La Belle et la Bete: Beauty and the Beast Live Action Film

Last updated April 2

I have been waiting to see Beauty and the Beast on film since word got out that Disney was producing one. And now that I have, I’m simply ecstatic. I don’t even know where to begin.

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Emma Watson as Belle is of course, a perfect fit. She IS Belle come to life. Save for the singing, I admit, but good to know she’s not perfect. LOL

The animation of Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, and Cogsworth, however, lacked the magic I’ve come to expect from this magical tale. Or maybe, I’m just too used to the Beauty and the Beast of my youth that I was looking for effects less subdued.

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What I do love about this particular experience, though, is how layers were added to the story and the characters. I first saw it in the broadway musical where Beast questioned the gravity of his punishment vis a vis his “crime”. But Beast’s backstory as a cruel prince in this version was just what the story needed to seal that hole.

I also love that the librarian was one of the only two (it seemed) people in town who didn’t hate Belle and her father. Being probably the only other bookworm in town, the librarian had no reason to see Belle as an eccentric, unlike the way it was depicted in the musical.

Belle as an inventor was also a refreshing addition to the story, a tidbit that made her more extraordinary especially juxtaposed against the “little town full of little people”.

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I was touched by Belle’s relationship with her father more in this version, especially their backstory and that rose baby rattle. OMGosh! Can you say destiny?

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While I was completely enthralled by the iconic dance between Belle and Beast, may I just say, I luuurved Belle’s earrings in that scene? Like, seriously, where can I get a pair?

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I was grinning from ear to ear during the “Be Our Guest” scene. And the pudding at the end just made me LOL beauty-beast-movie-2016-be-our-guest-pointofgeeks.jpg

I can’t say I love the new songs but I will never tire of this story, this tale as old as time.

NiceThings Celebrates 2nd Anniversary With You

NiceThings PH turns 2 today and I can’t be more thrilled! Yay!

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In the tradition of self-revelation I began last year, I’m sharing excerpts from posts that I keep for exclusive viewing of a small group of friends. Some are benign, some are embarrassing, and others are downright scary. But I hope to reach out to my readers more intimately with these tidbits. ❤ you all!

If I had a spirit animal (I’m still unclear on the concept) it would be a panda. They, sleep, eat, play all day — my kind of spirit.  (Yes, this is my roundabout way of admitting I’m lazy)youre-thirteen-2

I’m looking forward to growing old. Specifically, I’m looking forward to turning 40 when life is supposed to begin. I think there’s some truth to that adage. I think 40 is when people come into themselves more. The foolish, often baseless and shallow confidence you had in your 20s will match the maturity and character you gained in your 30s. I think that’s what our 40s is about, being comfortable in your skin while being grounded by your experiences. I think growing old rocks😀

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I like pretty things which is why I like interior decorating, gardening, painting, and DIY projects. I only have one problem, I have ogre hands. I am completely incapable of making anything with my hands. I have tons of ideas, I even have a collection of bag and shoes designs I created myself. All I need now is a handy craftsman/woman/person to work with. I hope to find one soon.

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I used to love working out ’cause it made me feel good. Endorphins are great like that. But I was doing it for the wrong reasons. I wasn’t working out to be healthy and to keep from inheriting the family curse of obesity and heart problems. I was only working out to look good in the teeny, tiny outfits I was wearing back then. Of course, It wasn’t a very good anchor for commitment, so before long, I stopped working out. And it wasn’t long before then that the weight started to pile on. Now, as I have feared for the longest time, I am obese.

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If I ever become a dictator, I’d mandate licensed parenthood. Yes, people will need a license to procreate. For people to obtain the license they will need to take psychological, physical, and spiritual aptitude tests. That’s probably not gonna fare well with the rest of humanity but I’m sick of seeing sick idiots hitting and raping their kids. Or less horrifying but just as important, raising more idiots.

These are some of the things I feel comfortable enough to share after 2 years. I hope my kind of crazy doesn’t scare you off.

