Category Archives: Leisure

Abacá Boutique Resort + Spa Cebu garners Travelers’ Choice 2018 awards

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The results of the Travelers’ Choice Awards 2018 are in and it’s definitely no surprise that Abacá Boutique Resort + Spa made it to the list. A regular on the roster, Abacá Boutique Resort + Spa is recognized once again in this year’s Travelers’ Choice Awards, winning in three categories:…

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Travel to the Majestic Sights of the Sahara is Easier than Ever

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If you really want to plan the ultimate sightseeing vacation, try Morocco. Home to the legendary Sahara desert, this vibrant African nation has even more to offer than you may at first suspect. Of course, everyone remembers the legendary adventure and romance movies that were set in this region of…

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Stay at these Palm Springs luxury villas during Coachella Festival and be cool

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Have you ever wanted to attend the famed Coachella Festival in California but tend to stop with all the planning when you feel dazed, confused, lost and disheartened when you simply cannot find houses for rent in Palm Springs? I know the feeling. I have a solution, too. Hear me…

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Seven Seas Waterpark CDO rates

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The long wait is finally over. The most-anticipated opening of the Seven Seas Waterpark in Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental (just moments away from the Bulua, Cagayan de Oro and Opol boundary, in fact) is set to take place this September 2017. Of course, everyone wants to know the Seven Seas CDO…

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Times Square New York tour and the crazy things you see

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This blog post about Times Square New York is actually several days in the making. I thought I could come up with content for this Times Square NY tour post after just one visit…

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Seven Seas Waterpark CDO throws shade at Cartoon Network and Six Flags theme parks

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It’s inarguably the most anticipated and most talked about tourist spot in all of Mindanao – Seven Seas Waterpark. Located technically at Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental, people tend to still associate it with Cagayan…

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San Isidro Labrador Fiesta, New York style

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Five creatively decorated booths, contests on “best turon/biko/torta,” amateur and impromptu singing contests, lechon and a whole lotta dancing. These were just some of the highlights of the fiesta celebration in honor of patron…

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Top of the Rock New York (plus a tip on how to save on your ticket)

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No New York City visit is ever complete without seeing it from the top! And one of the popular places to do that is to go to the Top of the Rock – top…

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New fave Cebu hotel: Cuarto Hotel

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Every frequent traveler to Cebu knows this – it’s a continuous challenge to find spacious, well-fitted, affordable, strategically located hotel rooms that offer free delicious buffet breakfast. There will always be something amiss –…

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Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

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It’s the most frantic pedestrian crossing in the entire world. Movies like “The Fast and the Furious” and “Lost in Translation” have featured this very busy, famous intersection. The Shibuya Crossing, also referred to…

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Take a helicopter ride and see Dahilayan Bukidnon from the sky

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Barangay Dahilayan, one of the 22 barangays of the Municipality of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, has truly evolved into Mindanao’s favorite playground. From being the home of Asia’s longest dual cable zipline to being the…

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When In CDO: Check out The Oak Room whisky bar

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I first wrote about The Oak Room CDO a few weeks back. That post got shared by hundreds of people – proof that the idea of a whisky bar that also has an amazing…

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New in CDO: 6-minute lights and sounds show at Centrio Mall @MyJaps

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It was truly a magical night of lights last December 1, 2016 as the Centrio Mall management unveiled the lights and sounds show at the Garden area. It was a 6-minute show reminiscent of…

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How to pay your Philippine travel taxes online

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Here in the Philippines, individuals who leave the country need to pay travel taxes. The Philippine travel tax is actually a levy imposed by the government. Filipino citizens, foreign passport holders and non-immigrant foreign…

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CDO rafting rate increase now approved – see the new fees here

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IT’S OFFICIAL. The Oro Association of Rafters (OAR) will now implement new and increased rates for white water rafting in Cagayan de Oro. These new CDO rafting rates will actually help the industry. Please…

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The Pacifico Hotel #CDO launches amazing room sale

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The Pacifico Boutique Hotel, a major landmark along the annual Higalaay Festival (Kagay-an Festival) parade route, has introduced a mega discounted promo rate for both their standard and deluxe rooms. For only Php 1,499.00…

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The new Globe Telecom content partners – absolutely exciting!

