There were so many passengers that day because it was Easter Sunday and people then were very eager to go back to Manila or possibly somewhere else.
I boarded the fast craft around 5 pm and the trip was good for two hours only. But unfortunately, the trip lasted for two and a half hours. I was famished already. I wanted to go to Jollibee and eat the crispy bangus (it was still holy week and my promise not to eat meat was supposed to end the following day).
Around 9:10 pm, the bus started to leave the terminal and there we went to Bukidnon. It was an uphill ascent towards Bukidnon. We stopped in one area for the mandatory foot bath. I was standing on the platform of the bus, sleepy and ready to fall outside the bus. Both my feet were trembling, I was really tired.
I hired my guide and negotiated my tour for Php 400 only. The itinerary included the Del Monte pineapple farm, Camp Philips and Dahilayan Adventure Park. Again, another motorcycle tour.
The pineapple farm extended from acres to acres. Well, I have seen a pineapple plantation in Tagaytay but this one was just too much. Initially, my camera was not working but luckily it functioned and I was shooting at all angles.
Upon arrival at the Dahilayan Park, I immediately bought my tickets for the 340, 150 and 840 meters zipline and the rope walk. It was worth PhP 1,000.
"Another zipline", I told myself.
No thrills on the 150 and the 340 meters zipline but I lost my senses when I experienced the 840 meters zipline.
Normally, one shout to loosen your fear would be enough for a zipline. BUT, I shouted and shouted several times, exhausting and enjoying it!!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah......
Anyway, I went to the rope course and hurdled all the courses! Afterwards, we went nature tripping and decided to go back to the mainland.
I enjoyed it!
I took my lunch. Flagged down a bus and went to the airport. As usual, the arrival of the plane was delayed for 45 minutes courtesy of AirPhil. Nonetheless, I was happy and boarded the plane.
The Next Visit (Summer 2012)
The following year I just could not control the urge of going back to Bukidnon to experience the "Flying Gecko Adventure." But this time I stayed in Cagayan De Oro.
I made the reservation calling the Montana Tours (Cell No.-0920-9600192/ firstname.lastname@example.org). But I ended up talking Mr. Cal Frias (Cell no. - 0916-5937034), the owner of the flying gecko.
I went to Manolo Fortich as early as 5 am just to be in time for the morning flight of the flying gecko.
I arrived ahead of everybody. I waited for fifteen minutes and the flying gecko crew arrived past 6 am. They immediately set up the plane and it took them only 30 minutes to finish it.
Then, I boarded the plane and here it goes!
I have had flown in so many airplanes already. But this one was just beyond my expectation!!
You can feel the rush of the wind brushing in your face!
I thought I was going to fall! I had mixed emotions during the entire flight!
The ride was good for fifteen minutes only.
Aerial shot of Bukidnon (it was cloudy that day)
We landed after fifteen minutes and I paid PhP1,600 for the ride. It was worth every penny of it!
Try the Flying Gecko Adventure!
Visit Bukidnon, you will surely love it!