Sandugo River Crossing Sandals Review

It took me awhile to decide which appropriate footwear for an activity I obviously love doing — river trekking, and waterfalling. After checking a few on, and offline, Sandugo River Crossing Sandals was a standout. I didn’t need more prodding, I got myself a pair.

Background: I have clumsy feet, and I do not trust them at all. Until now, I can never get away without mini accidents mishaps during adventures, and trips.  I even trip with slippers on on a paved walkway — that is how clumsy one could get. I have come to work around it — you never let that stop you, if you love something that much. 
What I needed: Since the activity will require crossing streams, and rivers, I decided an open footwear would do nicely. So I knew it would be best to get me sandals with sole grip fit for any terrain, and snug fit even on incline or declining slopes. I hate it when there is not enough support, and hold that my feet slips out of the  anterior of the footwear.
Price: 695PhP

“No-frills all-weather design make them as useful for urban jaunts as they are for outdoor adventures.”

Sandugo sandals are originally created for demanding activities that requires trekking in different terrains. Their line of sandals have become the brand’s best example of its extreme toughness and reliability. 
What it is:
The Sandugo River Crossing Sandals is an all terrain sandal that was designed with having to get your feet wet along the trail. It is one of traditional design but innovative features. A 1 week replacement warranty, and 3 months service warranty is guaranteed for this product.

What I like about it:

~ Toe-strap design helps prevent the feet from sliding off at the anterior portion of the footwear — especially when going downhill/stream.
~ continuous & adjustable straps for easy fitting.
~ The outsole is contoured like the sole of our feet is, and it grips surface too.
~ The arch support is comfortable.
~ Affordable outdoor sandals.
~ Tatak Pinoy!
What I did not like about it:
~ After trekking for a while, the topsole’s surface kinda give my soles discomfort from the surface friction. I sometimes wash my feet in water to relieve the discomfort,  lessens the dryness, and wash away dusts. Wrong move, I know, but I could not help it. My friends say my soles need callus. Toinks! Expect my friends to be so not helpful at all.
~ The anterior portion, where the toes rest, is wide. It does help in protecting my toes, and adding surface hold specially on footholds, but sadly, I nearly tripped (3 times) on that feature. My gait patterns are okay, but there seem to be something wrong with — my feet, and their ability to trip, slip, and get me in trouble.

Despite me slipping (only once) with these on, the Sandugo River Crossing Sandals, and I survived the Waterfalling Adventure Tour 1.0 by Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc. It has been my constant companion for outdoors of this type since. Much as I have natural cushion behind there, I do not want my accident-prone nature be the reason for any future medical condition. So expect, still, to see me take off any footwear, get nearest to the ground when I think any accident is bound to happen. A cliche,” better be safe than sorry” still fits this one. How about you, what do you require for outdoor footwear?

P.S. For those who prefers close fitted shoes, a guy friends’ take Sandugo Helikon Sandals review will be up soon. 

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Disclaimer: A non-sponsored review for Sandugo SandalsSandugo River Crossing Sandals.
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MARAWI CITY | Transportation Guide | How Get There Directions

Dear Marawi,

I heard a lot of stories about you. Some good. Some bad. Some really bad. Twenty-something years old  already, I came to face my fears of the roads.  I have to be honest, you’re one of it. I have to be frank in saying that maybe it is because I feared you from the stories I’ve heard. Those, and the nagging thought that maybe I might visit you in an unfortunate circumstance during, what we would call —  “isolated incidence”. And brush it off with “Just your random incident with the rebels, or of other kind“, like lint on a sleeve of an expensive shirt. I would not want that. Not for me, or for anyone else.

Twice I visited you now. And twice you never failed to teach me that difference, and acceptance is a married concept. Maybe it’s that. Maybe that is what I am now betting on. That there will always be difference that makes a place unique to it’s own, and I have to accept that. You’re beautiful, you know. You’re beautiful — your people, those streets, and some run down buildings, brightly colored mosque, and the richness of your culture, and tradition. I like it just like that. You had me when you taught me what Bulos Kano meant. Thank you for being nice to me at the time of those visits. I hope all visits will be like that — nice, enriching, and safe. Sometimes, it is better to be proven wrong, than be sorry to you say that what you thought about a place was right all along. 
Yours, Pinay Travelista

Directions, and How to Get There Details for Marawi City:
*** Fares may change depending on approved rates:
       POST DATE : October  2012

LAGUINDIGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT / CAGAYAN DE ORO to ILIGAN CITY

