Day 2 started early with a trip to one of the 2 waterfalls that I have read on my history books since I was in grade school. Never have I imagined that I will be seeing one of them today. Although, it was a bit sad to not see the full view of the water fall, it was still amazing to see this waterfalls beyond the pages of my books.
Second Destination of the day is Tinago Falls. Anyone from Iligan talks about this falls and seeing it made the trip to Iligan even more worth it. For the first time in the four waterfalls that I have visited, I stayed and swam in the basin for a full hour. I also got to jump off a rock into the water… wearing a life jacket of course. I must say that Tinago Falls made me fall in love with Iligan.
Third stop is Mimbalot. We were not able to swim or enjoy this spot for too long as it was already getting dark. But it was still a site to see.
So day 1 was mostly about getting to the location, checking-in to Rene’s Diner and Pension House and getting acquainted to the area where I am staying. At 3PM, I, along with the other participants met up with Lai and Xy-za for a short trip to the City Hall and meet the Head of Tourism of Iligan. Before heading to the Iligan’s Department of Tourism Office, we had a quick stop at the Iligan Amphitheater. According to our guides, this open amphitheater is the biggest in all of Mindanao.
We then headed to meet the head of Iligan’s Department of Tourism as a courtesy call as this project is in partnership with this government office. She then gave us a short insight about Iligan and what her department is doing to promote the city as the next tourist destination of the Philippines. Did you know that there are 39 reported waterfalls in this City of Majestic Waterfalls? But the local government still has to visit all of the other waterfalls that the locals have reported. As of date, the city government recognized and is promoting 23 waterfalls and we get to visit 6 of these in the next 3 days. I can’t wait for tomorrow.
The day ended with a dinner in Jacko’s Kan-anan where we got to sample 4 of their dishes. The IBS Inc. peeps are rooting for Jacko’s Crispy Squid, a signature dish of the establishment.
It was good but my personal favorite is the Grilled Tuna Belly. It was the juiciest tuna belly that I’ve tried. They also prepared it in a way that you can still savor the natural flavor of the fish thus it goes really well with rice especially when you drizzle it with their special sauce. Numnum… ^_^
And so after 4hours and 13 minutes I am finally settled in. I checked-in in Rene’s Diner and Pension House after a long trip from Cebu City to Iligan City. The trip has been amazing. I guess the Lord heard my prayers about my worries of going to an unfamiliar place alone and with nothing but instructions written on a piece of paper on where to go. I have been blessed for so far, people who overheard me asking for directions were kind enough to offer the information that I need. As of the moment, I only spent 125 pesos from Cagayan de Oro to my humble room. For instead of taking the taxi from Lumbia Airport, I took the jeepney going to Carmen and asked for the next jeepney to take me to Bulua. Thank goodness the lady who was collecting the fare was so warm and friendly that she even hailed the next jeepney that I needed to take in going to the Bulua Bus Terminal. From the terminal I took the bus for Iligan and then took a jeepney going to the city proper and then rode another jeepney bound for Tubod and got off in front of the Pension house which was near the Iligan Sped Center and the overpass. Here is the break down of my expenses so far from Lumbia to Rene’s Diner and Pension House (this is in Philippine Peso):
1. Lumbia to Carmen – 17.00
2. Carmen to Bulua Bus Terminal – 8.00
3. Bulua Bus Terminal to Tambo Bus Terminal – 85.00
4. Tambo Bus Terminal (taking 7A or 8D) to Zoey’s Cafe – 7.50
5. Zoey’s Cafe (Taking 1S) to Rene’s Diner and Pension House – 7.50
This means, I was able to save around 275 Pesos for taking the Jeepney from Lumbia instead of riding the Taxi to Bulua as taxi rides would usually cost 300 pesos. Pretty sleek huh? 🙂
And so I have embarked on several hiking trips with some close friends from work. I have been to Bonbon Falls last year, my first serious hike to the wilderness. Then went to Osmena Peak and then traversed to Kawasan Falls last July 4th of this year, went to see Budlaan Falls and recently to a spring in Sugod, Cebu. All of these experiences were not just physically draining but emotionally tiring as well. But each time that I look back to these adventures, it brings a smile to my face as each of these adventures made me realize how blessed I am to have such good friends in my life and have the opportunity to share the same experiences and challenges on a certain point of our lives.
Tomorrow, at 6AM, I shall embark to yet another adventure. I shall be boarding a plane to Cagayan de Oro and take a bus going to Iligan for me to meet up with Xy-za of PurpleSlipperz and the rest of the Iligan Bloggers Society Inc. for the Iligan Waterfalling Adventure Tour 1.0. I am full of anticipation as this is the first time that I will be going to a place that I am not familiar with. I can barely speak Bisaya and so that scares me a bit. But I trust that the Lord will not put me in a situation that I cannot overcome. I thank Him for giving me this opportunity to experience something that I cannot imagine possible. And thanks to Tita Fannies, Red Planet / Calda Pizza, El Canto / Macki’s, Iligan City Government, UNILAB, NPC Natures Park, Third Team Media, TravelJams, PurpleSlipperz, and Pinay Travelista for their support to this project. People said that one becomes who he or she is through the experiences that one had experienced. And so I thank them for being instrumental in this once in a lifetime experience. I may not be able to see Iligan, experience it as it should be experienced and meet new people without them.
My old blog was shutdown a month ago. I didn’t expect it but it happened. I guess it was just timely for I was thinking of revamping it. I wanted to have another kind of blog. Aside from posting my rants online, I wanted to have a more intimate kind of blog. I want it to be more on the brighter side of things and more of me. I want it to have the things that I love to do like cooking, travelling and photography. Intimate in sense that it will show the different sides of me. I want it to tell the story of me thus, the title and address of the page. I hope that I will be able to achieve this goal in this new blog of mine.