Paraiso Verde Hotel & Resort : A Paradise Down South

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Who would have thought that right at the heart of Koronadal City hides a man-made paradise that is fit for anyone's getaway, summer or not. Yap! If you ever find yourself heading South anytime soon, here is one place that might just interest you!

Discover Paradise!

Welcome to Paraiso Verde Resort and Water Park! It's everything you’ve ever wished for a water park without having to fly up North. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, you and your family can enjoy the aquatic attractions without having to hit the sea. Let out the kid in you and frolic under the sun while you chase and tease the real-like waves of Moby - it's a whale of a wave pool with a giant bucket that gives a big SPLASH!
The resort also features Wiggle, a pool with a wide slide , mini buckets and showers that is just perfect for your toddlers , and FreeStyle, a lap pool, if you're feeling a little athletic or if you simply want a relaxing swoosh in the pool.
They have different cabanas and function halls around the resort to accommodate big parties and gatherings or you can opt to rent a tent for a more affordable shade. Colorful inflatables are also available for a day's rent of only P30.00 so you can enjoy the pool all the more!
What about the food? You can go ahead and prepare your picnic basket and pay corkage at a minimum rate or you can just hit the road to paraiso and order your meals from their canteen! Their sister company, Cinco Ninas, partners with the resort in providing sumptuous meals minus the hassle of the preppies! They have meal packages that would easily fit in your pocket! Spell convenience!
Here's a glimpse of my quick escape to
Paraiso Verde Resort and Water Park:

Your Home in Paradise.

Just a few steps before you reach Paraiso Verde Resort and Water Park is a haven you can call home when you are in the Land of the Dream Weavers : welcome to Paraiso Verde Hotel!

A bonzai display will greet you as you approach the hotel's facade. The lobby boasts of high ceiling with a modern-feel to it.I especially like the wall treatment at the front desk and the earth tones everywhere all the more made it look very homey yet sophisticated  to me, not to mention that all the corners of the lobby are highly instagram worthy!
The rooms provide ample space, well-appointed with comfortable bed and pillows and offers a balcony where you can enjoy both your coffee and the morning sun.
Standard Matrimonial Room
Standard Twin Room

Room rates are inclusive of breakfast for two and access to Paraiso Verde Resort and Water Park which is just a stone's throw away! Cool!

The two properties featured here are perfect options for a quick escape from our busy schedule. This is where you can definitely mix business with pleasure!

Here's a vid of my pleasurable stay at PVH:

Paraiso Verde Hotel and Paraiso Verde Resort and Waterpark are located along Gen. Santos Drive, Poblacion, Koronadal City. For details and other information, you can give them a call at (083) 887.1091 / +63.999.991.2932 / +63.917.7900754 or visit for hotel reviews straight from their guests.

Koronadal City is just an hour's ride from General Santos City. 
You can take a bus or a public utility van from General Santos 
and hail a tricycle from the terminal to get to Paraiso Verde.

Build Your Own Plan with SMART Postpaid Plans starting at P399!!

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Life begins at forty. Indeed, you start feeling all the signs : signs of aging, signs of getting bigger , etc. etc. I have just about joined team FA (forty-above, hahaha) and am already feeling the signs, ugh! So recently, I found myself enrolling at a nearby fitness gym to get me started with this "getting healthy" thingy and while I am happy with the program introduced by the resident instructor, I often find myself hungry for more demonstrations. Thanks to Youtube , I  get to watch fitness vids and get my enthusiasm burning---tho' not without a decent internet connection. :(

"Smart’s postpaid plans just got a major boost 
with the biggest data offers yet 
and a much simpler and easier way 
to build your very own postpaid plan 
starting at only P399 per month. "

Now , here is a good sign!!! This also means having BIGGER data allocation not to mention more free chat apps (FB Messenger, Viber and Whatsapp) plus, you get to send unlimited all net texts. Although you have the option to add a handset to the plan of your choice, #SmartPostpaidPlans let you BUILD YOUR OWN PLAN without getting you locked in a device or limited set of services so you can enjoy everything you want online , including  youtube enthrallment, anywhere I go! Lol!

"Smart’s new offers start at Plan 399, 
which now comes with 3GB data
 (up from the previous 1 GB data),
followed by Plan 599 with 5GB data (up from 4GB), 
and Plan 799 with 8GB data (up from 7GB)."

