Chasing Waterfalls: Sagpulon Falls, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental

Note: Pictures are overexposed. Didn’t realized it until we came home and looked through all of it in my PC.


Chasing waterfalls could really become my lifestyle.  I’m loving all the falls I have been to and this one is no exception. Sagpulon Falls in Barangay San Isidro, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental is a 150 feet drop of cascading vertical waters. Surrounded by mountains and coconut trees, the easy access to the falls made it a favorite hangout both for the locals and the visitors.  The way to the falls is paved and cemented, so no worries about bumps and humps on the way.  Parking area is large and safe.

There are several man-made swimming pools in the area if you are scared of swimming in the falls’ catch basin.  The waters from the pools are flowing and are coming from the nearby springs.

One must pay a PhP50.00 for entrance fee and walk ahead for 300 meters to reach the falls. Small cottages dotted the area for a price and there is a viewing deck constructed by the LGU of Jasaan.


From Cagayan de Oro,  proceed to the Agora Terminal and ride a bus or a jeepney heading to Jasaan.  Ask the driver or the conductor to drop you off at Spring View Resort along the highway in Jasaan.  From Spring View you can hire a habal-habal to take you there.

From Butuan City, proceed to Langihan Terminal or Robinsons Mall Terminal and ride a bus bound for Cagayan de Oro. Ask the conductor to drop you off a Spring View Resort along the highway in Jasaan. From there hire a habal-habal to take you to Sagpulon falls.




Goat: Lemme pass!

daughter: stand still and lemme take a picture of you first!



You have to pass through this wooden bridge to get to the falls.


simply AWEmazing!




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Chasing Waterfalls: Bega Falls, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur

Bega Falls in Brgy. Mabuhay, Prosperidad, is just one of the many amazing falls dotting the province of Agusan del Sur. Bega Falls is a 4-tiered falls and you have to go up and up to see the best tier. Surrounded by towering trees and lush vegetation, this mystical place is the perfect place to commune with nature. Just be prepared to hike up and down those stairs! If you’re not a hiker you’d find yourself with your tongue hanging down to your chest.  It’s THAT tiring! But once you see the falls you’d forget the hardship you’d just endured. Going back up the same stairs is another story though.  Be prepared to sweat a bucket!

NB: “Bega” is a dialect for lust. Legend has it that these falls are inhabited by beautiful women/fairies out to entice men. Oh well…


This is the top-most tier!



The twin falls. The 2nd tier.


Those stairs are steep!!




The 1st tier with mini-falls.


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Photo Diary: Sohoton, Bucas Grande…of stingless jellyfish…caves and blue lagoon…

**late upload


I am a self-proclaimed explorer and when travel bug bits me I just simply have to go.  My co-workers who have been wanting to explore nearby places but never came around to actually doing it finally took my invitation one day and went with me to Sohoton, Bucas Grande in Surigao del Norte. There’s just so many nooks and crannies to explore in this wonderful province!

We started our day early and was already on the road by 3AM.  Surigao del Norte is a two-hour drive from Agusan del Norte. With three cars in convoy and all the passengers catching up on their sleep and reserving energy, the drivers were like drag racing! Kinda scary but since I am one of the drivers the need for speed is greater than the fear. Nah! I wouldn’t advise you to do this! That was a one-time crazy driving.

Anyway, two hours after we arrived at Hayanggabon Port, the jump off point for Sohoton. We rented a pumpboat and the adventure and misadventures began. Talk about crazy co-workers who are neophyte travelers! Talk about bringing rubber shoes and jeans and no extra pair of shorts! We’re exploring the beach people! LOL! And talk about bringing the whole kitchen because they were afraid we’d go hungry while beach bumming!






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Photo Diary: Siargao in our hearts…island hopping Naked, Daku and Guyam Islands..

…because there is more to Siargao than just surfing…

We started  our second day in Siargao early as we planned to island hop the three famous islands/islets in Siargao, namely, Naked, Guyam and Daku. Of the three mentioned only Daku island is inhabited. This is also the only place where campers are allowed to set up tents and overnight accommodation can be had.  There are also several retail stores in this area. So if Daku island is your last destination you can chill longer, take your time exploring the area and ask the locals to cook you some freshly caught seafoods, for a price of course! The only thing free in this side of paradise are the welcoming greetings and smiles of the locals. Be thankful for small graces. :))

Naked island is called naked because it is naked! No grasses, no trees, no shades..nada..zilch… but its teeming with marine life you’ll stare at them forever doing their thing with nary a care in the world. In fact, you’ll be so transfixed watching those cute crabs scurrying to somewhere to do whatever it is that crabs do, that you’ll forget you’re being roasted alive by the punishing heat of the sun! Sunblock will be your bestfriend in Naked Island.

