That was one quite stressful trip to the bustling presidential city on a midweek in the last week of September 2016…. been to Davao many times, mostly on business, I lost count. It is one packed schedule as my event has been moved a number of times and we were lucky that we decided to leave early morning of Wednesday as the event was finally scheduled in the afternoon. Originally it was set on Thursday. I am heading home Thursday evening.
My departure for Davao was scheduled at 6:40 am alone was a big back story. I asked the taxi driver I contacted to fetch me at 4:30 am. I woke out around 3:35 am to check time and go back to sleep to wake up at 4:00 am. We checked in online and we just need to be in the airport an hour prior to the flight. As I turned to sleep, I was alerted by a text message from the taxi driver saying he was in front of our house… and everything turned topsy turvy. I called him to ask why so early and he said it’s really like that. So I awoke finally and begrudgingly prepared to go. In less than 30 minutes, I was ready and called our helper to let me out. I was so early in the airport with a big headache.
We arrived in Davao, went straight to our hotel, settled down a bit and went to Park Inn by Radisson where the event was held. After the event, we went back to our hotel and decided to have dinner.
I revisited the iconic Luz Kinilaw resto which got a facelift as it was razed by a fire. My companion has not eaten there so I asked a friend from Davao to bring us there. We had the usual grilled panga, grilled squid, bihod (fish eggs), kinilaw na tuna and their rice is not your usual white rice. It’s rice that is not well-milled so it should be healthier. Just realized, we didn’t even have soupy dish and eating all grilled food can be too satiating.