|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!