Happy second anniversary to us! Here’s to 200 more ❤

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NiceThings For 2016

Thanks to Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ feature which brings up your posts from years past, I realized that I achieved none of my 2015 goals. Nada. Zilch. I posted it privately so that only I could view it. I guess that made it easier for me to ignore my list altogether.

So, for better chances of project fulfillment for 2016, I’m making my goals public, holding myself accountable to my readers.

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#LifeGoals 

Quit soda

Cut down on red meat

Learn a foreign language – I keep changing my mind about which one so I’m just going to keep this open-ended.

Since it’s fasting week, I’ve decided to make my faith goals public as well.

#FaithGoals

Daily devotional – Daily. No excuses, no matter how busy I get.

Inner peace – Regardless of circumstances.

Serve at Church – It’s time I stopped finding excuses and start serving in a Ministry.

That’s it! That’s pretty plenty to accomplish in a year, I think.  Wish me luck and please hold me accountable.

How about you? What changes are you aiming for this year? Please do share in the comments.

NiceThings About The Star Wars Saga: A New Hope

I still remember my induction into the Star Wars cult. It was late morning one day and we had just installed our new betamax (yes, I realize I’m dating myself here) when my brother excitedly introduced me to the spectacular world of a galaxy far, far away.

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As the massive, celestial theme blasted through the speakers, my jaw dropped. I knew I was in for a ride. But I remember bugging my brother as the opening crawl rolled. I thought he missed episodes one to three. My little seven-year old mind couldn’t wrap itself around the fact that Episode IV was the first movie in the franchise.

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Star Wars Episode IV: The Gateway Star Wars Drug

Watching Princess Leia stand up to the horrifying masked man was inspiring. It was actually the first image that made a mark on my young mind. I would have been terrified of Lord Vader and the armed storm troopers if I were in Princess Leia’s shoes. George Lucas sure beat Disney to bringing gutsy princesses to the screen.

But then again, George Lucas beat a lot of people to a lot of things with Star Wars. Truly ‘epic’ is an understatement.

One of my favorite scenes, of course, was the now iconic Jedi mind control hand wave.

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These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

Imagine watching this at 7 years old. Mind = blown!

One of the things that fascinated me about Star Wars was the realms it introduced me to, like Luke’s home – Tatooine – which had two setting suns in one of the scenes.

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Luke is drawn by an invisible force to explore the world beyond Tatooine.

Luke’s use of the Force that pulverized the Death Star mere days into training, was of course, impressive. But the death of Obi-Wan Kenobi was both tragic and baffling for a kid such as myself.

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If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Obi-Wan was one of my favorite characters. My consistent favorite in the entire saga is the adorable R2-D2. He’s cute, he’s loyal, and always reliable. I found C3PO annoying when I was a kid and I still kinda do.

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The adorable R2-D2 with the rather annoying C3PO.

Of course the love angle between Princess Leia and Han Solo was lost on me at seven. But I appreciated it when I saw the movie again as a teen. I’ve seen the entire saga several times by now and the magic remains.

I can’t wait to see the latest episode in this timeless wonder, till then, I’ll be binge-watching and reliving awesome childhood memories.

May the Force be with you!

NiceThings Answers The Proust Questionnaire

My BFF Patintera and I went through a Care Bears phase while we were living in Singapore a few years back. Perhaps the homesickness made us ponder on our childhood more than usual. She always called me Share Bear since she realized sharing was one of my more dominant qualities. I’m feeling particularly Share Bear-ish this morning so I decided to answer the Proust Questionnaire to give my readers a better idea of who I am on my first anniversary.

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Care bears stare!

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Losing the ability to love.

Where would you like to live?

On a farm.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Learning real contentment regardless of situation.

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Anxiety.

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?

Atticus Finch, Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Aslan.

Who are your favorite characters in history?

From the Bible — Joseph (son of Jacob), Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah.

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?

My bestfriend Patintera — her selflessness is inspirational.

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?

Elizabeth Bennet for defying the norm of her time.

Your most marked characteristic?

Fluidity — I can change my mind without prideful hesitation if I realize I’m wrong.

What do you most value in your friends?