This is really neat especially if you are the wanderlust type who loves sharing to social media the beauty of the world around you. It's time to make every moment of every day BIGGER because with a smart postpaid plan, you also get to enjoy the country's fastest LTE speeds! Awesome! And the best part is, all you need to enjoy these and more is just a valid ID--no more of the usual application requirements. Practically anyone can upgrade to Line-only Postpaid Plan with just a valid ID! So what are you waiting for? Ugrade na!

Pili ka na ng plan that will work best for you. Meantime, imma try to do this side-plank properly.

Enjoy a much bigger mobile lifestyle now by getting a new Smart Postpaid Plan! Head to the nearest Smart Store or visit for more information.

DFAT 2017 Day 2 : A newbie's EATventure (The Saging Repablik and Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant Invasion)

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Hello peeps! Welcome to the day 2 account of my Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2017 EATscapade! DFAT is probably the longest running food and travel tour in the country and it's my first time to savor the experience. Today, your Chix just chewed on some leafy salad and a couple of sliced brown bread with a helping of yogurt for breakfast. I have to make sure I do some "poopsicle" to clean up the kangaroo's pouch! Ooops! Afterall, we do have some serious chomping to do today, ayt.

Smartphone, checked. Internet connection: Awesome! That's the best part in this #WhenInDavao trip : getting connected to the virtual world in a breeze , thanks to Smart's improved network! #ConnectedDavao is real! I can't wait for it to roll out to the rest of the country!

Anyway, back to DFAT. We are going bananas today, like literally. The chimps are headed to saginglandia!

DFAT DAY 2 Pitstop #1: Saging Repablik
Tiongko Street, Davao City

The name somewhat suggested some laidback-ish picture of a place selling all sorts of turon and banana-que with unlimited variety of dips to choose from. Much to my surprise, Saging Repablik was nothing like the place in my mind. The restaurant stands tall with its eye-catching, high-ceilinged  modern-industrial-rustic vibe.
It certainly did not disappoint. My lot enjoyed taking photowall selfies with their hilarious saging props. Look at me here: Ever recognize peeps on the wall behind me?

Aside from having a very instagrammable interior, Saging Repablik also offers a very good dining experience. Amazing how the owner creatively re-invented the humble banana and incorporated it to their designs and dishes' names. Their menu boasts of both your usual comfort food and some unusual dining fares  with a  nice twist of banana! Say for example, their version of Beef Pochero. The sweetness of saba blended so well with the thick soup and the oh-so-tender beef chunks.Another instant favorite here is their best-selling Banana Walnut Torte. And don't forget to grab a bottle of their fresh juices. I gulped down a pomelo.

#WheninDavao, make it a point to get lost in Saging Repablik. It's well worth a visit .

We left the place with happy tummies and with the pouch too full, the kangaroo is left with no energy to hop on for some city tour. Your Chix  joined half of the pack back to the hotel to catch up some power zzzzzzzz.

FB: Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant

I'm back from dreamland and am re-charged for tonight's rampa! Off to the next EATstination! ---nag-a-unlimited coin ako ng salita neto! Dinner is courtesy of a family-owned business based in Davao City which serves a wide variety of fresh seafood and filipino dishes : the Yellowfin SeaFood Restaurant. 

The place was jam packed when we arrived, a good sign that we are about to savor a deliciously davao dinner.( that is actually the restaurant's tagline :) Let's see if they live up to the expectation. Tara!)

Some friends came ahead of us and we found them already pigging on the appetizers. My, Yellow Fin's crispy crablet is an instant favorite! Oi, a cold bottle of beer plith!

And you have to try their baked scallop.You can choose to have it cheesy or garlicky, either way, I'm sure it will leave you wanting for more. And as for us tonight, MORE was served on our table! We joyfully feasted on their pinaputok na bangus, binagoongang baboy and seafood platter of grilled tuna belly, bagaybay, white squid, shrimps and guso salad.

During the bus trip to Davao yesterday, I made a mental noted to avoid rice. Marami naman nito sa amin, lol! You know, just one of my self-imposed rules to push my #MulingPagpapanggapProgram. (You are rolling your eyes! Saw you! Hahaha!) So within the course of tonight's meal, rice was served , of course. No, not the plain boring white rice. They call it "Pinangat Rice". The smell was very inviting it almost hypnotized me. Really. I conceded! Talo ang sibilyan. Rice pa plith!

