I want to start my journal with a good note but much has been written about the sights and sounds of Davao City...what to see, to experience and what the place has to offer. Having lived an enjoyable life here for the past years, i find it perplexing to list down a few places and situations that tourists should avoid so they’ll be spared the disappointment and the utter waste of precious time.
Corrupt airport taxi - Cab drivers here are said to be one of the most honest in the country, however there are still quite a number of them who will try to rip tourists off, especially if you're coming out from the airport terminal. Always insist on the meter and do check your stuff before alighting.
A Life less ordinary Chinatown - A visit to any Chinatown is always visually stimulating but compared to other Chinese districts in other cities...here is a bit sluggish, it's streets littered, rundown, a bit abandoned feeling. And what makes it even unattractive is because thieves on bike have known to lurk this place so dont consider walking here at sundown.
Bring smiles on kid's faces - Children begging for coins are almost everywhere. Giving few pesos wont hurt but i discourage such practice for it will only encourage more beggars to stream into the capital city. Instead, offer them a piece of sweet bread or two...sweet smile of thank you is what you will get back.
Taking these simple precautions will make you enjoy your trip to the fullest and did i mention that a short heavy downpour is enough to cause flash floods in Davao ? So do check the weather forecast in advance before hitting the outdoors.
Remember that some roads aren't meant to be journeyed alone...enjoy your trip.
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