It's summer month but looks like the weather isn't ready to switch just yet. The heavy rain is threatening. Classes has been cancelled several times.
And when it's cold around I have this to keep me warm... Monk's Blend Premium Coffee. Whether I'm  exploring guitar center music store or on with my research paper works, it'll always make a perfect buddy for me. From its name the coffee is especially made by Benedictine Monks. They are whom we spent time with for three days when we've had our Teachers' Annual Retreat this year.

We were never shown the process of how this good-smelling coffee is made (maybe because we didn't ask) but have we been offered, I would definitely love to see.


I started drinking coffee when I was 25. I could barely remember what draws me to it but since then, I can't seem to go a day without a cup or two. And when asked about my blood type, I would fondly say "coffee". :D

Browsing the web a lot of sites present loads of health benefits of coffee. Am I drinking for any of those reasons? No...the only reason why I drink coffee is because is because it makes me feel good. And as to the benefits...they're probably just a bonus.

Other than coffee the Benedictine Monks also manufacture fresh cow's milk which of course we brought home too for a "pasalubong" or presents. I have lactose intolerance but I still bought some for the kids. I'm fine with coffee. :D

I often heard people say "never leave Digos (name of the place) without dropping by the Benedictine's Souvenir Shop". It is just along the highway so anyone can stop and help themselves with these goodies.
On our way to leave the city, we passed through this place called Ice Giants along Damosa Street in Davao City. Curious about its name, we stopped and checked what they’ve got. And true to its name, they offer these mouth-watering treats that come in giant sizes.

But since we just had our tummies filled, we only took out something to sip on. I specifically got curious and attracted to this one…

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And as to what it composes other than Sprite and vanilla-flavored ice cream - that I am still yet to find out.:D
It looks like a must-visit place to me just as a Musiciansfriend rokit 5 is a must-have so yes, I am also looking forward to sit down and try out some of the giant stuffs one of these days. That way I can tell more about the place and what they have.
"You don't need magic to disappear. All you need is a destination."

The past few weeks has been very draining (physically and mentally) for me. I badly needed to be somewhere quiet and cozy for a much-needed break. That somewhere happens to be at the Red Planet hotel in Davao City... my first local travel destination for the year.

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For some reasons our first attempt to book for a room as walk in clients last year was a flop. This time, we finally made it. It was after peak season so I really thought we will make it even without the reservation.

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LOCATION
Situated along J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada Davao City, the 155-room Red Planet Davao is settled near the city's several popular shopping hot spots including Abreeza Mall, Victoria Plaza Mall, and Gaisano Mall of Davao–as well as the SMX Convention Centre Davao, corporate offices, and this buzzing city’s host of restaurants, shops, bars, and other entertainment options. It is ideal for business and leisure travelers.

Red Planet Davao has redefined the value-hotel sector by offering an all-inclusive rate for every room, every night. All rooms have free high-speed Wi-Fi, a soothing power shower, quality custom-made beds with upscale linen, and many other features including air conditioning, a workstation, an in-room safe, a hair dryer, a ceiling fan, and a 32-inch flat screen TV. And truly, there are no hidden costs in the room rates or the amenities they provide.

ROOM AMENITIES
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No questions asked. This soft and comfy bed really helped me a lot to relax and just be comfortable.

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Not everyone do well with air condition facility so this installed ceiling fan is indeed a very generous addition.

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This impressed me. It is actually something I can't do without. Every time I travel, I always tuck mine in my luggage. Surprisingly this time, I didn't have to use it. Not all budget hotels that I know of has it so two thumbs up for it. Great job, Red Planet!
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Should you have something valuable along with you while on travel, this one will help you feel safe and secure. It is another rare addition that can often be found only in 5 star hotels and is mostly excluded in room rates.
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The bathroom is one of the most important considerations for me in spending for a hotel room which I guess many of you out there can agree on. It's not as big and spacious but all you need for a bathroom is actually there, including shower gel, the hot and cold shower and white, soft-to-the-skin towels. To me, this is comfortable enough.

REMEMBERED

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How would you like an upfront discount plus, an auto membership at Red Planet for the first time? By simply providing your email address you become a REMEMBERED member in an instant and enjoy upfront and future discount when booking through the Red Planet's mobile app or via their official website.

