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Proposed infrastructure connecting Samal Island to Davao City

Proposed infrastructure connecting Samal Island to Davao City

 

Barangay Catagman, Samal Island

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House for Sale, Catagman [Click to download details]

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Catagman 400sqm vacant lot (Click to download)

 

Residential Lot for redevelopment

Residential Lot for redevelopment

Adjacent to access road and just 15m from new National Hwy / Circumferential Rd

Adjacent to access road and just 15m from new National Hwy / Circumferential Rd

Catagman lot 400sqm (Click to download)

 

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See download below

Lot 2330sqm Catagman Samal (Click to download)

 

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125m beachfront

125m beachfront

Huge approx 4Ha beachline property (Brgy Catagman, between Seagrass and Punta del Sol resorts)

 

Barangay Toril, Samal Island

Large subdivision with many Lots of various sizes

Large subdivision with many Lots of various sizes

All surveyed and marked on the ground - see download below

All surveyed and marked on the ground – see download below

Subdivision Brgy Toril Samal Is (Click to download)

Originally posted on Rocky Beach Samal Island:

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Coastal?

Overlooking?

Inland?

Agricultural?

Residential?

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The SPICE HUT – Bahay Kubo Restaurant, Samal

Now providing Indian or Thai style curries – eat in, takeaway, or delivered locally.

Taking the lessons learned from all the restaurants (here) and our own building and living experience, we created a kubo-style living space where we can entertain, relax and play.

Location Plan – SPICE HUT – Catagman near Penaplata

Download a Map – SPICE HUT location

SPICE HUT – Penaplata map

Contact Numbers:

Globe: 09153814108

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Fresh Lapu-lapu from the local market, soon to be a delicious Indian curried fish

Fresh Lapu-lapu from the local market, soon to be a delicious Indian curried fish

Thai Red Curry with Beef

Thai Red Curry with Beef

Kedgeree - smoked fish, sliced boiled eggs and lightly curried rice

Kedgeree – smoked fish, sliced boiled eggs and lightly curried rice

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng

Indian chicken curry

Indian chicken curry

Indian Prawn Curry

Indian Prawn Curry


Available for Parties

Available for parties, birthdays and functions

Birthdays
Birthdays

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18th Birthday Party
18th Birthday Party

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Family reunions
Family reunions

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Entertaining international guests from Switzerland and Russia
Entertaining international guests from Switzerland and Russia
 The original SPICE HUT, Obenza St., Penaplata

On the right side heading north out of Penaplata, on the one-way system, about 75m before the bridge. (see map download below)

Opened on 18th March 2013

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Opening Night

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Lyn Pangalinan visited several times in early May

Lyn Pangilinan visited several times in early May

If you’d like to get away from the noise and dust of the city, find out more with this download
Tired of city life

Diamonds on the Soles of Their Shoes – Chapter One

Originally posted on Caroline Kennedy: My Travels:

Sulu Archipelago, Philippine Islands, 3 January 1762

As I gazed out over the massive bows of the “London”, it seemed to me that in all my Eastern wanderings, I had rarely seen anything to compare with this enchanting spot. The surroundings islands – and there were many – appeared fertile, lush and well-cultivated. Gentle, undulating slopes rose up in places to over 4000 feet, presenting an ever-varying contrast of dense forest and wide open savannah, of harsh sunlight and textured shadows, of cool waterfalls tumbling into fast-flowing rivers, of gently smoldering volcanoes and bubbling hot springs – a profusion of all the creative and destructive powers Nature could offer.

Down by the shoreline the coral coves, capes and headlands seemed to rise up almost perpendicularly from the surrounding lagoons. And, dotted here and there, on the flanks of the rich, sun-drenched foothills, among the stately coconut palms whose luxuriant fronds…

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Our contrarian garden

Living on the Island Garden City of Samal (otherwise known as IGaCoS), it behoves us to keep an attractive garden of our own. Previously, a fern I photographed at Davao’s Kadayawan festival gained some attention from an Australian gardening magazine. A new (and exciting) growth in our kitchen garden prompts me to illustrate some of the plants we surround ourselves with.

Elephant Yam (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius)

I had a complaint the other day about a terrible smell outside the kitchen. I went off to investigate and discovered an amazing flower about the circumference of a dinner plate stinking like a rotting corpse and covered in flies.

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We were given the ‘jungle’ plant by a relative, it was just a strange prehistoric looking plant with a scaly stem which grew to about 5′ tall. The flower was a bit of a surprise.

