at pearl farm

a former cultivation farm for south sea pearls, pearl farm beach resort in samal island davao city was a primary choice for me for a well-deserved stay during my vacation last june.  i was with my good friend, chyng and a night at this resort was included in our plan for a weekend trip in davao.

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i made an advanced reservation through contacting the resort from the e-mail address i got from their website.  i was still in my workplace then at the mideast so e-mail correspondence was convenient for me and having a room reserved that way worked out fine for their staff was courteous enough to follow-up everything including credit card payment.

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I reserved one of their “samal houses” which are built on stilts on the water.

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it reminded me of the accommodation I stayed on at el rio, where i spent a weekend alone in that resort in coron, palawan.

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the house that we were assigned to was the first one to reach from the reception and the restaurant.

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the room was of native d√©cor.  though the room looked old, it was clean and well maintained.

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there was enough closet space and complimentary toiletries are available.

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the shower room and the toilet are separate – i still prefer one which is not.

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a welcoming letter from the management and yes, the resort is undergoing renovation.

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the best part of the room of course, was the balcony.

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school of fishes can be observed in the clear water.  it feels great to have this kind of view in the morning as you wake up from a good sleep.

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we had buffet breakfast at their restaurant which was included in the package i got.

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the food choices was okay but i was more interested with the sweet jams they serve.

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unique flavors of mangosteen, durian and tamarind.  i loved the mangosteen jam, i actually tried to look for one at the stores at the airport so i can take some home but there was none available.  the least i liked was the durian, i’m really not a fan of this fruit anyway.

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watermelon juice and some slices of fresh fruits.

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this is the resort pool.

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there was a scheduled boat ride that chyng and i took to the island that pearl farm also owns which was named as malipano.

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a lush of greenery of towering coconut trees and grass was calming.

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felt a soft breeze and i ran towards a discovery.

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a part of the island which was isolated?!  naaah.

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light brown colored sand as fine as polvoron! haha!

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well, hello there!

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you really don’t need to go that far if you want the best beaches. ūüôā

beach destination wishlist

i love the beach.¬† mÔĽŅy ma have told me things like, “you’re going to the beach?¬† you don’t even know how to swim!” or “don’t go near the water when it’s high tide!”¬† i¬†know she loves me so much and well, she is oh-so-right for i¬†really never learned how to swim.¬† i¬†have been to failed swimming lessons and if you throw me into the sea right now, i’ll¬†drown to death.¬† ironically, i¬†work remotely in the middle of the sea.¬† it’s like a five hour boat ride or a 25 minute chopper flight to reach shore – “how about that mama?”¬† hehe.

ÔĽŅafter updating my work calendar for the year, i¬†decided to visit three island beach destinations for each time that i’ll¬†be home.¬† it’ll all be just a ‘wishlist’ for now, but i¬†still hope i¬†can accomplish it by the end of the year.

1. guimaras:  i bought a regular flight ticket to iloilo last year and did not showed up at the airport.  i think it deserves a second attempt.

2. el nido:¬† palawan¬†just fascinates me.¬† i¬†have been to puerto¬†princesa¬†in 2009 and coron¬†in 2010.¬† for 2011, it’s pronto, el nido!

3. panglao:¬† if i’m¬†going to see some chocolatey¬†hills and a weird-looking mammal such as the tarsier, why not check panglao?

how about you, have you made a list of your beach destinations this year?