Return to Eden

Last month, Danny and I decided to visit our favourite place in Davao City, the Eden Nature Park ResortΒ as a form of relaxation and retreat from our hectic and busy life in the city. Eden is a place very similar to Baguio City. It has a cool climate, lots of pine trees, and beautiful surroundings. Taken from their website:

Peace, serenity, bonding and celebration amongst the splendour of creation.

Eden is a home to vast gardens of herbs and organic vegetables, lush field of exotic and tropical foliage, acres of lofty pines and fruit trees, and showcases of exotic and indigenous creatures at the Deer Park and Bird Walk.


After having our breakfast, Danny and I decided to walk around and take pictures. Everything around Eden is picture perfect. So if you visit there, be sure to bring a camera with you. You’ll miss half of your stay there if you don’t bring one. πŸ˜€ I want to share with you some of the photos we took. I hope you’ll enjoy them. πŸ™‚


On the way to Prayer Garden, we were greeted by a group of mouse deer. πŸ™‚ They look so adorable. πŸ™‚

Eden Nature Park Mouse Deer|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

Eden Nature Park Mouse Deer|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

Then we headed to the Prayer Garden. Here are some of the photos we took from there. As always, the garden looks so, so lovely with all the flowers around. πŸ™‚ Get ready for flower photos everyone. πŸ™‚

Prayer Garden|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

Danny knows that I love flowers very much. He knew exactly what was on my mind: to have my photo of me taken with the flowers. πŸ˜› He was kind enough to be the “photographer” and me as the “subject”. πŸ˜€ I love him so much! πŸ˜€

Then we headed next to the Amphitheatre. πŸ™‚ It’s beautiful as always with all the trees and flowers around it. πŸ™‚

Amphitheater|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

After the Prayer Garden, we just strolled and took more photos. Both me and Danny enjoying walking.

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

We also gave a visit to our camp site last year.

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

It’s so nostalgic walking around. We have been coming to this place since 2002. But we never get tired going back. πŸ™‚ After taking strolls, we decided to go back to our room to take a rest. πŸ™‚

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

We were so happy to learn that we were given this room because this was the same room that we had during our honeymoon. Very, very memorable. πŸ˜€

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We really love this room. πŸ™‚ We can always relax in here. πŸ™‚ I can sleep here the whole day! I love to wake up with the nature. πŸ™‚ Danny enjoys listening to the birds and the gentle breeze. πŸ™‚ Ah, photos cannot do justice of how nice this place is. πŸ™‚

I went outside the room to enjoy the surroundings when I found this lovely conifer lying around. πŸ™‚

Conifer|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

Then I gathered all sorts of leaves, pine needles, twigs and everything. They give a rustic feeling. πŸ™‚ I love them. πŸ™‚

Rustic|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

After getting the rest we needed, we then decided have a little snack and strolled some more. πŸ™‚ There are still lots of nice places to discover and photos to be pictured. πŸ™‚

Here are some of our photos from our random walks. πŸ™‚

Our last stop was at the gazebo open field. πŸ™‚ We love that place because it’s so cool and windy there, perfect for meditation, relaxation and even recreation. πŸ™‚

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

The field had a very lovely gazebo. πŸ™‚

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

And a very nice view that I can’t help taking a picture of my hubby, Danny there. πŸ™‚

Danny. :) |

Since the place was wide and open, Danny and I decided to play badminton. πŸ˜€ It was quite a long time since we played this game together. πŸ™‚

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And we decided to go home after the game. πŸ™‚ We really had a wonderful time at Eden. πŸ™‚ We wouldn’t get tired coming back to this place. πŸ˜‰

We really look forward to return to Eden…I hope later? πŸ˜‰

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|




Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

I love to travel. I really do. In fact, I have a long list of places that I really wanted to go.

But what stops me from travelling is my fear of riding planes. We had a near plane crash experience in one of our flights and that gave me a terrible trauma, to the point that I said to myself that I will NEVER ride planes again…


Last year, when my husband’s clan decide to have a reunion in Baguio City, I was excited! My brother-in-law suggested that he’ll do a land trip from Davao City to Baguio. It made me more excited and I started packing up my things right away for the said trip.