That was one lavish dinner! And to finish it off, I ordered for a glass of guyabano shake. The fresh, sour-sweet flavor was familiar. Refreshing much! The best guyabano shake I have ever tasted so far.
We thanked our hosts for the warm accommodation but before we left, a mirror selfie first!

DFAT 2017 Day 2 was sealed with a shot of Bacardi. Partey! Day 3 is up in a few hours. Wait, is there a helicopter above me? Oh, hic! The pilot's tipsy!

Wanna know what transpired on DFAT 2017 Day 1? Take the tour HERE!

DFAT 2017 Day 1: A newbie's EATventure! (Annipie. Coffee Grounds. Lachi's.)

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I have been working my arses out the past two weeks trying to shed off some weight and for good. Alas! Smart, the country's fastest LTE, invited us, selected SoxBloggers to join other bloggers/ vloggers and social media influencers from the cities of Manila, Cebu, Davao and  General Santos to experience the 10th year of prolly the country's longest running and most awaited food and travel adventure:  Davao Food Appreciation Tour, more popularly known as DFAT---and you know what that means!

This is going to bring my calorie intake to an all-time high but who am I to miss  such a pleasurable  gastronomic adventure? Not everybody gets to be counted so pack my bags I did, putting my  #MulingPagpapangapProgram to a major halt! 😁 chos!

I say we slayed the 1st day with the first pitstop successfully satisfying the tastebuds of a first time- DFATourist that I am.  Annipie Bakery and Cafe  brought us to cloud 9 with their  pies , cinnamon buns and more!
ANNIPIE ECOLAND Quimpo Boulevard, Davao City
FB: Annipie – Your Cinnamon Destination  IG: @annipie_dvo 

Annipie looks very relaxing inside. I love the homey feel of this charming place not to mention the many options they offer you to pig on! Annipie is best known for their mouthwatering signature cinnamon rolls but their delectable pies and luscious cakes  are something you shouldn't miss.

And for someone who has just jumped out from a 3-hour bus ride, Annipie's generous serving of Seafood Lomi and Crispy Palabok (yep! puffed up, cripsy noodles) spelled comfort. Burp! 

  Next stop, Coffee Grounds. I was expecting an easy coffee break just enough to win us some tummy spaces for our 3rd pitstop in time for dinner. Lo and behold! Flavorful dishes came parading for us to devour!
COFFEE GROUNDS  Ground Floor, Golden Lion Dormitel Roxas Extension, Davao City
FB: Coffee Grounds Davao IG: @coffeegroundsdavao

 My caffeine fix for the moment : Cold Macchiato! Perfect to cool you down in this hot and humid day. As the DFATters were busy chatting about and doing their own thing (editing, posting,vlogging , romancing with fb live --all thanks to Smart's improved network, internet connection is such a breeze!), I was mentally counting the calories I earned from the 1st pitstop. ( Aww! Now, dont roll those eyes on me, beybih!) So just imagine my heart smiling when the barista brought in a platter of Chef's Salad. Crunchy veggies and very good vinaigrette! Eto na, after the healthy churva, here comes the egglet waffle with a scoop of vanilla ice cream . Oh, heavens! Tabang mga langit!

coffee grounds chef's salad
coffee grounds egglet waffle

Last stop for the night was a feast of sumptuous dishes from Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp. Comfort food at its awesomeness! I especially love Lachi's Laing and Unforgettable Pork Ribs. Fingerlickingly good!👌👌👌

FB: Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp #LachisDavao

Lachi's Unforgettable Pork Ribs
Lachi's Beef Mechado
Spicy Tofu in Coconut Milk
Lachi's Laing

Capping the night was a sinful array of dessert. Arrrrgh! Locals say Lachi's version of sans rival is unrivaled . I  just have to oblige. Charot! Goodness !
Lachi's Sans Rival

And what better way to share my joy for this delightfully filling experience but with my trusted SmartBroLTE! Amazing how fast getting virtually connected is when you're in Davao City! Zing! Oh, and did you know that Smart Bro LTE pocket wifi is now offered at a more affordable price? Price tag's down to P1445 from the original P1995.

Meanwhile, I'm done with my morning rituals and  thy gears are ready for today's battle of the fork & spoon. It's Day 2 of DFAT2017!

Follow these links for some mouthwatering experience: