Kapatagan Valley in Davao Del Sur

It was a day ago when I had a chance to visit Kapatagan Valley along with my partner. For the curious travelers,  this highland is a popular adventurous destination located at the foot of Mount Apo in Davao Del Sur.

Similar to Baguio, Bukidnon, Lake Sebu and Marawi, this place is also blessed with cool weather but unlike the other places I mentioned, this place is still not crowded.
At Mt. Apo Civet Coffee Farm, they feed the civet cats with coffee cherries then the stomach proteolytic enzymes of these animals seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. … The low-quality beans are discarded and the best ones are roasted. The finished products are then packed and sealed
Tourists can have sightseeing of Mount Apo that is known to be the highest mountain in the Philippines. People residing in this place can be seen busy with vegetable cultivation and coffee farming since it is the only means of employment for the majority of people in this area. Visitors can also enjoy Lake Rosario – a lake located at the foot of Mount Apo that gives a breathtaking view and total relaxation.

How to get to Kapatagan Valley?

The easiest way to reach Kapatagan Valley is through private transportation. From Davao City, it is about two hours drive or an hour away from Digos City. There are buses available at the Ecoland Bus Terminal in Davao City that ply to Digos City. From Digos City, public utility vans are available for hire to reach the valley.

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Baguio City Bucket List

The Lion Head Baguio City
Baguio Public Market Pasalubong Shopping

During the dry and cool months in Baguio City, people can buy strawberries in the public market or at Burnham Park. You may also want to visit La Trinidad Benguet and pick the berries themselves. All the fruits and vegetables in this city are cheap and freshly picked every day.

Strawberry Taho (soft/silken tofu)

Strawberry taho is a special drink in Baguio city. It is available at a cheap price of 10 – 15 pesos per cup. Taho is a local delicacy prepared from soy and sweetened using liquid sugar. Tapioca balls are also served together with this drink. This special mix is topped with strawberry syrup and whole strawberries.

Horseback riding in Baguio

There are several horseback riding spots in Baguio City but the most popular one is in Wright Park. Some of the horseback riding trails are also available near Baguio Country Club, Camp John Hay, and Mines View Park.

Baguio Lourdes Grotto

It is located on a high hill in the western part of the city where you will find the image of the Lady of Lourdes. The grotto is a favorite pilgrimage site destination during Holy Week most especially during Holy Thursday and Good Friday. You can reach the image of the Lady of Lourdes by hiking up 252 steps or by driving a light vehicle through a winding, narrow and steep asphalt-paved road.

Stopover at StoBoSa Hillside Homes Artwork

Houses in Barangay Balili in La Trinidad, Benguet were turned into a colorful mural. Photo courtesy of Department of Tourism – CAR

The paintwork of multiple houses composes the single artwork.

Strawberry Picking in La Trinidad

Strawberry Picking is one of the most popular activities in La Trinidad, Benguet – a town located right next to the City of Pines. They also enjoy picking the strawberries themselves. The best months to come here is April, March and may, because its the strawberry peak season.

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MALDIVES

Tourism in the Maldives did not flourish until the early months of 1972, after the first resort opened in the country. Maldives’ fairly recent involvement in the tourism industry makes the country some of the lesser-known tourist destinations in the world. However, the Maldives’ tourism continues to blossom yearly, making up an average of 30% of the country’s GDP.

Male the Capital of Maldives

Today, the Maldives is starting to be recognized for having some of the best beaches, diving, and snorkeling spots in the world. Only 185 of its islands are inhabited; majority of the uninhabited islands are dedicated for tourism and agriculture. Each island is unique, and there’s so much to explore and do in the Maldives. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, read on. This is the travel guide for you.

Floating Cottages – Maldives

As a tropical country, the Maldives are hot, sunny and humid all year round, with average temperatures of 23ºC-31ºC. The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April, these are the months with less precipitation. The peak season falls between December and March. If you want to maximize your vacation, avoid visiting the Maldives during the monsoon season from May to October.

