DAY 1

Feb 23 2018

NAIA Terminal 3

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Francisco Bangoy (Davao) International Airport

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Davao -- hometown of the current President (ex mayor of Davao), Rodrigo Duterte, who made this place the cleanest and safest place in the Philippines.

We got this fare for P1700 RT during the Cebu Pacific seat sale last 2017. Got adjusted a few times (you know how ceb pac is) but no major changes on the time. So after work we went straight to the airport, 1 hr and 30 mins early before the departure time..or so we thought. As usual, the flight was delayed. We boarded 12PM and plane took off 1:45PM..one hour plus wait. 😑 We landed Davao by 3:15PM.

We went straight to Jack's Ridge for dinner. This is one of the highest rated restaurant in the city with an overlooking view of Davao.

Taxi is a bit pricey but since we're not familiar with the jeepney routes we had no choice.

Since we dont have any booked room yet to stay for the night we asked the cab driver to bring us to the cheapest place where we can stay. He suggested the Sampaguitta inn. 600/night, 1 airconditioned BR with 3 beds and 1 TBR. The place is near People's Park and night market so we decided to go there after we dropped off our bags.

We walked going to the inn and we kinda got lost, but as i have been saying since the beginning of the post, it felt safe to just walk around the place even if it's the wee hours of the night.

Turned in early that night since we will start early the following day.

DAY 2

Feb 24 2018

Samal Ferry Wharf

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Island Garden City of Samal

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Woke up around 5AM, prepared, had a quick breakfast at 711 and went straight to Sasa Wharf to ride a ferry going to Samal Island where we met Kuya Igo, the one who arranged our Samal Tour.

Kuya Igo met us at the exit of the wharf once we arrived Samal. He brought us to the place where we will be staying. We prepped our stuff and started the tour by 7:30 AM.

Six destination in 1 day. Had lunch at one of the carinderia we passed by before heading back to the condotel.

Once we got back, we washed up and slept until 9PM. Had dinner at MikMik (yes, again) and went to Sunset resort to experience the Samal Island night life. Not the typical night life we are used to here in Manila or even Boracay. It's literally a provincial kind of night life like what we see in the movies.

By 2am we headed back to the inn and called it a night.

DAY 3

Feb 25 2018

3rd day -- we really dont have plans at all. Good thing Kuya Dan is willing to take us wherever. So instead of the trike, we rode a motorcycle since he said the place where he will be taking us is a place hard to reach by tricycle.

After our heavy breakfast, courtesy of the condotel, we fixed our stuff and went our way.

It was a very long ride going to the beach, i think it was more than hour. The place is in Brgy. Tagbaobo, Kaputian, Samal Island. Kuya Dan knew someone from there so we asked his friend a favor to cook lunch for us while we're at the beach. We bought 2 large fish, Anduhaw, for P180 and had it grilled.

After an hour or 2, we were called back because our lunch is ready. We went back to Dan's friend's house and ate. After eating, we decided to head back to the condotel since we'll be heading back to the city that night.

Island Garden City of Samal

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Davao City

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Once we arrived at the city, we met up with some of our new found friends we met at Sunset. Soldiers who are staying at Mati City in Davao Oriental but currently staying at Panaca for a night off. Luckily, there is a newly opened bedspace near their place so we stayed there for the night. P550 per night, no check in or check out time (or maybe because it's not peak season). The room is airconditioned with a one queen size bed, televsion, and a bathroom with hot water. Not bad!

After checking in, we went out to roam around the city and buy pasalubongs.

We went to the other restaurant with an over looking view -- Vista View Resto. Then went to Magsaysay for pasalubongs -- durian candies and Pomelo. Went back to the room around 2am.

DAY 4

Feb 26 2018

Panacan

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D'JAPANESE TUNNEL Family Resort and Restaurant

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Philippine Eagle Centre

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Malagos Garden Resort

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Eden Nature Park & Resort

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Panacan

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By 7am, we met Kuya J who accompanied us in our city tour. We rode habal habal wearing shorts and shirts and later on did we realize that we will be driving around under the scorching heat of the sun. There are other options to go around the city of course, cabs or jeepneys, however though since some places are far from each other, it's faster to ride a motorcycle.

After the Eden tour, we decided not to push through with our last tour which is the Crocodile Farm since we are so drained from all the walking. Got back to our room at around 5PM with our skin burned from the heat of the sun during our ride home.

Our check in time was moved to 8:15PM so we only rested for a few minutes. We left around 6PM for the airport.

Panacan

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Francisco Bangoy (Davao) International Airport

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NAIA Terminal 3

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As expected,the boarding time was delayed, 8:15 became 9PM. Slept the entire flight, arrived Manila around 11PM.

Davao is one of those places i surely want to go back to. There's still a lot to see and visit. Given a chance to purchase another seat sale (LOL) i'll book another flight!! 😊😊😊

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