Category Archives: Travel

Ellis Suites: A Nice Hotel in Bustling Gensan

During last week’s trip to General Santos City, I had a pleasant overnight stay at Ellis Suites, one of  Gensan’s newest hotels. Cozily tucked in one of  the quiet corners of the city, the hotel can easily be any traveler’s urban oasis.



Ellis Suites is, in many aspects,  a boutique hotel.  Its size, location, contemporary vibe, and modern amenities make it an ideal second home for those who are looking for a more intimate and personalised service in a city hotel.

Aside from the efficient service, what I really like about Ellis Suites is that the hotel seamlessly combines sleek architecture with tasteful interiors.  The rooms, although some of them compact in size, are designed to maximize space and are dramatically enhanced by bold splashes of purple and green.  All of the 32 fully-airconditioned guestrooms are equipped with amenities such as a 32-inch LCD TV and modern lighting.

Destination 2013: Boracay

My boyfriend, Lyle, won free flights from this online contest he joined so we decided to go on another vacation together.

Since we need some time to save up for the trip, we decided to schedule it on June 2013. Where? There’s a very big chance that we’ll be going back to Boracay. We both like it there so it’s pretty logical that we would want to visit the place again. It has been been more than year since our last visit, after all.

And so I just spent the last couple of hours scouring the net for flight deals. And so far, the search has been frustrating. My preferred airline’s website can’t complete the pricing request while other airlines’ promo fares for Boracay via Caticlan or Kalibo are sold out. Tell me, where have all the great flight deals gone?

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Life is Here: The Davao Bloggers Tour

July 14 was a fun day for me.  I participated in the Life is Here:  The Davao Bloggers Tour, an event organized by the City Tourism Operations Office in partnership with the Davao Bloggers.

Forty-four participants, divided into four teams, hied off to different tourist spots in Davao City.  Armed with our cameras and smartphones, we all had one objective in mind: Promote Davao’s many tourist destinations through social media.

I was assigned to the Toril Trailblazers group and we went to three different resorts — Villa Carmelita Inland Resort and Hotel, Eden Nature Park and Resort, and Loleng’s Mountain Spring Resort.  I’ve never been to Villa Carmelita Inland Resort and Loleng’s Mountain Spring Resort before the tour so I guess I was really really excited.

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Random Thoughts on Travel

I may not travel as often as I want to but when I do, I am committed to making the trip worthwhile.  It’s not just about hopping on a plane, or shopping or whatever it is that catches one’s fancy.  It is about  making the most out of the journey and the destination.  So wherever I go, I not only visit the place but I try to experience the culture as well.

The last time I had a vacation was in June 2011.  I went to Boracay with Lyle and even if the trip was only for a few days, it was awesome.  We planned the trip for a month so that it can be as glitch-free as possible.  We went there to relax and that was what we did —  explored the place, ate a lot, and swam a little.  Come to think of it, we didn’t even do much but we had a great time nonetheless.

People travel for varying reasons. But whether you are doing so for business or for pleasure, traveling entails planning.  You have to take care of many things like finances, insurance and travel arrangements. For instance, if you’re planning a vacation to Crete, you might want to look for travel deals offering cheap holidays to crete because in doing so, you’ll have control of many aspects of your travel.  You don’t need to arrange for your flights, hotels, tours, and land transportation separately.

I don’t see myself traveling within the year.  I don’t want to rush things because I don’t want to be caught unprepared.  Next year? Maybe.  It would be lovely to visit Boracay again. Or perhaps one of the many cities in Southeast Asia. Let’s see.

Florotel Gensan: Your Home in General Santos City

During my most recent trip to General Santos City, I had the opportunity to stay at Florotel GenSan for the first time.

Florotel GenSan is a business hotel located along North Laurel Avenue, General Santos City.  It’s the newest hotel in the city and I must say one of the nicest additions to GenSan’s growing list of hotels and inns.

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GenSan Tuna Festival 2010 – Day 3

Day 3 of my Tunafest 2010 trip started early.  My group was tasked to be judges of the Mardi Gras Streetdancing Competition so as early as 9:00 a.m. (quite a feat for me!)  we were already at Pioneer Avenue, General Santos City.

(Photo by Olan Emboscado)

It was a sunny day in General Santos City and despite the heat, I stood at my judging post for more than an hour observing the different contingents as they danced to Centerpoint Band’s Whoa Gensan in their colorful costumes.  The   streetdancing routine was progressive and I was really delighted to see very young contingents perform with much gusto. 🙂

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GenSan Tuna Festival 2010 – Day 2

The second day of my Tuna Festival 2010 experience was as busy as Day 1.  Thankfully, we were able to sleep a little bit more before our host came to pick us up for lunch.

Knowing that our group has a big appetite for seafood, Avel brought us to Leeonga Mongolian and Seafood Grill at the Sun City Suites Complex.  There, we were treated to a spread of delectable dishes that could satisfy any craving for seafood.

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Red Ribbon Bloggers’ Event

Last October 3, I attended a Red Ribbon event for the bloggers of Davao, GenSan, and Cagayan de Oro who were in Manila to attend WordCamp Philippines 2010.  The event, which took place at the Fort Bonifacio branch of Red Ribbon, was organized by Red Ribbon’s Marketing  Team through blogger Jonel Uy.

I have always liked Red Ribbon products so  I was super delighted that they treated us to an early lunch consisting of a combination of their bestsellers and newest offerings like salisbury steak, pancit palabok, and crispy chicken.  I  also had their bestselling chicken empanada, a slice or  two of  Mango Passion cake, and one of their signature blended drinks.

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Gensan Tuna Festival 2010 – Day 1

I was in General Santos City late last month for the Tuna Festival.  My group, Avatar Media, was already very busy with WordCamp Philippines 2010 preparations but three of us managed to get a couple of days off to be one with the  Generals in celebrating the 42nd Charter Day Anniversary of their beloved city.

We arrived around lunchtime of September 24, Friday.  My good friend Avel took us to the  beach (sorry, I can’t remember the name) for a quick stop at the LGU-GenSan Family Day.  There, we met Sox Blogger Ric Dumalay and Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio.  We also grabbed a few bites, just enough to whet our appetites for our next stop — lunch at Harvey’s.

Moi, Lyle and Avel at the LGU Family Day (photo by Ric Dumalay)

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Reasons Why I Attended and Had Fun at the GESM Blogoversary Party

Last weekend, I went to General Santos City for the nth time to attend a  party.

I’ve been up to my neck in tasks and errands lately but I found the time to travel 3 hours to attend a party.  Why?  Read on.

This will surprise a lot of people who have known me for years because  I’m the type who is almost always absent during Christmas parties and Senior’s ball in high school with the exception of the JS Prom.  I would’ve loved to ditch the prom but I know I wouldn’t get away with a no-show because attendance was required.

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