Category Archives: Things To Do

Wires for 840-meter zipline, Dahilayan Park, Bukidnon

Nature and Excitement at Dahilayan Eco Adventure Park (Bukidnon)

“Cagayan de Oro’s favorite destination.” This tagline appears in Dahilayan’s website, which we accessed when this article was posted. We’ve visited Dahilayan’s physical location before we’ve dropped by its website, and the experience (physical location before the website) is akin to watching a movie after reading the book (from which the movie is based). As the usual case, the movie hardly does justice to the book’s rich details and story. The website does not even come close to the beauty of Dahilayan Eco Adventure Park, which is a good thing. Allow us to tell you why. Continue reading

Beach and Pine Trees at Anawangin Cove, Zambales

Off the Beaten Track at Anawangin Cove (Zambales)

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? What we thought is a purely philosophical question appears to be the subject of scientific debate as well. And what we thought to be a question that we can sweep under the rug, or anchor under the sea, came to face us in a slightly different form. If there’s a place of beauty, and there’s bound to be such a place in and around the 7,000-plus islands of the Philippines, would it still be beautiful if no one is around to see and admire it? Take, for instance, the Anawangin Cove of Zambales. Continue reading

White sand of Mantigue (Magsaysay) Island, Camiguin

Mantigue Island (Magsaysay Island) of Camiguin

On travel brochures and on maps we’ve seen in Camiguin, this white beach in Camiguin is called Magsaysay Island. After visiting the island, or when talking with residents and the boatmen, we got to know this white beach as Mantigue Island. This pricked our curiosity, more than the the puzzle of having a white island beside a black, volcanic island. Continue reading

Mermaids in Boracay

When in Boracay: Be a Mermaid!

Beach, sun and sand — the perfect combination of these elements makes Boracay a world-famous beach destination. And if the beach is not enough, Boracay boasts of endless activities to occupy each precious second tourists spend on the island-paradise. Diving and parasailing are only a few of these activities, some of which you could see in our post on why we still love Boracay. But don’t you know that you can live your childhood dream of becoming a mermaid? Continue reading

The Philippines Says Thank You for Haiyan Relief

The Philippines Says Thank You

Super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) — the strongest recorded typhoon to hit land and one of the strongest typhoons in history — struck and devastated the Philippines on November 8, 2013. The Filipinos’ unbreakable spirit was bolstered by the outpouring of support from the world. There have been countless of “thank you” messages expressed, but this time, the Department of Tourism (DoT) is organizing a concerted movement. “This February 8, 2014, exactly three months after the typhoon, we want to be one in expressing our gratitude.” Share the photo through social media, check out the DoT twitter account, and register here. Update: Here’s the “thank you” video. Continue reading

Water Slide at Fontana, Clark

Water Fun at Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks (Clarkfield, Pampanga)

No two places are the same, in the same way that no place is the same in the eyes of different persons. In the world of water theme parks, our new favorite is the Imperial Palace Waterpark and Spa Cebu, basically because it’s the newest and cleanest among the waterpark lot. It’s found in Central Visayas, which means that it’s not a default option for a quickie weekend getaway for someone living in Luzon. The next option, just south of Metro Manila, is the Splash Island, with the most number of exciting water slides. But Splash Island feels like a theme park in serious search for its soul, so there’s a challenge to search for another water theme park at the other end of the metro. And so with hearts overflowing with adventure (and a tank filled with just enough gas), we found our way through the North Luzon Expressway, totally clueless of a destination. Continue reading

Creepy Crawlers section at Museo Pambata

Revisiting Museo Pambata (Manila City)

The world is confusing, no doubt about it. Sometimes we want places to stay the same. Other times we want something new in the places that we visit again. The first time we visited Museo Pambata, the kids had fun. A couple of visits to this kid-friendly establishment in Manila City, it stayed the same. That’s why we were pleasantly surprised to see new additions when we revisited the Museong Pambata over the long holy week weekend. Continue reading

Swimming pool beside the restaurant at Cocoon Boutique Hotel

Swimming Pool of Cocoon Boutique Hotel

A hotel’s swimming pool has its unique pull on certain guests. The fact that Cocoon Boutique Hotel has a pool made us decide to visit it over the long weekend. Now, there are reasons why we’re writing separately on the swimming pool of Cocoon Boutique Hotel. There are reasons why we’re writing this article ahead of the main article for this unassuming yet sophisticated hotel somewhere in the heart of Quezon City. Continue reading

Flying Fiesta at Enchanted Kingdom

Ranking the Rides of Enchanted Kingdom

It’s good to discover that the best theme park in the Philippines, Enchanted Kingdom, added new rides since the last time we went here. We also discovered that a visit to Enchanted Kingdom is more fun, at least for us, when done late in the afternoon, around 4:00 p.m., when the sun is about to set. The cooler weather makes it more fun and less energy draining. The park (located in Sta. Rosa, Laguna) closes at 9:00 p.m. so there’s enough time to go around. Continue reading

Swing fast at Disk-O-Magic in Enchanted Kingdom

Try the Disk-O-Magic of Enchanted Kingdom

Obviously to keep the theme park fresh to guests, the new and frequent visitors alike, the Enchanted Kingdom (Sta. Rosa, Laguna) brings in new rides from time to time. The last time we were here, Enchanted Kingdom welcomed the EKstreme Tower Ride. This time around, we didn’t expect to see, and so we were smiling when we saw, the spanking-new Disk-O-RamaContinue reading