TRAVELING TO THE HIGHLANDS OF BUDA IN THE NEW NORMAL WITH THE FORD EVEREST

I haven’t seen the mountains in 5 months since this pandemic broke.  During those times, I would always think of the green sceneries, the cold mountain breeze, the waterfalls and everything that mountains have to offer. The longingness grew deeper everyday. And finally when Davao City was put under MGCQ, my first destination to visit in my own City is the highland parts of Davao – the Marilog District which was often called BUDA.

THE GREEN MOUNTAINS OF BUDA

What made this trip more remarkable is the fact that I had the chance to use and drive a FORD EVEREST while travelling the cool highlands of Davao. Driving the Ford Everest in this mountainous part of the country’s largest city was fun and exciting.

Our destination in Buda is Datu Salumay, one of the barangays in Marilog District. The area is famous for places that offer scenic view of verdant hills and mountains, sea of clouds, waterfalls, vegetable farms and other things that lure tourists to come.

Driving a Ford Everest to this mountainous side of Davao was truly amazing. I never imagined that the Ford Everest can be my best travel buddy in this trip because I have to pass by muddy and rough roads going to other parts of Datu Salumay.

I actually own and drive an SUV but what I really like about Ford Everest is how spacious it is inside and how comfortable it is to drive.  It is actually huge I felt like I’m not driving an SUV. Although it is bigger than the usual SUV I drive, it is never difficult to use. Everything is almost electronic. I love the interiors. So lit. Every detail of it is just impressive.. It is designed for so much convenience. I’m soooo impressed.

Our first destination in Datu Salumay is the JIVE MOUNTAIN RESORT. This is also where we stayed at for 3 days and 2 nights. It is situated in the upper part of the Datu Salumay passing by some mountain resorts, farms, log houses and scenic view of Marilog hills. Driving up, the ride was sooooo smooth. May mga areas na napaka-rough ng roads but I can’t even feel the alog-alog. Hahaha. Walang tagtag! Although Ford Everest is designed perfectly for city drive, I realized even in bumpy and uphill roads, kayang kaya niya.

Aside from Jive Mountain Resort, we also visited Hillsview, famous for its sea of clouds. The ride going there is not easy especially that it rained the night we went there. The unpaved road became muddy. At first, I was hesitant not to go because I know Ford Everest is not like Ford Raptor that is designed for such kind of terrain. But in my mind, I know Ford is BUILT FOR TOUGH. And so, even with hesitation, I still went through and Ford Everest managed to get to HillsView with so much pride and triumph. I love manoeuvring its steering wheel. Extra smooth, super dooper easy to turn left or right. Kahit na pagiwang giwang ang ride because of the muddy road, it is still so easy to manoeuvre – very smooth and swabeng swabe.  This is all because like Ford Raptor, Ford Everest is powered by EPAS or the Electrical Powered Assisting Steering making for a balanced, smooth and relaxed driving.

This recent weekend roadtrip to the highlands of Davao City in the new normal was another breather for me. The longingness to see the mountains has been achieved. I had the privilege to see, feel, embrace and live the mountain life even in a short while. It is really rejuvenating. But what makes this trip more convenient is the fact that I was driving Ford Everest the whole time I was in Buda. 

Visit FORD DAVAO and look for their General Manager MS. Jam Yap Quindoy. She’ll be very happy to assist you. You can reach her at 09285518489.

By the way, when we travel and visit destinations now open in the new normal, it is a must that we follow the new normal health standards, guidelines and protocols.

MY FIRST WEEKEND ROADTRIP IN THE NEW NORMAL WITH FORD RANGER RAPTOR

My first roadtrip in the new normal to some of the most beautiful places in Davao Region is something I will definitely keep in my memory. Why? Because it is my first travel outside of Davao City after 3 months of being stuck but safe at home following the nation’s enhanced community quarantine. I visited three Davao Provinces – Davao Del Norte, Davao De Oro and Davao Oriental – for 4 days and 3 nights and enjoyed the place like a first timer.

But what made this trip more memorable is the fact that I had the chance to use and drive FORD RANGER RAPTOR for the whole duration of my stay. I am sooooo impressed with FORD RAPTOR that I even give the vehicle a nickname: RapRap, my Raptor Travel Bud. 

