It was a long, exhausting day spent with the animals and critters at the Crocodile Park to celebrate D1's 16th birthday and so before we headed to our home for the night, and after a short discussion, we've decided to stop at Hukad in SM Lanang Premiere to fill our grumbling tummies and to culminate the celebration.

This family friendly Filipino restaurant is known for its good food and efficient service. We ordered and our food were served before these diners could even starve.

This homey place attracts many people especially on weekends where family and friends come together to share festive moments.Trust that it won't disappoint your taste buds as well as your pocket.

Hukad has established itself in various strategic locations across Cebu and Dava with its original structure which is the foundation of today’s restaurant at Salinas Drive in Lahug, Cebu City which has been there since 1982.
It was a long day spent in the city and the restless feet needs a room to stay for the night. Again, we didn't book ahead of time so we had to go around and find one. I don't like going to the same hotel I have already been through. It won't give me anything to blog about.

I'm a frugal traveler so just a clean, a cozy bed, a quiet air condition system and a working bathroom with hot and cold shower would do for me. The other amenities would just come as a bonus. Of course the room rate is always on top of my consideration. We needed two rooms and this time, Orchard Hotel had us the perfect deal.

Orchard is a three-star budget hotel situated along J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City. The structure doesn't give us any spectacular view of the city but it is a reasonable place if all you're there for is to rest your head out and be comfortable. There is no shortcut in going up. You have to take the staircase which is not bad at all.

We took two deluxe rooms. There's nothing much to expect about.The hotel is using the electronic key system. It has a 32-inch flat screen, wall mounted TV, an air condition, a safe, twin lamps, seated on each side of the bed, side tables and one dining table, and a clean bathroom.

I haven't talk that much to any of the staff after checking in but I think the hotel had nice ones. A safe parking area is also commendable.

Overall, it was a good stay. We had our breakfast delivered in our room and we checked out just about an hour before we're supposed to.

Again, when you're in Davao and you'll need a safe place to stay that's just within the downtown area, Orchard Hotel got you covered.
A day at the Davao's famous Crocodile Park wouldn't be complete without stopping by Tribu K' Mindanawan.

Tribu K' Mindanawan is a cultural village that showcases the richness of the Indigenous People in Mindanao.

While here, you will feel the freshness of nature as its location is just along the riverside, covered with hundreds of tall bamboo tress.

You will also admire the indigenous community as the village is surrounded with vernacular structures made by authentic IPs from Mindanao.

Tribu K' Mindananwan is famous of its weekend cultural presentations which is highlighted with a very spectacular fire show.

Folks from all walks of life who will visit the Crocodile Park are entitled to watch the fire dance show which which is set to start at 4:30 pm every Friday and Saturday. Too bad my phone camera shuts down when we were there. I wasn't able to take a video. But we for sure enjoyed the show.

How to get to there... simply make your way to the Crocodile Park Complex along Diversion Highway, Ma-a, Davao City.

So it was a wish granted for D1 on her birthday - a day with the wild and adorable creatures in The Crocodile Park, a family friendly park and one of the popular attractions in the city of Davao.

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I just wonder why of all the things that she could ask for on her birthday, she chose to be in the Crocodile Park. It's just to me it's a little girl thing and she's 16 ... but then we were there so I guess that's was indeed a wish granted.

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To get in the park costs Php 250 per person but the three of us made it all the way for free and still get to enjoy everything there is just like everyone did and that's another story.

Almost everything inside the park looks familiar to me (but not to D1 and D2) except the feeding activities which the both of them enjoyed a lot. D1 had these starving Kois fed...
 while D2 fed this fierce giant, wild cat.
A piece of meat costs Php50 :D

I'm surprised, the boy who sold us the meat to feed the tiger volunteered to take us a picture... very kind of him.

"I enjoyed it here a lot", says the birthday girl. That had me wonder if I ever brought her there before. I thought I did but that was when she was still little. No wonder she and her sister went giddy about  everything in the park as if it's their first time - from the largest and the host creature - the crocodile, or popularly known as "pangil" (means fang)...
  to the smallest critters...
These are at least the smallest that I've seen the whole time other than the long time residents in the park - the caged cardinals and the singing, gci musicians friend, canary and house sparrows which I haven't took a picture of this time.
Though it's main host is a giant reptile, the park also housed numerous animals, big and small that every park goer (young and old) would enjoy in different ways. Most of these animals are captioned with their scientific names and origins. I remember I took pictures of almost all of the names back then. This time I got busy taking pictures of the two teens while enjoying their encounter with the creatures.

Here are some though...

Our time spent here was priceless. We were delightfully amused. It reflects on our photos together below. :D

"Animals should not require our permission to live here on earth. They were given the right long before we arrived".
This year's summer (though it hasn't been officially declared by the weather station yet) has started with a trip to the beach with my colleagues at work. It is an annual activity we do to bond together, have fun together, be crazy together and just be carefree outside the working environment for once.

This time around we picked Cavanico Il Mare Beach Resort in Camudmud, Samal Island for our destination.

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It wasn't our first time to spend summer in the place as Samal Island is popularly known for its picturesque beaches and is frequent to by many (both local and foreign) beach goers in and out of season but to most of us, it was our first in this particular resort.

I am glad that the place didn't disappoint me.

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Well, I don't intend to do a review here because for way less than 24 hours, I didn't really had the chance to go around this quite big  place.Most of our time were spent swimming. Now, if you're looking for that irresistible beach water, this is a place to be. Night or day, you'd love it here.

Since we came in a big group, we were suggested this backpacker's house.

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It's the only one I've seen in the place and is situated towards the other end of the resort. Good thing, quad bikes are available to get you and your luggage to your room for free. The bamboo type structure consists of 4 air-conditioned rooms in each floor. It wasn't really bad except that the bathrooms has to be installed separately and outside each room. Again, not that bad for just an overnight stay. 

This is exactly one of the things that you can enjoy from this side of the resort. Of course you can also enjoy walking on the white sand or hanging by and along the sea using the white huts.

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...and a few steps from here is the bar and restaurant.

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Towards the entrance is where these pools are situated. I prefer beach water so this is just a bonus. :D
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But I can make use of this lounger... not to get tanned because I don't need it... but to relax and perhaps to get a nap.

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Overall, the place was a perfect summer getaway destination. It is safe and sound. Indeed, relaxing is worth every penny here.

I especially enjoyed the greenish, white sand beach water. I was thinking of suggesting it to my younger brother should they decide to come home and spend summer with us again this year.
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