Friday, January 17, 2014

Davao City Tour: Day 1

I was so excited about the trip that I was not able to sleep until it was time for me to go to the airport.  Our flight was moved 20 minutes earlier.  I'm not sure about the benefits of the self check-in kiosk in the airport since, you would still have to line up to check-in your baggage.

Our flight departed on time and arrived in Davao around 7 AM.  We met with our tour guide Dangge and waited for our other companions coming from Cagayan de Oro.  As soon as the other two arrived, we were on our way to our first destination, Outland Adventure.

Outland Adventure

Outline Adventure is a Zip Line Park and used to be the longest in the Philippines.  This is how we started the day.  It was drizzling when we got there, but it didn't stop us from taking the ride at 830 in the morning!

Lola Abon's Durian Factory

After the Zip Line, we were then taken to the Durian Factory of Lola Abon.  Here the famous fruit takes on many candy forms and flavors.  I sampled the yema combined with mango, pineapple and buko.  They even have coffee flavored candies.  Mangosteen variants are also on the stand.  For picky eater like me, you can't help but love the fruit.

Davao Museum

After stopping by for pasalubong at the durian factory, we were then taken to the Davao Museum.  Inside are collections that documents the history of the city.  We were introduced to the many tribes, that up to this point are thriving and is actively participating in the cities affairs.  Each tribe leader is appointed as a deputy mayor by the beloved Mayor Duterte.  Also, artworks from the many artist of the city are on display as well as the the many awards received.

The only area at the museum where photos are allowed.
Wild Safari Grill

We haven't had a good meal and was starving by lunch time.  We were taken to Wild Safari Grill for their lunch buffet.  The menu were a mix of seafood and filipino favorites.  They even have a halo halo and ice cream station for dessert.

Ponce Suites, Kublai Cafe and Bar

After lunch, we asked our guide to take us to Ponce Suites.  We heard about the great works of this homegrown artist Kublai, and just have to see it for ourselves.  We were not disappointed.  Every nook and crannies of the building are filled with his works.  Large sculptures adorn the exteriors while the the interior walls and ceilings we filled with paintings.  The roof deck bar is a also charming, with a view deck made of bended iron.  Fortunately for us, we were able to see the artist himself during our visit.

Japanese Tunnel

The Japanese tunnel were dug by Filipino slaves of the Japanese Army.  The original tunnel was said to reach as far as Samal Island, but collapse due to recent developments.  Only 150 meters is opened to the public and life size models were placed on some portions.

Jack's Ridge

Jack's Ridge is a restaurant complex on a ridge that offers a view of the city.  Band Performers plays at night and on weekends.  Also, the night view is a must see.

Aldevinco Shopping Center

In spite of the many malls, Aldevinco still remains to be the best place to get souvenirs and pasalubong items that the city has to offer.  We we're able to buy a 10 set of wallets for 150 pesos.  They also have bags, T-shirts, Pearls and other handicrafts.  Pomelo stands are also located nearby.

Green Windows Dormitel

Finally, after our Day long tour of the city, we were able to settle at our discounted rooms at Green Window.

Matina Town Square

For dinner, we opted to try Matina Town Square.  Its a restaurant and bar complex with band performances during weekends.  What's good is that you can have your dinner and continue with beer afterwards.

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