Island Hopping at Samal

Island Hopping at Samal

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

Island Garden City of Samal, also known as IGaCoS, is just a 30-minute to an hour boat ride from its neighboring city- Davao. This is the number one destination if you want to enjoy white sand and crystal clear water. It is well known for its resorts, falls and caves. The best thing about this is that it's not that pricey to go there.

It was a bright Saturday (March 4) when we went to Talicud Island, Samal and experienced an island hopping. Together with Wayph, we explored the wonders of this marvelous island. Though this place is just an hour away from where I live, I could say that I haven't explored the whole island before. This was actually my first time to do it. I've been so some resorts but most of them is facing Davao port where the water is kind of greasy. Island hopping means going around the island and that makes the trip exciting!

Talicud island is a perfect getaway since it is located far from the port (where the water is usually greasy from oil). On our way there, life vests were provided to ensure the safety of the passengers. If you want to go snorkeling, snorkels are available at P 150 for the whole day. I advise trying it out.  I just brought myself and my camera. Mind you this island is Instagram-worthy.

Departure to Samal (8:30 am)
Coral Garden
Isla Reta 2
Wishing Island
Davao Bound (5:00 pm)

How did I get in there:
From the Davao city proper, I went to Sta Ana Wharf, which is just located next to Magsaysay Park. When you reach the place, lots of boats are ready to be rented. You can also contact Wayph for a hassle-free and affordable trip. Wayph also offers tour packages to Palawan, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu and lot more. 

This is where you can see the simplicity of life. This island is far from the noises and traffic in the city. Nature at its finest! Most of the people living here has simple houses and are fishermen. I wonder how it is like when you are greeted by the ocean's breeze in the morning.

Fishing as the main livelihood.

Pearl Farm Beach Resort.

Lunch were also served during the trip (depending on the type of package that you avail). We ate at the boat while enjoying the ocean view and cold breeze. Food tastes generally better when you are at the ocean.

The best part of the trip is when I finally jumped to the water. I don't know how to swim though, thanks for the life vest that keeps me floating. The water is really refreshing and cold. The waves are generally huge and the sand at the shore is tricky. You need to be extra careful because it may be deeper than it seems.

I was mesmerized with this island. This getaway has made me appreciate my city and its neighboring places. Our country has lots of world-class beautiful places to offer. Can't wait to try this again!

Truly, it is more fun in the Philippines.

Salty skin, Crystal clear water, Fresh air & Majestic view = Life

A Mandatory Selfie!


Sarah Geronimo's The Great Unknown Live in Davao

Sarah Geronimo's The Great Unknown Live in Davao

Sarah's powerful voice has caught my attention back then. As a child, I always look up to her as an artist. It just amazes me how she became successful with her chosen career path. The fact that she will be having another concert in Davao is really mind blowing! 

Catch Sarah Geronimo at SMX Convention, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City this 3rd of March 2017, with Hale as the special guest. Sarah Geronimo "The Great Unknown Live" in Davao is brought to you by EKG Productions. For more details, call EKG Productions at 09167495883.

Tickets are available at: 
SM Lanang Premier, Ground Floor booth (Beside Marks and Spencer)
Wiltelcom (Gaisano Mall, Abreeza Ayala, Nccc Branches)
JavaJive Bajada
Sharana Hotel, Ecoland
Phoenix Gas Station (Maa and Matina)

VIP - Php3,600 (reserved seating)
VIP - Php2,750 (free seating)
Gold - Php1,690 (free seating)
Silver - Php 998 (free seating)
GA - Php630 (as of time of writing, these seats are sold out)

On top of that, Davao Digital Influencers, Inc. has an ongoing Share and Win contest at Facebook, where Gold tickets for the event will be given away! Just follow the mechanics here. Last day of posting will be on March 2, 2017, 12:00 NN. Entries submitted after the cutoff will not be considered.

Grab the chance! Its now or never. See you there!


