Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Restless, In Transit to General Santos City with 5 DIY Travel Tips

Yellow Bus Line
Good Morning Davao! I am excited to see you "Wow Gensan".

I woke up  3:00 a.m. at dawn, and I uttered those two phrases with a cloudy and murky eyes. Could hardly see the switch of the light, grabbling into the darkness of the room where I slept for only 3 hours. Only three (3) hours from the hurdle of intermittent comfort of armrest experience on that night, from my place to the City of Durian delight.

My classmate, Eguy, drove me to the eco-land bus terminal of Davao at 3:45 am.
Student Privilege 

We arrived at 4:00 am at the terminal and immediately passed through the gate of the terminal where the guard on duty inspected my backpack. About to untie the string-lock, the guard suddenly asked me to proceed to the bus, wherein he didn't thoroughly inspect on what's inside my bag. I may be have a military posture, or like an ordinary trusted looking individual, and salute at me afterwards.

I got inside the bus and told the conductor for an SP ticket. The conductor stared at me. Skeptical with my matured face and asked me to show a student Identification Card.

I got my I.D. and showed it to him. After some few minutes in scrutinizing my I.D., he then issued me an SP ticket, not the Standing Position which I endured from my place to Davao.  At least I've saved P50.00 pesos, that is equivalent to a one full meal in an affordable food court, complemented with considerable degree of comfort.

Few minutes later, two young gentlemen, boarded at around 4:30 a.m.  The one with black vest looked familiar. I then figured out that he was Renz Bulseco, a fellow travel blogger. I just ignored him since I was not really that so sure. They both seated at the rear portion of the bus.
 Wide Road System
When I took a peek on my wrist watch, I started to feel restless. One, because I thought the bus was scheduled to move out at around 4:30 a.m. Second, was about my excitement in seeing the road scenic view en route to General Santos City, for familiarization of the place. Third, I was caught up in between excitement to see the road view and lack of sleep.

To sleep during that travel was an acceptable idea. Excitement to see the road view, wrestled that dizziness, was just an alternative option. Settling both was also the best option, but I have to choose an alternative to compromise both situations.  I settled to nap a little, and photograph more.
 Road scenic view
 Imposing and daunting view of the Mount Apo

How can one felt sleepy in seeing one of a million panoramic views in this part of South Cotabato region? An imposing and daunting view of the Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines, right before your eyes, in a dark blue color that espouse with a morning sunlight. Sorry for the electric cable, it was really a disturbing sight. That's considered as an art. As a rule, one should not miss the awesome and panoramic countryside view of South Cotabato.

I really was in awe when I saw this beautiful and famous mountain and the panoramic countryside view in this part of South Cotabato region. That made me more and become so restless. Also restless, with the excitement became so intense to see General Santos City, which I yearned to visit more than a year ago.

5 DIY Travel Tips for South Cotabato Bound Travellers:

1. Choosing Davao as your gateway to Mindanao, is also considered as a good option, if you are from Luzon or Visayas, especially in going to General Santos City or in some parts of South Cotabato or SOCSKSARGEN area.

2. From Davao International Airport, you go directly to Eco-land Bus Terminal and look for Yellow Bus Line, if you choose to take a bus ride.

3. Take a non-stop bus if you are in a hurry. This bus will only stop in the General Santos City proper.

4. For early and long hours of travel, especially at dawn, bring finger foods with you and water.

5. You may take photos depending on your camera you bring. You can use a camera with feature of an image stabilizer.


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53 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. i really wanted to visit gensan and cotabato. thanks for thw tips sir bonz!

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  2. Hi Pauline. General Santos City is really has lot of places to offer for a traveler like you. Bring your friends there. Definitely, you will enjoy your stay.:-). Try to go to Gumasa, Glan, Sarangani.:-).

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  3. Hope to see you in Koronadal and South Cotabato this July sir bonz for our T'nalak Festival! btw, nice shot of Mt. Apo here..

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  4. hello nardz. Lets pray to that. Sana sponsored trip hehehe.:-).

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  5. I have not really gone through this route much...hmmmm....someday.

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  6. @Ding. Then try to take the route to Bukidnon. :-).

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  7. Enjoyed reading your story; the pictures of Mt Apo brings back pleasant memories for me.

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  8. @San Andres Columbia.

    Thanks for that kind appreciation.

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  9. hmmm looks like epic potato will find this useful. she's going to gen san via davao. :P

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  10. Hello dwin. Pupunta pala si Lauren dun. Maganda talaga ang Gensan. Kumusta ang travel nyo sa DAvao last time.? Maulan dito sa Bukidnon when you visited our place. Next time na lang mag meet up. :-).

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  11. Honestly I prefer the day trip din kuya Bonz because I can not afford to miss the things I want to see along the road -- mountains, beaches, government buildings, and roads (I compare roads from different places), business establishments, fastfood chains, etc. I consider looking at these things to be fun!

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  12. the advantage of traveling by land is that you can see the beautiful scenery..

