MANA LIGHTS DAVAO 2011

Seriously, we pass by this place everyday but it was only last night that I had a chance to drop by and took some photos. I would suppose it's not too late for a post yet, I still have a day before the new year, lol.

It's my third year to have taken a photo of this place. This is grander than last year, I would assume it'll be prettier next year. I heard this private entity has spent millions to set-up this place - how generous! I hope they'll be blessed more come 2012 so they can have more lights next year - people, especially the kids really have enjoyed, stuffed our eyes much of this brightness ... glorious!

If you haven't paid a visit yet, Mana Davao is in JP Laurel Ave., Davao City, they're lighting up these trees until Jan. 5, 2012. So bring the whole gang and enjoy!




LAMDAG PARADA in DAVAO 2011

HI everyone! I just came home from Lamdag Parada 2011, I’m inspired to share some of photos straight away so here …

Lamdag Parade (Light Parade) is just one of many Christmas activities incorporated in the Pasko Fiesta sa Davao celebration, this is our city’s version of the famed Disney Electric Light Parade, this is still on its second year but it’s gaining popularity, I hope there’ll be more entries next year, children love it, my kid’s waited.

So here, sharing what I got tonight;

Some guys in lit bicycles joining the parade.

My daughter said, 'where is Cinderella Mama the carriage is leaving', 'maybe still doing the girl-thing', lol.

ABS-CBN's OB van was all lit-up, it's like a mobile-bar ... love it!

Pegasus about to fly, the fluffy whites there are cottons, I wonder how many sacks of cotton they've stuffed in here.. the blue light there made it glorious ...

The back part tells a little twist of the story, somewhat like a leap to another make-believe world, the world of Winnie the Pooh and friends;

This is Davao Crocodile Park's entry, it's like Noah's ark on the move, animals are all over. Some of the guys that came and joined the parade sported their albino snakes, yes, may mga ahas sa gabing di kadiliman, lol.


The ginger bread haus on parade, love this entry, it's well lit though not so grand per my eyes judgment, it's all complete with commercially conceptualized essence of Christmas, not so sure what the basis for judging here but should this float win, it'll take home P150,000.00 as the grand prize.

Praying there'll be more entries next year. Bitin, gamay lang entries.

Should you want to know more of Davao's upcoming Christmas events, you can view at Davao Tourism Official Website here.


THE RITZ HOTEL AT GARDEN OASES IN DAVAO

When went to Garden Oases bazaar two weeks ago, I had a chance to stop by The Ritz Hotel, its one of the newest accommodations we have here in Davao City, it's located within the compound of the Garden Oases in Porras St., it's actually our family's favorite swimming place, it's just so near our place, the food is good, the staff courteous and the it's child-friendly - they have this wide well-manicured lawn where kids can ran around adjacent to this hotel ...


I took some photos at the lobby, some sort of a Christmas souvenir shot of their first Christmas in operation, the place is so clean and so neat, love it.

Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases has these to offer;
- Tours and Transfer services | air con rooms | internet ready rooms | function rooms
- Business Center with net access
- Car rentals and spacious parking space
- Swimming Pool | Ball court | Restaurants
- Coffee Shop
- Zhi Ya Spa
- & many more

The Hotel Reception Area


The Coffee Shop

The Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases
Porras St., Obrero, Davao City.
For reservations call (=6382) 2286885
Or email then at info@theritzhoteldavao.com
Or visit their website at www.theritzhoteldavao.com

PASKO FIESTA IN DAVAO 2011 OPENS

Here’s another great reason why you should be in Davao this holidays.

I joined other awesome Davao Bloggers last night to witness the ‘Pasko Fiesta’ in Davao opening at People’s Park here, It kicked-off with a variety of dance show featuring the young talents of Davao City.  'Pasko Fiesta' sa Davao  is a series of fun, festive, competitive and exciting events happening around Davao City for the entire month of December 2011.

Davao City is now in festive, Christmas mood – public parks, roads, buildings are now well-lit and are all ready to welcome you. 

For complete Pasko Fiesta event schedule visit DAVAO TOURISM site.


Gracing the event was no other than Davao City's famed Lady Mayor, Inday Sarah Duterte, city councilors, the diplomatic community in Davao, Davao City armed authorities and the charming people of Davao City



This year's Christmas Tree at People People's Park.

MAKE IT ...