But when I later found out Β from my husband that we’re going to have a plane ride since he has already booked it weeks ahead, my excitement vanished and I suddenly became reluctant to go. My husband knew for sure that I got nervous because of the plane ride but then he assured me that everything’s going to be alright.

And to make the long story short, I did take the plane ride, but I can’t help from shivering and freaking out every time the plane free falls or if we’re experiencing turbulence. It reminds me of the near plane crash experience we had. Thankfully, we landed safely! Thank God! πŸ™‚

So, as a response to Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo ChallengeReward“, I want to share with you some snapshots that I took from our trip. πŸ™‚

The Ruins|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

Windmills, Pagudpud|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|

I took these pictures using a camera phone. They may not look outstanding but these photos mean a lot to me because it reminds me of the reward I got for taking up the courage to ride planes again despite the trauma that I had; I was able to go to the places that I really wanted to go and to see the beautiful views that I only see at travel magazines. πŸ™‚ If I really did decide not to come just because I was afraid to ride planes again, I would have not seen these wonders. I would have not been able to take a photo of these. πŸ™‚

It is really true,Β that in order for you to get your reward, you must go through so much pain and suffering and terrible torture. But all of the endurance and perseveranceΒ are worth it. All of the pain and suffering are nothing compared to the reward that is awaiting you. πŸ™‚

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|


Let’s see the wonderful rewards of our other WordPress bloggers. πŸ™‚ It really is inspiring to know the story behind their wonderful photos. πŸ™‚ Some of the blog posts and photos you might like to see are these:



Land Trip And The Adventures In It :)

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! πŸ˜›

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? πŸ˜€

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. πŸ™‚ This place is very similar to Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

Striking a pose with Mother Nature in my favourite dressy outfit. :D
Striking a pose with Mother Nature in my favourite dressy outfit. πŸ˜€
Me and Hubby :)
Me and Hubby πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

This waterfall is called Alalum Falls. It is located in Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon, about 20 meters from the Sayre National Highway.Β πŸ™‚

The majestic Alalum Falls.
The majestic Alalum Falls.

Here’s some trivia I got from Contour BlogΒ about the waterfall’s name:

The word Alalum is closer to a “Lumad-Binukid” word (local native dialect), “Madalum“, meaning,“Deep”…Β Visayan dialect is “Lawom”.

This waterfall is very beautiful. The photo can’t doΒ 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. πŸ™‚ I could still hear the powerful but relaxing sound of the waterfall every time I look at this picture. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜› So we just decided to be contented and pose where the falls would be visible. Shame. πŸ˜›

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at the Alalum falls|AineeMacaraeg|CoffeeBreaksandRainyDays2015

Me and Hubby at the Alalum Falls|AineeMacaraeg|CoffeeBreaksand RainyDays2015Since we didn’t have a boarding time or a demanding schedule, we lingered for a while to enjoy the view and take more pictures. πŸ™‚

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Lovey Dovey! |AineeMacaraeg|CoffeeBreaksandRainyDays2015

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. πŸ˜›

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. πŸ˜€ We finished the meal with a dose of something sweet. πŸ˜€

Sweet Confections from a terrible sweet tooth! :D
Sweet Confections from a terrible sweet tooth! πŸ˜€

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. πŸ™‚

2015. Land trips. Adventures. Let’s go! πŸ˜€

Adventure is Out There |AineeMacaraeg|CoffeeBreaksandRainyDays2015


Have an amazing week everybody! πŸ™‚





Philippine Travel Snapshots Part 1– Manila

Travelling has always been fascinating to me. It is like having a 4-year degree course of education in a nutshell. When you travel, you may learn a lot. And the best thing about travelling is that you only not take with you the souvenirs from the different places you have been, but also, you take with you the memories and knowledge you haved gleaned and learned.

Travelling is indeed a nice experience for an individual. πŸ™‚

And travels are not complete without some quick snapshots from the places you have been.

So in this post, I’m sharing some of my travel snapshots from Manila. πŸ™‚

Enjoy! πŸ™‚







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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

–Marcel Proust