Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao | 60th Years in the Hotel Business

Waterfront Insular Hotel was built by a group of investors led by the Ayalas in 1960, it first opened on September 1, 1961 as Islandia Hotel designed by National Artist for Architecture Leandro V. Locsin. 

In 1962, the name was changed to Davao Insular Hotel. Since then it has a number of reincarnations as Davao Insular Inter-Continental in 1980, Insular Hotel Davao in 1991, and Insular Century hotel in 1994. In 1999, Waterfront Philippines acquired the property and it has since been known as Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao. 

Waterfront Insular Hotel occupies an area about 12 hectares including 4 hectares of foreshore beach property. 

Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao is known to be in the business of creating memorable moments through their delicious food offerings and worthwhile experiences, so they're bringing the two together through their Picnic at the Waterfront package. 

Having a picnic is an ideal way to bond with your family or friends and it provides an escape from your usual daily routine. Whether it's sunrise or sundown, Waterfront's got the best picnic in town. 

Picnic at the Waterfront Package:

Truly, Waterfront Insular Hotel is the pioneer in Davao with its amazing amenities each guest will surely enjoy this place. 

You may also watch the full video episode of the staycation in this vlog: 

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dusitD2 Davao Hotel & Room Tour

dusitD2 is the very first Dusit Hotel in Davao City which offers comfort, style, modern and smart design. 

The hotel is located near Francisco Bangoy International Airport which offers easy access to the new central business district and convention center as well as golf and country clubs, premium malls and nature parks. 

What's amazing about this hotel is the amazing design of their rooms and suites thats fitted perfectly with sleek contemporary comforts, including the massage spa, fitness center or the gym, and swimming pool.

dusitD2 Davao follows their international stringent hygiene standard and the Department of Tourism Philippine' health and sanitation guidelines. 

Once you book and confirm your reservations, and when you reach the hotel location they setup health and safety protocols like alcohol and thermal scanners. 


Each room is inspired by its authentic Thai design with a touch of Filipino creativity. The amenities are upgraded to give it a feel more of a personal haven for business and leisure travelers. All rooms and accommodation options offer private balconies with a perfect view of the swimming pool. 

Bathroom is amazing the lights and the glass shower is spectacular. 

If you are a leisure traveler like me, you will surely love dusitD2 including the swimming pool area.  

It was an amazing overnight stay. The staff are amazing and the safety protocols is a thumbs up. They are really making sue that all guests are safe while they enjoy the beauty of this hotel. 



Gamo-gamong lumilipad
Sa apoy na pula
Anino ay nag marka
Sa pader na tinta
Sayaw niya sa ere

Gamo-gamong lumilipad
Sa apoy na pula
Parang di mapakali
Tila may sinasabi
Lumapit pa ng kunti
Sa apoy na walang pasubali

Gamo-gamong lumilipad
Sa apoy na pula
Palapit ng palapit
Kahit na masakit
Pakpak ay nasunog
Apoy na muntik matulog

Gamo-gamong lumilipad
Sa apoy na pula
Pilit nilalayo ang sarali sa ilaw na nagbabaga
Pero ang munting pakpak at nasira at sunog na
Ayaw makinig sa inang sinasaway sya kanina pa
Kaya ayan tuloy sunog pati ang pwet niya

Terrarium Hobby that Started During the Covid-19 Lockdown

I really don't consider myself a hobbyist because I don't always make terrariums. I only create when I have the necessary materials and when I have the motivation to make one. I believe that terrarium making is the same as having a pet, the only difference is that terrarium will survive even if you don't water it from time to time. With the right amount of materials and exact tender loving care, then terrarium will surely survive. 

I started creating my own version of Terrarium when Covid-19 cases started to rise and the lockdown was implemented last March 2019. It all started when I met a new good friend Froilan Aloro of Terraplantae. He encourage me to create my own version of terrarium and after a few exchanges of messages, I finally created by very first closed terrarium. It is made of Syngonium plants and moss.

What is a Terrarium?

