In Accomodation Hinatuan Surigao del Sur

A Day of Summer at Enchanted River Rock Island

A Day of Summer at Enchanted River Rock Island
Visiting home albeit for a short period of time is worth the 10-hour travel from Cagayan de Oro. Our family reunion is something I look forward to and seeing one of my best friends means a day of summer. This time around, we dedicate one full day at Enchanted River Rock Island.
Hinatuan Enchanted River Rock IslandHinatuan Enchanted River Rock IslandHinatuan Enchanted River Rock Island

Hinatuan Enchanted River Rock Island was once a remote virgin island with cassava crops planted by the grandparents of the owner, Jeyza Veras. In the early 2000 (to my knowledge) when Enchanted River has been making rounds in social media, the municipality of Hinatuan have since been receiving flocks of visitors throughout the year especially on summer and Christmas holidays; however, there was only two lodging houses operating back then that can accommodate tourists. As a result, people needs to travel an hour or two to nearby cities just to find a place to stay in. The owner acknowledged the growing demand and so she has committed herself in providing both locals and tourists the best accommodation in Hinatuan.

I met miss Jeyza during our visit. She was so accommodating and as a Hinatuanon  myself, I can say that she is down to earth. On that note, her being accommodating is reflected in the success of her business as many people are patronizing the resort. I can even see big improvements in Rock Island since 2016. Aside from its iconic bridge, open cottages were added so that guests can stay longer and enjoy a swim when the tide is high. One may also take the opportunity to circle the island, gather shellfish, take a photo opp with the rocks as backdrop or see some reefs growing in the area on low tide. If any of these won't suffice, go ahead and watch/feed the fishes. Another notable improvement is the availability of electricity - the staff told me (back in 2016) that the resort was dependent on generator, although until now, water (and by that I mean clean water for shower purposes) remains a scarcity. Anyhow, the experience will patch up for that.


If you wish to stay here for the night, here's a sample photo borrowed from their website. Take note that room rates vary.

Hinatuan Enchanted River Rock Island
...and this is how it looks outside.

How to get there

From Enchanted River. If you do Island hopping, ask the operator to include Rock Island in your itinerary.Hourly rate applies, P160/hr.

From Barangay Cambatong. This is the ideal entry point if you wish to head directly to the resort without paying multiple entrance fees from Enchanted River. Ask assistance from the locals/watchers so they can call the next boat operator who will send and fetch you to/from the island on your agreed time. Rate is P150 for 5-6 people per boat.

Additional Info

Location: Barangay Cambatong, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
Contact Nos: 0948-676-9779; 0915-842-6464
Website: www.enchanted-river.com
Facebook: Enchanted River Rock Island



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Shure SM58: One of The World's Most Popular Vocal Mics

Shure SM58

Dynamic microphones are commonly use both at home and in public. In fact, it’s the type of mic that mom used to sing her heart out on weekend karaoke session and it’s also the same type that we use in school for public speeches. The reason maybe because it is widely available in the market – affordable, rugged, and surely works – much like the Shure SM58.
Shure SM58
Shure SM58 Handheld Microphone is an industry-standard, highly versatile cardioid dynamic vocal microphone, tailored to deliver warm and clear vocal reproduction; and is consistently the first choice for vocal performances around the globe (Trivia. Patti Smith even used Shure SM58 in one of her performances). Tuned to accentuate the warmth and clarity of lead and backing vocals, Shure SM58 is popular with DJs and club presenters in live venues. Aside from that, it is tailored to target the main sound source while minimizing background noise so rest assured it will perform consistently even in extreme conditions. See video.


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In Activities Cagayan de Oro Misamis Oriental

Things You Need To Know About Paragliding in Cagayan de Oro

Paragliding in Cagayan de Oro: Things You Need To Know

Paragliding is now in Cagayan de Oro!


Paragliding is one of those adventures that overwhelms, excites and scares me all at the same time. For one, I have never tried any aerial sports in my whole life. I have never imagined either to try one; but in the hopes of experiencing Cagayan de Oro in a different kind of thrill, I convinced myself to try it.


Sierra del Oro is a newly opened adventure park that operates one paragliding site in the country nestled specifically on a 68-hectare land in Indahag Hills, city of Cagayan de Oro. It is one of the five-tandem paragliding business operating in the Philippines (so consider yourself lucky if you've tried it! πŸ˜‰)

The place is a good location for the activity yet as a weather-dependent type of recreational sport, passenger's weight is put into consideration (max 100kg). Many have also asked me how I took the courage to try this out. Actually, I was scared at first especially that the air was thin and was capable only of light passengers - gladly my weight qualified -but with help of my tandem, I am assured that I'll be fine up in the air.  I told him my anxiety, that I want to stay aloft longer given how I see others land too fast. So while we're on standby, we did a dry run.
Paragliding needs kiting skills required to control the wing.so you cannot fly alone if you're not a trained pilot.
Now let me share to you the things you need to know about paragliding, basically on what to do before, during and after the takeoff based on our drill and actual flight.

