Holiday Cheers!

The Philippine Jeepney
The Philippine Jeepney. I chose the Jeepney in the Philippines as my featured image for my Season’s greetings. Here as shown is this multi-decade old passenger vehicle still lording all over the streets of the Philippines intricately, artistically and elaborately painted to depict the Christmas spirit celebrated on every December month.

A Jeepney in the Philippines is elaborately painted to depict the Christmas spirit celebrated on every December month.

As a contributor to the world of wordpress blogging, I’d like to embrace this opportunity to greet all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year! Continue reading Holiday Cheers!

828 Meters High


Happy reading and just hang on! Coming up will be my latest post about my very recent holiday adventure in and around Dubai.It holds 7 Guiness Book of World Records todate! Tallest building; Highest number of storeys; Highest occupied floor ;Tallest service elevator;Highest outdoor observation deck; Elevator with the longest travel distance ;Tallest free-standing structure.What an awsome feat by the builders.

Weight-bearing Exercise…

Run with weights!!!

A Physical Fitness Test.  A sack race takes place in a Farmer’s Day event in Tabuk Philippines. An  indigenous game that involves racing while carrying 50 kilos of rice. It could be that building bone mass at high-impact activities  such as this can help make bones stronger and stave off the effects of osteoporosis.

Greenfields of Prosperity

Dampa Davao.solo

Welcome to Davao! Life here would be alluring to any visitor.[Note: All the pics provided exclusively belong to the author.I came to Davao not just to see the place but on official business trip straight from the sun-baked deserts of Oman where I am based. Thus, I chanced upon this opportunity to explore this majestic region that I last visited about 3 decades ago or so. Davao City is among the largest cities in the world with a sprawling land area of 244,000 hectares.  It is the premier city and hub of the south side of the Philippines known for its bustling economic activities, diverse population, urban build-up and modern amenities.  It is considered as the most important economy in the island and the third most important urban center in the Philippines.  The city is known to many as a destination offering a unique combination of various eco adventures in the midst of a modern, urban landscape characterized by a flourishing business and tourism environment.

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Pryce Tower in Bajadia, Davao City

Davao is also seen and considered as a retirement haven for people seeking a slower pace of life, due to its relaxed atmosphere, low cost of living, and numerous recreational options.I have learned that  the city has a very low crime rate in the country.Even with a population of over 1.3 million and an urban density estimated  at 2,400  persons per square kilometer, Davao City’s crime rate still remains among the lowest in the country.  This has earned  for Davao City the distinction  as the Most Peaceful City in the East and Southeast Asia for a number  of years already.

Davao's San Pedro Square
The night stroll would make anyone virtually safe from harm due to the City’s strict implementation of peace and order.

Davao City is said to be one favorite place of a growing global community of expats of various nationalities  aside from other tribes from within the country.


As one of my primary targets, the fruit export business in Davao City sit well with our planned business activity to market cavendish banana in the Middle East in partnership with my Omani sponsor. The abundance of fruits in Davao is truly a wonder to any would be visitor and businessman as there are a lot of suppliers and growers and lots of fruit stalls as well. The Bankerohan Fruit Market is crowded with buyers on a daily basis.So, if you happen to go to Davao, there are so many fruits to choose from –  you’ll enjoy the freshest and highest quality agricultural produce. It is up for grabs both for the locals and for domestic and foreign markets. It exports large volumes of banana, pineapple, orchids, and tuna.Its pomelo, durian, and mangosteen are sought-after by many, yet these remain affordable and accessible to the locals on a daily basis.Davao is the biggest supplier of Banana in the Middle East Market based on the latest stats.

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Mt. Apo
Mt. Apo was one of the places I enjoyed seeing from a far distance at Digos City Davao Del Sur and Bansalan…

Davao City is blessed with abundant fresh drinking water from both ground and surface sources. Mount Apo serves as there charge  point and the areas at the foot of the mountain contain  large reservoirs, the biggest of which is the Calinan, Toril and Talomo Triangle.


Live a wholesome and healthy lifestyle in Davao City! The city pioneered the regulation of smoking in public places in the Philippines that  gave birth to the National Anti-Smoking Law. Davao City has been a recipient of the prestigious Red Orchid Award of the Department of Health in 2010 and 2011 during the World No Tobacco Day. It has tough policies against dangerous drugs, violence against women and children (including prostitution and human trafficking), and environmental pollution. It has addressed the concern over aerial spraying in large plantations and banned the use of firecrackers and similar pyrotechnics. It leads in the conservation of endangered species such as the country’s national bird, the Philippine Eagle, as well as the protection of the city’s watershed, coastal areas, rivers and gulf. Davao City boasts of having one of the most progressive and comprehensive reproductive health program in the world.

