Friday, May 14, 2010

Davao city, philippines gets even better

After traveling around Philippines some; Siargao, Cebu, Ilo-Ilo, Guimaras, Manila, Boracay...

Im settling into a place in Davao City called "Times Beach". Found a nice beachfront motel for $6/night, on floor level(with hbo and cable and fan and nice family owned and operated, CMPLN Inn and resort)
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I feel like hangin here for a month or so....we'll see how it goes.....I am soo in love with quality Davao Durian and I need to be near it and get tucked into it daily from my main sources of certainty.

Positives:
-Huge beach, nice sand, long stretches to jog, do stretches, yoga, dance, whatever you want.
--amazing little Philippino culture emmersion daily...meeting and connecting daily whether you choose to or not, be ready.
-ocean water swims
-sweet little beach community with local kids everywhere.
-3minute walk to abundance of bananas, watermelons, papayas, mangos, pineapples sold at all the little homefront shops.
-Durian seller 3minute walk from my room
-internet cafe 3minute walk 20cents/hour
-barbershop with massage option 3minute walk
-kareoke bar and nightly live music on the beach 3mnute walk
-15minute walk to SM (the hugest shopping Mall in town with a massive variety of fruits: Marang, mango, manogsteens, chicos, melons, pawpaws, avocados, tomatos, cucumbers, etc...., seasonal and imports, movies, bookstores, internet cafe, and single girls if you are looking.)
-free delivery from my main durian dealer "JO-JO", he brought me a box of 'native' and arancilo' last night, I ate half and refrigerated the rest and it was even more bitter today, nice and cool too).
-$1.50 taxi ride to two huge traditional markets, spas, immigration(for visa extension), durian restaurants, fruit sellers, etc...
-$1-2 taxi ride to several homeless shelters for fruit deliveries when you feel like giving
--45minute ferry boat ride to a fairly deserted pristine island with amazing coral garden and fish "Telukud" island.
--15cents jeepnee ride from Magsaysay durian park
I can casually walk to Magsaysay durian park on low tide on the beach most of the way there in 90minutes
--Davao is known across the country for the cheapest Best Fruits and durian...and I know why now.

Negatives:
-no surfing waves
--still close to a big city, so you do feel the lower air quality when you leave the beach area
--no snorkling at my beach
--motel room is concrete
--no fruitarian friends to share this amazing gift of a place

6 comments:

J-me Pikman said...

TY!!!

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highrawspirit said...

Wow! This sounds incredible! I would love to go there someday...

Laura

cagayan de oro resorts said...

Hmmm not bad. the place still sounds good to me. hope i can also visit that place. how much is the rate?

tak said...

did you try out local products made from durian? there are many good durian product sellers in davao. some of the more popular ones are Lola Abon and Apo ni Lola Durian Delicacies.

if you like sweets, then you will definitely love the durian sweets they offer. they have those soft, chewy durian candies (unlike some durian candy brands that are rock hard! :-) ).

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ryann said...

where do you usually dine while you were in davao? it is hard to look for vegetarian restaurants here.. ryann