Category Archives: places and trips

trips that i have made and places that i still want to see.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

Something new in CDO- CENTRIO

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Something new is coming to CDO and i know you guys are all excited for it. On November 9, 2012, a new mall is opening here in the heart of the city. Located at C.M . Recto Avenue, the 38,000 sq. Meter mall with 3 floors will also be the entry point to Kukun hotel (Ayala’s growing name for their boutique hotels) Together with the bukidnon bloggers, CDO bloggers and Iligan bloggers (which by the way was soo cool because I got to meet new friends hehe ), We requested to have a tour of what’s going on inside the walls of the new mall and the exciting stores and amenities that’s in store for us kagay-anons.

The name CENTRIO means “CENTER”- because it is located in the center of the City and “RIO”-means river, where Cagayan de Oro is known for!

So here we goooooo!!!!

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Before we went inside we were given masks because the construction is still on going and the dusts and the smell of the paints might irritate us. That’s me and my friend Mindanaoan , Miss Emz and Eia. We were also asked to wear hard hats for safety purposes.

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Here is one of the leasing staff of Centrio, explaining to us the different Zones of the mall. What I’m excited about is the Alfresco area. New Restaurants are coming our way!

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Here is their garden! Dont wory guys, they’re still on the process of landscaping that part.They preserved this tree as part of their outdoor garden where families can sit down, relax and dine in this cozy part of the mall. Growing up, whenever i pass by this area i would always wonder what would happen to this tree, now I know it’s purpose, to bring more life in the new Centrio mall.

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Now we’re walking to my husband and kids favorite part of the mall! TIMEZONE!! I’m so excited for the arcade to open!! My husband and I are movie buffs! Before when we were still living in cebu, we would spend our weekends in the cinemas. Now I am so excited because they have 4 cinemas, 3 which could cater up to 200 seats and 1 3D cinemas! How cool is that. What makes it more exciting is that Taters are finally here!!

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Here is the side view of the activity center where you can have events here thatvis siad to cater up to 300 persons. And the stage is connected to the basement parking area so that you guys will be surprised to know the guests that are coming or that will be having their show.

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                       Thats us!! Yay!!!

Lots of new stores, new restaurants and more exciting events will be coming our way here in the opening of Centrio! So buckle up and see you all on November 9, 2012

Something new in CDO- CENTRIO

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Something new is coming to CDO and i know you guys are all excited for it. On November 9, 2012, a new mall is opening here in the heart of the city. Located at C.M . Recto Avenue, the 38,000 sq. Meter mall with 3 floors will also be the entry point to Kukun hotel (Ayala’s growing name for their boutique hotels) Together with the bukidnon bloggers, CDO bloggers and Iligan bloggers (which by the way was soo cool because I got to meet new friends hehe ), We requested to have a tour of what’s going on inside the walls of the new mall and the exciting stores and amenities that’s in store for us kagay-anons.

The name CENTRIO means “CENTER”- because it is located in the center of the City and “RIO”-means river, where Cagayan de Oro is known for!

So here we goooooo!!!!

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Before we went inside we were given masks because the construction is still on going and the dusts and the smell of the paints might irritate us. That’s me and my friend Mindanaoan , Miss Emz and Eia. We were also asked to wear hard hats for safety purposes.

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Here is one of the leasing staff of Centrio, explaining to us the different Zones of the mall. What I’m excited about is the Alfresco area. New Restaurants are coming our way!

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Here is their garden! Dont wory guys, they’re still on the process of landscaping that part.They preserved this tree as part of their outdoor garden where families can sit down, relax and dine in this cozy part of the mall. Growing up, whenever i pass by this area i would always wonder what would happen to this tree, now I know it’s purpose, to bring more life in the new Centrio mall.

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Now we’re walking to my husband and kids favorite part of the mall! TIMEZONE!! I’m so excited for the arcade to open!! My husband and I are movie buffs! Before when we were still living in cebu, we would spend our weekends in the cinemas. Now I am so excited because they have 4 cinemas, 3 which could cater up to 200 seats and 1 3D cinemas! How cool is that. What makes it more exciting is that Taters are finally here!!

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Here is the side view of the activity center where you can have events here thatvis siad to cater up to 300 persons. And the stage is connected to the basement parking area so that you guys will be surprised to know the guests that are coming or that will be having their show.

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                       Thats us!! Yay!!!

Lots of new stores, new restaurants and more exciting events will be coming our way here in the opening of Centrio! So buckle up and see you all on November 9, 2012

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Cozy Cabin Update!

