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Finally, slowing down in my travel, in Davao City

Going up the plane, bound for the southern Philippines

Smiling steward and the works

It has been routinary: check my flight schedule, pack some clothes, laptop and camera gear before heading out the door to get a taxi for the airport. Check-in. Get some snacks, then off to the departure area and wait to board. Then fly.

Except for a week or two in between, I’ve been doing this routine every week for the last 15 weeks, coming and going at airports, flying, landing and stuff. Many would comment that I’m such a traveler and friends would first ask, where are you now? when they call or text.

Two weeks ago, after a few days in Baguio, I went back to Makati and slept for the night. Packed up and flew to Zamboanga City the next. Traveled again to Ozamiz and went home to Cebu for a few hours before flying back again to Manila just enough to freshen up before traveling back to Baguio. All in a span of 9 days. Sometimes, it can be that hectic. But I’ve become accustomed to that.

The great bird

There are times, however, that the travel is unhurried. Where I can stay longer in a place, like now. I’m in Davao City. If not for a foul up of my buddy’s workshop schedule, we would have gone out of the city and visited Davao Oriental.

As I was the one left with the ticket, the past few days I’ve been here (total of 5 days) have been spent visiting cafes, trying out food, meeting friends, shooting some interesting heritage structures and just sleeping at my hotel.

It was the complete opposite of my Manila-Zamboanga City-Basilan-Ozamiz-Cebu-Manila sojourn a few weeks ago where I was kept on my feet. Now, it’s more relaxing and I still have time to discover some interesting spots within the city. But I should not forget, more durians please.

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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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  1. » My Davao travel article and images in Space Magazine travel issue | Langyaw: Sojourns and Off-the-Beaten Path Travels
    November 21, 2012 @ 11:04

    […] of is that my travel article and images of Davao City was published, entitled Southern Charm. I was in Davao City when Sheryl, the editor texted me to submit a travel feature for this issue. And since I was […]

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