Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Got Only 24 Hours In Davao City?

Got only 24 hours for a side trip in Davao City? You can make use of that whole day for experiencing the city. You can start your day by a stroll or a jog at People's Park early in the morning. It's a Davao themed park showcasing the indigenous Davao. After the walk, you can go straight to Swiss Deli for a breakfast in Lanang. From there, you can visit Davao Museum at Insular Village, Lanang, Davao City. A place for you to have a glimpse and to have better understanding of the soul of Davao.

Culturally aside, try exploring nature at Davao's Crocodile Farm featuring different kinds of animals and butterfly sanctuary. From there, you can go straight to Japanese Tunnel for a tour at the old tunnel used by the Japanese during World War II. You can stop longer for a lunch or go straight to Marco Polo hotel for a buffet at Cafe Marco or the Lotus Court. After lunch, walk across the street and you will find the Aldevinco Shopping Center for your souvenirs.

After the souvenir shopping, it's time for you to try the king of Philippine fruits durian. Hail a cab to bring you to Magsaysay fruits stands while passing thru Davao's so called China Town along Magsaysay Avenue. At the end of the street, you will find displays of different kinds of durian. You can try other kinds of fruits too like pomelo, marang and mangosteen. Hmmm... yummy! :)

After the fruit trip, hail a cab to bring you to Matina Aplaya to meet your once so controversial (Davao news) friend David at the Sea Wall. It's the bay walk version of Davao with the added attraction of the replica of the Statue of David in Florence, Italy. Enjoy the fresh air and the majestic sight of the highest peak of the Philippines - Mt. Apo.

After the refreshing walk at the Sea Wall, go further in Matina by going to the Shrine of Jesus of Prague and pay homage (if you're Catholic). After the visit, go to the nearby Davao spot Jack's Ridge to have a view of the city of Davao and enjoy dinner at Taklobo. Pick a spot where you can enjoy the scenery ;)

After the dinner at Jack' ridge, go down to Matina Town Square and enjoy the rest of the night or go coffee drinking at Davao's first specialty coffee The Blugre Coffee and try the durian coffee.

With that, you can experience Davao in as little and as tight as 24 hours. Enjoy! :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Get Discovered Davao

I love watching Sports Unlimited (SU). Last Saturday they featured Samal Island again and I was thrilled that there are still places I haven't explored yet and one of them is the Blue Jazz Resort where you can find the longest water slide in the Philippines. It's definitely one of my destinations this summer before I leave Davao (I'm gonna miss Davao waaah). It would surely be perfect for a fun and full of adventure summer get away. I could do my Samal trip again but this time with Blue Jazz in mind. Can't wait to get exhilirated :D

SU took notice of the Hagimit Falls too. I was there last February and I was reunited with nature. Free bath and massage - nature's gift to visitors :D cool and clean water and natural boulder created pools you can have for yourself. Wonderful indeed! :D (take a look at my other Samal articles;