Fun at Cebu’s Upside Down World and Extreme Aeropark


I’m always up for something new and interesting everyday and this is no exception. Now Cebu as you may all know is quite well-known for their awesome beaches, party places and their wide array of food and also their urban lifestyle. Considering we were just staying there for a short time, we decided to go to Upside Down World and Extreme Aeropark in just one day. I’d never expect that we’d be all so tired out from the activities!

Upside Down World Cebu

Our first stop is at Upside Down World Cebu which is located at City Time Square 2nd Floor, Mandaue City. This was also my first visit, so I was expecting it looked like some sort of house but in actuality it was very spacious and the lighting made every photo shot look pretty amazing. You could say it was a modern museum of some sort. The lady at the entrance also told us that they had a Monthly Best Photo Competition and the winner gets to take home a cash prize!

Come prepared with a heap of creative poses

We were then asked to put our shoes in their designated locker, so you could either go barefoot or go around the area with your socks on! I had to adjust my eyes at first as we entered the first room. It was slightly dizzying since all the things that were supposed to be found down below were all hanging upside down from the wall. It was unusual and unsettling seeing that a neatly done bed just hang from the ceiling and even the TV that was turned on!

The Rooms

The area had a total of eleven rooms. Each having their own theme and decor which were the following:

  • Living room
  • Study room
  • Bedroom
  • Kid’s room
  • Market
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Laundry room
  • Bathroom
  • Fortune teller
  • Casino

All the staff were quite a friendly bunch! They were also very helpful and willing to assist us with our cameras and footage. One thing we didn’t think about prior to getting inside was what we were supposed to do there! We never really thought up of any decent poses and yet the staff were kind enough to suggest various poses and scenes to act out. It was hilarious aside from the fact that they totally accepted how awkward we were. It was quite a workout since you had to do several poses just to get that perfect shot!

The area was quite cool actually but as we neared the exit, we were already sweating like crazy because it felt like quite a workout. From kicking and jumping and even rolling around.

Rates:

  • 250Php – Adults (13 years old and above)
  • 270Php – Special discount for kids (4-12 year olds), students (with ID) and (Senior Citizens)

Extreme Aeropark

Do you want to train to become a ninja? Been wanting to try out your Parkour skills? The you have surely come to the right place. You can enjoy the following activities while you’re there such as:

  • Laser Tag
  • Trampoline
  • Beam Fight
  • Slam Ball
  • Bubble Soccer
  • Dodge Ball
  • Wall Climbing
  • Foam Pit
  • Free Jump
  • Delta Tag
  • Ninja Arena
  • Fitness Area

For first timers like myself, you had to have some sort of record there for future visits. That’s why they take a photo of you aside from collecting your information and signing their waiver. They then lead you to a TV screen to which you had yo watch their safety regulation clip. Their stick figure illustrations were quite amusing.

Rates:

Their prices vary according to the activity and day. It will be slightly higher during the weekends since there are more people during that time.

You will also be provided with grip socks before going in to the play area. Before you proceed further on though I would like to suggest that you follow up their warm up exercises or do a little bit of stretching. The play area was quite huge and they also had a snack area for the hungry. Personally, I was already sweaty and out of breath in less than an hour from all the jumping, climbing, shooting and grabbing on to things. Better bring an extra shirt with you and keep yourself hydrated at all times.

Overall my experience that day made me feel like a kid not giving a care in the world for a time. It also made me build quite an appetite that day!

A Weekday at Manila



This vlog was basically a three (turned four) day trip to Manila on a weekday. I didn’t take much footage over the course of the trip because I was saving battery life which was probably not a good idea. Our sole purpose on this travel was to watch Phoenix Live in Manila despite the hectic schedule. I personally had this little list where I planned on going and eating but it looks like time and circumstances did not permit me to follow that said list. 🙁

Many of life’s adventures are unplanned.

Day 0 (Travel)

This is travel day. It was a 2.5 hour bus ride from Iligan to Laguindingan. It was longer than usual because of the checkpoints and road reconstructions, plus it was a rainy evening. Checking-in at Laguindingan Airport was a breeze despite the inevitable boarding delays but all in all it was alright. Just make sure you arrive an hour earlier than the check-in time. Another cool thing when traveling to Manila late at night is that there isn’t much hustle and bustle because traffic wasn’t as bad as usual.