LOOKING FOR DRIVING SCHOOL IN DAVAO?

This is what red lights can do especially when the car driver is a blogger..lol.

But seriously, if you're looking for a driving school in Davao, I think this is a good sign, try calling, good luck!



STAYING ON THE GO AND STILL KEEPING WATCH

Because of the advent of technology, our lives have become easier and things have been very convenient for us. All of us are able to access the Internet with our laptops, computers and even with our mobile phones. Like what most mobile phone companies’ tagline say, “Stay on the go” we always want to be updated with the latest happenings of our loved ones, friends and acquaintances. So even while we travel, just synching our phones to the world wide web, we are still connected. Travel has also become easy as purchasing plane tickets, reserving hotel rooms, booking for tours and the like can now be done online. Everything can be done with just one click of the mouse like finding boston eyelids experts for an appointment even if your lounging in your hotel room thousands of miles away, or check for a new software or program like eyelids online.

Barge Port at Island Garden City of Samal

But somehow, the latest trends, these social networking sites which have dominated the Internet and technology itself, also have placed us or any individual at risk of dangers. Even the constant use of gadgets have also removed or lessened the personal touch to communication. We have also spent most of our times in front of our boob tubes which has caused and have become reasons for some illnesses and sickness among us. Our children are also in jeopardy, learning and browsing through different websites online.

With all these perils surrounding us, there should be regulations to impose, there should be restrictions. We can always check out www.covenanteyes.com for internet safety. So even if we are outside the comforts of our homes, we are always at peace.

THE FOUNTAIN AT THE PEAK

I actually did not know first what's this place called that's why I called it the sky promenade at Gaisano Mall, but I later confirmed its called 'The Peak', my previous post was about this and I promised to post the photos of the fountains that changes its color, so here;


GAISANO MALL ROOF TOP PROMENADE

This is yet another cool place here in Davao you can chill out and relax especially at night, it's located at the roof top of Gaisano Mall along JP Laurel Ave., it can be accessed via the food court at the third floor or at the parking area if the mall is already closed.

My son call it his place at the 'Second Life' - if you're an online gaming buff you probably have heard this - It's because of its ultra light and modern architectural design. The center of attraction if the fountain at the center that changes color from time to time, I'll make a separate post on that.

There's Figaro coffee shop and a pizza parlor that's operating currently, I think all shops will open come December. I love this beam, it flickers at night, lovely sight!



GETTING READY FOR A LIFE CHANGING ADVENTURE

One of the thrills in traveling to an unfamiliar location is the uncertainty of what lies ahead. Of course no one would really set out unprepared for a trip. You must have read a little over the internet or conducted your own research about the place. The travel experience is just half the fun, more exciting adventures awaits every traveler with an open mind.

Davao Country Road

While some might opt to stay on the safe side and visit the usual tourist spots, there’s a different thrill when you get to visit a place that is unexplored and not crowded with so many tourists. How can you come up with the perfect travel plan? The first thing to consider is your interests. Ask yourself: what type of adventure am I looking for? This will lead you to a number of possibilities that exactly fit your requirements. There are some individuals who prefer a little nature trip while the others enjoy thrill rides or treks. Regardless of which one you choose it is very important that you are open for the challenge that lies ahead.

Remember that each destination on your travel itinerary should bring a unique experience. Do not fall on the tourist traps; conduct your own online research and book accommodations ahead of time. Avoid traveling during the peak season since it will definitely cost more money on airfare and hotel. Choose off-season dates; fewer crowds yet more savings. Open your mind and always welcome a new experience.

Anne is a freelance content writer is also fond of traveling and outdoor adventures. She enjoys working for fashion and travel related topics such as leg warmers for women and sees this as an opportunity to share stories and inspire the readers.


RANDON STREET 'THINK ABOUTS'

I call these 'think about vandals' - I find them interesting, in fact it'll stir your cerebrum a bit. I actually have a collection of these, my brain didn't serve me right I can't remember which folder I've saved them but just few of those that I've found. These are shots along with my downtown aimless brisk walks especially on early Sunday morns.

'A good home must be made not bought' - I welcome discussion, lol.

I wouldn't.

Thanks for the words, I will!

DAVAO'S COLORED TAXIS

Commonly we're used to see taxis in white and yellow - well, we too have those shades in Davao, a variety of names carry the white and the yellow one is exclusively carried by Maligaya Taxi. As I write there are  roughly around 4,200 taxis plying the roads of Davao - with this number I wonder why sometimes when you need one there is none.


