I swear, this blogging spree I’m in. This is pretty therapeutic. I guess it’s a good thing I have all these things backlogged. Plus, it helps that YuYu Cafe’s wifi is hella fast!
For our 3rd Davao Tour day, I bring Steph and Julie away from the water and into the mountains for some fresh, clean air! And any Davaoeno knows that the only place to experience nature, adventure and leisure is at Eden Nature Park & Resort! (So advertise-y)
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Anyways, we got lost on our way there. Haha! Not too lost, though. We still got there at a reasonable hour. And the first thing that greets us is Steph’s pet. Or, she made it her pet. I think it’s some sort of cicada. It was out on the dirt road and she felt it was her duty to let it creep up a leaf and bring it to safety, among the brush.
The first attraction I bring them to as soon as we finished buying tickets for the tour was… Indiana Jones!!
Indiana Jones is a ride that’s been in Eden for as long as I can remember. I am amazed at how it is still working after all the people that’s used it all these years! So basically it’s a rope gliding ride. You take the rope, take a seat on the round rubber seat and then just let go~
You then glide all the way to the end where the rope slams onto a stopper, sending you sort-of flying into the air a bit and then you safely go back the same way you came, bobbing slowly.
It was, and still is, my favourite attraction at Eden. Everyone who plans to visit must try the Indiana Jones!
We loitered around the playground a little bit. We were scheduled for the nature tour after lunch and we still had a bit of time to spare.
We took some time to get in touch with our not-so-inner childhood. The swings were a bit too small and a bit too low.
Steph got a bit too excited with the playground. Just kidding. I challenged them both if they could make it across this weird ladder-arc thing. They did. .__.
Anyways, we ate lunch at the buffet and then we went to our respective tour cars!
Ready for the tour!!
First stop was the Flower Garden! The place was very pretty but we didn’t have too much time for photo taking. Here are a few random shots.
Steph wouldn’t believe these things are called Mickey Mouse flowers. LOL. I was introduced to these plants in Eden. They are unique and really cute. They look more like fruits to me than flowers, though.
I think these ones are called belly buttons.. or something…
And then we end the tour at the rainbow arc. Our next stop was… Tinubdan! Here we are posing with Bagani, the protector!
At Tinubdan, we saw statues of the indigenous people and got to go inside models of their houses!
Meet my indigenous models. Haha!
While we were inside this house, we got curious about where the bamboo ladder led. Steph climbed up and took a peek at the ‘attic’ and saw a frame with a photo of a man. She made eye contact with the man in the photo… and she is forever cursed………
Then we taught the tinubdan kid statues some KPOP moves. This is also a rare sight, as Steph is dancing. Hohoho~
Afterwards, we went inside a man-made cave called Langub sa Kulim.
It was really dark inside but it was because the walls had glow-in-the-dark paintings!! Pretty cool!
We also saw this giant arm with a clenched fist. It was pretty creepy.
And then Steph and Julie exit the cave with class.
Our next stop was called Lola’s Garden. I think this was my favourite stop because the view was breathtaking and there was just a lot of photo op places! Like ‘Lola’s Well’. It’s a well with different colored gumamela floating around on the water. That was very nice and I think everyone takes a photo with it or of it.
Julie took a little rest. So baws. Made everone in the tour wait.
From Lola’s Garden you can see Davao and the gulf. It’s a beautiful sight. We must obtain it for ourselves. Attack, my minions!
We also practiced how we would celebrate our victory!
We’re still working on it…. Also, I assigned Steph to prepare our natural confetti for when we are victorious. She is working on that as well.
And, of course, what kind of mighty army does not have a mighty steed??
We are so ready for our entrance! But anyways, the tour ends after this. We would like to thank our tour guide for making us her favourites because she kept volunteering to take our photos for us. Like, seriously.
Now that we’re done with the relaxation part of our day, we head on to the more extreme side of Eden.
That’s right! That’s a bicycle. In the air. In the mountains. We were headed to try out, for the first time, sky cycling!
The view didn’t scare us as we bravely suited up for our rides! (Okay, I was teeeeeny bit scared… and Julie was saying how it was going to be really tiresome, pedalling from one end to another.) But, yes, we suit up!
It was a bit scary for me to climb up the stairs. I’m not usually scared of heights but… I guess it only applies to when whatever I am falling into is something that will not kill me. Like, water. I’m not afraid of jumping into water. But trees, bushes, brambles and the earth as a cushion? Not too excited about that.
Anyways, we climb up the stairs of the starting post. Like, maybe 4-5 storeys high?
Check out these game faces!
Took a while before it was our turn but the time eventually arrived!
We had some of the operators take our photos while we were on the ride.
Look at us go! Despite Julie saying how it was going to be tiring
and how sweaty she was going to be after, she actually finished first! On both directions! That girl can pedal. I was the slowest. I swear, I think my pseudo-fear of heights kicked in. I just felt like my bike was going to derail itself and I’d just hang there, screaming… internally. Anyways…. We did some ‘extreme’ poses. Had to brake the bike mid-way to have our photo taken! I was trembling. But of course I didn’t let it show. LOL
Pretty convincing, eh? Then we race back to the platform. I got there first. Woot!
After the sky cycle, we still had another ride to do! This time, it wasn’t a first for me. If I remember correctly, it was only Julie who didn’t do it before? But, yeah, here she is! Ziplining!
I think she was facing the other way. LOL. Anyways, up next was Steph!
So white! LOL
So chillax. Haha
And then, ME!
To do a ‘shoti-style’ zipline, take a selfie… with a DSLR. LOL
Well, that was the last activity on our list that day. Time to head back home. We were pooped. Ugh, I mean… look at what today did to Steph.
Gangsta to the bone, eh? XD
Anyways, we went to the perfect place to re-energize after our Eden trip! The newly opened KBBQ place, Gogi Gui! Plus, we were joined by my sister and my friend, Haydara!
It was very exciting to eat here for the first time because, firstly, it was hella cheap! Unlimited chicken, beef, pork, rice and ramen for only P195! That’s $4! This goes without saying but…we ate a ton.
We ate so much, we actually caused a blackout! Not really. But there was a blackout. We still kept eating and taking photos. .__.
Yes, sister. LOL
We also met Aran, the owner of Mini-Air Dog Cafe! What a very Korean night!
We finished eating late at night but we couldn’t let our energy go to waste! We took to the streets and explored Roxas street’s Street Market! Taking these girls out at night in Davao and showing them how different it is from Manila! It was uber safe~ There were police everywhere to maintain peace and order! I am such a proud Davaoeno!
They actually took this photo right in the middle of the street! Crazy women!! I took the photo anyways. LOL Here are some photos from that night.
Pinoy Street Food!
“Dirty” Ice Cream! Reminds me of childhood!
Haydara got one, too. But… it fell. .___. Like, all of the scoops. Onto the pavement. Then she said some wise words of some sort and put the cone on the fallen scoops. I believe it was something about making the thing look like it’s still whole or something. But, look at that disappointed face! XD I guess this is still one way to relive childhood. XD
To end the night, we made Julie try a jeepney ride! LOL We literally just rode the jeep, took a photo, and made her do the paying. ‘Manong, para lang!’ We just rounded a corner and got off. LOL. All for experience!
Then we got lost. The end.
The Rest of Our Trip