6/28/12

Fly Like Superman in Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon

Wanting to try zipline for a day  but don’t know where to go?
Here’s how! Visit the Asia’s longest dual zipline in Bukidnon, the Dahilayan Adventure Park.
Dahilayan Adventure Park is fast becoming Bukidnon's most famous tourist destination. photo from: suroypilipinas.com

It boasts their two 840m long zipline and feel the thrill of flying through 4700 ft. above sea level. You’ll be your superman dream for more than 2 minutes. Not only that! As you go through the air you’ll zoom through lush greenery and breathtaking views found only in the mountains of Dahilayan. It’s guaranteed safe and fun for all ages alike. Sounds good right? But there’s more in this place than just fulfilling your dream of being a superman for a day.

This place is more like a one stop shop for all sorts of adventurers. Dahilayan Adventure Park  houses many outdoor adventures for all ages some of the activities that you can do inside the park are as follows:
  •  The 320 + 150 DUAL ZIPLINE for beginners. To equip you for Asia’s longest you must try this training zipline. For only PHP250 you may be able to enjoy this thrilling adventure before trying the Asia’s longest zipline ever. From here you’ll be taught about the SOP’s of ziplining, it won’t be that harsh for you if you go through this beginner’s zipline first.
  • Feeling like you wanted more? For PHP 500 try the Asia’s longest zipline. DAHILAYAN ADVENTURE PARK boasts of two 840m Ziplines with a drop of 100m. Zipriders are transported via 4wd Safari Cruiser to launch tower at 4500 ft above sea level. Zoom through the rainforest canopy at 60-80 kph to land at Carrier-type flight deck using a special arresting gear system. It’s guaranteed safe so it’s a worry free adventure!
  • They also have the ROPES COURSE for only PHP200. Build your confidence level and learn teamwork at Tower of Power Rope Course, a 12-stage High and Low Wire obstacle courses complete with Multisided Rockwall.
  •  There are three more attractions being developed in the park. These are WINCH BOARDING, ROCK WALL CLIMBING, and DROP ZONE. Be thrilled and excited for the new attractions they are developing.

Dahilayan Adventure Park has everything you needed from nature tripping, outdoor adventures and not to mention their one of a kind Pine Grove Lodge. This is the place to go when you’re tired of trying all the adventures they have. Pine Grove Mountain Lodge has nine room ski chalet inspired Manor which has a very warm and relaxing view of Mt. Kitanglad. This place will take you into a county like place in the U.S.A. The ambience is more like a western side since pines just surround the place exquisitely.

The DAHILAYAN ADVENTURE PARK will not just let you marvel in their park. They also offer GreatZip adventure tours. These tours will not only let you try the thrilling adventures but this tour will also allow you to see the wonders of Bukidnon’s finest!



Tour packages are as follows:

Asia’s longest zipline:
Dahilayan Adventure park


-->ZIPLINING or RAFTING (1,200/pax)
  • Transportation back & forth Cagayan de Oro/Brgy. Dahilayan or City Proper/Rafting Site
  • Lunch & afternoon snacks
  • For Zipline: All rides (320m + 150m + 840m), minimum: 10 persons
  • For Rafting: Advance Rafting (21 rapids), minimum: 6 persons
-->1699/pax (minimum of 10)
  •  Transportation back & forth CDO/Brgy. Dahilayan & City Proper/Rafting Area
  • All rides zipline (320m + 150m + 840m)
  • Lunch & snacks (during rafting) and snacks (during zipline)
  • 14 rapids Water Rafting

-->1999/ pax (minimum of 10)
  • Transportation back & forth CDO/Brgy. Dahilayan & City Proper/Rafting Area
  • All rides zipline (320m + 150m + 840m)
  • Lunch & snacks (during rafting), and lunch & snacks (during zipline)
  • 21 rapids Water Rafting
  • Additional P250/head should you wish to try the Zorb Ball at Forest Park

Get the thrill of your life and visit Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon! My visit in Dahilayan is a memory to keep. The whole place is more than just an adventure park; this is a place to go for a quality time with your family or loved one. The whole place is soothing for all sorts of relaxation.

