I first came to Nueva Ecija when I was 11 years old. I had just graduated from Grade School then. My parents decided to move there because my dad got a job in Manila. It’s where I spent three years of my High School Life and I have to say, it remains to be one of my most unforgettable experiences to date.
Life in the province was very different from the life I have here in Davao, but there is something about it that fills me up with so much joy. It’s peaceful and simple, yet filled with many happy memories that I cherish dearly up to this day.
One of the my fondest memories, of course, was studying there and spending time with my maternal grandparents. They are the sweetest! And like most grannies, they always spoiled my sisters and I. My Ama (grandpa, RIP) used to bring us to and pick us up from school with his super cool tricycle, while Inang (grandma) would indulge us with food, especially fresh fruits. I remember them keeping a box of ripe mangoes under their bed, freshly picked from the tumana (farm), and we can just easily grab one every time we want to.
I really missed living in Nueva Ecija, which is why when my mom told us that she wanted to go home and visit Inang, my sister and I got so excited. We went there last year and it was like going on a trip back to memory lane. Everything felt so nostalgic that I wanted to stay a little bit longer.
I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with summer. Some days, I like going to the beach and soak under the heat of the sun until my skin becomes warm and toasty. And then there are days when I just want to lock myself inside an air-conditioned room until the temperature drops later in the night. But there are also days when I want to enjoy a fine summer day without dealing with the heat. My solution? I go to the highlands.
Case in point: The past two weekends, I found myself traveling to BuDa – a road where buses and private vehicles pass by as they make their way from Davao City to Bukidnon (hence the name BuDa). It is often dubbed as Davao’s own little Baguio and Tagaytay because of its cool weather. Along the way, you’ll find several mountain resorts where you can enjoy the cool breeze and scenic view of the highlands.
Fresh Lettuce and Strawberries
There are several pit stops that you can visit in the area and one of them is the Bemwa Farm located in Brgy. Salumay, Marilog District, Davao City.
Bohol will always have a special place in my heart. It was my first travel destination back when I was just starting to earn and could finally afford a leisure trip. Fine, it was also the first out-of-town trip (that involved a plane ride) that my boyfriend husband and I took a couple of years ago.
Some people say it’s a boring place. It’s a quiet, charming little town nestled in the heart of Visayas. And while I would agree that it is miles behind some of the best tourist destinations in the Philippines, Bohol has a lot of wonderful things to offer. Whether you’re a laid back traveler, or a thrill-seeker, there’s always a memorable adventure waiting for you.
Anyway, last month, my sister and I traveled to Bohol for some much needed R&R. It was her first time, so of course, we had to do all the tourist-y stuff. We booked a private countryside tour via Klook. It was a bit expensive, but at least we had a private air-conditioned car and an enthusiastic driver/tour guide who came ready with his jokes – definitely made the 7-hour tour less grueling.
Here’s a short film I did to document our entire stay in Bohol. It’s my first time doing Cinematic editing, so please bear with me. Read More »
One of the perks of residing in Davao City is the convenience of living just a stone’s throw away from Samal Island. If I want to take a quick break from the city life, I can easily hop on a boat, travel for 15 minutes (at the very least), and enjoy the glistening white sand & pristine waters of the island.
Case in point:
A few weeks ago, in the middle of a busy week, I found myself being whisked away to one of the best beaches in Samal Island – the Pearl Farm Beach Resort.Read More »