I spent 4 years of high school in Davao City. However, this is only the 4th time that I have visited the place after I graduated xx years ago. It is because the bus ride from Butuan takes me 7-8 hours of travel. But because my friend, Maea, who lives in Singapore, was visiting and it might take a while before she will be back again with the family, I agreed to meet them. I arrived Davao the day before our scheduled get-together. I arranged to meet up with my cousin, Baby (who got a new job so yay!) and my friend, Gail, who was so kind to let me stay in their house. Gail, Maea and I went to same high school and university. We also lived in the same dormitory in college. Gail is my foodie friend so we went to a food trip as soon as I arrived (with my bags in tow!).
The first stop was in Kaizen. It offered Japanese cuisine in a street resto setting like those in Tokyo. Gail was happy we got a table because she said the place was usually packed with people. True enough, there were people waiting for their turn when we left. We got some ramen, katsu, curry chicken and DU30 roll (named after Davao’s famous resident).
Next stop was Yolks! We were easily attracted to its flowery display window. We got cream cheese cupcakes.
Our last stop was The Vegan Dinosaur. Who would have thought that plant-based food can be filling?
Malagos Garden Resort
My friends and I finally met and we went to Malagos Garden Resort. There are so many activities for the kids and kids-at-heart. We saw a bunch of kindergartners on a field trip so we quickly went ahead to avoid the crowd. Our first stop was the bird feeding area. And a bird landed on my head and I am not even feeding it!
There was a petting zoo.
There was a woody area. I felt like Little Red Riding Hood or maybe Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz since I have my red shoes on or maybe Alice in Wonderland because those cupcakes would be great for a tea party.
Actually, we were really in a real-life Chocolate Factory! Gail and I chose this place for the chocolate making activity! For a fee, you pick two molds and 3 toppings/fillings. You are then given 200 ml of chocolate.
Voila! These were some of our finished products. The kid’s chocolates looked way better than mine so I made up for it by “prettifying” my box. Ha!
There are other activities you can do with the family here.
Davao Bamboo Sanctuary
Since we were already in the Malagos area, we might as well visit this resort whose photos made viral on social media. Gail panicked when she learned I did not bring clothes for swimming. She was relieved when the resort staff told her that they sell swimwear. Ha! The manager of the resort welcomed us and the tour started with a little background presentation. The place was initially built for as a private family resort until a guest posted the photos and it went viral that they were forced to open it to the public.
We spent most of our time in the pool. The pool water came from the springs.
I am happy we had the chance to spend time together even for just a day.
Thank you to my awesome friends! Thank you for all the laughter. I miss all the chitchats on the van, while walking around the resort, while swimming, while eating and the list goes on. See you next time!