IN-STAY MODE

From the moment a guest books a stay with us till the day they leave, Red Planet’s leading-edge In-Stay Mode transforms our mobile app from a booking channel into a tool allowing guests to make the most of their stay with us. Guests can use the In-Stay Mode to get directions to the hotel, chat with the front desk, look up local attractions, restaurants and nightlife, and even use their smartphone as an in-house phone. (RP)

THE RECEPTION AND THE LOUNGE

 
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MORE PHOTOS 
This time of us enjoying our stay...

 
 
 
 
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RED PLANET HOTELS LIMITED

Red Planet Hotels Limited (RPHL) was founded in 2010 and has quickly established itself as Asia’s largest and fastest-growing hotel company focused on the value hotel sector. The company owns and operates hotels in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Japan and plans to continue its expansion across Asia.

"When our guests leave our hotels, our aim is to have made them feel as if they had made a smart decision by staying with us. We are all about ensuring value for our customers." - Red Planet Hotels
Three days before Christmas. The city of Davao is on its busiest but there we were...not to shop but to run    errands.

Late in the afternoon, we check out Gaisano Mall of Davao for some take home treat and as we're making our way out,  we've spotted this Korean Restaurant at the 4th floor near the mall's food court. Hmm, the sizzling treat looks inviting so we thought we'd give it a shot.

I haven't tried any Korean except that spicy instant noodles that they're popular of and that can be checked out from imported goods section in a grocery store.

So we sat down and shortly a staff approaches to take our orders. Staring at the menu book, I didn't really
pay that much attention to how the sets of dishes are called as they're written in Korean, of course, instead, I looked at what each treat is made of. What surprised us are the prices. It's rather Filipino! Seriously?

Okay, so why don't we just have a  bite and see what we really are paying for.

Moments later, all these were set before our eyes...

Seafood Bibimbap @PhP 119.00

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It's a rice topping set that's made of fish fillet, squid, stripped veggies, topped with fresh egg, nori strips, Korean sauce and a sprinkle of white sesame seeds, served in a sizzling bowl.

This was my order and yes, I'd say it's Korean along with a thumbs up. Looks easy to prepare too.

Beef Bulgogi @PhP 119.00

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Now this one looks more Filipino.My buddy had it and with him being upright, he said it's nothing extraordinary except that it is served in a sizzling plate. He added though that he would love to try something else from the menu some other time. Same here.
 
Kimbap @PhP 99.00/set (8 slices)
 
I honestly expected more than what it is. I've expected crab meat and perhaps mango in it instead of just vegetable strips and stripped scrambled egg. And the rice used look and tastes like ordinary. The only thing Korean from this set I guess is the dip. 
 
Oh well... the price has it.

It's a good attempt though. Maybe next time we can try out something else. Yes, we will be going back when we have a chance. I'm actually eyeing for the garlic chicken. 
 
We'll see...

When in Gaisano Mall of Davao, there's always some good reasons to swing by THE PEAK. Cool, fresh air, panoramic view of the city's downtown, the Davao Gulf and the picturesque, Mount Apo, the Philippines' highest mountain peak.
 
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THE PEAK is strategically situated at the rooftop as an expansion of the existing Gaisano Mall of Davao located at J.P Laurel Avenue in Bajada. Though it has been around for quite some time now, still, its inviting  sky-park themed Al fresco ambiance and beautifully landscaped surrounding provides the same pleasurable and satisfying treat to people from all walks of life.

I specifically find this spot favorable for a travel blogger like me.
Hmm... bite me! :D
 
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Another convenience that THE PEAK offers to the public is the row of restaurants along the Al Fresco area near the arches. A lot of people find it a perfect place for dinner dates as it highlights the romantic view of the city at night. A taste of Italian, Mexican, Mongolian, Middle Eastern and Filipino are among the choices to delight on when dining at these restaurants.
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And finally, a place like this wouldn't be any better without its easy access to the car park. And I mean a generously spaced one which is also perched at the same floor level. My travel buddy doesn't do well with distance walking so an easy access to a parking space really matters every time we go to places. 

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