You can visit their website here for inquiries and booking :)

6/8/12

Where to Eat in Butuan City: Cafe Caliente

In the outskirts of Butuan is Café Caliente a very nice place to chill. It has been getting a lot of good reviews from people about the superb food and nice ambiance. Café Caliente Has an assortment of comfort foods from sandwiches to pastas to traditional Filipino meals like sisig. With the opening of its 4 KTV rooms, Café Caliente has been synonymous to Butuan’s definition of good clean family and barkada fun with privacy for mini parties. The song selection boasts a huge library of songs possibly the most up to date equipment in the region. Or you could also rent the mini disco room for exclusive private parties not too big to hold large crowds but enough to enjoy the company of intimate friends.





Pastas
Looking for the best pasta’s in Butuan? Café caliente is the best place for pastas, generous servings and very delicious. Try this creamy pesto pasta with chicken strips or the pasta ala pirata which is a combination of ragu and seafood.  


Pesto Chicken Pasta

Pasta a la Pirata (Seafood Pasta)


Refreshments
Refreshing drinks are also the forte of Café Caliente take this blackforest frappucino for instance. Premium quality coffee from Java Indonesia meticulously created for both the discriminating eye and palette.
strawberry jelly
strawberry jelly




Wines,  Liquors, Beers
Café Caliente’s Library of wines and liquors is among the best in Butuan both imported and local you will have lots of options to choose from.

Sandwiches
Sandwiches are supposedly quick foods but in Café Caliente, the quality is better ensured. Compare the sandwiches here from different establishment’s price wise and quality wise and you’ll see and taste what we are talking about.
Fish - Fillet Sandwhich
Clubhouse Sandwhich


Hot Coffee
Café Caliente also offers hot coffee carefully blended to bring out the best of flavors premium coffee beans grown from neighboring towns. Export quality coffee beans are used in making these warm comforting beverages.


Cafe Mocha
Cafe Caliente is located at South Montilla Blvd., (in front of Rainbow of Angels Learning Center).,Butuan City. For reservation and inquiries you may contact them at (085) 342 7496.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Caliente/124656305451

all photos are owned by Dani Beltran - the official photographer of Cafe Caliente

Gumasa Beach Resorts in Glan, Sarangani Province

Feeling like Boracay is way too crowded for you to have a fun and relaxing summer? Well, here’s a safe haven for all of you, the Gumasa Beach Resorts.  It is located down south of Philippines,  which houses one of the Philippines finest beach treasure with white powder like sand that embeds crystal clear waters is Gumasa Beach Resorts. The known little Boracay of the South is one of the finest beach destinations nowadays. 

Gumasa beach resorts
Gumasa Beach Resorts - Little Bora in Southern Mindanao photo by: Sarangani Province

Gumasa is not a well-known tourist destination, but if you come over and see for yourself its’ wonderful seascape and alluring surroundings you will surely spread the news. This is a must visit summer destination for beach lovers especially now that the government is planning for a hype and one of the grandest beach festival in the Philippines. Go to your nearest ticketing outlet now and book a flight down south and head on to Glan Saranggani to experience the Saranggani Bay festival.

Discover Gumasa’s unmolested beauty and be mesmerized by its magnificent scenery. 
Gumasa, Glan, Sarangani Province photo by Cocoy Sexcion
There are a number of beach resorts worth your visit in Gumasa. They will meet your vacation needs depending on your budget and wants. Here are some of the known beach resorts within the area.

Brod Louie Beach Resort

Brod Louie Beach Resort offers a good treat for all kinds of visitors. They have the amenities that will surely meet the needs of all ages. The resort will serve as a temporary home for all who visits Gumasa. The resort was beautiful with green grass, flowers, flowering shrubs and very soft lighting at night. The atmosphere of the property was romantic, party-friendly, entertaining and comfortable all at the same time. The resort has also one of the most hospitable staff, they are happy to serve all the guests. Room rates here for an overnight stay is friendly and reasonable. They have air-conditioned rest house and open family cottages. Plus they have an air-conditioned dormitory for mass number of guests. All of their room rates range from PHP 500 – 4700 only.