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While I had the camera in my hand, I also took a photo of another curious flower living outside the kitchen.

Blood flower, Fireball Lily (Scadoxus multiflorus)

Blood flower, Fireball Lily (Scadoxus multiflorus)

 

 

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the garden…

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Caladium

Caladium

Crepe Ginger/Spiral Ginger (Costas speciosus)

Crepe Ginger/Spiral Ginger (Costas speciosus)

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Allamanda

Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)

Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)

Codiaeum

Codiaeum

Cabbage tree (Cordyline)

Cabbage tree (Cordyline)

Powderpuff (Calliandra)

Powderpuff (Calliandra)

Jungle Flame (Ixora)

Jungle geranium (Ixora coccinea)

Dwarf palm (Chamaedorea)

Dwarf palm (Chamaedorea)

Cactus

Cactus

Euphorbia canariensis

Euphorbia canariensis

Furcraea

Furcraea

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Supporting Local Economies While Travelling. How and Why in 5 points.

Originally posted on Tropicalissimo:

A growing number of tourists want to pursue the admirable objective of helping local economies and people while travelling. This principle became widely known as a base of a sustainable tourism, thanks to a new consciousness privileging small-scale economies. More people want to travel and grasp the real experience with local people. If this happens in countries less wealthy than the place of origin of the travellers, good intentions of help and support also play a key role.

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What do we mean when we say helping local economies during a trip? Indeed, while visiting a place, we all support the local economy in one way or another: we pay taxes, hotels, transportations, restaurants and doing so we boost the economy of the host country and “give livelihood” to those people assisting us. Then, we think: how much of what we spend is effectively distributed and how much actually reaches the hands of a few people?…

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On the water with the sea gipsies: Intimate portraits capture life of Borneo’s Bajau children who live their whole lives on the ocean

Originally posted on THE INTERNET POST:

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They are not recognised by neighbouring countries, do not know their ages, and have little concept of reading or writing.

The Bajau people are known as the ‘sea gipsies,’ as they spend most of their time living on boats and working in the turquoise Pacific Ocean.

Photographer Réhahn spent eight days among the sea nomad children in Borneo, learning about their fascinating aquatic lives.

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Like a fish! The Bajau children in Borneo spend time on boats from an early age, and begin their hunting around the age of eight

Like a fish! The Bajau children in Borneo spend time on boats from an early age, and begin their hunting around the age of eight

French photographer, Réhahn, 35, said the friendly children loved him taking their pictures and seemed happy to see a foreigner 

French photographer, Réhahn, 35, said the friendly children loved him taking their pictures and seemed happy to see a foreigner

Réhahn uses a Canon 5d Mark III to capture his stunning pictures, and spent eight days living among the tribe to learn about their lives

Réhahn uses a Canon 5d Mark III to capture his stunning pictures, and spent eight days living among the tribe to learn about their lives

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Puting Batu – an attempt on Samal’s highest point by scooter

Another natural high on Samal is Puting Batu, the highest mountain on the island. Neglected for too long by the SBK team, we finally decided in the best tradition of European explorers to assault the north face by an aging Honda XRM / Kymco Super8 combination.

First stop to admire the view back across the Penaplata Bay towards Punta del Sol and Davao City

First stop to admire the view back across the Penaplata Bay towards Punta del Sol and Davao City

The riders and their mounts...including a scooter with off-road tyres!

The riders and their mounts…including a scooter with off-road tyres!

End of the road for the two-wheeled assault! First I had to shed my pillion passenger, then the smell of burning rubber from the drive belt warned me that 40degrees was probably too steep for a city vehicle

End of the road for the two-wheeled assault! First I had to shed my pillion passenger, then the smell of burning rubber from the drive belt warned me that 40degrees was probably too steep for a city vehicle

So we parked the 'bikes at the home of a friendly farmer and...

So we parked the ‘bikes at the home of a friendly farmer and…

…in the best tradition of stiff-upper-lipped explorers

...continued our way on foot

…continued our way on foot

Some yard-long-leaves growing alongside the track

Some yard-long-leaves growing alongside the track

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Nearing the peak, the view NE towards Davao Oriental province

Nearing the peak, the view NE towards Davao Oriental province

Puting Batu peak this way

Puting Batu peak this way

After enduring endless minutes hacking our way through the tortuous jungle path we saw our first sign of having reached the top...