Niceness — good manners, kindness, consideration of others.

What is your principle defect?

I tend to succumb to anxiety.

What natural gift would you most like to possess?

Inner peace.

How would you like to die?

Quickly and painlessly in my sleep.

If you would like to answer the questionnaire yourself, you will find the complete list here. Please do share your answers in the comments and I’ll make sure to check it out.

NiceThings at the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit 2015 #dimsummit

I was blessed to have snagged a seat to the recently concluded Digital Influencers Marketing Summit. Now on its 7th year, the #dimsummit is DigitalFilipino‘s “unique conference designed to motivate, empower, inspire” digital marketers in digital leadership and social media marketing tactics.

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Digital Influencers Marketing Summit 2015 #dimsummit

The speakers were very generous in sharing their best practices. Here are my favorite takeaways:

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My Pick of Top 10 Emerging Blogs of 2015

Digital legend and walking ecommerce encyclopedia Janette Toral is giving newbie bloggers a platform to be celebrated and encouraged through the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs. Nice Things has been nominated and is, in turn, nominating other deserving blogs. YayUs!

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NiceThingsPh is nominated in the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs of 2015. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Here are my 10 votes, in no particular order:

  1. Bicol Bloggers – For anything and everything about the Bicol region, hop on over to their site and take your pick of the best sites, food, buys, and more.
  2. Girl, Unspotted – I love to travel and this girl has a bad case of wanderlust. So, hover over to her blog for some awesome travel tips.
  3. Our Travel Dates – It’s about a traveling couple who love the beach. Are you beginning to see a pattern in my picks? Hehe
  4. Jon to the World – A travel blog that digs beneath the pleasures of travel and tries to find meaning in the mundane
  5. Artful Chapter – Who wouldn’t be impressed with this 11-year old girl who has a sensible blog that even I, with our over two decades of age gap, can appreciate?
  6. Vigor Buddy – For health and fitness tips, visit Vigor Buddy.
  7. Best of Negros Island – Anything and everything Negros is on this site. To learn about top destinations. food, events, and more before hopping on that plane, make sure to visit Best of Negros Island.
  8. Make Happy Money – A no-nonsense, straightforward money-handling advice site for teens and young adults.
  9. Fascinating Flowers – I love flowers and this blog is just the site to visit when you need a dose of a little floral beauty
  10. Frugal Yet Fab – I often refer to myself as a cheapskate but it’s really because I take pleasure in getting something fab (dress, bag, hotel room, concert tickets) while being frugal which is why I am nominating this blog – a kindred spirit.
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The Digital Influencers Marketing Summit is happening on October 10 #dimsummit

The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2015 Writing Project is made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors:

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Keeping my fingers crossed for Nice Things, folks! Let’s hope for the best 😀

NiceThings in Davao: Crocodile Park & More

Day 4:

Seeing as this was the last day in my Davao birthday vacay, we made sure to make the most of it. Good thing we took the last flight out.

First stop: Museo Dabawenyo

Patintera and I are big fans of art so we squeezed in a visit to Museo Dabawenyo into our last remaining hours in the city.

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Patintera taking a snap at Museo Dabawenyo

We weren’t allowed to take photos except for this one painting by the staircase:

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This painting depicts the three peoples who make up Davao: Muslim, Christian, and Lumad.

We learned that the name Davao came from three names: The Tagabawa called it “Dabo”, the Giangan called it “Dawaw”, while the Obo called it “Davah”. Combining all names, settlers began calling the place “Davao”.

How to get there:

Like most places in Davao, if you’re not a local, it’s best to ride a cab. Most cabbies are nice. In fact, we noticed a significant decline in our encounter with ill-mannered people while we were there. The small percentage of a-holes we came across were staff in our hotel (rhymes with barnacle). Dabawenyos are nice, helpful, and all-around good guys. Thumbs up!

Travel Tips:

Museo Dabawenyo is located in Poblacion District, a few blocks away from the Davao City Hall and St. Peter’s Church. You might want to swing by those two places as well when you’re in the area.

