TRAVEL: CAGAYAN DE ORO – What to do and Where to go

My friends and I booked a tour with St. Michael Explorer for Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin and Bukidnon. We spent our Second and Third Day at Cagayan de Oro.
We only spent half of the day there on the second day since we came from White Island in Camiguin. Upon reaching CDO, We all decided to take a bath to rinse all that sand and salt water stucked in our skin. Being exhausted from all the waves, we slept for about an hour and went out around 4 in the afternoon.
So what exactly can you around the city without a guide?

Of course we did our homework. Locals pointed us to Ayala Malls such as Limketkai and Centrio. We were also advised to try the Plaza Market and Lifestyle District. The Plaza Market
is said to be much like Mercato Centrale. If you have not been there, the place is filled with Food tents of all sorts from Shawarma to BBQ to Tempura to Icecreams. While the
Night District is like MetroWalk where a number of Alcohol Spots are lined up.

So anyway, if I haven’t stressed it enough, our bodies are exhausted.
So our First Stop: Fai-Thai Traditional Massage Spa.IMG_6003

Imagine this: Php180.00 whole body massage for 60 minutes.
Wuhoo! How cheap as compared to Php 500 to Php 1,000 for an hour. And to tell you the truth, the massage, the service was really good.
The service was definitely more than the price. Yayyy!

Second Stop: Centrio Mall
And as if we are not used to it, Two of my friends even bought a top at Cotton On. How original. How CDO. NOT.
What exactly did we find at the mall?IMG_5939

Missy Bon-bon
We were told that it was famous around CDO. So we tried it and we kept coming back for the remianing days.IMG_5941

We ordered Sansrival – which was so good BTW. It tastes like the ones at Contis. :)) and it’s not even that sweet that you will need a bottle of water and Bubble Gum.IMG_6006

Next Stop: Dinner at Panagatan
We researched and now we made use of it. From the blogs and Articles I’ve read, Panagatan is one of the best Seafood Restaurant there.
It is fairly accessible as it is inside the mall on the 3rd floor.IMG_5952

We ordered the Seafood Platter: 5 shrimps, 3 long strips of Grilled Fish, 1 whole Grilled Squid and Kitong (which is surprisingly good).IMG_5954

We also ordered a side of Chicharon Bulaklak and 1 Kilo of Crab.
Would I say that we were satisfied? Way beyond I guess. Everyone left feeling satisfied and full.
They also had a background music.IMG_5949

I think it reached Php 1,600 for everything already. Not so bad.After which, we then decided to try what they call the Lifestyle District.IMG_5961

Fourth Stop: Lifestyle District – It’s like a hub for a relaxed night out. Resto Bars are lined up facing each other
and all you have to do is just find a spot you can sit and drink with your friends.IMG_5966IMG_5977

We went home around 1 in the evening and have to wake up at 5 in the morning.

For the third day, our next adventure was White Water River Rafting, our Fifth Stop
I was feeling thrilled months before this trip. days before and hours before.
But when I finally saw the river and how big and mad the waves are, I got scared.IMGP2008

I’ll have a separate blog entry for that so you’d know what to expect.
No worries. You will be given Life Jackets and Helmets along the way and 1 Guide will
be with you at the boat.IMGP2248

It was one hell of a scary ride but wasn’t that what we paid for?
It’s these things that makes life exciting. Isn’t it?IMGP2124

After our hard-fought encounter with the waves, we head back. The Advance course lasted for
4 hours and we are dying to eat lunch already.IMG_6001

As advised by theTour Guide, we have to try Tita Fannies.

Sixth Stop: Tita Fannie’sIMG_5985

Their Specialty? Lechon Liempo
Oh, Hi cholesterol.
The meat were crispy and oily just the way we want it. Unlimited Rice and you can also order their Mango Shake for Php 50.

We had to sleep and rest and take a bath. SO naturally, we head back to the hotel where we are staying: Fem Vines PensionBy the way, the Pension House was okay if you’re not looking for some Grand place to stay. You may opt to choose this Pension House if you’re just concerned with sleeping, staying in and the cleanliness. Staff are courteous and helpful too.

After getting back our energy, we decided to pay a visit to their Divisoria – where I think are all the food tents are. But to our surprise, we were told that it was stopped by the newly elected officials of the city. I don’t know why. So we head back to Corales Street, our Seventh Stop.IMG_6020

In here, you will find all Resto Bars and the whole street is alive and kicking at wee hours.
We ate ar Lokal, a  Resto Bar.
We ordered Sisig (as I have been craving for it since Day 1), Halabos na Hipon and Gising Gising.
I’d have to say that their Sisig is not Good. Though the manager insisted that we try their Seafood Sisig, as it was their specialty.
Halabos na Hipon was Halabos na Hipon and their Bicol Express was drowning from Coconut.


After giving in to our stomach’s desires, now off to disturb the whole town of our voices.
Can you imagine a Php 99 peso room per hour Videoke? Wuhoo! It’s such a steal.IMG_6034

They also have Disco Lights.
Really, not bad for a Php 99 room. The Room is good for 6 -7 people. :))IMG_6044We sang our hearts out. We stayed there for 2 hours. We started at 9:30 and ended just before 12. Ofcourse we had to go home since we still have to pack for tomorrow.IMG_6014Look at our pasalubongs.

CDO is famous for their Pastel and huge chunks of Chicharon. 

A box of 12 costs Php 140.00 while a box of 6’s costs Php 85.00

There’s so much to explore! See you again, Cagayan!

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