I booked my stay via Airbnb. This was my second experience to try it out and here’s the kicker. You can get a huge discount on your first booking if you sign up with this link here! http://bit.ly/2ipT9SX

What I liked about it was that it was very affordable compared to hotel accommodations and the amenities are similar as that to a home since technically, you’re renting out someone else’s house with complete amenities. It’s like a home away from home.

Day 1 (Concert Day)

I made a mental note next time to email the organizers for a media pass if one is to take photos and footage during events such as this one. They were strict with their no DSLR bringing policy so I had to leave it along with the other things in my bag which they kept tucked away at their counter. For one to enjoy an event such as this one, it is best to read up on their announcements. There may be sudden venue changes (like this one) or they may post what items you should and should not bring.

Don’t forget to dress comfortably. I knew this was going to be slightly warm since I was going to sardine myself along with many others in the standing VIP section. I loved every minute of the chaos. The music and spending time with random people who love a band with the same fervor as you, now that’s a great way to enjoy a night.

I still can’t forget about that literal backstage free pass and the crowd-surfing crash. It was damn funny.

Day 2 (Free Day)

Miki led me to a crystal shop in Makati Avenue. I got myself a round rose quartz crystal and a quartz for good measure. It was a good walk going there and we passed along several Korean and Japanese grocery stores. After that, we randomly walked in on adult store which I failed to get some footage of 🙁 but it was quite funny and their merchandise was very…very interesing!

It was Chris’s idea to try out Señor Pollo, a Mexican themed restaurant at Makati. There was a vast amount of tourists at the area it was located. They had the best roast chicken I have ever had in a very long time. The chicken was seasoned to the point that the spices have seeped to the bone and yet the meat inside was tender. It was just so good! Their side dishes were also pretty tasty. We had Patatas Bravas, Colombian Beans, Mac N’ Cheese, French Fries and that Spicy Rice. Their sauces were remarkable as well and you had a lot to choose from!

Day 3 (Re-booking)

One thing this day has taught me was to never ever underestimate the check-in time. This resulted in a missed flight despite arriving with less than five minutes to spare. Also, always do a web check-in next time if you have a feeling that you’re going to be a bit late. Re-booking is a costly thing since its the same as practically paying for another flight. Got to stay an extra day.

With this extra day, I got to meet a not so little french bulldog at La Salle Greenhills named Logan!

Day 4 (Home)

Today was the ideal day to go home. I’m coming back to the peaceful place of 11PM curfew and of course, Martial Law. This I would never trade in for anything else unless its a month long free staycation at somewhere I have never been to.

Beach Day at Kawayan Cliff Resort

Check out this new resort in town! This hidden gem of a place is at Pagahan, Initao, Misamis Oriental called Kawayan Cliff Resort. It’s a 40 minute drive from the city proper and just off the Cagayan de Oro to Iligan City National Highway (Route 9). I was invited by my friend Juevo to take a look at the place and snap a couple photos just when the sun was about to set.

You could say it looks like a small park with a view of the beach. Their lawns have been well kept and area has been landscaped quite well. They’ve got park benches and lights during the evenings. I was told that you can spend the night here with tents.

Best put your aqua shoes on because this place has quite an area to explore. It’s got gnarly rock formations to which can surely cut you if you dare to climb them. There’s also a small cave to which the curious can see where it leads to. The sea has a rocky bottom where a lot of fish and sea creatures live. The waters are very clear and you can easily see the bottom by simply dunking your face. One can go snorkeling here even at a depth of three feet because the creatures are everywhere! Just make sure you don’t step on them and the corals surrounding the area.

As defined by their name, this resort is situated by a cliff with an amazing view of the area. Best of all, it’s a sight to behold when the sun sets. Their cottages also serve as a view deck. This resort is quite secluded but is best enjoyed in groups and company outings. No distractions or any funky noise of the sort. Just the sound of the beach and wildlife all around. I was also told that they also offer massage services too.

Need a resort all to yourself?

I would recommend Kawayan Cliff Resort for group or family outings. You can even reserve the whole resort exclusively for private functions. I was also told that this is a pet-friendly area!

As of now, their restaurant is still under construction so you can’t order any food yet unless you want them to catered. Better bring your own meals for now! The owners are very accommodating so please don’t hesitate to ask for anything.

