Philippine Eagle Center and Malagos Garden
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I woke up bright and early, excited to sightsee around the city.
After breakfast, my sisters' friends arrived to pick me up. Of the four, three of them was able to change their schedule to be free that day to show me around - awesome!
First stop: Jollibee!
Jollibee is Philippine's version of McDonald's. Craving for their food, but not quite ready for the heavy meal, I ordered my favorite mango-peach pie while my sisters' friends whom haven't had breakfast yet ordered a more substantial meal.
Next stop: Philippine Eagle Center & Nature Park.
An hour away from my house in Matina, Philippine Eagle Center & Nature Park is a conservation park where the Philippine Eagle are bred and provided a safe haven.
Then to: Malagos Garden...
A couple minutes away from the Philippine Eagle Center is the Malagos Garden. I wanted to visit this place because of their vast collection of orchids. Unfortunately, they were not in season anymore. Nonetheless, after a hefty entrance fee of Php 50, we walked around the Garden Resort, escorted by a tour guide whom we barely paid attention, and admired the animal farm, birds, topiaries, and other flowers still in bloom. We asked for the "short" version of the tour (it normally taked 2 hours!) I saw a red bamboo tree there.
Lunch: Eating time!
It was past 1pm. We were hungry!!! On our way back to my house, lunch was a must-do. All that walking around and the afternoon heat required us to re-charge. we went to D'Japanese Tunnel Family Restaurant located in Matina Balusong, Diversion Road. I was honestly lost, didnt know where I was, but I was with my sisters' friends, and I went where they suggested I go.
The D'Japanese Tunnel Family Restaurant is located next to the Japanese Tunnel, a historical landmark, some 300 meters long, dug by the Japanese during their accupation and subsequent retreat in WWII. We didn't enter the tunnel because I just sprained my knee and hunger was also an issue.
Time for: Siesta!
Siesta was my favorite afternoon pasttime when I was growing up in the Philippines. After lunch and the afternoon heat, I was dropped off at my house where I took a couple of hours nap. I also had to elevated my leg and iced it since it started to swell up from the sprain. Thankfully I was surrounds by physical therapists (all of my sisters' friends has PT degrees), so I was very well taken care of.
At night: Dinner and... Drinks!
We all met up at my house. This time we were joined by one more of my sisters' friends. It's time to drink! First stop for the night was Avenue S bar & Grill, a laid-back bar & grill that offers american, european, and mexican classic pub grub food. We grabbed a table outside - the weather was beautiful and the breeze cool. We ordered 2 pails of beer - San Miguel Light and Red Horse, over quesadillas, nachos, and calamari. There were no live bands playing that night so we went on to other next stop.
I don't remember the bar's name but this time they have a live band. One of my sister's friend, Cathy, was getting drunk already. We stayed there for an hour before going to our last stop, Matina Town Center. There are several restaurants and bars in the area with outdoor seating. Music plays and creates a great atmosphere.
Eventually, we called it a night by 2am. It has been a long day!