Roadtrip 2016 – Roswell, New Mexico

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Carlsbad Caverns National Parks

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RR Spring Resort Revisited

The family and I visited RR Spring Resort during the Christmas holidays.

As usual, the trip from Davao to Maramag, Bukidnon is a treat to the senses. Despite the on-going road repairs, the cool weather and the view made up for the inconveniences brought by the bumpy ride in some places.

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Check in was at 3pm. But we arrived earlier than expected. So we proceeded to their nature park overlooking Lake Pulangi, rented a table and had a late lunch there.

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Yes, we brought our own food, specifically to have a picnic under the pine trees. More importantly, RR Spring Resort management allows their clients to bring food. Perfect for a large group who prefer to bring “baon” or cook their own food.

An hour or so later, we were informed that our cottages were ready. The hubby and I stayed in a bungalow type cottage which can accommodate 2 to 4 people. While the family stayed in a van type accommodation which can sleep 10 people. And comes with its own lawn , picnic table and dining area. For Php2,800.00 per night, we found that cheap.

And oh, the bungalow cottage comes with breakfast for 2.

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Things to do at RR Spring Resort:

A) The main attraction of this resort is their 8 swimming pools. We like to stay overnight because we prefer to use the pools early in the morning when the water’s been changed and very few people have used it yet. Day trip users don’t arrive until 10 a.m. Hence, from 5 to 9:45am , the pools are ours. Not crowded, not dirty yet. Perfect!

With my sister here. At their 3 ft deep swimming pool. Oh please, do not laugh. 🙂 In our defense, we do not know how to swim. ha ha

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The large kiddie pool.

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B) As mentioned above, picnicking at the Pine Tree Park. Why not? 🙂 It is cool. It has beautiful views. It is shaded. It is breezy. And again it is cool. 🙂 If you’re from the Philippines, then you know how humid the weather can get. So a cooler temperature is such a welcome get-away from our daily 34’c weather.

 

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As a playground too…

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Tambayan. 🙂img_9608

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C) The place is perfect for those who love photography.  Lake Pulangi is the resort’s backyard. It is to me, a very interesting subject because it has so many things to offer. Varying from the animals thriving there, the fishermen, the ever changing cloud formation that’s reflected on it, the colorful sky during sunset or sunrise, the birds, the trees….

I love lakes and this is so far the only lake that’s easy to get to in the Philippines. To me, that is.

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O di ba, parang hindi sa Pinas?! 🙂

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This picture reminds me of the lakes in Florida, where birds and other animals abound.

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D) Party with the family. It doesn’t have to be grand. With simple and ordinary food, a family dinner or breakfast becomes a great party when you are in good company. That’s the essence of a family get – away. Doing simple things. Together.

Dinner:   Marinated grilled pork chop. Grilled bangus, buttered chicken lollipop, watermelon, mangoes and pineapple. Yum!

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Breakfast:

Bacon. Hotdog. Scrambled eggs. Porkchop. Bulad bolinao and salmoniete. 🙂

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I mentioned earlier that our cottage came with free breakfast for 2 right? Here it is…

For the hubby, it came with bread. With jam and butter. Mine came with garlic rice. That’s typical Filipino breakfast – bacon and egg with fruit.

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E) Ponds.  Other than the pine tree park and the lake, they have fish ponds where one enjoys watching a school of  gold fish play.  Then a hito (catfish) and tilapia pond for fishing.

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Gentle reminder – please do not litter. I’ve seen the workers pick up soft drink bottles or cans. And other plastic wrappers. Let us be responsible travelers guys. Leave nothing but footprints please. It will be very sad if said plastic materials reach the lake. It will poison the fish and other living things thriving there. So please tell your kids , your nephews and nieces at this early stage to love our environment and protect them. How? By cleaning up and throwing away the garbage in the designated bins. You will find many of them all over the place.

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RR Spring Resort is located in Maramag, Bukidnon, Philippines.

Google map says it is 128 kms. only from Davao City. And travel time should only take 2 hours and 28 minutes. But with repair works and the bumpy roads in some areas, not to mention the winding road – give an additional 1 hour allowance to the trip.

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Road tripping is fun. So don’t worry. 🙂 There are so many things on the road that will catch your interest.

Locally known as “skylab”, this passenger motorcycle is used in the provinces to carry people from one point to another.

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Toploading. Yes, it is dangerous. But when you do not have a choice, this is most Filipinos do. Some of us, do it for fun. I can’t relate. But then again, I am lame. Sometimes. 🙂img_5086

 

For information purposes.  La Toscana can be found also in Buda. Before reaching Quezon, Bukidnon. This is an Italian restaurant which happens to be a favorite. Their food is good. So if you are hungry, try visiting this place. Coming from Davao it is on the left sideimg_5097

Look at the winding road. That’s where we just came from. 🙂

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Our highway sometimes become a drying area for cocoa seeds. he he

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And of course, stop to buy vegetables. I bought a lot of vegetables and root crops for P400.00 . At the market in Davao, that’s probably P1,000.00 already. 🙂

Okay, so if your feet are itching to go somewhere, try Bukidnon. And stay at RR Family Spring Resort.

