One silent evening.
One silent evening.
Nagaparan is a small mountainous village in the town of Danglas, province of Abra, PHILIPPINES. You either have to walk for about an hour to reach the place, or if brave enough, there are few passenger jeepneys delivering locals at least once a day up and down. Years pass and now, locals have their own single motorcycles navigating the steep roads. And when I was a kid, I had classmates from this village who walk back and forth everyday just to attend classes. Talk about dedication and perseverance.
Most visitors to Samal Island mainly visit there for the beaches but beyond the pristine sands are several undiscovered gems- like the Monfort Bat Colony. It’s a large cavern located in the small village of Tambo, and recently recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest colony of fruit bats on the planet. It’s such a pleasure to be visiting a place that’s Guinness- recognized. I was in awe when I entered the colony, but beware: the caves are rather foul-smelling so go there with a strong stomach. And 1.8 million bats? Simply WOW.
TIP: Go there around 5PM onwards to take advantage before they wake in search of food.
Monfort Bat Colony
Brgy. Tambo, Samal Island
Davao del Norte
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
“I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.”
― Beryl Markham, West with the Night
Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam
It was a rainy evening and I was feeling lazy to even get out of my room. But I have to- mainly for two things. I had a business meeting and I was all craving for some Japanese food.
Enter Moshi Moshi, a modern Japanese fast food restaurant in Katipunan, Quezon City. The place was crowded when I got there. Japanese university students, some teachers gathered after work, some loners (like me) and a whole other bunch of interesting characters. I positioned myself in an area where I can see most of the people around me. I love people-watching after all.
Pretty interesting water bottle.
I ordered their best-selling Bento Set (P320): with gyudon, chicken karaage, takoyaki plus unlimited serving of either milk tea or ice cream. And my favorite part: shrimp roll made with fresh shrimp, mangoes, and generously topped with crunchy tempura bits. I tell you, the set was oh-so-fulfilling and I had a happy tummy when I left the place. I’ll definitely go back.
And some sweetness.
2nd Floor, Regis Center Katipunan Ave.
Loyola Heights, QC
Samal Island, Davao del Norte
I love love love Singapore. It is one country I can go to over and over again without getting tired of it- traveling is so convenient, and there’s always MRT to go from here to there. To add, the people are so friendly and accommodating.
Probinsya Restaurant was not really part of my itinerary when I was planning my trip to Davao. But when I was browsing Cebu Pacific Air’s in-flight magazine, I found a recommendation for a good breakfast buffet from a local.
Generally, they have a lot of options when it comes to food- but like most Filipino restaurants that offer buffets, they usually separate pricing for the drinks. And the classic “Leave no trace, or else you pay extra” mantra. I find that entertaining by the way. :)
The puto bumbong’s nothing spectacular. It was rather bland and I feel remorseful (hahaha) that I even allowed myself to say yes when I was offered some. Offer because they have a separate kiosk for this specialty and they prepare it per order (which is included in the buffet price).
One of my favorites from the menu: seaweeds with onions, pineapple, etc.
I ordered four seasons. Like mentioned earlier, drinks are not included in the buffet price, and this was P50. Not bad, for something with cherry on top. ;)
Probinsya Restaurant for me, wasn’t a bad decision after all, but not the best option either. There’s nothing grand when it comes to the taste of the food, but for the amount of P149, I think you have to really adjust your expectations.
Probinsya Buffet Restaurant
J.P. Laurel Avenue Davao City 8000, Philippines
082 225 1455