My daughter and I are in the Philippines to visit my family, mostly at the request of my father who is very sickly. I am glad to have found very interesting tickets from KLM the week before the trip because it is such a very short notice.

Anyhow, we got on the flight all right but the girl was fussing on take off and landing that is somewhat irritating, she refuse to put her seat belt on. Fortunately for the long haul flight, she was relatively well behaved. She had loads of fans and the person who sat beside us was very kind to us. So it went relatively smoothly except our dinner falling to the floor with everything in it still. Even the fact that all her extra clothes are used up because she leaked on them ๐Ÿ™‚

We got to the Domestic airport pretty early and I ended up waiting most of the afternoon drowsing off since out flight is delayed and boarding was late by an hour.

The plane for our domestic flight was a brand new one, the cause of delay seem to be the changing of seats. They have to accommodate a couple of handicapped passengers on the previous flight so they are putting it together gain for the next flight.

The sight of Macajalar Bay greeted us an hour later ๐Ÿ™‚ It just rained and when we were about to land, a lush green countryside presented itself to us. Unfortunately this does not represent what awaits in the city.

Cagayan de Oro City is the capital of Misamis Oriental a developing area city with high investment levels. The city is a mix of everything from posh malls to dirty markets. The streets is where you’ll see loads of people from different walks of life – the poor, the middle class and the rich.ย  The traffic is horrid since the streets are full of Jeepneys with most drivers who barely knew the rules of the road. You’ll also see many vehicles transformed into a public utility, overloaded with passengers. Have you ever seen a 125CC motorbike with 4-5 people on it?

The region is very divers and if you know where to look and how to get there, you will be able to find something unique. Best to remember your safety first though.

More about the trip soon!