Paragliding is all about you. I'm just an instrument to help you aloft. You have to do your part, too." Sir Titoy.
  • Focus. Your body should face the headwind. If you want to fly higher, you should set aside your fear and focus in the direction that you are going to take. When your tandem/guide says walk, you walk. When he says run, you run. Don't fret when you feel a drag or pull when you walk - remember the keyword - focus - so don't turn your head on the sides or turn around when you're about to lift off.
  • Remember the drill. When running to the edge of the ramp, don't jump. Keep running on air and let the wind lift you. Everything happens quickly here. When the guide says so, put your left and right hands (one at a time) through the harness; push the sides of the pad (that bag hanging on you're butt) to put in a sitting position then cross your legs all throughout. You are now free to extend you monopod.
  • Fly like  bird. "Extend your arms and fly like a bird. Feel the freedom!" says Sir Titoy. Scream your heart out. See things in a different light. Enjoy the view. Live in the moment (and don't focus too much on selfies. Haha! πŸ˜† Excuse for my lame video)
  • Land on your feet. Uncross your legs; glide your feet on the ground as if you are doing a brake and as much as possible land on your feet - not on your butt. Pro feels!

Mixed feeling of fear and thrill sets in on initial phase making it a make or break phase; but the awesomeness once up on air is incomparable. (see video) And to spoil you off, I was flying for quite a long time!


Detailed Info

Business Name: Sierra del Oro
Location: Indahag Hills, Cagayan de Oro
☎ 0917-709-4417 or 0906-085-3999
πŸ’²Fly rate starts at 
FB: Cagayan de Oro Paragliding

How to get there:


Sierra del Oro is accessible by private vehicles. Apparently, the business name is not showing up on Google maps so you may use Hugo Sky Lounge as your destination since these two businesses are situated in the same location together with Sier-a-Cup. It is also best to book ahead your planned schedule if you wish to try this activity.


Overall, I am thankful to Sierra del Oro for I have learned what it means to soar high and fly like a bird. So if asked whether I'll do this again, I would say yes in a heartbeat. Why not, I just had another best times of my life!




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In Cagayan de Oro Food Misamis Oriental

Come Home To MEOW

Meow Resto

Meow Resto is the only cat cafe in Cagayan de Oro where one can dine and adore 11 cats up close. It's unique concept of incorporating house cats in a dining place makes it a good place to stress out especially when you are cat lovers, too. For casual diners however, you don't have to worry if cats will bother you while you eat or if the place is filled with cat hairs because the dining area and cat room are separate.


As a fur-lover myself, I know that I shouldn't miss this place so when I gave it a shot one time, I was smiling from ear to ear. I ordered rice meal and once done, decided to give it a high rate because the pork was soft and cooked to my satisfaction.

Meow Resto
Meow Resto
(c) Meow Resto

Meow Resto also serve yummy snacks and desserts such as these summer specials ↑↑ but what I love here the most is not just the concept itself but the cause behind this business. I learned on social media that proceeds from patronizing meow resto is donated to the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) - yep! The owners not only help rescue strays in their own little way, they are also making sure that every fur-babies would have a home. Wouldn't you love to be part of the cause?

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Meow Resto



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In Accomodation Davao Del Norte Sto Tomas

Level Up Inn

Level Up Inn, Sto Tomas Davao del Norte

Signing up for an out of town race entails spending for an accommodation. For Kenn and I, factors to consider should include convenience, price, and image. I've never been to Sto Tomas, Davao del Norte thus relying to the race director's suggestions is a must. There are three must try on the list but we prefer to book a taxi-type accommodation, Level Up Inn.

Level Up Inn, Sto Tomas Davao del Norte

Level Up Inn is located in Phase 14, National Highway, Tibal-og Sto Tomas, with 16 rooms secured inside the compound. I find this worth spending for due to the following reasons:

Conenience. It is conveniently located along National Highway and is approximately 800m away from Sto Toma Municipal Hall where the starting point of the race is. Its accessibility permits us to walk around 2 or 3 am on race day in case there is no public vehicle available on that time.

Price. For as low as P250.00, Level Up Inn surely adhered to its tagline "Partner to your vacation." Rates vary for Standard and Deluxe rooms and for the corresponding hours of stay. As for us, a room where we can secure our things while we attend the race and a bed to stretch for the night is all we need without sacrificing our budget.

Image. On personal note, image does not only mean aesthetics but also security. The Inn is nestled within a compound with each rooms having its own gates and garage. Also, staff on duty are stationed in the front office with a good view of the whole compound while off duty staff stay in their assigned cottage situated at the far-end of the compound. That means to say that both front and back of the compound are guarded as they can easily see who comes in and out.

