The next day is our time to go back home. How a “bitin” trip it is! I haven’t visited Forever 21 and Vikings that I am rooting for once I found out there were inside SM Lanang. But I am thankful for this travel opportunity just the same. I can go back some time soon anyways, in God’s will.
Before driving the long road, we made few strollings in some places in Davao that most tourists flock. I also constantly kept my eyes before the window to see the buildings outside (Tourist be like!). Bernadith was laughing at me at times she must be thinking I am getting stupid and frustrated info driver. LOL.
We visited D’Farmer’s Market where we tasted frozen durian. There are so many stores in Davao selling durian and even venues that are solely for eating durian. This is another good thing about Davao. They are so proud of their products and people are joining hand-in-hand to promote it.
There, I found out that there are several durian varieties diners could choose from. There are swarscoff, native, graveolens, thornless, mamer, arancillo, puyat, duyaya and alcon fancy and others, but we chose puyat because we heard it is the sweetest.
Ma’am Thelma encouraged me to eat some more, but I have only eaten a slice and an extra helping. Perhaps soon, I could eat more than I have taken there. LOL. But yet, even though I have eaten a little, my stomach was filled already I cannot take another bite. We all were, I think, that is why we decided to just eat lunch mid our way home.
Thereafter, we went to Aldivinco Complex where we found a lot of pasalubong. There are so many pasalubong stores falling in line, filling two or more one-floor buildings. There are several items that could choose from, that is why I was so enthralled and at the same time confused of what to buy. At the end, I bought just enough number of items that I could bring home. I bought wallets for parents, bags for me and aunt, keychains for friends, “I love Davao” shirts for me, my cousin and nephew, and few others.
After that (This is so sad), we finally bid goodbye to Davao City and went our way home. I felt so sleepy while on board but I tried to be awake because I want to take a picture of that Davao eagle statue in the entry location for Davao, but unfortunately, Bernadith and I were so engrossed with our convo, that I then realized we passed the place already. Huhu. Ma’am Thelma told us that we should have told them, so that we can stop and take pic. I am so surprised of the thought that I was so late to realize I can ask permission. Ugggh.
I just decided to forget about that (I can see it on internet, by the way. Haha!) and tried to have a short sleep. Unfortunately though, my subconscious mind just want to enjoy the view of endless mountains and cottony clouds once again. I also enjoyed listening to radio which stations are jumping from one to another as we pass from province to province. Hihi.
Before separating roads, we made stop-overs at shops-by-the-road selling durian, then at Quezon, Bukidnon to buy fresh vegetables at very low prices! Then, at the famous Pinutos sa Kanto in San Miguel, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon for dinner and I say, they cook so good and delicious. I love their Bulalo, honestly. To add, I was also enticed by the beautiful paintings they hang on their walls. Surprised, those are for sale. Just wow.
After saying my sincere “thank yous,” I asked to stop at Puerto and rode a multicab to Jasaan. (I am just so proud of myself that I was able to bring all of my super heavy luggages. Goodness!)
This is another trip capped off with smile and happy realizations. You know what, all of my trips come as blessings for me. There are particular times I begin to doubt myself and the road that I took, and eventually, I don’t understand some part of this life anymore (Mid-life crisis it is!), but when these overthinking skills and over-reaction feelings start to swallow me, God send me to new places, to free myself from doubts and ponder that there are more things in life to enjoy and be thankful for.
Thank you so much Director Thelma Oliver and PIA-10 for the invite and BWM for allowing me to have this. Finally, Godbless you all, dear readers. Until my next travelogue!