A Break in Davao. travel blog

The same model of car as Craig drives, outside the Tower Inn.

Entry to the Edan Garden Resort.

Displays inside the lobby of the garden resort.

Display of local drums.

Ceiling lines, gorgeous, all woven rattan.

The entrance path into Eden Garden.

What a beautiful place, and how much nicer it would be in...

Nicel sculpted hedging

Hey some Aussies living here!!

Even though it is out of season, there is still a lot...

Even though it is out of season, there is still a lot...

Even though it is out of season, there is still a lot...

Spanish moss.

Spanish moss descrption.

Ferns and water plants in a smal pond.

Bar/ restauant area.

More water plantings.

The bar area, rustic and lovely.

Many of the plants seem to grow on tree trunks, or stumps.

Bar area.

Some sort of frangipanni.

The bus that the red flower grows on.

Sofie in pensive mood!!

Variety of colour in the foliage.

Huge chess board.

Quiet area for relaxing.

Local pony.

More colour.

More colour.

Pigeons in a cage.

Guinea pigs, in the children's animal nursery area.

Guinea pigs, in the children's animal nursery area.

Rooster, with 'hairy legs'

Goats, desperate for new greens. Hope the guy with the horns will...

Another cute little pony.

Goats, I love the mottled one.

Very friendly little white mouse.

Duck pond.

Duck pond.

Duck pond.

Another pony.

Duck pond.

My mottled goat friend.

Interesting flowers.

Interesting flowers.

Interesting flowers.

Interesting flowers.

Interesting flowers.

Ostriches. These fellows are huge.

Peacock. Non demonstrative.

Bird with very interesting head gear!

Bird with very interesting head gear!

Jun with the ostrich who seemed to like him!

Hello Cocky!

Speckled chooks.

More delicately marked birds.

More delicately marked birds.

More hairy legged chooks.

Bad hair day?

Odd looking flower.

Grey-headed Fish Eagle.

Grey-headed Fish Eagle.

Brahminy Kite.

Brahminy Kite.

Lush growth everywhere.

Lush growth everywhere.

Lush growth everywhere.

Interesting fruit.

The fruit grow directly from the branches of the tree.

Colour. I find it hard to imagine this place when the season...

Colour. I find it hard to imagine this place when the season...

Colour. I find it hard to imagine this place when the season...

Colour. I find it hard to imagine this place when the season...

Colour. I find it hard to imagine this place when the season...

Colour. I find it hard to imagine this place when the season...

Ferns hang from tree trunks.

Lush greenery.

Where we would see many of the Waling Orchid, if the season...

Sofie, taking the weight off her feet!

Garden beds.

Watch out for fast moving traffic!

Part of the display of the life cycle of butterflies.

Interesting legend.

Wow, I got a shot of him, even after many misses.

Even better. This takes a lot of patience.

And a board showing which variety of butterfly it is.

 

Heading back to the car.

My last shot, at the garden resort.

Orchid flowers in a nursey centre over the road.

Orchid flowers in a nursey centre over the road.

Orchid flowers in a nursey centre over the road.

Orchid flowers in a nursey centre over the road.

Orchid flowers in a nursey centre over the road.

Orchid flowers in a nursey centre over the road.

Orchid flowers in a nursey centre over the road.

Orchid flowers in a nursey centre over the road.

Now we arrive at the Philippine Eagle Centre.

Names in the path, of people who have donated toward the preservation...

Names in the path, of people who have donated toward the preservation...

I like the sentiment.

Local owls.

More delightful colour.

A Philippine Eagle.

Help save our eagle.

Lush growth here too.

The Philippine eagle.

Colour is everywhere.

Another eagle.

Awesome lush garden settings.

Colour is everywhere.

Eagles, in captivity. They are only here until it is safe to...

Eagles, in captivity. They are only here until it is safe to...

Eagles, in captivity. They are only here until it is safe to...

Eagles, in captivity. They are only here until it is safe to...

Eagles, in captivity. They are only here until it is safe to...

Philippine brown deer.

Philippine brown deer.

Awesome lush garden settings.

