I have a friend who lives in Bukidnon and way back 2014 when we’re still working together in Manila, she invited me to visit her house someday.
Since I had a vacation in Cebu last summer, I remember my friend’s invitation and she might get upset if I will not visit her.
I decided to go to Davao City first and booked my AirAsia flight last May 30 for only ₱1902.40. The return flight that was booked on May 31 from Cagayan de Oro to Manila with Cebu Pacific cost ₱3586.68.
I wasn’t able to take note of my fares going round the 3 cities that I’ve been to but I will write everything that I can remember.
Flight to Davao August 26:
My flight to Davao was delayed but it’s okay because if not I wouldn’t have enough time to retrieve my lost UMID (SSS) ID. My attention was called at the airport when they call someone named Nora Acosta. I was so thankful because it’s not easy to get a government ID nowadays.
I arrived in Davao past 6pm and no longer have the time to travel around the city
I booked a night stay through Agoda at Belbern Dormitel for ₱350 plus tax. It its located right in front of Royal Mandaya Hotel. We passed by Roxas Night Market on our way to Belbern and I wanted to get off the taxi to check it out. However, the driver would like to dropped me off first to Belbern and I’ll just return there myself. This happened August 26 which was a week before the bombing and I’m just thankful that it didn’t happen while I was there.
The one that I booked was a shared room for 4 people but I’m the only visitor. The room was clean as well as the comfort room. It also have a clear view of the streets outside and the beautiful Royale Mandaya Hotel and how I wish I can afford to stay there someday.
I was too tired to roam around the city that night, so I just decided to sleep early and just do the sightseeing the next day.
The next morning, I took a bath and used Google maps to see how long do I have to walk to go to the People’s Park. I didn’t take note of the time but I think it was less than 10 minutes.
When I travel, I don’t spend money on expensive restaurants. As much as possible, I buy the same type of food that I usually eat. With that being said, my breakfast that morning was a glass of taho, nilagang saba (banana stew) and maja blanca. I had fun walking around the park and seeing a lot of people dancing. It was the biggest crowd of Zumba dancers I’ve ever seen. Yeah, I think it was Zumba.
I used Google map and follow the route going to the city proper (Poblacion). I went to Taps Restaurant, drink coffee and plan my day. I was supposed to go first to Museo Dabawenyo but it’s still closed, so I decided to go to Crocodile Park first.
I took a taxi going to the park since there’s no public transport that goes there directly and I might spend a lot of time walking if I took a jeepney to the main road.
Crocodile Park look like a zoo since they have a lot animals aside from crocodile. They also have a crocodile restaurant but I haven’t tried it, maybe next time once I have someone to look after me in case that I’m allergic to crocodile’s meat.
Sa may gilid ng park nakapwesto yung mga native houses ng mga taga-Mindanao. May mga nakatira sa mga bahay dun, so malamang galing sila sa iba’t-ibang tribe depende sa klase ng bahay na tinutuluyan nila.
Kalapit din nung park yung butterfly garden. Malapit as in papawisan lang ng very very light ang singit kapag nilakad.
First time kong makakita ng stages na pinagdadaanan ng butterfly. Bobo ako sa Biology kaya hindi ako mangangahas gumamit ng terms basta ang masasabi ko ang cute nila.
Pagkatapos kong gumala sa Park eh nag-taxi na ako ulit pabalik ng city proper at bukas na ang Museo Dabawenyo. Hindi pwede magpicture-picture sa loob kaya yan lang ang picture ko.
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