A terrarium (plural: terraria or terrariums) is a sealable glass container containing plants and soil, it can be opened occasionally for maintenance to access the plant inside. Terrariums can also be open to the atmosphere rather than being sealed. Terrariums are usually used as decorations or as an ornaments. The closed terrariums create a unique environment for plants to grow, the glass walls allows heath and light to enter the terrarium which then creates a small scale water cycle making the plants inside grow.   

The first terrarium was developed by Botanist Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward in 1842. Ward had an interest in observing insect behaviour and accidentally left one of the jars unattended. A fern spore in the jar grew, germinated into a plant, and this jar resulted in the first terrarium. Since then, it quickly spread in the Victorean Era amongst the English. Instead of terrarium, it was know as the Wardian case. 

Types of Terrarium

Closed Terrariums

Tropical plants such as mosses, orchids, ferns, and air plants are usually kept within the closed terrariums due to the conditions being similar to the humid and sheltered environment of the tropics. The sealed terrarium allows the circulation of the water. The closed terrarium can be opened once a week to remove excess mositure from the iar and walls of the container. This is usually done to prevent the growth of mold or algae which could damage the plants and discolor the sides of the terrarium. 

Open Terrariums

This type of terrarium are best suited to plants that loves low humidity and soil moisture, such as temperate plants. For plants adapted to dry climates, open, unsealed terrariums are used to keep the air free from moisture. 

Reasons Why I Will Continue Making Terrariums?

When I started creating my own Terrariums, I can say that it is not that easy. You need to carefully choose the best plant specially for closed terrariums. You also need to make sure that you have the right moisture in the soil or else the plants inside will rot. Just like my first terrarium, unfortunately it did not survive but only lasted for 3 months. The problem was the moisture in the soil is too much and it rot the roots of the plant. 

However, it did not stop me from making closed terrariums. I used different types of bottles and containers, I even use test tubes in my terrariums and I am happy with the result. All of them are still alive. 

I also started to incorporate some of my polymer clay projects inside my terrarium to make it more appealing. I also used old tops to make it more realistic. Here are some of my creations. 

I will continue to make more terrariums in the future for the following reasons:

1. Plants brightens and improves your mood. Some people loves plants and it makes them relax and improve your mood. Like me, I love plants as you can see. 

2. Terrariums unleashes your creativity. For some who loves creativity and arts, but making terrariums will sure elevate your creative element in building a terrarium. You will surely have a lot in your mind in creative a small world inside a bottle through the terrariums. Try it, who knows, you may create something unique and wonderful. 

3. Terrariums are easy to look at. It's easy to take care of the plants inside if you have the right balance of moisture, soil, please and humidity. It still depends on what type of terrarium are you making. If you have open terrarium, then you will occasionally water the plants and if you have close terrarium - they water themselves. So you see, terrariums are low in maintenance. 

4. You will surely enjoy Gardening, without the Garden. For those who lives in an apartment or those city slickers you can now rejoice! You have a way to grow things without a huge land area to call your own. 

5. Terrariums are fantastic learning tool for ids and adults alike. This miniature ecosystem puts science up close and person for everyone. This allows the kids to learn how to take care of a plant like a pet and allow them to closely watch how the plants grow and how the water cycle operates inside the close ecosystem. 

Finally paid off

After a few terrarium builds, I am happy to announce that some of our terrariums made it to a local show called AHA Show in one of their episode - Make your own Terrarium. Though they only featured my photos but I am still happy that I made it to the local show and finally the Terrarium community in the Philippines have been recognized. Cheers!

So what are you waiting for? Make one and Share. 

To learn more, you can also watch some of the videos of my Terrarium Builds in my YouTube Channel:

Bahia Beach Resort, Mati Davao Oriental

Mati, Davao Oriental offers a beautiful landscapes and a number of beautiful resorts. It has always been known as the beach destination, with foreigners flocking to the city to enjoy what its beaches have to offer. Dahican is one of the most popular destinations in Mati with its 2-kilometer pure, fine white sand shore. It has recently become a prime destination for surfers and skimboarders. 

One resort that is very unique in Mati City where peaceful beachfront, privacy of the customers, and the harmony of the nature and fresh air  is what most travelers and visitors enjoy. This resort is called the Bahia Beach Resort.

