Can you still recall how fascinated I was when we took the exciting coach ride on our way from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Singapore in 2011? That was one fabulous bus that made the 6-hour trip worth the while. Coach service was first class and it’s no different from taking a plane ride It was an incredible experience for me! I felt like a kid that was given out a sweet precious candy. Ha! Ha! Ha!
Well, just imagine the same fascination I felt when we unexpectedly caught an executive bus for a 3-hour trip from General Santos City to Davao City last December to attend my cousin’s wedding. I was definitely thrilled to my bones! I was aware that this particular bus does travel only at two (2) different times for the day at two different routes. The 42- seater Executive Bus has got 2 (two) units with routes from Koronadal City- General Santos City and vice versa and the other one travels from General Santos City- Davao City and vice versa. I was ecstatic when I realized we were actually taking the most talked about executive bus by Yellow Bus Line, Inc.
For starters, Yellow Bus Line, Inc. (YBL) is the premier public utility bus that operates in General Santos City and most part of South Central Mindanao. When the Executive Bus began its daily operation, it was the talk of the town. It was absolutely a new bus; it’s sleek and clean. Everything was simply in perfect order. It helped to get a good documentation out of that ride because we were the first passengers who hopped in.
And what do you know?
It has got the free WIFI service right on the bus. It is the first of its kind in transportation service in this part of the country. The WIFI password was right in front, just beside the driver seat and it was written in bold, big letters; very visible for everyone to see.
The executive bus was also equipped with comfortable seats with seat belts and footrests. State-of-the art CCTV cameras would make you feel at peace and safer the entire duration of the journey. What’s more? To keep you occupied and entertained for the most part of the trip, two video monitors were installed. On board, chips and bottled water are also available for a fee. And how can I forget to mention the hygienic toilet available on board! It’s definitely first-class service at its best!
Convenience and comfort most often comes with a price. The fare rate was almost PhP 50 more expensive than the Mabuhay Class airconditioned bus- it was priced at PhP 297 if my memory serve me right Quite reasonable and worth every penny for first class service, isn’t it?
Taking a car trip across England is a great way to experience all of the out-of-the-way nooks and crannies of the country. England will take on new dimensions as you get into your vehicle and set of driving, with all of the country’s four corners open to you.
At first, it may seem as though there is too much choice. With all of England at your fingertips, how do you plot an itinerary? How do you choose which of the countless beautiful and stimulating areas of the country to visit? Well, these decisions are ultimately down to you, but here is a quick article to help you make those choices.
Much of the decisions that you make when planning your journey will hinge on one factor: your car. How much petrol are you willing to buy? Will you be taking your own car, or riding with a friend? Do not forget that cars can also be rented if necessary: it is worth looking into rental services such as National Car, Enterprise and Hertz to see what they have to offer you.
Once you have sorted out your transport, it is time to think about what it is that you hope to gain from your trip. Are you planning to visit the great national landmarks of England, such as Big Ben or King’s College? Perhaps you would rather focus on areas of outstanding natural beauty across the countryside, or visit major historical locations such as Stonehenge. Maybe you want to sample the nightlife of England’s cities, or wine and dine across top-class restaurants.
Most of England’s best known man-made constructions are located in London, so you will not have to go too far out of the way to see them. However, the further back into history you go, the wider the spread of monuments. A little under three hours by car from London is Glastonbury, home of Stonehenge and other landmarks which are tied to the country’s ancient past. At the northern border of England, of course, we come to Hadrian’s Wall; from Glastonbury, a drive of about five and a half hours will take you to Bowness-on-Solway, a village at the Westernmost point of the wall.
Starting in London, a car trip of one and a half hours will take you to the famed White Cliffs of Dover, one of the most quintessentially English areas you can see. This is just one of the better-known examples, of course, and there are many alternatives: areas such as the West Wiltshire Downs seem to be unchanged since the Civil War.
It will take you about three and a half hours to drive from London to Liverpool, where you can experience the nightlife of the city which has contributed so much to popular music. Just one and a half hours from the capital is Brighton, another city with a unique culture.
I haven’t blogged that much for almost half a year and even the time before I took a hiatus, my blog postings were very limited. I have a lot of wanderlusts (LOL!) and I think they all deserve a space at this new blog of mine.I had my most memorable and enjoyable summer escapade in 2010 when two of my cousins had a vacation at our own threshold. They were born and bred in Davao City and stayed at home only for a month. I was very busy at work at the time with the onset of the Automated Elections but I took time out to bring my cousins to a newly-opened resort to relax, unwind and have some fun. It was a very hot summer and so the idea of taking a dip into the cold pool sounded very relaxing.
Indeed, nothing beats the tremendous joy one feels when you’re with the company of your family.
We chose Gensan View Resort. My Mom informed me that this resort is new and is known for its cleanliness. So I didn’t have any second thoughts trying it out and seeing it for ourselves.
When we’ve reached the resort, we were in awe of how refreshing the place was!
The pool was very inviting! Just the place that we wanna be at that time of day!
So what can you expect? We truly had a wonderful time! I shall let the photos speak for itself
The rate was very affordable! You can go visit their FB Page or the Gensan View Resort website for more details.
