Saturday, April 07, 2007

Salumay Busay Adventure

Last thursday(April 5, 2007) we headed to Salumay to spend a night there. Salumay is an hour and 30 minute drive away from Davao. Located at the border of Davao and Bukidnon. Salumay is a few minutes away from Epol Waterfalls and it is before Seagull Beach Resort. The Globe satellite is just near and so if you are a Globe subscriber you won't be fretting about the signal (I heard Globe has a signal in Mount Apo as well).

Salumay is planned to be developed and be claimed as Mindanao's Summer Capital. It is cold there... somewhat like Baguio.

We stayed at Salumay Busay resort. They have limited rooms and so you have to call, in advance and book yourselves a room which costs 750 a night. They have a huge ground for tennis/badminton and at night , you can also pitch a tent. I don't know how much the overnight stay while pitching the tent on the ground would cost.

I went with the rest of the family, when I say the-rest-of-the-family, it would mean 8-10 families).

Left picture: From L-R: Ate Kai, Empire, Me and Darlene.

They called it Salumay Busay Resort for nothing....

It has a cold spring!

Busay is Spring in english. Salumay if you translate it into english would be "Diving In"... and how fitting! The place has lots of cold spring waiting to be discovered and to be dived in.

Gosh.. when you step in the water.. it is freezing and would make your teeth chatter in seconds.

The pool is small but it's deep. Maybe 8 feet ? 9 ? I'm not sure. All I know is that it is deep.

Me and the rest of the girls: from L-R: Darlene, A.V., Jboy, Ate Kai, Abigail, and me in the salbabida.. (too chicken to be without it..)

The other side of the pool. :)

The greatest challenge I faced during our stay at the Busay was jumping.

I'm not afraid of heights, I am mortified with the depth of the water. Me, knowing how deep it would be created a turmoil.

I'm usually a daredevil when I was young.. but as I aged away(woot parang matanda na talaga) from challenges and all those fear-factor-adventure.... it's welling up on me... and now faced with this challenge.. argghh! But, I know I have to do it... just that... you know...

The first one who jumped from the four(Ate kai, Abigail, Darlene and Me) of us was Ate Kai (left pic).

Saying... in her jump...... that "It-is-ok" and "Everything's alright.

She swims.. so it wasn't hard for her. I don't swim. I have a couple of those I-almost-drowned experience and one drowning incident when I was 6 or 7.

The second one was Abigail. No problem for her because she swims as well. :P

I was the third person to jump.

I decided to jump if the salbabida would be just beyond my reach (although, it's just near for crying out loud but just in case..).

It took me a long time to jump... but I did.. with sheer horror and the feeling of having and wanting it to be over.

It was really a nothing-jump compared to my jump when I was 16 at Darong River which really literally made me experience the for-a-moment-everything-was-still and my heart-stopped...and it was a long jump.

This jump... is a short one. You'd reach the water before you can say Gone-with-the-wind. And, I wasn't lying when I said sheer horror because I was dreading it. And.. if you look closely, the pic I posted is also embarassing. It showed me in my oh-im-sooo-terrified state.

The last one to jump was my sister Darlene. Hehe. Funny pose noh ? :P The jump made her touch the bottom and sit. Like her, she was also terrified out of her mind.

But, we are planning to experience more of those fear-factor stuffs this summer. We should. Hehe. :)

A video that shows the dive of three kids:

Papo, Paolo (my bro), and Keisha....

Our day at Salumay was not all let's-jump-and-dive-in. We also baby sat for two kids... who would exhilarate you...

Ahhh.. the joys and frustrations of Aiah and Empire.... Joy when they smile.... frustrated when they cry hehe.. but thats part of being a kid.....

But we had fun chasing them around while they chase chickens and butterflies.

Another good thing when you are at Salumay are the butterflies, dragonflies and flowers. You would see black and bloody-red colored butterflies - a not so common color... the red and white with almost transparent black wing of another butterfly, a black and yellow butterfly... and other lovely variations. Also with the dragonflies... they are big and they have vibrant colors. Sooo pleasing to the eye.

Flowers are abundant in this part. You would squeal in delight when you chanced upon them only if you love flowers.

If you want to just stay for a day there are cottages which costs for Php 75 only. You can organize a retreat over here.... and rent a 2-story building for only 3,000.00 :)

All in all... it was fun and a great experience. The sissiness (if there is such a word, and yes my dictionary says no) of my jump, chasing kids and butterflies, cooking at dawn for everyone... and the twisting and turning because it's just too cold to sleep... was all worth it. :)

Thanks sa mga Easter gifts: Appreciate it lots: from Len, Lhyz and Yagi


tina said...

waw! summer capital ng mindanaO! imposibleng makapunta ako jan! sa baguio nga di ako makapunta eh! haha! saka, grabe, ang mura! 3000 lang ung building? huwaw tlga! :D

tresebry | | 04.07.07 - 8:39 am

sarap naman summer adventure nyo! sana yayain kmi ni hipag jan someday..

bukas naman swimming kami sa grotto vista resort dito sa may san jose del monte bulacan.. kwento ko rin syo..

ingat god bless...
eli | | 04.07.07 - 9:01 am

huwaw! ang saya nyan ah! gusto ko na mag-swimming! hehe..
yAgi | Homepage | 04.07.07 - 9:29 am |

happy summer!
kendi | | 04.07.07 - 10:10 am | #

Sure is the heat is on! Nice layout you got there.

Cool pics! I bet you had fun. Wanna go out of town too. Hopefully soon. hehe. HOw come Globe has coverage in places you've said while it gives me a hardtime to seek even a single bar here inside (pque) our house. XD~
Seij™ | 04.07.07 - 10:12 am | #

happy easter tina! wow sarap ng tubig hahah... nice template summer na summer at girly pa
mousey | Homepage | 04.07.07 - 11:16 am

wow! ganda naman ng scenery dyan. may napuntahan ako minsan sa may palawan, tawag nila balsahan. hehhe. parang ganyan din.
mics | 04.07.07 - 11:42 am |

WOW! That looks like a great place to visit Tina! I think I would love to jump into those cool springs, if the weather in Salumay is as hot as it is in Metro Manila That seems so refreshing! Great pictures, looks like you had a great time!

Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Easter!
Angelo | Homepage | 04.07.07 - 4:25 pm

its good that you had a great time.. mukang ang ganda ganda ng place ate.. gusto ko rin makarating jan heehhe.. wow ang lamig pa ha.. o diba nice? enjoy ka tlga ate sa vacation mo ha.. hehe.. ok un take care ate.. mwah
nicole | Homepage | 04.07.07 - 5:57 pm |

Okie, so now Haloscan works, and I've already forgotten everything I wanted to say kanina. Anyway, the place looks like a paradise, really. I'm not a very adventurous person though, and it'd take about PhP1000 to persuade me to jump, lol. ANd hey, teka, PhP750/room? That's pretty cheap for such a beautiful place!

Gawd. If only it didn't cost too much to go there, I'd have grabbed the opportunity.

If you want to just stay for a day there are cottages which costs for Php 75 only.

I surely hope that's 750 and not 75, eh? :D
Shari | | 04.07.07 - 8:20 pm

what FUN you all had!!! and twas really communing with nature---we do not have that in manila, t's all malls, malls, malls

btw, your design is great...summery

happy easter!
sexy mom | | 04.07.07 - 10:44 pm |

wow! so cool! buti ka pa..haha..samantalang ako, just stocked here at home infront of the laptop!


happy easter!
pam | Homepage | 04.08.07 - 12:23 am | #

summer capital ng Mindanao??? malabo yan.. Kasi sobrang lamig din sa'min.. heheh..

ganda ng mga pictures.. mapuntahan nga ang lugar na yan.. wahahha! asa pa ako.. sana nagpasabi ka, para naman sumama ako..

natatakot ako mag-dive o tumalon dun.. waaaaah! baka malunod ako.. hehhehe
Richard | Homepage | 04.08.07 - 2:24 am | #

WOW!!! ansaya saya nyo nman! prang ansarap maligo dun sa pinuntahan nyo!! kakainggit! summer na summer na! hehehe pinanuod ko yung video nkakainggit hehehe ansarap makitalon! hehehe weeee! enjoy lng po! hehe
len | Homepage | 04.08.07 - 3:59 am |

Wow! Cool place! :D Nakakatakot ba magdive?

