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Summer 2017: Secdea Beach Resort, IGACOS

Last May 20-21, 2017, I got to unwind at one of the most well-known beach resorts in the Island Garden City of Samal – SECDEA! My brother, her girlfriend and I (the third wheel, lol) had been planning of a Samal getaway for months already. We chose to try Secdea and see for ourselves what the resort has to offer.

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For those who haven’t gone to Secdea yet, I’d like to inform you that you cannot just walk in without any prior reservation. You need to secure reservation and deposit 50% down-payment to their bank account first. Otherwise, you won’t be entertained.

We were booked a week earlier for an overnight stay. As I can remember, we paid Php 5,890.00. How to get there? From Downtown Davao, we rode a taxi to Sasa Wharf and it costs around Php 200.00 or so. But if you plan to spend less, you may ride a jeepney (Sasa – JP Laurel / R. Castillo route) and it costs around Php 14.00 per person – the fare depends on the distance, by the way.

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Upon arriving at Sasa Wharf, we rode a barge going to Samal. You only need to pay Php 10.00 per person for the fare. Cheap fare plus you get to see a good view of the ocean and the horizon. After riding the barge, we rode a tricycle going to Secdea which costs Php 375.00. You can also ride the habal-habal but we didn’t to avoid hassle (cause we brought big bags).

And voila… after 30 minutes, we finally reached our destination!

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The resort’s Facebook page said that they have a welcoming committee – two dogs. I was actually more excited to see the dogs. To my disappointment, the guard on duty told us that the dogs were sick and were brought to a vet in Davao City. *insert sad face here*

Anyway… FYI, if you’re planning to stay overnight, their check-in time is at 2 PM and their check-out time is at 12nn. But the three of us were like excited kids, we were already at the resort around 10 am. Heeeeheeee. So what we did was roam around the place…

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The first two pools: A kiddie pool (2-3 ft deep) and an adult pool (3-5 ft deep). There is another pool on the other side which was 4-6 ft deep.

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Family Picture Sunday 2016

I have always loved family photos. It always reminds me that every little time spent with your family members is worthwhile and it cannot be replaced by anyone or anything in the world. Our family is a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in General Santos City and November is always the family month. The last Sunday of November is usually scheduled as the Family Picture Sunday wherein photos of families are taken for free.

For our family, it is always something we look forward to since it is one of the few times we are complete because I and my eldest brother, Kuya Nate, is currently residing in Davao City.

I have shared our family photos from 2009 to 2015 in my old blog. If you wanna see the posts click here and here. If you don’t, here’s a quick preview of the photos:

For this year, the Family Picture Sunday was last November 27, 2016. Here is our new family photo:

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Some foreheads and double chins, right? This photo also made me realized how I am getting fatter through the years. Haha! Better shape up, self.

Until our next family photo.

Carpe diem,
Jhen