Photo Credit: Gensan View Resort
Provence in the south of France is undoubtedly a romantic destination. Rolling fields of lavender, poppies and sunflowers stretch out for miles under the azure skies, making it easy to see why artists Cézanne and Van Gogh drew so much inspiration from the region. If you want to surprise your special someone with a stunning stay, push the boat out, hire yourself a beautiful villa and check out our excursion suggestions to make your trip to Provence extra special.
The markets in the Vieux Port area of Marseille are not to be missed. If you want to try the finest Provencal cuisine and get a taste of rustic French fare, this is the place to go. You could even think about picking up some snacks to make a picnic and enjoy a long, leisurely lunch on the riverbank. If you end up in Marseille, be sure to try the bouillabaisse, a spiced fish stew.
Digne les Bains
While the most striking thing about this area is the myriad lavender fields, what many people don’t realise is that it’s also home to lots of thermal pools. Slip into your swimwear and take a warm dip in idyllic mountain surroundings. This is a great excuse to try out the French trains: hop on the Train des Pignes (Pine Train) and weave your way through some of Provence’s most picturesque regions.
If you’re looking for a different way to spend an evening, head over to Avignon to soak up the atmosphere of the huge city square, Place de l’Horloge, and be entertained by the jugglers, musicians and street artists. A portrait of the two of you sketched by a French artist is one of the most romantic souvenirs you can take home.
Fragrance fanatics will love the heady scents of Grasse, which is surrounded by lavender, jasmine and rose fields. This could be the perfect place to pick up a perfume to remind you of your amazing visit, and you can also learn about the history of perfume making in Provence at the Musée International de la Perfumerie.
The limestone cliffs and majestic pine trees make Calanques one of the most attractive beach areas of Provence. The area is relatively difficult to visit, making it a great place for a secluded daytrip, and boat tickets to reach the beaches can be bought from nearby Cassis. Port Pin is one of Provence’s most stunning beaches, and a walk along the beach at sunset will be one of the most romantic experiences of your holiday.
Emma Lawson is a keen travel enthusiast who regularly blogs about the many destinations she enjoys across the world
Emma Lawson is a keen travel enthusiast who regularly blogs about the many destinations she enjoys across the world
I previously published how our first day went when we’ve had our Beautiful Lemlunay Experience. We all had a relaxing night.
The next day, everyone wanted to sleep in despite the fact that we all agreed to wake up early before sunrise. Geez! Such sleepyheads and lazy bums. LOL!It was a gloomy day and we weren’t too lucky to catch the sunrise. Mr. Sunrise was hiding most part of the morning and it was raining cats and dogs practically most part of the day. It sucks when all you wanted to do was soak in under the lovely rays of the sun by the beach or by the pool.
Oh well! Did you ever think that we can be stopped from exploring the resort despite the weather not very cooperative? Your guess is just as good as mine! Of course, we won’t let the weather spoil the fun
After we’ve had the lovely breakfast, we explored every nook and cranny of the resort.
We had a really nice dip at the inviting pool. It wasn’t as cold as I have imagined given the weather conditions at the time but I tell you, it was wonderfully warm!
And you think we stopped right at the pool? Of course NOT! Hahaha!We went to further explore the resort by the beach. To do that, we had to go down the cliff which was developed by the resort owner, thus the journey going down was made easier through the man-made stairs.
We initially planned of going scubadiving. When I went to the frontdesk to arrange things, it was badly timed once more- the trainer was not around and the underwater camera was not working properly. My mind was all set for that adventure. It was disappointing!
Oh well! You’d thought that would have stopped us again from our tracks. But the two girls I was with were very brave to have gone down the cliff. When they reached the waters, they were screaming from the top of their lungs that it was a low tide. I wouldn’t have the guts to go down there myself had it not been the case.
So there, I went down with them and walked towards the cave just below the cliff.
It was somewhat unbelievable that the water was hardly waist level but it’s supposed to be a diving spot just where I was standing at.
We didn’t had a fairly good digicam that could possibly capture good photos despite the gloomy weather so the photos here were not of good quality. We had to make do with what we’ve had at the time.
We then proceeded to explore the playground where we ran around and played like little kids.
While we were out and having the time of our lives, my Mom contented herself, by default (LOL!), to babysit for my nephew, Morning Dew.
My youngest brother kept her company
It’s noteworthy to mention though that Morning Dew’s Dad had to leave very early that morning because he had to be present at the Final Rehearsals for a Musical Show at Church. He’s the Floor Director and his presence was deemed very important.
It was almost midday when we realized most people who checked-in at the resort had left and there were only a few of us loitering around the vicinity of the resort. It was then that we decided to go back at the infinity pool and later just killed the time at the lounge area.
At the lounge area, we’ve spoken to a group of foreigners who were there for a tour. If I can recall it right, they were in the area to do some kind of research. Obviously, they mixed business with some leisure when they took some time off to explore some of Philippine’s natural beauty.
We knew we had to get ready for check out when I saw my Mom coming out of the room and carrying some of her personal belongings.
We had to pose one last time before we finally bid goodbye to this December escapade
Overall, the decision to book an overnight get-away with my family was not perfectly timed because of the conflict of schedule with that of my brother. But it was something inevitable because it came up only at the last minute. Good thing we were able to strongly bond the night before and was able to exchange gifts before he fled to his own commitments. It always feels wonderful to spend time with the most important people in our lives.