September 9th, 2007 – by: JeAr
Kathy woke me up early again because she wanted to attend the Sunday service at her church and her whole family will be there. Of course, I wasn't forced to join her, but I insisted since I have nothing to do anyway, and I didn't want to be left in the house. However, when we arrived at the church at 11AM, the program was already over.
Anyway, I got to meet Kathy's brother, her other cousins, and more aunts and uncles. After the service, we all went to Kathy's grandfather's house which was also in the outskirts of the city. We went by tricycle and got there after 10 minutes. The first thing I noticed was there were lots of fruit-bearing trees in the area. There were lanzones, rambutan, marang, caimito, durian, coconut, etc. We all ate lunch together (dessert was of course, some fruits from around the house).
view from Jack's Ridge
After lunch, we took pictures while the rest of the family took their siestas (except for the young ones). By 2PM, merienda was ready (sweetened banana slices). Before we left (around 3PM), Kathy's mom insisted that we bring some fruits with us back to Manila
(our flight was the day after). We didn't really want to, since it'll be additional baggage, but we thought fruits would be the best pasalubong to give our Manila friends, and theyr'e free =D So, with endless goodbyes (and invitations to come back soon), we left the place. Kathy's family was so hospitable and awesome :)
Our next stop was Jack's Ridge, a hillside hangout near downtown Davao where you can find restos and bars overlooking the city.
Kathy et moi
Well, not exactly the best sight you want to see (just check the pics). So, we were waiting for a cab (hard to get one) that would take us uphill when the rain started pouring. Needless to say, we got wet and delayed by it, but eventually we got a cab and arrived at Jack's Ridge around 4:30PM. When I started seeing the sights, I thought it was worth it to brave the rain. The whole place reminded me of Tagaytay. It was high, cool, scenic, and very quiet, perfect for chilling with friends and loved ones. Kathy mentioned that during her college days, Jack's Ridge was a famous hangout for students/lovers, and they'd often see some making out (the Luneta Park of Davao City
Anyway, we spent our time there breathing the cool air, picture-taking, and having dinner. At 7PM, we left Jack's Ridge to go to NCCC Mall and buy some more pasalubongs for our friends. First, we went to the souvenirs' section where I bought a Davao shirt and keychains for my officemates (to save money and effort cause there are too many of them hehehe). By 9PM, we're already home and packing our stuff for our early flight the following day. Starting to feel sad already...