last september 26-29, 14 of my friends and i spent the weekend touring my hometown Davao City. it’s my hometown but i was just as much a tourist as my friends. Davao City has always been my haven from my hectic Manila life so i normally spend my days there at home, reading or sleeping. just goes to show how much you can take your hometown for granted. 😉

since we were only spending 4 days and 3 nights in Davao City, we made made most of our time. we were able to cram a beach trip, white water rafting, an ultimate pickup with a local team Badgoyz, pasalubong and suha shopping, and enjoying the local nightlife. so here’s a photo semi-diary of what we did there.

Sept 26: Arrival at Davao, Isla Reta, Pasalubong Shopping at Aldevinco, Dinner at my parent’s house, Drinks at Bakbak

our flight to Davao was at 4am so none of us had much sleep the night before. however, since we didn’t want to waste our time in Davao, we left our bags at my grandfather’s house where we stayed then went to the dock with the boat that would take us to Isla Reta. we met with some bad luck because the boat we rode took it’s sweet time to fill up all the seats. i think it took us 2.5 hours from the time we got to the dock to the beach. we made good use of that time in the boat by sleeping. hahaha! after our brief beach sojourn, we went to aldevinco to buy some sarongs and native stuff then we proceeded home to freshen up before heading to my parent’s house for dinner. my dad couldn’t resist and gave them a 30-minute sermon on predestination. i really was hoping he wouldn’t do that but my friends were all respectful and (half) listened to him while he was speaking. after dinner, we headed to Bakbak to have some below zero beer to cap off the night.

Sept 27: White Water Rafting, Dinner at Food Galore, Ultimate Party at Fahrenheit, Drinks at Bakbak

this was the highlight of our entire trip… the white water rafting!!! we were all excited and scared at the same time but we got through it! check out the video for some of our white water rafting action videos. it was super fun!!! a part of me wants to take up rowing as a sport now. problem is i doubt that i’ll ever wake up in time for the training. hahaha! credit to jb and claire for making the video. =)

we headed home to freshen up for dinner at Food Galore then an ultimate fund-raiser party at Fahrenheit.

Sept 28: Breakfast at Mcdo, Eden Nature Resort, Pickup with Badgoyz, Dinner at Flyover Ihawan (not so sure about the name), Drinks at Francis’ House, More drinks at my house

according to our itinerary, we were supposed to go to Camp Sabros in Mt. Apo to try out the 2-minute zipline but we were all too tired from the previous two days’ activities that we opted to have breakfast at Mcdo instead. hahaha! well, in our defense, it would’ve been a two-hour drive to Camp Sabros and a two-hour drive back and none of us was up for another long jeepney ride. after lunch at the house, we headed over to Eden Nature Resort for some nature tripping. we also managed to squeeze a pickup game with Badgoyz. after dinner we went to Francis’ house for drinks. then we had more drinks at my house after.

i jump like a girl. hahaha!!!

Sept 29: Back to Manila

we headed back home to manlia at 12nn on monday loaded with scrapes from our rafting adventure, kilos and kilos of suha as pasalubong, and tons of fun memories. out of town trips with friends are really so much fun!!! i’m already looking forward to the next one. 😉