A full week has passed since the actual Kadayawan Festival but I’ve been so incredibly busy that I haven’t gotten around to writing about it until today.
Thank goodness for public holidays!
(I’m having my public holiday today actually because I opted to work yesterday.)
Anyway, my Kadayawan weekend was full to the hilt! I thought you might be interested (lol) so I’ll share with you what I did last weekend.
1. Kadayawan Bazaar
My weekend officially began that Friday. August 19th was a city holiday (as well as the 22nd, a Monday), but we opted to work. We then let off steam that afternoon at the Kadayawan Bazaar because retail therapy, that’s why!
Went with my sister…
And met up with my workmates, Sarah and Jona
My sister and I went home carrying quite a few shopping bags, most of which are food and clothes, but these are my most interesting finds:
Watermelon Cold Wax – I have yet to try this
Organic pure honey
Jona got this as a freebie for her purchase at a Korean cosmetics/ skincare shop. She then gave it to me bwahaha!
2. Sister’s volleyball clinic with the Alyssa Valdez
How was your weekend? Mine was an absolute blast because it was (1) Kadayawan weekend and (2) one of my best friends, Christine, was home! We haven’t seen Tine in over a year as she’s been working as an English teacher in Japan so we were really excited to spend a weekend with her.
The theme of our bridal shower was obvious haha
From left to right: George, Christine (the bride), me, and Hazel
We originally had a room booked at Banana Beach at Tagum. However, not all things go according to plan. We had to cancel our reservation at the last minute (thank you Hijo staff for being so considerate and awesome!) and I spent Thursday — 2 days before our get-together/bridal shower — looking for a new accommodation. A difficult feat.
As aforementioned, it was Kadayawan weekend, which means Davao City would be teeming with tourists. Every hotel and rental condos were fully booked! Then I finally stumbled upon one condominium unit at Palmetto Place Condominium which was available. I immediately grabbed it and paid for it in full.
Well… let’s just stay that while the amenities of the condominium itself were great, our room left a lot to be desired. I have been booking accommodations for friends, family, even neighbours for years, but I learned a lot from that experience. Here are 5 things you should look for when booking a rental condominium unit.
1. Make sure you can easily contact the condominium unit owner.
A month ago, we surprised our “super-friend” with a baby shower.
We originally wanted to book a hotel room for it, but the rates were too high (at least for me because I volunteered to shoulder half of the rate hehe). Because I was the self-proclaimed gala organiser of our group, I tried to look for cheaper options. I tried searching for cheaper hotels but either they lacked a swimming pool or the rooms were too tiny.
Until I decided to look for a condominium unit through AirBNB.
I have had an account with AirBNB for I think 3 years now, but I’ve never used it. But when I tried to look for condo units in our city (Davao City), I was surprised at how many choices there were for all budget ranges. I immediately spotted several ads that fit my budget and, at the same time, were pretty enough for a baby shower.
I booked a 2-bedroom condo unit at Camella Northpoint for, guess what, just P2,500 a night!