Happy Tummies at Sito’s Grill

Sito's Grill Bar and Restaurant Ecoland Davao City Philippines
Craving for some crispy-licious hito or mouth watering hito (catfish) delicacies that melts in your mouth? Or you want to satiate your growling tummy with gastronomic sinugba or grilled dishes that you want to devour? If so, then come to one of the newest sinugba restaurant here in the heart of Davao, =&0=&. Sito’s B and R opened in the public last October 2012. Luckily, this day was my first time to have a taste with their grilled delicacies. The restaurant is located along Sandawa Avenue Plaza, Quimpo Boulevard, Davao City. Scanning the whole place, it reminds me of one of the restaurants here in Davao, the Harana because of the playground that not only the kids will enjoy but as well those “feeling” kids at heart. The restaurant offers diners and food trippers varied grilled dishes from seafoods to pork, chicken, etc. Apart from the open area, they also have air conditioned rooms located at the second floor. What makes it different also, Sito’s is a drive-thru restaurant. That’s why, it’s readily accessible for those who wants their food to go. Prices of the food there are very  much affordable, starting at 75 pesos and all of it are served with unlimited rice! They also serve short orders, snacks, desserts, etc.
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Spiritual Reflection: Visita Iglesia 2013

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Visita Iglesia: Pray and Reflect

Holy Week is celebrated worldwide and here in the Philippines, Filipinos’ traditionally celebrate it by doing Visita Iglesia otherwise known as church visits. The Visita Iglesia is a Lenten tradition of visiting 7 churches or religious sites and is usually observed during Maundy Thursday. The significance of visiting these places may originate from various associations:

  1. Jesus Christ’s 7 scripture passages during his arrest and trial.
  2. The 7 Last Words of Jesus Christ.
  3. His 7 Holy wounds (5 wounds plus the scourge marks and his broken left shoulder).
  4. The first Christian Holy sites in Israel.
  5. 7 Deacons of the 12 apostles.
  6. The 7 ancient basilicas in Rome.
Last Holy Week, me and my two friends Anne and Romel visited 12 churches here in the heart of Metro Davao (original planned 14 because we associated it with the 14 stations of the Cross). This was also my second time to do it (2009: waiting for the NLE board results). So, below are the 12 beautiful churches here in Davao that we visited.

STA. ANA CHURCH: J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City

2. OUR LADY OF FATIMA read more

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Backpackers: Escape to Dahilayan Part 2

Adrenaline Rush: We wanna have Fun. Scream. Shout and Let it all Out!

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WORTH SPENDING ACTIVITIES 🙂 And as I quote a saying from somewhere…out there… “We do not pay for the ride. We pay for the EXPERIENCE.”

So…! I know you are itching to read the part 2 of our Day 2 fun adventure at Dahilayan Adventure Forest Park…and thank you very much for waiting. Here’s the continuation of our 2 days escapade at one of the pride tourist spot here in the Philippines. 🙂

Day 2: Fun Activities on a Chilly, Breezy Day
We woke up the next day earlier than expected…of course, despite of the “bed” weather, it did not spoil our excitement again to go around the place and have an early morning walk or jogging. Some of us were even awake by 4:00 am. We roamed the place and then took pictures at the playground, the cafeteria and everywhere. Thereafter, we had our breakfast.
Slip and Slide Our first activity on that day was to go slip and slide. And since I did not bring much clothes, oh as well as the others ( special mention: Romel, Anne and Khalile and also Mr. manong driver 🙂 *peace* ) we just sat and stayed at the “bahay kubo” nearby. Some of our friends are already itching to take the plunge, slip and slide in the big blue tarpaulin laid out in slope.

The weather was chilly and there’s drizzles, but of course nobody can stop anyone to have some fun time.  Since some of us wasn’t able to join getting wet, we decided to take a stroll and took pictures. Everyone unleashed the kids in us. read more

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Backpackers: Escape to Dahilayan Part 1

Breaking Free: A Nature Trip to Dahilayan Adventure Park

Dahilayan Adventure Park

One of the things that I enjoy most when it comes to breaking free from work or at least want to indulge more of my “ME TIME” was to go on a trip (aside from reading books, watching movies/series, paint/sketch and get bored and do nothing =&0=&). Going on a nature trip and feast my eyes on scenic views gives me wonderful feelings. Seeing such enthralling beauties captivates my attention and relaxes my mind, body and soul. That is why, one week has passed (AT LAST! I finally blogged it =&1=&) and still the memories of visiting one breathtaking place is fresh. Well, without further ado, this is my story about my nature adventure at Dahilayan Adventure Park. I’ve always wanted to go to Dahilayan, Bukidnon because of the amazing and fun stories that I heard from my friends. Another reason also why it’s one of the places I want to visit is because of its extreme rides (hell yeah! Because going extremes and trying out adrenaline pumping undertakings is one of the bucket-lists I want to conquer!  ) And luckily, this time, thanks to one of my friends and workmate, Jhong, invited me to come with her and together with friends.=&3=& =&4=&
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Summer on Valentines: Seagull White Sand Beach Resort

Let’s go to the beach-each let’s go getaway!