Talking about aesthetics, each Deluxe rooms have different interior designs giving the guests a chance to choose their desired style. The staff gave me the privilege for a sneak peek of the rooms even though Kenn and I booked for Standard accommodation (see few photos below).

Amenities for Deluxe Rooms include Cable TV, separate shower and toilet room, dining table, wide-walled mirror, and car garage. Standard Rooms on the other hand, include Cable TV, bath and toilet room (without shower), dining table, wide mirror and motorcycle garage. Notable difference for the room types is the space.

Level Up Inn, Sto Tomas Davao del Norte
Level Up Inn, Sto Tomas Davao del NorteLevel Up Inn, Sto Tomas Davao del NorteLevel Up Inn, Sto Tomas Davao del Norte

On top of it all, I also admire how the staff are very accommodating and friendly. Even the lady who assisted us did a rain check on our needs and made sure we're settled before she left our room. Their hospitality and customer service is way beyond my expectations, which of course, made Level Up Inn my highly recommended accommodation in Sto Tomas, Davao del Norte.



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Gig-Perfect Guitar Amplifier: Orange Tiny Terror TT15

Are you gigging around town frequently? It could be fulfilling to entertain people while expressing your passion, but is your guitar amp complementing the style tone you need?  If you answered yes and no, then I got something for you! 
Orange Tiny Terror TT15 Amplifier

Orange Tiny Terror TT15 Mini guitar amp

Orange Tiny Terror TT15 amplifier boasts a 2-stage preamp that has massive tonal range with just three controls. These three dials make the device pretty easy and straightforward to use because it helps you deliver the tonal style you need without adjusting too many knobs, creating sounds that seem unreal. In fact based on the reviews I've read, Tiny Terror TT15 has way better sounding feedback; smoother, warmer, fuller tone. It's also convenient to carry around as it is small and lightweight completed with a padded gig bag. Cool, right? 

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In Initao Misamis Oriental

Initao-Libertad Landscape And Seascape Protected Area

Initao-Libertad Landscape And Seascape Protected Area: A Place To Commune With Nature

Daily demands of adulthood have taken its toll on me. My week-long battle with stress was something that cannot be taken away by a can of beer nor with a plate of comfort foods; either way, it'll only make matters worst. So when work week's over, Kenn and I escaped the city buzz and find solace inside the premise of Initao-Libertad Landscape and Seascape Protected Area.

Initao-Libertad Landscape And Seascape Protected Area: A Place To Commune With Nature

Initao-Libertad Landscape and Seascape Protected Area is situated between the municipalities of Initao and Libertad in the province of Misamis Oriental, hence the name. It covers a total area of 1,300.78 hectares with 50.58 ha of land and 1,250.50 ha of water.

The decision to come here was supposedly to try the activities in Lasang Adventure Park. Unfortunately, that part of the protected area was closed to the public for safety reasons and only Echavez Kitchenette was operating in Lasang. No matter, I believed that surrendering to nature's embrace will (always) be an incomparable moment of serenity and healing.

Initao-Libertad Landscape And Seascape Protected Area: A Place To Commune With Nature
Initao-Libertad Landscape And Seascape Protected Area: A Place To Commune With Nature

As we wandered along the concrete road surrounded by huge trees, I felt a sudden change of atmosphere accompanied by a feeling of fun and freedom. And although there were other visitors during that day, the noise was muted by the sounds of the nature. There were picnic tables and cottages in the area that you ca own by yourself but what's gotten to me was the viewing deck which to me was a good place to get a good view of the sea. So right there and then, Kenn and I climbed up the second floor of the cottage. In there, we seized the moment to let the air blow our anxieties away as we basked in the relaxing hues of the horizon, and to let the sounds of the waves lull our senses before we get back to our daily grind. It was yet another moment of liberating ourselves from stress. Indeed, to commune with nature is the best way to tune off and get in touch with the silence within one's self.

Thus, if you're also looking for a place to be alone with your own thoughts then Initao-Libertad Landscape and Seascape Protected Area should be in your list.

Initao-Libertad Landscape And Seascape Protected Area: A Place To Commune With Nature

More Info:
How to get there

  • From CDO, Ride a bus or jeepney bound to Iligan City. Just tell the driver to drop you off at Lasang Adventure Park or Lasang (the protected park is popular for this name). 

         Fare: 15 Bus, 50 Jeep.

  • From Iligan. Take the bus or jeepney bound to Initao or CDO.

Hours of Operation. Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Fees:
  • P100 Caving (1-15 pax)
  • P150 Trekking (1-15pax)
  • P30 Camping (per head per night)
  • P100 Prenup/Debut (per hour)
  • P370 Snorkeling (1-3 pax); P120 Gadgets (per Head/hr: vest, snorkel masks and fins)
  • P300 Boating (per trip; 1-6 pax)
For camping and booking, submit a request letter to ilplspa_12@yahoo.com or contact 0926-692-0221 two days prior the planned date.


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