Canyoneering AdvenTour

Canyoneering AdvenTour

Davao del Norte is rich in natural resources like caves, mountains and waterfalls. They are home of some endangered species of plants and animals. One of its municipalities, Kapalong, is now gaining recognition because of its beauty and richness of resources not found in other municipalities.

With this, the Municipal Government of Kapalong made use of its resources by making it an eco-tourism attraction. It will make people experience climb mountains, see exotic species of plants and animals, enter caves or appreciate the beauty of waterfalls and many others.

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Last February 7, we went on a canyoneering adventure with my friends together with the staff of Municipal Tourism Office, DSPECS (Davao Speleological Conservation Society) and KARES (Kapalong Rescue and Emergency Service). My friends and I explored the Tugtugonan Falls and experienced our first canyoneering adventure.

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The falls is 150 feet, and it is situated 128 meters above sea level. Although the travel to Barangay Gupitan takes 45 minutes from the town proper and the trekking is far, we enjoyed every step and were excited to reach the falls.

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Of course, we volunteered first to try canyoneering and the experience was unforgettable! It was hard to climb and reach the top, but once you get there and ready to rappel, mixed feelings were felt. I was nervous, scared, excited, happy. But one thing is for sure, when I got down, it was so fulfilling! Another adventure off my bucket list.

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What’s nice with our gears was that everything is from Petzl. It is a brand trusted for its caving and other outdoor equipment. We were truly safe with what we used. It was worth the 550 pesos fee.

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It was such a nice experience and we hope to experience more of Kapalong. We plan to have caving soon.

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For more information about Kapalong Adventour, you can contact Kapalong Tourism on their Facebook page.

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Kids Church Teachers’ Summit 2015

Kids Church Teachers’ Summit 2015

I was so surprised when our pastor told us that me and Jules are going to attend the Teachers’ Summit 2015 in Laguna. It was my first time to travel with my husband outside Mindanao. I was so excited and prayed to God that it will be a successful activity. We booked our tickets and went to Manila one day before the event to roam around, and even went home to Davao one day after the event to savor the moment.

When we arrived in Manila, we visited Pastor Tom who was in training for church planting. Good thing it was Wednesday and there was a service in Victory Pioneer. Eventhough we were late, we still managed to catch up and eventually enjoyed the service. Then Pastor Tom toured us around Victory Pioneer – offices, Kids Church rooms, pantry, music room, etc. We were in awe! It was so big and so nice. I know Victory Tagum will be like that in a few years from now.

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IMG_2111The next day, we went to Laguna for the Summit proper. During the registration time, we were able to meet new friends right away. We had praise and worship, lecture, games, team building and workshop.

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IMG_2188 IMG_2189We stayed in Manila for one day again and attended the Sunday service at Victory Fort. The whole travel was a really worthy experience.

IMG_2198 IMG_2199Hoping to attend the Teachers’ Summit 2016 soon. God bless us 🙂

The North Face Mountain Challenge

The North Face Mountain Challenge

Running a seven-kilometer trail is such an accomplishment for me, and having a finisher’s medal, too! It was an honor for me to be part of The North Face Mountain 7KM Trail Challenge.

Me and my husband were informed by our organizer-friend, Dax Ang and Erwin Emata, the famous Filipino Mt. Everest climber, to join this event. Since it is just in Davao City, we joined this prestigious and challenging event.

At first, it was just easy but as the trail goes on, it was hard. There were lots of obstacles – fallen branches, trees, boulders, slopes, and water that made the way slippery, but I was just going slow so as not to fall or slide. It was hard yet it was fun!

Our goal is to finish earlier so that we can get the finisher’s medal with The North Face logo printed on its sling, but we were not able to arrive to join the top 80. But then, all participants who arrived beyond that were given the medal but those with plain sling. And that’s just okay with us. I had my first medal from running and outdoor adventure! Cool. I also got the Banana Boat Sun Protection in sachet as their giveaways.

It was indeed unforgettable. Exploring the other side of Davao City – the mountainous yet residential parts of it – is quiet amazing! Davao City is really big. I am looking forward for another adventure organized by Dax and Erwin.

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Mid-Year In Bukidnon

Mid-Year In Bukidnon

I didn’t know if there is a “mid-year” evaluation because what I do know is that evaluations happen every December. When I heard the “good news” that the City Mayor’s Office will be having a mid-year evaluation at Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon, I was very excited. It will be my first time. A lot of my friends have been there and their testimonies were great. I know the place will be very nice and the experience will be unforgettable.

