Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Isla Malipano, Samal Islands

Another island we visited in Samal which is also owned by Pearl Farm_ Malipano Island floats just right across the Pearl Farm. Only short minutes speedboat ride to reach to/from each island.

See the proximity?  Looks like it's just a walking distance, right? Like it seems possible to extend the rubberized walk bridge from one island to another and then guests would just walk, haha. Ofcourse there's high tide to consider.

Approaching Malipano Island by foot, after the boat ride.

Enjoying full view of Pearl Farm from this island. My cuzin' from Davao who is forever celebrity/star struck (she has gigantic collections of photo-ops with celebrities- from mega stars down to extras she came across with, yes! haha ) spotted right away this guy (in black) she said was Drew Arellano. Who? She said he's her personal favorite cos she watches his travel show on t.v. Idk, haha.

This is the cousin I was talking above, haha, luvya Ate S. Anyway back to Malipano Island which is so beautiful, is actually far expensive than Pearl Farm in terms of accommodation.

There are only seven villas here which as told are also being used by the owners if they came to visit the island.

Tranquility leaves here. Can I live here? ..forever.

A chapel kiosk by the beach.

Water sports facilities.

The island souvenir shop. More of this here.

The rest of the island is consistently well maintained  with manicured green lawns and white sand.

Then it was time to come back to Pearl Farm Island.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Scuba Diving

Guest Blogger : Nell Cenizal of My Simple But Odd Mind

Spices of life savor our very monotonous life. That’s why recreations are crafted by people who are initially bored. Off the social networking pipelines and humdrum of clicking likes, comments and praising everyone that catch my humorous intuition. The whole week seems like unvarying, that triggers my boredom. Away from the keyboard, I finally had the courage of harvesting my web mastering bonus from my tomadachi Toyofumi(Toshi). My

sailing lessons had been halted by frequent false eruption alarms of the moody Taal Volcano. His business also has diversified, offering ranges of recreational activities which seem to fill-in the lost time wasted by no-sailing water of Taal.

I must admit this recreation that I’ve just experienced was inept and off my financial capacity nor my type of lifestyle. Well, its free. Isn’t it the best thing in life? I am not rich but having friends like them is winning the opportunity that comes unexpectedly.
I have been skin-diving ever since I was a kid. No gears of anything but I could skin-dive within 30 feet. Catching a pebble in a murky water of Manlayo was my favorite teasing game with my peers.
Most students were Japanese that Toshi had no trouble discussing the pre-lectures in bilingual. Back and forth Nihongo and English whereas he is already adept of doing .

Immersing myself to the most praised recreation for non-bathophobic- fun seeking dude, seemed easier said than done. Knowing how to swim alone doesn’t make you a fast learner with this stuff. In fact it’s the opposite of your body’s keen to keep afloat. I had a hard time sinking myself till the dive-master belted me with sinker made of lead metal. And So I sank, finally and joined the lecturer and students at 26 feet deep. In that confined water we were already interacting and discussing the dos and don’t of scuba diving. –Oh, what s the hand signal again for “What did I miss”.

Well I must say its all about simple Physics. The thing you neglect to learn about atmosphere or bar and water pressure seems like a lecture which is too imperative that you must know by heart. Or else death and paralysis await you. Rote learning the proportion of atmosphere/Bar to your depth that will set your self to equalize the pressure. In mere sense “the things” that you must gear your head with other than goggles.

And so its true, that immersing yourself using PADI Discover Scuba Diving package -replaces “fear of depth/bathophobia” with overflowing enthusiasm. Air bubbles seem to reveal my wheezing over the underwater scenery I missed during my skin-diving.

It was my first time to attend lectures where classroom seemed obviously to be the coral reef underwater. It took us no time memorizing the hand signal, a needed clear-cut. A whiteboard with waterproof pencils became the dive-master’s presentation materials when hand signals were hard to comprehend.
Discover Scuba Diving plunged and lure you to go up the ladder of certification, offers by the largest recreational body the – PADI. The Way The World Learns to Dive ® business slogan lived up to it.
My bonus will go deeper to PADI Openwater certification. Where Toshi are willing to help me through it. This guy has been awarded by PADI by sending almost hundreds of students to Scuba Dive. In short he is almost like a PADI staff yet out of their payroll.

That’s why his upcoming resort adjacent to Dive Sanctuary, will keep him busy once again. If I can only describe Scuba diving compare to any recreational hobbies so to speak… It is more exceptionally adventurous.!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pearl Farm, Samal Islands

Snap Facts : Located in the southern part of the Philippines is the Samal group of Islands, an archipelago consisting of nine islands which stretch out over a land area of 28,000 hectares. Samal is a beautiful, tranquil and exotic island with a coastline adorned with white sand beaches, abundant marine life, rock formations, mangroves, and landscape elements of coconut palms, flowering plants and fruit-bearing trees. The area is blessed with various natural attractions and flourishing flora and fauna. Nestled on the quiet side of Samal Island, The Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a mere 45-minute boat ride from the wharf. This fourteen (14) hectare spread was once a pearl farm, where thousands of white-lipped oysters transported from the Sulu Sea, were cultivated for their pink, white and gold pearls. Today, the resort beckons with the promise of a relaxing, private retreat, under the care of its friendly and charming staff.

Already this little paradise had announced its invitation as soon as I got my feet in Davao airport. Wasn't it obvious?_ the island resort was talking straight to me with the right choice of word_ Bliss :D

It was nice to have some bonding moments with our relatives from Davao City. It had been quite a while since we saw each other.

After 45 minutes of boat ride, I was able to get a closer shots of the island. The cottages were remarkable having their own characters. The front stilt cottages were nature-candy.

In less than 5 minutes, we were ready to disembark. The resort was crowded cos of the Kadayawan Festival happening on the same dates of our stay.

We were welcomed with drinks and some tribal music.The ambiance gave off a Samal Islands escape.

The island thu' crowded with guests, still manage to retain its natural quiescence.We had an early island hopping schedule, so while at the main island we used our time to explore it.

infinity pool

parola bar

island toys :)))

We took a li'l break to see the other island across, just minutes boat away and apparently also owned by Pearl Farm.