Day 3: Rafting is my Thing

February 26, 2012 Tsina 1 Comments

Booooo! It's been more than a month after this trip and I haven't finished my kwentos yet. Anube, I'm so tamad! #not I was just very busy with my career woes and school paper. Gawd. Just thinking of my overdue papers makes me want to go back in Bukidnon to zipline while shouting my heart out. Profanity included. Wahaha. *just kidding* 

So after the very exciting zipline adventure in Bukidnon, we did another adventure, but this time in Cagayan de Oro. You know, the ever famous white water rafting. :) Part of our tour package with Brenda was the white water rafting with the The Red Rafts. We arrived from Bukidnon just in time for a very delicioso lunch prepared by the people from The Red Rafts. Super sarap! We had our sea food fix - grilled tuna belly and shrimps. We also had chicken inasal, softdrinks, bottled water and banana. 
Sarap!! (grabbed from Apple)
We rode a jeep going to the starting point. From there, we wore our vests, helmets and tons of sunblock lotion courtesy of Apple. :p With Apple on the trip, I had everything I need, sunblock lotion included. 
I was dark na even before we started. :P
Okay, I just wanted to show that I was wearing my oh so reliable top which I wore on my Sagada trip and Dalampasigan team outing, too. Kidding aside, make sure you're wearing long-sleeved shirts to protect you from the sun. Otherwise, bring rash guards. 
REaaaaddyy! :p
Our guide gave us a pep talk before starting the whitewater rafting adventure. He gave us a lecture on paddling. Hmm, I think I'm ready to join the dragonboat club at work. :p During the rafting itself, we had three guides with us plus the photographer on a separate boat. We took the basic course with the 14 rapids, and they told us that the most difficult rapid would be the one on the 11th. 

So, how is this whitewater rafting? Well, to start the rafting experience, the guide will tell you to "lock your feet"  in the raft pocket. Then, the paddling will begin which must be synchronize with the counting. Each time you're done with a rapid, the guide will shout "high five". Ooops, make sure you'd be smiling all throughout the adventure because kuya, the photographer, will always be around taking your pictures using his drool worthy DSLR. Lock your feet, smile, paddle, smile, high five, smile. Ang fun lang. We got our dose of adrenaline rush. 
On our first rapid and the bring it on moment :p
The High Five
On areas where the current are not strong, the guides will let you go down the raft and swim. I tried once. But since I was just nagpapanggap na swimmer, I had a hard time going back on the raft. 
I was that far from the raft!
The guides told us that the formation of the rock changed after the Typhoon Sendong so they had to be used to again to the rapids. Still, the white water was very exciting because of the occasional paddling and non-stop whining. :p Anyhow, I think when you try the white water rafting adventure, just go with the flow. Feel the current, and move your body with it. Take it from me, I'm a rafting expert now. :p Ooops, I forgot to mention that *ehem* our raft never overturned and no one from the group fell off the raft. :)

And that's for our Mindanao leg!! Now, I owe you the itinerary and expenses. I will try to squeeze that on my very toxic schedule. Promise! :) #itsmorefuninthePhilippines


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Day 3: Let's Fly in Bukidnon

February 12, 2012 Tsina 4 Comments

We were in Cagayan de Oro again on the night of our second day. We stayed in Victoria Suites which is quite a letdown compared to Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin. But well, Victoria Suites is the typical accommodation for a budget travel. The good point though - they have a wifi connection but really bad network signal in the room. :p 

The next morning, we headed to Bukidnon for the Asia's longest zipline at the Dahilayan Adventure Park. On our way to Dahilayan, we passed by the Del Monte's pineapple plantation at Camp Philips. We grabbed the chance to take a bite on the giant pineapple. *kidding*
I can eat this in a month! :p
We reached the Dahilayan Adventure Park in around two hours. I didn't want to admit on my friends but I was kinda scared then. I think of myself as adventurous .. but scared. I will try something just for the heck of it - EdgeCoaster in Cebu, cave connection in Sagada and even Space Shuttle Max in Enchanted Kingdom.

The Dahilayan Adventure Park is offering three ziplines - 150m, 320m and 820m. I have the zipline jitters on the 150m. Syempre, first time. :) I told the attendant twice to ensure that I'm safe, paranoid much lang. :p
Prepping up (grabbed from Apple)
So the usual, I kept on screaming during the ride! Kiber. It was a good stress reliever. I felt like I've unloaded my stress and frustrations at that time. At sa second zipline, medyo chill na. :)
Pa-smile smile na lang.:)
For the last and the longest zipline, we needed to ride an open 4WD to the launch tower. It was a bumpy ride to an uphill road. In the launch tower, we had to be in a full body harness for the last zipline.
Feeling a little safer, I guess. :)
But to be honest, my scare meter suddenly went up. Coward much? :) But it was a fun ride after all. The view from the top was superb.

