Tuesday, August 31, 2010

General Santos: Hayts Steyk Hauz

After watching Karate Kid in Robinsons Gensan, auntie Norma treated us for an all-girls night out with a fab dinner in her recently acquired steak house - the Hayts Steyk Hauz. A charming kubo style resto welcomed us along with her friendly staff.
Hayts Steyk Hauz

21st Philippine Travel Mart : Rediscover the Wonders of the Philippines

Announcing to all travel enthusiasts out there! This coming September 3-5 2010, Philtoa will host its 21st Philippine Travel Mart to be held at the Megatrade Hall at SM Megamall in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sultan Kudarat: Tacurong City's St. Louis Hospital

Located at Purok Yellow Bell, New Isabela stands the biggest medical facility found in Tacurong City - the St. Louis Hospital.
St. Louis Hospital's facade
I was able to go inside the hospital just 2 days after it opened together with my uncle who's a doctor and his assistants. The exterior had truly blown me away! Geez, this is not a hospital... it looks like a Resort! It's undeniably charming for a hospital, way different from others around. The hospital is owned by the Valdez Family, prominent individuals in the medical and political field in the city of Tacurong.

Here are some of the photos taken:
charming exteriors
inside St. Louis Hospital
For inquiry you can contact St. Louis Hospital at (064) 3841669

Sunday, August 22, 2010

It’s a Farm Life

My parents would always make sure to bring me and my siblings to their respective farms whenever we get a chance to spend some long vacations at the province. I will never forget my very first farm trip experience – my first ride on top of a carabao, when we ate our lunch placed in banana leaves, the thrill I felt walking in the rice field, how I was amazed by the way the locals pick their fruits, my first taste of a sugar cane…and I was so young back then! These memories that retained in my young mind inspire me to know more about how life in a farm is. Yes, it always excites me to see new sites but what I love the most about travelling is visiting the familiar places that bring back some good old memories – like a Farm!

rice field

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Apareja Buko Halo-Halo

With El Nino getting on our nerves last summer, it is good to know there's that ideal place to satisfy our thirst located at the heart of South Cotabato - introducing Apareja Buko Halo Halo, Koronadal's tasteful defense to beat the summer heat!
Apareja Buko Halo Halo
After hanging out at Lake Sebu, my uncle treated us for a heavenly merienda treat before going home. Apareja serves the freshest buko halo halo harvested from the owner's buko plantation. Honestly, I'm not a buko lover, but what was served right in front of me is just irresistable!
Halo Halo in Buko serving
Their buko halo halo is priced at P55. The place is frequented both by the locals and tourists who enjoy consuming this cool, fresh and hearty serving, truly a must-try for every food lovers out there.

On the side note, "halo-halo" is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture with a shaved ice cream and milk,  topped with a variety of local fruits such as avocado, banana, langka and other ingredients like beans, sweet potato, kaong, gelatin  and added with favorite sweets like ice cream, ube and leche flan.

So next time you hop on this side of the Philippines, make sure to try this one great local delicacy!

Apareja Buko Halo Halo is located at Brgy. Saravia, Barrio 8, Koronadal City.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hundred Islands Tour

The Hundred Islands National Park (Pangasinan: Kapulo-puloan or Taytay-Bakes) is in the province of Pangasinan in northern Philippines. It is located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The islands (124 at low tide and 123 at high tide) are scattered along Lingayen Gulf and cover an area of 18.44 square kilometres (4,557 acres). They are believed to be about two million years old. Only three of them have been developed for tourists: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children's Island. The islands are actually ancient corals that extend well inland, in an area previously comprising the seabed of an ancient sea. Lowering sea levels have exposed them to the surface and the peculiar "mushroom"-like shapes of some of the islands have been caused by the eroding action of the ocean waves. (from wikipedia)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Lake Sebu's Zipline Adventure

Undoubtedly one of Lake Sebu's main attractions is its zipline ride. I have always anticipated the day I will experience how it feels to fly above Lake Sebu's scenic Seven Falls. I'm getting more excited as the big day comes closer. I have been building the courage to brave the zipline ever since my aunts told me about it. Also, I will need some shots for my Lake Sebu Tourism Video project. Unfortunately, at that very day, I opted to delay my longing to try this adventure as my health at that time is not on its perfect condition. So I satisfied myself on cheering for my other companions and made sure to just capture the best shots possible.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Lake Sebu Tour: 2 days 1 night Itinerary

Getting around Lake Sebu is a total breeze (I mean literally!). You see, the province's local transportation itself known as skylab aka habal-habal is an exciting road trip experience that's definitely worth a try. Unlike other provinces, the place serves no tricycles or public utility jeeps. It's either you bring your own car or hop on the skylab experience!
lake house at Lake Sebu

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Lang Dulay: Philippine's National Living Treasure

Leading the ancient art of T'boli Textile Weaving is T'nalak Master Weaver and National Living Treasure awardee, Lang Dulay.

Lang Dulay in her 90s

Monday, August 2, 2010

Amazing pictures of Lake Sebu

Every nature lover would surely love to visit Lake Sebu again and again. I have visited the place since 1996 and it never fails to surprise me every time I go back, the place has always something new to offer - new activity, newly discovered spot or the many developments of the province.

So let me share with you some of my favorite photos captured using my Canon IXUS 80IS.
view as seen from Balben Family Cove
check out Balben's Family Cove's official website here

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