Davao is great and lots of fun.
Went to Eagle Park and saw Pag-asa, the 18 year old eagle who was the first of its kind to be bred and hatched in captivity.
We stayed in Hari Royale Suites which is a block away from Gaisano City and just across the street from the Sta. Ana Church where my brother got married. Next to it is a bread house for coffee and snacks and a 24-hour Calderetta eatery if you need something more substantial. A few houses away there is an affordable carinderia where we would eat breakfast or have a quick meal.
After the wedding, we went to Matina Town Square (MTS) and tried the durian coffee (hot and cold) at Blu Gre - the Davao version of Blue Jay. The family occupied a long line of tables and laughed their heads off.
To cap the night, we headed to Jack's Ridge to see Davao City in lights, it's a mountain top restaurant and bar overlooking the city. Had drinks and was serenaded by four gentlemen with Tatay's favorite songs.
The next day, we went to Malagos Garden Resort to catch the 10:30am Bird Show. Tatay got pecked on the hand by an ostrich there but he was fine. We saw miniature horses, a whole lot of birds of course, goats, white mice and a whole lot more.
Then we had lunch before going into the Japanese Tunnel. They have a tiny prison in there if you want to try it. lol.
Then we headed for the zipline. Unfortunately it was raining when we got there so we didn't get to zip. So instead we tried the zorb ball and in pairs, we all rolled down a hill like jack and jill inside a huge rubber ball. Nasty ride but a whole lot of fun. Still reeling from the vertigo though lol.
We skipped the crocodile farm because my brother had to catch the afternoon flight to Manila, so instead we had waterball rumble. Only one of us managed to stand in the water. Makes you wonder how Jesus did it.
By the time we got back to the hotel, we didn't have enough time to buy our pasalubongs. We again talked late into the night, said our goodbyes, packed our bags for a very early flight back to Iloilo.
Would like to thank my sister-in-laws, Rhoda and her family in Davao for the warm welcome, Daisy for helping me find a dress, Vangie for my Starbucks 2011 Planner :) Also Armin, for letting me hold and unprofessionally use his Canon DSLR camera during the wedding. Thanks to Mart, for the bubble gum episode - that was hilarious, for my talented nephew, Paolo - for singing great songs that makes us proud; to all my nephews and nieces who have inherited every sarcasm and wise cracks their older counterparts are known for.
And to my family, travelling with you is like moving to a different planet :D Hopefully we could all do this again.