Yuri is having the time of his life at the playground right now (with his tito and lola), so I have all the time in the world to work on backlog. Woot! Here’s what I’m currently seeing:
Ah, my favourite time of the day is me-time. Haha!
Speaking of me-time, I had a fabulous vacation by myself last Christmas. Well, technically, I wasn’t alone as I was with my work friends, but it was the first night ever that I was away from Yuri. A little backgrounder: I was a little anxious that Yuri would miss me or would keep crying without me, but it turns out he didn’t even think about me at all. Yay, I guess? LOL!
Before I digress even further, let me tell you about that mini vacation. My workmates Jona, Sarah, Lenz, and I spent a night at Jive Highland Resort in Marilog District. That part of Davao is also known as Buda as it connects Bukidnon and Davao City. Yes, it’s still part of Davao City but it’s three hours away from the city proper — at least by bus. But it’s pretty far away.
Local folks call it the Baguio of the South since the temperature drops when you get to the mountains of Marilog District. Funny story: our trip was scheduled right in the middle of a storm, Typhoon Onyok, whose track included Davao and Bukidnon. However, we decided to push on with the trip believing that Onyok will dissolve overnight.
Guess what? The night before our trip, PAGASA announced that Onyok deteriorated into a low pressure area! God you are so good!
But since there was a low pressure area, it was raining and it was really cold! I think that made our vacation even better since we wanted Baguio-weather anyway. And travelling through all that rain and fog was worth it. Just look at these pictures!
Upon learning that one of us (Sarah) is pregnant, the owner offered to let her driver drive us down to the highway. Yay! No more motorcycles for us! But before that, we made a quick visit to Bemwa farm known for its yummy, organic produce.
I was able to bring all of these bags of veggies for only around 200 pesos! So much win!
As well as these delicious homemade vinaigrettes for just around P140 each (I hope I remember it right):
How to go to Jive Highland Resort (commute)
1. Take the bus going to Bukidnon-Cagayan de Oro at the bus terminal. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Jive Highland Resort (Datu Salumay, Marilog District). From Ecoland terminal to Datu Salumay crossing, the fare is P90.
2. Make yourself comfy and prepare for a long (cold) trip ahead!).
3. Hail a motorcycle (there are many motorcycles at Datu Salumay crossing) and tell the driver to take you to Jive Highland resort. Fare depends on how many passengers there are (these motorcycles are locally known as skylab – they have wooden planks at the sides where more passengers can sit on). Since there were only 2 of us on the motorcycle (God forbid we sit on those planks on a slippery, mountain terrain), we paid P50 each.
4. That’s it!
1. If you’re not used to travelling backpacker-style, book their houses (A-House, Red House, etc) instead of the dormitory rooms. The dormitory rooms are their cheapest accommodations but they are quite sparse. Each dormitory room has its own bathroom, though, plus a log cabin-style porch.
2. If you’re not willing to commute, don’t be afraid to drive. The terrain may be different than our usual cemented roads, but it can be manoeuvred even by small cars, even hatchbacks. We went down from the resort riding a Honda Fit.
3. Make sure to call to double-check your reservation. You wouldn’t want to go through 3-hours of travel (via commute) without a sure reservation.
4. If you choose to commute, prepare to ride the bus going home standing up. I swear, all three of us (except our preggy peer, of course) rode the bus standing all the way to Davao City.
Bus fare: 90 pesos
Sense of adventure: Priceless
Check out these Facebook pages to know more about Jive Highland Resort and Bemwa Farm!
All pictures taken using a Huawei Honor 4c