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Gudauri, Kazbegi and Ananuri: When Nature Complements Faith

22279662_10154907745546269_6326299287877039014_n The moment we stepped out of our vehicle, we stumbled upon this magnificent view. It reminded us once again of how great and marvelous the Creator is. The sun was out but the temperature up there was very cold.

22308596_10154907768001269_101839703635848105_nOn top of a hill in Gergeti township in Georgia is the Gergeti Trinity Church. This is located 7120 ft above sea level. This is one of the Georgian Church’s pilgrimage sites. The road going uphill is quite rough but the moment you reach the top, I assure you that it is worth it. From Tbilisi, it would take around 3-4 hours ( I guess?) going to Gergeti and when reaching Gergeti, we had to ride a 4wd off road vehicle because of road condition. Travel is around 30 mins from Gergeti town going uphill.

22228456_10154908558911269_208220716447809368_nOn our way to Gergeti, we made a stop over in this river they call Aragvi River to freshen up.

22366441_10154919344011269_2042998144902747613_n Jinvali Dam

22405722_10154919343121269_3726073895576773050_n One of the special places we have visited is the Ananuri Fortress. The location is always packed with visitors and pilgrims alike but no matter how many people would come to visit, what I really noticed is, this place is just so peaceful and calm. I think it is because this site is surrounded by plain nature. It is just so amazing.

22310158_10154908555226269_1855371652862727463_n Wifey’s favorite is the paragliding activity in Gudauri. Well, for me, at first few minutes. Here’s why. Before take off, I was excited and when I was already airborne, I was for a minute enjoying and amazed with the view; but not long after few movements and after going in circles, I was already nauseous. But for wifey’s case, she enjoyed most of the time. Anyways, I am still happy that I have tried it at least once in my entire life – bucketlist checked! lol

This part of our Georgia journey was one of a kind, unique and worth the effort. Will surely treasure the memories we had and definitely will go back one of these days.

Until then, Madloba Georgia! 🙂

Cherinicole Resort of General Luna, Siargao

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Cherinicole Resort is a classy yet affordable resort located in General Luna, Siargao, Surigao del norte. If you want to experience the life in an island and connect with nature, then Cherinicole Resort is definitely for you. It is just few steps away from the town center of General Luna and few minutes away from the popular surfing site, cloud 9. The pool is perfect for a swim under the stars. The resort also offers a nice beachfront; they offer sumptous meals at their restaurant. My favorite part is the sound of the waves from afar – they are music to my ears.

How To Get There:  The gateway of Siargao is Sayak Airport which is about an hour travel to General Luna. From Cebu, there are daily Cebu Pacific trips going to Sayak Airport. If you choose to travel by sea, you can take daily ferry trips in Surigao City going to Dapa.

Resort Amenities:

  • Aircoon/Non-Aircon Rooms
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront    

For inquiries, you can contact them through their facebook page: Cherinicole Resort Siargao or through their digits, 0918 244 4407.

 

Siargao Island Hopping: Naked, Daku, and Guyam Islands

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The Three Islands (Naked, Guyam, and Daku) are Siargao’s little jewels that visitors must visit. Spending a day would be perfect for these three treasures. It is located in General Luna, Siargao. They are just few minutes from General Luna via motorized boat.

How To Get There: From Cebu by plane – There is daily flight from Cebu to Siargao via Cebu Pacific Air. Travel time is around 45 mins to 1 hour depending on the weather condition. From Sayak Airport, you can take a van or single motorcycle going to your respective accommodation. I suggest that you stay in General Luna town. From Cebu by Boat – Take the ship going to Surigao (check on Cokaliong Shipping Schedules on Shipping Schedule Tab). It would take 10 to 12 hours travel time; and from Surigao take the boat going to Dapa, Siargao. There are daily schedules going to Dapa via various boat and fast craft operators. In going to the islands, you can charter a boat for island hopping that would range to 1,000 to 2,000 for a day, depending on the number of visitors. To book a boat and siargao tour, you can contact our guide. His name is Longlong (local name for “Boy”). You can reach him through mobile numbers: +639466487954 or +639184738138.

Naked Island  Naked Island is technically a sand bar. You cannot hardly see it from afar, but once you get close to it, you would probably say the same thing I said, “wow!”

 

Daku Island       Daku Island is the largest island among the three. Its land area might be the reason behind its name – “Daku” which means big. You can rent a cottage and can even spend a night on this island. It is the only inhabited island among the three.

 

Guyam Island  Guyam Island is an island as small as Naked Island but unlike naked it has coconut trees and other plants existing on the island.

 

Once you decide to travel Siargao, make sure that you have included these three jewels in your bucket list. It would be fun spending a day hopping on these treasures – Sun bathing on Naked Island, playing beach volleyball and have your meal in a cottage on Daku Island, and have your siesta on Guyam Island. – that would be quite of an experience.

Until then! Keep on using that happy feet, wanderer!

The Magnificent Magpupungko Tidal Pools of Pilar, Siargao

 Magpupungko Tidal Pool is located in Pilar, Siargao. It is around an hour travel from the tourist hub of Siargao, General Luna. It is a salt water pool in a beach that is made out of rock formation. The best time to visit this place is during low tide –  the beauty of magpupungko unveils during low tide.

How To Get There: From Cebu by plane – There is daily flight from Cebu to Siargao via Cebu Pacific Air. Travel time is around 45 mins to 1 hour depending on the weather condition. From Sayak Airport, you can take a van or single motorcycle going to your respective accommodation. From Cebu by Boat – Take the ship going to Surigao (check on Cokaliong Shipping Schedules on Shipping Schedule Tab). It would take 10 to 12 hours travel time; and from Surigao take the boat going to Dapa, Siargao. There are daily schedules going to Dapa via various boat and fast craft operators.

What To Expect: If you are staying somewhere near Cloud 9 or General Luna and is planning to visit Magpupungko, expect about 40% rough road when travelling to the place as they are currently improving their road network. I suggest that it would be better to visit the farther destination first, i.e. Taktak falls which is located in Santa Monica.

Fees and Fares:     You can pay the entrance fee in Magpupugko in a small outpost, as shown in the image above, near the gate. You can bring your own food but there are food stalls available in the place if you prefer to buy food there or if you do not have enough time to prepare it.

Entrance Fee: 50 per person.

Habal2x/Motorcycle Fare: You can charter a habal-habal (motorcycle) in going to the place from General Luna or Cloud 9. They usually ask for 1,000 to 1,300 php depending on your nego skills. On our case, we agreed on 1,000 bux for a day tour of all Siargao’s destinations – Taktak Falls, Pacifico Beach, Crocodile Breeding Area, and Cloud 9. You can actually contact our motorcycle driver/guide for arranging your Siargao itinerary. His name is Longlong (local name for “Boy”). You can reach him through mobile numbers: +639466487954 or +639184738138.

Here Are Some of the Images We Captured In Magpupungko                  The inviting waters in magpupungko               This reminded me of Enchanted River’s blue waters.

         The Other side of the lagoon.

   Having Some Fun! 

Here are some images of the Magpupungko Beachfront.    

Magpupungko is indeed a hidden jewel of Siargao. You should include this in your itinerary once you visit the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. Remember, Siargao isn’t just paradise for surfers, it is also heaven to the happy feet!

Choose Philippines! Choose Magpupungko of Pilar, Siargao!

Have a great escape this Summer! Enjoy!

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! 🙂