Friday, August 7, 2015

Underrated Place in MindaNOW!!! Lake Sebu is One Great Destination! Choosing MindaNOW!

It was Independence Day! And yes, we spent the Independence Day in this amazing place of South Cotabato! We were welcomed by the Great King Sun! Such a sign that he's with us on this trip! 

My curiosity for this place started when I joined a trivia quiz and the answer of the tourist spot, which I unfortunately haven't visited and heard yet is this! Since then I can't get my mind out of it. Until one of my colleagues in the office offered a trip going to this place! What should I do? Of course, by all means, join the trip! Hence, I've made it here! 

Below is a photo of the unperturbed beauty amidst the advent of technology and globalization. This place has remained seemingly undisturbed by the noise and haste of the cities and neighboring places. Look at the photo below. The stillness is a bliss!

The #BukidLife we have here, it's not the typical vacation where you'll be welcomed by gold-plated staircases but you'll be welcomed by the homy, primitive set up and ambiance of the hotels or inns. The hotel/resort that we booked in happens to enjoy and wishes to maintain to be so, being a good old resort home away from home!

So here's our room, sorry, my room, they are just invaders! haha Enjoy my room guys! LOL!

And adding some drama to the photo op is Chef F. C. My room overlooking the lake's view!

And what would come to your mind? Just anything, look at this man below! haha

And without anyone, this is my window's view. :-)

The room in a peaceful and calm state. T'was a great room. Good for two, but I was occupying this alone! Such an amazing thing. haha I love to be alone. 

As soon as we arrived in the place, we asked about the activities that we can do. And we were told that we can have the tour around the lake. Yes, you are not mistaken, we are in LAKE SEBU! So, we asked that we be ushered to the place where we can have the lake tour, and our hotel fortunately was able to accommodate our need. We were taken to the resort where we need to pay for the lake tour. 

On our way there, we happen to manage a selfie, or wefie!

Below is a photo of us on board the vessel for the lake tour! The tour offers you a fun site-seeing and be entertained by the tour guide's historical and educational lectures, while also performing for your consumption.

I have the privilege to have taken footage of the dances performed by the native T'boli in the area.

First dance is TRUE Dance watch video here.

Next dance is Seductive Dance watch video here. Starring our very own colleague Ms. R. C. L.

Here's another Seductive Dance by the Princess herself. Princess Hannah!

Sharing here our video as we started the lake tour.

Included in the lake tour package is the food (lunch). Since their pride is the Tilapia, they are serving these, Tilapia Curry and Fried Tilapia. The specialty viand of Lake Sebu!

We were blesed to have been joined by locals dressed in their traditional T'boli attire. :-)

The tour wouldn't be complete without myself having a photo taken with the Princess of the Tribe herself. 

After our Lake Sebu tour, we went back to the hotel, for a few minutes, or an hour of rest. Then we set the next trip will be towards the 7 falls! 

On our way to the 7 falls, I can't help but click again. Look at this raw, unedited, unfiltered view!

It's where you'll see another majestic water falls in the Philippines. There's literally 7 falls. One of the highlights would be the Zipline, highest in Asia, and of course, the steps going up through a stairway (we didn't do this one). So, for the 7 falls, we grabbed the opportunity to have the adventure captured and pasted on a mug, that which would remind us of the adventure every time we drink our coffee in the morning!

And we were lucky enough to have joined the adventure of the renowned #ElGammaPenumbra of Asia's Got Talent! hello there EGP!

After the adventure, we went to a floating restaurant in Lake Sebu! Thanks to our driver/tour guide! They took us to this amazing place, where we had our dinner! To dine floating over the lake! How about that? Living the time or our life! :-)

It's me pulling the rope to fetch my colleagues and bring them to the floating restaurant!

Yep, you guessed it right! It's yours truly, haha #feelingpro

How about a glimpse from atop Lake Sebu? 

The next day, we set our trip back home! But as we've discussed, we decided to might as well, go to General Santos! Haha But wait, we can have a stop at Surallah! Have you heard of it? It's just around 15 minutes from Lake Sebu, South Cotabato!

After the joyride and short stop at Surralah, we proceeded to Denmark Terminal for our trip to General Santos. And this unique and misleading address of the terminal is fun to take a jumpshot selfie! So here it is! :-) #doroexplorero's Signature Jumpshot!

In General Santos, we only managed to visit SM General Santos, and well visit Starbucks, but wait! I made another Jump Shot too!

After our short stop at General Santos, we headed to Davao City, yes, the peaceful city of Davao! We craved for Durian, so we couldn't let the opportunity pass. We need to have some Durian for ourselves. They say it here, DAVAO LIFE IS HERE!

We actually devoured one 4 kilo Durian for our craving's satisfaction. The opened Durian's video is here.

We also had to stop at one of Davao's uniquely located Restaurant Jack's Ridge! :-)

We had our dinner in Jack's Ridge! Well, this was a dinner date I suppose, I was just a joiner! Intruder. Chaperone. :-) I have video of why this dinner is romantic! :-) Watch it here.

Panoramic view of Davao City

And that is our way of capping off our Lake Sebu-Surallah-GenSan-Davao Trip! What an Independence Day! Another way to enjoy Mindanao. Choosing #MindaNOW!

As we head back home, this view of sea of clouds did not escape my sight. This was captured while on board a bus, going back home, this was taken with my iPhone somewhere in higher places in Bukidnon while the bus is speeding up towards CDO! #NinjaMoves #doroexplorero

Why LAKE SEBU? Aside from the curiosity that mainly drove me to take this trip, I also want to see for myself (although risky), whether it's really dangerous in this part of Mindanao, and I have proven for myself that it's okay to travel towards this part of the country. We've never encountered any dangerous incident, no threat, no bombings, no nothing, simply and purely leisure travel! I hope this opens the mind of the tourists. There's just so much the Mindanao has to offer! Choose Mindanao, MindaNOW!

#doroexplorero #dorolakwatsero #doroadventures #laagAsia #laagPinas #suroyWorld 

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