How to get there:

From Laguindingan Airport or Cagayan de Oro: Travel south along Route 9. After passing through Initao, continue on until you reach Barangay Pagahan. Take a right leading to a narrow stone road when you see a signboard that says “Masterson Reef Beach Resort” . After 100 metres, go left when you see a fork in the road. This will lead you to the green gates of Kawayan Cliff Resort.
From Iligan City: travel north through Naawan. Continue on through Barangay Maputi and up a hill to Barangay Pagahan. Take a right leading to a narrow stone road when you see a signboard that says “Masterson Reef Beach Resort” . After 100 metres, go left when you see a fork in the road. This will lead you to the green gates of Kawayan Cliff Resort.

Rates/Prices:

They have an entrance fee that starts at 40 per person. You may also have to pay for their cottages since they are for rent. The prices differ according to the time of day and the kind if cottage you’ll also be renting. You can check out their prices here. Take note that kids under the age of ten are free!

For more information, you can call them at (063) 917 750 8864 or check out their facebook page and website here.

That One Time At Tawi-Tawi

I will come back Tawi-Tawi!

It was our first time to travel to Tawi-Tawi! The land of seafood, sun, sand and beaches as far as the eye can see! The locals were friendly and we made new friends! We came at the best time to get a tan!

It was a 12 hour trip going there. From Iligan to Zamboanga by bus and then a plane ride from Zamboanga to Tawi-tawi. We were ever so patient and the overnight bus ride was the best way to get a long needed shut eye. A few comforts were supposed to be sacrificed during the trip but I suppose I’ll be making an entry on how to survive a long bus with the maximum comfort possible.

We arrived by dawn around 5AM or so just enough time travel time from the bus terminal to the airport. This was going to be an exciting day! We were warmly greeted by the members of JCI Lepa Tawi-Tawi, they were our gracious hosts who accompanied us from start to finish. First thing we searched for after they picked us up at the airport was…FOOD.


They introduced us to Tiyula Itum! In truth, I had been craving for this spicy beef dish for many months now. My ate was an expert at preparing this and it has been a long time since I got to eat this fine black soup. If you’re wondering why it’s black, that’s because of the grilled coconut they mix it with. The soup color in itself is actually yellow. What a hearty dish for breakfast!

Bongao

We stayed at Almari Beach Resort for the first day. One detail that surprised me was their check-in time which was at 8AM and their check-out time is at 7AM. Quite early eh? we rested for a while and then went out for lunch. A seafood platter is the best way to be welcomed when you’re at Tawi-Tawi. It comprised of fried fish, shrimps, guso (seaweed), shells, squid, crabs and on the middle was the cucumber sambal appetizer. They also served us kinilaw (fish ceviche) and kamon or mantis shrimps!


They gave us an opportunity to walk around the city for a time. You might say they gave us a city tour. After that, we hopped on an open army truck and we proceeded to go to their city hall with an amazing view of the city. We also circled around their port just to see the view of their seas.

We then returned to the place we stayed after that for a couple of hours rest and to prepare for tonight’s activity which was JCI Lepa’s inauguration of new officers. Everyone looked striking in their own way and they were ever so friendly.

Simunul

We awoke early the next day because our itinerary was to visit Panampangan Island. Not a lot of people go here so you could say you’d be having the whole beach to yourselves for a time being. I’m sure Tawi-Tawi has countless of beaches just like this without the hussle and bussle of tourists.



Before that, we had the opportunity to go to Simunul. This was a 45 minute boat ride from Bongao.

Did you know? Early Muslims in the Philippines are said to have arrived at Simunul. The Sheik Karimul Makhdum mosque which is the first ever mosque in the Philippines is located here. Too bad it was being restored that time so we were only able to catch a glimpse of it yet not in its full glory. There was a long standing wooden pillar there that was as old as the mosque itself. Who couldn’t resist touching that eh?

Panampangan Island

The beach was in pristine condition, with the waters so blue and inviting. You could see every little detail from sea urchin to stone! and the weather was fortunately sunny the whole time we were at the island. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen because it really is hot out there! The tricky part though was getting to the island itself just when one was only a few meters away from the shore. Our boat had a hard time reaching the shore so we had to wade through the part of the beach that was laden with starfish and…..sea urchins!

To get here, one must have to rent out a boat. You have to haggle with the boat owner plus you’ll also have to cover for the fuel. This is recommended as a group outing since this place is quite isolated and the more, the merrier and cheaper also applies! Don’t forget to also bring food because there are no restaurants there and going to the beach can often make one quite hungry after travelling 2 hours just to get there.

