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: http://www.camiguin.gov.ph/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camiguin.

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: http://www.bohol-philippines.com/loboc-river.html and http://www.bohol-philippines.com/loboc-river.html.

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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