We arrived in Davao City on December 20 at around 6 a.m. (which means we left Manila at 4, and left Los Banos at 1. Why so early? Hay, check my earlier blog entry about Zest Air) Good thing that my Mom is well-acquainted with the sales manager of Grand Regal Hotel, and she was able to make reservations for us even last-minute and we were accommodated even at such an early hour. So upon our arrival at the airport, the Grand Regal Hotel van was already waiting for us.
[Actually, we were supposed to stay in Pearl Farm on Samal Island, as it is one of the very few tourist spots in Davao we haven’t been to. Hubby insisted we go there, but upon trying on my two-piece swim suits, I did everything in my power to dissuade him. Why? Your guess is as good as mine, hehe. (Good thing I had my “time to shine in bikini” before I got pregnant.) He was dissuaded when I told him the highlights of Pearl Farm, which are snorkeling and the spa. How do we enjoy these things with Karbee (my newest nickname for Raviv) in tow, sans his nannies.]
We got a suite at Grand Regal Hotel. It was nice and spacious. My complaints? First, the water heater was not working; second, the TV needs a “special touch” to work.
My parents arrived at our hotel suite at around 11 a.m., and by that time Karbee has pooped twice! We were also able to rest. My parents brought Stellar, my 3-year old first pamangkin. She was so eager to meet her cousin Karbee for the first time.
We headed to a Chinese restaurant near Victoria Plaza. I forgot the name of the place, but the food there was great. Even my parents, who aren’t fans of Chinese cuisine (and have already had lunch), agreed.
After lunch, we proceeded to Crocodile Farm (already been to other great Davao destinations like Eden Farm and the Philippine Eagle Sanctuary years ago). We also wanted to go to Maxima and other spots but it would be difficult with Raviv in tow (same reason as why we put off Pearl Farm).
One of the things I really liked was holding a baby croc! For P40, you and your group can hold a big albino boa constrictor (boa ba ang English ng sawa?) or a baby croc and get a free printed picture. You may also take pictures using your own camera. We chose the baby croc because the snakes are quite common. This reminded me that this was supposedly Raviv’s entertainment for his party–he was supposed to have the Wildlife Encounter (birds show and free handling of snake and crocodile) package from Crocodile Farm. I decided against it when I got annoyed that the point person took too long in answering my queries and remembered additional payments little by little. But I think if it pushed through, it would have been a blast.
There was even a bird show! Too bad we didn’t come on a weekend, because there’s a regular tightrope walker walking over crocodiles (on a rope above of course).
There were plenty of animals and stone/cement figures too. It was fun to take photos with them.
My niece Stellar, however, was scared of the animals. But every time the camera flashes, her scared face will transform into her “posing” face…she loves having her picture taken so much!
Another thing that really amused me was this fenced area with the label “Dragon’s Lair” (or something like that). It actually houses sailfin lizards (the water dragon that we are referring to). Randy and I entered (we left Raviv with Dad who was watching the bird show, because he was fast asleep; puyat eh, thanks to ZestAir, grr!). At first, we thought it was just fencing a small pond with koi. I actually left because I got bored, and then zoologist Randy called me and pointed the sailfin lizards. It was a sight to behold, with these scary-looking but actually friendly animals just walking around, not minding us.
I was so amused that upon my return, I really made sure I have a picture with the scary-looking sailfin dragon.
I had this photo taken of me and more that are similar to this: pangit daw according to budding photographer Randy because the sailfin was under a shade while the sun was shining very brightly. So I had to be more aggressive!
(This entry is already too long, so I’ll cut this and create a Part 2)
Here is Part 2
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