Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The Allure of Davao - at the Pearl Farm
I didn't think we'd make it to this year's family vacation highlight. We had our tickets a month before our scheduled flight to Davao. First, there was the hassle of choosing where to go. We had originally intended to do to an international trip. The first choice was Beijing. But my husband wasn't able to get his passport early enough to give us time to secure our visas and eventually get our tickets. It was hard to have the flight rebooked since we were using my dad's mileage and it was mid summer - the time most people flock to other places to take advantage of the children's vacation from school. Then we thought of going to Hongkong but daddy didn't like the idea since, according to him, we would just be going to another city. Ikee wanted to go to Singapore but I didn't want to because we had already gone there. We thought of going to Saigon and do a side trip to Pnom Penh and Ankor wat but decided against it because we learned that Ikee would need to get a brace for her scoliosis and we'd have to reduce our travel expense to accommodate the appliance. With barely a month and a half to go before school opens and flights were full, we were left with the choice between Cebu and Davao. I decided to take Davao, going against the wishes of all three of my companions. Sadly though, dad was not able to make it with us because there was something he had to do for the office.
The flight went smoothly. Ikee was a bit scared to be alone at the Mabuhay Class section but was relieved to find that there was just a board that separated us from her. When we were about to deplane, she chuckled as she told us how there were just one other passenger with her in the business class who was not even seated beside her. The economy section was not full either. I saw at least 10 unoccupied seats, two of which were occupied by 1 passenger who stretched out to get some sleep. This guy seemed to have come from abroad and was probably exhausted already.
Davao's airport is an international airport. But unlike the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 2 which was dedicated to PAL flights only, Davao airport catered to all airlines. Surprisingly, though smaller, the latter is cleaner, more beautiful and more organized. The cabs were all metered and small pieces of paper were handed out to visitors in case they would like to complain to the mayor about the driver.
To be continued...