I have driven pick up trucks before but driving Raptor for the first time is different. It is huge, so masculine, so big but never difficult to use. It is a monster but a beautiful monster.  I love the interiors and everything is almost electronic. Indeed it is designed for so much convenience. I would say extra-ordinary if not superb features. Driving it is like a Boss! I am driving a beast because of its awesome and intimidating look but it’s actually a gentle beast. I’m soooo impressed.

The trip to Tagum City, Davao Del Norte down Pantukan, Davao De Oro was incredible. I was smiling the whole time. It felt like I was travelling for the first time in soooo many years. Ikaw ba naman makulong ng tatlong buwan. Hahaha. The ride was sooooo smooth. I can’t even feel the bumpy roads. Walang alog-alog. Walang tagtag! True enough, it is called the OFF-ROAD WARRIOR. Its suspension system is powered by FOX Shocks designed to tackle even the bumpy and tough terrain. Poweeeerrrr! Driving Tagum and Pantukan was made sooo smooth and easy!

From Tagum and Pantukan, next destination was the City of Mati, the capital of Davao Oriental. Mati is known for its white sand beaches, surfing spots and other natural wonders. Going to Mati, the ride along Badas Road is something I always look forward to everytime I visit the City. Badas is known for its long and winding road. Parang bituka! Driving here with Raptor was mind boggling! Sarap maneuver ang steering wheel. Sooooo smooth, sooooo easy to turn left or right. If you look at Raptor’s Built, one would say it’s not easy to maneuver, but surprisingly it is very easy, smooth and swabeng swabe.  This is all because Raptor is powered by EPAS or the Electrical Powered Assisting Steering making balanced, smooth and relaxed driving.

My weekend roadtip to Davao Region in the new normal was a breather for me. It was a break from the monotonous life I had for 3 months. It was great way to breathe fresh air and see and feel the nature again. Above all, it reconnects me my love for travels. Thanks to Ford Ranger Raptor, for making this trip more fun, exciting and memorable. I miss Raprap now. I want to see him again on my next trip.

For travellers, this gentle beast is highly recommended!

Visit FORD DAVAO and look for their General Manager MS. Jam Yap Quindoy. She’ll be very happy to assist you. You can reach her at 09285518489. 

By the way, when we travel and visit destinations now open in the new normal, it is a must that we follow the new normal health standards, guidelines and protocol. In short, magcomply tayo sa batas para tayo ay makalabas.

Ford Philippines Launched the New and Amazing Everest Sport

Ford Philippines has launched the new Ford Everest Sport as it continues to expand its SUV portfolio with the addition of a new variant in its Ford Everest line-up.

The new Everest Sport features an enhanced design and a host of driver-assist technologies that will help widen the appeal of the Ford Everest among customers who appreciate the vehicle’s versatility, safety, and capability.

“The new Everest Sport supports the Everest’s position as one of the safest and most capable SUVs in the market today,” shares PK Umashankar, managing director, Ford Philippines. “We are confident that the new Ford Everest Sport will set another standard for mid-size SUVs in the market with its design and technology that match various needs and lifestyles.”

The new Everest Sport is powered by a 2.0L Turbo Diesel Engine which offers 180PS of power and 420Nm of torque and is matched with Ford’s latest 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift™ – helping to deliver better acceleration, fuel efficiency, and smoothness across on-road and off-road environments.  

The latest Everest variant is a standout on the road with unique black body exterior accents such as a new mesh grille design, an embossed EVEREST hood badge at the front, gloss black painted wheels and exterior mirrors on the side, black tailgate applique in the rear and a ‘SPORT’ decal on the liftgate. LED projector headlamps, daytime running lights and 20-inch alloy wheels also come standard in the new Everest Sport.

Inside its spacious cabin, the new Everest Sport features a unique blue stitching accent around the steering wheel, dashboard, seats, center, console, and door trims delivering a sporty premium feel. Adding value to the Sport is a standard leather seat with 8-way power driver seat function, smart keyless entry with push button start, and a power liftgate with hands-free function.