There were also a couple of Badjaos during the time we were there. They offered us their catch of spider shells, fish and sea urchins! They told me that you could get as many as you want up to what you can fill yourself with for only 20php! I scarfed down all the uni I could that day.




Upon going home, strong winds and  slight drizzle of rain greeted us. I guess you could say this was nature’s way of welcoming us to the sea. Of all the things likely to happen. the boat then suddenly stopped midway and we were told that the fuel had run out! So we waited about an hour or two and during that time we went for a dip!

Zamboanga

We took a flight back to Zamboanga on a rainy early morning the next day. Their congee at the terminal was surprisingly excellent! Do take note the next time you take a flight from Tawi-Tawi. We toured a rubber tree plantation, ate some curacha and strolled around the KCC Mall before taking the 12 hour bus ride.

Things to take note:

  • Please take note that most of the areas there don’t have secure internet connection. So you better take that leave off from that online job.
  • The phone signal is also scarce when you’re situated away from the city which I found out the hard way. We had a bit of trouble contacting our loved ones most of the time. Better anticipate that.
  • Respect their culture. Don’t try to stand out too much.
  • It is always a good idea to trust in the soldiers for added security measure when you’re traveling in groups.
  • Tawi-tawi is a Muslim province therefore alcohol will be scarce and there is no pork there.

A huge thanks to JCI Lepa Tawi-Tawi for accommodating us and a special thanks to Ms. Ina Lluch Gustilo for letting us tag along with her. Do subscribe to my youtube channel for more adventures coming from me!

Vlog: That Tourism Video

This is the vlog where I show you what went on behind the scenes with several outtakes, bloopers and the funny parts. It was a four day intensive adventure of going out and about Iligan City with friends! I managed to take all the footage here in between takes. We’re quite a funny bunch and yes I’m awkward IRL. This was taken last September 2016 during the month long Diyandi Festival in Iligan City. I had to wait a couple of months for the official videos to come out before I made this post. The final output for this video was to be used to promote tourism in Iligan City.

To tell you the truth, we didn’t really prepare ourselves for this particular circumstance to happen to us along the following days of exploring (and acting) to come. I was kinda expecting to be more on the behind the scenes kind of girl where the magic takes place but it looks like they wanted us to be on camera. The four days we spent filming were rigorous and call time was at 7:30 A.M. I finish my shift at 6A.M. and our shooting sometimes lasted till 8P.M. and my shift starts at 10P.M. I tell ya, it wasn’t easy but we somehow managed to pull through.

Jumping off the side of a rock face by a waterfall was something I’ve never done before. And yes, I slipped on my first jump which was caught on camera (inserts a series of unintelligible shrieks kdnfdkjfndkfjnhasfnsskdnsd). I also slipped on a rock while crossing a stream (sobs). There was also another scene which wasn’t included because silly me had a bit of rice particle on my chin (hey, we just had lunch that time -_-).

There’s also the part where I got to hold a drone mid-flight while riding a motorcycle. Good grief, I was quite terrified on the inside! The thought of losing fingers on my dominant hand was something I would dare not think about. I had to do this while smiling on bright scorching afternoon while looking at the camera. We had to do three takes for this and thank goodness the final shot came out quite good!

To cap it off, a fly landed on my ice cream and got stuck there and we were to told to lick our ice creams while the camera was rolling. I just can’t do that gah! My friends had their own mishaps as well and luckily for them, it wasn’t caught on camera (except that one time where Yobz slipped face first on the pool though, lol). Overall, it was an interesting experience. Memories meant to laughed and replayed in our head. All five of us had to act like the very best of friends (that was the fun part) which was reassuring in terms of our acting skills.

Additional footage in this video have been provided by Rolly MagpayoAJ Ventura and Yobz Tolentino.

Watch one of four clips here!


You can view all four videos at Iligan City Tourim’s YouTube page here.