An eagle high in the top of his cage.

The name is something gross like Warty Pig!

More flowers.

Eagles, in captivity. They are only here until it is safe to...

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

A large group of monkeys, at play. Fun to watch for sure.

More flowers.

Philippine Eagle, what a handsome chappy.

Philippine Eagle, what a handsome chappy.

Another butterfly shot. I am pleased with my patience at the moment.

Another butterfly shot. I am pleased with my patience at the moment.

Jun, waiting for Sofie and I.

Information about the attempts to release the eagles back into the wild....

Information about the attempts to release the eagles back into the wild....

Information about the attempts to release the eagles back into the wild....

Information about the attempts to release the eagles back into the wild....

He looks like a pretty curious fellow.

He looks like a pretty curious fellow.

Fancy finding kangaroos on the back of a Jeepney in downtown Davao!

Outdoor smoking area at our lunch stop.

Furniture all made from re-cycled tyres, and it is very comfortable too.

Furniture all made from re-cycled tyres, and it is very comfortable too.

Mmmmm, a quilt here I think.

Even more rustic furniture.

Furniture all made from re-cycled tyres, and it is very comfortable too.


It was 8.30 when Sofie collected me this morning. Our first destination was Eden Garden Resort. The grounds are awesome. Extensive gardens, all lush and green. It is just a pity it is not the season for orchids to be flowering. There was quite a lot of colour, but could see that it would be totally amazing in the right season.

There was a lovely kids animal section, where you could actually get up close to many varieties of animals, some big, but mostly small. And the butterfly house was terrific. I was trying my best to get photos but it is very hard to do. I did manage a couple of shots of a pretty butterfly that I was happy with!

When we left the gardens, we crossed the road to where Jun had parked the car, and alongside the car park is a plant sales area, with lovely orchids for sale, including Davao's famed Waling Orchid. They are all beautiful, and very tempting, but of course not possible to take them back to China with me!!

We drove on, to the Philippine Eagle Reserve. It was not as big, or as well set up as I might have hoped. But it was still very interesting. Quite a few different eagles and owls on display. The plan for the Philippine Eagle is to release them back into the wild, but with limited success so far. The eagles are still hunted and killed, by unaware, or non-caring individuals.

There is an enclosure of local monkeys, who entertained us for quite a while. They are just so funny to watch, with their little family groups, and interaction with each other. Really good entertainment, and nothing rehearsed or manipulated!

We stopped for lunch on the way back to the city. Jun ordered roasted chicken, which is the speciality of the restaurant, and deep fried pork belly, and vegetable chop suey, with rice for each of us. I had a mango fruit shake. Everything was delicious.

I got talking to some guys outside, some were from the Coca Cola plant nearby, and others were government workers, while one was a government leader. I joked with the engineer from Coca Cola, that the government guy was a good friend to have. He enjoyed the humour.

On our way back to the city, a Jeepney passed us, and we were amazed to see stickets on the back of it, of kangaroos!!

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at a shopping mall, where there is a lot of gift lines on sale. I managed to get six 'magic bags' for gifts for in China. They look lovely, and look like a big patchwork wallet, but when it is unzipped, it is actually an environmentally friendly shopping bag. Very attractive.

I had a sleep in the afternoon, then went down to the dining room, to use the internet, and send some emails. The first one I had to send was to Dandan, to let her know that I will not visit her family over Spring Festival. I feel just too tired, to face another journey so soon. And I sent an email to Mandy too, to check what time is the last bus from the airport to Zhaoqing.

Dinner in the dining room was a tomato and onion omelette and a coffee. When I went to pay my bill, I was surprised to be charged only 100Php. I had expected to pay 135Php, but coffee was included in the price of the omelette. A bonus for me.

I managed to watch most of the Australia Day concert from Canberra. It was good to hear Australian voices, and see Australian talent, on this, Australia Day!!

It had been a lovely day, but I did not manage to eat lamb, like I had decided to do. But, after all, what does it really matter, I asked myself!!! No alarm set tonight because Sofie will not come to collect me until 6pm tomorrow!



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