IN PHOTOS : Lakewood Lake as Seen @ Alindahaw Resort

This weekend was spent reconnecting with nature.  The Kanchenjunga Group went out on a weekend trip to Zamboanga del Sur.

A convoy of 4 vehicles happily left Iligan City, excited to spend the Sabbath morning at Pagadian Center then later to proceed to Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur.

This is not my first time but still the picturesque view amazes me.

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The last time I came here was in 2014 during the AMCI Strategic Planning.  The place where we stayed was not yet up during that time.  This time, tourists can have the choice of being accommodated in a dormitory type accommodation.

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They have 3 houses for the dormitory type accommodation and it can accommodate up to 24 persons.  Though one has to walk up a bit (200 meters up) from the main area, but still it was okey.

If the visitor will have a hard time to make that walk, they can bring their vehicle up to the Adventure area gate and disembark from there.  Then the walk up 30 steps to the door of the dorm.

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Each dorm has its corresponding kitchen.  So the group can cook rice in an electric cooker and they can also conveniently grilled their meats.  The water supply was not a problem.

There are two rates in the dormitory accommodation.  Php 450 for a no free breakfast and no towel accommodation and Php 650 per head an accommodation with free breakfast and a towel.

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It was raining hard while traveling from Pagadian to the resort.  Fortunately, it stopped when we arrived in the site.  But after a couple of hours, it rained again!

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The view of the lake is so breathtaking.  Viewing it from different viewing angles inside the resort, the balcony view was not inferior.

In spite of the rainy afternoon, we caught a glimpse of the sunset mode. It was not a dramatic mixture of color, but it was enough to sigh a thankful praise to the Lord for giving us the opportunity to reconnect with nature, a pause of our hectic city life.

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Sunset means a day has ended and another day is nigh.

At the end of this day, I have so much to thank the Lord:

The protection and care during our travel,
The time spent at Pagadian Central Church,
The yummy FREE lunch,
The beautiful Lakewood place.

<3 <3 <3

 

Overnight @ Ozamis City

During my birthday last month, I went on a birthday trip to Siquijor.  Thanks to Alex, for helping me make the trip possible.

Iligan City is still 5 hrs away from Dapitan, so we are leaving the night before our journey to Dapitan.  Dapitan is our jump off point to Dumaguete en route to Siquijor. Hoping to arrive Siquijor that same day we traveled from Dapitan.

We left Iligan, Friday afternoon, after my work.  We took the bus going to Mukas since it will take a longer time to wait for the bus that goes direct to Ozamis.  I had a booking at the Western Mindanao Conference guesthouse so I was confident that we will have a good sleep before we start the long journey the next day.

This is our accommodation for the night:

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we stayed in a room where eight couples can be accommodated. So you can just imagine how comfortable we are. I had one bed for me and the other one for alex. I almost had a hard time dragging myself out of bed that morning because the mattress is just so firm enough and the pillows are fluffy. I can really spell C O M F O R T A B L E correctly! Thank you my friend, Mr. WMC President for that overnight accommodation.

After we left the campus, we decided to have breakfast before proceeding to the terminal.

Spell breakfast…

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J O L L I B E E!

A Quick Stroll at the City Hall Grounds

One Saturday afternoon, I joined my IBS family in going around the town to take photos of government offices for Google mapping.  I cannot forget that day because of what I wore to the “event” lol! I should have been informed that the attire is casual because we will still go out to take pictures. I was thinking we will spent our time at the Chamber’s office to map 😀 Hindi pala. Mag picture lang so…hmmm…I looked funny!

Anyway, from Saray, we took a jeepney to the city hall.  I had several photos taken but let me just share a few.

The famous Anahaw Theater. This place is often use for presentations especially during city fiesta. I’ve never been down there. This was still my second time to really come this close.
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Still of the Anahaw Theater (the half part)
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“Welcome to Iligan City” It is my first time to see this marker. I never knew this exist. I then asked them, why is this place here? When it feels like it is in the suok (corner) They said that on the way up to the city hall, this side can be seen from the road.

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I still have to try though if makita ba talaga.

Next is the way to the Tourism Office. I can say Kamingaw sa payag. The place is close because it is a weekend.
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See that signage to Youth Affairs office? I commented on why it’s there and why in a paper or cardboard? They said, it’s a temporary daw.  Then they commented that this particular office is often transferred from one place to another.   Oh well, I hope the place they are in now will be permanent so they gonna have a permanent signage, too.

The playground. We saw a playground right across the tourism office. I bet this is a favorite spot for kids when they stroll in the area. Not just kids actually but for young couplers. Oh my on the couplers or young people dating.

The place is really conducive for dating and if unsupervised lots of things can happen there. No guards roam the area so it is really free zone for those who want a bit privacy in a public place.
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I cannot say that the whole place (City Hall) is awesome for tourist but at least it can be a haven for family strolls.

So if you are in the area during weekend, take some time to stroll the whole area. If you do briskwalk, it’s a bit enough to make you sweat.

Dried Fish…Anyone?

Dried fish is called “bulad” in our dialect, which means it is being dried in the sun. Drying is one way to preserve the meat of the fish. I think this goes through the process of being dried through the sun and wind. Some are seasoned with salt and some will just have the natural saltiness of the sea.

My family used to have this when we were young, but since my mom was diagnosed of heart problem in 2005, we stopped eating this sort of a staple food in Philippine homes.
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There are several famous dried fish depots in the Philippines that I know – Pagadian City, Zamboanga City, and Cebu City. But while doing these photos last Saturday afternoon, some of the dried fish displayed are from Jolo! Wow! That was far!