Credits to:

Rolly Magpayo (Director/Main Cameraman), Ralphie Grange (2nd Cameraman/Glide Cam Operator), AJ Ventura (Drone Cinematographer), Pat Noel/Iligan Tourism Office (Coordinator), Aj, Meric, Leia, Yobz and moi!
Music provided by the Department of Tourism
Produced by the government of Iligan City

Bukidnon: A Weekend at Dahilayan

Went away for the weekend to Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon! Yay! You could say this was a Dahilayan Weekend. It was lovely and windy way to de-stress from the everyday work routine by being disconnected for a while and just simply taking in a breath of cold fresh air in the mountains. I simply cannot stop pointing out that the weather was exaggeratedly windy and cold day and night! Wish I packed more jackets but this girl has to pack light. There were several things that happened along the way like missing the bus and being ushered to a detour because our mode of transportation wasn’t registered. You can check out what happened by clicking on the photos!

A Dahilayan Weekend

First things first though, there are two resorts that are adjacent to each other which are Dahilayan Forest Park and Dahilayan Adventure Park. The two have their own varied attractions therefore if you go to one, I recommend you go to the other.

Did I also tell you that there may be some rides you cannot take part in if you lean more on the heavy side. You can read more about it by clicking the photo below.

The all around cool breeze blanketed in clouds and mountain ranges. Towering pine trees and lush meadows as far as the eye can see.  This is what it means to be in Dahilayan, Bukidnon. A scene you’d never expect to see here in Mindanao and yet here I am off to spend a weekend here enjoying all it had to offer with the touch of a button thanks to an app with the best deals! I’ll tell you more about this particular app and how you can try it yourself by clicking the photo below!

Here I go eating my way around the area. Their hot coco is exquisite (you can see I’m halfway through already) that I had to go for seconds. I guess this has become my sorta food guide with what’s available in the area. P.S. Always go for pizza.

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Visiting Dahilayan Adventure Park

Visiting Dahilayan Adventure Park and checking out their attractions. Most, if not all of them are for the thrillseeker of heights. They’ve got three zipline rides, a dropzone, sky jumps, zip rides and their rope course. You can get discounted rates if you take on their packaged zipline ride.  

Asia′s 1st Longest Dual Zipline

Dahilayan Adventure Park has two 840m Ziplines with a drop of 100 meters. Zipriders are transported via 4WD Safari Cruiser to a launch tower at 4500′ ASL. Zoom through the rainforest canopy at 60-80kph to land at our Carrier-type flight deck using a special arresting gear system. Its cool that they give you the instructions prior to being launched in the air and take note that if you lean on the heavy side, the faster you will be. This is a one minute ride!

Ropes Course

The ropes course is made up of two levels wherein the highest level being the more challenging. You get to build up quite a sweat with this so prepare yourself and your stamina for this one. Take note, that you harness yourself, so don’t forget to do that before each challenge for safety measures.

320MT plus 150MT Zipline

This is their so called training zipline. You get to do this twice back and forth which you can do with a pair or by yourself.

Python Roller Zipride

Python Roller Zipride Zip, rattle, roll, drop,swing & bounce over 500 meters. Asia′s first zipline roller coaster is now at the Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon. I didn’t get to try this one but hopefully next time in the future.

Flying Lizard Canopy Glider

The canopy glider moves thru the trees, crawls along vines, and zips between tree trunks while you pedal along the high wire. It’s like trapeze bicycling.

Dropzone 120 Ft. Freefall Ride

Its a 120 ft Freefall into a man-made lake. Swoop to within feet of the water surface making it an adrenaline pumping Screamer of a ride. This one is quite popular too bad there wasn’t anyone that time.

Skytower Base Jump

Skytower Base Jump ride 8 storey platform this is the highest parajump in the Philippines using a cell site tower. Riders experience a split second free fall followed by a gradual descent , ending in a soft landing in less than 10 seconds.

Btw, don’t fret about photos because they take pictures of you before and during flight. You can claim them at their photobooth for 100php with the certificate included and if you want just the photos only, you can get them at 50php.

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13 Things You Can Do at Dahilayan Forest Park

So, thinking about what you’re gonna do once you get there? Fret not my friend! Here’s a guide to the things you can possibly do at Dahilayan Forest Park along with the information you need to know about their activities. First of all be aware that they have an entrance fee of 100PHP for adults and 50PHP for kids. There are some that have weight restrictions, and minimum people requirements. So you better be within their ideal weight measurements because they’re pretty strict about it since its part of their safety protocols. But first! Let me show you around with my photos…IMG_0212IMG_0277IMG_0622IMG_0620a

Fish Feeding (10php a pack)

Here’s one of their main view decks. You get to see a view of a bigger pond with large Tilapia, Koi and floating duck statues. This one also has a pond full of Koi fish! You can also feed them by purchasing their 10PHP fish food by the Forest Park Cafe. Don’t tell management but one actually nibbled my finger. HAHA)
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Picnicking at The Picnic Grounds (200PHP a table)

Check out their picnic grounds. This one hectare area is quite nice for a weekend family get together and yeah, I kinda went a bit crazy with the animal statues. Towering pine trees cover the area which made the sound of a passing jet plane whenever a strong breeze passed by. They had chairs and tables at the ready to which one can rent out at 200PHP which can already accommodate ten people.