The main attraction in the resort is the white sand beach. The clear water, the soft sand, and the shallow water with little wave action will surely tease you to play and look for starfish, which were plentiful and varied in color. At low tide you will be able to walk through the great stone formations to the west of the resort. Romantic and adventuresome with so much natural beauty made some of these secluded spot breathtaking.

Other resort facilities are VideoK, Kayaking, Snorkeling, kid’s swimming pool and Spa. These all comes in a very reasonable and friendly rate.



Davak Ridge Beach Resort
Davak Ridge Beach resort is another resort found in Gumasa. It’s around 45 mins. Ride from General Santos City. The resort is richly blessed with powdery soft white sand that everyone else would want to walk along its shore barefoot.  The resort is quite mountainous that’s why it gives the entire guest a bird’s view of the wide seascape.

Cottages rates are from 300-2500 depending on your preference. They have 3 closed cottages equipped with air-condition, refrigerator, water dispenser, tv, 2 big beds and a clean restroom. Well this room is good enough if you have enough budgets for a luxurious overnight stay in the resort. If you have no enough money to pay for a comfortable overnight stay, you also pitch in your tent or rent a tent from the resort for a very cheap price.


 
White Haven Beach Resort
White Haven Beach Resort

    White Haven Resort

The resort is one of the first ones in Gumasa. They have open cottages for day tourists and air-conditioned or fan rooms with toilet and bath for those who want to spend a night here. Room rates are from PHP500-4900. However, you can pitch in your tent to their white (indeed) and powdery like sand if you wish to have a cheaper expense.  Each cottage comes
with  an individual grill so you can cook foods without hassle. If you weren’t able to bring food,don’t worry they have a restaurant inside the resort to cater your tummies desire.This resort is for all ages, what you’ll love about this strip of beach is the fact that moms can just leave their kids enjoying the sand along the shores since there’s only small instance that sudden trench in the ocean will happen. Waves here are friendly but just to secure your kids, let them wear a life vest for the security.


When it’s low tide in white haven you can walk the stretch of the beach and head to the mini caves in the coral cliff at the end of the resort. It looks almost the same as that of “bikini bottom” Spongebob lives. It’s a perfect place for picture taking.

White Haven Beach Resort is located right after Davak Beach Resort.


Rosal Beach Resort

This beach resort is one of the best white sand beaches scattered all over the province.  It is situated between White Haven and Coco Beach Resort.

Compared to other beach resorts in the Philippines, the accommodation in Rosal is much affordable.  It offers rooms with a functioning bathroom and good air conditioning. There are open – air cottages, space for tents and children’s playground. Room rates are from PHP600-5500.

There is a wide variety of options where one can break the stillness of the resort. One is to indulge in the beauty of the place by simply taking a walk in the fine white sand while having a conversation with new acquaintances or friends.  Another way is to hang out with the beach while sipping refreshing drinks. For guests who love water sports, Rosal offers facilities such as kayaks, skim boards, and volleyball for rent. Take note, you can also experience jet skiing, just request it from the management.

Whether you are an adventurous tourist or someone looking for a laid back retreat, Rosal Beach Resort is a great destination on indulging your dream escapade.

Coco Beach Resort


 
Coco Beach Resort takes pride of their beach plus the powdery white sand as the highlight plus the crystal clear seawaters.  However, these are only the beginning when considering the advantage of indulging moments with this beach resort.

Coco Beach Resort is accessible to other neighboring resorts. This easy access means you can spend many activities such as walking in the shoreline, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Another amazing thing to behold in Coco Beach Resort, it is the sunset view along the shoreline.  It is one of the simple offerings of nature to thank for.

Coco Beach Resort is a good venue for any special occasion that you’re celebrating, especially special bonding moments with family and friends.  Though it does not offer ample facilities, but it has the basic amenities that you needed most.  It has rooms and cottages, a small store wherein you can order for meals.  Not to mention that the owners and staff are really friendly and accommodating with their guests.

Open cottages and room rates are from PHP500-4500.


Make Sand Castles in White Haven Beach Resort ^_^

Isla Jardin del Mar Beach Resort

Isla Jardin del Mar is located at Gumasa, Sarangani Province. Hour rides from General Santos City, this resort have a powerful view to ease your stress and kick off your problem in awhile.