For entertainment and connectivity, it is equipped with an 8-inch LCD Touchscreen, Sync® 3 with Apple Carplay and Android Auto Connectivity, two USB ports, and 10 speakers.

The new Everest Sport also boasts of segment-leading features for optimal driver comfort, convenience, and safety which include Cruise Control, Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS), Rear View Camera, Rear Parking Sensors, and Electronic Stability Control with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), and Roll Stability Control. Adding to all these are seven (7) airbags including side, curtain, and driver knee airbags.

It comes in four (4) colors: Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Arctic White, and Deep Crystal Blue, a new color variant available to the Ford Everest and is exclusive to the new Everest Sport.

The new Everest Sport is available at a starting retail price of P1,868,000* and will be available in Ford dealerships in Visayas and Mindanao within the month of June 2020. Customers who will reserve the new Everest Sport on or before May 31, 2020 will get a free 3-year scheduled service plan.

Enhanced Everest Titanium Line-up

Ford also introduced new feature upgrades to its Everest Titanium series to make the driving experience safer and more convenient for its customers. The Everest 2.0L Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4×4 AT and Everest 2.0L Turbo Titanium 4×2 AT now come with LED projector headlamps, with the addition of high-mount USB feature for the 4×4 variant with no price increase.

To know more about the new Ford Everest Sport, visit www.ford.com.ph/suvs/everest/, call your preferred Ford dealer, or visit a Ford dealer nearest you.

HERE’S THE MAIN FEATURES OF ALL NEW ENHANCED EVEREST TITANIUM LINE-UP

  • The new Ford Everest Sport is the latest addition to Ford’s growing SUV lineup, supporting the Everest’s position as one of the safest and most capable SUVs in the segment
  • The newest Everest variant is powered by a 2.0L Turbo Diesel Engine mated with a 10-speed Automatic Transmission with SelectShift™, delivering 180PS of power and 420Nm of torque
  • The new Everest Sport features a bold look and design, refined interiors, and driver-assist smart and safe features, making it the perfect SUV for the family
  • The new Everest Sport comes in Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Arctic White, and Deep Crystal Blue, a new color variant available to the Ford Everest and is exclusive to the new Everest Sport
  • Enhanced Ford Everest Titanium series now comes with new feature upgrades with no price increase

6 Safety Tips for First-Time Travelers to Southeast Asia

If you are travelling to a different part of the word, you are bound to be excited, but make sure you think about your health and safety too. It may seem dull to think about when you would rather be planning where you will be sightseeing and what bars and restaurants you’d love to visit, but you should get the important stuff checked off first. Traveling anywhere can come with risks, so make sure you are well researched about the place are you are visiting, and keep in mind these tips:

Sanitization

A new country comes with excitement, but it also comes with lots of new people and new microorganisms. Keeping up your hygiene is essential, as you will not have built up immunity to these new bugs, and the last thing you need to ruin your holiday is a bad case of sickness and diarrhoea. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before eating and drinking, and take hand sanitizer with you wherever you go, as not everywhere provides anti-bacterial soap.

Get Vaccinated

One of your first steps before travelling is to make sure your vaccinations are all in check. For some countries, you might be fully immunized already, but different parts of the world can come with other deadly viruses and diseases. It can take around eight weeks for your vaccinations to make your body fully immunized, so get this sorted nice and early. It might cost you money, but it is much better to pay money now than pay with your life later. If you are unsure about what vaccinations you will need, always check with a medical professional and seek their advice.

Eating and Drinking

Whilst washing your hands is important, sometimes it’s the food and drinks themselves that contain nasty bugs. Tap water is often unsuitable to drink, so you will need to rely on bottled water, which should be available from most places – just make sure the bottles are sealed and not simply re-filled bottles. It is more difficult to ascertain whether food is clean and safe to eat, so use your wits to determine which places seem hygienic and tourist-friendly. Read reviews and ask locals or fellow tourists.

Safe Areas

This involves a little research, and you have to remember that nowhere is truly safe if you are unfamiliar with it. Determining how safe an area is can come from lots of things, but you should check if certain parts of the country are unstable for political or religious reasons, or if there are ongoing conflicts. Try to avoid places with higher crime rates, as tourists make easy targets for petty thieves and criminals. You also need to consider the weather, as some parts of the world can be prone to extreme weather conditions, particularly at certain times of the year. All of these things can be somewhat unpredictable, but it helps to be aware of the risk factors that come with travelling.