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Zorbit (250php with the Monkey Tree Challenge)

Here’s an activity where you go zorbing down a hill. You got to have a partner though to actually be a potential candidate AND both of you must be below 70kgs. and no more than that because they don’t consider exemptions even if it exceeded about, let’s say…. 2kgs more. I really looked forward to trying this out but sadly was unable to
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ATV & Buggy Trail Adventure (750PHP per head for ATV and 1,200PHP for a 2 person buggy)

Get on an ATV(all-terrain vehicle) or buggy (for two) as a guide takes you on a 3.2 km forest trail of rough terrain, steep hills, scenic views and cool weather. Take note that the ATV is good for one vehicle per person ONLY and the buggy has a maximum weight capacity of 110kgs (this is the combined total weight for two). The ride is good for about 20 minutes of fun and laughs.
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Tree-top Adventure (250PHP with the Monkey Tree Challenge included)

This ladies and gents, is their tree-top adventure. A 21 stationed obstacle course located in between pine trees approximately 8-11 feet in the air. One has to have the will to climb ladders, cross floppy bridges, crawl in tunnels and even zip across just to finish this ordeal! Included in this package is the Monkey Tree Challenge as well.tododahilayan5IMG_0612 IMG_0615

Bumper Boats (150PHP. Just add 50PHP if you want to do a tandem)

This is their man-made mountain lagoon. Great for kids and adults who want to go bump in the water without taking a dip.

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I find this fern head unusual with its hairy and thorny texture. But I had to touch it. *cringes

Hanging Bridge (100PHP)

This scenic bridge hangs 30-meters above ground, you to to pass this if you want to directly reach the Forest Luge. Helmets are provided of course before you do an 80-meter walk from one end to the other. Below the bridge you will see lagoons and different pathways with an all around view of nature’s glory. Note: This activity is already included if you already got the Forest Luge package.

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Once you cross the bridge, it’s a playground and the Forest Luge that awaits you on the other side. The air gets pretty chilly once you get here but the view is awesome.

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Forest Luge (2 rounds for 600PHP including the Hanging Bridge and Mini Golf)

This luge is part go-cart, part toboggan ride that rolls down a track with thrilling twists n’ turns and mountain views amid the cool fresh air. They got two tracks which you can pick out. I think this one varies with the speed for each luge. It’s open for all ages too!IMG_0659

 Sauna & Jacuzzi (300PHP per head 10pax)

I didn’t get to experience this since they required about 10 people to use this facility. I only got a sneak peek of this area. What I did saw was a great view and separate bathrooms for the males and females. One can either dip in the hot and bubbly 10-seater eternity Jacuzzi pool overlooking a lagoon, get all hot and steamy in the sauna, or simply sit down, relax, get a foot or head massage and breathe in all that order.

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Forest Putt Mini Golf (50PHP & 150PHP for night golf)

It’s an 18-hole putting course with lush landscapes and life-sized animals, this is suitable for the young and old especially for those who like golf. I found this quite amusing considering that I have never played golf in my life and that this was my first time. P.S. my golfball reached their lettuce garden and I dare you to do a hole-in-one with their version of Mt. Kitanglad.

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Other activities which I may have excluded would be…

Barrel Train (50php)

Age does not matter in this ride! Towed by an ATV is a train of animal inspired barrel that can hold up to 1 adult and 1 child at a time. It’s a 10-minute tour around the park. Safe for the little ones and the not so little ones!

Bungee Bounce (150PHP) & Net Trampoline (50PHP for 5mins.)

Once you cross the bridge, it’s a playground and the Forest Luge that awaits you on the other side. Soar up in the air up to 20 feet high, strapped in a safety harness, in the midst of cool weather and a scenic view of the mountains. Take note that they have maximum weight capacity of 30kgs. So you could say let’s just leave it to the kids…unless you’re really petite.