Bahia Beach Resort is a Tropicana concept. The wide open space with Cabanas, Casitas, and Pavilion is situated in the entire land area. Traveller and visitor who loves to sleep in a tent can also enjoy the beach while setting up their camping tents just right across the seashore. 

The resort is very perfect for family because of its calm water which is safe for kids. It is also perfect for team buildings and a perfect place for a wedding. 

Bahia Beach resort is considered to have one of the most beautiful sunset in Mati and is the home of the Bahia Bridge. 


Beach Cabana - Good for 5 pax
Rate: Php5,000 (Add Php300 per head max of 8 people)
with Free Breakfast
Inclusive of: Aircon, Beds, Private bathroom, TV, Toiletries

Casitas - Good for 2 pax
Rate: Php2,000 (Add Php500 per head max of 3 people)
Inclusive of: Aircon, Beds, Common bathroom, Toiletries

Kiosk/Cottage - Good for 10 pax
Day Rate: Php1,000 
Overnight Rate: Php1,800 (Add Php30 per head)
Inclusive of: Access to Beach, Cooking Area, Wash Area, Common Bathroom

Pavilion - Good for 40 pax
Rate: Php5,000
Inclusive: Bar, Chairs, Refrigerator, Access to the Beach, Cooking Area, Wash Area, Common Bathroom
Perfect for events

Camping Tents - Good for 4 pax
Rate: Php2,000 (add Php100 per head max of 7 people)
Inclusive: Bed, Electric Fan, Access to the Beach, Cooking Area, Common Bathroom

If you are planning to do an event or team building activities in the resort, they also offer an exclusive rent of the entire resort. 

For any reservations/inquiries:

Look for Paola:
Smart/TNT - 09197107347
Globe/TM - 09752648754

Check-in Time: 2PM
Check-out Time: 12NOON

Day Tour - 8:00AM-5:00PM
Overnight - 5:00PM-8:00AM

Day Tour at Davao's Eden Nature Park & Resort

Be acquainted with nature and indulge in an authentic mountain experience. Enjoy the nature's air breeze and be amazed by the spectacular view of pine tress around the park. Have fun with a lot of its amenities and its recreational activities with your friends and family. Appreciate the different cultural treasures of Mindanao.

Eden Nature Park is located at Eden Bayabas Toril, Davao City (around 30-40 minutes away from the city proper).

How to Get There?

The place is pretty easy to find. If you drive your own car, you can check it via Waze and Google maps. If you are not familiar in Davao City, you can ride a taxi or request the resort to pick you up.

If you are planning on commuting, here are some helpful tips for you:
  1. From Davao City proper (downtown area0, take a Toril Jeep (PUV). You can see them at Aldevinco in Roxas St (in front of Ateneo De Davao University), you can also find then near University of Mindanao in Bolton St or you can also check SM Ecoland. Jeepney fare from downtown proper going to Toril is Php30.00.
  2. Inform the driver to drop you off at Mercury Drugstore in Toril. Once you are at Mercury Drugstore, you can easily find and notice motorcycle or tricycle drivers that can bring you to Eden Nature Park. Try to haggle on the fare if you can. From Mercury Drug to Eden Nature Park, the fare is usually at Php200 to Php300.


Due to pandemic, Eden Nature Park requires to make a reservation via call or text message in their office number:
  • Reservation Number: 09189307590 (please check their website for more details)
  • They will send you a form that you need to fill out as part of the reservation. Once done, you will be advised to transfer the full amount thru the BPI acccount or via GCash.
  • Email the deposit slip with your name and reservation date to info@edennaturepark.com.ph or fax it to (082) 299-0313.

Day Tour Packages:

Buffet Lunch: Php600.00 (Adult) / Php400.00 (Kids)

Plated Snacks: Php300.00 (Adult) / Php250.00 (Kids)

Fishing Village: Php400.00 (Adult) / Php300.00 (Kids)

(*Kids age 4-10 years old / Adults 11yrs old up)

The packages above are only for entrance fee/buffet/food this does not include other amenities if you want to use it like Swimming pool and other rides.

Due to pandemic only a few amenities are available in the location. So I suggest to ask first before doing your reservation.

