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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! 🙂 

Agua Villa Exclusive Resort

 Agua Villa Resort is an exclusive resort located in Panalipan, Catmon, Cebu.  It is about an hour drive going up north. You can rent the whole place for only 10,000 (overnight) and that is already good for 10 to 15 people with accommodation and facilities included already.

We went to the place for our team building. This time, I was not able to travel with my girlfriend because of our schedules. Anyways, the place is indeed a good venue for group outing, team buildings, small group reunions, and even family outing. They have a kitchen where you can cook your meals, indoor and outdoor dining area; they also have parking space enough for two cars or van; the place has a gate so it is quite safe; they have a living room where you can have your siesta; they have 2 air conditioned room and 1 big dorm-type room. The whole place is really nice and I can say that it is very “sulit” having it for only 10,000 bux. If you are a group of 15 then the damage would only be 600 plus per person. Not bad at all for such experience.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City, take the North bound bus in North bus terminal. Just tell the bus attendant to drop you off at the said resort in Panalipan, Catmon; just a few kilometers from Carmen. Fare would be 65 php as of this posting.

Here are some shots of the place.  (Photo Credits to Moc and Flesy.)

The Pool  

The Villa   

The Pool and Jacuzzi

The Beach   

Resort Balcony & Activity Area 

This is how it looks like outside the resort:      The resort is just along the way so it is not that hard to locate. It is on the right side if you are going up north from the city.

Some shots during our team-building activities: Go Team Dora!

  Whapaaaaaak!! Sapul! lol. (I felt sorry for the egg)

Our Breakfast. Thanks to Junel & Carl  

Daddy Ron! (This is how we chillax)

The Cool Boys. hahah

The Featured couple, Flesy and Moc (thanks for the photos)

 

Meet Team Dora 

We had fun during our stay and I think I will be visiting this place next time with my loved ones and/or friends.

  Peace Out!

 

Snapshots of Sinulog 2014

 This is my second time to write about a Sinulog Festival in my blog.  I just can’t stop myself in sharing to you people the elegance of this event this year. Sinulog 2014 was a blast and so far, it is the most peaceful sinulog that I have ever witnessed. Last year’s sinulog was a bit wild, but Sinulog 2014 was a whole lot more of a crowd. Each year, sinulog’s crowd would evolve. This year, we just had the craziest street party. It is where social statuses is of no regard. It is where the less-fortunate people, the middle class, and the elites would meet and just be friends and have fun in a clean way.

It is the only day where Cebuanos would be “AFK” and just be out in the streets. It is the time where real Chats would happen; not just facebook chats or any IMs. It is where the real social networking happens.

It is so nice to see that even though technology tends to ruin the social life of Cebuanos, there would be a day where we would just forget facebook or the internet just to meet real people outside the streets!

Here are some of Sinulog 2014’s sneak peek:    you wouldn’t wanna drive here for sure!

 these people are dancing without music. just all of them chanting and shouting “pit senyor!”

The Best Way To Avoid the Crowd! lol

The Parade:    Good thing we got a good view from here.

          As Always, Sinulog 2014 has been so colorful and lively.

 Ramon Bautista in the house

Sinulog would not be the grandest festival in the Philippines if there is nothing about it. Truly, it offers you the best experience of party rockin’. There were about 4 million estimated tourists who flocked the Metro for the celebration. Next year, it would be even better. So now you have the glimpse of what sinulog is, you better not miss the next Sinulog! And oh, in case you did not know, it is always on the third Sunday of January. See you next year!

Dakong Bato Resort: The Big Rock of Dalaguete

Dakong Bato Resort is located in Coro, Dalaguete, Cebu.  It is around 100 kms south of Cebu province and about 2 hours of travel by bus. The resort offers wide range of amenities for the whole family. Local tourists often visit the place on weekends, so it is much better to visit the place on a weekday if you want to enjoy the place just for yourselves. They have rooms for families or couples that can be used overnight. They have two pools; both are 5 feet max.  You can also enjoy the beach if you want to.  It offers stunning view of Cebu Straight, facing the island of Bohol.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City, take the bus going down south in Cebu South Bus Terminal. Again, choosing Ceres Aircon Bus would be the best option for safety and convenience.  It would cost you around 100-110 php per person.; just tell the bus crew to drop you off in Dakong Bato. The resort is just adjacent to the national road, so you do not have to take another ride which is a pain-in-the-arse for most people.