Flights to Maldives
How to get there

Cebu Pacific and AirAsia are two of the local carriers that offer flights from Manila (MNL) Philippines to Malé (MLE), Maldives’ capital. Cebu Pacific’s Malé flights stopover at Singapore (SIN), while AirAsia’s Malé flights stopover at Kuala Lumpur (KUL).

Both carriers land on Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, which is alternatively called Velana International Airport or simply Malé International Airport.

Maldives Seaplane Transfer Prices and Schedule

Riding a seaplane is the generally preferred method of travelling between islands and atolls in the Maldives. Riding a ferry is less expensive, however, ferries travel less frequently. Speedboats are similarly a less-preferred mode of transportation, as they can become really expensive despite the convenience they offer.

Is it Expensive to Visit Maldives?

In most cases, the answer is YES. A vacation in Maldives can be cheap and it can be expensive too. It really depends on the type of accommodation you book, the food you eat and the activities you prefer to do on this island paradise.

Maldives Travel Tips
  1. The Maldives is a predominantly Muslim country, therefore you have to make sure to observe its customs. Specifically: observe the dress code in public areas. Women and men should cover their thighs, and women should cover their shoulders. This should be strictly observed when you plan to visit mosques. On the other hand, most resorts allow any kind of clothing. Make sure to always consult with your accommodation about this.
  2. Don’t schedule flights that arrive on a Friday. Friday and Saturday are weekends in the Maldives. Most modes of transportation and local establishments close during these days to observe custom. Make sure to consult with your travel agency so that you arrive on a weekday morning.
  3. Riding a ferry is the cheapest mode of transportation, and is more culture-immersive. Seaplanes are generally for the tourists. The downside of ferries is that they travel infrequently per island, and stop operating completely on the weekends. However, if you chance upon one, it will give you the best Maldivian experience.
  4. The Maldives is a tropical country, so expect that March will be the hottest month and January the coldest. August and September are generally the rainy months, and there will be lesser crowds. If you plan well enough, you might chance upon a nice, rainy weather on a weekend, and enjoy the seclusion of one of the resort islands as if you own it.
  5. There are relatively few ATMs in the country, so make sure to bring ample money. If you plan on staying in a resort during your entire stay, then money won’t be a problem. However, if you plan to explore more of the country, then make sure to have enough to cover you up. Most local, small-time shops won’t accept dollars.

Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.

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EL NIDO PALAWAN THINGS TO DO – BE MY MUSE

EL NIDO PALAWAN

Have you ever thought of traveling to El Nido, Palawan? If you love to travel and give yourself a break, give a little space from the tiring days and weeks. Traveling is a time to relax and enjoy and it imparts a fresh outlook, a new zeal into your life.

There are so many places in the Philippines where you can spend your vacations. The country can offer you a lot of new things to experience that will surely surprise you. The street foods, the native dishes, beaches, and natural resources that we’d love to introduce you. Tourist loves to spend their times enjoying the heat of the sun for a change, sun bathing and exploring beaches. Philippines are very rich when we talk about natural resources and tourist spots. The most exciting experience in Philippines are the Filipinos who will love to welcome you for your stay.

One of the country’s paradises is Palawan, an island province of the Philippines that is located in the MIMAROPA region. It is the largest province in the country in terms of total area of jurisdiction. Its capital is Puerto Princesa City, but it is governed independently from the province. The islands of Palawan stretch from Mindoro in the northeast to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. The province is named after its largest island.

Where is El Nido?

El Nido is a first-class municipality and managed resource protected area in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It is about 420 kilometers (260 mi) southwest of Manila, and about 238 kilometers (148 mi) northeast of Puerto Princesa, Palawan’s capital.

El Nido Palawan is the ultimate place for diving, island hopping, snorkeling, and kayaking. This piece of paradise is renowned for its mangroves and tall limestone cliffs that are about 250 million years old. It has 4 archaeological sites, 45 islands, and around 888 varieties of fish are found in Bacuit Bay.

