I was very fortunate to have been invited to this year’s S3X Tour (SOCCSKSARGEN Experience Tour). I’ve never been to the region but I heard wonderful things about it, especially Gen San, from Dabawenyo bloggers during my DFAT tour earlier this year.
I arrived a few days early so I can spend some time in Davao then Tara, Ria, Mica and I took a bus from Davao to GenSan. The ride was long but smooth. I enjoyed the scenery while my companions slept. Too bad it started to rain when we got to GenSan so commuting was a bit difficult. We agreed to meet up with Avel and company at KCC Mall before checking into our hotels. When we arrived, some Manila-based bloggers (Fitz, Rina, and Don) were at Coffee Dream, our designated meeting place and one of the sponsors of our tour.
I will post a review on Coffee Dream in my food blog later. More bloggers arrived and then it was time for dinner. Good thing I didn’t eat much at Coffee Dream!
Our dinner was hosted by Red Trellis Seafood Garden where I tasted one of the best squids ever. They call it Squid in Red Trellis Sauce. Again, I’ll post about my dining experience in my food blog.
The very handsome Governor Migs Dominguez of Sarangani joined us and he chatted with us bloggers about the nice tourist spots in the Philippines, traveling, food, sports, and online life. He is very approachable and open to suggestions made by us bloggers.
The hotel where I booked was worried about my whereabouts I suppose. They kept calling me while we were having dinner. LOL. I told them we have one more stop to go to before I can check in.
That last stop was Piyesta! KTV & Restobar which is owned by fellow blogger Donna Mae Chongson of http://www.kikaymuch.me/. It’s at the Alfresco area of Robinsons Place, GenSan. Piyesta! started the cocktail tower in GenSan when they introduced Rhum Sunrise to the booze-loving public. They’re also famous for the restaurant which turns into a club/bar after dinner. Piyesta has nice-looking KTV rooms which is 50% off from 9 AM to 4 PM.
After a long day, I finally got to the hotel where I booked online. MLoft is a newly opened hotel. Sort of an inn-slash-boutique hotel with modern amenities which just opened last July. It’s cozy and the staff are very friendly and accommodating. The toiletries are imported and smell good. Laundry service was very cheap and fast. My only issues with MLoft is they couldn’t accept payment through credit card when I was there. I hope they’ve resolved this issue by now. MLoft is very far from downtown and commuting to the place is a pain since trike drivers never heard of them.
After fixing my stuff and preparing my clothes for the next day, I was able to sleep fast which is really good because the pick up time was 4:30 frigging AM!