Yesterday was Valentine’s day and for me, I celebrated it with great fun with my dearly beloved friends. This is the perk of being single and unattached…hahaha you bet but I definitely enjoyed having fun with my friends anytime and anywhere. So, for Valentine’s day, we decided to celebrate it, well not much big though and we agreed to have fun at the beach. Beach is not my kind of place though because I don’t know how to swim but then I still get to enjoy being sun-kissed. Me and my girl friend and boy friend decided to take a plunge in one of the most beautiful beaches here in Davao- =&0=&. seagullwhitesandbeachresort_davao blueskies captured at seagull The last time I visited this place was 4 years ago during our graduation after party and get together with my college classmates. The place was not yet developed at that time unlike today and as said by my friend that it looks like a mini Boracay. I haven’t got good pictures though but here are photos that I searched in Google and from their albums (Credits to the photographer):
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A Hawaiian Tiki Party: Photo from Seagull Beach Resort Album
Photo from Seagull Beach Resort Album
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Photo from Seagull Beach Resort Album
Seagull White Sand Beach Resort
The place was indeed beautiful and when I posted photos the next day, some of my friends asked if I have gone to Samal, which is also a popular beach destination. I said no and I enjoyed my relaxing “advanced” summer lovin’ at one of the city’s beaches. I also think that Seagull Davao is the only beach here in the metro that has white sand apart from the other city resorts here. It is located at Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya and if you opt to go here it would only take you about 15-30 minutes travel. In fact, it was once voted as one of the Top 5 Beaches in Davao. Like any other beaches, it also offers cool recreational activities such as scuba diving, jet skiing, boating, paddling and slide drops directly into the clear blue waters. It has a lot of pavilions, umbrella cottages and facilities that is good for any small or big occasions.  Here, we included the resort’s leaflets for everybody’s information. For more information, just make sure you contact the resort because rates in accommodation are subject to change. Seagull Davao White Sand Resort =&1=& =&2=& =&3=& Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya, Davao City =&4=& Door 2, Braveheart Building McArthur Highway, Davao City Fronting Matina Petron or old ABS-CBN Station Telephone Number: (082) 298-5990 Mondays – Saturdays, 8AM to 5PM Email Address: davaoseagullresorts@gmail.com
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Backpackers: Philippine Eagle Center Trip

Philippine Eagle Center Facility I started my 2013 with a nature getaway with my friends in one of Davao’s tourist attraction, the Philippine Eagle Center. I decided to go here because I needed a break from work and ofcourse a de-stressing activity from being busy with my post-grad school. Hence, I invited my friends to join me in this nature getaway. Philippine Eagle Center is located at Malagos District, Davao City. Going there from the city proper will take about an hour and 30 minutes (if there’s no heavy traffic). You can either go by taxi, a public utility vehicle or a private van. There are also buses available to get you to the place. Bus transport going to Calinan can depart every 15 minutes from the terminal located at Bankerohan, Quirino. Fare is about 30 pesos. From Calinan, you can ride a tricycle going to the center. The eco-park center houses different kinds of animal species as well breeds of Eagles which are mostly found in the country. The center also is a conservation breeding facility of the Philippine Eagle Foundation. Moreover, the place welcomes locals and tourist who are interested to educate themselves about the diverse wildlife creatures aside from relaxing and being one with nature.

philippineeaglecenterpark Before entering the park, visitors will pay for an entrance fee collected by Davao City Water District; 5 pesos for adults and 3 pesos for the kids. Just before the main gate to the park, like any other local tourist spot, people can see a line up of souvenir stands selling native crafts and goods. Tourist can buy items as pasalubongs at very affordable prices. Entering the main park and facility, another fee will be paid, 50 pesos for adults and 30 pesos for children and this is for the conservation and maintenance of the site and execution of programs. The park is vast and the temperature there was cool because it was mainly surrounded with huge trees and greeneries. Indeed, I can definitely say that going there relaxes our mind and made us to enjoy the beauty of mother nature. Furthermore, PEC park is good for family or barkada picnic. Me and my friends had fun touring around the area. There we met =&0=&, the famous Philippine eagle to have been bred in captivity. And just recently, it was announced in the news that an eagle chick was hatched and Pagasa has now become a father. The said eaglet was the offspring of Pagasa and Kalinawan. It has been a long time since I’ve visited the place. Hence, this was my second time to visit the park and I can conclude that it was all worth spending. Even my friends who are first-timers to visit the place said that they enjoyed the trip and they were hoping for more. Anyhow, we did not even spent too much aside from the entrance fees we paid.
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