Monday, September 29, 2014

Balik Bukid: Experience Organic Food


Balik Bukid Davao Organic
Sunday is the best day of the week to go out with and treat your family for dinner or Lunch. Agree? Yes for me! I usually go out with my family and spend some quality time with them before another working week strikes again.

Davao City has numerous restaurants but when it’s Sunday almost half of them is close and the other half is found in the crowded mall. Dining in a good restaurant at a Sunday is somehow difficult. But I’m very much thankful to my wife that she suggested to try checking Balik Bukid.


Balik Bukid is a restaurant that serve ORGANIC Foods. As an organic enthusiast - and because I always drink detox juice form detox station which started my love for anything organic- without a doubt I drove fast to its location in Quimpo Boulevard because it's almost 9:00 pm. Fortunately, the restaurant closes at 10:00pm so the kind waiters gladly asked for our last orders.

This is my first time to experience Balik Bukid and I was fascinated by the recycled materials they use from the wall of their resto to the interior design. Amazing concept that they have. The chairs and tables are recycled. One of the tables is actually a pile of tractor tires with a glass on top. The place is so organized and clean.

I also like their service. The waitress and the people of balik bukid always smile and handle their customer respectfully.

They serve the food 10 -15 minutes after you ordered and the taste is different from any commercial food chain or restaurant (of course). With some greens on the side, you can really say that the food looks and tastes so healthy.

My experience in Balik Bukid is really an organic food adventure. A new place with twists on their served food, Balik Bukid is really a place I want to explore more.

Sorry for the low quality photos.











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Thursday, September 25, 2014

SEAGULL MOUNTAIN RESORT: Davao's little Baguio

Seagull Mountain Resort INFORMATION


I have been wanting to visit SEAGULL MOUNTAIN RESORT since Summer to enjoy its cool breeze while the heat is up. Unfortunately, the beaches in Mindanao have been very inviting so I made many postponements for my Seagull visit.

But finally, as we all know, unplanned travels are usually the ones which actually happen. I have made it to Davao's little Baguio last weekend.

Seagull is one of the known mountain resorts in Davao City. Seagull is 4,200 Feet Above Sea level and a perfect getaway for families and friends or even officemates for team building.

Seagull is just 2 hours away from the  city. Situated just along the highway of Davao-Bukidnon Road or commonly knows as Buda, Seagull is a perfect place to just have a chill experience.

The resort has falls and pools with relatively cold water which, for me, is very relaxing.

You can reach the falls by walking if you love to experience the nature or via service car which is included to you 150 php entrace fee. You can requeat the driver for a site tour on Hill Top for over looking or you my ask them to go around the golf cource. Either way will work for you. There service crews are very approachable and friendly.


Travel Trivia: BUDA come from the word Bukidnon and Davao Road they short it out to BU-DA. :) acheche aloloy.. :)




Seagull Mountain Resort Location:

SEAGULL MOUNTAIN RESORT
Bukidnon-Davao (BuDa) Road, Lorega,
Kitaotao, Bukidnon

Seagull mountain Resort Contact:

Reservation Office: (+6382) 298-5990
Resort Office: (+6382) 286-4124 / 286-9397
Email Address:davaoseagullresortsinc@gmail.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/davaoseagull.resorts


Seagull Mountain Resort Accommodations and Rates:

TARIFF

Gazebo : 2,500.00 : (4 persons)
Condo Unit 1 : 2,500.00 : (4 persons)
Condo Unit 2 : 3,000.00 : (5 persons)
Condo Unit 3 : 1,700.00 : (2 persons)
Condo Unit 4 : 3,000.00 : (4 persons)
Eliza 1 : 3,850.00 : (4 persons)
Eliza 2 : 5,500.00 : (4 persons)
Eliza 3 : 2,500.00 : (4 persons)
Log Cabin 1,2,3 & 4 : 2,400.00 : (3 persons)
ESD Room : 2,500.00 : (4 persons)
Duplex Room : 2,750.00 : (3 persons)


White House :

Upper House : 3,500.00 : (8 persons)
Master's Room : 3,100.00 : (6 persons)
Side Room : 950.00 : (2 persons)

Lower House  : 3,100.00 : (4 persons)
350.00/head in excess of capacity

Campsite Area 1:

Campsite 1-8 : 750.00 : (3 persons)
Campsite 9-11 : 1,200.00 : (6 persons)

Campsite Area 2:

