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TINAGONG DAGAT SIPALAY 4-20-2017

After our tour in The Perth, our Kuya Dado took us to Tinagong Dagat. You can easily see the sign “TINAGONG DAGAT” when you go to The Perth. You shouldn’t miss this place when visiting Sipalay.

Tinagong Dagat in English is “The Hidden Sea” This place nestled in the midst of a secret bay. It is composed of two islets connected by a footbridge.

After paying the Entrance Fee (30php ), Kuya Dado lead the way. We walked towards a narrow path and saw a bridge made of bamboos and wood and wait! a hanging bridge!! ๐Ÿ†’

I love how this place was kept. Tall green trees covered the small islets,clear seawater with some fishes.This place is perfect for relaxation.๐Ÿ‘ŒTranquility at its best. 

So, we needed to cross over the bridge in order to go to the viewing deck. See the video and  photos below.๐Ÿ˜ƒ



The view of the cottages behind us

The most exciting part was crossing the bridge made of ropes. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

I really had to grip each sides. (scared to death)!!LOL


We continued crossing the footbridge until we  reached the next islet. ๐ŸŒ‰๐Ÿ

In going to the view-deck you need to take 123 steps. ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

It was really hot ๐Ÿ”ฅ  and I was catching my breath.I should have done some exercise beforehand. ๐Ÿ˜‚ ( I wasn’t expecting this!! )๐ŸŒžbut I had to keep moving. 

We stopped with this view.Excitement ruled all over me.

I was glad I brought water with us. There were also people going down,so you really need to give way.

Finally, we reached the top. Wow. All I said was wow. ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸผโœŒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸผFascinating!! 

And Kuya Dado offered to take our photos for some perfect shots.

He definitely  nailed it. I love the pictures.!!


On the other side was a different view.



After Tinagong Dagat, Kuya Dado even asked us if we wanted to go to the cave (i forgot the name ) but since we needed to go back to Bacolod, we just refused.

It was indeed a great day trip. I’d love to stay longer some other time If I have the chance to be in Sipalay again. ๐Ÿค—

~~ ciao~~

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The PERTH PARADISE RESORT ๐Ÿ˜

Finally, the day I was looking forward ended up well. The curiousity I had in mind was finally answered.
The Perth Paradise Resort became one of my bucketlists  when I saw one post in IG last year. I got so amazed that I showed it to my sister. She was also  mesmerized with the photo. The Pert is located in Sipalay. If you will check the map, it is quite far bound South from Bacolod.


Travel date: Apri 20,2017 (Thursday )

We left the dorm at 6:20.Headed to South Bus Terminal.When we arrived there, we asked one ceres staff  If there was any van available for Sipalay,  he said “i don’t know”. We didn’t want to waste time so we just opted the bus.Luckily it was also an air-conditioned  bus.

The bus left the terminal at 7:15. Travel time was more than 5 hours. The bus stopped in two different stop overs. Third is Sipalay.

We arrived in Sipalay bus stop past 12. By the way, while I was in the bus I already communicated with our driver Kuya Dado. He is quiet famous for bloggers .

Kuya Dado mobile #  0921 786 5615.

Tell him you got his number from this blog. His trike can accommodate 6 people. But I think due to the rough road it will be difficult to go up easily. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Some parts of the road going to the resort is not well maintained. It was a little bit bumpy ride that my sister and I told kuya Dado we will just get off from the trike. ๐Ÿ˜‚
HELLO PERTH!! ๐Ÿ˜

The entrance to the resort
As soon as we arrived in the resort, we approached the front desk right away. We paid the entrance fee. Oh before I forget, you have to pay an additional fee if you want to swim in the pool. It’ll cost you 100php.

The restaurant
The resort has accommodations as well for those who want to spend more time here.

This photo is found just at the entrance
After paying the fees,my sister and I  started looking around. We took the steps going up in order to find a more beautiful view of the islets.

It was a scorching hot day
I should have counted how many steps it was going up. ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜ฌ


When I reached the top. I was out of breath,not just because I was exhausted  going up ๐Ÿ˜‚  but because the view was breathtaking..๐Ÿ‘Œ


My travel buddy
We took some more steps in order to see the pool. The views are to die for…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜



The accommodation is very near the pool.