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  13. this is very informative.. thanks for sharing!!

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  14. @Edmar : at least nong nag umaga na, nakita ko na talaga ang scenery. :-).

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  15. ang ganda ng mount apo. gusto ko rin talaga magtravel kaso walang pera. lol

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  16. hullo! i'm from Davao and have been to GenSan I think once or twice and it was all OB trips. But I agree with you tons of good views going there. Even small rivers are good pit stops to splash for a bit.

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  17. thanks for the tips. will consider that when our family travels to mindanao

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  18. im from Mindanao... zamboanga specifically... pero andami ko pang di napupuntahan dito!!!...i wanna see Gensan too!!! :-)

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  19. Ganyan pala hitsura ng Mt. Apo from afar. It's so high nga no!
    I hope I can also travel to Mindanao. So far hanggang Visayas palang ako.

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  20. Hi there! I found you on BC Bloggers. I'm a new follower and would love for you to follow me back at sugarplumsandlollipops.blogspot.com don't forget to follow me on pinterest as well, I always follow back!

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  21. Ooohhh the view of Mt. Apo is so breathtaking! I hope I could go there some day...for real!

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  22. namiss ko naman bigla ang Mindanao. =) followed you just now. Thanks!

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  23. Wow! I wanted to travel around Mindanao... maybe in due time.

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  24. Those are awesome views! Maganda pala sa Gensan. I never traveled to Visayan region pa. I think I'm missing a lot of beautiful places there there!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  25. nice shots!
    i've been to davao, cotabato and gensan several years ago while in college

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  26. Indeed an imposing and daunting view. I have to follow your blog! I'm not sure how I even passed grade school. Haha.

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  27. @Rosemarie Pinay-singlemom: Definitely I enjoyed the scenic view along the road.That's the advantage in traveling by land.

    @Leira : Thanks. And you are welcome!

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  28. @Anne Lei : Yes you can travel someday. Just save in order to fuel up your desire to travel....good luck for that.

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  29. Hoping to visit Davao, Gensan and Cotabato, great shots! thanks for sharing some tips!

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  30. Great tips especially for backpackers. Love the scenic road view, ganda ng colors ng bundok.

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  31. I totally agree with you if ever that you are travelling in a different place. The best thing to do is to take little naps and more pictures so that you will not missed out the beautiful areas on the road. The mt. Apo that you have captured wow! that is a great picture.

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  32. 5 Tips on travelling hehe nice ideas and putting this up! The best time to travel if you're on a province is daytime because you will see the scenery and there is no traffic I think that you experienced there right?

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  33. great tips! i will keep these in mind if ever i get a chance to travel to Gen Santos. And yes, it's always wise to bring a good camera along.

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  34. those are great scenic photos. :)
    thanks for sharing your tips.

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  35. I love your photo with the Mt. Apo. It was so scenic and thanks for the helpful tips you shared!

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  36. Wah Gensan and Cotabato are some places that I wanted to go with for a great travel adventure. Hopefully I could do that in the near future.

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  37. wow, gen san is one of the the places here in our country that i would love to visit. hopefully i'd get to save some so i can go there with my son very soon! :)

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  38. I haven't been to your place... hanggang davao lang me..

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  39. Those tips will be useful for me. I'm really clueless when it comes to traveling to the south.

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  40. great tips, i see beautiful places and learn a lot from reading travel blogs....

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  41. I wish to see Mt. Apo someday! :) Thanks for the tips.

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  42. Hi! I would really like to go to Davao since the farthest place I've been to is Nueva Ecija only. *sigh*

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  43. Wow, you were up and about early in the a.m. But the view show looks worth it...at least once...lol.

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  44. I am in Bukidnon and I think Gensan is so close in my place but I haven't visited it yet.. Pero palagi ako sa Davao ahaha

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  45. @Postcard Trail : Maganda talaga ang road view papunta dun sa Gensan.

    @Paula : Ganda talaga ng Mt. Apo. Lalong lalo na sa personal.

    @Reese : Dun ka nag school? South Cotabato?

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  46. @Grace : Nandito lang ako sa Bukidnon. Ang lapit mo lang sa Cagayan de Oro. :-).

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  47. @Oliver Ramos : You agree with me. Nap a little and photograph more. Total sa pag balik mo naman, ayos na. Tulog ka na lang hanggat gusto mo ano? Thanks bro.

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  48. I ply this route too, but why didn't I thought of taking pics.. hehehe.. for sure tulog.. hahah :)

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  49. Our office is planning to route the 5 regions in Mindanao. We can try this adventure trip!

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  50. I've never been to Mindanao but will take note of your tips when we do get a chance to go there. :D

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  51. interesting indeed. i would love to visit gen san someday and this is a really nice tips.

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  52. I have never visit Davao and some Mindanao cities but I just visited Cagayan de Oro City last month and it feels wonderful after landing on your home town :-) Dropping by from BC, so sorry this is a very late visit :-(

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