Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Davao is one of the places that I really want to visit. When there are promo fares in Cebu Pacific or Air Philippines, the first thing I check is if there are still available seats for Davao. When there are still available seats, I'll immediately tell my friends if they would like to go with me, but they were all hesitant since many people are saying that Davao is one hell of an expensive place. That day, I thought that going to Davao this year would be an impossible dream.

One day, my highschool close friend, Tania (a.k.a. 6y), and I had a little chat. To make the long story short, she wanted to visit her relatives in Davao and we have agreed that I'll book a ticket for the two of us when there's promo fare. Because I wanted this trip so badly, with all my might, I was able to book a flight last October (ako pah!). And so, we visited the land of Durians on the dates November 25 - 28, 2011.

Since this post is a little late and I'm running of out time (it's 2012 tomorrow!), I will just let the pictures tell all of you what happened in Davao:

Tania's First

Waiting for her first flight.
Ready to fly!
It's also her first time to ride this kind of Davao tricycle.
Davao City

Davao City lights.

Downtown Davao City.
Davao City at night.
Davao's Crocodile Farm

Auntie paying for the entrance fee worth 150 pesos.

Brave souls Jing2 and AJ holding the Snake! Waaaaaaah!
Sa fake snake nalang nagpapicture si Tania kay hadlukan sa real one! (look who's talking) 

This was actually my first time to see a tiger! Kewl!
Largest crocodile in Davao.
Philippine's Monkey-Eating-Eagle.
Zorb balloon.
Tagum City

Yup! I was here!

Attended mass at Tagum City church.

Tagum Banana-Que (kweh?) Vendors.
Freedom Park at Tagum City.
Tagum City downtown area.
This very large Christmas tree was featured in Rated K this year.

Sto. Nino and Catalina Garden

FYI: Kris Aquino once had taping here in her Deal or No Deal show.
From L-R: Uncle, Auntie, Jing2 and AJ.
Panoramic view of Mt. Apo. But I'm not that sure though if  that's really Mt. Apo. Haha
Abreeza Mall

Abreeza Mall at night.

Paris Hilton's boutique at Abreeza Mall.

View of Abreeza Mall from the parking lot.

Pigging Out

Had midnight snacks here.
Midnight snacks at St. Elmo's Fire.
Located at Abreeza Mall.
Pizza at Moon Cafe.
Taken at Moon Cafe.
Dessert at Nanay Bebeng NCCC Mall branch, Tagum City.

Davao Airport

Davao Airport at night.
Big Durian Statue.
Davao Airport's first class model. LOL!
Go sexy!
Waiting for our flight back to Cebu.

Contrary to my belief that I will spend a lot if I travel in Davao, this trip turned out to be my cheapest travel ever! Here's the summary of expenses:
Plane Ticket (roundtrip) - 781.00
Pasalubong                    - 250.00
Total                             P 1,031.00

Can you believe that? Well, this wouldn't be possible without Tania of course, but I would like to grab this opportunity to thank Mr. & Mrs. Martin Mosqueda for the warm hospitality and for all the libre. hehehe. The next time I go to Davao, I would surely not miss to explore Samal Island. I heard it's nice there. =)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Last November 5 - 6, I went to the paradise island of  Malapascua with my officemates and friends.
Our trip was supposedly cancelled because many people suspected a bad weather.
I also backed off because of my still agonizing wisdom tooth but I didn't buy the bad weather suspicion. That weekend was a long weekend (November 7 was declared as non-working holiday), so it would be a waste if we would just sleep our asses off during the holiday. So, I insisted to push through with the trip and I'm glad that majority were also willing to go on.

We were divided into two batches because the other people still have to work nightshift so they will just catch with us in Malapascua.

1st Batch
Ryan, Jellie, Wietzell, Jerson, Lawrence
2nd Batch
Charina, Ricco, Erwin, Chady, Tonet, Lejee

The trip
3:45 am - Meet up at North Bus Terminal
4:00 am - 8:30 am Bus trip from North Bus Terminal to Maya Port, Daan Bantayan
9:00 am - Boat trip from Maya Port to Malapascua Island
10:00 am - Arrival at Malapascua
10:00 am - 11:00am Looked for a resort for almost an hour.

After comparing at least 5 different resorts, we decided to stay at Purple Snapper Dive Resort. Even though it is not located in a beach front, we were still happy because of the big pool. The beach is just a walking distance so it is not a big problem at all.

Just contact the numbers if you are interested. :)
A view of the pool from the top.
12:00 pm - Lunch at Ging Ging's Flower Garden

The restaurant.
They serve delicious meals especially their Chicken Curry.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Explored the little island of Malapascua.

On our way to the lighthouse.
Lawrence having his moment...  Who are you thinking of, Bart? hahaha
Finally at the lighthouse.
3:00 pm - Went back to Purple Snapper Resort.
4:00 pm - Swimming at the Beach.
6:00 pm - Fetched batch 2 at the Malapascua Port.

Batch 2 (from L - R) Ricco, Erwin, Tonet, Lejee, Charina and Chady

7:00 pm - Dinner time
Ricco cooked for dinner this time.
Always present in every outing, I know. hehe
9:00 pm 'til down - Pool Party!!!
Okay raka geng? haha

Smile gihapon bisag kadlawn na.
Malapascua Scandal! LOL!
2nd Day
6:00 am - Woke up early to take some pictures of the beach.
A resort at the front beach.
An expensive resort at the front beach.
Fine Sand.
A Pirate Cruiser.
I want more beach!!!

Malapascua Beach.

Nice view at the beach.
8:00 am - Breakfast time. Thanks to Purple Snapper for the inclusive breakfast.
8:30 am - 12:00 am - Snorkeling and trip around the island
This is literally a crystal clear water.

On our way to our first stop.

Enjoyin' the ride.
Crocodile-formed coral reef.
Oh holy shit! Please get a room! LOL!

End of the ride.

1:00pm - Check out time.

Group Picture!

Solo Pic. LOL!

Bye Bye Purple Snapper. :(
Last pose before we ride the boat.
2:00 pm - Lunch at the house of Vanessa (Charina and company's college classmate) at Agujo just 10 minutes ride from Maya Port.
7:00 pm - Home Sweet Home <3

Resort Rates
P1200.00 good for 2 persons per room
250 for extra persons
* note that this is inclusive of breakfast

Miscellaneous Expenses
Cook charge (rice) - 50.00
Mineral Water      - 60.00
Plate, Pork and Spoon charge - 100.00
Griller charge - 100.00
Coke liter - 80.00 (so you better bring your own softdrinks)

I recommend that you visit Malapascua as soon as possible! hehe.
If you think that a trip to this paradise island is a very  expensive one, then you better think twice by looking at our summary of expenses:

163.00 - Bus fare from North Terminal - Maya Port
80.00 - Boat fare from Maya Port - Malapascua
20.00 - Small boat
108.00 - Lunch
15.00 - Motorcycle ride from Parola to Resort
350.00 - Snorkeling (Gears included)
550.00 - Combined food and resort expenses
10.00 - Maya Port to Agujo
154.00 - Agujo to North Terminal

See? So, what are you waiting for? Visit Malapascua now!
Here are some other links that you might want to check out:

Wietzell Marimon's Blog
Purple Snapper Dive Resort Website