The cottages and a bar.




We were not able to go up to the roof top because it was really hot. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž
HOW TO GO TO THE PERTH. 

~~~~~~FROM BACOLOD ~~~~~~~

**The information I will be sharing is based on my experience.*

>> Take a jeepney bound for SOUTH BUS TERMINAL. We hired a trike to take us to the terminal.

>> Find the CERES bus with the HINOBA-AN /SIPALAY sign. Buses can be air conditioned or none. In our case the air conditioned bus was available. We were lucky. Tell the ticket collector to drop you off SIPALAY BUS STOP.

>>Travel time : 5-6 hours. ๐Ÿ˜‚

>> From Sipalay bus stop you can take a trike, or motorbike.There are some waiting in the area. Or you can take the resort’s transport service and pay the same. The resort is more or less 5km. According to Kuya Dado.

~~~~~~~EXPENSES~~~~~~~~~~

*These data are also my personal experience *

ONE WAY EXPENSES each (my sister & I )

>> trike to south bound terminal — 25.00 (including the tip because the driver was old and still he managed to work )..or you can take a jeepney. It will only costs 7.00

>>air-conditioned ceres bus fare — 530 RT

(I don’t know how much the non air-conditioned bus is )

>> kuya Dado ————– 250.00 RT.

( The usual fare going there will only costs 100php,So 200php RT, but we gave Kuya Dado a tip. He took care of us. He wasn’t just a driver but a guide and a photographer as well. I guess he deserved a little bit for his effort )
>>The perth entrance fee —— 80.00

**please spare a 100 php if you want to swim in the pool but isn’t planning to check in the resort. **

>> Tinagong Dagat entrance fee —30.00

(I will be posting a different blog about TINAGONG DAGAT )

>> TOTAL EXPENSES : 922.00 .๐Ÿ˜ฌ

**Excluding lunch.We had some chips and water with us, but we bought sweetcorn in one of the stop overs. If you wanted to swim, spare a little budget  for that. **

So I hope you enjoyed the photos. Plan your trip ahead.If you are planning to stay overnight make sure you call them for a reservation.

For more info please refer to the resort’s fb page : https://www.facebook.com/perthparadiseph/

Or call:  09460590076 for reservations and inquiries.

This pamphlet is free from Silay airport.
You can also go to THE PERTH via DUMAGUETE. The travel time I’ve  heard was 3-4 hours.
It was really worth the long hours travelling. I had an awesome and a wonderful short stay in the place.

Please comment and share. Comment below or for more questions feel free to send me a message. ๐Ÿ˜‰
~~ciao~~

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My happy feet took me to…๐Ÿ‘โœ๐Ÿ“โœ”๏ธ

PLACES I HAVE BEEN (in the Philippines ) โœ๐Ÿ“โœ”๏ธ

–BAGUIOโœ”๏ธ

–BENGUET

–BOHOL (3 times ) โœ”๏ธ

–BORACAY (3 times ) โœ”๏ธ

–BUTUAN

— CAMIGUIN โœ”๏ธ

–CAMOTES

–DAPITAN

–DAVAO (twice )
**Samal Islandโœ”๏ธ

–GENERAL SANTOS (GenSan)

–ILIGAN

**Maria Cristina Falls

–ILOCOS REGION โœ”๏ธ
**Laoag
**Pagudpud
**Vigan

The famous Calle Crisologo in Vigan

–MANILA (many times!! )๐Ÿ˜

–MISAMIZ

–PANGASINAN
**our Lady of Manaog

–PALAWAN (twice )โœ”๏ธ

**Puerto ย Princesa

**El Nido โœ”๏ธ

–SAGADA

**Sumaging cave

–SARANGANI CITY

–SOUTHERN LEYTE (many times)
**San Francisco
**Liloan
–SURIGAO DEL SUR
**Britania Group of Islands
**Tinuy-an Falls
**Doll house
**Enchanted river โœ”๏ธ

–TARLAC

–TAGAYTAY โœ”๏ธ

PLACES I HAVE BEEN (outside the Philippines ) ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘

— JAPAN โœ”๏ธ
**Tokyo โœ”๏ธ
**Atami
**Shizuoka

Summer Festival in Atami. Wearing Yukata..