If Eden will return its operation (which I assume they are as of this writing), you can enjoy the following recreational activities:

Guided Shuttle Tour
For those eager to get a glimpse and be fairly oriented of the Park’s 40-hectare attractions and amenities in a short period of time, take the 45 minute guided shuttle tour. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis.


Ready for a sky-high adventure? Eden’s Skyrider is the perfect blood-pumping treat for you. The Skyrider is a set of 200-meter long steel cables suspended roughly 20 meters in the air between two steel towers, on which you glide along suspended while enjoying the spectacular view of Davao City and the Davao Gulf.


Pedal your way through the sky with Skycycle and feel the adrenaline rush as you bike on a cable 60 feet high with a distance of 200 meters.


The resort set the bar if extreme rides to a higher level as it introduces another extreme ride attraction, the first-of-its kind on Davao region-the Skyswing. Standing 95 feet off the ground, the ride will literally swing your heart out to the skies giving you an extreme feeling of excitement, satisfaction and fun. The ride will surely challenge your limits at the resort’s highest and fastest adrenaline rush. All ages are welcome to enjoy the ride, provided that reach the height requirement of 4 feet and within maximum swing weight of 300 kg. Feel the anticipation rise as you are slowly elevated to your desired height. Hanging from your harness, you will be notified by a whistle before you will be dropped. The ride will take approximately 10 minutes including putting on safety gears. 

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is definitely exciting, relaxing and refreshingly outdoorsy. Explore the trail, lined with beautiful pine trees. Leave the stresses and worries of life behind you and take in the splendor of the scenery. For beginners, rest assured that the guides are skilled and knowledgeable enough to make the experience worthwhile fun and safe.  

Fishing Village

Experience the simple joy of fishing and eating what you catch. Our ponds abound with tilapia (St. Peter’s Fish), dory, and hito (catfish). Whatever you catch is weighed and paid for. You may either take these home or eat it fresh from the pond. Choose from four different ways of cooking: pinaputok, inihaw, fried, and paksiw. For a minimal fee, our village staff will serve your fish dish in your preferred manner of cooking.

Swimming Pool

Take a refreshing dip in our swimming pool surrounded by lush vegetation. This used to be an infinity pool with the Davao Gulf as a horizon.  However our lush forest has nurtured rather tall trees that now obscure the horizon-but we think the ambience is just as divine! This blue, kidney shaped pool is 4.5-feet-deep. For the young ones, the pool has a shallow area (roughly 3 feet), as well as a kiddie pool. The snack bar provides food and refreshments after a swim.  

Indiana Jones

Children and adults alike can entertain themselves while waiting for their meals in its huge playground at the Vista Park and will surely feel pure exhilaration as they experience the popular Indian Jones.


Another one-of-kind feature where guests can walk inside the wheel while it’s up to 60 feet meter. 



The Amphitheater is reminiscent of the ancient Roman civilization. Masses, wedding ceremonies and small concerts have been held at the center of the amphitheater. The site presents another excellent view of Davao City and its gulf.


Awaken your senses to the soothing sound of a mountain stream and a myriad of bird songs in the aviaries, resembling their natural habitat.

Deer Park

The Deer Park serves as the domicile of over thirty Philippine deer Spot the deer as they move beneath trees and shrubs while you enjoy the sight of their interesting habitat in a ravine.

Flower Garden

At Eden, particularly in the Flower Garden, flowers grow in wild abandon. Many of these were brought in as seeds from abroad. Here you will find, among others, the Black-eyed Susan, Buddleia Lavender (Butterfly Bush), Sunflowers, Blue Rose, Cleome White Brush, Gerbera (Daisy) and now a favorite in Eden, the Mickey Mouse.

Hiking Trail

Experience nature as you ramble through the friendly ravine walks and boulder paths. Listen to the chirping of the birds and the rusting of the leaves as the site if nature’s richness energize you while you jog or walk through the trails.

Lola's Garden

Lola’s Garden flourishes with grandma’s favorite flowers and vegetables. Take a stroll in the garden on one of the guided shuttle tour stop overs and be amazed with the breath taking view of the Davao Gulf.


