Another museum, and lastly dinner at Jack's Ridge.
Jan 25, 2011
|I had a lovely long lie in this morning, which was very welcome. My supposedly 'quiet' room was far from quiet. There was road works being done outside all night, with jack hammers working on and off all night, and general working noises, all of which made it difficult to sleep. So much for having a quieter room, I guess being at the front, on the second floor, is not going to make for a quiet environment.
When I got up, I checked on the Cebu Pacific website, and discovered that I can pre-pay excess baggage, at a much lower rate, than at the airport, so I decided to do that. I had considered mailing the heavier stuff back to myself in China, but this seems to be a much better, and cheaper option.
Sofie was going to come and collect me at 4pm, but rang during the day to change the time to 3pm. Not a problem. I had a lovely cheese omelette for lunch, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I had planned to go for a walk, but did not get around to it.
Sofie and Jun picked me up just before 3pm, and we went to the Davao Museum. No tour guide this time, so we could take our time, and enjoy what we were seeing. This museum seems to focus on the Portuguese and Spanish influence, both in religious and civic life, for the Filipino people.
Next we drove on to Rose's school, to collect her from work. Her school is not very big, or very fancy looking, but they have over 700 students, ranging through from kindergarten to final year of high school, and appears to be highly thought of.
We drove up over the mountain, to a beautiful shrine to the Baby Jesus. Jun dropped off Sofie and I. and carried on, to take Rose home. The shrine is a huge area, of lawns, and peace. There are many chapels, all open air, with no side walls, all open to the views. It is a very quiet, scenic, and peaceful and calm place. I can see that it would be a wonderful place to go and contemplate, or meditate.
Sofie and I walked to Jack's Ridge, which is also on the top of the same hill. It is high on the hill, and overlooking the city below. Jack's Ridge is where the Japanese retreated to, after the Americans landed, toward the end of World War 11.
There is an almost birds' eye view over the city. The airport is not far away, so planes arriving and departing all pass low over the top of the hill.
We walked about for quite a while. It is a beautiful spot, with the main restaurant, some smaller restaurants, and coffee shops, and the resort. Sofie and I had coffee while waiting for Sofie's friends, then went and secured a table with a view for dinner.
Sofie's friends arrived. They are all lovely. Jill has been Sofie's friend since grade 3 at primary school, Lady is Jill's youngest sister, and Josie is the girls mother. There are four girls in their family, and Jill is the eldest, Lady is the youngest. Lady at age 29 is the only one of them who is married. We had a lot of laughs, they are obviously closs, and joke with each other in a way that only old friends can. Josie took the leftover food home for their dog.
We walked over to the coffee shop, but Lady took a taxi home, before that. I had a delicious slice of cake. The caramel cappucino was delicious, and the very moist chocolate and white chocolate black forest cake was to die for. I certainly did not need it, I was not hungry, but it was totally decadent, and I enjoyed it immensely!!
Jill and Josie were heading in roughly my direction, so we got a taxi and they dropped me off at my hotel at about 10.30, before heading to their house. Sofie left Jack's Ridge on her own, as her house is in the other direction. I had had a wonderful evening. The girls, especially Sofie and Jill are so funny, always teasing, and laughing at, and with, each other.