Rules and Regulations

You will also need to do a little research on the customs and laws of the country, to make sure that you are following their ways correctly. Every country and area have their own customs and values, and different cultures do things differently. There isn’t a wrong and right here regarding people’s beliefs, but you should be respectful no matter where you go.

Travelling Alone

You are not necessarily safe if you travel as a group, but you are definitely less safe when travelling alone. If you plan to travel alone, you need to be fully prepared and generally more cautious. Only stay in places with higher security levels, do not leave belongings unattended, and try to make friends with other solo travelers so that you can look out for each other.

Wherever your travels take you, as long as you travel with care and respect, you should have an amazing and exciting experience. Stay safe – and have lots of fun!

7 TOP MOUNTAINS TO VISIT IN INDIA

India has a beautiful landscape full of a fantastic array of mountain ranges that you really need to have a look at. They have the highest mountains on the planet and these mountain ranges are also a source of some of the major Indian rivers. They are also home to mesmerizing glaciers, picturesque lakes and stunning valleys as well as a wide range of wildlife and medicinal plants. Today, we will be looking at the top seven mountains to visit when you head to India.

The Himalayas

These snowy mountains are the highest and also one of the youngest mountain ranges on the planet. The highest peaks include the famous Mount Everest and K2. Some of the major rivers of India are sourced from the Himalayas. Siachen Glacier, which is the world’s second longest glacier, is also a part of the Great Himalayan range. A range of superb lakes and valleys also sit within this mountain range. Due to the assortment of climates experienced here, you need to have appropriate footwear, so make sure the shoes are breathable as well as insulated when trekking the Himalayas.

Purvanchal Range

These wet mountains exist in the northeast district of India. There are three hill ranges that fall in the Purvanchal range, these include the Garo-Khasi-Jaintia, Lushai Hills and the Patkai. These hill regions are actually known for their high volume of rainfall, so be sure to dress accordingly. The top peak of this mountain range is Phawngpui.

Vindhya Range

In India, the Vindhya range is one of the seven chief holy mountain ranges that can be found here. They geographically separate Northern India from Southern India. Drainage on the range’s southern slopes occurs via the holy Narmada River. The highest peak is known as Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh.

Satpura Range

This triangular shaped mountain range extends through the states located in the mid area of India. The apex of this range sits across from the Narmada and Tapti River. These are the main rivers that lead to the Arabian sea. The Saptura’s are mainly made up of forests which are home to a range of large mammals such as the Royal Bengal Tiger. The greatest peak of this mountain range is called Dhupgarh.

 

Aravalli Range

This is known as India’s oldest mountain range which runs across Rajasthan to Haryana. The Aravalli range is actually the weather-beaten remains of the historic folded mountains and is also one of India’s most admired mountain ranges. They are also referred to as the Mewat hills. The Aravalli’s are very famous for the mineral resources they supply. Dense forest surrounds the range and it is rich in a variety of flora and fauna. Guru Shikar is the tallest peak of the Aravalli mountain range.

Western Ghats

This range begins close to the edge of Gujarat and ends at Kanyakumari. Around 60% of the Sahyadri Range is found in Karnataka state. This location can be found in the top 10 most biodiverse hotspots on Earth. The Arabian sea/Konkan area, has a great reputation as one of India’s greatest tourist destinations. The Western Ghats largest peak is located in Kerala’s Anaimalai Hills and goes by the name of AnaiMudi.

Eastern Ghats

This irregular mountain range includes four major Indian rivers; The Mahanadi, Krishna, Holy Kaveri and Godavari. The Eastern Ghats start in West Bengal and end in Tamil Nadu. ‘The Blue Mountains’ (also known as the Nilgiri hills) actually sit at the seam of the Western and Eastern Ghats. This region is home to the largest Indian elephant population. The highest peak is the Shevaroy.

If you are planning on mountain trekking in India, be sure to plan your trip before you set off to make the most of your experience. Many of the locations are tourist hotspots, so tour guides and companies will be available to help make sure you don’t miss a thing.