The Best Secluded Beaches of Davao


As of late, Davao has been considered to be one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines. The city serves as the main hub for trade, commerce, and industry in Mindanao and it also plays host to the famous Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines. The metropolis has also been regarded as the safest city in the Philippines to live in.

However, unbeknownst to most, Davao apart from being the safest city in the country also plays home to some of the most beautiful, pristine and white sand beaches. And since Davao is close to the coastal waters of the Davao Gulf, there would be innumerable options when it comes to choosing a beaches or resorts in Davao City. But if you are looking for a more private alternative without the usual noise and activity in a beach, the beaches of Davao still has you covered and here are six secluded beaches you can choose from on your next ocean excursion.

1.) Bonhomie


Located in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental, Bonhomie is one of those rare beaches that has stayed immaculately clean with well-maintained surroundings. The powdery-white sand beach is within proximity of its infinity pool. If you are up for an extra adventure, you can request to be brought to the one-hectare Burias Islet which is located at the boundary of Maputi and Puntalinao Rivers.

2.) Samalan Camp and Sea


If you are thinking of a word synonymous to rest and relaxation then Samalan Camp and Sea might fit the mold. This resort is located in Samal City and is a three hundred meter stretch of powdery white sand beach—ideal for both families and groups of friends who are looking to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the metro. The beach secluded, making it a bit of paradise within easy grasp.

3.) Compostela Valley


Although still largely undeveloped, the beach boasts of white sands and crystal clear blue waters. The beach is located on an island approximately 87 hectares large with the area chock-full of wild fruit and coconut trees. Individuals desiring to be a bit more in tune with nature would be pleased to discover that the waters of this beach are known breeding grounds for leatherback turtles and hawksbill which adds to the overall allure of the beach.

4.) Welborn in Pantukan

Couples who are looking for a secluded and private beach with a wide stretch of sand to serve as a canvas for glamour photos or prenup photos might find this beach in Compostela a real gem. Welborn in Pantukan has a wide stretch of powdery white sand that is absolutely perfect for walking or frolicking even barefoot. There are no stones or corals that may injure bare feet as the sea bed is flat so you can traipse away on the hot sand. Considered as a haven for photographers, the beach paints a panoramic and beautiful picture of any sunset.

5.) Bluewaters (Island Garden City of Samal)


If you are looking for a quick getaway from the perpetually busy city life yet you could not afford to have an overnight stay away from the city, Bluewaters would be your best option. Bluewaters from the Island Garden City of Samal is a healthy compromise between a getaway from the city without being much too far. The beach only takes about seven minutes to reach from Davao City. Simply go to the boarding area which is located at the Davao Beach Club at Lizada Drive, Lanang and you are all set.

6.) Banana Beach


For a truly unique experience and a great backstory to tell, visit the Banana Beach in Tagum City. It is the only beach in the world that is contained inside a banana plantation. Activities on the beach include kayaking, banana boat riding, skimboarding, water trampoline and a lot more. It has an extensive coastline of 4.5 kilometers with a flat and even seabed making the abovementioned activities feasible and possible. It would not take you long to reach the beach from the city as it is about only a fifteen-minute drive at the most.

Update your travel itinerary the next time you are in Davao City and discover the secluded and hidden natural treasures of the city above that would make your trip truly worth the while.


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Coastal Living 101: Reasons to Live by the Sea


“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

With 7101 islands in this archipelago, you are guaranteed to find the perfect coastal spot as there are many beaches in the Philippines. And a day by the beach is always the perfect remedy for anything at any time.

In fact, Isak Dinesen has been quoted to say that the cure for anything is salt water—sweat, tears, or the sea. This profound maxim is proof enough that the beach does wonders for anyone who visits it. However, most people see the beach as a destination for vacation—a retreat more than a place of billeted everyday residence. Owing to the exorbitant rates these beach lots are priced, it may seem like an impractical reason to perpetually station your living quarters in coastal living. But have you ever considered that living by the beach grants you an avenue for a day to day retreat? Instead of looking forward to hot and scorching summers for a chance to visit the beach, you can just walk out to your front yard and instead of admiring your lawn; you would be surveying the ripples and waves instead?

All of these sound like a whimsical dream, but these are only a fraction of what you can truly experience with coastal living. Here are more reasons why living by the sea is actually great for you.

1.) An avenue for embracing the outdoors

Living in a congested city makes us neglect to wake up and smell the roses. In essence, the perpetually busy urban lifestyle that we have deflects us from appreciating what nature has to offer. Incidentally, because some of us cannot stand metropolitan traffic, we tend to stay indoors most of the time. By the sea, there is no traffic and an added bonus is that it is away from the city’s chaos and pollution. Living by the sea is a healthier alternative because it encourages you to go out and get some sun which would help you absorb calcium for the bones and fight against hypertension.

