Our day started early because our scheduled flight was supposed to be 8:55am last Saturday. We were at the domestic airport, I think, past 7am. Charline and Allan was there already and were checking-in in behalf of all of us, as in sila na yung nasa counter pagpasok namin. Good thing coz we were able to check in our bags. Super higpit na pala sila sa airport ngayon dahil bawal na pati hand sanitizer sa carry-on bags kaya naman lahat talaga ng bags naman naka-check-in. We didn’t pay for the terminal fee immediately coz we had to wait for Janice and Al to arrive. They were supposed to present the boarding pass sa check-in counter so intay namin sila. While waiting for them we spotted Tim Yap checking-in at one of the SeaAir flights. I wonder where he’s headed to? Anyways, Al and Janice was soon there and had checked-in their bags. After we paid our terminal fees pasok na kami sa waiting area, as I said super higpit na, dahil magtatanggal ka pa ng shoes/sandals, watch at belt and these should go through the x-ray machines. Jino-joke nga naming yung boys na pati brief nila kailangan tanggalin harhar. Celebrity sighting ata that Saturday coz we saw Jojo Lastimosa as well. Side kwento lang: Steve who weren’t able to go with us was also there at the airport earlier in the morning coz he was going to Iloilo naman for a school reunion. He saw Champ of Hale at talagang nagpa-picture pa sya together with Champ, nagpadala ng MMS kay Charline para pruweba. Gusto na nga din naming gawin yon with Tim or Jolas pangloko lang kay Steve. =) Anyways, ayun delayed pala yung flight naming 9:20 pa kami umalis. Kaasar na ang Cebu Pacific ha parati ng delayed ang flights. Pati yung pabalik na flight namin to Manila delayed naman ng almost an hour.
We reached Davao past 11am – umuulan waaahhh!!! At dahil sa umuulan wala kaming nagawa kundi sumakay sa FX at magbayad ng P400 para dalhin kami sa Alta Pension House. Fcuker! Ang mahal pala non dahil nung pauwi kami P70++ lang yung taxi naming papuntang airport. Kung hindi lang talaga umuulan e magttyaga kaming maghintay ng taxi sa airport. Kaso ilang minuto na kaming naghihintay wala pang dumadating na taxi at nasasayang yung oras namin sa kaiintay sa aiport. Since nakasakay na kami sa FX tinanong na naming si manong driver magkano ang singil nya going to Malagos. Aba aba! P1400 daw! Hanuba e na-research ko ang bus going there is P30/pax lang. No way noh!
Finally we reached Alta Pension. Okay naman yung inn coz it’s right in front of Gaisano Mall at malinis naman yung room at bathroom na binigay sa amin. Our room which can fit 7pax costs P1800/night. Sila Janice nakahiwalay and their room costs P700 naman. Super sulit na! Good thing talaga ang lapit namin sa Gaisano dahil we were able to buy mga last-minute chorva naming – toothbrush, comb, bottled water at umbrellas na rin dahil nga umuulan. Sabi nga namin last time we were in CDO umuulan din and sa Gaisano din bumili ng umbrella. Siguro yung Gaisano ang curse namin – pag may malapit na Gasiano uulan pag andon kami =P From Gaisano, we took a taxi going to Annil terminal where the buses going to Calinan are. Yung taxi na nasakyan namin kinokontrata din kami na diretso na daw Calinan P700 one-way. Haller! Di mo kami maloloko noh. Aba binaba ang presyo kesyo P1,000 daw round-trip. Palusot na lang namin na wag na dahil nga two groups kami at baka di pumayag yung isang taxi na diretso Calinan. Pagsakay namin ng bus P40 lang ang pamasahe (nagtaas na sila). Travel time to Calinan was about an hour.
Bus ride going to Calinan
Pagdating Calinan sakay naman kami ng tricycle. Ibang klase ang tricycle don piangkakasya nila ang 7 tao pero mura naman pamasahe P7 lang kada tao so kung arkila ka ng isang tricycle P50 ang singil nila. Our first stop was Malagos Garden Resort kaso sabi sa amin don unahin na lng daw namin sa Philippine Eagle Center kasi pareho pala silang up to 5pm lang bukas. We got there mga 3:30 na. Tagal din kasi nung tricycle ride e.
Tricycle ride going up Malagos Garden Resort - challenge mag-picture-an during the tricycle ride dahil paakyat yung road at nasa likod kami ng tricycle. There's a very big chance na pwede kami malaglag hahaha
So yun punta na kaming PEC may entrance fee na P5 dun sa water disctrict then P50 dun sa mismong PEC.
With Alex the Lawin at PEC
Our tour guide made us watch a documentary about the Philippine Eagle, it lasted for about 15-20 minutes then una kaming tinour sa parang museum where they have eagle skeletons chaka mga stuffed eagles. One of them is Diyola - the mother of Pag-asa.
Then tour na nung grounds
Aside from the Philippine Eagles there were different birds in PEC
Meron din wild boar...
..na may piso sa likod nya hihi
and monkeys. We were joking about it na di kaya natatakot yung monkeys dahil sila ang prey ng monkey-eating eagles hehe
But of course the star of the show, Pithecophaga jefferyi, the Philippine eagle. This one is the only eagle not inside a cage. He is Sir Arni.
Upclose, the Philippine eagle is simply breathtaking - beautiful, beautiful creature!
I don't know why I feel like crying remembering the majestic eagle. It's such a wonderful, beautiful creature. A very memorable experience to be able to be near one. You can actually adopt an eagle for P100thou per year or you may make a donation of P250 then your name will be imprinted in one of the cement slabs in the pathway around PEC, much like the stars in Hollywood Blvd hehe.
After PEC we were suppose to hear mass sa San Pedro Cathedral. Kaso dip ala 6:30pm yung mass kundi 5:30 kaya wala na kaming inabutan. We just checked the schedule of masses for Sunday para kinabukasan na lang kami magsimba. Sakit-sakit pa pala ng ulo ko non siguro dahil sa naulanan kami nung tanghali. Napabili pa tuloy kami ng gamot dahil di k na talaga matiis na maghintay pa bago makarating ng hotel bago uminom. And good thing din may sanitary balm si Charline yun ata nakawala ng sakit ng ulo ko.
For dinner, Janice’s cousin Paul treated us to Harana. Parang local version sya ng Dampa sa Davao, turo-turo ka lang ng seafoods then sila na magluluto. Sarap sobra! Daming order ni Paul – alimasag, panga, itlog ng tuna, tanigue, spare ribs (specialty ng Harana). Yun palang itlog ng tuna iba pa yung itsura ng itlog ng female at male na tuna. Dun sa male medyo slippery sya. You would think busog na kami lahat after all that food ha pero hindi pa. Nakayanan pa namin mag-coffee and dessert sa Blugre. According to Paul, yun daw ang parang equivalent ng Starbucks sa Davao. Bluegre is in Matina Town Square parang Eastwood ang dating nung gimikan na yun. Pinatikim nya sa amin yung durian coffee parang frapuccino na durian flavor. Those of us who love durian liked the coffee drink, while those na di ma-appreciate ang durian, like me, wasn’t too keen on finishing our drinks hehehe. Sarap ng desserts na in-order – strawberry shortcake, chocolate decadent and another chocolate cake – I didn’t catch the “title” haha. Ayun kwentuhan ng kwentuhan di namin namalayan past 12 na pala. Good thing Paul was there to take us around dahil atleast we were able to experience the night life at Davao. Di kami nagmukmok sa hotel room namin at nag-poker the whole night.
..to be continued...
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