Last week, we went to Cagayan de Oro City to visit some of our members there. And as always, we took the eight-hour land trip to go there which I really, really love.
Aside from seeing our members there, having a flexible schedule, and the fact that we could bring lots of clothing and all that we need without worrying if we will have excess baggage, I always get excited when we travel by land to Cagayan because I can wear my favourite dressy outfits. I don’t wear dresses when I travel by plane or boat because there are too many people around and we tend to rush and I cannot just manage to wear dresses in those busy and crowded places! 😛
And compared to plane and boat trips, land trips give me more time to enjoy nature and more of the beautiful scenery and views the earth has to show off. I don’t get tired taking photos of green grasses and tall, rustic trees. And since I get to wear my favourite dressy outfits, I would really ask to have a photo of me taken. Who wouldn’t want to have a photo in a nice place? 😀
There are a lot of beautiful views, mostly of mountains, on our way to Cagayan de Oro, since Mindanao is one of the most mountainous parts of the Philippines.
This photo was taken in Bukidnon (Bukidnon means “many mountains”), which is about 200 kilometers or more from Cagayan. 🙂 This place is very similar to Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines. 🙂 Beside this spot is a local coffee shop. We’ve never been there, since their coffee is a bit pricey. But if we’d get the chance, we’d visit it. 🙂
We stayed in Cagayan for two days only. We arrived there Friday night and spent time with our brethren on Saturday. On Sunday, we went home.
We left Cagayan at around 12 noon.
On our way home, our newlywed friends, Joshua and Viel, who were with us saw something worth stopping by. As a result, we paid a visit and said hi to this majestic and beautiful waterfall. 🙂
This waterfall is called Alalum Falls. It is located in Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon, about 20 meters from the Sayre National Highway. 🙂
Here’s some trivia I got from Contour Blog about the waterfall’s name:
The word Alalum is closer to a “Lumad-Binukid” word (local native dialect), “Madalum“, meaning,“Deep”… Visayan dialect is “Lawom”.
This waterfall is very beautiful. The photo can’t do justice to how beautiful this waterfall actually was. The cascading water is such a beauty to behold, and the block-rock formations around it are so nicely arranged. 🙂 I could still hear the powerful but relaxing sound of the waterfall every time I look at this picture. 🙂
We wanted to take a picture beside the majestic falls so we attempted to go down and get a little closer but the trail was so steep and slippery and we weren’t in our hiking attire. 😛 So we just decided to be contented and pose where the falls would be visible. Shame. 😛
After the picture taking, we continued driving. But the uphill hike made us really, really hungry, so we decided to eat something at Roadhouse Cafe, which is located in Valencia City. This restaurant has been our favourite food stop in all of our land trips to Cagayan. Their food is very yummy! We love their beef pochero so much because of its comforting and flavourful hot soup which is perfect for their cold and rainy climate and their beef is very tender. Ah, makes my mouth water. 😛
But at that time, we just ate something light and savoury so we got special lomi. It was a delightful comfort food and it really made our cold feet and hands and tummies warm since it was quite rainy at that time. 😀 We finished the meal with a dose of something sweet. 😀
And we continued to drive after the meal.
We reached Davao at 8pm. It was quite tiring but it was all worth it. Doing this long trip every month may seem boring to others, but for me, it isn’t.
Because there are still a lot of things to see and look forward to. 🙂
2015. Land trips. Adventures. Let’s go! 😀
Have an amazing week everybody! 🙂