2.) Be in shape

Swimming by the sea allows your body to burn nearly two hundred calories, a beach volleyball eliminates about three hundred and walking on the sand requires you to exert more mechanical effort than walking on a flat surface at the same speed. Living by the beach makes having a gym membership superfluous as there are so many opportunities for working out just outside your door.

3.) Relax and unplug

Coastal living alleviates stress levels as it enables you to unplug and be in tune with nature and yourself. If you are truly committed to doing some unplugging and to immerse yourself in the beach’s tranquility then store all of your gadgets. Go for a leisurely walk or a quick dip on the beach to allow yourself to release some stress.

4.) Have better sleep

Living by the beach or even just coming from the beach allows you to sleep well because of the sea air. This sea air is teeming with robust negative ions that would enable your body to speed up the absorption of oxygen. These same ions would also stabilize your levels of serotonin (transmitted that regulates mood and stress) making you feel more relaxed.

5.) Fresh seafood

Looking for something sumptuous for dinner? Well, maybe grilled fish fresh from the ocean would be perfect. Coastal living gives you the advantage of finding affordable seafood in your vicinity as opposed to buying them from the groceries in the metropolis. Apart from that, you can always be assured that your food is fresh. Seafood from the coast is more delectable and is full of essential nutrients.


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Why Do We Need To Conserve Energy At Home


As we all know, conserving energy is a must. Perhaps, some of you here already have an idea on what and what not to do when it comes to conserving energy at home, since there are a lot of articles that talks about things that help conserve the energy. However, not all of us here are able to grasp and understand why we need to conserve energy at home. Of course, it does not matter if you are living in a condo in Taguig or a condo near Makati, you are not excepted in conserving energy.

Although most homeowners have their own ways in doing their thing, but we all have the same aim – to conserve energy. Perhaps, a lot of you here might be wondering whether if conserving energy is important or not. Well, if you are one of those people who share the same sentiments, then below are some reasons as to why we need to conserve energy at home.

Energy efficiency saves you money

Whether you realize it or not, conserving energy saves your money big time. Of course, you are paying the bills. And if you use too much energy, your electric bill would definitely go up. Not to mention when you use appliances that are not energy saver, it will definitely add up to the cost of your bills. If you want to save money, you have to buy energy-efficient appliances, making energy-efficient home improvements, and taking energy-efficient actions every day.

If you think that buying energy saver appliances can cost you a lot, then you better think again. These kinds of the appliance are affordable enough for you to buy them for your home use. Replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient halogens, CFLs or LEDs saves you more than the previous one. And most importantly, you also have to observe proper measures such as turning the lights off or the AC off if it is not in use. With that, you can definitely save you from worry about your bills.

Energy efficiency improves the economy

Aside from it help us save a lot of money, we have also helped our economy by conserving energy at home. How much more when we practice conserving energy not just in our home, but also in business establishments? This will definitely help businesses and city, towns and governments save on a much bigger scale. Well, think about saving millions to billions of money while conserving energy. And if they have the money, they can definitely put up other establishments to create more jobs for the unemployed. See how conserving energy can save us a lot of headaches?

Energy efficiency is good for the environment

Always remember that not all appliances are eco-friendly. Most of the appliances produced chemicals when is use that can definitely destroy our Mother Nature. However, if you just convert your appliances that are friendly enough to the environment, then you are also helping our community by protecting them from harmful risks. Moreover, through converting your appliances into an eco-friendly one, you are also conserving and saving a lot of money.

Energy efficiency improves national security

Perhaps, not all of us here know this, but energy efficiency safeguards our nation by decreasing the overall demand for energy, and the need to import and transport fossil fuels. Of course, this also paves way to our country’s independence when it comes to our resources. Moreover, with energy efficiency, we can save energy resources for future generations to use.

Energy efficiency enhances quality of life

Of course, this is the most important thing we need to achieve. Whether you realize it or not, conserving energy can improve the quality of life that we have. Generally, we will have a more comfortable life in our community since there are not dangers when it comes to harmful pollutants. Moreover, you can also be productive at home and at work through taking advantage of energy efficiency in office buildings and production processes.

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3 Big Lies You’ve Been Telling Yourself About Renovations


Whether you like it or not, there will always be a time when you get to decide to have some renovations at home. Perhaps, you get tired of living in a dull and boring place, and you need some inspiration that is why you decide to do some remodeling. Or you’ve even noticed that there are already damages in your home that needs to have some repairs. No matter what the reasons are, there is still a need for you to renovate for the betterment of your home. Who would not like it? Right?

