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This food and travel site is my LIFE's journal starting 2013. I invite you to become part of my exploration and adventures

Hi, I'm Sarah G

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Deluxe Getaway at Crown Regency Resort Boracay with Unlimited Use of Wave Surf Pool

Boracay is one of my dream vacation destination ever since I'm a student. So when Lyndon, me and Jun2x had a chance to book a flight to Boracay last year, we opted to choose to stay in a well under par and fabulous perks of Crown Regency Boracay Resort & Convention Center for an overnight retreat with unlimited use of wave surf pool for P3,999 instead of P7500.
Why choose Crown Regency Boracay Resort & Convention Center?

Its impressive 1,800sqm. wave swimming pool, kiddie pool and a country's first surfing pool were the consideration for choosing the hotel because we wanted to experience the thrill and wild of Water Adventures, Wave Rider, Tsunami Wave Pool and the Giant Slide and all the amenities and services of a world-class facility for our very discerning leisure travel this time.

The hotel is a 4 hectare property located at the Main Road of Station 2.

From Kalibo Airport, we travel via airconditioned van to Caticlan Jetty Terminal and took a boat transfer to Station 2 of Boracay Island 

Upon check-in at 2:00 p.m., we were ushered by a friendly and accommodating staff to our  Deluxe Room for 4 persons. The room is tastefully decorated air-conditioned room with veranda, fully equipped with amenities.


* Two (2) Full-sized Posture-pedic beds
* Air-conditioned Rooms with Kitchenette
* In-room internet access (charges may apply)
* 32-inch LCD Cable TV with Remote
* Full bath with hot & cold water
* Check-in Time: 02:00 P.M.
* Check-out Time: 12:00 P.M.

 The next day, after greeting the morning, we went to explore the hotel facilities and services including the pool


I don't encourage you to have a henna tattoo or dye your hair and make stains on the linens and towels because the hotel will charge.

We were ask to deposit 3 thousand but was returned upon check out when they checked the room and no stains found.

If we choose to spend one more time at Boracay, I would still want to enjoy my stay in this hotel. The fun is complete and I want to experience more the other facilities and amenities offered by Crown Regency Resort & Convention Center

 ***this is not a paid post***

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Savvy Tourista

Travelling for me is a wonderful experience of exploring sights and sounds. That's why as a budget traveler like me, I need the best information that can help me maximize my vacation experience that's also affordable and full of activities.

That's why I've proudly share to you my travel experiences that features all the places that I have visited during my sales trips and planned vacations. Compiled list of accommodations along with their locations, contact numbers and websites, email addresses and descriptions. I'll share also quick reference maps along with airline, shipping and bus transport directories.

So that just like me, have fun as you travel for leisure or work with this savvy tourista's guide in discovering and rediscovering the fascinating and colorful world.

Sarah G

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Maragusan Adventure Getaway at Haven's Peak Highland Resort

Explore Maragusan

Maragusan is the summer capital of Mindanao and valley of springs and waterfalls. It's cool climate is like Baguio so enchanting and invigorating. Its beauty is fit for adventure enthusiast like mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, swimming and other outdoor sports. It calls on the traveler's instincts to once again, be one with nature. Its more than 30 waterfalls, over 300 cold springs, 2 hot springs and home to the world's biggest bloom of flower known as awaits the visitors to be in awe. This place has immense priceless treasures waiting to be shared.

The Town

Maragusan (formerly San Mariano) is a 1st class and most progressive municipality in the province of Compostela Valley, in Region XI Davao Region which is a part of the Mindanao group of islands. 

Arrival, information and transport

Transit to Compostela Valley from flights arriving in Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao) can then be made by land aboard buses at Ecoland Terminal and/ or air conditioned vans (Php220.00) are also available at Gaisano Mall Van Terminal that travel in transit to Maragusan (almost 4 hours travel time) . For van, the first hour departure is 8am and last hour departure is 3pm from Davao.

Local transport comprises the usual: tricycle, jeepney, non-air bus and air conditioned vans.

An easiest way to see Maragusan by van is to take a package tour through the Haven's Peak Highland Resort, tour packages cost include round-trip transfers, guide and lunch.

Tours at Maragusan Tourist Destination.

