Monday, September 27, 2010

Davao Trip 2010: Day 4

We woke up around 6:30am to fix our stuffs and went out to buy pasalubong. We ate breakfast at Jollibee and headed straight to Bangkerohan. Bangkerohan is a public wet market in Davao City. After Bangkerohan, we walked our way to the Munisipyo and Saint Peter's Church. Around 9am, we walked to Aldevinco Shopping Center at C.M Recto street. We bought  Durian ref magnets for 3 for Php100, Durian keychains for php20, sarong for Php150, banig for Php130, Davao t-shirt for Php130, pearl earrings for php80/pair, pearl bracelet for Php150, and handkerchiefs, i forgot the price. After Aldevinco, we went to SM City Davao to buy Lola Abon's durian candies, yemas and mangosteen candies. We also tried the famous Durian Coffee at Blugre Coffee Shop. It was yummy.. a must try! We went back to the hotel to checkout. We got a taxi and stopped by at the Magsaysay Fruits Stand. We bought Pomelos, Durians, Lanzones, and Mangosteens. After that, we headed to the airport for our flight.

Davao city is a beautiful place, I will come back next year to visit Eden Nature park, Philippine Eagle, the Pearl Farm at Samal Island, and also to try the white water rafting. Thanks Kuya Rodel and Yvonne for the invite. I super enjoyed the trip. =D

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Davao Trip 2010: Day 3

On the 3rd day, around 3pm, we visited the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao and Crocodile Farm and Jack's Ridge. We haven't visited the Butterfly Farm and the Zorg's Ball because it was already late. After the Crocodile Farm we went straight to Jack's Ridge. There are a lot of restaurants in Jack's Ridge. Unfortunately, we didn't had a chance to dine because the uncle wanted  to dine and  sing at World Palace videoke.

Jack's Ridge

Friday, September 17, 2010

Davao Trip: Day 2 - The Wedding Day

2nd day in Davao, we woke up early, had breakfast at Jollibee and prepare for the wedding. We went to Marco Polo hotel for my bf's  tux and pictorial with the Groom. But before we went to the Groom's suite, we decided to eat lunch. There were 5 restaurants/bar that you can choose at Marco Polo Hotel, namely :
  • Cafe Marco
  • Lobby Lounge
  • Eagles Bar
  • Lotus Court
  • Polo Bistro Pool Lounge
At Cafe Marco, they serve an Eat-all-you-can Buffet which cost Php750 per head. The Pool Lounge is beautiful and relaxing. The Lobby Lounge's ambience is warm and cozy same with the Lotus Court. We chose Lotus Court because it is much cheaper.. tipid mode.. hahaha! Anyway, we ordered Sweet and Sour Pork Rice Toppings, beef soup, hot and sour soup, Siomai, Dumplings and 2  Lotus Court's Signature Iced tea. The foods were delicious plus I love the service of their waiters and waitresses.. very friendly, warm, accommodating and quick. bravo!!!

After our lunch, we went to the Groom's Suite for the tux and pictorial. The wedding was held at Saint Paul Church. The wedding ceremony started at 4pm.

a photo after the wedding ceremony

The wedding reception was held at Sunny Point Function Plaza. There were a lot of gimiks at the reception such as a Hawaiian dance, space shuttle, a very huge cake and etc. The singers were also great.. what a powerful voice for the girl who sung "The Prayer"! Overall, I enjoyed the wedding celebration and the choco fountain.

After the reception, we went to World Palace for videoke. The available room  was  the North Pole. That was the first time I heard my Bf sings.. in fairness, he has the voice. Especially when he sung  "I Can't Smile Without You" by Barry Manilow.. Kaka-in Love!