Unfortunately, not all homeowners can achieve the desired outcome of the renovations. Perhaps, they do not have any idea at all on what and what not to do when it comes to home design. As a result, they made some costly renovation mistakes. That means, renovating your home should not be taken light to avoid committing mistakes. Generally, it does not matter if you want to have some renovations in your house and lot in Quezon City or any other real estate property in the Philippines, having a good home is within your reach.

If you are planning to remodel your home, you have to make sure that you are doing the right thing. Of course, you also have to know the basic things when it comes to home renovations. That means you should also not believe the lies most homeowners tend to think. As a result, they regret their decisions on the long run. And I’m sure you do not want to happen to you.

Lie # 1. “Home renovations always pay you back.”

This is one of the many lies most homeowners believe. They tend to believe that improvements will pay them back that is why they do some renovations even if it is not that necessary to have. And mind you, renovating your home without even thinking if it is worth your time, effort and most importantly, your money, then it is not a good idea to have one. Of course, you are all wasting all of it. Before you decide to remodel your home, you have to make sure that it is necessary enough for you to do. If not, then this might not give you a good result in return.

One of the things most homebuyers or renters would usually look for a home is not just about how good your home is. Yes, the appearance of the property may be an advantage, but you also have to make sure that the property has a high quality for the people to be interested in buying or investing in your property.

Lie # 2. “You can do it all yourself.”

Whether you like it or not, you definitely cannot do it all by yourself. Of course, you need someone that would help you with the renovation. You also need someone who can hold the other end. And mind you, you will definitely be exhausted when you tend to do the renovation all alone. However, when you have a helping hand, your work will much easier and faster for you to do. You also do not need to put yourself in an awkward situation or position since there is no one who can help you with it. Well, you need 2-3 people for you to be able to accomplish the task as soon as possible.

Lie # 3. “Do it right – no slapdash remodeling allowed.’

Although it is true that we need to follow some measures when it comes to remodeling our home, that is not always the case. When it comes to renovating or remodeling your home, it is a must for you to follow what you really want to have for you to be able to appreciate the outcome of it. Of course, you also have to make sure that you are still doing the right thing when it comes to the dos and don’ts when remodeling your home. With this, it will be much easier for you to make the renovation done since you know what and what not to do with your home.

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Top 8 “Roommate-Night” Ideas



There will always be fun when living with a roommate. Agree? Of course, having a roommate is also one of the many ways you can enjoy life living together. Especially when you need something, your roommate can be a big help to you. However, there are just times that it gets boring, especially when you do not have anything to do together. And sometimes, this will also lead to misunderstandings. Generally, it does not matter if you both are living in a condo in Taguig or any other real estate in the Philippines, you can definitely have fun with your roommates.

Although there are just times that you and your roommate have different likes and dislikes in life, then perhaps you might agree on some other things that can also give you fun and excitement doing things together. Well, to give you some ideas, you might want to do these things below to have more fun with your roommates.

1. Cook a fancy meal together

Who would reject food? Right? Perhaps, you can make your favorite dish together at home. Let your roommate taste the especially dish that you really want to have. Who knows, you can also learn new recipes from your roommate.

2. Rent a new or old movie, popcorn and relax at home

Yes, you can go together in cinemas. But there is nothing like watching movies together at home. You do not just watch movies, you also got the chance to bond more with them. Moreover, this will also give you a homey and relaxing feeling at home.

3. Take a walk around your complex or at a park nearby

If you both have free time, why don’t you try walking together around your complex or at a park nearby? This is the chance for you to know more about your roommate. Of course, you can find a good timing to share your experiences in life. Who know, you both share the same sentiments on one thing, right?

4. Hit the gym together (this helps, accountability, too!)

If you are a kind of person who is a health conscious, then why don’t you try hitting the gym together with your roommate? Perhaps, this is the time for you to introduce to him or her and effective way of losing or gaining weight, or simply for fitness purposes.

5. Try a local restaurant

If you are into food trips, you should both try going to a local restaurant together. It does not need to be that expensive enough to eat your favorite meal. Well, if you are happy enough eating together with your roommate, then it would be a great thing to have.

6. Play loud music and clean your home

If you happen to be free from work or in school together, why don’t you try playing loud music and clean your home? With this, cleaning your home would not be that boring for you. Of course, you have your roommate clean together with you which makes the tasks done faster.

7. Visit thrift shops and go shopping

This is also one of the many ways to bond with your roommate. When you both have free time, you can definitely go visit thrift shops and go shopping. Perhaps, you can find things that would match your tastes. Well, you can both agree on buying a particular thing for your home.

8. Take a yoga or fitness class

Aside from going to a gym, you can also take a yoga or a fitness class. With this, you will be able to relax more with it. Also, you do not just take some exercises, this is also one of the many ways where you can bond with your roommate together.

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