The World’s 87th Top City

Kadayawan Festival, Davao city (wikipedia.org)

In 2007, I had the chance to live in Davao city to pursue post graduate studies. Why Davao? Ah, there were several factors why (like my school preference, the assurance of a friend of a place to stay there, the city’s nearness to a sibling’s address in Mindanao, Philippines, among others).

I must say that when I did live in Davao for 7 months, I loved the place. It was clean. It has all the city amenities you need (or maybe I should say I need) but like most Mindanao cities, it still has a lot of green and vacant land you can see as you navigate your way through it. It’s not all concrete and building.

I do think Davao city can very well be a great place to reside in as well as an interesting travel destination . I don’t think I can ever convince my husband to relocate there though but I can just content myself ┬áin visiting the place from time to time. Below is the link of the news article on Davao being the world’s 87th top city.

http://ph.news.yahoo.com/davao-worlds-87th-top-cities-030549058.h

Watch Your Luggage Please

I am quite aghast with how many travelers still leave their luggage unattended in one of the most public places we go to as we travel: the airport. Even now, with news of all kinds of stealing taking place worldwide, some passengers still, I must say, naively think that they can leave their stuff unattended. I find this to be true in my trip with my husband last month to Manila, Philippines and then onward to Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand for a conference.

One passenger and in one instance, a family of 3 members, simply left their entire luggage in one corner to buy something! Perhaps, they were inexperienced travelers or perhaps they come from places where stealing or security issues may be unheard of, but the airport is a different place. All kinds of people go there and definitely in international airports, different cultures converge there. How would you know you can trust these people you do not know at all?

May it be that we remind our family and friends this very basic thing as they travel: to watch their belongings. As they go on to their travel destination, we do not want them to carry regrets instead of their luggage.

 

Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok