DAY SEVEN (7) IT IS NOT GOODBYE GENSAN IT IS SEE YOU AGAIN! (NAWILI HA HA HA!)

SEE YOU AGAIN GENSAN! Yes, it is not goodbye, it is see you again GENSAN!  I fell in Love with the fresh Tuna in GENSAN and with the people who are full of hospitality and kindness. Ma-fe- feel mo talaga na sincere sila sa pagtulong, no ifs, no buts they simply love helping and welcoming people! 


One good example is my generous and wonderful ANGEL in GENSAN- ATE MELINDA “MELINS” BAYNOSA BETAIZAR, who, did not only open her heart, but also her home for me- a complete stranger! Saan ka makakakita ng ganun tao? I met her @ the CITY HALL, she’s the budget officer II, and she is really very very nice, a kind of person who would go the extra mile to help and accommodate even new found friends! I hope your tribe increase ate melins! Mabuhay si ate Melins!




I Love TUNA!!! Sobra!!! I had a blast @ Kiko’s Family restaurant, and @ ate Melins house! Babalik ako!!! Sa mga nagsasabing hindi safe sa Mindanao, I feel safer there than in Metro Manila! Maling mali ang akala natin lahat, safe po sa Mindanao! Kaya tara na, byahe tayo papuntang GENSAN!
PAL flew me to GENSAN & back to MANILA for only P1,240 RT




With Kuya Avel ( BARILES) and Ate Melins

Posing posing bago uwi 🙂

Eto ang tumambad sa amin sa airport BONGGA!!!!


Sa mga pupunta sa GENSAN sa SEPTEMBER 18-26, 2010 eto ang kanilang CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES

September 10, 2010, the much-awaited concert of the ASAP Sessionistas will happen at Mindanao’s largest indoor air-conditioned gymnasium, the GenSan Gym in Barangay Lagao. This is one of the city’s biggest gathering of famous performers from Manila.
  Sept 22- Search for Ginang Bariles
Sept 25 – Search for Ms. GenSan 2010
Sept 25 – Search for Mr. GenSan 2010 a new event!
Sept 26 – Gaisano Mall’s search for Munting Mutya ng GenSan 2010

  Sept 24 – Search for GenSan Band Idol 


• Pasiklaban Cheer Dance Competition on Sept 18

• Campus Radio’s Sayaw Sa Baybay-Kids Edition on Sept 21
• Search for GenSan Pop Idol Year 6 on Sept 22
• GenSan Pop Star Kids Competiion on Sept 23
• Fishdance Hip-Hop Dance Competition on Sept 24
The GTx Month is also filled with exciting sports competitions:
• Tuna Motorbike Competition
• Beach Volleyball Competition
• Robinsons’ 1st TunaBodis Body-Building Competition
• National Skim Boarding Competition
• HRM Mini-Skills Competition
• Robinsons’ Inter-Tribe Tuna Cookfest
• Bombo Radyo’s Bancarera

On its own, the FishFest sa Fishport will also have its own set of events for the fishermen on September 22nd:

• Langoy-Bugsay Marathon Challenge
• 1st Lawihan Street Dancing Competition

To enliven the GTx more, there are the parties and concerts!

• Kapamilya Caravan featuring ABS-CBN stars @ KCC on Sept 18 (new!)
• Kapuso Night featuring GMA stars @ KCC on Sept 24 (new!)
• Robinsons’ Praize Xtreme Concert on Sept 19
• Foam Parties @ East Asia Royale Hotel Arcade Parking Lot on Sept 24-25
• Robinsons’ Al Fresco Sashimi Night featuring the Best of GenSan Bands on Sept 25
• SMART Communications Concert @ Oval Plaza Stage on Sept 25
• GLOBE Telecoms Concert @ Oval Plaza Stage on Sept 26
• San Miguel Beer Concert @ the Junction on Sept 26












Culmination Day (Sept 26, 2010):


• Tuna Float Parade Competition @ 9am


• GTX Mardi-Gras Competition (Street Dancing) @ 9m
• Splash in the Sky Fireworks Display @ 7pm

And for three weeks, these attractions will be featured at the City Oval Plaza, the main activity center:

• Tinda-Tinda sa GTx (Flea Market)
• Tuna Food Plaza


• Tuna Fiesta Carnival
• Plantuna Garden Show
• San Miguel Beer Barkada Zone

Saan parte ka man ng mundo o ng PILIPINAS makibahagi na sa Bonggacious na selebrasyon ng 2010 TUNA FESTIVAL!!! TARA BYAHE TAYO SA GENSAN!!!

DAY SIX Cannery Pinyahan Festival Float Parade



We again attended the 6:30 A.M. mass @ Poor Clare Monastery after the mass, I said goodbye to Fr. Bobby, then off we went to Cannery, there we were able to catch a glimpse of last night’s Festival Queen winner.






Then we went to the Trappistine Nuns at the foot of Mt. Matutum, Polomolok, South Cotabato.


Sister Rosario is very accommodating and the Trappistine nuns like to call upon your good hearts to consider their place for your seminars, recollection, gatherings, or to just even visit them and buy their products, such as cookies, rosary, olive woods necklace from Italy, novena, mirror from Italy ( cheap @ P50 nadidikit siya sa flat surface), and a lot more! Room starts at P 450.00/ night if you are alone and as low as P 400.00/ night if you are in group. Inclusive of 5 meals: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, snacks and dinner~! You can contact her at CP# 0919-2713330. Madre po sila kay please lang wag kayo mag te text na naghahanap kayo ng textmate ha ha ha!

DAY FIVE (5) POOR CLARE MONASTERY

With our misadventure the night before and arriving @ Polomolok @ 12:30 am. I was really exhausted not only with the walking but with what I saw in Davao ( the other side of Davao- a crippled young man because of a motor accident, the story of my companions and the double flat tire we encountered, and the uncertainty of waiting in a place I am not familiar with.)

Anyway I was made to go to church by my host Tita Malou the following morning, she woke me at 5:30 A.M. and told me to get dressed for we are going to church. Half awake, I said okay. She said they’ll go ahead but Tito Boy would be coming back for me ‘coz we could not fit in the motorcycle. I dressed up after I wash my face, I don’t even have time to comb my hair, ha ha ha anyway I went with Tito Boy who said that I would like it there in the monastery.

The monastery was uphill, they have plenty of pine trees in the vicinity. The Poor Clare celebrate the Feast in honor of St. Clare every 11th of August. 

Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, Purok Vicente Fin, Brgy. Magsaysay, Polomolok, South Cotabato Tel. (083) 225-5522.
the nuns 
I will take always care of you

When I saw this words, I felt God was re-assuring me that everything will be alright. That I should not be afraid. Even if everything was so new to me.
Poor Clare
Monastery from the gate

After the mass Tita Malou, told me to just wait for Fr. Bobby ‘coz we could not fit in the motorcycle, she said they’ll just fetch me in the church @ Polomolok proper. 

Tito Boy wanted to fetch me after he bring Tita Malou to the house. But tita Malou told tito Boy that they still have to attend a very important meeting.

I waited outside the church because the assistants closed the doors of the church after the mass.

I was a bit scared for Fr. Bobby was not aware that I was waiting for him. 

And I don’t know if there are any means of transportation going downtown so I  could go ahead.

road going down
Oh no! They left me here and to think I don’t know anyone 🙁 and I think they only use horses to go downtown
 I saw a man in a horse going down.  I wanted to asked him if I could ride with him going down the hill, but I hesitated since I don’t know them and they don’t know me. So I waited and waited for Fr. Bobby to come out. 
I then went inside the monastery yard again and  saw a nun.  I ran to her side and asked her if Fr. Bobby was still inside. She told me that he was having his breakfast with the nuns.  I said okay thanks then ask her if she could tell Fr. Bobby that I would hitch for a ride downtown when he’s finish. I thanked her and I begun to walk towards the gate, she stopped me and asked me if I had my breakfast already.  I hesitated, but I am hungry already so I told her the truth that I did not even had a time to combed my hair and I’ve not eaten my breakfast yet. She instructed me to go the the nearby visiting area and wait for Fr. Bobby there than to stand by the gate under the heat of the sun.
After a few minutes I heard a voice from one of the nuns, She told me to went to a nearby window with turntable, and instructed me to turn the wood, there appeared my breakfast, wowow! 
2 eggs, pandesal, breads, marmalade and hot water with coffee sachet. Wow the most delicious breakfast ever out of the goodness of the poor clare monastery nuns!!!
My sincerest thank you to the sisters of Poor Clare Monastery in Polomolok, South Cotabato Philippines.

SAMAL ISLAND AND DAVAO CITY: Day Four in Mindanao

SAMAL ISLAND AND DAVAO CITY: Day Four in Mindanao

“It is the journey not the destination that matters.”
We went on a road trip to Davao on my fourth day in Mindanao. The Ladaran family from Polomolok fetched me at 4 o’clock in the morning from Tito Boy and Tita Malou’s house in Polomolok then we traveled by land to Davao. 
The main purpose of our Davao sojourn is to visit the son of Tito William and Tita Nelly Ladaran who had an accident a few months back. He got hit by a vehicle owned by a certain Melanie Tan of Davao City while aboard his motorcycle. Both of his legs were injured and also one of his arms. 
The driver of the vehicle at that time bought him to the hospital. They were paid a total of P150,000.  Tito William was made to sign a paper stating that it would be the total money that the owner of the vehicle would pay, no more, no less. Unless he signs the waiver his son would not be operated on. In a situation like that na gipit na nga lalo pang ginigipit, what would a poor father do? To ensure the safety of his son, he had to sign the waiver so the operation would be done. “Pikit mata kong pinirmahan ang papel para maoperahan na ang aking anak,” said Tito William. 
Anyway, the total bill at the hospital amounted to more than P180,000. He was still crippled up to this writing. He need to undergo physical theraphy but due to budget constraint they had to resort to a quack doctor in Samal Island, a certain Kapitan Bale for their son’s therapy.

After visiting their son in a Davao shanty we then went to Davao Port. In order to go to Samal Island, private cars and public utility vehicles has to avail of the roll-on roll-off (Roro) ferries in Sasa Wharf. 

It was my first time to try the roll-on, roll-off (Roro) facilities in the Philippines. ( I first tried it in Malaysia. ) The ride took only 15 minutes. 

These happy bunch became my instant family. They may not have all the riches in the world but I love how they take things lightly despite not having a tons of money.  They were always laughing.  The genuine smile and happiness was contagious.

 

They were all smiling despite the fact that we had walked for almost half an hour on a very muddy road to be able to reach Kapitan Bale’s abode.

Muddy ground 

 

Finally! After waiting for Kapitan Bale for almost half an hour at the Cabana ( Bahay Kubo). The quack doctor began treating his patients. 

 

 The healer in action.

He don’t ask for money but his patients brought coffee, sugar and bread.

Kapitan Bale’s altar.

Posterity pose with the Ladaran family at Kapitan Bale’s bahay kubo.

 

All smile again despite the illnesses they suffer.  The old woman has fungus in her lungs, the old man her husband, suffers from hypertension, rheumatism (rayuma) and gout, the little girl has sepsis and the guy had a motor accident and had stainless on his arms

While in Kapitan Bale’s place in Samal Island we tried this super cool drink. When in Samal you must try this pure cow’s milk!

 

You can buy a bottle of fresh cow’s milk for Php35 a bottle. They have different flavors such as:

  • melon
  • durian
  • mango 
  • chocolate 

 

Kapitan Bale posed like a bale. Lols 
This time around, I saw and experience the other side of Davao and Samal Island. A far cry from my first visit to Davao and Samal Island wherein I experienced and saw only the rich lifestyle of Davaoenos and its wonderful sites..

 

Walking back to the main road

 

We met a cow along the road on our way back to our service…mooooooooooo

A pose with the cow under the noon time heat

 

The little girl in our group is the one who spotted the cow first mooooooooo…

 

Finally our vehicle by the road side.

DAY THREE ( 3 ) 3rd PINYAHAN FESTIVAL, CANNERY, POLOMOLOK, SOUTH COTABATO

DAY THREE ( 3 ) 3rd PINYAHAN FESTIVAL, CANNERY, POLOMOLOK, SOUTH COTABATO

On my second night in Lake Sebu, I met at the lodge good hearted people from Polomolok, South Cotabato. Tito Boy and Tita Malou Restificar, Tito William and Tita Nelly Ladaran, Kuya Rey plus a lot more, and of course the recollection master of the group Fr. Bobby Calunsag who had just arrived from Italy, where he was assigned as a priest for more than twenty years.

 

Fr. Bobby Calunsag and Tito William Ladara

They invited me to join them for dinner and to their recollection. I don’t understand their dialect, so they spoke in TAGLISH. They made me feel important. They were genuinely kind and sincere with their invitations and really kind hearted individuals.

 

Tito William and Tita Nelly Ladaran

At 4 o’ clock the following morning, I joined Tito William and Tita Nelly Ladaran and Fr. Bobby on the way back to Polomolok, South Cotabato.

We dropped off Fr. Bobby at the church gate before we proceeded to the house of Tito William and Tita Nelly.

I took a bath then had coffee for breakfast. Then the three of us proceeded to Cannery where they dropped me off ‘coz they still have to fetch the other recollection participants back in Lake Sebu.

Alone in a town I’ve never been before, I decided to catch the activities at the Pinyahan Festival at Cannery upon my new found family’s suggestion.

The third Pinyahan Festival’s stage at Cannery

Department of Tourism Region XII signage.

One of the major sponsors of the event -DOLE PHILIPPINES.

There’s an abundance of Watermelon in Polomolok.

SMB’s Giant bottle besides the stage is so prominent. He he!

The kids had fun posing in front of this Giant SMB inflatable bottle.

Look! They’re all there! I wonder what they’re up to?

Onlookers filling up the truck cum stage. 

Curious as I am, I asked one spectator what was the event that they’re waiting for? He said they’re excited to see the Lumba Kalabaw race of Bgy. Cannery, Polomolok’s Pinyahan Festival.

There’s a lot of spectators, who came from all over Polomolok. And they do not mind the heat of the noon time sun.

The Carabao jockey waving at his fans.

 

The participants painted their carabao with paints to make them look attractive. This one is green color.


I wonder if they’re not allergic to the paint. Oh I almost forgot they are “balat kalabaw” (meaning, thicked skinned). Water buffalo is a beast of burden known as carabao in the Philippines. Carabaos are associated with farmers, being the farm animal of choice for pulling both a plow and the cart used to haul produce to the market.

Before the start of the carabao race, onlookers inspect which carabao they’re going to put their bets on.

The audience went wild when the race started. It was very entertaining! I even cheered with them!

The carabao jockeys gear up with motorcycle helmets and tennis shoes some in their slippers. I wonder if the organizer has safety standards set for the carabao jockeys.

There were moments when the carabao jockey would fell from the carabao. Everytime it happened, it really had the crowd roaring with laughter and cheers.

Bilib din ako sa mga Carabao Jockeys. They had plenty of fighting spirit. They still climbed up their carabaos to continue the race. One jockey even had to run side by side with his carabao when he found it difficult to climb back.

And there was one carabao who went wild and decided to run on his own and left the poor jockey altogether.

But what was really funny is the carabao that decided to join the crowd to watch the race.

Overall, I had fun watching the 3rd Pinyahan Festival’s Carabao Race under the heat of the noon time Polomolok sun.

Live life to the fullest!
Smile always!

DO-IT-YOURSELF HIGH-IN-THE-SKY AT LAKE SEBU, MINDANAO

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DO-IT-YOURSELF HIGH-IN-THE-SKY AT LAKE SEBU, MINDANAO

Lake Sebu, Philippines, High-in-the-Sky,Mindanao

The mountaintops of Lake Sebu provide the perfect stage for a zipping adventure. The high-thrill act is now whizzing the mountain wild of the lakeside villages of Lake Siloton and Lake Lahit in Lake Sebu, considered the summer capital of the province of South Cotabato.

I hired a habal habal (motorcycle) for P30.00 (one way) to bring me to the zip line area.The zip line only operates along the second falls up to the fifth since the first, sixth and the seventh falls are 1.2 km off the four falls. The Seven Falls is a series of river plunge along the mountain forests of Lake Sebu.

There is an entrance fee at Falls Number 2 set at P 20.00/ head. I had photo ops near the falls, then went to the zip line area but nobody was there. My habal habal driver decided to fetch the zip line crew upstairs. When he came back, he told me to wait for a little bit longer because the crew members were eating their merienda (snacks).

Then the zip line moment came! Whew! Nobody is in line. The rain has just stopped. That is why I have the zip line all to myself! Wooooot!

“You are up here in the Seven Falls,” said one of the crew members. “And we assure you that it’s going to be a unique and happy experience. No athletic ability is needed here,” he assured me.

The harness drapes around my back, chest, legs, and hooks onto the metal trolley. I asked him what the weight limit is for the harness. He said the limit is 170 kilos. So I am safe.

This is the Seven Falls Zip Line.

As I hang with the 3/4 inch cable above me along the 700-feet-deep foliage, I wanted to scream, but nothing came out of my mouth, except for ha ha ha! With my body extending forward like superman, hands slumping, hair raging in the gush of misty winds, I flew at 120 kilometers per hour toward a hardly visible spot in the distance. I saw a carpet of trees and bushes in fiery colors of green, hill-walking trails and the regal falls opened up beneath my feet with no structures to break the spell in an area inhabited by bird-monkeys, butterflies and tarsiers.
LUPAD (native dialect for flying)
For that first zip, I looked to my right side to see the mesmerizing falls, then I looked down and marveled at the wonders of nature. “Dear God, you’re truly amazing!” is all I can utter. It was an exhilarating feeling!  I can’t explain the happiness I felt.
Lake Sebu, Philippines, Zipline
 Flying high at 700 feet deep, 700 meters long zip line 
As I get to the other end, the zip slowed down and rocked to a stop, the jolly crew cheered. And asked me if I am all set to do it again at the other tower.
Lake Sebu, Philippines, Zipline Crew, Zipline Team

Lake Sebu’s zip lines provide thrills for young and old alike, as long as the riders have no fear of heights. They said you have to be intimately involved with the cable in order to achieve bliss.

At the view deck after my first zip line wala lang parang tanga lang ha ha ha! 

The first zip ride took only 38 seconds, but why rush it? The crew suggested a slower ride with an appropriate wind breaker to slow down the speed in order to better appreciate the sights. On the second zip, the ride was full of sights of more trees, falls, falls, falls and falls—the sight of the gushing falls below. It’s over, finally, in 15 seconds.

Lake Sebu, Philippines, Zipline Adventure
Zip at the second line 400 meters long, done in 15 sec.
Lake Sebu, Philippines, Zipline Adventure, Lake Sebu, Falls,
Beautiful Falls

Zip-lining is a sport that requires floating through the thick forest while linked to a network of solid wires strung between stands.

Lake Sebu, Philippines, Zipline Adventure
Combined weight of up to 170 Kilos is allowed.

In between, the zip line hits the speeds of 100 kph. The dual zip lines, one traverses 700 meters and the second, 400 meters, strung over mountains, trails and seven falls at 700-feet deep—the record-holder among zip line operators in terms of height.


The slant of descent, the length of cables and the aerodynamic form all go to the speed and length of the ride. Added amenities hang over the zip line such as the trailing, bridges, rest rooms. Now that they have laid down the foundation for zip-line touring in Lake Sebu, the provincial government is already looking to expand and enhance the experience.

Lake Sebu, Philippines, Zipline Adventure Rates

In the next months, they said they plan to open further expansions such as cable cars, a gazebo, stick insect and butterfly farms, and tarsier and bird-monkey watching in their own sanctuary as the new adventure outpost.

The twin zip line ride will cost you P250 per ride on a weekend, holidays, fiesta/ anniversaries. Entry fee to the waterfalls is P20 per person and the landowners get a 15-percent monthly share from the provincial government. They are likewise given priority for future employment.

You ought to try it too! Come visit Lake Sebu and experience the warmth and hospitality of the Tboli tribe and eat the freshest and biggest Tilapia you’ll ever see. Visit the Philippines!

Magandang GENSAN!

August 27, 2010 marked my very first visit to General Santos City in Southern Mindanao.
Inside the plane, I was nervous (yeah, Filipinos smile the nervousness away), apprehensive and jittery.
Well, I am Luzon-born, so people from Luzon could relate with me. I don’t have a hotel reservation, no specific itinerary and to top it all, I don’t know anyone from GENSAN! 
The tuna festival was moved to September 18-26. I was disgruntled, and I can’t think of anything to do in GENSAN after I learned that the Tuna Festival was moved to another date. My PAL ticket is a promo ticket which I got several months ago for P1,240 Round Trip. Promo tickets come cheap but you could not re-book or transfer them. 
So, I googled about the white beach in GenSan and found GLAN, Gumasa in Saranggani Province, where my idol Manny Pacman Pacquiao is the newly elected congressman. 
I thought to myself, here I come, I will be swimming non-stop for 7 days and my resolve to travel on a shoe string would be a thing of the past. The thought of shelling out more than P 20,000 pesos for my hotel accommodation made me shiver. 
Armed with my backpack, life vest and snorkeling gear, I was all set for GENSAN, Wish me luck~!
Meet Tita Aliza, a native of Koronadal City also known as Marbel, South Cotabato. She was my seatmate in the plane. She is a Muslim. She’s kind hearted and offered to share the taxi with me from the airport since taxis in GENSAN don’t use meter (that reminds me of Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, where taxis don’t use meter and you have to agree for the fare beforehand. I hope Mayor Darlene would do something about this).
The usual rate is P300 (airport to Gensan proper). Tita Aliza convinced me to go to Lake Sebu, instead of Glan, Gumasa in Saranggani. I readily agreed. So I changed my destination to LAKE SEBU! I was so excited and nervous at the same time! From the airplane’s window, I saw Mt. Matutum for the very first time. Yehey!
Then our plane smoothly lands at the General Santos International airport and we walked from the plane to the arrival area of Gensan airport.

After we disembarked @ GENSAN INT’L AIRPORT, we waited for our checked-in bags at the carousel. This took so long because suddenly it rained after we disembarked from the PAL plane. So, while waiting, I posed for posterity in front of the poster of the tuna festival inside the airport (see picture below).
After eternity or so it seems, our checked-in baggage finally came. We went out of the airport and saw a huge number of people waiting outside. Different mode of transportation were available pala. There are jeepneys, taxis, free shuttles of different hotels and habal habal (single motorcycle). We rode a taxi, and off we went to TOYOTA GENSAN branch, where we were supposed to pick up Tita Aliza’s vehicle, which she left a week before. Service in that particular branch is super slow, so Tita Aliza had to come back another day. So, we waited for a YELLOW BUS which, they said, was the usual mode of transport going to and from Marbel town, then a non-aircon van pulled over and tempted Tita Aliza with a lower fare. So we got in, but the van stopped and pulled over whenever the driver saw a prospective passenger. Tita Aliza decided we will disembark in POLOMOLOK, so we can transfer to a YELLOW BUS. The bus ride from Polomolok to Marbel was smooth and comfortable since the yellow bus has an aircon. Tita Aliza instructed me to ride another yellow bus from Marbel to SURALLAH town. We said our goodbyes and off I went to the terminal across from where I alighted.
I hurriedly crossed the Ped Xing ( Pedestrian Crossing, in case you are thinking it is a Chinese term, lols) towards the yellow bus terminal and looked for the SURALLAH signboard from the lines of buses @ the terminal. Inside the Bus I met Tita Sally, a retired teacher who will be visiting her mother in Surallah. With her is her 78 year old aunt. According to Tita Sally, her mother is 80 years old and will be turning 81. She even invited me to come to the birthday party the following day.
When we arrived in Surralah, they instructed me to look for a jeepney with a sign- Lake Sebu @ the terminal. Inside the jeepney bound for Lake Sebu, I met Tita Linda Weaver, she’s from T’boli tribe, and she is very accommodating. She was the one who helped me find a lodge and toured me around. We even visited her house and that of her daughter Lyn lyn.