–THAILAND
**Bangkok โœ”๏ธ
**Phuket (twice) โœ”๏ธ
**Krabi
**Koh Lipe

Some of the places on my list were actually my bucketlists. It is a fulfillment,to be able to visit one of those places,places I’ve read on books, or I’ve seen on TV..

Never stop dreaming.. Never stop believing. There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored..๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ—บ

I am hopeful that someday, somehow, I’m gonna continue checking my bucketlists. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ“

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Wandering around the City of Pines [part 2]

I’m back. ๐Ÿค— and I want to continue my Baguio trip experience. Wandering around the City of Pines. ย (https://sofeetravels.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/wandering-around-the-city-of-pines/ )

After lunch, our driver kuya Kim asked us where we wanted to go next.Since four of our friends are police officers, visiting the PMA was on their list.

3rd STOP: PHILIPPINE MILITARY ACADEMY

The way going to the academy was packed with pine trees, hence the place was cooler. When we arrived in the parking area, I saw some cadets, in their uniform walking briskly. We started taking photos here…




The academy has a museum,where you can see a collection of weapons, photos and other memorabilia of the greatest people and events in Philippine history.

My sister was tired. ๐Ÿ˜‚

 

Looking at these photos, made me realize how brave Filipino soldiers were, risking their lives to protect our country. I didn’t like history subject that much but I am thankful for these people.

This is so touching..



There were more to see inside the museum but I couldn’t take photos of them since there were a quite number of people inside.

We went out and saw a group of cadets ย without hesitation we asked them to have a photo with us.

Thank you sirs


The academy also has a stunning view.

Pine trees around me.. ๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒฒ

4th STOP: ย THE MANSION

Your Baguio trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting this place. Once you arrive in the area, you will see a giant gate.

We were here!! And look at those people behind us.

There were many people when we arrived.Most of them were students,i guess they had their class tour. We just took some photos because the mansion is far from the gate and we were not allowed to get near it.

In front of the giant gate is the WRIGHT PARK ,but we didn’t go there.


We walked towards the other side and found something…

๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ

Meet Niรฑo, the 9 month old St. Bernard. We paid 20php just to have some photos with this large but friendly animal.

I looked to happy here. (quite nervous actually!! Haha) ๐Ÿถ

And beside this is also a statue of a male and female Ifugaos. We also paid another 20 just to try them on. ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ‘€


It was around 4pm when we decided to buy some sweets.

5th STOP: GOOD SHEPHERDย 

Because Kuya Kim said this place is famous for jams,and my friends wanted to buy “pasalubong” so we headed there. I didn’t bother to queue because I had to go to Thailand after my Baguio trip. So my sister and I decided to roam around.

Plants of many kinds are displayed here

We finally found the view deck I was looking for.


6th STOP: ย BURNHAM PARKย 

Unfortunately our Burhham Park tour wasn’t too long because we went there on the day before our departure,so our time was limited.

It’s good to feel like a kid again.. Haha

Oopsss. I forgot to mention that we went to Burnham Park ย the night after our dinner. We took the small boat, the funny thing was, we didn’t know how to make the boat move ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ because paddling was so hard,we kept on moving to the left ๐Ÿšค๐Ÿšค. That was really funny. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ So we asked the staff to help us docked.

Perhaps there are still a lot of places to see in this place. I am glad that, once I have experienced how cool Baguio is, not just about the temperature but the learnings I have gained.

How was your Baguio trip? ย Have you visited some places which aren’t mentioned here? ย Please do share. ๐Ÿ™‚

~~ciao~~~

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Wandering around the City of Pines.ย 

Summer has finally come. Some Filipinos opt to the beach, others go hiking, and some seek the cool breeze which can be experienced ย in Baguio City.

Many locals travel 5-6 hours from Manila just to go the Baguio, also known as “The City of Pines”.Located in Northern Luzon and a part of Benguet Province.The city is very famous to have a very cool temperature which usually drops during the months of December to February.

Today, I’m sharing my Baguio experience with you. This was supposed to be my first post before the Sagada ย blog, but this post is longer due to many places we’ve visited.