The unique beauty of El Nido has had a lasting appeal on the nature fans. It has the most distinct ecosystems in the country and is safeguarded by the foremost institutions in the Philippines. Its exceptional magnetism and out of sight escapades will leave you spellbound and make you travel to the place all over again.

How to get there

To reach El Nido, it is recommended traveling by air as it is the fastest mode of transportation. The flight from Manila takes only one hour and fifteen minutes to reach Lio airport. Aieswift is the only airline that flies to El Nido (+63) 915 5097024, (+632) 318 5941, (+632) 318 5942, (+632) 318 5943.

You can also fly to El Nido from Clark, Davao, and Cebu via Airswift.

Travel Tips and Reminders
  • Make sure your tour guide is licensed, Licensed tour guides have been trained to minimize the damage to the environment. They are also trained in how to do first aid and they can provide you with interesting facts and information about each island or destinations you are visiting.
  • Always wear a life jacket – A life vest protects both of you and the coral from damage.
  • Be careful not to step on the coral – Dangerous organisms sometimes live on the surface of the coral and it is unsafe for you to step there. Touching or stepping on corals also damages the habitat of other marine species.
  • Be aware of your waste – Help El Nido to stay clean by using environment-friendly/reusable containers. Refrain from littering and lastly, segregate biodegradable from non-biodegradable wastes and put them in proper waste containers.
Important Things you need to know
  • El Nido is now collecting Eco-Tourism Development Fee (Php200 valid for 10 days)
  • Waste Segregation is practiced in the town proper. The penalty for littering at any public place is Php100.
  • Swimming attire is not allowed in the town streets.
  • Taking shells and sands from the beach is prohibited.
To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live 🙂

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Sagada is a place that one cannot forget. Its a small town in the Mountain Province, Philippines. Sagada is famous for its “hanging coffins”.

Sagada is one of the ten municipalities of Mountain Province in the Cordillera Administrative Region. Sagada lies in a small valley at an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level in the Cordillera mountain range of Northern Luzon, 415 km. from Manila via Baguio and 18 km. from Bontoc, which is situated in a larger valley beside the Chico River.

Sagada is a town in the Cordillera Mountains, within the Philippines’ Mountain Province. The nearby Sumaguing Cave has unusual limestone formations. To the north, Bomod-ok Falls has a natural swimming pool. Rice terraces are carved into the area’s surrounding mountainsides.

How to get to Sagada?

From Manila:

There are very few bus lines that offer direct trips from Manila to Sagada.

Buses leave from their terminal at Cubao, Quezon City at 9PM daily. The route passes through the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, and Ifugao.

For bookings, you can contact:

Coda Lines: Telephone – 0927-559-2197 or 0929-521-3229.

Language in Sagada

The People of Sagada speak a language called Kankana-ey. It was referred to Igorots (people from the mountains). They are sturdy and industrious.

Learn Few Kankana-ey Words

Gawis ay agew mo [Good Day to you!]
Gawis ay agsapa [Good Morning.]
Gawis ay masdem [Good Afternoon]
Gawis ay labi [Good Evening]
Nalpuam? [Where did you come from?]
Umayam? [Where are you going?]
Entako. [Let’s Go.]

Sagada Travel Trips

  • All tourists who arrive in Sagada are required to pay Php 70 for the tourism fee at the tourism office. They will issue a receipt, which you should keep with you to give you access to tourist destinations like Samaguing Cave, which requires a guide.
  • Bring your own pocket Wi-Fi. Internet access is not too stable, poor signal.
  • If you are more of a card person, get used to bringing along paper money. All establishments here (souvenir shops, restaurants, accommodation) only accept cash for payment.
  • Conserve water. Like Baguio, the supply of water in mountainous Sagada is limited and expensive.
  • Bring your own water bottle. Let’s help our environment by minimizing the consumption of beverages in plastic bottles.
  • Do not go out too late in night. Some roads are not installed with lights, and the rocky terrain will make it difficult and very dangerous to walk around at night.
Shout out all your frustrations in Sagada <3

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