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The Philippine flag is flying freely in Mindanao. Let’s keep it that way.

From Museo Dabawenyo, we headed back to the hotel for our check-out. We left our luggage with the concierge before going off to Crocodile Park.

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We were having second thoughts about going to Crocodile Park since we’re not big fans of motorcycles and we kept reading online that the only way to get there was on a habal-habal.

Well, good thing I refuse to leave anything to chance so on our way back to the hotel, I asked the cabbie about public transportation to Crocodile Park. And guess what? You can take a cab to and from Crocodile Park without breaking the bank. You don’t need to contract a cab to wait for you, stretching your budget beyond limits nor do you have to take the dreadful motorcycle if you’re penny-pinching. You can easily take a cab from the Crocodile Park as you would from a mall. Habal-habal myth busted!

Entrance fee to the Crocodile Park is P200, which also includes entrance to Tribu K’Mindanawan and Butterfly House.

The first thing you see when you enter is the skeleton of a really big crocodile.

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Crocodile parts at Crocodile Park

Not too far from it is the actual giant crocodile. Patintera wasn’t all convinced it’s still alive since it didn’t move at all while we were there. But I’m pretty sure it’s still breathing. I think?

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A ginormous crocodile at the Crocodile Park

The smaller crocodiles were a bit more limber.

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These crocodiles like the swamp.

Like the Philippine Eagle Center, which wasn’t all about eagles, the Crocodile Park isn’t all about crocs. It’s home to a pretty interesting collection of creatures.

If you’re gutsy, you can have a close encounter of the third kind with a White-bellied Sea Eagle. Of course, touching is prohibited. And with those sharp talons, you’d be smart to keep your hands to yourself.

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White-bellied Sea Eagle up close

This gorgeous bird was a bit of a snob.

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Not sure what this bird is called but she’s pretty.

When you see it…

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Another beautiful bird at the Crocodile Park

I think this one’s just a parakeet but the colors are pretty so she gets a spot here:

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Gorgeous colors

We stopped by the souvenir shop to get some pasalubong but they didn’t have sealed stock of the shirt I wanted to get for my sister so they pointed me to Tribu K’Mindanawan where the bigger shop is located.

Travel Tip:

Don’t buy shirts, wallets, etc. until you get to the souvenir shop at Tribu. They have a bigger and better inventory. And there are more stores to choose from.

Tribu K’Mindanawan

Now, I love animals as much as the next gal, more if the next gal was Patintera, but all the glorious animal scent didn’t really whet my appetite so I wasn’t exactly looking forward to dining but we had to eat lunch ’cause it’s tradition.

When I first heard about Kaonanan sa Tribu K’Mindanawan I thought it was a must-see for our Davao trip. And walking onto the grounds, I knew I was going to enjoy myself.

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Kaonanan sa Tribu K’Mindanawan

The place was way more than what I imagined. I expected good food but I did not expect a cultural tour of Davao. Kaonanan prides itself in offering tribal dishes, which is why I wanted to go there in the first place, but what made me fall in love was the palpable local flavor that hung in the air.

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Kaonanan sa Tribu K’Mindanawan’s dining area has interesting conversation pieces

The local indigenous music playing in the background was captivating. The decor was equally inspiring.

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The colorful Tribu K’Mindanawan

Not all dishes are cooked and served in bamboo but we ordered those that were:

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Cooked in bamboo

The Binayong Ajos, Luya, Tanglad na Manok is a Manobo dish of mashed garlic, ginger, and chicken cooked in bamboo.

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We had an actual Manobo dish. How cool is that? 😀

The waiter insisted that I try the Camote Tops Juice. I wasn’t sure I would like it so I told him I’d try it if he agreed to replace it for free if I didn’t. LOL

Lucky for him, the juice was delish!

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Camote tops juice for the adventurous me and Buco juice for the wimpy Patintera

Would have loved to try other tribal dishes but we had to rush back to the hotel to pick up our luggage before heading off to the airport. We didn’t even have time to go to the Buttefly House *sob* I was really looking forward to that.