January 27,2017

It was a sunny day, yet the cool breeze embraced me as I went outside the house for our tour.

My friends are not ready.. ๐Ÿ˜‚

1st Stop: ย LA TRINIDAD STRAWBERRY FARM. ๐Ÿ“.

Probably you have heard, that strawberries are grown here due to the weather. When we get there, there were only few people. You will be greeted by a huge strawberry structure.๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“.

Such a wonderful day. Hello strawberries

A few steps from this structure, the whole farm can be seen. Yes. This farm is so wide and I was very eager to get inside right away.


While going to the main entrance,.I saw these strawberries which are sold per kilos. Some were in a plastic ware .


When you get inside, you have to register ย here.No entrance fee needed.


I’ve already imagined myself, picking up strawberries fresh from this famous farm.


This actually tasted sweet after we picked it up.
The picking up moment. “scripted shot” lol

 

To my surprised, this farm doesn’t only grow strawberries ย but some vegetables ย and flowers as well. There were, cabbages, lettuces, leek and flowers like roses of different colors sunflower and other kinds.


Finally after an hour, had 2 kilos of strawberries.Before we proceeded to our next stop I made sure I won’t miss the strawberry ice cream.

It was really delicious and enough for the weather.

By the way there are also a lot of shops where you can buy some souvenirs.Make sure to haggle. I bought some T-shirts and coin purse here with a cheaper deal.


2nd Stop: TAM-AWAN VILLAGE

The blogger..

TAM-AWAN Village is a reconstructed Cordillera village showcasing the traditional Ifugao Huts,art and cultural variations. Tam-awan in the local idiom means โ€œvantage point,โ€ an appropriate name for a collection of Cordillera Huts that sit on a hillside that gives visitors a magnificent view of the South China Sea on a clear day.Unfortunately it drizzled when we arrived. The village is located on a hill so as you enter you have to go up the stairs.

While our friend paid for our entrance the rest of us were busy taking photos.

I had to be careful when I went up because it was slippery. As you ascend, you could see the huts used by the Ifugao’s long time ago. There are also some paintings in the other hut.

The restaurant

When we get inside one of the huts, we saw these paintings and we were totally in awe not just because they are beautiful but I could feel that they were passionately done.


We went to the other hut.You need to take your shoes off because the floor is made of wood. We saw many paintings inside as well and different sizes of dreamcatcher.

Dreamcatchers



While we were looking around, the toilet caught my attention. ๐Ÿ˜ I actually got ย inside the toilet.It was clean anyway.


The group pictures taken before leaving the village.


We have decided to have lunch at a famous restaurant first before going to another place.


To be continued….

(wait for Part 2 ).๐Ÿค—

~~ciao~~

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Bluewater Panglao

A foreign friend asked me If I could recommend a resort in Bohol. They want a place near the beach which offers privacy,however a place where they can still enjoy walking around the island during daytime.
There are actually a lot of resorts in Bohol, specifically in Panglao area,from high end resorts to hostels. I couldn’t give specific name yet but , I only had one resort in mind, that is Bluewater Panglao. Based on my experience during my second time in Bohol. I recommended ย this resort to her and I want to share this one to you as well.

My fiancรฉ ย booked this hotel for 6 days. Our accommodation was the Honeymoon Villa. This was because I told my fiancรฉ ย that I wanted to have a room with a plunge. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I didn’t really have the idea of our accommodation since he had everything booked beforehand yet he also asked if I liked the place.

Upon arrival, we proceeded to the reception for checking in. When we got our key the staff assisted us and led us to our room by their hotel vehicle.


Upon opening the door…..

My plunge!!! ๐Ÿ˜

A vacation i deserved


I was surprised!!! ๐Ÿ˜ and then when I entered the room. My eyes glittered upon seeing ย the floating bed.

Ohh look at that bed!!

As ย I checked the bathroom. Oh my, it was wider than my room at home ๐Ÿ˜‚ ย and guess what, there’s a television.Indeed.

So huge tub
TV it is!!

My fiancรฉ ย and I went outside again to check the whole place..Bluewater Panglao has two swimming pools. This pool is near the resort’s restaurant and few steps away to the beach.

