Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wow Phils Series: Davao Part 5: First RT Flight with ZestAir

When we travel, we always book our flight with Cebu Pacific. This time, I gave ZestAir a chance... =p 
Zest Air A320
 View from the top... amazing! 
 Welcome to Davao!! 
 The giant Durian outside the airport. 
The Funny Story on our way Back to Manila: 

We arrived at the airport 2 hours before our departure time. Checked in and entered the airplane on time. However, the cabin crew said that we cannot take off yet because there's one passenger missing. They kept on counting people inside the plane and did the roll call. Then after more than an hour, the mystery man revealed. It turned out that the person on 10F checked in but didn't board the plane. The person with him who actually sits there the whole time, didn't even bother to explain that her companion did just that, which could have freed us all from all the hassle and delay... 

The NOT so Funny Story: 

The flight to and from Davao would take approximately one and a half hour. On our way back,  out of that time on air, we experienced almost half an hour air turbulence. I hate it! But that's nature's call (literally...hehe!). 
'Til our next trip! 
~from backpackers to another =p

Wow Phils Series: Davao Part 4: Crocodile Park, Tribu K'Mindanawun, Butterfly House and Zip City

On this day, we get to enjoy what the city has to offer in a more laid back manner. Thank goodness! =p 

Davao Crocodile Park
owww... my poor hubby =(
Croc Bones
Pangil - park's largest and oldest resident croc
hmp! snobbish! 
What are you looking at? =/ 
oops! croc just bit my butt =p
Hubby: Snake Slayer

Tribu K'Mindanawun
 Uyaanan - Traditional Mansaka House
Trivium: The Mansaka are the most prominent tribe living in the fertile valleys and hills of Compostella Valley Province. 
My very own Kung Fu Panda =p
Yoga time... 
Butterfly House
Hubby and the butterfly =p
I love butterflies...
Zip City 
I thought that this day would be a relaxed day but why make me go thru all the torture of going way up and zip my way down, huh?! oh man! 
Almost made it...
Why do you look so happy when I had to endure jelly knees, heart that beats faster than a choo-choo train, sweaty arms, feet and underams =p
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Wow Phils Series: Davao Part 3: Maxima Aqua Fun

After the traumatic experience at the rapids, I can't help but wish that today would be less stressful... Luckily, our next destination would be Maxima Aqua Fun in Island Garden City of Samal! =p
Us while inside the boat going to Samal Island. 
The Giant Water Slide 
 Hubby posing (slide as the background)
Me (dock area as background) 
The resort does not have a shore, its like an establishment at the mountain side and has 2 giant slides as the main attraction. When you want to swim, you are required to wear a life vest because they have No Life Vest, No Swimming policy. The water level is unpredictable. I saw 2 divers came out of the water while we're floating... They were like few meters away. I didn't dare check how deep the ocean was below us... =p 

Aside from the water slides, they also offer: jetski, banana boat ride, giant floats for kids and 2 diving boards (just beside the slides). 

Slide Honey Slide: 
Dive Honey Dive:

Wow Phils Series: Davao Part 2: White WILD Water Rafting

I'm not an adventurous person. Period. But I did find myself paddling for my life in the Davao River with Hubby... 

Here's Our Story: 

On our itinerary, we will be heading to crocodile park, butterfly house and zip city on Day 1 but when we're about to depart the hotel, the lobby receptionist told us that we will go rafting instead. Due to time constraint, we opted not to waste time and go with our outfits... especially me, I still have my sneakers on =p 
Here's the map of the river...

8:30AM Assembly at the Crocodile Park. Before we go on an actual rafting, the one whom they call "Jacob" [because he looked like Jacob of Twilight... hmm... lemme think!] gave us our own life vest and helmet. They meticulously check the fit of each protective gear because it would really help us survive the rapids... [ggrrrrrr!!! scaredy-cat inside me roared... not on amusement but on fear!] 
Then there's briefing and video presentation on what to expect when rafting in the river. I want to back out but this trip has been paid off way in advance and I've been thinking what a waste of money this would have been if I backed out. 
9:30AM Departure The time came when we should hit the road going to the put in area. But first, let's loosen up! 
10:30AM Arrival at the Put in area, Tamugan The good thing about traveling is that you can meet lots of people =p
11:00 AM Start of Rafting Before getting wet and wild, photo op! =p here's our group mates: (from the left) Joey, Ate Lety, Ate Sonia and our guide Derek (back of Ate Sonia).  We only met that day but that river bond us and gave us the ride of a lifetime... you'll find out why... later =p
Me and Hubby
while on the calm part of the river, each one of us needs to jump and do the defensive swim (which was taught at the "briefing" in the center) you need not to be a great swimmer because the current's too strong, you can only do is to go with the flow =p
...I was saved by my Hubby! Yipee! 
then it's my turn to save someone else's life
...then the ACTION begins
Honey, sit down, sit down, you're rocking the boat =p
12:00 NN Lunch We docked somewhere and was given food placed in disposable container. Gave additional bottle of water and juice in tetra pack.  
Paddle Power!! High Five!! 
The Vanishing Falls
Group Picture =p

And then the inevitable: The Drop & Suck 
They say that rafting is safe for all... from 6 year old to 65 but on our experience, I doubt it. I will not let my kids nor my grandparents take the risk. When our boat flipped upside down, my foot was caught in between the foot strings of the boat (because that is the only thing that's holding us to be on the boat) and before I had the courage to let loose... I grasped for air while unavoidably drank the river water... It's indeed life threatening and the longest 15 seconds of my life... 

It's also true that when you are on a difficult situation, your life will flash before your eyes... God, I was so scared... 

Then strong arms came to my rescue... it was my Hubby who grabbed me from behind and shouted do the defensive swim for me... c'mon. Then I obliged. Next thing I know, I was on our boat paddling towards the take out area. 
3:00 PM Arrival at Take out area, Purok 8 Lacson That kind of smile is the only thing that I can manage after that drop. I am not an adventure-seeker. I'm just here to give my Hubby a nice getaway birthday present... But I'm the one who was given one heck of a surprise. 
4:30 PM Back to the Hotel I don't know how happy I am when I saw the hotel's van outside :)

Here are the actual footages on what the rapids looked like: 
The angry rapids...

The Disaster...

Photos & Videos at the river [in action]: courtesy of Davao Wild Water Adventure Team

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