This Valentines Day I will get mushy while at the same time promote Philippines tourism with my own DATING Ideas: It's More Fun in the PHILIPPINES memes. Call that hitting two birds with one stone huh!
I warn you though that the post is very personal. It will only feature DATING ideas I learned from dating my
1 and only prince for more than
4 years around places from the
3 major islands of the PHILIPPINES - Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao! (I just realized we have covered the Philippines! Nah. Philippines has 7,000++ islands and we have only been to a handful of exciting places!)
Idea 1. Falling In Love. (But don't fall from this tree!) at Fort San Pedro, a museum located at Plaza Independencia in the Pier Area of Cebu City. Mark and I roamed around Cebu City during our first business travel with him as my office law intern. I didn't know then he was "attracted" to me but I sure know now that this was the pose that made him fall head over heels in love to yours truly (ahem!). So when you are in Cebu City, don't forget to get a good glimpse of this tree as well as the well - preserved Spanish artifacts housed in the museum and the large statue of Legazpi and Antonio Pigafetta just outside the fort walls.
Idea 2. First Date. (Take Things Slow and Simple) by the Beach in Barangay Opol in Cagayan de Oro. Officially as sweethearts we traveled to Cagayan de Oro City for our first date. The stunning sunset, fine sands and refreshing waters all made up for the relaxed environment perfect for taking things slowly (by watching the the sun slowly fade away from the horizon during sunset) while munching on even a simple snack while you talk, laugh, and enjoy being together. Aside from the beach and sunset, Opol is also home to the Philippine Ostrich and Crocodile farm, Aviary and mini zoo and famous seaside restaurants. So don't miss Opol out on your visit!
Idea 3. Getting To Know Your Date. (Feel the Rush) in Cagayan de Oro City river. After the relaxed environment, it's time to get wet & wild and feel the rush (not exactly what you are thinking wink* wink*). I mean go White Water Rafting for at least 4 hours from Barangay Dansolihon to the city and experience the thrills and challenges of rapids every 10 minutes or so. I assure you that like me and Mark, you'll learn to be on the same page as you follow instructions from the guide and paddle together. The experience is also about feeling safe with your date! Want to do this? Go, contact several outfitters in the area.I can vouch for Kagay, the one we used since their rates are reasonable and their services superb.
Idea 4. Lunch Date. (Dining with a good view) in Corregidor. For lunch date ideas keep in mind that it is not only important that the place has a good view but you also like the view of the one you are dining with! Well I am sure you've got the latter covered while Corregidor won't disappoint with its many attractions that evokes and teaches about the past. For a hassle -free tour avail of the Sun Cruises at P2,000 each all-inclusive of buffet lunch, tram, round trip ferry and guided tour with a funny guide who will tell you where the 7 - star hotel is (clue: each room has 1-star!)
Idea 5. Holding Hands. (Before or after using your hands) when you eat sumptuous Filipino dishes without utensils in Kamayan sa Palaisdaan located at Brgy. Dapdap, Tayabas, Quezon. The restaurant is unique since you dine in kubo (nipa hut) on bamboo raft floating on a pond full of carps and other freshwater fishes.The place also abounds with native wooden furniture and fixtures for more photo opt eh.Idea 6. Communication. (You Hear it Right!). Meaningful conversation is a key to ones relationship, so learn to communicate often and openly and be willing to listen to your partner. Early on in the relationship, I find difficulty in expressing myself for fear I would say the wrong words. But when we were seated in one of the picnic sheds (which I'm sure you noticed is pegged at P150! -but you can have it for free if you stay briefly and collector does not come to give you receipt) in the 13-hectare Tagaytay Picnic Grove , carrying meaningful conversation and sharing facts and feelings became just sooo easy. Believe me, with the view of Taal Lake and the Volcano, you can't help but say "perfect", "marvelous", "breathtaking", "majestic" etc. and your partner will say "Thank you". I agree (lol).
Idea 7. Keeping On The Right Track. (In a relationship) needs a little boasting when the going gets tough like when you move on the Macahambus Bridge, a stay bridge of 120 meters long and 120 feet high located in the heart of Cagayan de Oro City. Walking on the bridge provides you with a view of the Macahambus Gorge amidst gigantic century old trees.(Note: i heard the facility is currently temporarily closed.)
Idea 8. Professing Undying Love. (once you come to this point) it's so much fitting to do it at a place where you can get that inspiration sealed like anywhere in the 152 - acres of land comprising the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial located in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig District.
And of course, the last insight on LOVE and DATING comes from my prince himself:
And I know he means it literally. Check his cap to find out!
(Interested in our more profound insights on Love? Check out the Looks Of Love: Mhe-anne Ojeda and Mark Poff featured on Journeys and Travels site of fellow Pinoy Travel Blogger Doc.Wendell Cagape)
HAPPY HEARTS DAY to All!
(More posts on VDay. Check out the speedlinking post by Jaypee Quidores featuring Valentines Posts By Filipino Bloggers Worldwide)