And of course my ever-loved purple one, they carry the name Madayaw Taxi.

And the blue taxi - they're currently hiring lady drivers just in case you ladies out there need some extra. Following the city ordinance that prohibits non-airconditioned taxis on the road + the ever rocketing gas prices - flag down rate for taxis in Davao is now P30.00 for the first 4 kilometers. Other the fixed route jeeneys, taxis are the most convenient transport in the city, if you're a foreigner you don't have to pay extra for the translation, all drivers in town can speak and understand English and all roads signs are written in English.

I'm not sure if I'll be seeing red, pink and green ones in the future.. that remains to be seen.


PEACOCKS IN DAVAO

Yes, there aren't only eagles around here, we too have lots peacocks in Davao.

This one was taken at Eden Nature Park, their birds can freely roam the park,  there were countless of them, there was even a white peahen I've been chasing for a photo opp but unfortunately it's fast, it's gone before you can focus a cam.

I took the below photo at the mini-aviary at Paradise Island Resort in Samal Island here, I pity this handsome bird as it's held captive, they were properly taken cared of though, but its different having them in their natural habitat. But for the purposes of education and learning I think it served its purpose, kids love to see real ones even adults ... a reason why we frequent this resort.

ASIAN VACATION RENTALS THAT ARE A STONE’S THROW AWAY FROM DAVAO AND THE PHILIPPINES

Davao is a city that is placed in an excellent location for Asia, and a number of good locations can be reached with just a short plane trip from the area to cities all along the coast of mainland Asia or on the many islands around the Philippines. Here are a few vacation villas in Asia that are just a little ways from Davao.

[View of Sungai Gold Bali, a luxury villa in Bali, Indonesia]

Located just southwest of the Philippines, Indonesia is an Asian country with a vibrant culture. In particular, the Bali region plays host to a number of comfortable rental homes good for small families or couples who are looking to get away from their normal residence without going too far. Sungai Gold Bali, pictured here, is a small but cozy villa with a definite lack of major Western influence in the surrounding area. Everything in the villa is handmade and custom designed, rather than purchased from a catalog, to help give it a more comfortable feel. It can also be rented together with another villa to give extra room for a family, a nice (and relatively rare) option.

[View of Waimarie, a luxury villa in Koh Samui, Thailand]
Asia  does not  have as great of a villa travel culture as Europe,  but it  does have some  villas that compete favorably  with even  some of the nicest French villas. Located just about straight west of Davao is Koh Samui, an island on Thailand that offers a few homes for rent. Waimarie is the nicest of these, a six bedroom villa with room for twelve guests that offers a nice selection of amenities. Children can enjoy the wooden playground, a rock climbing wall, a fort tower, and even a turbo slide, all pieces of equipment unusual for villa rentals. Waimarie is definitely geared towards family vacations, with easy access to the famous Big Buddha Temple and a wide variety of sports and recreation for people of all ages. It is a little on the tourist-y side, but as Asian rentals go, this location is one of the best for people looking to experience our culture, and it isn’t too far from Davao.

MOUNTAIN OF DURIAN

Anywhere you look around Davao now you can see mounds of these helluva smelly yummy. Oh yeah, if you're crazy about this fruit you should head to Davao now, we are blessed to be flooded with tons of durian these days - it's on is peak, a kilo has dropped to P25 right at this very minute this post go live.

Come on down south, let's party - as in durian party. lol.



DENCIO'S RESTAURANT - DAVAO

If you're in Davao and want to taste the most hearty clam soup in town, you shouldn't miss Dencio's Restaurant. They actually have many branches around town but I frequent the ones in Sasa area. I love it there because of the play area for kids. This is the resto facade.

My all time fave calamares
 
and my most all time fave - clam soup.
 
and my lifetime fave - pork barbeque, lol.
 
On clear and humid nights, this al fresco area is great for beer bonding with friends.

Dencios Restaurant
Sasa, Davao City

LEARNING NEW TRICKS?

Just few of my red light photos, was curios what this guy in white was up to - learning the trade? Not sure though, but I find it interesting that practically all streets of Davao City has this small stalls that repairs 'tired, old' shoe. I find it hard to just throw away some of my used, goodol shoe too, so sometimes I contract the ones near our gate to glue my sloppy soles too... :)