Misamis Oriental: A province that wows us with wonder

I have been writing about adventures and travels for months now. I have been inspiring people and readers to go on an escapade and to trek to the famed places to enjoy themselves while forgetting the stress in life. As well, I have been spending my time with you guys telling the best places to go diving, snorkeling, and swimming on the famous beaches on the planet. However, I have never been convincing myself to go alone. I have lost the chance to plan to go somewhere due to untoward incidents. COVID-19 has been stressing me for months – no job, no money, and no support services from whatever and whoever has the duty yo help.  I have been facing my battles against stress due to pandemic and other things. For that reason, I have lost the chance to beat the odds, leaving myself open for suggestions on what to do.

This photo highlights Pading Lagoon in Balingoan from Kentot Travels.

However, some people may have similar experiences. I know I am not alone in this challenge of time. Like me, they also struggle to live and survive. They make the most of their time to discover various activities at home – cooking, composing songs, creating e-Books, gardening, and watching films. For me, I like to take my time off doing what I love – setting up an adventure. Lately, I have come to realize to take a new adventure in life. Mountain climbing, snorkeling, surfing, and the like will do. For me, it is time to talk to these matters and forget the troubles brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. For me, spending my time with my loved ones appears to the best action and decision to do this season. Rather than doing nothing, I believe I can beat the pandemic by making myself productive.


Well, the good news is, I have many things to do in life. Even if I don’t a job at the moment, I still have things to do live the day again and again. I can think of going boating, diving, snorkeling, and swimming. I know I can’t go now to splash the turquoise water on the beach. I know the police officials may catch me and charge me of violating the stay-at-home and social distancing policy.

Finally, removing stress is good to do. I can do plenty of these activities – boating, diving, snorkeling, and swimming if I want to. How about you? What have you been up to this time? Have you been planning to go boating, kayaking, and surfing to make you feel better? Well, it is good to know. Send us a message about what you do this time.

Pading Lagoon, Balingoan: A hideaway to plan this year

The lure of the exciting beaches and resorts has continuously charmed us with its cold cerulean waters under the cobalt sky. The green forests and plants surrounded the place create a reflection of nature that our bright eyes cannot ignore but notice. But, we can’t go out this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic where travel restrictions from here and there compel us to stay at home and get bored for months inside the four corners of our rooms.

Well, the enticement of the beaches and resorts has been made available to us. All are set. However, when the go signal is on, business organizations get usual. This time I am going to take you to Pading Lagoon in Balingoan, Misamis Oriental. Wikipedia says that Balingoan ranks 5th class municipality in the jurisdiction and region of Misamis Oriental, Philippines. Wikipedia sources, again, give us the 11,051 people as a 2015 population survey.

Now, Pading Lagoon offers us such as refreshing waters to cool down. It is just reachable in the Misamis Oriental area since it resides along the Balingoan highway. It isn’t surely Boracay, Siargao, and the Maldives to think; however, this remarkable and splendid place is apt for everyone. Get ready as you won’t miss this opportunity after COVID-19 ends.

This time, please check the following treats we can find from Pading Lagoon. Surely, these treats give us special moments when family get-together and friend bonding happen almost here. However, please check the place since prices may vary considering time constraints and updates, but this one is close that you can get.

Picture Taking:                    20 Pesos.

Swimming (DAY):               50 Pesos Adult / 40 Pesos Kid

Swimming (NIGHT):          100 Pesos Adult / 50 Pesos Kids.

Cottage:                                 100, 200, or 300 Pesos

ROOMS:                                1500 or 2000 Pesos

FOODS:                                 Sutokil and Short Orders (etc.) 

Cerulean Pool Water under the Azure Sky

Finally, Pading Lagoon invites us to visit the place. Kentot Travels also confirms this location and vows that this place provides us with excitement and joy. Visit the Facebook Page of Kentot Travels as well. This time let us enjoy packing our things up and wait for the bells to ring for us to go. So, what are we waiting for?

Misamis Oriental: A home to remember

I have been traveling to different places here and abroad. I have met people from different walks of life. I have talked to them and made further social engagements until I realized things. I have just realized that meeting those people and traveling to different places or countries to explore culture could be unfair. I became biased at things. My friends told me to stop traveling far places and focus on the local settings. In the first place and for the last time in silence, I stopped moving and thinking. My friends were right!

So, I paused for a while. I just had to clarify my thoughts. I had to consider traveling in my hometown and to look around the beauty in it. Honestly, realizing this one never came to mind. My mind would always tell me to explore those beautiful spots overseas, such as Bali in Indonesia, Pa Tong in Phuket Island, Thailand, or Hawaii. However, I never realized that there have been places in my hometown that would surely touch further inspirations.

Now, Misamis Oriental, Mindanao, Philippines gave me a new perspective. My hometown has, so much, had to offer. The economic standing of Misamis Oriental told me to think about it. One can notice how growing and productive the place is. The province depends largely on its traditional products, such as canned pineapple, sintered ore, crude coco oil, and finished lumber and wood products. As well, the province also produces the following products, such as activated carbon, fatty alcohol, and refined glycerine. It is not only that. The province exports and sells desiccated coconut and cocoa shell charcoal. I didn’t know this; however, the province offered so much in it.

However, you cannot ignore the beautiful beaches and classy hotels in the province. Duka Bay Resort in Medina, Mindanao, for example, would give you an exciting tour and refreshing beaches. There came next, the Chali Beach Resort in Cagayan de Oro that hosts you with a peaceful aura in the city. Most local and foreign tourists take their time traveling around the city and then come home to relax. Another one would be the Jamisolamin Farm & Resort (Red Sand Beach) in Talisayan, Misamis Oriental, Mindanao, Philippines. All these and more are just available here in my hometown. I just lose focus on seeing them or even considering spending time visiting the place. If I think about this, I may have had so much joy and time diving into the blue and crystal clear waters. I surely do.

This time it is time to start traveling locals. Beautiful spots sprout everywhere. You only need to explore and plan to visit the places and experience magic and wonder. Besides, you don’t have to spend much money on travel expenses. You just have to pay less for the satisfying adventure and travel in your place.