Monday, November 15, 2010

Isla Jardin del Mar: A Gem in Pacmanland

Gumasa Beach has been dubbed "Boracay of Mindanao". I beg to disagree. It has its own charm, its own beauty, its own identity. Let's say, those who have been to El Nido or Amanpulo would probably say this place will pale in comparison to those world-class resorts. Nevertheless, Gumasa is still the pride of Glan, of Sarangani and of Mindanao. Come visit this place one day and experience a soothing and relaxing ambiance away from the rustle and bustle of daily life.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Pinnacle Experience

There’s a new hotel in town. It is located along Sta. Ana Ave., right across the exit side of Gaisano Mall Davao. It’s called The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Davao Gastronomic Delights

There are a couple of restaurants in Davao we visited recently which gave us a satisfactory dining experience. They are Gerry’s Grill at Gaisano Mall, JP Laurel Avenue and Yahong Restaurant near Davao Convention Center along F. Torres Street. There may serve similar dishes but one thing was common about them. The ones we’ve tasted were good and reasonably priced and would let customers keep going back for more. Let’s see if you will not love these pictures below

Grilling Appetite at Gerry’s:

Beating the Davao Heat with Ice Giants

There’s nothing like a thirst-quenching gastronomic celebration to cap my 47th birthday than a trip to Ice Giants Desserts and Snacks at the Damosa Gateway Complex in Davao City. They offer a variety of mouth-watering and reasonably-priced ice-based treats from parfaits to halo-halo. They also serve sandwiches, nachos and other short order snacks. The friendly staff matches the gay and warm ambiance of the place, thus making those sweets-loving folks come back for more of their good stuff.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Davao's Pride: No Rival Lachi's Sans Rival

Lachi's Durian Sans Rival made it to the Inquirer's list of 25 best desserts in the country! Kudos to Melvin and Michael Aviles and to the whole Aviles Family for making DavaoeƱos proud with this feat. Tita Lachi has done a good job bringing the twins up and teaching them culinary skills as well as the sisters, Millet and Mae. Cheers to you, Tita Lachi!

Please check this out:

So, what are you waiting for? Tara na, mag-Lachi's na!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Happily Stranded

It was one of those flights one can only be grateful for not taking. It was PAL Flight PR 813 I was supposed to be on last October 26. The airline people said the plane that was to take us from Manila to Davao at 3 o’clock in the afternoon was hit by lightning. Don’t ask me how that happened but I was simply grateful the flight did not push through or else we would’ve been blown to kingdom come and I won’t be writing this now.

In as much as most of the passengers wanted to go home or take their vacation or business meeting, no one had a choice but to remain in Manila. Since it was the airline’s “fault”, the passengers were either given an allowance for transportation to go home for the night or to billet them at the ritzy Diamond Hotel along Roxas Blvd. (For more information, please visit their website at

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Falling for Lake Sebu

My husband wanted to take a long drive to a place we've never been to. Since we've practically scoured Davao Del Norte and its neighboring provinces, we thought of crossing over to the Cotabato area and ended up with Lake Sebu. It is a town nestled in the mountains of South Cotabato. It has a lake where the town got its name. The town also has 7 waterfalls hidden in the woods but only 2 were available for viewing at the time we went there last March 2009.

To get to Lake Sebu from Tagum, one goes through Davao City, Digos City, General Santos City, Koronadal City and the towns of Banga and Surallah. It took us approximately 5 hours to get there but it was worth the trip. South Cotabato is a beautiful province with abundant natural resources, breathtaking views and very well-paved roads.

My husband allowed me to drive from Koronadal (formerly Marbel) to General Santos (formerly Dadiangas) where I hit 120 km/hr. Not so fast in terms of men's standards but it was a delight to drive in that part where the highway was practically straight all  because there were only seven "turns".

We went to the Punta Isla Lake Resort, the best one as far as we're concerned. One cannot miss it because of the many billboards along the way pointing to its direction.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Come Again to Camiguin

We went to Camiguin Island in April 2008 for the first time. I thought, based on the pictures I've seen of it in airport lounges and ticket offices, it's an island surrounded by white sand beaches. I was wrong. Totally wrong. We had to go to a place called the White Island which looks like a long stretch of white sand in the middle of the sea. There's no vegetation there. During high tide, the island vanishes. One's visit to Camiguin will not be complete without going there. It's practically more than half of the Camiguin experience.

Sunken Cemetery
If one wants to get away from the bustle of the city, Camiguin is the place to go with its quiet ambiance and laid-back atmosphere. When we went there, there wasn't a single popular fast food joint to be found. Although tourists abound in their own cars, they are not enough to disturb the peace and quiet of the island. I say, it is ideal for writers and those who want to think and reflect.

For more info on Camiguin, visit: and

Green, Green Loboc

This is Loboc River in Loboc, Bohol. It's clean and it's green. I wish most of our rivers are like this. Here's more about the Municipality of Loboc and Loboc River: and

The Other Side of Bora

 This is the side of Boracay I love.

Boracay still attracts many tourists, local and foreign, even if it looks like a city has been smacked right in the middle of the island.

Nevertheless, the other side of it - the white sugar-like sand, the blue sky and sea – holds a breathtaking magic which leaves one mesmerized to no end.

These pictures were taken during a summer trip of teachers in April 2008.

Getting Started

I am starting a new blog. I already have one which shows my poems and write-ups on different topics. The poems were written depending on the mood I was in at the time I wrote them. The articles are about some issues or points I feel strongly about.

This time, I want to try another blog which will highlight not my thoughts but the beauty of the Philippines, particularly the countryside. Our family is fond of going on road trips as a form of bonding. I would just like to share some of those trips with you. Who knows, you might want to visit those places we’ve been to one day. Perhaps you’ve been there before. You might be surprised things have improved since the last time you were there and it would be a good thing to revisit those places.

This blog is also my way of showing a positive side of the Philippines to counter the bad publicity it is getting nowadays. For those who have been away for long, I am sure you miss the land of your birth. And like me, I know you believe there’s hope for our country to rise above all these setbacks.

C’mon, join me and let’s flutter around!
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