  The Swimming Pool   

    Pool 2  

The Beach    

Hello to the Pool and the Beach

Resort Accommodation       

      The accommodation we chose is good for two.  I like it because we already have our own dining table just outside the room with a very great view of the sea.

Here are some shots we took from our balcony:       The breathtaking view just gives you broad perspective in life.

The Food             We had their house special, Kamayan, for dinner. Yummy! 

            Tocilog and Baked Mac for Brunch.. 🙂  

Dakong Bato Restaurant’s Menu   

Getting Around The Resort                                                                            The Resort Lobby    

The Garden         b

The Beachfront     

The Resort’s Structures                  

We went to this place to celebrate our Anniversary.  We want to move on with our lives even though our families were affected by the recent typhoon. We are still thankful that our families in typhoon-hit areas are doing well and moving on with life. With this, we are able to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a more meaningful way.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of You!

Keep on Movin’!  Never stop Explorin’!

A Journal: How Yolanda Broke My Heart

 Sunday after the typhoon, I went to Leyte to check on my loved ones and relatives if they were doing fine after the super typhoon.  Saturday morning, I was a bit worried because all source of communication went down. Me and my girlfriend were in Cebu and decided to rush to the ticket booth to buy tickets bound for Ormoc, but sadly, they were sold out for that day.  So we decided to take a fastcraft on a Sunday morning. A few dozen people surprised us on the ticket outlet of a certain fastcraft on a sunday dawn. They were already lining up as early as 3 am. They were, as well, anxious to see their families in Leyte.  We were not able to ride the first trip because it was already full, but thank God we were able to get a ticket for the second trip.

When we arrive in Ormoc, these images below stunned me and actually made some tears fell from my eyes because I just remembered how beautiful that place was before Yolanda came. It just crushed my heart.

I apologize for the quality of the images.  I only used my phone camera.

It is never easy to look at the surroundings.  About 90% of the houses have major damages while 100%  has damage (minor or major); coconut trees were cut off and even centennial old trees fell down as well.

When we arrive in Ormoc, my girlfriend’s family was there at the port waiting for us.  It was a relief knowing that all of them are safe. Now it is my time to check on my Nanay and my sisters in the nearby towns Merida and Isabel. At first, I had a hard time looking for transportation going there because transportation operations is not functional yet because of the electric posts and trees that blocked the highway. But good thing I was able to reach my nanay through phone and asked one of his grandchild to fetch me from Ormoc using motorcycle. It was already dusk then when we traveled from Ormoc to Merida. When we were travelling, I have seen a lot of devastation along the way.  Again, it squeezed my heart.  People were sleeping along the national road because their houses were swept away. Some just made bonfire to keep their selves warm. Their primary need at that time was shelter because if it rains, they would just be wet and cold again. Food is not yet a problem since they can still eat from fallen coconuts.

In my nanay’s place, Calunangan (Merida), I was able to sit with them along with the neighbors and converse with them that night outside the house. Their houses has damages as well. No more roof and no more ceiling.  Good thing, my nanay’s house has only minor damage.  Hope came in when I saw them talking together and even laughing (which is normal with their daily conversations) as if nothing happened. They even share their dinner together, and I ate with them. We had fish and some kind of a sea eel that they were able to catch earlier.

These are the scenes I saw on the morning after that small gathering in Calunangan:

 

That morning I was able to visit my sisters and my uncle’s place in Isabel, and I am thankful enough to God that they were spared.

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Here are some pictures of Leyte towns:

Isabel, Leyte

Merida, Leyte

Yolanda is probably the only girl who broke my heart this worse. It should not happen again. It has not just affected the eastern part of leyte but whole Leyte as well, Northern Cebu. and some parts of Panay.

Let us all pray for our land.