Last year, Tiger Airways launched their first flights to Davao City, Philippines. They fly direct from Singapore so it's really convenient especially for families with a toddler like us. Not to mention they have promotional fees as this route is new. Jane's cousin Emily and her family (Emily's not Jane's) also live in Davao. So for this year's holiday, our choice of destination is Davao - an island paradise and a busy metropolis in one.
So I filed for a three-day leave and the additional two public holidays and a Sunday made it a six-day holiday trip for Me&MyGirls!
For this trip I have reserved three hotel rooms (the most I have booked for a single trip to date). One near the airport, one is a beach resort and one which is located at the city center.
Day 1. Our first day begins by traveling from Singapore to Francisco Bangoy International Airport. The flight took about four hours. Reaching Davao, we had an unpleasant surprise because it's raining quite heavily and our hotel pickup didn't show up. So we need to take a taxi to Hotel Tropika, our first hotel. It was about eight in the evening when we got there.
Hotel Tropika. Built just two years ago, the hotel is still new, you can feel the pristine appearance once you enter your room, all are new and in good condition, everything’s clean, not to mention their Cafe Aseya serves very good dinner. However, we didn't enjoy the buffet breakfast much because of the limited menu choices. And they definitely have to improve their airport pickup services, which was a complete turn-off on my part. But for the record, I would recommend this hotel for those who are looking for a place to stay near the airport and would love to have a spacious and clean room.
By the way, we met Jane's cousin Emily, her husband Matt and son Elijah the morning after. They were so generous to keep our biggest luggage so that we can travel light to our next destination. After breakfast and some picture taking, we parted ways. We headed to Pearl Farm Marina Wharf for our Day Two adventure.
Here are some of our favorite shots for Day 1:
|Aboard Tiger Airways and|
headed to Davao
|At Hotel Tropika|
|The Cousins, Elijah and Ashrie|
|Me&MyGirls with the Triggs|
Watch out for the next phase of our vacation on my next post.