*Falls Hopping / Trekking
Marangig Falls, Brgy. Albay
Tagbibinta Falls, Brgy. Coronobe
-700feet high and a series of 7 falls
*Mountain Climbing (3 days- 2 nights) at Mt. Candalaga, 7,880ft. above sea level.
* Swimming at Cold and Hot Springs
* Cultural Enrichments at Mansaka Village
*Rafflesia Watching - the Biggest Bloom in the World
*DOLE Stanfilco Banana Plantation
*PYAGSAWITAN Festival every 3rd week of November


Maragusan's stairways to heaven, is located at the top of Tarago Hills is one of the great icons of the Maragusan. The resort was built with the traveler's trip objectives in mind from leisure to adventure. Its goal is to make that trip hassle free and take off all the pressures as part of the resort's services, the little stuff that matters in a big way.

Eating, drinking and night life

In the resort, you can either karaoke the night away "Sing to the Max" or enjoy a chat under the stars, while dining on appetizing foods. Live band performers on schedule during Saturdays and Acoustic Night every Sunday at Lantaw Grill.

Amenities / Services 

Lantaw Barbeque & Seafood Grill House
Terraza Adela
Bar & Coffee Shop
Camping Grounds
Conference Hall
Function Hall
Billiard & Dart Hall
Parking Area
Swimming Pool (Php 80/pax)

Tribal Huts (for overnight stay of medium capacity)
Mansaka House(2 persons cap)
Bagobo House (3 persons cap with view deck)
Ifugao House (3 persons cap)
T'Boli House (maximum of 5 persons cap)

Php1,400.00 overnight in all tribal huts
with free use of pool and complimentary breakfast for two.

Twin Villa (Dormitory Type)
8 persons per room
32 persons maximum capacity per villa
Php 350 per person
*Extra person/bedding Php150.00
*Special rates available for group reservation

Resort Tour


Bagobo House (3 persons cap with view deck)

Ifugao House (3 persons cap)

Kiddie Pool and Adult Swimming Pools at day

Adult Pool at night

Maragusan abound with a selection of things to do, places to visit and sights to behold. Packaged tours cram activities into a tight schedule limiting one to appreciate the beauty of Maragusan. No rush, no crowds, no worries. Tour at your own pace at your own time. Choose your destination, take all the photos you can. Enjoy all you want. After all you deserve a getaway holiday.

Tagbibinta Falls

Marangig Falls

On the roll of fun in Maragusan together with fellow adventurer were , , , and Sarah Gavile.

This trip is sponsored by The Haven's Peak Resort.

The Haven's Peak Highland Resort
Tarago Hills, Maragusan Compostela Valley Province 
Landline: (082) 295 9251 
Mobile: (0915) 464 3088
Email: info@thehavenspeak.com
Facebook Page:

Booking Office: 

204 2nd floor Doña Segunda Bldg. 
Ponciano Street Davao City, Philippines 8000

Credit to the  Pictures.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My Boracay Island Itinerary and Expenses (2D/1N)

Ever since I discover and traveled to different places, Boracay Island has been my dream destination. Being voted as Best Island in the World, and situated here in the Philippines. I should visit this home to Paradise!

Last year my husband and I started to plan our out of town vacation trip. I asked my younger brother to tag along with us since we still have one year to save for this trip. 

We begun checking on airline flight promos, hotel accommodation promo, fun adventure promo and purchased in advance to lessen the expenses during the actual trip.

Below you will see the outline of the Day 1 and Day 2 trip to Boracay Island. I have included the itinerary and actual expenses during the entire stay. 

Take Note: 
  • Did you notice that we spent too much on tricycle fare? I missed to budget the fare for initially I thought the place can be walk but because of tight schedule of activities, we have to hire a tricycle to bring us fast to our destination.
  • There's an ATM in Boracay, but I still brought Php 5,000 cash and still have remaining in my purse after the Boracay trip!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hotel Centro, Puerto Princesa's top-notch Hotel

Our stay in Puerto Princesa was made more memorable by Hotel Centro, a classy and high-end accommodation in the city. 

Our van arrived at Puerto Princesa from El Nido at around 12midnight. The hotel staff was warm to welcome us & quick in giving us our room and bring our bags to our room.

Why Stay at Hotel Centro?

Located at the heart of Puerto Princesa- Hotel Centro, a top-notch Hotel is perfect for travellers, businessmen, local and visitors of Puerto Princesa. Its location is just perfect - from the name itself - Centro - where all the business districts are located. You can just take a walk or ride a tricycle to Robinsons Mall Palawan ( which is just a 5-minute walk).

In terms of service, their customers are truly well taken cared off. We also received Welcome drinks and the hotel staff made us feel comfortable, and I was just not their guest but a new found friend. 

We really appreciate our room which is a deluxe triple sharing. The queen-size bed had more than enough space for two persons and was really needed for our deserving goodnight's rest and comfortable sleep. Even the single bed had more than enough space also for another person. 
Hotel Centro Deluxe Room Amenities

Our room are equipped with all the things we needed for our stay: 

  • Cable television 
  • Air-Conditioning 
  • Telephone 
  • Mini-Bar 
  • Tea and Coffee 
  • Complimentary Water 
  • Hair Dryer 
  • Safety and Security deposit box 
  • Private T&B w/ hot & cold water. 
  • I so loved the Pure Herbs organic bath essentials

Breakfast at Expressions Cafe 

The accommodation includes free buffet breakfast. We had an early meal at Expressions Cafe since the van rode us to the Underground River at 7am. The breakfast buffet had an array of nostalgic dishes and does put a sweet start to our day of adventure. Not to mention, Expressions Cafe also looked impressive. It has a special view of its swimming pool garden.

Overall, it was a pleasant stay at Hotel Centro. We had a very short stay at Hotel Centro but definitely we are planning to go back to Puerto Princesa since we missed the City Tour. 

Here's a Quick Tour of the Hotel.

Hotel Centro rates

Grab their current After Summer Special rates like the Php1,488 per person per night on twin sharing inclusive of roundtrip airport transfers plus 2 kids, 11 years and below are free. Moreover, Hotel Centro's signature holiday package is also on a special rate of Php7,228 per person on twin sharing - the "UR Holidays All Inclusive" includes 3D/2N stay in a deluxe room, and all the 3 most popular tours in the city: the city tour, Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour and the Underground River Tour. Other offers they've got are "UR Holidays Underground River Tour and Beach Excursion 3D/2N with Underground River Tour and Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa Day Tour" for Php6,888; "UR Holiday Islands Excursion 3D/2N with Dos Palmas Island Resort Day Tour" for Php5,888 and "UR Holidays KamiaBay Excursion" for Php5,688 with Kamia Bay Mountain Resort Day Tour.

Win a 3 Days and 2 Night Stay

Visit and like Hotel Centro''s --- > and get a chance to win a 3 days and 2 nights stay with buffet breakfast for 2. Enter through their Giveaway Tab and gather point entries by sharing via twitter and for every 1000 likes, they will be giving away prizes. 

Hotel Centro is located at San Pedro National Highway, Puerto Princesa City. For Manila Reservations 02-5565656/ Palawan Reservations 048-434-1110/0917-599-1912. Contact email customercare@hotelcentro.ph or visit their  -->ttp://www.hotelcentro.ph. Phone in inquiries will get an instant underground river permit confirmation from July 1st to September 30, 2013.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Crocodile Ice Cream @Sweet Spot Artisan Ice cream

After watching the crocodiles, raptors, monkeys, bearcats, snakes, birds and various reptiles, you definitely should cool down at just located outside the Crocodile Park. 

What is Ice Cream?

Ice cream is a frozen dessert usually made from dairy products, such as milk and cream, and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavours. 

Did you know...?

The only producer of crocodile ice cream in this world got inspiration from sister company Crocodile Park. 

Instead of regular cream and chicken egg, they use milk which is mixed with crocodile egg which comprise 80% yolk!

 The Fruit flavors are also made more delicious with ripe and fresh picks sourced from their Dizon Farms.  

The ice cream was further developed with a good command of culinary expertise of Chef Bianca Dizon.

About Sweet Spot Artisan Ice Cream

Sweet Spot Artisan Ice Cream is the only producer of crocodile ice cream in this side of the world. First artisan ice cream in the country made with crocodile eggs.

The first batch of crocodile ice cream slowly made it to Sweet Spot freezers in 2011; word of mouth caused the ice cream to gain favorable response from ice cream lovers and adventurous foodies alike.

Today, Sweet Spot Artisan Ice Cream is growing its own cult following with locals and tourists ordering crocodile ice cream by the tub. The brand also packs surprises every season with myriad flavors of regular ice cream.

Go get yourself a treat of new flavors of Crocodile ice cream:  DragonFruit , Pandan, Strawberry Kiss, Chocoloco, Mangomazing, Durian Dynamite and Cookie Monster.

 Sweet Spot Artisan Ice Cream should always be a treat worth traveling for. Discover Davao! Discover Sweet Spot!

DavaoBloggers with Chef Bianca Dizon

(Get your Sweet Spot fix this summer! Like Sweet Spot Artisan Ice Cream in . For orders, contact (082) 225-0184; or email sweetspotdvo@gmail.com. )
Sweet Spot Artisan Ice Cream is located at the Crocodile Park Complex, Maa, Diversion Road.