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  1. Sxxxx
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    Muslims and Low Moralities

    Originally Posted by Barba
    Mate I am sorry you did not find what you where looking fore. I actually did recruit a good looking girl there to once. And I did see a fight. Even one that developed to some smaller sub-fights. And I did see some drugged out hookers.

    And they did sell beer very late.

    It is clear to me - I must come to Cebu and get the real Bonguyan bop Iran experience. No B graded Davao variant.
    Being younger helps. Firstly they are more attracted to younger guys, secondly you can actually see them, the pretty ones, if you have half decent eye sight. I am bat blind nowadays. Thirdly I most probably did not drink enough beer, LOL. Being sober does not help at all.

    Re fights, no sign of that, but it can happen. And no drugged out hookers either. Maybe they respected my senior citizen status and behaved?

    For sure an older guy finds it easier in Cebu City where morals sink even lower.

    By the way, I have since learnt, that muslim activity took place in Cotabato. Don't know if Kong or anyone else reading this, went there recently. Really doesn't concern devout muslims like me anyway. As long as I keep my ass pointed northwards, when screwing, I'll be right.

    Do not worry, I will not be back in Davao City, any time soon. They are all yours, Davao fans. Persons of low morality like me, should stick with Cebu City.
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  2. Sxxxx
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    Sxxxx in the City

    Be forewarned. Due to a software malfunction , lol , the following was not accorded Report of Distinction status.

    Bonguyan was a little bit of a disappointment for me. Have to blame Denom's writing skills for that , lol. I reported separately on Bonguyan a week or two ago.

    Even so , there were some davao highlights.

    Station 91 C.M.Recto Street , is a great place. Over 1,000 in attendance Fridays and Saturdays. Myself the only foreigner there on number of visits. I would be surprised if you do not score there. Taxi drivers know it. Goes to 3am.

    Autoshop in Bajada is not the name of the location , its the name of one spot , and a dormant one at that. Autoshop itself was not popular on two occasions I called. The two places to your left as you enter , before Autoshop , rage 12 midnight onwards , but not Autoshop. There are a number of people sitting at tables outside in the courtyard. In my opinion , anyone over 50 will have trouble securing a lay here.

    Nearby in what taxi drivers call "Torres Street" Bajada , there are possibly fifty times more people than at the Autoshop area. Torres seemed to be mainly a social place for friends and lovers , to sit down and eat. Not a dance pick up area , but you never know. I was put off by the lack of girls without companions. Maybe there is a dance place or two tucked away in that big area , and thats where you'd find girls looking for a guy. Autoshop is small by comparison.

    Venu area. For the first time I had luck there , outside sitting at a table minding my own business. Invited some girls to my table and was surprised when they invited me to join their table and then when I did , how candid they were. Is Davao City losing its provincial-ness ?

    Must say , I had no competition in Davao from other foreigners. That helps , lol.

    At the place called Boulevard , in Rizal St , I inspected Club 183 , but found it too yuppie and too young for my liking. Felt I did not belong in the place , and when you have an uncomfortable feeling on your face you have no chance. Outside the doors of 183 , a different story. Opportunities do exist outside the mini bars , that is , in the centre hallway.

    Ate at De Bonte Ko. Luck struck on my very first meal there. Only myself there , no owner , no nobody. So I chatted up a particular waitress. I will say no more , lol. Small but quality meals , decor , service all good. Just realise now , didn't try that seafood place Barba the Beast recommended. Next time , and I will try the waitresses too , lol.

    Someplace Else , 10mtrs away , had ordinary looking girls hanging around.

    Iron Horse was dead as a log. Previous trip it was lively.

    Central Bank for street hookers. Up to forty or more , some of quality , some with an underage look.

    Victoria Plaza street girls looked sleazy and desperate , compared to Central Bank girls. Also numbers down , about fifteen at best.

    The highlight of my visit was the sociableness of the davao inhabitants. Had lots of good clean social fun. This kind of fun can lead to not so innocent activities on occasions.

    It was a better than usual visit to Davao , but Cebu City has so much more to offer a dirty dude like me.

    A taxi driver worth knowing : Bobby 09192510616. He has a better than average car. Taxis in Davao are on average pretty terrible , but the drivers are good. Bobby does not talk or behave like a taxi driver , if you know what I mean. And he is surprisingly articulate. Met him last hours of my stay. He seems to know everything worth knowing , especially when it concerns sex , including places I have never heard discussed on this forum. Try him , lets know how it goes. Give him a nice tip , he is a cut above average.

    Hit Station 91 is the best tip I can give , but only Friday or Saturday nights , when numbers are grossly in your favour.

    And finally , give us a break guys , there's more than Barba , Kong and Sxxxx visiting Davao City. How about some input?
    Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
  3. KongKing
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    A Return To Mindanao

    Originally Posted by Sxxxx
    Be forewarned. Due to a software malfunction , lol , the following was not accorded Report of Distinction status.
    Yes Sxxxx, certainly lots of good oil there that warranted a Report of Distinction status. Yes, it could be a Hunter software problem to miss your report!!

