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just wanted to document my davao trip last april and it was like coming back home… it’s my third visit to davao and there’s something oddly satisfying in being able to go back to places you’ve gone to and see the familiar and the new.

this is also the first time i travelled with people from work who don’t exactly share the same sentiments as me, in terms of travelling, charot. to expound, they’re simply happy drinking and smoking and eating around while rolling in bed. on a side note, it was cute observing their packing and hygiene habits… for instance, hiding a dozen bottles (probably more…) of liquor is kind of a special skill, haha.

this is also the first time i didn’t take pixxors that much for some reason, and so just grabbed whatever i could find in fesbuten, lulz. i stole the ones below from liiya and hanee.

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we headed over to samal island on our one weekend for our teambuilding and we got stranded in the middle of the sea, haha. another boat towed us though and we got to our destination. my memories of that samal island trip aren’t that clear anymore, i just remember stepping on some corals, getting a stiff neck from riding a habal-habal, and seeing lots of gays on the ferry. adventure pa more, haha.

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when we got back to the city, we lounged around sm lanang, because for the love of buddha, our hotel had forsaken us … check-in was at 3:00 pm. on a side note, i was finally able to eat cake.

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on our last day in davao, we dropped by aldevinco, which my companions kept mispronouncing, to get some souvenirs, and hane bought us to the old glamour crabs buffet. tapos umuwi na kami sa manila, haha.

yun lang muna.

♥ melai

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we took a ferry to samal island in sasa wharf. it cost around ten php only! got to see davao from a higher view, that boat was really big and high, also got to see buses and cars get out from it’s belly. that was a cheap and fun ride.

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a ship that was docked nearby, not so impressive but it looked clean. it’s definitely faring better than our government’s rusty warship somewhere over at ayungin shoal. i had just read an article about it before going to davao. it will probably remain that way and we could only hope it doesn’t disintegrate…

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anyhoo, we finally arrived at sunset beach in samal island. it was really humid that day and that we rented a small hut… i was instantly reminded of the hot summers i spent in a little hut at the back of our ancestral home in quezon province. i used to run around and pick up weeds in the heat and the ocean was just beyond the corner and it was glorious… then the memories end there, sunset beach was one of the dirtiest resorts i’ve ever been to.

i’m able to stomach dirt and was trained to eat what was served, walang reklamo and all, but this resort’s facilities are way dirtier than what i’ve seen in other ones before. sure, the little huts were ok and ours even had a cutesy patterned curtain but but but… the washrooms and pathways were filthy and miserable.

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we brought good food though, care of honey, and there were cats which sort of made up for the unsightly facilities of the place. we talked for a bit and lolled at stuff, and then we slept. the others probably went out sometime but i decided to just sleep through…

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next morning, i bought coke for some caffeine fix from this store. you’ll have to get past giant sea monsters… err, i mean lots of huts, people milling around, people who are too drunk, people having sex in tents, and uh, huge tree roots to get to this store.

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we headed over to blue jaz resort afterwards, i almost fell off the tricycle going to this place, nyahahaha!

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the place is way cleaner than sunset beach and it also helped that when we went there, it was a bit cloudy.

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we lounged around under big wooden umbrellas and ate leftovers while bumming around. it was a pleasant and slow that day and jb was providing all our wifi needs so it was pretty good.

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we took selfies too, the beach views weren’t spectacular but the water was clear and that’s good enough. i also had a great time pestering jb, hehehe.

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nyles and i got henna tattoos, i got a flower one just above my non-existent right boob. this was destroyed the moment i put on my backpack, lols.

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there was an ongoing school event at the resort and they had food being sold only to the students, i went ninja mode and bought some chicken skin and mango shake!

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and then we all finally ran out of food, got bored, and went back to the city on a pirate themed boat.

yun lang muna.

♥ melai

our manager was set to arrive and we picked her up from the davao airport… yes the one with

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the giant durian! and i kind of really wanted to have my pictures taken in front of it. bakit ba? hahaha! we had breakfast and then we were off to the seaport!

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to get there we rode a tricycle and in davao, they have ozummm tricycles that can fit six to seven people… comfortably. hahaha!

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we also rode a boat for two hours! i’m ok with boats and i don’t get seasick but i almost slid off jessa, the name of the boat. she needs to get an improved plank with handles. hahaha! and then finally, we trudged off to …

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isla reta beach resort in samal island! it’s a beautiful place, you get to see an awesome view of the beach and there’s a lot of interesting plant life.

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mermaid colors! i like the ultramarine blue hues in the deeper part. the water sparkles in the davao heat too, kind of like bling in the sea. hihi.

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the sand is clean too and surprisingly warm but it’s full of shells, i got some scrapes, but that’s ok because i’m with

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a bunch of happy people. laugh fest sa umaga, laugh fest sa gabi! my co-workers are the best! and we also ate

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hipon, ok, i had some because it had butter and sprite and yes, i pretended to take pixxors of the coconuts at the back part of isla reta when i got breathless. hehe.

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eggplant, i skinned one. hahaha, it was difficult.

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squid, they were ok. tastes better with kalamansi.

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kinilaw, a bit spicy for me, piled a lot of rice with it.  and

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tuna, this was ozummmm and pretty healthy too. i was bloated and content afterwards.

yun lang muna.

♥ melai


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