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A few days ago, Globe Telecom flew me to Manila (the only blogger from Mindanao!) to witness very special events – the Manila debut of the Tony Award-winning musical, “American Idiot,” (which they co-produced),…

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Achieve wellness goals with new fitness app KFIT (discount code here!)

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Ever wanted to hit the gym, have a foot reflexology session, look for the nearest Crossfit studio or go to a yoga class but you just don’t know where to go or you feel that you don’t have the time? Are you like me who travels frequently and wants to have an easy way to check out gyms, salons, spas or activities near your hotel? You can say goodbye to those moments because the solution is just between your fingertips and your mobile phone! Presenting – the new fitness app, KFit! KFit helps you discover, plan, and reserve fitness, beauty and wellness activities near

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LIV Super Club opening soon in Cagayan de Oro

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The clubbing scene in Cagayan de Oro is about to up its ante with the upcoming opening of LIV Super Club! LIV Super Club, the first branch of which is located at City Time Square in Mantawi Avenue, Tipolo, Mandaue, is Cebu’s first and largest luxury club. Soon, they’re bringing world-class entertainment to CDO! Expect only great DJs from all over to spin soul-grabbing music at LIV. LIV Super Club CDO will be located along Rosario Strip, Limketkai Center, specifically right behind Pete’s Patriots Gastropub. You can plan the perfect evening escapade – have dinner at Pete’s Patriots (try their

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Dare to try the Revolution 15 challenge at Pete’s Patriots CDO

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It’s the latest craze in Cagayan de Oro and everyone is invited to take the challenge! Do you dare take the Revolution 15 challenge? Named after historical areas during the war era, Pete’s Patriots’ Revolution 15 shots honors the heroic acts of our national heroes. All shots are carefully crafted using classic Filipino alcohol as key ingredients to these drinks – Basi Wine, Tuba (!!!), Lambanog, Blue Curacao, among others. These iconic drinks are then mixed with modern flavors such as Jagermeister, Tequila, Vodka and Bacardi 151 in order to produce a drink fit for heroes, and heroes only! I had

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New Iligan City tourist spot: Paseo de Santiago

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Iligan City has a new popular attraction – Paseo de Santiago. Located near Talipapa (Santiago Market), Paseo de Santiago is a privately owned area that has been turned into a seaside complex with open seating, several food stalls, a mini stage for nightly events, a wide view of the Iligan Bay, lots of benches where you can watch the sunset and two huge “Iligan City” and “Philippines” signs. Yup, Paseo de Santiago is where you can take cool selfies, groufies, wefies (what other terms are there, millenials? :D)! Entrance fee to Paseo de Santiago is Php 20 per person. There are

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Iligan City Day Trip idea: Timoga Spring Pools

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Iligan City, also known as The City of Majestic Waterfalls (23 all in all!), has truly evolved into a more highly urbanized area here in Mindanao. Located in the province of Lanao del Norte, what used to be an industrial city now has a merry mix of commercial, business and tourism offers. Iligan City now has more restaurants, shopping centers and hotels. Don’t worry, though. The city still retains a certain charm that even well-traveled souls could appreciate. A couple of my friends and I went to Iligan recently for a quick day trip. The main purpose was for business but

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Bukidnon Staycation at Pinegrove Mountain Lodge

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When we think of Dahilayan Adventure Park in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, we most likely equate it to Zipzone a.k.a. Asia’s longest dual cable zipline, Dropzone, my favorite Python 3D zipline and the thrilling 8-storey Sky Tower Base Jump. However, the place known as “Mindanao’s playground” also offers something pretty special – a chance to stay at 4,500 feet above sea level, in a log house-inspired manor situated among pine trees and amid chilly, sweater weather. Pinegrove Mountain Lodge, located just a few steps away from the main entrance of Dahilayan Adventure Park, offers value-for-money accommodation, good amenities and delicious food.

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Something unique at Run United #CDO Freedom Run 2016

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Exceed yourself! This is the challenge given to all interested participants of the much-awaited Run United CDO 2016 Freedom Run. Jointly organized by Circle Productions and ActiveHealth, Run United Freedom Run CDO aims to be THE running event of the year. It will be grand, hip and will even feature one very unique and exciting aspect come race day – which I will tell you more about below. I was invited to the media briefing yesterday of Run United CDO 2016 and I must say, the excitement in the room over this running event was almost palpable. Cagayan de Oro’s

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Where to stay in Cebu: Bayfront Hotel Cebu

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Since Cebu is just a hop and skip away, it’s a favorite business and holiday destination for many of us Mindanaoans. Chances are, we have relatives or good friends in Cebu or we source products there or we use Cebu as our jump-off point to other interesting places like Boracay or Palawan. Personally, I visit the Queen City of the South at least two times a year and my recent international flights leave from the Mactan Cebu International Airport. Take my most recent trip to Japan, for instance. I wanted to stay for a few days in Cebu before my

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BREAKING: CDO rafting companies seek rate increase, opening of new routes

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Want to experience white water rafting in Cagayan de Oro? Better do it real soon as the Oro Association of Rafters or OAR is now set to increase the uniform rates. In a letter-request accompanied by a resolution duly signed by all member rafting outfitters addressed to CDO Vice Mayor Ian Acenas through Tourism Committee Chairman Councilor Candy Darimbang, OAR reasoned that the old rates were established in 2008 and since then, no price increases were implemented. OAR reasoned that there’s a need to address the wear and tear of the rafting equipment, which are usually sourced from overseas, and

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Cat Cafe Calico in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

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During our trip to Japan, we just had to visit a cat cafe. To visit at least one cat cafe was definitely a part of our Japan itinerary. We chose Calico Cat Cafe, one of the most popular cat cafes (I read somewhere it’s the oldest, too) in Tokyo, Japan. You see, my entire family loves animals. We have a family dog, whom we absolutely adore, but if one of my brothers had his way, he’d also want our family to have pet cats. I like cats as well but not as much as he does! Before anything else, by

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Finding the Godzilla themed hotel in Tokyo Japan

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We found Godzilla! Yup, my brothers and I found Godzilla in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan! A Godzilla-themed hotel, that is Even though it was really pretty cold that night, I asked my brothers if they wanted to look for Hotel Gracery in the Kabukicho District in Shinjuku. It’s the hotel famous for its really cool Godzilla-themed guest rooms. According to reports, the Godzilla Room on the hotel’s top floor features a life-sized Godzilla claw looming above the beds. The other Godzilla View rooms, on the other hand, let guests overlook the life-size replica of the celebrated mutant dinosaur’s head. Hotel Gracery

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Kamukura Ramen in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan for yummy, cheap eats

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My brothers and I spent our first evening in Japan in Shibuya, one of Tokyo‘s special wards. I was really looking forward to spending time in Shibuya especially since it’s one of Tokyo’s busiest districts. You can read more about our fun Shibuya escapades. Anyway, while my brothers and I roamed around Shibuya, we realized we haven’t eaten anything yet after we checked in at Oak Hostel Cabin. As fate would have it, we stumbled upon this ramen restaurant that had an English menu – Kamukura Soup With Noodles. Entering that restaurant was one of the great impromptu decisions we

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From Me To You: Get FREE Php 939 Airbnb credit

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Traveling but don’t want to spend too much on hotels? Want to stay in condos, hostels, inns or even rooms for rent? Want to experience first-hand hospitality from homeowners themselves? Airbnb can address that! Airbnb is a website for people to list, find, and rent lodging. It has over 1,500,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 190+ countries. And, yes, there are numerous listings in the Philippines! In fact, I found interesting listings – from a cabin in the woods to a fully furnished studio right in the middle of a bustling city to a family-friendly place complete with pool! Are

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