1] a] Daily flights to Laguindingan International Airport, CDO
::: From Manila Travel Time
   Flight: ~1H 20mins
   Ferry: ~30H
::: From Cebu Travel Time
   Flight: ~30mins.
   Ferry: ~16H

1] b] Scehduled Ferry to Cagayan de Oro Port
::: From Manila Travel Time
    Ferry: ~30H
::: From Cebu Travel Time
   Ferry: ~16H

2] Laguindingan Airport – Iligan City | North Bound Bus Terminal
:: Shuttle Rate: 50Php Pax
   Bus Rate: 85PhP
   Travel Time: ~1 hour

3] a] Laguindingan Airport – CDO | Bulua Terminal
:: Shuttle Rate: 100Php Pax
   Travel Time: ~1 hour

3] b] CDO | Bulua Terminal – Iligan City | North Bound Bus Terminal
:: Non- Aircon Bus ~40Phph Pax
:: Aircon – NonStop Bus ~ 85PHP Pax
   Travel Time ~2H
***CDO-Iligan and vice versa bus fare is presently at 85Php.

ILIGAN CITY to MARAWI CITY
  4] Iligan City | North Bound Bus Terminal (Tambo) – South Bound Bus Terminal (Camague)

        :: Free if you are riding a bus from CDO.
           Get off at the South Bound Bus Terminal (Camague)
        :: If you drop off at the Bus Stop or at 
North Bound Bus Terminal (Tambo): 
            — Take any jeepney line bound for the city proper 
            — Ask the driver to  drop you at Zoey’s Cafe ( Gen. Aguinaldo St.)
                      Fare:  7.50PhP
                      Travel Time: ~15 mins.
            — Take another jeepney (Bacayo or Buru-un) line
            — Ask the driver to drop you off at South Bound Bus Terminal (Camague)
                     Fare:  7.50PhP
                     Travel Time: ~15 mins.
   5] Iligan City | South Bound Bus Terminal (Camague) – Marawi City | MSU -Marawi Campus
        :: FX  / 10 pax
                     Fare:  70PhP pax
                     Travel Time: ~45 mins.
        :: Jeepney
                     Fare:  50PhP pax
                     Travel Time: ~1.5 H

ILIGAN CITY | Dalipuga Falls

Dalipuga Falls is a small cascading waterfall with limestone sediment for a water basin, and ideal place to camp, or have a picnic with families, and friends. You can also access this waterfall from Pampam Falls by following the river trail downstream.

One my first visit, we did not get to stay there long, but on the second one we made sure to spend some time to swim there. I like this waterfall because it can be as private when there’s only you, and your group here. The trail getting there is easy, and you can bring kids along with you during your excursion.

NOTES: 

+ Visit the falls with a local guide, the trail is easy but you could, also, easily miss a turn and get lost. 
+ Bring your own provision if you’re planning on staying a bit longer. 
+ Bring the essentials: Swimsuit and Camera — then again locals are not used to bikini-clad visitors. LOL! Any outfit will do. 
+ Waterproof camera would be best, but in the absence of such, dry packs is must. 
+ Pick up and carry your trash back to town and care after yourself.
DIRECTIONS | HOW TO GET TO KALUBIHON FALLS:
A.1] City Proper – Brgy. Dalipuga – Dalipuga Falls Jump off  
2] Dalipuga Jeepney Line (Travel Time: 15-20mins)
—> Ask the driver to drop you off the intersection Brgy. Dalipuga Checkpoint/Waiting Shed
3] Take a Tricycle, and tell the driver to drop you off at the Dalipuga Falls intersection
Travel Time ~10mins
4] Dalipuga Falls Jump Off – Dalipuga Falls
You might also like to check out the rest of the ILIGAN WATERFALL SERIES posts:

ILIGAN CITY | Kalubihon Falls

Pinay Travelista’s Iligan City Waterfalling Series has rested for awhile. When Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc. hosted the first run Waterfalling Adventure Tour 1.0, I was looking forward to Kalubihon Falls, because it will make it my 7th of the 23 identified waterfalls in Iligan City.

I honestly do not know why I even bother to somehow  finish all of them up in a series, though it’s like a kid on  a Sunday asking her mom for colorful cotton candies. Somehow, I get to do something I like to do out from the busy adult-like routine we grew up into.