After enduring endless minutes hacking our way through the tortuous jungle path we had our first sign of having reached the top…

Literally a sign

Literally a sign

Emerging from the jungle onto the peak we found we were in Hobbitland. So the Filipino bearers immediately celebrated with a meal and drinks.

Emerging from the jungle onto the peak we found we were in Hobbitland. So the Filipino bearers immediately celebrated with a meal and drinks.

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Panoramic view south from the peak park

Panoramic view south from the peak park

A good place for a castle

A good place for a castle

A lost valley doubtless inhabited by dinosaurs and Kong-sized apes

A lost valley doubtless inhabited by dinosaurs and Kong-sized apes

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The expedition’s feeling of triumph vanished when we found the calling card of Captain Walter Snetterton

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2014 in review

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The ‘Dead Centre’ of Davao – Location, location, location!

There’s a property porn programme which has been running on UK TV for about a decade (or more) from which we have borrowed the name of this post.

Many adventurous foreigners consider the option of moving to the Philippines as a retirement dream.

Let us entice you some more with a desirable, well provisioned subdivision having a convenient location (near a major department store and supermarket, DIY store and an international membership-only discount store all within a stone’s throw).

The subdivision has high quality concrete roads (unlike most areas of the outer suburbs), street lighting, drainage, excellent landscaping and an onsite cafeteria where you can mix with other retirees and foreigners. Electricity is already served throughout the subdivision.

View with us some of the desirable, high quality properties already established on the subdivision. The neighbours are guaranteed not to disturb with loud karaoke or wild parties (apart from one night per year).

The cafeteria clubhouse is low-key with landscaped gardens and sculptures

The cafeteria clubhouse is low-key with landscaped gardens and sculptures

Note the clean, wide, empty roads and beautiful landscaping

Note the clean, wide, empty roads and beautiful landscaping

Many architectural styles are encouraged in this subdivision

Many architectural styles are encouraged in this subdivision

From the palatial...

From the palatial…

...large balconies for those quiet sunset beers...

…large balconies for those quiet sunset beers…

...two-storied plus covered roof-top entertaining area...

…two-storied plus covered roof-top entertaining area, and for extra comfort, note air-conditioning on two floors…

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I've walked around many top subdivisions in Davao, and I don't think any of them can match this one for the quality of the housing. Of course, not all the colours or styles are to my taste, but the building materials and infrastructure are literally second to none.

I’ve walked around many top subdivisions in Davao, and I don’t think any of them can match this one for the quality of the housing. Of course, not all the colours or styles are to my taste, but the building materials and infrastructure are literally second to none. Note the airconditioning unit.

I'm awestruck by the availability of the streetlighting. I've seen nothing like it anywhere else in the Philippines.

I’m awestruck by the availability of the streetlighting. I’ve seen nothing like it anywhere else in the Philippines.

Perhaps my favourite house and garden. I applaud the two (2) gardeners who were attending the topiary.

Perhaps my favourite house and garden. I applaud the two (2) gardeners who were attending the topiary.

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No tastes left uncatered for: Chinese...

No tastes left uncatered for: Chinese…

...Cold war nuclear bunker...

…Cold war nuclear bunker…

...Upside-down...

…Upside-down…

...Spaghetti Western/Mexican style...

…Spaghetti Western/Mexican style…

...McMansion...

…McMansion…

...Post Modernist/cubist...

…Post Modernist/cubist…

...Back-to-backs...

…Back-to-backs…

...California beachfront...what's that ornamentation on the front lawn?

…California beachfront…what’s that ornamentation on the front lawn?

There is one small fly in the ointment. The residents of all these houses shown on this page won't be moving out anytime soon...perhaps ever.

There is one small fly in the ointment. The residents of all these houses shown on this page won’t be moving out anytime soon…perhaps ever.

And would be residents must fulfill one (or two) strict requirements before they can enjoy the surroundings, airconditioning, TVs, sofas, street lighting etc.

And would be residents must fulfill one (or two) strict requirements before they can enjoy the surroundings, airconditioning, TVs, sofas, street lighting etc.

You need to have ceased to be, to be no more, to have shuffled off this mortal coil, to be an ex-parrot [shome mishtake, surely?]. You also need to be extremely wealthy. Wealthy beyond the means of most of the wealthy people you’d meet in most countries of the world. So the next time I’m confronted by a Filipino who accuses me of being rich on the basis that I’m an Americano (of which I’m neither), I now have the perfect response – “You think I’m rich, go and see how rich the deceased are in Davao Memorial Park. I’ve never seen anything like it.”