BTW, Happy Easter! :D
Krisha | Homepage | 04.08.07 - 4:53 am | #

hey.. ang saya nyan whuhuhuh naalala ko 2loi d ako nakaswim ksi nagkaPMS ako ampf.
happy easter!
Aisha | Homepage | 04.08.07 - 6:55 am | #

I dont have the guts to dive so I never experienced one. Your tougher than you thought. Very nice experience. So what's next?
Tin | Homepage | 04.08.07 - 7:58 am |

How I wish there is a place like that near our place para naman maexperience ko ang nature without traveling too far.
christian | | 04.08.07 - 9:55 am |

haay sucker ako sa tubig..miss ko ng magswimming!!
cat | Homepage | 04.08.07 - 10:56 am | #

hi tina. nice summer theme. thanks for not using the overly overused and annoying "the heat is on!" tagline. oh darn, i said. now i cant get that song out of my head... arrgghhh
jaiskizzy | | 04.08.07 - 1:06 pm |

tina said...

That looks really nice. I am envy since I havent tried swimming on some falls or even some nice lakes while still in the Phils.
Chase | | 04.08.07 - 5:52 pm | #

wow!!! very nice for this summer

ako din im too chicken with out the salbabida... i can't swim..
jhenny | | 04.08.07 - 10:18 pm |

nice naman ng summer outing... hoo, may idea na ako kung saan pupunta pag dating ko ng davao sa may. yay!

lagi talaga masarap mgouting pag kasama ang family. grabe. nothing beats a summer outing with the family.

lagi ako nasa beach, sa susunod nga try ko sa spings at sa falls. which reminds me, parang masarap magpunta ng pagsanjan...

happy easter!
mariel | | 04.08.07 - 10:32 pm | #

nice. nice.
ralphT | Homepage | 04.08.07 - 11:08 pm | #

Happy Easter! Looks like a fun vacation! Enjoy!
Sidney | Homepage | 04.08.07 - 11:45 pm | #

what a summer get away!!ang ganda at ang sarap mag refresh jan.

nakakatuwa nman yung dive nila,parang ang sarap mag talumpisaw sa tubig..hehe,ang lalim nun ah!kaya lang,i cant swim..very well..

ang sarp mag baby sit ano?joy and frustrated ba?LOL!

have a nice week ahead,Tina!
ghee | | 04.08.07 - 11:51 pm |

Ang ganda talaga ng Davao. Naalala ko tuloy yung nakita ko sa TFC kagabi na mga batang naliligo sa baywalk, kasama ang mga basura, nakakalungkot.
ann | | 04.09.07 - 1:08 am |

mukhang napakasarap namang magbabasad sa hotspring kahit na summer at mainit, parang gusto ko mag relax dyan.
iskoo | | 04.09.07 - 6:08 am |

Wow. That looks like fun. Belated Happy Easter!
Jhed | | 04.09.07 - 8:26 am | #

lingawa uy!! maypamo...
ara | | 04.09.07 - 8:57 am | #

WOW!!!! buti ka time drag me along with u.lolz! good that u enjoyed ur holy week. and keep enjoying ur vacation.

im back again!haha..i forgot u tagged me nga pala.ill do it asap.thanks for visiting always

take care tina.mwahugs.
ychel | | 04.09.07 - 5:51 pm | #

ganda nmn ng place na yan...! sana mkapunta dn ako jan!
weng | Http:// | 04.10.07 - 4:56 am |

parang ang sarap maligo ah.. hehe
dimaks | Http:// | 04.10.07 - 12:47 pm |

Sutokil in Cebu.. its great hehe
dimaks | 04.10.07 - 12:49 pm | #

Ooops sorry, intended for the next post.. feel free to delete
dimaks | Homepage | 04.10.07 - 12:50 pm | #

hahaha! looks fun! you look like you're radiating light in the pic wherein you're jumping.

Mikko | Http:// | 04.11.07 - 2:11 am | #

hehehe pareho tayo, I also don't swim....pero loooooove ko ang beach and all clean bodies of water where a person could swim hehehehe
bea | | 04.12.07 - 9:28 pm |

tiara said...

hi. pwdeng makahingi ng contact number ng resort? thanks.

Anonymous said...

yes...ang ganda talaga ng busay salumay resort.hindi mo na kailangan mag punta ng baguio.sabi nga ng taga baguio na nakapunta doon"mas malamig pa ang salumay kaysa baguio"oooohssss....yes indeed.murang mura pa aliw na aliw kapa...nature na nature