Easter Sunday 2017: Britania, SDS

April 16, 2017

Woke up early to attend the Catholic tradition “salubong” of the Risen Christ and the Virgin Mary. After a whole night of continuous rain we were blessed with a shimmering, glowing and fiery sunrise.

Following my lead to go somewhere hotter, my family and I packed our bags, brought foods, sunblock and lots of water and hopped on the old reliable Sportivo. We were suppose to go to Cagwait White Beach, but the pack kept asking, “are we there yet?”.  Since I was driving and we are passing through Salvacion in SDS, I turned left (coming from Lianga) and  headed instead to Britania Islands in Salvacion, San Agustin,  Surigao del Sur.  So much for the serene Cagwait!

That’s a 6-hour drive back and forth. I have to limit my speed to 80KMH, I have kids on board and the number one backseat driver in the whole world, my mama!

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My fave travel buddy (daughter ZZ)  on the boardwalk looking for the rented pumpboat.

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These islets are breathtaking whether far or near.  I don’t know what it is, but there is something about an islet or an island that makes my heart go fluttery.

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Five years ago, the first time my husband, my daughter and I set foot on this island there weren’t any stalls that offer food and drinks.  Commercialization is on its way. Tourists should be briefed on what to do and what not to leave.  The shore is now littered with styrofoam and plastic cups and junkfood wrappers. *sigh

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The rented pumpboat took us to four islands, Hagonoy, Hiyo-hiyoran, Naked and Boslon Islands.

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They have safety marshalls now! How cool is that?!

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Approaching Boslon Island.

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Just can’t get enough of the safety marshalls. They’re everywhere!

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My family! They seldom go with me on road trips. LOL. Their idea of unwinding is to stay at home and watch TV.

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The signage is a give-away to the island’s name.

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Naked Island. Nope the people don’t go around naked. It is all white sand! No trees, no grasses. Not even a shade to shelter you from the punishing heat of the sun!

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Burnt!

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My lady TKD blackbelt just wanted to kick some air.

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Just showing off the new cover up. *flips hair

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..just because…

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Star (fish) in her eye.

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My family! Minus 2 sisters, 1 brother, 2 nephews, 1 niece, 1 sister-in-law and 1 brother-in-law.

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Uma-awra!

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Weekend Roadtrip 2017: Bislig City and Enchanting Enchanted River

April 2, 2017

Coming back home from experiencing the grandeur of Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel, Davao Oriental we passed by the city of Bislig and the municipality of Hinatuan to revisit the Enchanted River.  Photo opportunity!

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Weekend Roadtrip 2017: Bogac Cold Springs, Barobo SDS

March 25, 2017

Another weekend jaunt for us! This time we went to Bogac Cold Spring in Barobo, Surigao del Sur. The good thing about this place is that it is located in their poblacion and just a mere 200m walking distance from the highway. There are some few open cottages for you to shelter in under the sweltering heat of the sun but the coldness of the waters will easily cool you off.

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locals love their spring!

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clear waters..

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under the heat of the sun the cold waters will surely cool you..

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this can accommodate hundreds of bathers

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because we need to take a selfie..lol

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surrounded by lush forest..

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Weekend Roadtrip 2017: Highway Scenes and Sceneries

I have been driving since I was 13, thanks to a childhood girlfriend who got herself a boyfriend with a scooter. So when the BF visited her the scooter is all ours-ours, being me and another childhood girlfriend, who happened to be a cousin of the BF. They got married, by the way. Happy ending!  LOL! (Yah guys! If you’re reading this you know who you are, hahahaha!), Scooter transitioned to motorcycle and eventually cars.  I’m always up for long drives and I’m quite confident with my driving skills, but the road to Cateel in Davao Oriental from Dahican, Mati City and from Cateel passing through the towns of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur going home tested my skills to the limits. The long, winding, uphill, downhill and most of the time isolated roads tested my patience. Still, all’s well that ends well!

We made some stops along the way to capture some wonderful (for me, at least) sceneries along the way…

Route: Mati City-Tarragona-Manay-Caraga-Bagangga-Lingig, Tagbina, Barobo, San Francisco, Prosperidad, Sibagat, Bayugan, Butuan City, Buenavista and home Nasipit!

(My husband’s gonna kill me for this. We, my travel buddy-my daughter- and I, took these routes without him knowing..)

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Municipal Hall of Cateel, Davao Oriental

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Parish Church of Cateel, Davao Oriental

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Yay! Ain’t that a happy thought?

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Passed by several bridges like this on the way home..excuse the rain drops..

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A coastguard office in an islet in Caraga, Davao Oriental

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Municipal Hall of Tarragona

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Mountainscape at Tarragona. Their tagline goes “Tarra! Go Na!” Witty!

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Isolated cause it’s raining, but see the islet right in front? That’s a sight to behold our camera failed to capture it perfectly..fail…

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Can’t resist taking a picture of this vast sea..

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Guess what this is?

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This is a welcome sight knowing your back in your province! Caraga!

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“I’m fearless and I’m free with the open road and the world beneath my feet”-adapted

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Weekend Get-away 2017: Aliwagwag Falls, Cateel, Davao Oriental

April 2, 2017

Bloggers have been waxing poetics on the grandeur of Aliwagwag Falls, and that made me and my travel buddy curious about the place. So off we go on another out of town jaunts.This time we found ourselves crusing the way to Aliwagwag Protected Landscape in Cateel, Davao Oriental.

The roads are quite good.

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Curves and more curves ahead…

 

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Endless supply of water!

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My favorite travel buddy!

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Moment at the hanging bridge.

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That’s the provincial road right there. View from the side.

The mist surrounds everybody.

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Viewing deck at the third tier.

The Manong lifeguard with an umbrella..how cute is that?

Fifth Tier of the waterfalls. My tongue’s now up to my chin. Tiring climb up!

Cemented stairs that will lead you up to the Monkey Bridge.

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You shouldn’t miss doing the Monkey Bridge when you are in Aliwagwag, at PhP50.00 it’s a give-away! The bridge might be shorter than you’d expect but toeing it is worth your while.

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The water is cooolllldddd….

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The open cottages.

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Municipal Hall of Cateel, Davao Oriental

The Parish just in front of the Municipal hall.

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey;”

― John Hope Franklin

{Roads were made for journeys, not destination-Confucius}

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Weekend Roadtrip 2017: Exploring Lianga, SDS

 

My travel buddy (my daughter)  and I woke up early on a fine Saturday morning (March 18, 2017). Such a fine day indeed to be wasted staying at home. So after breakfast, I said, “Let’s go on a road trip somewhere!”. Not one to miss out on an adventure she readily agreed.  After topping up the fuel, off we go to Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

    Licanto Beach Resort, Lianga, SDS. It’s summer already but you’d hardly see a soul there!

My travel buddy!

The Turtle Island!

 

 

 

 Euripedes — ‘Experience, travel – these are an education in themselves.’

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