab.

From Manila:  There are a lot of flights to choose from per day bound for Cebu so it is not a problem.  You can choose from PAL, Cebu Pax, Airphil, or Zestair.

Amenities:

The Pool Their pool is quite warm or should I say warm at that time because of the sun. Otherwise, it was really good.

 Come one, come all.. 🙂

The Beach  Who would not love the white sands and crystal clear waters?

The Food  

The food is fine but not quite impressive.

Cottages/Rooms    

Beach Huts   

Outdoor Chess   

Jet Skis  

And More!  

Banca Across the Man-made Island 

Spending a day at the resort would be suggestive, but it is highly suggestive if you spend the night with your loved one in this romantic resort.  For the locals of Cebu, if you are tired of travelling to far places then this is the perfect resort for you.  You can actually visit their website at to book or for inquiry.

Are you in Cebu right now? then what are you waiting for? Visit Maribago Bluewater Resort now..

Guimaras Island: Breeder of the Sweetest Mangoes on Earth!

Guimaras Province is a side trip destination for the tourists who visit Boracay via Iloilo.  Though it is just a few minutes away from Iloilo, Guimaras is a separate island and is also a lone province.  Its capital town is Jordan.  It is also the gateway to Guimaras along with Buenavista Town.  It offers a lot of surprises to the tourists; from adventures to white sand beaches.  Personally, the main reason why I came to Guimaras is to taste their mangoes, because mango just happened to be my favorite fruit.  Of course, I wanted to taste the sweetest mango on earth!  And yeah, they really are amazingly sweet!  They even got served in the US’ White House.  Back to the itinerary, we only spent a day trip in Guimaras and we had a great time exploring every corners of the island.  We just had a contact named Kuya Gerald who is responsible for our transpo and the day tour but he was busy at that time because he had other guests so he endorsed us to his brother Charlie.  It went well and I highly recommend Charlie to guide you because he is a good person; someone whom you can really trust.  I will state his number later on.  It was really a great experience for me and my Guimaras travel became one of my favorites  it might become your favorite too!  So pack your things up! Let’s go to Guimaras!

Please be guided that bringing mangoes or any part of a mango is strictly prohibited in Guimaras, but bringing Mangoes from Guimaras is Highly recommended!

How To Get There:

From Manila:  You can reach Guimaras by plane via Iloilo.  Once you arrive in Iloilo just take a cab and tell the cab to take you to Ortiz Wharf (the motorboat wharf bound for Jordan).

From Cebu:  By sea, you can choose from Cokaliong Shipping Lines or Trans Asia Shipping Lines for a 12-hour travel going to Iloilo.  Once you arrive in Iloilo just take a cab or motorcab and instruct them to take you to Ortiz Wharf.  You can also take a jeepney to save money, just ask what Jeepney route that passes Ortiz Wharf.  Then Take the motorboat from Ortiz wharf going to Jordan.

A number of motorboats plying Jordan-Ortiz Wharf.

A motorboat in Ortiz wharf (FARE is 14 Php per person and 20Php during peak hours)

Loading of passengers in Ortiz Wharf

Where To Stay:  A day tour in Guimaras would do and staying in a hotel in Iloilo would be great if you want to save money and maximize your travel time.  But if you want to spend the night in Guimaras, make sure you make a booking ahead of time.  Here are some of the places in Guimaras that you could spend the night:

                        Raymen Beach Resort (Poblacion Nueva Valencia Guimaras) 0918 520 7271

Guisi Clearwater Resort (Dolores Nueva Valencia Guimaras) 09195636688

 Alubihod Cove Resort (Alubihud Beach Drive, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras)

You can actually find more accommodations and more information through the Guimaras Website.

What To Do/Where to Visit:  The following below is our Guimaras Day Trip Itinerary:

  The Smallest Park – It is indeed that smallest park and smallest Rizal statue that I have ever seen! 🙂

Guimaras’ Highest Point of Elevation

                  Guimaras Adventure Park – It was my first time to try Target Shooting. Hurray! It was fun! First time in Guimaras and first time to try Target Shooting.

Museo De Guimaras

  The Pitstop – You should stop by this place or spend your lunch here.  You should try their specialty, the Mango Pizza and Chicken adobo With a Twist – It is a chicken adobo simmered in adobo marinade with mango nectar.  Yummy!

Trappist Monastery and Gift Shop – The Trappist Monastery is home of the monks who follow the rule of St. Benedict.  They are most commonly called Trappists.  Tourists drop by the gift shop to buy goods that are being made by the Trappists Monks.  That is their way of living.  They offer Guimaras delicacies like mango bars, mango concentrate and more!

The Mango Plantation

Camp Alfredo

                    Raymen Beach Resort – Swimming time! yeay!

                            Guisi Lighthouse and Ruins – This place is awesome, tranquil, and yeah, it is very ideal for meditation.

Here are more images around the lighthouse vicinity:     This is my favorite spot in Guimaras.  The Guisi Lighthouse and ruins.

Guisi Beach – Well.  With my lady and the pristine white beach, What else could I ask for?

More Photos of Guisi Beach: 

Signages 

Last Stop:  Balaan Bukid – Balaan bukid is a place where Catholic devotees flock during Holy Week to practice penetential rites.

A skyline view of Iloilo City from Balaan Bukid, Guimaras.

Contact Person/Tour Guide/Transport Service: Charlie (+639461966887 ) – Charlie is around early 20s, he is the younger brother of kuya Gerald.  He is a nice person, gentle, and very hospitable.  He can be trusted. Me and my girlfriend even left some of our things with him when we were swimming.  I assure you, he will give you the time of your lives in Guimaras.  His rate for the whole day tour is 1,000 pesos for a motorcab but we gave him 200 pesos as tip.

Or Contact Kuya Gerald- 0908-4748122 (older brother of charlie)

Guimaras is indeed a very exciting destination.  Some people might have ignored the beauty of Guimaras because it has lesser exposure to advertisements and other form of promotions.  Now I can say that I am lucky enough that our creator has given me the opportunity experience one of his beautiful creation.

So that is all for my Guimaras Tour!  Now it is your turn! c’est à votre tour! 🙂 Bon Voyage!

To know the complete itinerary of this trip, visit:  The Philippine Travel Itineraries.

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort is a resort that has hot sulfur spring and seven waterfalls.  There are lots of amenities to enjoy in Mambukal resort.  Situated in Murcia, Negros Occidental, going to the resort would take you 30 to 40 minutes travel from Bacolod city.  This place is great for family picnics and even for campers since they allow tents inside the vicinity.  There are also rooms and dormitory rooms for overnight stay.

How To Get There:

From Bacolod City downtown area ride a jeepney with the signage (Libertad-Shopping La Salle), for 7.50Php, ask the driver to drop you off in the bus terminal bound for Mambukal.  Take the bus with the signage Bacolod-Mambukal with 35Php fare.  It will take you straight to the resort.

Attractions:

Boating Lagoon

Butterfly Garden 

Riverview Hot Spring

Canopy Walk/ Hanging Bridge 

The Waterfalls 

  

Hot Sulfur Spring 

The Pool 

 Ishiwata Bath House 

There are indeed lots of things to do in Mambukal.  A day is not enough to enjoy all of the amenities..  For family outings, this place indeed is a must-visit.

Once you arrive in the entrance area, do not forget to visit the tourism office and ask for a map so that you will be guided accordingly on the attractions.  There are several signs/direction within the resort so that you wouldn’t get lost.

I advise that you bring food for picnic.  You can also do grilling in their designated grilling stations.

Enjoy!

To know more itineraries visit:  The Philippine Travel Itineraries.