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Hi guys!

We just had our soft opening of our second cabin in Dahilayan Bukidnon. I would like to share to you our rates. If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay, Cozy Cabin is the place for you. We are just Five minutes away (walking distance) and less than 5 minutes drive from the very famous ZipZone! Check us out guys! For backpackers and for familys and friends also! please visit our facebook page. For inquiries please feel free to email us at cozycabindahilayan@gmail.com or text us at 09177190588/ 09278495551. Hoping to see you guys there soon!

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Cabin 2

RATES:
4,000 per night/ cabin. per cabin is good for 8 persons.
inclusive of :
– beddings good for 8 persons (excess person is at 250 per head with beddings)
– refrigerator
– rice cooker
– gas stove with LPG
– cooking and eating utensils (good for 8 persons only)
– table top dispenser for water
please bring your own drinking water, towels and toiletries.
we also have an over looking cottage beside cabin 2 where our guests can use to relax or they can have their meals there for a more fun and memorable experience.
Both of our cabins are designed for families and friends who want to stay and enjoy the fun activities in dahilayan or would just like to enjoy the cool weather and the nature around.
so call us now or look us up at Cozy Cabin Dahilayan on Facebook.
*rates are subject to change without prior notice

Boracay 2012 (water activity day!)

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Hi guys, sorry i was out for a couple of days! I’ve been very busy being a housewife as i will be working fulltime soon on our small business in Bukidnon. Anyways, I’m going to continue my travel blog about our Family trip at Boracay last summer.

After the Island hopping, the next day we decided to do water activities the whole day. So first stop, we went to go Banana Boat Riding. It was my first time to try it and I was very excited to try. the whole family was up for it. My other sister, was our photographer as she has rode the banana boat already. It was very hilarious as we were all laughing and trying to keep our eyes open because the salt water was getting inside our eyes! At first we said that if they could extend our 15 minutes banana boat ride to 20 because we thought that 15 minutes was too short. Little did we know that 15 minutes was a very long adventure packed laugh trip time! My Family did enjoy the whole banana boat ride.

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Getting ready to ride the banana boat.

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having fun yet?! hehehe

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super duper wet! prepare to be soaking wet when trying this ride! hehe

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Having fun the Banana Way!

NEXT STOP, THE FLYING FISH!

I tell you guys, this is the best water adventure activity that we ever did in Boracay as a whole family! In this ride we did a lot of screaming-shouting-cursing(a bit.. hehehe)-crying-laughing time. We were as if holding on for our dear lives! It was so much fun because we were laughing and holding on to the raft which was very slippery by the way because of the water, and it was being pulled by a small speed boat. The whole 15 mins was filled with a lot of adrenaline rush for us! My sister and her boyfriend got thrown out of the raft a couple of times! My brother who was also on a separate raft with my mother was thrown out also! They said, you’re flying fish experience wont be the same if you weren’t thrown out. So if you want an adrenaline rush water activity try the Flying Fish, you wont regret it!

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holding on!!

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see our screaming faces? hehe

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my mom enjoying the ride!

OUR LAST STOP, HELMET DIVING!

We were very excited to do helmet diving because its our first time also. After the nerve wracking, muscle clenching adrenaline pumping flying fish ride, we headed down to the middle of the sea. We rode a small pump boat going to the dive area. We chose to dive using the oxygen tanks instead of using the helmets using compressor for you to breath under water. So our helmet dive was a bit expensive. So before we went on to dive, we had a short orientation on the do’s and don’ts while we’re underwater. Our package also included pictures and videos of us under water!

What a way to end our water activity day! We went home to our hotel with sore arms and muscles but it was all worth it! Remembering those times still bring smiles to us! It was indeed an adventure!

Banana Boat – 350 per person

Flying Fish – 600 per person

Helmet diving – 900 per person. (pictures and video included)

*Prices are subjected to change depending on the tour package we got a discounted price because there were so many of us.

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my sister on the deck before helmet diving

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this is where we signed up for our waivers.

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Don’t mind my brother’s reaction. hehehe This is the deck where we would be having our helmet dive.

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This is us after the whole day of water activities in Boracay!!

Island Hopping in Boracay (Crystal Cove Experience)

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First of all, I want to say that during the duration of our island hopping in Boracay, my sister and I were taking pictures and posting it on instagram. I could really say that SMART’s signal was very clear and strong even if we were traveling on the pump boat!

