Job opportunity versus a meaningful and fun-filled summer with family - a tough situation I was confronted with. Both were important but since it's summer time, I chose to spend it the way it should be spent and with the important people in my life - my family in Bohol.

Summer season is the only time of the year where we can actually set ourselves free and do the things we love to do with friends and family. For a teacher and (still) a blogger like me, I always try to make it possible to be somewhere new each year. So when my brother offered an attractive deal for a Bohol summer getaway, I didn't think twice.

It was a roller coaster ride working on our way with ticket booking issues since May seems to be the busiest month in Bohol with the back-to-back fiesta celebrations - one place after the other. Boholanos are known to be steadfast when it comes to traditions and belief. Accordingly, where ever they may be in the world, Boholanos seems to always find their way home to observe this tradition.

Still we made it despite the prolonged trip.

Another good thing about this summer trip is the fact that I get to travel with these young ladies. It has been their dream too to see the place and of course meet their little cousins.
 
It was quite a summer for the three of us. Now I understand why many people are dying to make it to Bohol. I also get it now why a lot of foreign tourists from all over the world risk it despite the series of issuance of  travel advisories.

Bohol simply has it all to delight a wandering soul.

More of our Bohol tales in the coming days. For the mean time, you may want to check out korg ms-20.
Ice Giants has become our favorite stop when in Davao City. Their cold treats are just tempting.


It was Mother's Day and we're supposed to sit down and celebrate the occasion however, for some reason, we needed to hurry home so we just stopped, took our orders out and had them while rolling home.

This time around Jay and I had parfaits, while the girls indulged in their chocolate sundae.

 Black Forest Parfait
I thought this is a very sinful treat yet the big man loved it that he could lick the cup clean, LOL!

Peach Mango Parfait

I'm not so big on sweets but I find peach and mango a perfect combination since it dawned on me. There's not much guilt felt here since I savored fresh fruit flavored ice cream treat although I wasn't able to finish the whole cup still. Glad D2 was there. But would I have it again the next time?... definitely yes!

Parfait is a kind of dessert consisting layers of ice cream, fruits, whipped cream, etc..., served in a tall glass. Available also apart from these are Oreo Choco and Choco Chips parfaits.

They also have sundaes, cobblers, concoction, pasta parade, southern style fried chicken and various sandwiches.

Ice Giants at Damosa, Lanang is flocked by many in Davao. It is only steps away from the SM Lanang Premiere.

Dining out isn't a problem here. And if jamming and occasional drinking is your thing, Damosa Gateway is also a perfect place to hang out to with friends at night. In fact, I used to hang out here with some old friends where we enjoy fogs and bubbles while singing and dancing. I thought maybe the bar owners here should  look for fog machine check it out at GuitarCenter. But yes, that was then and however long ago  that was, the place has remain fascinating day and night.
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.

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