Pine Tent : 800.00 : (3 persons)
Gemilina Tent : 800.00 : (3 persons)
Mahogany Tent : 800.00 : (3 persons)
Blue Big Tent : 2,000  : (with 2 side-rooms; 4 persons)

Tent Pitching:

Small : 500.00    : (3 persons)
Big   : 1,000.00  : (6 persons)

*Campsite Area with common T & B and outdoor grill
*150/head in excess of capacity
*Rates include use of open huts, swimming pool & waterfalls pools


Day Tour Rate:

Adult: 150.00/head
Child (7 years old & below): 65.00/head



Resorts Ameneties & Services:

-Free Parking
-24-Hour Security
-Golf Car Service
-Pet Friendly
-Playground
-Private Walking and Jogging Trails
-Conference and Seminar Facilities
-Banquet Facilities
-In-House Food Catering
-Putting Green and Golf Course
-Cold Spring Outdoor Pools (Adult Pool and Kiddie Pool)
-Picnic Tables with Umbrella
-Tent-Pitching Area
-Natural Waterfalls with Swimming Tubs/Pools
-Organic Garden
-Coffe Shop & Steak House
-Phoenix Gas Station with Coffee Shop & Convenience Store
-Hilltop Wedding Chapel
-Hilltop Pavillon
-Hilltop Way of the Cross


Thanks for dropping by! Feel Free to write comments and I will immediately answer your questions :) Thanks!!!

Seagull Mountain Resort Pool

Seagull Mountain Resort

Seagull Mountain Resort


Seagull Mountain Resort Natural Falls

Seagull Mountain Resort Service Van

Seagull Mountain Resort Hill Top pavillion

Seagull Mountain Resort

Seagull Mountain Resort to Crossifix

Seagull Mountain Resort Golf Course

Seagull Mountain Resort

Seagull Mountain Resort Giant Big Foot

Seagull Mountain Resort Peacock 


19 Degrees Seagull Mountain Resort Temperature

Seagull Mountain Resort Steak House and Coffee Shop Fronting Car park

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Surigao’s Best Tourist Destination: Britania Group of Islands in Surigao del Sur



Our trip to Britania Group of Islands is not planned. We just know that we want to go to Britania and because it was holy week, we have the time to make it happen. My wife and I love nature trips and outdoor adventures so we packed our bags and decided to bring our 9-month old baby for a family adventure.

 We were totally unprepared that we didn’t even know the road to Surigao. So we downloaded Waze, an app that gives specific directions from current location to desired venue, to help us get to Britania. The night before our trip, we bought snacks and drinks because Surigao is a long travel from Davao. So excited about going to Surigao, I remember one of my officemates telling me to visit Tinuy-an Falls and Enchanted River. These are the most visited tourist spots in Surigao del Sur so when I searched the location of Tinuy-an Falls, I was so excited to know that it’s just along the route.

Travel time from Davao City to San Agustin Surigao del Sur is 6-7 hours so we decided to travel as early as 5:00 AM. I woke up at 4:00 AM to load all the stuff in the car that we need for the trip. The trip is very challenging for me because it’s my first time to drive long distance.

Our first stop was in Nabunturan, ComVal Province –an hour and 30 minute drive to fetch our companions. We immediately drove our way to Mangagoy, Surigao del Sur where the Tinuy-an Falls is located. Nabunturan to Mangagoy was just 2 hours away via Cuevas Trento Picop road. The road was bumpy and only 80 to 90% of it was cemented. Tinuy-an Falls is 18 Kilometers away from Mangagoy Main Road.



TINUY-AN FALLS

Tinuy-an Falls is a must-visit spot. From the entrance, we could already hear the strong flow of water. The falls is wide enough to look like a very big washing machine (haha). The flowing water is clear and the surrounding is still very green. You could really say that the locals have taken so much effort to preserve the beauty of the place even when thousands of people visit the place almost everyday.

We had our lunch in Tinuy-an. Our companions from Nabunturan brought adobo, rice, & grilled fish. Stalls along the entrance area also have food to offer so you need not worry if you are not prepared. After lunch, we climbed to the edge of the falls which require you to pay 50 pesos for the guide. After having fun at the top, we had fun swimming and also tried to ride the “balsa” which brought us close to the water falling from the falls. Riding the balsa costs 150 pesos. We left Tinuy-an at 4:00pm to go to Hinatuan where we had our overnight stay.