“A cultural journey into the heartland of Indigenous Wisdom” Deep in the heart of Eden lies Tinubdan, a wellspring of Mindanaon culture. Occupying over 5,000 square meters, it is a cultural park within a park. Derived from the root word tubod, meaning spring or origin of water, Tinubdan is the tubod of wisdom-a dynamic tour designed to give viewers glimpses of the customs, traditions, beliefs and the way of life of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao. Tinubdan shows you several dimensions of the Lumad existence.


All year long, Eden grows and harvests only what is best for your health, the organic or friendly veggies. Two greenhouses are also used to grow several varieties of the mouthwatering lettuce using the state-of- the-art Hydroponic Technology.


The playground is situated near the Vista Restaurant, overlooking the Deer Park and Fishing Village. The new playground features a modern playground structure that blends with the natural resort setting. There are various play equipment children will surely enjoy. Kids will be excited to try the colorful playpens , swings, slides, climbing frames and rides. Take your pick whether it’s testing your skill and agility at the Obstacle Course, or taking turns pushing each other on a swing, or just romping around on the grass, we’ve got everything covered it all for you.

Butterfly Garden

Take a short walk from the Day Tour Center to the Butterfly Garden and discover something new about these familiar insects. Take time to read fun facts and look at the beautiful preserved insects at the center. Take the path around the garden and be amazed by the colors of our very own Philippine species.

Bamboo Maze

BAMBOO MAZE – Challenge yourself with the breathtaking twists and turns depending on how good you are with navigating. It usually takes a guest 8 to 10 minutes to complete the maze, there is no time limit so you can stay in as long as you like. 


You can check out there site www.edennaturepark.com or visit their sales and reservations office at Matina Town Square, MacArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City.


My day tour at Eden Nature Park has been amazing. I had fun doing the hike trail and visiting Tinubdan. It really makes you appreciate more of your culture by going back into a little history about the different tribes in Mindanao. The food is really good and the people are very much accommodating. 

If you like to spend time with nature and appreciate the fresh air breeze, then Eden Nature Park and Resort is the perfect place for you. If you also plan to do any wedding pictorials, the location is also available for that nature like prenup photoshoot.  

For more details, you can get in touch the Sales and Reservation Office:

Matina Town Square McArthur Highway, Matina Davao City, Philippines

Tel. Nos: +63 82 299-1020, +63 82 296-0791

Fax: +63 82 299-0313

Mobile No.: +639189307590

Email Address: info@edennaturepark.com.ph

Website: edennaturepark.com.ph

Dahican Beach: Surfing Meca of Davao Region

Mati, Davao Oriental, specially Dahican Beach, is known for its powdery white sand, uncrowded shores and crystal blue waters that will surely greet you if you are new to this location. 

This 7-kilometer stretch of beach surrounded by coconut trees has been dubbed as the next Boracay which draws crowds from all over mainland Mindanao, Manila and Cebu. 

This destination is called as the "Surfing Meca" in the Davao Region as this place is known for surfers, skimboarders, and beach bums like me. Local Government units strives to keep the area protected as this is also a sanctuary for sea turtles (Pawikan). The name "Dahican" comes from the word "dahik",  the word locals use to describe their act of coming in from the sea to nest.

You can also watch the full episode of me exploring in Mati Davao Oriental specilly in Dahican and Bahia Beach Resort in my You Tube Channel: Exploring Mati Davao Oriental: Dahican Beach

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New Beginnings

 "Never stop trying. Never stop believing. Never give up. Your day will come." - Unknown

I have been away from blogging for so many years. My last blog was in 2015. I got busy. My priorities changed. I have lived a life out of the blogosphere. Then, COVID-19 happened. Need to change my priorities. Opportunities arises... then vlog came. I began vlogging last March 2020 (exactly on my 40th birthday. I launched Call Me Xander vlog which aims to give inspiration and hope to people who are in lockdown and to remind everyone that despite of the global pandemic we can still live and rise from the adversities in life. 

And so, I have decided to revive this blog as well. To continue to write down all our experiences and travels. 

I hope you will also join me as I start a new chapter of my vlogging/blogging journey. 

Salamat mga Ka-Generation!

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