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Grab Your First Act Electric Guitar at Guitar Center

First Act Electric Guitar at musicianfriend.com
Purchase of musical instruments that are produced by popular US brands from a well-known retailer such as Guitar Center always ends up with smooth transaction as it comes with it both reliability and trust.

Guitar Center, the world's most trusted musical instrument retailer always put customers' needs first. GC wants to make sure that as much as possible, all musical instruments from different manufacturers are highly available for shipping internationally. If not, they are more than happy to collaborate with the brand to deliver what you need.


With that being said, if you are looking for first act electric guitar at guitarcenter.com, Guitar Center will do the extra mile. Just send them an email and they'll pass along your request to the manufacturer.



First Act Electric Guitar at musicianfriend.com
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First ACt is a musical lifestyle company headquartered in the heart of Boston's back bay. They strive to engage kids and parents with music through instruments that are easy to play, entertain and incorporate learning in a fun way. In a time when music programs are being systematically cut from academic budget, they infuse music back into American daily life. Hence, if you want your child to learn the basics or a college student who wish to play the guitar, grab your first act electric guitar at guitarcenter.com.

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In Food Jasaan Misamis Oriental

Bay View Grill

Bay View Grill Jasaan

Have you experienced getting lost in one of your travels? Well, I have my share too. Shortly after our weekend escapade to Dodiongan Falls, Kenn and I planned a day hike in Mt Salumagayon but last minute changes brought us to Jasaan.

Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my tablet where I saved all of my research works and all I can remember were words like Kiwani and Kimala. None of these two words were correct as it was Barangay Kimaya that I'm referring to where we plan to look for a plaqro stay later in the afternoon. Thanks to Irene for the quick response about my queries. She instructed us to drop off at crossing Kahulugan in Kimaya but I don't know where exactly that is so I decided that we stop at Bay View Grill because it was the only landmark that I'm familiar with. When I asked around as to where Kimaya is, it turned out that we're already far from where we should be and we have to backtrack by riding a multicab. Since we were already at Bay View, we agreed to take our branch instead.

When you see this tarp on the highway, you know you're heading the right way. It's Bay View Grill!
Bay View Grill has spacious area ideal to hold events
Check out the comfy couch of Bay View Grill!

Bay View Grill is located along National Highway in Barangay Jampason, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. It offers combo meals at a very affordable price starting at ₱55.00 or so. The area is also spacious enough to hold events like a wedding reception or a small party. There is also a room big enough for meetings or seminar. Inside the resto, there is karaoke bar intended perhaps for beer nights and a separate space for dining area. I love the mix of calm vibe and upbeat music in the background while sitting on the comfy couch. Plus,  the sea and the people who indulged in banana boating offers a good view. With all these stuffs, I can say that my mishap leading to our misadventure is not a bad thing at all.
Travel, the best way to get lost and found all at the same time.


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In Activities Iligan City Lanao del Norte

Visiting Dodiongan Falls in Iligan City

Visiting Dodiongan Falls in Iligan City

Visiting Dodiongan Falls in Iligan City has been in my bucket list since 2012. I always have the urge to visit this tourist spot because from what I saw on Facebook, the water flowing against beautiful rocks with luscious greens in the background is surely worth a visit.

Five years forward, Kenn and I went on a weekend escapade with our good friend Kuya Paul, the campus president of Mindanao State University Mountaineering Club Inc (MSU MCI). It is a SEC registered nonprofit organization in which the three of us are all affiliated.

View of Dodiongan Falls after a heavy rain
You have to see nature in its crummy state and still appreciate it for what it is. 

Dodiongan Falls is one of the 23 waterfall attractions in Iligan City that is considered as budget friendly destination because there is no entrance and miscellaneous fees. Located in Barangay Digkilaan about 14 kilometers away from the city proper, it is accessible by land transportation though it requires a little effort to get there. 

Dodiongan Falls in Iligan City is a beauty to behold.

When we arrived at the base point heading to Dodiongan falls, one of the residents told us that it rained the day before so the water appears to be brownish. I looked at the river and well, just shrugged my shoulders. I waited five-long years for time to allow me to embark on this adventure so discoloration is just a minor problem.
We then left the area after a short conversation and signing up the records book.

As mentioned earlier, going to the falls requires a little effort. By that effort means a short trek and two river crossing. It will only take less than 15-20 minutes and a local guide is not even needed because the trail is already established. Simply follow the stream but remember to observe safety precautions.

Quite few guests got there ahead of us so we crossed the basin of the falls to get to the other side where we can settle our things down without mixing in with the crowd. The cold, mocha-colored water is not itchy and is still inviting to dip in and despite all, I still find the falls a beauty to behold.

We spent our time chatting and taking photos - all while we're in the water. Again, it's not itchy so no worries at all. What matters to me is the joy of connecting and strengthening relationship with the people I hold dear in my heart.

TRANSPORTATION GUIDE


How to get there. Coming from the city proper, take the Sta Filomena-Acmac jeepney lines and tell the driver to drop you off at San Roque crossing (the intersection after Mandulog bridge), fare is ₱8.00. Once there, you can see motorcycles or habal-habal alleyed at Barinaut terminal along the highway. Negotiate with the driver to send and fetch you to/from Dodiongan Falls on the agreed time. Fare is ₱35.00 off to the falls, ₱50.00 when going back to the city. According to the drivers, the reason with the price difference is that it's hard to take habal-habal from the base point so they would intentionally fetch the passenger there; but if you know how to haggle hard, you can convince them to let you pay a sum of ₱70.00 back and forth.
Note: If you are coming from Cagayan de Oro, you may drop off at the bus stop and just walk few meters back to San Roque crossing.

End notes
- Search for the weather conditions in Iligan City since river current may be strong after heavy rain and if you also wish to see Dodiongan Falls in its grandeur.
- Avoid the teeming crowd by opting to visit on weekdays.
- Bring your own foods and drinks. There is no store nearby.
- Exercise caution especially on river trekking.
- Be a responsible tourist. Do not EVER leave your trash behind.




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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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In Electronic Device Music Lifestyle

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 ₱2,500.00
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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