Of course, it swells the heart of a Dabawenya to see her city that's clean, smoke-free and safe.
|Motorists always leave the pedestrian lane unoccupied. Unlike in Manila.|
|Its streets is still relatively sparse. Just like this one in front of ADDU College campus.|
|Tree-lined Roxas Boulevard|
I remember this shop having the coolest interior when it opened in 1998 in Gaisano Mall Davao. The store design interspersed coffee beans and Bluegre Jeans, shirts and other merchandise all throughout the store. It had ambient lights and the furniture and wood paneling were made of beech wood. It was the height of my barely-out-of-college social climbing--scrimping on my allowance so I can afford a cup of coffee, sit inside and people watch.
|The BluGre Cafe in Matina Town Square|
On this visit, my old friend and namesake and I came here to reminisce and reconnect. We're both transplanted, I in Manila and she is living an expatriate's life in Japan. It was just rad that we were both home at the same time, staying for a few days.
The few times that I get to go home, there's always something that catches my attention. Like this cab. I learned that there's a new fleet of pastel colored taxis. There's also the blue and black fleets outfitted with GPS from an established taxi operator.
|Cheeky name, eh?|
My friends and I raved about its dessert and paella. Today, I discovered something new.
|Frozen mango cake. Heard the frozen chocolate cake is much, much better.|
|Serves Asian fusion. Has open kitchen. Nice view of the good looking chefs inside :-)|
|Fancy cheese cake|
|Fancy, fancy place.|
On my last night in the city, I was tired and suffering from colds so I had the ever reliable room service of Marco Polo.
|The Marco Polo Hotel's driveway entrance.|
Will be back soon, Davao.