Thursday, August 18, 2011

Davao City: HEALING the BROKEN

Months ago, I read from wearesolesisters’ blog the reason why people travel, most travel to forget and heal a heart break. I say it’s something I can very well relate to. And so I embark on this first trip to let go or at least take my mind away from the pain and thought of a relationship that ended.

This first trip is with my only sister Che and my cousin Maya, my travel buddies.

Davao City is a 4 hours bus ride from my home in Crossing Rubber, Tupi, South Cotabato. Leave home around 4:00 P.M, after 45 minutes of bus ride we arrived at General Santos City Bus Terminal, 5:00 P.M we left General Santos City Terminal, via Yellow Bus Lines (YBL), one of the three bus company with plying lines within the region. AC bus fare is P254.00, after 3 hrs, we arrived in Davao City.

I and Che had a late dinner at Penongs near Davao City People’s Park. Later check in a dormitory that is open to transient, courtesy of my high school classmate, who stayed in the same dorm. Overnight stay cost P150.00 per person.

9:30 P.M seemed too early to sleep, we decided to start exploring. We went to see David’s by the Sea wall. A replica of David in the middle of the park is erected, by the seawall are night food hawkers selling a variety of Filipino street food. Foodies we are, we had “kwek-kwek” – quail egg dip in a mixture of egg & flour with orange coloring and buko juice. Good combination to be eaten at almost midnight, thanks that we don’t have sensitive tummies. After strolling around the park, we decided to call it a night.
David by the Seawall
Midnight Snacks: "Kwek-kwek" & Buko Juice
Early risers we are, left early to have a breakfast at Dimsum Diner near G-Mall. The diner has Chinese interiors but offers very typical Filipino breakfast; we had Topsilog (tocino, sinangag & itlog). With full tummies, we decided to explore the Chinese area of Davao City on foot.

Decided to check in early, at Davao City’s Unconventional Accommodation, Ponce Suites. Ponce Suites is a destination in itself; first, the owner is one of Davao’s prides, no less the artist Kublai Millan. Second, I often read it in magazine and newspaper, I have all the reason to be here.
Accommodation in this artist’s haven is budget friendly, twin sharing rooms cost only P700.00, good for two. We did a little exploring while we waited for Maya to join us.

Lunch, we decided to went higher literally in Davao City, Dencio’s at the Hilltop. Hearty lunch is; Binagoongan Rice, Mandaragat Soup and Pork Skewer wrapped in Bacon.

Next stop, we tried Davao’s extreme, to date the fastest zip in the Philippines, The Xcelerator, Diversion Road, Maa, Davao City. There I was able to shout to my heart’s content. Thanks to the extreme Xcelerator.

Back at Ponce Suites for an afternoon coffee and to rest before deciding to go to Damusa for dinner.
Coffee break takes away my headache but not my heartache, LOL
Yellow Cab Dinner; Charlie Chan, Potato Halves &  Mushroom Calzone
w/ sissy and our SOLA Drinks
We're ready for desserts at Ice Giants

More than 24 hours of getting away from my real world, brings back a little of peace within. And I want this blog, to not just document my journey, but at the same time encourage others to be passionate with travel and fashion. Not that I’ll be wearing designer clothes or whatever, but I want to share the things I am most passionate with. Till the next trip, be passionate & fashionable, without sacrificing comfort in traveling.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Saturday Farm Day: Kalaw Wildlife Sanctuary’s Pleasant Surprise

It could have been an ordinary weekend going to the Farm with Papa, Mama & Browie to check in the, but a pleasant surprise awaits me when I get there. The 12 hectares Papaya Farm is located about 2 kilometers from Crossing Maltana, Tampakan, where one has to pass through La’Panday‘s Banana Plantation. The area itself is in Sitio Matagol, Kipalbig, Tampakan, but the best route is in Brgy. Maltana Crossing.
Father & Son Tandem

Our little farmer, our stress reliever

As me & Mama took our usual “pag-iikot,” I heard an unusual bird sound, then I asked Papa about it, that’s when the biggest surprise was revealed to me. He just casually told me, “may Kalaw Sanctuary dyan sa likod, sa area ni manong,”…….WOOOOH just behind those Papayas, wow!!!!!
Good thing I decided to bring my baby EOS for this farm trip.
My model....LOL  
Kalaw w/ white beak
w/ the red favorite 
why I'm loving it......its because of the color
 Til my next Discovery & passionate & fashionable.....

Bago City, Negros Occidental: The Awakening of the Wanderlust Within

The summer of 2003 awaken something within me that for years now have tickled my interest. Being a member of a theater group in UP Visayas, TAGUPCI (Theater Arts Guild, UP Visayas), we participated in Teatro Kabataan in Buenos Aires Mountain Resort in Bago City. I came here for my passion in theater, only to come back with a new discovered passion……TRAVEL. Yes, a wanderlust within has awaken…..
Weesam Express, one of the fast crafts going to Bacolod City

Buenos Aires Mountain Resort, Bago City. It is a former residence of the Araneta and also served as a refuge to President Quezon during World War II before leaving for Australia. The vast property is now a resort with swimming pools and picnic areas by the riverbank.

During the workshop, we were asked to choose our advocacy, which will become the storylines of our theater plays. Always, I choose the Youth Advocacy, Negros Occidental is known for the Haciendas and Sakadas, this paint a picture of great disparity, of the rich and the poor living side by side. Our advocacy were brought to one Hacienda in La Carlota City to have an immersion in a Sakada Community, where young children work under the sun, cutting sugarcane the whole day for an P8/day. Right then I realized how blessed I am in life, that someday when I have my own money, I will help others get an education.

From La Carlota City we passed by Guintubdan Nature Park, a park reserve at the foot of Mount Kanlaon. Within the Nature Park is the Rafael Salas Park.

After the Theater Camp, we are back in Bacolod City for a little exploring…..

Soon I’ll be back in Negros Occidental……be passionate & fashionable.