Laboratoire Cafe Davao / A review

Laboratoire Cafe Davao / A review

My friends and I visited this new shop in town which is called Laboratoire Cafe. From the name itself, it is inspired by laboratory wares and laboratory feels. It makes me feel like I'm back to my laboratory again!

This is how the place looks like...

Even though the place is quite small, I still like the interior design. There is also a table of elements framed on the right side, which reminds of the days that I was struggling in memorizing it. Wooden was used for the interior which were painted white and brown. The colors are light and calm.

They also offer cakes, frappes and hot drinks.

Hot drink with syringe consists syrup

They even used test tube rack and tripod for the centerpiece.

Liquid nitrogen

The experience would not be completed without the liquid nitrogen! Thumbs up for this!

Will I return? Yes definitely!

Laboratoire Cafe 
Guzman Street, SPH Medical Arts Building


Jose Mari L. Yupangco of Yamaha to promote the Philippines at Asia Leaders Forum in Real Estate this March 2017

Jose Mari L. Yupangco of Yamaha to promote the Philippines at Asia Leaders Forum in Real Estate this March 2017

On March 30, 2017 from 10AM to 3PM, another Asia Leaders Forum in Real Estate will be launched in Davao this time with the collaboration between Yupangco Electronics Corporation (Distributor of Yamaha Sound and Audio Technology) headed by Jose Mari L. Yupangco and TAG Media and Public Relations headed by Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas. 

Just last month, January 31, 2017 at Misono Japanese Restaurant in Makati, the first of its series for this year under Asia Leaders Forum has been launched with speakers that includes Dr. Elton Tan of E-Hotels, Robert L. Yupangco of Zoomanity Group, Engr. Ben Co of BSC Construction, Mario Berta of Flyspaces, Congressman Prospero "Butch" Pichay of Surigao Del Sur, Koo Kwan Kon of Global Morning City Development among others. Attended also by representatives from SMDC, ProFriends, DMCI, DibZ and Megaworld. 

The subject matter experts are trail blazers in their fields. Participation at Asia Leaders Forum will give you the competitive edge you need to beat the myriad of other real estate participants chasing deals. These experts will share with you their strategies. 

For this year of ASEAN 50th Anniversary and the chairmanship of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, all eyes are focus to the Philippines as the hosting country, it's time to showcase the skills of the Filipinos and the Philippines products and services. Asia Leaders Forum is just one way to promote the backbone of any organizations and our world class infrastructures and talents. 

The objective of the forum is to promote the Philippines as the premier business hub in Asia and to share to participants the updates with regards to the real estate landscapes in the Philippines & beyond, technology & digital marketing and the government mandates and initiatives to improve the real estate sector in the country. 

For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 09166299381.

The Sunday Currently | VOL 02

The Sunday Currently  | VOL 02

Hurray! I'm on my The Sunday Currently Volume 02! I am currently...

F E E L I N G  happy and tired because it was such a long day with my closest friends in high school. We met at the mall and ended up watching movie at her boarding house (take note: the landlady didn't knew that I visited). A moment later, a friend of ours texted and met us. We ended up strolling! Such perks if you have a friend with a car- free ride. Road trip to wherever, singing together while travelling and unlimited laughs.
L I S T E N I N G  to Bye Bye by Mariak Carey. The music while we were travelling were somewhat old songs which includes famous songs back in high school. Being with them while listening to this music makes me reminisce. 
W E A R I N G  my old orange shirt and checkered shorts.
A P P R E C I A T I N G  people who make time for me when I have nothing to give but my presence
C O N S I D E R I N G  to study for my upcoming exam. I was just considering though lol.
R E A L I Z I N G  that I'm still the same person as last Sunday (see The Sunday Currently Vol. 01). Most of the items I have written last time was still the same as of now, nothing much has changed. Is this a bad thing?
L O V I N G  my dog named Marco. He is a half Labrador/Pit bull. I'm loving him more each day!

Marco on his second month

It was a long day indeed! How about you guys? How is your The Sunday Currently? 

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