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Its been a while, Davao City!

Left Surigao ahead than we originally planned, we arrived in Davao late night without any booked accomodation. This does not worry me though, because Davao has been one of the places I considered second home. Its been a while since I last visited and roamed around the city, the pleasant air of the place still didn't change.

From Ecoland terminal we took a Taxi to NorthZen Basic Suits where we planned to stay. The hotel is less than 15 minutes away from the bus terminal which cost us less than Php100.00. Lucky enough, it has a vacant room for us so we were able to take a rest right there and then.
 
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From our basic yet really comfortable accommodation – NorthZen Basic Suits: We had our early morning cup of coffee and dose of daily news. I went through all our list of things to do and to see, checking and crossing out those that we can or can't visit. The rain fell hard that day and the port to Samal Island which is just walk away from the hotel was closed due to a high storm signal so what’s left are those spots just within the City and nearby Municipality.

Here are the spots that we manage to visit:
 

DAY 1

Lon Wa Buddhist Temple

 
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Lon Wa Buddhist Temple is one of the biggest Buddhist temple in the Philippines and in Mindanao. I am not a very religious person but I have a fair interest on other culture's religion as much as I have on my own. The details and story of these places never fails to amaze me, just likes those Female and Male lion which you can identify using the thing they held with their paw. The female lion holds the cub while the boy holds the wealth. Much alike to our old cultures and beliefs that the mother is responsible for taking care of the kids and the household while the husband is the provider of family’s needs. My favorites are the wood carving at the lobby that telltale the story of Bhudda.

This temple though small but was rich of stories and showcase brief idea of Buddhists colorful culture. It is very worthy for a quick stopover.

Lon Wa Buddhist Temple is located in Cabagiuo Avenue.
 

Davao City Hall

 
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From Lon Wa Buddhist Temple, we took a jeep going to San Pedro church where we can catch a jeepney going to Matina. On the same stop we were able to take a quick glimpse of the Davao City Hall. I took this picture from the front entrance of San Pedro church as we took a quick rest.
 

Philippine Eagle Center

 
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On our way to Matina, we planned to see the Japanese Tunnel and not the eagle center but the driver forgot to dropped us by and it was already way too far when he remembered that we asked him to prompt us of the drop-off point to the Japanese tunnel. He taught us the way back but I saw a jeep going to Calinan, so I thought to just went straight there instead.

The entire trip from San Pedro to Calinan took us I guess an hour or so. From Calinan proper we took a motorcycle ride they call habal habal to Malagos where Malagos Garden and Philippine Eagle Center is located. The ride is a little less than 15 minutes. Since Philippine Eagle Center is farther than Malagos Garden we opted to visit it first but heavy rain caught us on our way back so we decided to let Malagos Garden visit pass.

Going back Philippine Eagle Center, it is located at the rare side of Davao Water District, so you have to pay entrance fee twice twice (Php5.00 and Php50.00). I’ve been here a few times before but its way back my kindergarten and elementary years so this visit is like my first time.

Before we started touring, we decided to have some cup of coffee to warm us since we both have to conquer the light and continuous raindrops on the way. After a few minutes we started walking along the path to the sanctuaries. Like a kid I enjoyed watching the birds, I love the nature and the tropical feel. I hope they can maintain and even more develop this place for our Youngers and next generation.

I got some photos of a lot of the animal inside, names and nature – I enjoyed learning them all and wanted to share but I guess it would be a great help to the center if you can visit the them and learn it firsthand.

Blugre Coffe


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Blugre coffee is one of the most famous and successful coffee shop in Davao City, established in late 90’s they now have more or less 20 stores. Blugre offers a good array of coffee flavors, pastries and a wonderful comforting and calm ambiance. That’s why when my friend and I set a meet up during that rainy day – I exactly knew were that should be. I then had their signature coffee with blend of durian. I don’t eat raw durian but I like it when it’s already blended like in ice-cream or candy so it really makes me wonder if how it tastes like in coffee. Surprisingly it was good, very durian and the aroma is just perfect.  We also had their ice tea, red velvet cake and macaroons – all in their most palatable taste.

DAY 2

Breakfast at Cecils


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Pasalubong Center


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On the way to People's Park, we passed by Pasalubong Center. We dropped by to grab some souvineers and pasalubong. The price range is fair, not far from those that you can grab at the malls, some are even cheaper.

People's Park


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Since it was raining early that day, the sun shines gently making it a perfect time to stroll around the park. It was a very pleasant place to be, seen some kids playing and some lovers dating. The highlight of the park for me are the querky minitures of natives showing different kinds of local activities like fishing, harvesting, gardening and playing instruments.

Abreeza Mall


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Had a quick first visit at Abreeza mall.

The Peak


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Spent the night at The Peak. It is located at the top most level of Gaisano Davao. Good venue for a meal, merienda, good chats and site seeing.

Thats what we had from our Davao trip! It was short and I still want to do more. Whenever I get the chance I would make sure to visit Eden garden and do our very wish sky cycling adventure. Would also visit Samal to experience the best of it.


Xoxo!

Christeen is a current student, a fulltime corporate employee and a partime fashion designer/dressmaker who travels as she possibly can. She is fond of telling stories from her journeys and experiences which is why she had this blog. She also enjoys being a fashion lover, foodie adventurer and a shutterbug. Find her in Google + , Facebook , Twitter and Instagram. More about her and her blog…

2 comments:

  1. yey! thanks for visiting our city. kulang pa yan. you have more to discover yet.

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  2. lovely photos! I hope I can visit Davao soon. :)

    Krisella
    http://lippiemonster.blogspot.com/

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