Monfort Bat Colony, Samal Island

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

Photo Friday: Luminous

“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 MarkhamWest with the Night

Moshi Moshi Japanese Restaurant, Quezon City

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.

Takoyaki

Gyudon

Shrimp roll

Chicken karaage

And some sweetness.

Menu 1
Menu 2

Moshi Moshi
2nd Floor, Regis Center Katipunan Ave.
Loyola Heights, QC
+6329902272

Probinsya Restaurant, Davao City

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