I was extra nazi-ish about the time ’cause I didn’t want to miss our flight. We’ve had some experience in that area and it was costly. So, right after I changed my shirt (it’s hot in Davao), I nagged Patintera about going to the airport. And good thing I did ’cause traffic was bad, like, Manila-bad. But we got to the airport still with time to spare so we grabbed dinner.

I was a bit sad about leaving Davao. It’s just one of those places that agrees with me, you know?

Fun Davao Facts:

  1. The streets are clean. There’s no trash in the streets. None. Even wet markets are clean. Guys aren’t standing around whipping out their privates to do their business on the street like it’s the most normal thing in the world. If Davao was a girl you invited to dinner, you’d think she was raised well. Davao is a well-mannered, educated lady.
  2. Davao is typhoon-free. The mountains plus their environmentally sustainable way of living keeps them safe from the wrath of Gaia.
  3. People are nice. Living in Manila, the niceness of Davaoenos will be noticeable to you. No one’s rushing to “get there first” so everyone’s relaxed on the streets. No one’s insecure about their life and limb so people aren’t rude and abrasive.
  4. It’s safe. Not for criminals. But for those who live within the bounds of law, it’s perfectly safe 😉

I hope to see Davao again soon. Or maybe we can bring Davao to the rest of the country. That wouldn’t be so bad now, would it? *wink*

NiceThings in Davao: Philippine Eagle Center

Day One of my birthday vacay was A.MA.ZING.

Day Two wasn’t as exciting though. We ended up cooped up in the hotel for the entire day. Patintera had to finish writing a speech so I decided to catch up on my zzzs.

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Taking a break from writing for a selfie.

We did step outside a bit for lunch. We decided to stay close to the hotel so we explored G-Mall, just a block away.

I was so thrilled to find an art gallery that also sells indigenous products. Got Heart has really great art but I opted to get Kablon Farms dark chocolates for my mom and Sikwate tableya for myself.

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Got Heart installation outside the shop, located at The Peak on top of G-Mall Davao City.

I could have stared at their pieces all day.

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Patintera admiring the art at Got Heart — and thinking about the possible investment.

I’m still accepting birthday gifts, BTW, and I’m just gonna put that right here. 😉

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This piece by Dumaguing is simply mesmerizing.

Day 3: Philippine Eagle Center

We were thinking of going to Samal Island but we’d already lost a day so we decided to spend the rest of our vacay hitting the parks instead.

How to get there:

From our hotel in the city (I’m not gonna name it because it sucked but it rhymes with barnacle), we took a cab to the Annil Transport terminal found a few steps from the corner of San Pedro St. and Quirino Avenue. They have Coasters that will bring you to Calinan Public Market for P50 each. From there, we contracted a tricycle driver to take us to the Philippine Eagle Center, wait for us, and bring us back to the terminal for P250.

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On our way to the Philippine Eagle Center.

The Philippine Eagle Center is located inside the Malagos Watershed Reservation. To enter the complex, you pay P5 per head, a small fee that goes to the Davao City Water District.

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At the Malagos Watershed Reservation.

Entrance fee to the Philippine Eagle Center itself is P150.

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Welcome to the Philippine Eagle Center.

The Philippine Eagle Center is home not only to the Philippine Eagle but also to a host of other animals and interesting plant species.

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This Philippine Brown Deer took a break from his snack to give us a fairly decent shot,

White-bellied Sea Eagle be like “Take the photo already!”

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This White-bellied Sea Eagle had a lot to say. He was the only one in the whole park who was screaming at the visitors.

If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll know that I luuurve trees.

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Gorgeous trees at the Philippine Eagle Center.

But I have to admit, none took my breath away like the majestic Haribon did.

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Philippine Eagle Pag-asa is quite photogenic.

There are stalls outside the Malagos Watershed selling souvenirs. I got a malong for myself and Patintera got a malong, sarong, and keychains for pasalubong.

On our way back to town, we asked our tricycle driver to stop by Malagos Garden Resort so we can take home their famous dark chocolates. This side trip (plus him waiting over an hour for us while we were in the Philippine Eagle Center) cost us extra P50 but we didn’t care, we went home all giddy from our nature and cacao high.