The pool near the reception at night.During weekend a singer serenades the guests at the restuarant.

This looks so romantic

One will really enjoy the tranquility of this resort. The resort has standard rooms and family villa as well. You can checkย  http://www.bluewaterpanglao.com.ph/ ย for the rates.

Reminiscing those days was when all I did was swim,eat and sleep. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Bluewater is part of our love story. Grazie Bluewater Resort. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—

Have you been to Bohol? ย Where did you stay, share your accommodation ย and perhaps we can book it next time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ciao guys. Time to get a good sleep. zzzz

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Spelunking in Sumaguing cave

This is a continuation of my previous post “THE WINDING ROAD TO SAGADA” https://sofeetravels.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/the-winding-road-to-sagada/

Before i share my story, let’s have first define SPELUNKING and CAVING:

Caving is the exploration of natural caverns in the earth.Spelunking is the touristic visitation of wild caves.

The main difference between caving and spelunking are the intentions. Caving means to explore, survey and document the caves, main purpose is the accumulation of knowledge. Spelunking is the visit of caves without any kind of justification, its the touristic visit of caves. (source: http://www.showcaves.com /and read this blog http://exploringcaves.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/spelunking-vs-caving/ )

January 28,2017

It was noon when we arrived in Sagada town. I told kuya Kim, to find the TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER since I knew (through reading blogs) that we must register first and we could also find some tour packages & guides for us to know which activity we could do. Luckily it was just so near where we parked our van. I,together with my friend went to the tourist office right away.

It wasn’t so crowded yet..mind you, most of the tourists i saw were foreigners
Basically, every tourists must pay some fees.

After paying, I asked two men about some activities they offer. I actually wanted to see the floating coffins, or the Echo mountain and the sea of clouds, yet our time was limited. Since we only had few hours the guide suggested SPELUNKING first. We agreed to that and two female travelers joined us. (i forgot how much was the payment )

Some of the activities that one can choose when in Sagada

After a few minutes,we went back to the van and headed to the cave together with our guide, He was telling us not to bring anything (like both of our hands must be free) , take a small neck or waist pouch and wear comfortable clothes. In less than 5minutes, we finally arrived in the place.

Deep, it is
You have to go down
The man made steps

Hello sumaguing cave

Our guide gave us an orientation for us to get inside safely. He told us to follow directions carefully.


After the orientation, we finally walked down and some other spelunkers were walking up, I heard someone says “phew, so tiring ” !!๐Ÿ˜‚ I had an experience of spelunking already in one of the caves near my hometown so i had some ideas of what could be seen inside.

I couldn’t take a lot of photos while we went down because I really had to make sure support myself with both hands,touching the rough, some sharp rocks inside the cave. It was dark inside and only the guides have lamps and some spelunkers wore headlights as well. You really have to be careful as the way going down was steep and slippery.

Okay. This will give you an idea inside. ๐Ÿ˜‚

The cave echoed with voices.I didn’t have much time to look around yet because our guide told us we had he would tell us where to take photos.

Finally, we arrived in the part of the cave where you could see different formations.Our guide told us not to wear slippers!! ย What??!! ย Barefoot in the cave?! ย Why not? ๐Ÿ˜‚ ย Surprisingly the rocks weren’t sharp at all but rough.Nevertheless you still have to watch your steps.


Our guide took these photos.



My other friends proceeded to phase to, that is going down more.,but me and two more people just stayed and rested. ๐Ÿ˜‚ (i was exhausted and hungry )I was just satisfying what my eyes can reach I saw a lot of rock formations so of these formations were called turtle, chocolate cake, king’s curtain, bear, pig pen, elephant and more. ๐Ÿ˜‚


Down there is the 2nd phase!! Wow

Finally we decided to go up since we need to drive back to Baguio.

We don’t look so tired, aren’t we? Haha

That was indeed an exhilarating 2 hours spelunking!!. Your flexibility and endurance will be tested. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Climbing rock formations, rapelling down, passing and hopping through pools of water, crawling and stretching your arms. That burned a lot of calories in my body. ๐Ÿ˜‚

This isn’t goodbye ย Sagada but until NEXT TIME.

~~ciao~~