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Boohoo no trampoline for you.

Horseback Riding (100php for 15mins.)

This isn’t part of their activities but I included this here if ever you’re in to try some horseback riding. This one was at 100PHP for 15 mins. You can find these outside of the Forest Park right by the parking area. I got to talk to a kid named Kimkim who said that he helped out during the weekends. I could see how much he cared for the horses. IMG_0374IMG_0382

So that’s about it! This place is very much recommended for families of varying sizes be it large or small, group or corporate meetings or just about anyone looking for a scenic adventure. Long walks are the norm here considering that all activities require every crevice of  your body to work! Warm-up exercises surely would help to anyone who hasn’t moved their butts in ages (like myself?haha).

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How To Commute To Dahilayan Forest Park

I know the best way to get to Dahilayan Forest Park would be to have your own transportation but where’s the adventure in that? I originally had my day planned by taking the shuttle bus early in the morning but there are just some circumstances that can disrupt those said plans. In short, I MISSED THE BUS. Chill. Don’t panic. You have two options which can get you from Cagayan De Oro to Dahilayan by following these steps.

First Option. Take the Shuttle Bus

via Magnum Express
This is for those who want to opt for something stress-free. All you got to do is go to Limketkai Center and ask to be dropped off by the Magnum Express Shuttle Service. Their daily shuttle schedule is always at 9:00AM . Their rate is at 249PHP only so it’s quite affordable. This one was my personal choice. For details and reservations, contact (0999) 888 7999 or (088) 8521 999.

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via Zipzone Shuttle
This is only available every Saturday. There’s a Zipzone Shuttle from Cagayan de Oro to Dahilayan Adventure Park from 8:00-8:30 AM, at Coffeworks in Divisoria. So please make sure you get there earlier than that. Their round trip fare is Php 350.00 per person. Their Dahilayan to Cagayan de Oro trip leaves on the same day at around 3 to 4 PM. For details and reservations, contact 09228801319.

Do make sure you arrive there before their said time or you will definitely miss it (which happened to me having only arrived less than 3 minutes late). Also being early is actually a plus so you won’t have to wrestle your way in fitting their seats (which often happens during their peak seasons and/or weekends). The total travel time is a about an hour and thirty minutes. Fret not, both buses are air-conditioned and the views are worth glancing.

 

Second Option. Take the OTHER bus, jeep or van….and a habal-habal ride!

This is the rather adventurous option. First thing you do to is to go to the Agora Bus Terminal/Market City and take either a van or jeepney ride to Brngy. Camp Philips, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. The van terminal is located outside Mang Inasal while the jeep terminal is at the nearest corner. I took the bus going to Bukidnon. They had two buses you can choose from. One with a portable bathrom which costs at 120PHP while the other had none which costs at 50PHP only. Both were airconditioned, bet you knew which one I took. Yep, peed in advance and opted for the second bus.IMG_9988

Travel time was at 30-40 minutes. Also, let the driver and conductor know that you’re going to Dahilayan. They will drop you off by the highway where there’s a lot of motorcycle drivers haggling to take you to Dahilayan. Make sure that you pick out a motorcycle that’s registered because by the time you get to Camp Philips, they become stricter especially towards unregistered motorcycles (like the one I unfortunately rode) and will force you to take a detour. The Habal-habal (motorcycle) fare is around Php 150 per person, depending on your negotiation with the driver. They do offer a back and forth trip for 300PHP for one person.
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Passing through a field of pineapples! This is where the Del Monte Pineapple plantation is located and yes the plantation stretch far and wide with spiky plants as far as the eye can see!IMG_0015IMG_0008

Me hugging their huge ass pineapple at Camp Phillips before a military guy told us to take the detour. Ugh. What a bittersweet moment to hug a pineapple in the middle of a roundabout. He blocked us from entering because he found out that the motorcycle we were on wasn’t registered, YET. So we had to go back and follow another road. T_T
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The  views here were breathtaking. So much mountains and the lush greenery in the area plus the weather was cold yet sunny at the same time. Tie your hair or you could get that ‘mahangin sa labas’ look. Be aware that the road could get rough and dusty in some portions of the route.IMG_0077

Me going nuts over the animal statues. If you wanna read up on where I stayed. click here!