The streets are covered with streamers on the month I was in Davao to celebrate the Kadayawan Festival…

Davao City is the only Asian city that has an integrated emergency response system similar to that of the United States and Canada, the difference being that in Davao City , the service is absolutely for free and totally subsidized by the local government. Central 911 responds to all kinds of emergencies : medical, fire, police assistance, natural or man-made disaster. The Davao City Disaster Coordinating Council has been cited as the best prepared disaster coordinating council in the country.A favorite destination for study tours, Davao City is regarded as a model for other cities in the country.

We are right at the mountain peak stopover bordering Gensan and Davao..

 A major Destination in the East Asian Region.

Davao City has been  cited in Asia for its high livability index, where residents can easily switch between fast-paced business transactions and soothing relaxation  options. It is considered a major tourist destination in the East Asian region with an increasing  number  of international visitors since the 1990s.

The designation of the Tagurano-Catigan-Eden Tourism Development Zone as the Mountain Resort and Agro-Tourism Capital of Southern Mindanao illustrates determined efforts leading to the desirable transformation  of the city as the Summer Capital of the Philippine  South. Additionally,  the presence of world-class  beach  resorts both in the city and on nearby Samal Island (30 minutes away by boat ride) has allowed  Davao to offer a complete tourism package for all visitors.

Davao City is the hub of commerce and industry in the Southern Mindanao region.

Author enjoys a ride in a Padjak to move around town.

Harvests are bountiful in Davao City. The cultivation  and propagation of natural resources dominate the economic landscape of the region as the city is surrounded by many different plantations and stock farms supplying both local andexport markets. With the richness of agribusiness  opportunities in and aroundthe city, it’s no wonder  that Davao City is considered the Food Basket of the Philippines.

Dampa Davao
Author poses with the proud owner of Dampa Davao, a resto in downtown Davao so unique and classy…

Davao City is Business-Friendly.

Surveys and evaluations on the best places for business have always cited Davao as among the best performers. These include distinctions as being the Top 10 Asian Cities of the Future by the FDI magazine of The Financial Times, the Most Competitive Metro City in the Philippines with the Best Quality of Life by the Asian Institute of Management and a long list of numerous recognitions and distinctions as the city has received in the recent years. All these are proof of the continuous and decisive strides in making Davao City a home for many productive ventures and endeavors. Continue reading Greenfields of Prosperity

Impressive Bangkok

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After a short  period of inactivity from blogging, to which I should owe my followers an apology ….I am happy to be back to publish my  latest unexpected tour at  a surprisingly  top tourist destination not from Europe but from Asia. Bangkok at first seemed to be just another ordinary tourist destination to me until I booked a 3-day  hotel accomodation with family and friends. Next thing was…I was completely impressed and …t’was all activity!


World-class shopping at the best prices where you can find almost anything at MBK or Siam Paragon, Bangkok has plenty of attractions that you can hardly have enough time to visit from the Grand Palace to floating markets and dirty old Khao San Road.



Bangkok’s well-deserved reputation for 24-hour street food is very evident with every street corner that your feet will take you. Barbecued duck , tongues and soup made from bird saliva are some of the intricate offers. It is really fun to spend at incredibly low priced wide variety of  street foods.


Don’t miss the chance to spend a day at Chatuchak Weekend Market. It’s a 35-acre maze of aisles and alleys that offers solid wood furniture, pets from around the globe, original art, old comic books, antiques, plants and clothes from every decade since the Great Depression.

Take a jaunt at Bangkok’s version of Central Park — Lumpini Park -that  has reptiles large enough to give you a fright but relax… The Varanus salvator (water monitor), which can grow up to nine feet in length, usually just ambles along the mud and grass around the water, but sometimes scrambles across a pathway to another pond.

Strategically located Bangkok’s rising  popularity is attributed to its ideal location which details its role as a hub to major cities. Bangkok’s top five ‘feeder cities’ – where the most international visitors come from – are Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul.

When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen : There will be something solid for you to stand on, or, you will be taught how to fly.

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