We were told that there are 39 waterfalls that graces the terrain of my hometown, and only 23 are verified, and identified. Accessibility, and terrain is the main challenge. There goes my goal of visiting each of them. Light slowly fading away. Cricket Sounds.
There are three waterfalls that can be visited at Brgy. Dalipuga, the Dalipuga Falls, Pampam Falls, and the Kalubihon Falls. The Pampam Falls I’ve visited from before. I just enjoyed the water, and the expressions of the WAT 1.0 participants. We had some quick snacks, and we would trek ~15 minutes uphill to check out Kalubihon Falls that is different from all rest of the ones I’ve seen so far.

The unique thing about Kalubihon Falls is the trail to getting to it. Large boulders of limestone with it’s naturally curved surfaces made it as footholds for us. Inching your way up the boulders is a jagged limestone faced wall shaded by a light canopy of trees, and vegetation on the facade of this wall. 
Here we rest.
But not too long. We were excited to swim our way to the other side of this boulder to get to the enclosure where Kalubihon Falls is found.
Yes. Swim our way.

Beneath that wall is a shyly gaping mouth hole. Hardly a cave. More like a small cavern of limestone walls  filled with water. You have to crouch to reach the deep portion and swim towards the opening at the end. Fortunately, everyone in the group was up for it that it did not bother them how deep the water was. Or if the cavern-like passage had an eerie feel to it. It was dark, and the only light that you could make out is the one that slips from the opening at the other end. Should you not know how to swim, you can hold on to the stone walls near the opening.
Here is where you will actually emerge from. The water is clear, and green — with it’s depth. McCoy jumped on the way back to check if it was shallow given from the previous waterfall water basin we visited that day was (PamPam Falls). This one was not. Enclosed in that dark passage, no one was brave enough to test try it depth. I wished though that the sun was high up, or maybe made it’s way to the enclosure. It would have been nice to have natural light coming in, or lighting up that passage. Maybe some other time, I guess.
 

When you get to the opening, you find yourself in an enclosure of wall facade and water just rushes, and falls over a part of this wall. A small water basin beneath it is shallow and small, enough to just lounge around and laugh with your company. What made us stayed there a bit longer was just having to sit where the water drops for a hydro massage. You can not beat that. Doc Remo, Nanardz, and Shugah jokingly asked if the can take home the waterfalls we just visited. Even small waterfalls like Pampam, and Kalubihon Falls has it’s own charms.

Ofcourse, Jam and I can not NOT do a McCoy meme for our Hudyakka Festival ZaNorte travel buddies Chino, Shekinah, and ate Karen. Here’s one for you guys!

PINAY TRAVELISTA MUST:
+ Visit the falls with a local guide, the trail is easy but you could, also, easily miss a turn and get lost.
+ You can visit both Pampam Falls, and Kalubihon Falls in one setting.
+ Bring your own provision if you’re planning on staying a bit longer.
+ Bring the essentials: Swimsuit and Camera — then again locals are not used to bikini-clad visitors. LOL! Any outfit will do.
+ Waterproof camera would be best, but in the absence of such, dry packs is must.
+ Pick up and carry your trash back to town and care after yourself.

DIRECTIONS | HOW TO GET TO KALUBIHON FALLS:
A.1] City Proper to Kalubihon, Brgy. Dalipuga Intersection:
    2] Dalipuga Jeepney Line (Travel Time: 15-20mins)
        —> Ask the driver to drop you off the intersection for Kalubihon at Brgy. Dalipuga
    3] Take a Habal-Habal to The Kalubihon Elementary School
         Travel Time ~10mins
    4] Ask the locals for direction, better yet, ask to be taken to it.

        And do not forget to budget some food for your guides too!

B.] Taxi (No metered taxi available, passenger and driver agreement)

C.] Private Vehicle

You might also like to check out the rest of the ILIGAN WATERFALL SERIES posts:
Ma. Cristina Falls    Tinago Falls       Limunsudan Falls
Mimbalot Falls         Hindang Falls    Kalubihon Falls
Dodiongan Falls       Pampam Falls   Dalipuga Falls

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Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. 
You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; 
unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

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OROQUIETA CITY | Getting to Know the City of Good Life

October has just started, and soon enough, it’s — Hello November! So I am looking forward to, yet again, visit my mom’s hometown — the quiet and humble Oroquieta City in Misamis Occidental. I’ve gotten used to having my mom as a travel companion, I think I’m heading there with my sister and possibly stay a bit longer than the usual overnight thing we use to do there. When would that be, is yet to be known. Continue reading OROQUIETA CITY | Getting to Know the City of Good Life