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A Dahilayan Forest Park Weekend via Traveloka

The all around cool breeze blanketed in clouds and mountain ranges. Towering pine trees and lush meadows as far as the eye can see.  This is what it means to be in Dahilayan, Bukidnon. A scene you’d never expect to see here in Mindanao and yet here I am off to spend a weekend here enjoying all it had to offer with the touch of a button thanks to an app with the best deals! More below.

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I stayed at Dahilayan Forest Park Resort! Located at Barangay Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich Bukidnon. It is nestled at the foot of Mount Kitanglad 4,700 ft. above sea level. It’s the ideal tourist destination for  families and groups with its wide array of activities which I’ll talk about later on in this post. Check-in time was 2PM while the check-out time was at 12NN. Here’s an added bonus, all checked-in guests were entitled to a 10% discount for each of their rides and activities!dahilayan9 I booked a standard room which was good for a maximum of three people. They had various room sizes to choose from which had different amenities. The one I stayed at was quite simple (no air-conditioning and TV) but that didn’t matter since my main goal was to actually disconnect from civilization by living in the mountains and the weather was currently at a very cold spell due to the LPA which resulted in a colder than usual climate. But then again this is Bukidnon with temperatures ranging from 18 to 28 °C above sea level. dahilayan5dahilayan14The room was well lit and I was in the third floor so it was quite cool and breezy. It included a ceiling fan which I never turned on because temperatures were almost freezing at night especially when you opened the windows. The room I booked had two beds (one queen sized and the other was a single bed). The only negative thing I could say about my stay was their daily housekeeping. I placed the ‘make up room’ sign prior to starting my day. I then called the hotel concierge as well requesting for my room to be made up. Sadly, when I got back after 4-5 hours, my room still wasn’t made up. Called them again asking for a follow-up and left the room for two hours but yet to no avail the room wasn’t still made up. I called the hotel concierge twice after and waited until 7PM but housekeeping never arrived. I do hope they would improve on their communication with housekeeping next time because there would be some guests who would find this unacceptable.dahilayan8
With all the fluffy pillows and comforters to myself, now it was the most comfy haven. The bed was so cozy, it was tempting to leave the room but I had to tell myself that now isn’t the right mindset to be lazy. Did I tell you they also had a complimentary breakfast that was good for two people. Mind you, they only served this until 10AM so you better be early or you’ll miss out on this one. Here are the other room amenities as well which I have listed:

  • Wi-fi (I was informed prior to my booking that there wouldn’t be wi-fi but surprise!)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Hot & cold shower
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soaps, shampoos and TP)
  • Lots of towels
  • Electric kettle
  • Drinks (bottled water and instant coffee)
  • A phone.

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They had the Forest Park Cafe which served various comfort food and drinks at affordable prices. They also had a small sari-sari store for those simple needs like chips and other things you name it. The souvenir shop was nearby as well, which also sold iceberg lettuce aside from the usual knick-knacks. Their dining area was quite spacious and it looked more like a mess hall camp. No complaints here because the view was awesome and it was an open area. The staff were very accommodating and swift. As for the food, I splurged a bit considering that this weekend of fun required a lot of energy and energy comes from FOOD. I’ll talk more about it!

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Okay, so now we’ve come to the part where you want to find out how I booked this place affordably. It’s all thanks to…

*drumroll* dundundun…

A trusty hotel and flight booking app called Traveloka!
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It’s quite easy to use too! Plus they have their own coupons to which members can apply upon check out for a discounted price. Here are several screenshots during my actual booking. It takes 4 steps to complete your booking which are Book > Review > Pay > Voucher.

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First thing I did was search the area for hotels and pick out which one suited me. Input in your check-in date and how many people and how many days will one be staying. I chose Dahilayan Forest Park Resort and then I clicked SELECT ROOM. Take note that they also have special codes which you can use to get discounts which you can find at their homepage screen!

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After that you just select the needed options such as I’M BOOKING FOR MYSELF and then you can review and click CONTINUE TO PAYMENT. It then goes to a screen where you can type in your coupon code for a discount.

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You can pay through the following:

  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Dragonpay
  • 7Eleven
  • Cebuana Lhuilier
  • ML Kwarta Padala

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You can then await for the confirmation and in a couple of minutes you also get an SMS which would be your voucher summary as a confirmation that your booking was successful.

Experience the fastest way to book flights and hotels thanks to Traveloka!

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