Anyway, my message to the newly weds, Mr. and Mrs. Abalajon:

Congratulations Kuya Rodel and Yvonne!!! =)
May God bless your marriage.
Let love never leaves your house and happiness stays to both of  you forever! 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Davao Trip 2010: Day 1

Me and my bf went to Davao to attend a friend's wedding. We stayed for 4 days from August 27 to August 30,2010. We arrived at the Davao Airport around 8am via Philippine Airlines. Kuya Rodel and his Ate Bingbing picked us up at the airport. From the airport, we went straight to the Bridal Couture for the fitting of my bf's tux.

The Groom with his Bestman

After fitting, we went to SM City Davao to eat lunch. We ate at Bigby's Cafe and Restaurant. I ordered for a  Baby Back Ribs; grilled porkchop and Kamikaze Skewers for my bf and Chicken Basket for Kuya Rodel. The Babyback ribs tasted so good and tender. The sauce was also great.. the taste was a mix of sweet, spicy and bbq sauce with smokey flavor and aroma. The Porkchop was also good and tender. The  Kamikaze Skewers were a mix of mushrooms, shrimp balls  and I forgot the other one. The Chicken Basket was so crispy and juicy. The servers were very friendly and accomodating.

After our lunch, me and my bf explore the SM CIty and bought some stuffs from the Supermarket. While Kuya Rodel went ahead to the dentist for cleaning. It was around 1pm when Ate Bingbing, Ate Lapay and Ate Madz arrived at the SM. Me and my bf were so sleepy coz we only slept for 2 hours before we depart from Manila Centennial Airport. Before going to the hotel, Ate Bingbing treated us at Mandarin Restaurant, it is also located at SM City. They served Chinese foods. We ordered pork Siomai, dumplings, sharksfin, chicken feet,  fruit salads and almond jellies. It all tasted good except for the Chicken feet. I haven't tried it because I dont eat Chicken feet. Sorry, I didn't took photos of our orders because I was too sleepy and tired.. my energy was so low.
After our 2nd round of lunch, we went to the hotel. Kuya Rodel reserved us at the My Hotel located at San Pedro Street, Davao City. The accommodation is so affordable and the room was clean and decent enough for me although there was no ref, no free breakfasts but it was OK. Finally, we had a chance to rest and sleep. We woke up around 9pm and tried to order dinner at the hotel's resto but unfortnately the resto was already closed. So we went out to eat. Strolling around San Pedro street, we saw a lot of Jollibee stores, banks such as BPI, metrobank and etc. We explored some streets within the vicinity and found out that there were a lot of places to eat such as Mang Inasal, Jollibee, McDonalds, Chowking, Greenwich, Dunkin Donuts, Mandarin Resto, Kusina de Dabaw and etc. If you need to buy medicines, there's a Mercury drug along San Pedro street. The Munisipyo is also located in San Pedro.  Along the sidewalk, at night, we saw a lot of  fruit vendors. The Lanzones only cost Php15/kilo, Durian for Php30/Kilo and Mangosteen for Php25/Kilo. There's also a live Band too. The hotel's location was great and I think it's safe to walk around. The  common language at Davao City is Bisaya, good thing I know a little bit of it.

My Hotel
San Pedro Street, Davao CIty

Room Rates as of August 27, 2010 ( the day we checked-in)
Single deluxe - Php800
Double deluxe - Php995
Twin deluxe - Php1050
Non-aircon room - Php250

* rates may change, it's better to check their website.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

September 10: End of Ramadan, a holiday in the Philippines

September 10, Friday, is a non-working holiday in observance of the Eid'l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

I think I am the last one to know, too much work..I guess.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

August 2010:Jewel's Homecoming

My dear friend, Jewel, went home last August 4, 2010. Together with Cris, MJ and Ronin; we ate out at Sizzlin' Pepper Steak,Glorietta 5 and had coffee at Seattle's Best,Greenbelt. I had fun chatting with them, reminiscing the old times, laughing out to Cris' gymnastics stories and many more. Below are the photos of our foodies at Sizzlin' Pepper Steak, sorry I forgot the names of the foods.

And lastly, our desserts at Seattle's Best Coffee

To summarize this memorable event, I made this collage:

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