I hope you enjoyed reading my clever Day 8 post.
Now let’s have some coffee! Yes, this post is best enjoyed with a coffee at hand (so you are kept awake until the end).
3-in-1 means 3 provinces in 1 day.
Day 9 was a tiring one because I woke up at Tagum City, Davao del Norte had lunch at Maco, Compostella Valley, and slept at Mati City, Davao Oriental.
I was accompanied by Leo (CIO photographer from Tagum City) and we toured the city- the under construction city hall, banana-cue stand, public market, public cemetery and banana plantation.
The details of the Tagum City Tour was already posted on Tagum Exposure entitled “Journeying with JourneyingJames.” Let me thank you again, Leo. I just want to repost a part of what you have written,
“Beyond the joy of discovering new places, he recounted, the chance of meeting good souls along the way, made his trips all the more worthwhile – when strangers opened up their homes for his stay; when new found friends shared their meals with him; when drivers letting him hitched a ride; and when people shared a piece of their lives.“
Maco, Compostella Valley
I just road the multi-cab from Tagu crossing to Maco, Compostella Valley (ComVal). I’m so sorry ComVal for I wasn’t able to explore you, you’re destinations are out-of-way. I’ll make “bawi” next time. For now, I’ll be using your area as a stop-over for lunch.
Mati City, Davao Oriental
It was a scenic road trip on board a non-aircon bus, its cheaper and I don’t need air-conditioning as their are rain showers on the route.
Tweet: “Nasa bus g0ing to Mati, Davao Oriental kasama ang mga manok at kung anu-anong bagahe. Standing.” (On board a bus going to Mati, Davao Oriental with chickens and other cargoes. Standing as the bus is jam-packed).
I really don’t mind riding a regular bus as I can observe the locals along the way. It is also during this trip where I thought of this, “I believe that ‘Don’t talk to strangers’ doesn’t apply to #traveling.”
Anyway, I fell asleep on the first hour of the more than 2hours of the trip. Good ting I woke up before the bus goes zigzag on the best vista I ever saw in my entire life- the Sleeping Dinosaur
After that scenic ride, I finally arrived at Mati City. Here’s my first impression, “PAMBIHIRA! Mati, Davao Oriental is so scenic! Wow Mindanao!”
I headed to the Provincial Capitol and ask for a map from the Tourism Office and tooksome photos of the the Capitol Building.
It was getting late so I looked for a place to stay. That was not the end, I like to parteh, parteh! But there is none, I just went to the Baywalk, smelled the smoke coming from the BBQ houses that lined the streets, ordered 3 cups of rice, 3 pieces of pork bbq and 1 chicken liver and I’m good!
Let’s call it a day! Tomorrow I will be in PARADISE!
Expenses for Today: Php 537
Php 2 – Water refill
Php 5 – Banana cue
Php 30 – Breakfast (Tinolang Bariles and 1 cup of rice)
Php 15 – 3 slices of Pineapple
Php 18 – Multicab fare (Tagum City – Maco, Compostella Valley)
Php 33 – Lunch (Nilagang Baka & 1 cup of rice)
Php 125 – Bus fare (Maco – Mati City)
Php 15 – Water
Php 5 – Banana cue
Php 10 – Tricycle (Terminal – Poblacion Downtown)
Php 49 – Dinner
Php 200 – Gutierrez Inn
Php 30 – Internet Usage
This doesn’t look good. I’m over the budget for 3 straight days already. If I exceed budget again tomorrow I will stop my challenge. On second thought, I just spent Php 3,201.00 after 9 days that means I average Php 355.67/day which is still within my daily budget. Yeah!
Word for Today:
Kanus-a or When. Kanus-a tayo muadto sa Mati City? (When are we going to Mati City?)
Reflection/Lesson for Today:
“Learning to trust others is one thing, learning to trust ourselves is another. But learning to trust God is intimately related to both. We can hardly trust God regarding His care and love. And we can hardly trust God’s purpose and direction for our lives if we are constantly racked by self-doubt .” (Dare to Journey with Henri Nouwen by Charles Ringma, Reflection 58)