Of course, I was soooo right! It was a very nice place but it was very far. From Davao City to Bukidnon, from Bukidnon highway to the innermost barangay named Dahilayan, I guess we spent most of our time just sitting around and waiting to arrive.

When we were there, my friends roamed around and explored the area. It was very wide. We took pictures right away even if our baggage were not yet settled.

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DSCN4610 DSCN4612After placing our things inside the room, we began to explore.
DSCN4620 DSCN4623 DSCN4630 DSCN4636 DSCN4707DSCN4722 DSCN4723     One of the most unforgettable event that happened in Dahilayan was when I experienced the deadly ride “Drop Zone”. I cannot describe my feelings that time. We were dropped from a height of a tower. I just shouted so hard, then laugh so much because I conquered my fear.
DSCN4685 DSCN4687 DSCN4688 DSCN4695 DSCN4703Of course, our adventure will not be complete without good food so we roamed around and tried their cafes and restaurants.
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Mystery Shopper

Mystery Shopper

I signed up in Helion to become a mystery shopper. Actually, I just signed up because as I browsed the available assignments or jobs, Davao City was included in the areas for evaluation. I signed up several months ago but last Wednesday, I received an email that Marks & Spencer in SM Lanang and Abreeza Mall needs to be evaluated and I am one of the chosen applicants to do it. Of course, I agreed right away. I was so excited and nervous. It will be my first time to do this kind of job, even though I heard about it for many times already.

What is mystery shopping? Mystery shopping or a mystery consumer is a tool used externally by market research companies, watchdog organizations, or internally by companies themselves to measure quality of service, or compliance with regulation, or to gather specific information about products and services. The mystery consumer’s specific identity and purpose is generally not known by the establishment being evaluated. Mystery shoppers perform specific tasks such as purchasing a product, asking questions, registering complaints or behaving in a certain way, and then provide detailed reports or feedback about their experiences. (From Wikipedia)

So came the day. I brought Jillian along with me so that I can have an accomplice. We went first to SM Lanang and did my task. I checked and evaluated the things that need to be checked and evaluated. I bought hand wipes and peppermint spray for the non-food and chocolate bar and jelly beans for the food. In Abreeza Mall, I bought a panty for the non-food and chocolate bars for the food.

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When I arrived home, I immediately answered the questionnaires and submitted it to Helion. After an hour or two, I received an email that what I did was good and here is my score:
UntitledI am hoping to have more tasks from Helion soon. I also hope to have more assignments located in Davao Region sooner. This is such an exciting and fun adventure for me.
Water Rafting – Advanced Level

Water Rafting – Advanced Level

Last April 29 and 30, we were in Zamboanga del Norte. We took the opportunity to tour the place in just 2 days, with an overnight stay in Dakak Beach Resort, free meals, free rides in Fantasyland, roam around Dapitan and many others in just P1,199.00 per person. Of course, me and my daughter Jillian joined, together with my mother and my nephew, Justin.

We were in Cagayan de Oro City two days before the tour. We went there ahead because it will take almost one day to travel from Davao City to Cagayan de Oro City. Also, we have other plans to do on the next day.

Speaking of plans, me and Jillian went on a whitewater rafting again the day after we arrived. But we did the advanced level this time. It was more fun and more thrilling. We enjoyed it so much, although our skin did not. We had sunburn because our attire, which I totally ignored and forgot to prepare, was so inappropriate.

Next time, we will try the extreme level. I just hope Jules can join us.

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Trivia Night @ Sprockets

Trivia Night @ Sprockets

We did not expect this activity. In Sprockets Coffee + Milk Tea Cafe, very Monday night is Trivia Night. Actually, we (me and Sunshine) just went there to have some milk tea and pasta. But we were so surprised when the guy (later became the quiz master) asked us if we want to join the Trivia Quiz. Just for fun, we agreed to join. He then gave us a small white board and a marker and told us to write the name of our team. Our team name was SMASH, taken from the names of our best friends in high school: S-Special, A-Ayris, M-Meilfe, SH-Shine/Sunshine. As expected, we did not win because the questions were so difficult. But we enjoyed it so much. The food was great too. I ordered fettupasta in pesto cream, and nachos. The milk teas were so heavenly and cheap. It’s a nice place to hang out.

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