One of my colleagues buys dried fish in Pagadian City and send it to America. For Filipinos, this is a very special food especially if you are far from the home country or in places where it is not allowed to eat this “i dare you” food for some people who are not used to the strong fragrance of the dried fish.

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This is my fave variety. But it’s been awhile since I have tasted one.

This post is intended for dried fish lovers here in my city or in neighboring Northern Mindanao towns or first time visitors who likes “bulad” as their pasalubong to their loveones.  I meant to tell you that you do not need to travel far because we also have our own dried fish market here in Iligan City.

Location site of the market is in Barangay Saray. It is so easy to find if you are in the city in the nearby Barangays like Tibanga and San Miguel.

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For those who are used to the strong fragrance, the place was just okey. But for those who are not used to buying dried fish, then the place is not for you to visit.

I should have taken a shot of the whole place. My friends roamed almost the whole area. I just took several photos and stepped aside and waited for them. The smell was too much for an ex-dried fish eater. I say ex because as much as possible I avoid it because it is not good for my health.

This one has high content of salt, so it’s never good for an obese woman like me.

This walk was made possible through the Iligan Bloggers Society initiative activity to place Iligan public establishments in Google Maps.  I was late and they were that they decided to drop by the place.

From here, we all went up to the City Hall.

Will post soon about it.

Manila Sunset

Manila sunset is one of the famous view in the Philippines anyone could capture in a camera or video.  That’s my opinion and I am sure many would agree with me.

In the many times I’ve been in Manila including the almost one year stay in Pasay, I never had the chance to go to Roxas Boulevard to take a photo of that beautiful sunset. There are many shots of it across the world wide web so it is my long time wish that one day, I will have the chance to capture it.

The chance came – February 2, 2014.

It was not included in the list of things to do during our Postcrossing – Philippines meet-up, but when walked out of The Hub to the statue of Rizal, the sun rays was ablaze. It was so near us – it promises a wonderful view of sunset, so we decided to go to the bayside  to watch sun go down over Manila Bay. So, allow me to share some shots =)

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This was my first shot. I then knew that my phone cannot capture the beauty that my eyes have behold. But then anyways, I only have my phone to take pictures.

Enjoy more shots:

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Here I am trying to get a zoom photo. I can’t zoom more because the result would be a pixelated one.

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I have more in my file but let me just share these four.

I am glad we decided to watch the sun go down. Thanks to my companions: Sis Willa, Raine, and Joelle (new friend) — friends who just not love sunset but also postcards, stamps, and stickers. lol! Rence and Philip were with us in the meet-up but they got an appointment somewhere in Cubao so they missed the sunset that day.

Now I decided that my phone – Samsung Galaxy Win is just a fine phone. lol! I thought it is equivalent to a 3310 when it comes to modern era Samsung phones. ^&^

Off to Manila [Day 1]

I am taking a five days leave from work and September 23 was the first day.  Our flight was morning and we are expected to arrive in Manila before 12.  But due to an unfavorable weather, we were a bit delayed in our flight, but no complaints whatsoever.

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The night before, I slept so late, I think it was past midnight already and me and daughter were set to leave at exactly six in the morning to have an ample time to taking the bus to catch our 10 o’clock flight.  So, the lack of sleep + more delays at the airport + rainy Manila = almost two hours delay to our expected check-in at Leesons Residences in Malate.

I was undecided which taxi to take, yellow taxi or the taxi at the departure level.  But after checking it through, we left via the departure level and that saved really saved me several hundred pesos fare from airport to Malate.  Yellow taxi will cost me Php 530.00 while the taxi at the departure level only cost me Php 150.00 though I was the one who paid the Php 20.00 at the skyway toll gate. It was not bad decision after all.

The delays tired me much and the same with the daughter plus the rain, so we spent the afternoon, sleeping. lol!

If we don’t need to have dinner, then we would have slept the night away.

Here are a few photos for the first day:

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An interesting sight from up the sky. I’ve seen this place several times already but still I did not have the right name of the place. No one ever took the guess when I posted the pic in my FB wall.

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The plain the brought us to Manila. 🙂 Cebu Pacific is my unofficial flight carrier when I fly during my travels.

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A just-got-off-the-plane selfie! While on our way to the baggage carousel. 🙂
I don’t look worried. Right? Though i was a bit worried because it was raining in Manila and I was thinking that the bad weather will mess up my travel plan.

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The daughter! excited or tired?
I cannot tell but it seems she’s not affected of the delays because her phone contain lots of books to read. Poor mommy me isa libro lang ang dala for the whole week. lol!

Mini Falls @ Taytay Spring Resort

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This is the pool at Taytay Spring Resort. I find myself with friends twice already in the past months. It is still a flowing spring pool but the water is cool, not cold compared to the neighboring pools down in the highway. If given the chance to have a swimming again, I will chose the same place.

One thing though, the place is a bit far. Unlike those in the high way, it can be accessed by public utility vehicles, any time. But to get to Taytay, you still have to take a motor trip. Either you take the trip alone and pay the whole fare or have it with another person to share the fare with.

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Just below the cottages, there is falls. I call it a mini falls.

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Me and the mini falls!

Taytay Cold Spring Resort is located in Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City.  It is one nice place for a family Sunday get away.  They have the big pool for adults and small pool for kids.