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Monday, March 5, 2012

Trip to Davao!

I mentioned a week ago that I was highly looking forward to make 2012 the year I’d start going out of Manila and into different places around the country. What better way to authenticate such promise by flying hundreds of miles to Davao down south? It was my first time setting foot on Mindanao that the thought of having to travel (read: soul-search) all by myself was emotionally and physically exhilarating. Parang nag-Eat, Pray, Love lang? One thing was for sure, though: I had to spend the least amount of money possible without sacrificing the overall experience, which is why I relied on tips from a few travel bloggers when it came to building my itinerary.

That night...
That morning...
The adventure began—adventure talaga?—with me finding a place to stay. I chose this inn where I rented a cheap room for two days. It was already evening when the plane landed so I had to sleep as soon I checked in. Napagod ang lolo niyo.

Emo si manong.
The next day, I went to Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort, which is already a part of Samal, the island southeast of Davao City. The boat ride, which costs 20 pesos, only takes less than thirty minutes. Now, a beach resort quite close to the city might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but lo and behold! For one with an entrance fee of 150 pesos, the place looks amazing.

My third beach since the year began. Accomplishment? Haha.
What’s more, if you swim even on the shallow parts of the water, you’d find yourself swimming with small fish, so don’t forget to bring your snorkeling gear. You might even see the stray starfish I almost stepped on.

The resort also has a park and a mini-zoo. It’s quite impressive as to how the staff managed to keep the entire place uber-clean, thereby giving us visitors a sense of tranquility as we walk down the paths and watch the birds and animals inside their cages.

Peacock tries to impress partner. Deadma si partner.

After spending the first half of the afternoon swimming and taking pictures of strangers, I rode the boat back to the city and took a jeepney to Abreeza. Call it petty, but this mall was at the top of my to-go list. See, I’ve always wanted to visit all of the Ayala malls in the country, knowing how completing SM malls can be quite a challenge.

I was to fly back to Manila at four in the afternoon the next day, so I immediately slept upon arriving in my room. Naligo’t nagtoothbrush muna ako, syempre.

Araneta Coliseum. People's Park.
I woke up the next morning and visited People’s Park, which, on that day, opened at one in the afternoon. Since I had only a few hours left before my flight, I snuck in and took pictures. The entire place is too clean to be true and there were only a few people making tambay, so I couldn’t help but compare the park to the others back home.

Walang people sa People's Park.
I flew back to Manila with lots of memories, not to mention lots of snapshots from my handy-dandy 4-megapixel camera. Three days in the city and I’ve already experienced a lot of things for the first time: swam with fish, drank durian coffee, slept on the foodcourt for an hour, and lots more. I’ll definitely return here someday.

My last shot of Davao.

So, where’s my next stop? I don’t know yet. Got any suggestions? Somewhere cheap. Kuripot kasi ako, e.

28 comments:

Leah. said...

Aww.. So dun ka na pala galing? Balik tayo ulit sa Davao this July for the Bloggers' Getaway! Dali, pabook ka na! hihi..

LJ said...

nice... ganda talaga ng davao

Will said...

@Leah: Game! hahaha

@LJ: Maganda nga. :D

Bino said...

sama ka sa davao ulit! july 16 to 21 :D

Will said...

@Bino: Sige ba! haha

T.R.Aurelius said...

sana makasama rin ako, please pray for na magkatrabaho ako agad after graduation! hehehe

:))

Sey said...

And why did you sleep in the food court? And you're really keeping your promise that this year will be a year for more travel. Yes, 3rd beach and it's just March. Batangas, Puerto Galera then Davao, where's your next stop?

Will said...

@TR: We'll pray for you! :)

@Sey: I slept there kasi inantok ako bigla. Hehe. Yes, napaparami ang beach ko. Di pa ko sure kung saan ang next! :)

KikomaxXx said...

ok wilfred... di ka man lang nagpasabi.. pero mas maganda talaga mag-adventure ng ikaw lang mag-isa.. weee... next time pasabi ka ha :)

Will said...

Sorry, Kix. Next time pagbalik ko talaga meet tayo para maikot mo ko. Hehe.

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc. said...

whaha.. davao the place to be.. sana makasama ako sa next trip sa july...

Will said...

@AXL: Yes, sasama na ata ako. Haha.

Ronnie said...

OMG! Travelling alone is very exciting. I did it twice (My 21st and 24th birthday). Yeah, nakakapagod pero masaya naman.

Next time, let's travel! LOL

Will said...

@Ronnie: Yes, it is exciting! Game, travel na! Now na! hehehe

Nimmy said...

Tacloban naman! :)

Eeeee! Oo nga! Eat, Pray, Love lang ang effect. Hehe

Will said...

Tacloban? Pwede! haha.

bagotilyo said...

nakatulog sa food court? hehe

minsan masarap ding gumala sa ibat ibang lugar magisa..

soulsearching lang :)

Will said...

@bagotiloy: yup, nakatulog habang naghihintay sa flight. haha. uu, masarap nga yung soul-searching kuno.

Manila Citizen said...

Ahhhhh. Ito pala yun! OK OK. Well, you know na where to go next. :)

McRICH said...

gusto ko rin magdavao, at makita ang phil eagle, pearl farm, makakain ng fresh durian!

mayen said...

hala kakainggit. I want to travel alone but I haven't gotten around into doing it for some reasons. Now I think it's too late because my fiancee won't let me. Buti ka pa you have experienced it.

Davao looks great. sana makapunta din ako dun.

Swimming with fish? That's amazing. More travels for you this year dear boy. :)

Will said...

@Manila Citizen: Yep!

@McRiCh: I'm gonna do those things once I come back! :)

@mayen: Hope you'd be able to experience it someday. :)

Bridal Cars Manila said...

Nice adventure and photos :)

glentot said...

Sabil nila Davao is one of the best places to visit. Thanks for the proof!

YOW said...

Slept on the foodcourt for an hour. Nice place to have a power nap Kuya. Hahaha. Isa sa pangarap ko ang makapunta ng Davao (and Cebu). Nakakainggit..

Will said...

@glentot: I'll be back here someday. :)

@Yow: Sana makapunta ka rin :)

Leo said...

Will!!! Ang galing naman nito. :) I'm not sure I can travel alone. The thought of eating alone nga, nahihirapan ako. Hahaha!

Cheers to more travels this year. :)

Jesse said...

Talagang may nakalagay na Araneta Coliseum

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