If you’re looking for cheap but give you quality views and services you want to experience you may go to this beautiful beach in Saranagani.

They have awesome cottages in low price. Entrance fee is very affordable. Open cottage and room rates are from PHP300-2500.

The Isla Jardin del Mar Weekdays Escapade Promo is valid only from Mondays to Thursdays.   They have separate packages for Day Tours and Overnight Stays  plus separate fees for their Open and Close Cottages


Gumasa Saranggani is packed with numerous and dazzling beach resorts that will meet all of your vacation and unwinding needs. See for yourself these hidden treasures of the South!

6/1/12

The Review: Pensoy's Grill - Eat's Now Serving grEAT Food


A popular  restaurant reopened with a new name, new look, new menu and new chef. 


At Pensoy's Grills, the new rule is.... "EAT's the food, EAT'S the music, EAT's the PLACE...Eat's Now Serving grEAT Food."  This is an internal  part of Mr. Big Shot, and was known as Six Blings before (though far different as old). Thomas Bebot Haw, founder of Haw's of LechonniMangThomas, and his partner are the forces behind the Pensoy's Grill.

Eat's the Place

The place comes with a smart look of new lightning and other touches. More important, the owners really overhauled the place.When you look around you can see crocodile remains near the stage, heads, bones and tail of biggest tuna on the wall and skeleton of the ostrich. 

One of shoebox-shaped function rooms - Six Blings blossomed into a nice setting wherein some frames of popular athletes who once made a success in sports are featured like Paeng Nepumocimo, Micheal Schumacher - German Formula One driver for Mercedes team and seven-time World Champion, Micheal Jordan, Manny Pacquiao and many more.  Badminton rackets, bicycle and other sports gears are hanging nicely on the ceiling. 

Another function room called Karagatan, has covered of glass and bamboo walls with a cartoonish tuna fish in bright colors hanging behind the buffet table. A skinny long table runs down the middle while  paintings hugging the wall. 


Karagatan Function Hall - it can accommodate  50 - 80 people

Eat's the Food

In Gensan, you can hardly even find a restaurant that served ostrich and crocodiles in one place. The Pensoy's Grill seems to handle the challenge well, though ostrich and crocodile are least impressive animals for me, but once cooked they are fine, I mean they are generally great to eat. 


With their new menu, the choices are endless, highlights to include are the ostrich steak, galante ostrich burger and crocolicacies such as crocosisig, crocostrich, crocochile and a lot more.  Thanks to a food enthusiast partner Moppet who also works as a Food Planning and Standards Specialist for PAL and part of her work is to check the dishes served for both the MCL and Economy passengers.  So before you plunge right in the resto, just know what you want, or else you might be missing the specials, as a full-sheet list of the menu might excite you a lot.  

Welcome to Food Nirvana!!!
SayangDilikaGuaPo - Pasayan, Dilis Guava and Pomelo (P120)


Ostrich Molu Soup (P140)
If you have to ask me, I stick with their specialties and what's most unusual. This includes the Ostrich Steak with super yummy sauce. The Ostrich Molu Soup (P140), and the SayangDilikaGuaPo (P120) - the most creative (controversial) name. Hmpf!!! Buti nalang masarap ka. :))  SayangDilikaGuaPo consists of Pasayan (Shrimp) Dilis, Guava, and Pomelo.


But wait- the menu is not all ostrich and crocolicacies, all the time. They offer sumptuous cuisines like Molu Soup, Cream Dowry Fish Fillet, Buffalo Wings (P240), Kare - Kare (P240), Crispy Pata (P380) - where meat are golden brown and crunchy. And oh, their Condoleezza Rice (P180) is kind of perfect too.



Service is a big plus, fast on the uptake, waiters are cordial. At the end of the meal, music and drinks awaits for you. 

Eat's the Music

Pensoy's Grill is wide awake every night as live band is new addition to the scene. Stop in for a night and enjoy their double chilled beer. 

Double Chilled Beer



The location: NCCC compound national highway, 9500 General Santos City, Philippines
Details: Open from Monday to Saturday  3pm. to 12am. Parking lot is not a problem.
For reservation: Contact Pensoy's Grill at 0922 803 1961.