Traveling in Twos | Finding Your Travel Buddy

Dear Reader,

One important decision to make when planning a trip is who to travel with, especially when you finally decide to travel with someone. After all having a travel companion will enhance the travel experience more. But looking for a potential travel buddy — be it good friend, family member, someone you are in to, or in a relationship with, can be difficult because you have to consider some factors, and even the character, and personality of the one you are travelling with. Let us start with:

Travel Type & Style, and Budget
Let us cut to the chase, and hit it where it will hurt the most. If your partner is  a luxury traveler who expects 5 star restaurants and would love to stay at luxury hotels, when you plan to try, and eat street food at every street corner and bunk at backpacker’s lounge, or dorm-types accommodation  —- there are going to be problems. You do not want to feel being the one always compromising your travel experience to please someone else.  Neither do you want your travel companion to have a bad experience because it might make, or break whatever relationship status you have.

Talk it over with your potential travel buddy about your preferred style of travel, and the budget you have in mind. Asks how much they are willing to compromise, and be honest about how much you’re willing to compromise as well. It need not be serious discussion, you just need to set each others expectations prior to the trip.
Dependence
The one thing that really gets on my nerves when traveling in a group is to be the one always on the lead — as if the whole travel greatly relies on me. I do not want that, not when I happen to be traveling with just two. Questions like where and what to eat, where, and how long to stay, to asks how much the bus fare is, or to walk extract information from locals can be decided by anyone. I do not want to kick myself for having overlooked the fact that I am traveling with a mute, and someone without brain to even decide whether a soda or water is preferred (no pun intended).
There will always be people whose travel style matches yours, that’s fine. Actually more than fine. However, if you are traveling with someone who needs to be always with you, you need to be honest in saying that you also need some alone time, while he or she can check out the local bookstore, or coffee shop.. The best travelers are a mix of both — someone who is excited to share new experiences together, but who also won’t freak out if you ask for a few hours by yourself. Don’t always assume your partner will be okay with any situation you have in mind, even if you two are perfectly matched cookie cut out. Talk about it before committing to travel together — set each others expectations on the lowest possible level you could.
Flexibility in Planning
How obsessively compulsive is your travel buddy when it comes to details, or planning? Some travelers likes to enjoy blind traveling — just showing up to a place and living in the moment. While some needs every moment of every day written in an agenda book.
Also talk about some “what if’s” when you are already on the road, and there are changes in itineraries, failed travel plans, or mishaps — you will find yourself in a conversation like, “What if when we get there and the dolphins are resting, so we need not stay there too long, can we move on then? I hate to put pressure on those dolphins by waiting for them.” kinda thing. Discuss what your ideal amount of planning is, and see if you can reach a compromise without giving the other some headache. Remember that both of you will be experiencing it together, and as individuals as well.

You might like to read more about Traveling in Twos:
Part 1  Finding Your Travel Buddy
Part 2  How Will It Be On the Road

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The man who goes alone can start today; 
but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
-Henry David Thoreau
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MARAWI CITY | Kilometer 0 of Mindanao

I’ve always had this fascination of the road markers that indicates kilometers to or from the center of the place of which I am traveling to or from — much more for KM 0 landmarks. Hailing from one of the largest islands of the Philippines — Mindanao, I’ve been itching to visit this landmark which I’ve missed during my previous visit in Marawi City. The KM 0.00 is the original reference point of all roads in a specific island — for Mindanao, and you only get to find it at Marawi City.

Marawi City used to be called Dansalan, and was the capital of the province of undivided Lanao. By undivided I mean, before, both Lanao Del Norte, and Lanao Del Sur was one.  We did a quick stop at this street marker, and got a shot and headed for Mindanao State University – Marawi campus for something to eat. We came a bit off the schedule, and breakfast was still waiting as it was obviously nearing lunch.

The Marawi trip was not part of the itinerary of the Waterfalling Adventure Tour 1.0. But Christian Sangyogo of Lakad Pilipinas has been eyeing this one as soon as he landed on Northern Mindanao.  It was a Sunday, and everyone was scheduled to have themselves checked out that day for home after 5 days of discovering, and experiencing Iligan City.  But being travelers as they are, wanting to get to places within the vicinity, and make do of the time left — we headed for the Summer Capital of the South. Marawi City, and it’s people was too much of a temptation to go home, and to miss the chance of visiting it.
You might like to read more about MARAWI CITY:
What to See:
Where to Eat:

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“Unexpected travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God” –  Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
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