Travel Tip:

Keep your eyes peeled inside the Philippine Eagle Center. There are limited directional signs to follow so if you’re like me and you get confused easily at a simple turn, you might miss out on the other attractions. Good thing, I wanted to make the most of our trip that I was uncharacteristically mindful of the corners I haven’t explored yet.

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Just follow the unlabeled path.

The heat in Davao is no joke. So, we were pretty beat after spending an entire day outside. After dinner, we went back to the hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Day 4 concludes our adventures. Watch this space for our trip to Museo Dabawenyo, Crocodile Park, and Tribu K’Mindanawan.

Day 1: NiceThings at Wow, Davao!

I knew my birthday this year was going to be great with a booked trip to Davao and all but I did not expect it to be as amazing as it was.

I spent the day at Aboitiz Foundation’s Cleanergy Park along with BFF Patintera. It’s an 8-hectare sanctuary for the critically endangered Hawksbill pawikan turtle and was developed by the Foundation through the support of various Aboitiz businesses in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

What made this trip spectacular was witnessing Cleanergy Park staff transferring pawikan eggs to a protected hatchery.

Here we’re talking to Fermin Edillon, Community Relations Manager of Davao Light, who oversees the transfer of the pawikan eggs.

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Kuya Rotchie is carefully transferring the eggs, making sure they are positioned exactly as they were found in the original pit

I love having as many firsts as possible but this is definitely the best this year so far. And I doubt anything will beat it before the year ends.

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Check out the date. These babies were transferred on my birthday. Hi-hi!

Pawikans only lay eggs where they were themselves laid and hatched. So, this pawikan mom was hatched right here at this marine sanctuary some 20 to 30 years ago, too.

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Pawikan eggs are soft and have a rubbery texture. They should be handled carefully and the Cleanergy Park has trained personnel to perform this task.

Sadly, we won’t be around to see the hatchlings but I pray that all 120 eggs make it to maturity. Statistically, though, only 1% of hatchlings make it to adulthood due to predators and natural elements. 😦

Talking about the Cleanergy Park, it also has a boardwalk winding through mangroves and made from 90% recycled wood. The mangrove forest protects the park itself from soil erosion and flood.

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Jade Gamas, Davao Light’s spunky CorpComm rep, shows us that mangroves serve as a buffer to protect the coast from strong waves during typhoons.

It’s important to keep reaching out and educating people about how important it is to take care of our only home. As a favorite Joey Ayala song goes, “Karaniwang tao, saan ka tatakbo kapag nawasak iisang mundo’? No, karaniwang tao, the answer isn’t Mars.

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Let’s show marine sanctuaries some love by helping to preserve these areas and educating people about marine life conservation.

After our trip to Cleanergy Park, our friends from Davao Light — Fermin, Jade, and She — were kind enough to show us a bit of the sites in Davao City .

They took us up to Jack’s Ridge, which has an amazing view of the city at night.

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Davao Light at work.

We capped the tour with a trip to one of Davao’s most sought after restaurants: Palo Vince, the Pakfry King.

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Playing with the biggie fishy.

Pakfry is piece of tuna fish tail cooked as paksiw, deep fried, then drizzled with paksiw sauce. Pak! Fry! #ParaSaEkonomiya

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My birthday dinner: Palo Vince’s Pakfry, Sinigang na Bangus, and Crispy Pata #NomNomNom

Since we were staying in Davao for four days, we decided to get groceries before heading back to the hotel. Fermin and the gang dropped us off at SM Lanang, which also turned out to be a treat.

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SM Lanang Premier has nightly fountain show worth seeing if you ever visit Davao City

When we finally reached the hotel, Patintera couldn’t let my birthday pass without giving me a cake so we got one at the lobby. Thank you, BFF!

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A happy birthday indeed.

It even came with a surprise greeting after her shower:

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😀

My birthday vacay turned out even better than expected. Davao trip day 1 concluded.

Stay tuned for the next installment and more adventures in the south.