When she showed me where to eat, Tita Linda brought with her, her granddaughter Moonie, who is so cute and bubbly. We ate fresh tilapia at a restaurant with the very picturesque Lake Sebu as a backdrop. Total lunch bill is around P250.00, inclusive of 4 servings of rice, 2 bottles of pop cola, 1 kilo of Tilapia. It rained while we were eating our late lunch, so we stayed put for a while inside the resto where Tita Linda had a concert @ the videoke machine to while the time away. After the rain we went to check inn @ the lodge ( P60.00/ head)
This is the P 60.00/ night bed in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

LAKE SEBU FLOATING RESTAURANT @ PUNTA ISLA

After checking in, we went out and toured Punta Isla. Transport cost to and from Punta Isla is P130.00 (P 10 pesos from her house to the resto, then P120 going to the inn and then to Punta Isla then back to her house where we fetched her friend whom she invited to join us in the inn for the night, and then back to the lodge.) If you are alone, I think you will spend around P30.00 for the habal habal ( I learned that habal habal fare is from P5 to P15 only.) 

VIEW FROM THE SUNSET DECK OF PUNTA ISLA
MY TAKE ON TILAPIA PHOTOGRAPHY @PUNTA ISLA, 
FRESH TILAPIA FOR SALE @ P 170/ KILO

KOTA KINABALU ADVENTURE AND A CROCODILE TAXI DRIVER

TAXI with PLATE # TXF 810 SHOULD BE AVOIDED LIKE A PLAGUE.



I arrived in Manila @ 4:30 AM my brother fetch me from the terminal and we immediately proceeded back to our town house. I catch an hour of sleep and begun surfing the net for last minute travel tips for kota kinabalu since we did not book a hotel in kk I am a bit nervous. My brother went out to run an errand ( job related) and instructed me to just take a taxi and off he went.

Catching a cab from our place is a bit challenging, but I found one. a TAXI WITH PLATE # TXF810 WHICH YOU OUGHT TO AVOID LIKE A PLAGUE. The good for nothing taxi driver took 2 hrs to reached our destination when normally it is just 30 minutes and the normal P 80 pesos bill became P 238.00 I handed him P 240 I know KARMA would eat him out. I almost missed our ride to Clark because of him. He was actually offering to take me to CLARK for 3 thousand pesos and I said NO, I am not going there via taxi he said a lot of his passengers, who reached the terminal late agreed with his rate just so they’ll be able to reach DMIA on time for their flights. Hmmm, I sense some delaying tactics here and there so he can convince you to hire his taxi. AVOID HIM AT ALL COST!

After my horrific taxi mishap, let me proceed to my wonderful Kota Kinabalu adventure, thank GOD! Our Air Asia flight went a breeze. We then met Hans from Germany he is our seatmate on the plane so we shared a taxi ( RMB 30) going to downtown Kota Kinabalu hotel ten minutes away from the airport.

We checked in @ Lai lai hotel and called up kuya Nelson for our tour around kk. His contact # +60 16 803 4277 geez Lai lai management charged me with a whooping RM  47, kaya kayo wag na kayo doon, mahal na super pa kung mag charge ng local call! E eto naman kasi si kuya Nelson ang sabi sa akin wala naman daw bayad yun kasi naka check inn naman kami sa hotel nila. Disappointed ako, sobra wrong info and wrong ang hotel dapat mag post sila sa kwarto para wag gamitin ang telepono nila!