Thursday, December 26, 2013

Davao City Series: Shrine Hills

Shrine Hills (Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague) is a serene destination in Davao City. It is ideal for religious people and those seeking a little quiet time to meditate or contemplate.

Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague

The shrine is located at a hilly part of Davao City so visitors get a good view of the city. Lush trees and manicured grass add to the charm of the place and ensure a steady supply of fresh air.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Davao City Series: People's Park

People's Park is one of the most popular destinations in Davao City for tourists and visitors alike.

The entrance has a dome with spikes, inspired by Davao's famous fruit: durian.

People's  Park durian dome entrance
durian dome

Friday, December 20, 2013

Davao City Series: Walk n' Water Ball Park

Walk n' Water Ball Park, like Zorv Park, is located in the Crocodile Park compound in Davao City. Here, you are also inside a giant ball, but instead of rolling downhill, you play in a pond.

First, you are asked to remove your shoes then get inside a deflated translucent ball through a big zipper. Air is then pumped to inflate the ball.

giant ball being inflated at the Walk n' Water Ball Park in Davao City, Philippines

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Davao City Series: Tumbling Inside a Giant Ball at Davao Zorv Park

Crocodile Park is one of the popular tourist destinations in Davao City. However, we were a bit short on time and the place sounded similar to Zoobic Safari in Subic so we decided to just skip the zoo and head straight to two other attractions located in the Crocodile Park compound: Davao Zorv Park and Walk n' Water Ball Park.

Zorbing (also called sphereing, orbing or globe riding) involves being strapped inside a giant ball which is then rolled down a gentle slope.

Zorbing at Zorv Park in Davao City, Philippines

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Greenwich's Macaroni Salad is Terrible

My aunt arrived with a Greenwich takeout for me. Included was a small cup of macaroni salad as an add-on to the meals. I have not eaten at Greenwich for years but from what I remember, the food tasted decent though I found the serving sizes too small for me. I love macaroni salads so I assumed that I would like Greenwich's version as well. Unfortunately, bleh! It was terrible.

Greenwich macaroni salad

Monday, December 16, 2013

Davao City Series: Davao Baywalk and Park

Davao Baywalk and Park is known by several names: Baywalk, Seawalk, Seawall (or Sea Wall), David's Edge or Queensland Park. We went on a Saturday morning and were glad to see that only a handful of people were there.

In the park is an enclosure that houses several ostriches. There are also several interesting statues, the most prominent of which is the huge golden replica of the famous sculpture David by Michelangelo.

giant golden replica of Michelangelo's David in Davao City

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Davao City Series: Partoza Durian Farms

After zorbing and trying (and failing) to walk on water, we proceeded to the Partoza Durian Farms. Agro-tourism, yeah! The farm is a 45min drive from the Crocodile Park compound.

Malaya House at the Partoza Durian Farm

One important thing if you're planning to visit the Partoza Durian Farms: appointment is a must. Contact them at least two days before your visit. Because lunch and snacks were available, I initially thought that we could just waltz right in, just like in most restaurants and parks. Good thing we bothered to ask two days before if a reservation was required.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Davao City Series: D’ Bone Collector Museum is an Exotic and Educational Place

D'Bone Collector Museum is a relatively new educational wildlife museum in Davao City. In a way, it is like a zoo, since it showcases animals, but the twist is that the featured animals are all dead: bones, shells, teeth. There are some preserved animals and animal replicas as well.

The ground floor houses a few displays, some framed information about the museum, and a small souvenir shop. The bulk of the displays are on the upper floors.

There are skulls and skeletons of birds and land animals such as horses, dogs, and goats.

horse skeleton
buffalo skull

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Davao City Series: Lon Wa Buddhist Temple

Lon Wa Temple (aka Long Hua Temple) is a beautiful Buddhist temple in Davao City. It is one of the biggest Buddhist temples in the Philippines and is the biggest one in Mindanao. It is located along J.P. Cabaguio Avenue in Agdao District.
the gate of Lon Wa Buddhist Temple in Davao City, Philippines
smiling Buddha in front of Lon Wa Buddhist Temple in Davao City, Philippines

Monday, December 2, 2013

Playing with Kendama at go-en the Japanese Ramen Shoppe Plus

After finishing my chicken teriyaki and matcha pudding, we got to playing with kendama.

A kendama is a traditional Japanese wooden toy. It has two parts: the ken (the hammer-looking part with a pointed end) connected by a long string to the tama (the ball). The ken has several concave surfaces (called cups) where the player is supposed to catch the ball. The spike can be used to spear through the hole of the ball. In a way, a kendama is similar to a yoyo since they both have long strings and the player can do several tricks with them. Here's a guy explaining the basic tricks with a kendama:

When I first heard that go-en would import and begin selling kendama, my reaction was 'meh'. I was not interested in a wooden toy. Even after I saw some exhibition videos, my reaction was best explained by this meme:

I can do that. Hold my beer.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Chicken Teriyaki and Matcha Pudding at go-en the Japanese Ramen Shoppe Plus

We were at go-en Ramen two weeks ago. It had been more or less a year since our last visit. I was glad to see two new things at the restaurant: a shelf full of manga that customers can browse while eating or waiting for their food and some kendama pieces that customers can play with while at the resto (more about kendama in my next post).

I ordered the teriyaki chicken.

Unlike other Japanese restaurants, where chicken teriyaki is served as a rice bowl topping, go-en's Chikinteri does not come with rice so if you want to pair the chicken with rice, you will have to order the rice separately. It does come with a serving of fresh vegetable salad. I rarely order veggie salad when dining out because I dislike the miniscule amount of dressing I get, but go-en's salad is a pleasant surprise. The dressing is more than enough and tastes really good.

chicken teriyaki with fresh vegetable salad at go-en Ramen

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