Ok, so we started to look for different contact persons on where we can get our island hopping tour. A lot of people would offer you different packages some with different price rates as you stroll along the street. We have canvassed a lot of island hopping tours, but I could say that we got the best. It was the best for us because the guide was very kind and courteous. We took his package all the way from Island hopping up to our water adventures! I suggest to you guys to take them as your guide, because they won’t fail your expectations. If you want to contact them here is their number (09398450131) and look for Robert. He was the kind guide who helped us through our activities in Boracay.

Crystal cove was the first on our list during our Island hopping. And all I can say that it was great. Although the small tunnel you have to go through to get to the cave is very small, none the less I enjoyed it. The water in the cave was very deep so you have to hold on to the rope that was provided there. It was too bad my son couldn’t join us because the water was too deep. But it was a very nice experience. Plus the water was so cool. There was only one staircase for those who would like to go up or go down, so you guys have to take turns.

Note: if you’re working for any government offices, just show your ID and your entrance fee is free. My mama and papa and tita Zaida got in for free because of this. hehehe

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getting ready to go Island Hopping!

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tourists are busy filling up forms and getting ready to go island hopping.

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This is the whole gang at the entrance of Crystal Cove

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my family!

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With my husband and my son inside the cove!

Boracay 2012

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it was late March this year when the family decided to go on a summer vacation. It’s been a while since we’ve traveled as a family. we were rooting out for Surigao since it was nearer to us, but then we saw Kris-tv on ABS-CBN. It was their summer episode in Boracay. Thats’s when we decided to go to Boracay instead! Since we were out of time already to book discounted airline tickets we decided maybe it would be much fun to go there by boat and then we could do a side trip to Iloilo and Aklan.

We booked ourselves and prepared for a 7 days escapade (that including our 1 overnight trip on the boat from Cdo- Ilo-ilo) when we arrived at Ilo-ilo, We then hired a bus to take us to Kalibo Aklan where a relative of ours would let us stay for the night before we travel to Boracay the next day. Ilo-Ilo to Kalibo is a 4 hours travel by land, Kalibo to Malay9the Pier going to Boracay) is another 1 hour and 30 mins. Then another 15 minute pumpboat ride form the pier to boracay!

the Long travel is finally over! Boracay here we come! we were 12 persons all in all including my son. so imagine the baggae we had to carry with us. but everything was all worth it. because we had so much fun!

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Good Morning Boracay! Getting ready to do our water activities already.

The whole day we were just walking along the white sand beach! ahhhhh the thrill of hearing the waves and lots of people strolling along the streets of boracay!! this is truely a vacation! we stayed at station 3. we were very far from D’mall and all other shops. we had to walk a few miles, but we were thinking this is boracay! we have to walk to see everything! Good thing my son coopertae dand had so much fun running down the sandy streets.

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the streets of boracay at night

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walking along to find a place to have our dinner!

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a mini bar along the sandy street of boracay

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fresh seafoods to be displayed for you to pick and tell the waters how to cook them according to how you want it to be cooked.

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strolling along at night in boracay, you might find some fire dancing action along the way. just put a donation on their donation box then you can readily take a picture with them.

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your Boracay experience wont be the same if you wont try to party the Boracay way! I took this picture of my siblings, hubby, my sister’s boyfriend, our family friend ate ana lou and of course our father! heheheImage

And what i love about most of this trip is that my son enjoyed it a lot! Image

my sand surfing baby!!

Bohol

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This was my first ever trip to the beautiful island of bohol! My husband, who was still my boyfriend at that time wanted to introduce me to his relatives in Tagbilaran Bohol. The time we had was so limited because we only have the weekend to explore Bohol.

From Cebu, we took the fast craft and docked at the pier of Tagbilaran after 2 hours. We stayed at an old house near the Tagbilaran Cathedral. I love the house where we stayed for the weekend because it was quiet and there is no curfew. We were living with the owners of the house and there was a common Comfort Room for all transient guests.

The first thing we did was to go to his relative’s conpound where I had so much fun playing and talking with them. then we decided to go to the famous Chocolate Hills. Even though my husband’s family is from Bohol, it was his first time to go there too. It was a very long walk to reach the top, but at the end, everything was all worth it. I loved the view of the hills. They were really like chocolate kisses scattered every where. The air was so fresh! it really took my problems away for a while.

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love at first Hill! =)

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let there be PEACE

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monument for Chocolate Hills

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my husband and me with his neice

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it’s a long way down!