Guyam island is slightly bigger than the naked one and plants and trees abound.  But if you happened to be the first island hopper to dock for the day prepare for that eerie feeling of being shipwrecked with no help coming. No worries though, if you know how to climb those coconut trees and crack them in half you’ll survive. Kidding!



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Photo Diary: Siargao, SDN…of tidal pools, magpupungko rock formation and the boardwalk…

Siargao, Surigao del Norte is just two provinces away from where I live. And for years the beach lover in me have been wanting to  visit this place. But you know what they say about certain places? The nearer it is, the harder it is to visit! Anyhow, according Paulo Coelho in the Alchemist, “when you want something all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” And my dream visit to Siargao is now realized and with the family to boot! Thanks to my only bro who happened to come home after many years and treated us to this escapade.

Siargao is definitely my type of place..laidback..unassuming..friendly..welcoming although NOT cheap. Our two day expenses here is much more than our 2 day expenses in Kuala Lumpur, but then again you can’t put a price to see paradise.

Internationally,  Siargao is known as a surfer’s paradise. What with all the those foreign surfers coming in any month of the year to experience the gigantic waves in Cloud 9! Competitions are held annually in October where the waves are at its highest.




Above picture is the place where we stayed, the Travelers’ Lodge.


Eating at a roadside eatery is fun when you’re with family! Seafoods galore! Everything is fresh!




Swimming in the tidal pool is only possible during low tide.


The famous magpupungko rock.  “magpupungko” or “magpungko” is a local dialect for “to sit down”. That’s one big rock sitting on another flat rock.


My sister and her kids at the Siargao Boardwalk. You have to walk over a kilometer of this wooden bridge and gape at the surfers doing their stuff.



Mama and Papa gazes in wonder at these beautiful people in front.




That’s the bro who treated us to all these. Till next homecoming, eh?

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Travel Photo Diary: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia…of Batu Cave..KL Station …and Petronas Towers…

Much have been said about Malaysia. Many travelers of all sizes, colors and nationalities extolled high praises on how discipline and friendly Malaysians are. Travel blogs, tips, do’s and don’ts abound the web in the hope of making the travel  to this country an easy one.

Our travel to Malaysia was part of the Indochina trip my daughter and I did last 2017. We spent two days in Kuala Lumpur, and believe you me, it was not enough to check out all the interesting points the city offers.  And don’t get me started on the rain! It was raining heavily for two days when we were there so gallivanting around the city on foot became impossible. Nonetheless, our short stay was memorable and fun.

We visited the famous Batu Cave because you know, we’re mainstream didn’t want to spend our short time getting lost to look for those unbeaten tourist paths. You’d meet Lord Murungan on your way up guarding the entrance to the cave. This holy deity is revered by the Hindus. We survived the over 200+ steps up and down! No other way in or out to the cave but those stairs! Along the way we meet the infamous/spoiled monkeys who’d stare at you like you’re  the most absurd thing they have seen in a long while. Those monkeys would sure win hands down in a staring contest.

Since we were there early, there were less tourists so we had an hour of peace inside the cave and we were able to “oohhh” and “aahhh” to our hearts content with whatever our eyes laid on.

We then went back to the city and proceeded to the Petronas Towers. We did the obligatory PT shots because you can’t visit KL and leave without a shot with the PT in the background! It was raining like crazy so we had to take shelter and went inside the KLCC Suria.

We were supposed to go to Malacca, Malaysia the following day but the rain  just went on and on so we decided to just visit the nearby Chinatown and the Petaling Street and pigged out on noodles.






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Travel Photo Diary 2017: Koh Larn, Pattaya, Thailand…of ferry ride, big waves and cold waters..

Coming from a country (Philippines)  where beaches are hailed by the foreign tourists as one of the best in the world, the beach bums in us couldn’t resist the temptation of comparing our beaches to that of the other country, specifically Thailand.

It was a choice between Phuket and Pattaya. Pattaya won only because it was nearer at a 2-hour bus ride compared to a 9-hour bus ride to Phuket. Flying was not an option as we were basically living on planes the past few days.  We simply got tired of flying. so bus ride to Pattaya it is!

We didn’t get to see what Pattaya has to offer because we went directly to Koh Larn Island via a ferry boat at the Bali Hai Pier. A mere 45-minutes away from the city. The boat ride was crazy! A typhoon was brewing somewhere in South East Asia and Thailand was affected. The huge waves were scary but stealing glances from the other passengers to see if they felt the same as we did, we were surprised they kind of enjoyed the rough ride.

The skies were downcast and the sea breeze cold when we docked at Samae Beach, one of the six beaches  in Koh Larn (Coral Island). The beach was packed with rows and rows of reclining chairs with beach umbrellas available for rent at 50 baht.  Restaurants and stores dotted the area too.

We were supposed to check out the other beaches in the island but it rained hard in the afternoon. So much for beach hopping.

Verdict? I am bias, with gray, white, pink and red colored sand, Philippine beaches are still the best for me. ..peace…




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