One of my bff (Toffee) was in town during the last weekend of September. This vacation was a spur-of-the-moment plan a few months back. Good thing she was able to get a seat sale from Cebu Pacific. So did one of her colleagues.
Anyway, a week before her arrival, I was already thinking what our plans would be for bff Rai’s birthday. But since Rai “initially” planned celebrating her day with her family (since it was a Sunday), I didn’t press the issue anymore. Instead, we decided to push through with our swimming adventure at Villa de Mercedes with her older sis MM, and first-time-in-Davao visitor Nina.
For a brief overview of my weekend, I’m marking it in days (sharing a few photos as well):
Friday (September 30, 2011)
Aya [Charles] and I was already set to go out with a couple of our workmates for a little RnR and get-together. Since Toffee was around, I asked her to join us. The videoke session with the guys was a FUN experience. Getting to see their more “rowdy” side made it more fun to get to know them altogether. I was even able to prod one of our officemates (Joy) to catch up with us. And I made a new discovery! Joy can sure carry out a tune!. Note to self: Must volunteer her for the Christmas party program. LOL.
After the 3 or 4 hours of singing, we decided to call it a night (since Aya and I still had an inventory to attend to the next day. So we said goodbye to our colleagues. So that left the 3 (aya, achi, and me) of us. Feeling a bit uppity, I asked them to eat Durian. (Which I ended up eating all to myself! Thank you aya for finishing of the LAST fruit for me).
Saturday (October 1, 2011)
Inventory day. Imagine sleeping only for a couple of hours then waking up to get to the office early. Lucky for aya, we just had to pick him up along the way to the farm. Sheesh! Talk about ZOMBIE-MODE. LOL. So off we went to our work. Good thing we finished early. I could catch a few Zzz’s before heading off to our basketball game that night. UNFORTUNATELY, my brain had other plans. I couldn’t even get a nap. So instead of sleeping, I decided to meet up with achi instead at the mall. Figured since she’d be watching my game, better go there together. And what luck! Raisa was also coming along.
After purchasing food to eat, we took a taxi to Woodridge so I could prep up. Along the way, we were finally able to convince the birthday girl to come with us the next day. Since her family celebration was for lunch, it left plenty of time to spare in the afternoon. And as an added bonus? Our godsons got to have permission to come along. Perfect!
I love having my bffs there during my games. I get to have a boost of confidence in playing. Though at times I can’t concentrate. Too much publicity. LOL. But I’m truly happy they’re there.
My AVID fans
Yup! My teammates are guys..
Although we lost. I’m happy I was able to score a couple of 3 pointers. (Show-off!) My lack of sleep was slowly seeping in during the game. And the lack of players wasn’t helping though. Anyway, winning (or losing) didn’t matter. I was just glad I could sweat off a couple of pounds from my system every once in a while. Here’s to next year’s league! 🙂
Up next, dinner. Since we all ate a heavy late afternoon snacks, we skipped the dinner plans at Lyndon’s and went off to Barrio Bistro to grab their buy 1 take 1 pizza instead. If you remember, I posted about Barrio Bistro a few weeks ago. Check it out here. So off we went! We ordered their All Cheese Pizza and another Pizza (I forgot what it was called) and waited for it to be served while catching up with each other’s life. In addition, we had a small “exchange gift” moment too.
Tangled (Our gifts)
Sunday (October 2, 2011):
BFF Raisa’s birthday!!! Villa de Mercedes Swimming day!!!
Being the “planner” of the group, I still had one main problem for our activity. Transportation.
Just a little sidenote and background about Villa de Mercedes. VDM is an exclusive subdivision located at Catigan, Toril 585 ft. above sea level. When I say exclusive, I mean ELITE. The homeowners don’t just allow walk-in guests and use their clubhouse… particularly their infinity pool. That’s what discovered upon visiting VDM the first time. I was looking for a venue for our Christmas party when I remember VDM (courtesy of my former classmate who posted a few of her photos here. I didn’t get her words then when she said you needed an agent to get in). So when I was at their coffee shop, the barista explained that you needed to be a homeowner, or invited by one, OR have an agent to “sponsor” your visit. She then pointed me a brochure postcard indicating their “Agent For the Day” whom I could contact to be invited.
So flash forward. I already coordinated with the agent a few days ago but transportation was a last-minute problem. So when I informed the agent just to confirm our invite, she called me up to ask for other details. When we got to the point about the transportation (and lack thereof), she offered to drive my group instead. Yes! Problem solved! After meeting up with my bffs, my godsons, and meeting achi’s officemate Nina, we waited for Ms. Agent to pick us up.
The ride was quite pleasant and Ms. Agent was very open in sharing about Villa de Mercedes. Acting out as a tour guide, she happily gave information about each subdivision phase, from the main entrance… to the lots… the features… the amenities… and the overall briefing of its “ELITE-ness”. Impressive!
Finally, we were dropped off at the coffee shop to take a breathtaking view of the pool. After the final words, we went off to change and finally try out their ionized pool.
[For more information about Villa de Mercedes, I saw this site to share with you.]
Breathtaking. And the view wasn't bad too. LOL
The coffee shop up above..
Bffs and Godsons
After having our fill of swimming, we were ready to go and have dinner. Ms. Malou toured as to their “Kubo” area wherein visitors could eat the foods we brought along (since bringing in of foods at the clubhouse and pool area was prohibited). Good thing our godsons brought snacks for us to share with and munch on.
We did our perfunctory jumpshot (though I only posted mine. LOL) So Ms. Malou dropped us of at SM. Achi bought a couple of treats to bring back to Manila which we dropped off at their house then we went to…. LYNDON’S (remember by blog about them here?) with ate MM.
Ready to Order!
Our shared Dinner
Can I just say that the reaction of Nina was priceless when she took that first forkful of spareribs! Utter bliss!
Next stop? Eating durian! However, we got a BIT sidetracked when we passed by Margie’s Bakeshop and remembered we didn’t have a cake for the birthday girl. So here it is!
Mini-cake shared by 5 ladies
To cap the day off (well… for me though since the four other girls were going to have a massage after), we went off to FINALLY have our Durian. Durian is one of the fruit specialties in Davao. With a smell like hell (so they say. Personally, I find the smell appetizing) but tastes like heaven. For Nina, it was a new experience and I was glad we were there to boost her into taking that first bite.
Durian! Arancillo variety
Well, that’s all I can share for now! Hope you enjoyed reading! I’m looking forward to my next adventure. 🙂