Before I forget, sometimes there are guests who do not think. They sing at their heart’s content even late at nights. So just tell the guards about it and they will do something about it. Karaoke is allowed until 9pm only.

 

 

Lea C. Walker

 

 

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Lorelie Beach Resort

Lorelie Beach is a relatively new resort in Samal Island, Philippines. According to the staff that I talked to while we were there, they opened sometime in February of 2016. I haven’t heard of it. So it came as a surprise when I found it through agoda.com as I was searching for a beach resort in Samal.

Coming from Sasa Port, we took the Bangayan Ferry. Said trip only took 10 minutes. But prior to that, we had to wait in line for about 20 minutes. Visiting Samal Island these days can be tiring, specially over the weekend where an hour’s wait is pretty normal. It can be longer than that during holidays.

Upon reaching Babak Port, we took the Mambago B route. Check the map below for directions.

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There are signages along the way, so it is easy to find actually.

Lorelie Beach Resort is a small place. There are less than 10 rooms in a two storey building/house. So it is perfect for a family gathering. They only have about 50 meters of beach frontage. But it was more than enough for us. The place has an outdoor restaurant which serves good food. They also have a swimming pool.

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But the white sand beach looked more inviting,  so we never used their pool.

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We arrived past check in time. So our rooms were ready upon arrival. We decided to hide in our rooms while waiting for the scorching sun to fade a little. As I grow older, I noticed that I cannot stand the heat anymore.  I get burned easily too, even with sunscreen. So yes, better be safe than sorry. Hence, we started swimming around 4 in the afternoon already. In the meantime, some photo ops were in order. ha ha

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The Beach. Was not crowded. 🙂 That’s one of the good things about the place. It’s as if you own the place. We got lucky that day because there were only two groups in the resort. And they were about to leave as we started swimming. The water was clean. It was so clear we could see our feet at the bottom. I didn’t have many pictures though because the sky looked dark. But what we got was more than enough for family memories….

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The Food. We ordered Garlic Chicken. Chopsuey. Inihaw na Pork Liempo. And Bihon Guisado for dinner. All of them were good. We discussed of eating at Farmer’s V in Penaplata because we like their food there. But as it turned out, we realized that we made the right decision in ordering from their kitchen than going out.

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More Photo Ops while waiting for dinner. 🙂

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The place was so quiet during night time. I’m glad there was no videoke in the resort. And did not hear from the neighboring resorts as well. What gets to me sometimes are people from neighboring properties singing to their heart’s content late at night. It is irritating when you want to sleep already. Specially when they shout at the top of their voice and well, they cannot sing. It sounds like someone’s being killed while everybody’s listening. ha ha

We finally called it a night around 9pm.

DAY 2: 

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And when the sun finally came out , it just felt glorious. Specially with the birds chirping. What an awesome way to start the day! 🙂

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Before breakfast, we decided to take a dip again while the sun isn’t that hot yet. 🙂

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FREE BREAKFAST:

Our booking came with breakfast. It consisted of either Fried Marinated Bangus or Corned Beef with fried rice. Fresh Fruit and Juice. For P2500 to 3,000.00 /night for a family room that can accommodate 4 people, I think it is cheap considering that it came with breakfast.

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The Resort.

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Papa,  enjoying the early morning view. 🙂20161201_060307

We left the resort around 10:00 am.  Time to go to work. 🙂 Yep, I was just waiting for the hubby to arrive so we can look at some properties. As you know, he is not a beach person. So he just stayed home and met us the next day.

Thank you Lord for the opportunity to mix our work with pleasure….

And oh, would I come back here in the future? You bet, I would. Hopefully, it will still be the same as I remember it. And no loud videoke please….. 🙂

 

 

 

Lea C. Walker

 

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas!

May this season be filled with so much love and joy.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas…

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List Of Places To See In Banff National Park

My thought of this place is that when God showered natural beauty, he gave it all to Canada. Seriously!!! From glaciers to snow- capped  jagged rocky mountains, crystal clear blue lakes and waterfa…

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Road Trip 2016 – Podunk, Kentucky

Wikipedia describes Podunk as –   a term used in the United States to represent an insignificant place. While Merriam-Webster defined it as – a small, unimportant, and isolated town. An…

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Road Trip 2016 – Indiana to Mammoth Cave , Kentucky

The drive from Edinburgh , Indiana to  Cave City ,  Kentucky is a short one. It’s only about 3 hours via I-65 . We checked out early from Best Western Hotel because we went back to the nearby…

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US 2016 – Chicago To Indiana

The distance between Chicago and Indiana is just 200 miles. Driving time is about 4 hours ,  depending on the traffic and the speed limit. We took I-294 / 94 and I-65 from the hotel to Indianapolis…

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US 2016 – Manila to Chicago

I have been remiss on my blog again. The hubby and I am traveling as of the moment. Hence, the late entries. I apologize. We arrived Chicago earlier this month.  The temperature was 15’c (59&…

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