Britania Group of Islands

We woke up at 5:00am to travel from Hinatuan to Britania. We passed by the road going to Enchanted River but because we have already been there; we decided to skip it for now as we also heard that the river is already jam-packed by tourists. Few minutes before getting to Britania, we dropped by at a common stopover area where you could take photos of Britania’s group of islands. You could actually take a selfie and make use of the view as your background.






Because we were not prepared, we were so happy to meet a tourist guide for island hopping in the stopover area. He helped us get to Britania and assisted us for our island hopping. We were introduced to Oasis Rest House which offered us their island hopping service for 1,500. The islands that we really landed were Hagonoy Island, Naked Island, and Boslon Island.






Surigao Britania Islands Itinerary

Davao City to Tinuy-an Falls Mangagoy

Day 1:

-       4:00 Am Wake-Up Call
-       5:00 AM Travel Time
-       7:00 AM Break Fast at Nabunturan ComVal
-       7:15 AM to 10:00 AM Travel to Mangagoy
-       10:00 AM – 10:30 AM House of Doll Mangagoy Overview Restaurant
-       11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Tinuy-an Falls
-       3:00 PM- 5:00 PM Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao del Sur
-       5:00 PM Hinatuan Sleep Over

Day 2:

-       5:00 Am Wake-Up Call to Britania, San Agustin Surigao
-       6:00 Am Travel Time
-       8:00 AM Stop over to Britania Deck View
-       8:30 AM Britania
-       9:00 Am to 3:00 PM Island Hopping
-       4:00 PM Travel to Davao City
-       9:00 PM Home Sweet Home



Expenses:

-       Gasoline Php: 2,000
-       Food (Good for 5) Php 2000
-       Pump Boat Php 1500
-       House Rental Php1500
-       Tinuy-an Falls Entrance Php 50
-       Britania Environmental Fee Php 25




Approximately Php 10,000 for 5-8 People

If you have questions please put it on the comment Box.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Britania Group of Islands Surigao del Sur




Britania Group of Island in San Agustin Surigao del Sur is one of the place to be this summer or even in a long weekend destination. People like me who loves to travel and discover new place loves to go to a perfect escapade.

Before that you need to research what are the best resorts for you. Below is the Britania List of Resorts.

Oasis Rest House

Tel:+639107529319

About
A pleasant & peaceful place to stay when you visit Britania Islands in San
Agustin,Surigao del Sur

Facilities:
Airconditioned Room accommodation w/ toilet bath (6-8 pax capacity per
room)
Function Hall (maximum 70 pax capacity)
Cottages

Description:

For bookings & reservations you may send us a message here in FB or
contact us at +639107529319 (Nang Babie)


La Entrada Beach Resort

Tel: 09302275934 or 09218078974

Email mercy_alameda1964@yahoo.com


Facilities:

De Luxe (Private Chalet)

Good for 2 persons
Fully Airconditioned rooms
Private Comfort Room

Price: Php 1800.00

Standard Rooms

Good for two persons
Max capacity is 6 pax
Fully airconditioned Room
Private Comfort room

Php 1500.00

Extra Bed Php. 200.00



ISLA GLORIADE BRITANIA RESORT

Tel: 09993625304

Room #1

Capacity 4 heads
1 matrimonial & 1 double deck
Airconditioned room
Max of 7 heads (extra Php100/head)

Price: Php 1200.00

Room #2

Capacity 4 heads
Airconditioned room

Price: Php  800.00

Room #3

Capacity 6 heads

Php  200.00

Cottage #4

Exhausted Aircon
Max 9 heads (extra Php100/head)

Php 1000.00

Packaged Whole Area

2nd Floor
Max of 30 persons

Php 5000.00


Mac Arthur's Place

About:

A resort having a perfect view of scenic Britania (23) Islands

Room #1 Aircondition with comfort Room
With Balcony facing the fantastic views of britania islets
Good for 10-14 Person
Free Native breakfast for every person who check-in

Price 2500

Open Cottage

Price: 200.00

Description

A resort ideal for:
-family/group/individual outing
-offers perfect/unhampered view of scenic Britatia Islands
-jump of point for Britania Islands hopping
-has following amenities/facilities:
>airconditioned rooms
>restobar:
>pumpboat for island hopping -seafoods
>picnic sheds -grilled foods
>function rooms -short orders
>catering services -drinks
>videoke


email: imelda_orcullo@yahoo.com





Virgo Beach Resort

Room #1

Aircondition with Comfort Room
Good For 4 to 6 Person

Price 1200.00


Open Cottage

Price: 200.00


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