More fun in the Philippines, indeed. :)

It was an exciting morning. Our day 3 was packed with adventure. We had our white water rafting in the afternoon. Enjoy yun, promise. :) So, expect my rafting kwento next. :)
Dahilayan Adventure Park L-R Tsina, Apple, Dwin, EA, Jelai


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Camiguin: Chillax sa Bahay Bakasyunan

February 12, 2012 Tsina 3 Comments

I travel on budget. For me, I just need a place to stay while I explore the place of interest. It doesn't need to be fancy, but it has to suit my budget. :)

Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin (BBC) looks fab in their website. Add the tagline "The Premier Resort Vacation of the South". Kaboom. Can we afford that? :p But it's been months after our last vacation, so why not indulge a little? :p Kuya Teddy quoted us for a tour package plus BBC accomodation. Shoot sa banga ang budget. :)

We arrived a little late on BBC since we did the countryside tour already. We were too tired so we did not get to explore the resort during that time. But even at first glance, the resort exceeded our expectations. We stayed in the hammock stargazing though. Saya. :)
In the morning, we were able to see what BBC has to offer. I thought, I was still browsing their site. Ganda lang. :p We had photo ops by the hammock finally. :p
Forgive my bagong gising look. Bagong gising talaga ako niyan. :p
We had a hot choco to jumpstart our White Island bumming. We brought our breakfast in the island, remember? Then, after being sunkissed in White Island, Kuya Teddy offered to take us to Katibawasan Falls, but we chose to stay in BBC. Minsan lang mag-feeling richie rich, lubusin na. :) We were supposed to check out by 12nn but we asked if we could stay longer in the resort. They agreed, the downside though was we need to take our shower in the common restroom. We didn't mind. We felt like we owned the place and we got to enjoy BBC all by ourselves.
Woot, woot. :)
We spent our time swimming and sleeping in the hammock on our three-hour extension. Syempre, photo ops galore pa din. :)
Smile lang ng smile. :)
We then took our bonggang lunch in their Oceanside Bar  & Grill. Bakasyon mode talaga. :p
Lunch time! :)
Our stay in BBC was just short. But we all loved the vibe of the resort. The staff were very accommodating and the food was excellent. Plus point pa, solo namin yung place. Sabi ko nga sa twitter, babalik kami. ;)


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Day 2: White Island Bumming

February 05, 2012 Tsina 5 Comments

Day 1: Camiguin Countryside Tour 

I am on an unlimited data plan in Globe. I can check my mail, tweet, FB, YouTube, and all anytime and anywhere! FYI though, this is NOT about Globe. This is supposed to be a Camiguin blog entry. But hey, I was able to check in White Island. Ang bongga! With Globe, abot ko ang mundo! :p
Bongga mo, Globe!
Enough of my being a proud Globe user, White Island is in Camiguin. We beach bummed there last January 19. It was part of our tour package with Kuya Teddy. We were supposed to leave the resort at 6am but we were turistas, so we slept longer. :p On the night before, we advised the resto to packed our breakfast. By around 7am, we were heading to White Island. We needed to ride a boat to reach the island. 
Bakit parang pa-demure ako? :p
In few minutes, we were there na! White Island is nothing but a sand bar in the middle of the sea. But it's a wow, Philippines! K fine, #itsmorefuninthephilippines ! White Island is a wonderful place. You could just get lost in that piece of heaven! :)
Piece of heaven
We had a breakfast in the sand! :p Bongga, ansabe ng breakfast in bed dyan? :p
Anlasa ng white sand? :p
Right after the hearty breakfast (hindi na ako slim!), we took a dip, photo ops, rolled in the sand (just kidding!), beach bummed, kwento and more photo ops! Very chillax. :p
Yes, we were in Camiguin. Obvious ba? :p
 By around 10am, we headed back in the resort. Stop over muna sa port.
Pasalubong mode na agad? ;p
We arrived at Bahay Bakasyunan by around 11am. We were supposed to check out at 12nn. But we asked if we could stay further. They said yes, but we needed to check out our rooms. Expect kwentong Bahay Bakasyunan on my next post. K? :p
Bakasyon sa Bahay-Bakasyunan!


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