A 7-8-hour road trip may sound impossible for me but I made it! Exploring Davao has never been on my bucket list but visiting the city was quite a remarkable one, all thanks to Jason’s family. We departed around 3:20 in the morning (I checked my watch :P) and I was half-asleep the entire ride.
We made a short stop at Valencia Bukidnon, Jollibee and had coffee and hot choco but we didn’t have our breakfast there since Jason’s aunt packed our breakfast the night before our trip and we had it at BuDa (Bukidnon-Davao) with a breathtaking view right in front of us.
Sea of clouds, baby!
I’m always pretty sure that I won’t have a chance to witness a sea of cloud since I’m not good with trekking or mountain climbing because of my poor health but at least, this trip made one of my wildest dreams come true.
We’re back on the road right after breakfast since we still have a long way to go to reach the city. But unluckily, I had a terrible indigestion along the way. I’m not used to have something hot in the morning and I had hot choco and maybe that’s the reason why. The moment we reached the enormous Philippine Eagle sculpture which can be found at Barangay Baganihan, Marilog District, Davao, I captured a photo of the huge eagle right away and looked for a privy.
It’s just so unfortunate of me since I hadn’t got the chance to capture the other sculptures beside the giant eagle because everyone’s back in the van the moment I got out of the loo. But at least, I’m free from goosebumps and cold sweats. Hihi~
After an hour or so, we arrived at the Durian Capital of the Philippines! And we went straight to the Philippine Eagle Center located at the Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City and the entrance fee ranges from Php 50.00 to Php 150.00.
These cute eagle plushies are for sale for Php 565 at their Gift Center. I really wished I bought one and now I am wondering why I hadn’t.
With Abbyby ❤
Photo-op while waiting for our entrance ticket.
As soon as we got our tickets, we explored the center on our own.
The map of the Philippine Eagle Center.
There are a couple of different birds and animals found at the center as well and we went to see the birds first.
During our tour, we passed by Pag-asa’s cage but I hadn’t got the chance to take a photo of him since his cage was situated a few feet above us. He’s the very first of his kind to be successfully bred and hatched in captivity. But luckily, we saw his offspring, Mabuhay.
She’s my favorite, Mabuhay. She reacts cutely whenever I call her.
This guy definitely deserves his name as he’s a survivor of a gunshot.
My white-bellied sea eagle twin ❤
We went to see the mammals next. The deer, the wild boar and the long-tailed macaque.
My favorite mammal 😀
There’s also a huge reptile in the center, a crocodile but I’m too creeped out to get close. And that’s how our tour at the center ended. I’m not quite sure if we’re able to see all the animals but there’s definitely a lot.
If I am capable enough, I’d certainly adopt an eagle and help save their kind. Maybe you can…
Meeting the eagles somewhat drained us and we’re famished so we went to have lunch at Ellen’s Tuna Queen. Everyone was really starving, we ordered a lot but I didn’t even care to take a photo anymore. Ha! Ha! Ha!
Next stop, the hotel! We stayed at the Green Windows Dormitel and had the dorm-type room to accommodate all of us. The place is really clean and they’re totally compliant to our needs.
All of us take turns to take a bath and refresh ourselves from a very long road trip. But Jason and I, together with his cousins and siblings aren’t tired at all to rest and we decided to have a little stroll outside the dorm and we found this pretty cute café just around the corner called Keepsakes Café.
Their interior and representation of their food is so cute.
The moment we’re getting back to the dorm, the rest of the family is going out to have dinner at Jack’s Ridge which is filled with reminders of Davao’s historic past. They have different amenities that could serve a lot of customers namely:
- Taklobo Restaurant
- Kai’s Bar and Grill
- Karlo’s Gourmet and Coffee
- Kool Kat’s Pool
- Penmar Hall I & II
- Tap Room Piano and KTV
They also have cottages, an amphitheater and a souvenir shop which was already close when we arrived. We roamed around and waited for a table that could accommodate all of us.
Left: Taklobo Restaurant; Right: Statue/Crafts of the Lumad of Davao
Left: Jason by the stairs which will lead to the amphitheater; Right: Love Locks at Jack’s Ridge
Signs that are found and are scattered at Jack’s Ridge
Left: Kool Kat’s Pool; Right: Penmarhall
After exploring a few parts of the place, we we’re called to go the Tap Room and we occupied the whole place! It has a spectacular view of the city and has a piano and KTV. Jason’s family sang along with the accompaniment of the piano and it was absolutely a great time for the entire family.
© Kuya Dondon
It was a great night and we had a great rest but not really for me since I had to work. It’s really great to work online since I could work and travel at the same time. As long as there’s good internet connection there’d be no problem.
Our first stop for the next day was at the People’s Park of Davao City and it was my favorite part of the trip because everything is just so vibrant. It is a public cultural-themed park that showcases the beauty and history of Davao.
The place was very festive when we were there since it’s almost Davao’s fiesta which is known as the Kadayawan Festival.
So lucky to have a personal photographer. Teehee~
He got his own spotlight, too!
We also found a pasalubong center as well and we bought some shirts, other pasalubongs and durian candies.
Davao is a lovely place. I wish we could still visit more different places but we only got a limited time. But I’m pretty sure this won’t be the last. We also had a little side trip at the Seagull Steak House and Coffee Shop to have lunch and at the Monastery of the Transfiguration.
It was a very lovely weekend!