    The Phils, and in particular Mindanao and Cebu, is attracting me back! Starting this weekend! After my 2 month stint in the Phils in May and June (reported in this forum) I had a month in the southern China (where cityxguide.com is a banned site), touching base with a few pen pal contacts. I have learnt that P4P is the better way to go in China. Similarly my 10 days in Thailand (Bangkok, Pattaya, Jomtien) and week in Cambodia (Koh Kong -yes KongKing was in Koh Kong), Sihanoukville, and Phnom Penh. Next time I need to schedule far more time in Phnom Phen!

    Now for my 21 day visa quota in the Phils, with a "business schedule" planned for Davao, Cagayan and Cebu. revisiting some old (young) territory but also breaking some new ground. Will try and keep you posted.

    To answer your question in your other posting, no, I have kept well clear of Cotabato. I have limited my recent focus to Davao and Cagayan. But I have been prepared to courier in at my expense young ladies who have, (how should I put it?), shaped up well on the dating and chat sites (Cherry Blossoms, DateInAsia and Yahoo Messenger with cam).

    Last year I did travel by torturous bus from Dapitan/Dipolog to Cagayan, and from Cagayan to Surigao City, but would want to minimise that travel in future.

    KongKing
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  4. Sxxxx
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    Miffed

    Originally Posted by KongKing
    Yes Sxxxx, certainly lots of good oil there that warranted a Report of Distinction status. Yes, it could be a Hunter software problem to miss your report!! KongKing
    Maybe a conspiracy, or even a hidden agenda? lol.

    Anyway , I am miffed , gave my best , and was ignored , lol.

    Perhaps if I had talked about the size of my penis , how the girls ooh'd and aah'd etc I would have done better ? lol.

    Whatever , make sure you visit Station 91 on a Friday or Saturday night. Take your ear plugs along with you , though.

    Great variety of girls , from very young to mature and pretty , although Venu was closed for a private function on the biggest night. Maybe folks had no other choice than 91 ? If you find numbers down when you visit 91 then it was Venu's closure that made Station 91 such a hit.

    Without Station 91 , my trip to Davao would have been quite different , although Bobby the taxi driver promised much , if I was to return. I believe he can deliver new places for me , next trip.

    Phnom Penh , comes in for regular mentions. Must be something there. Isn't sex hidden there , behind closed doors ? Can you have a conversation in English with the girls ?
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  5. GoodEnough
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    Muslim Incident?

    Just curious about what the hell a "Muslim incident" might be. Are there also "Christian incidents?" "Jewish incidents?" "Hindu incidents?" "Ignorance incidents?" Of the latter I'm sure. The rest, not so much.

    Cotabato is not and should never be a tourist destination. First of all, there's nothing there. The place itself is ugly, depressing and poor. It's got no decent restaurants, no decent hotels, and nothing whatsoever to recommend it. The only hotels in which foreigners could stay without fear of infestation are the Estosan (the most secure), and the Pacific Heights, which is neither posed anywhere near any heights nor any view of the ocean. There is no reason to go there as a tourist and I dislike it when I must be there for business.
    GE
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  6. Sxxxx
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    And there's More !

    Following all the pm's to me , thanking me for my Sxxxx in the City report , I am encouraged to say more , especially when I left some sideline info out of that report.

    Checked out the Convenience Store , also known as Ground Zero , yet again , mainly out of curiosity. As many other posters have commented before , this place is a myth. The product of someone's imagination and propensity to exaggerate and boast.

    And as many have said before , this place is no different to hundreds of other like minded places scattered around the city. Its a meeting place for locals , not a pick up place for foreigners.

    Of note was the whole area outside the Convenience Store , across the road , which seems to have had a face lift of sorts. All of them in that horseshoe seemed to have had a makeover , and yes these same places were populated this time around. If I was not impatient at the time , I would have checked Sidepocket and the others out. There might be a chance in those places , but not much of a chance in the Store. Girls in these other Horseshoe places would be a softer target , I should think. It's up to you guys to find out.

    Also noticeable was the facelift and investment in the Peoples Park. Entrance being in the same horseshoe area. Saw significant numbers streaming into the place. Reckon , before long , pimps will be in there too , lol. So this little Horseshoe area has come alive since my last trip to Davao City. You should check it out.

    What is dead is O'Flannagans. Steel shutters still down. You can forget that one.

    Pops in Illustre street was on my shopping list. Was hoping to meet my daughter or grand daughter there , offspring from my 1970's and beyond tours , but alas neither myself or taxi driver could locate it. Perhaps with the resurgence of the Horseshoe , Pops popped out ?

    Yes , think from this point on I will refer to this refurbished area as the Horseshoe.

    Even though the Horseshoe has had a resurgence , think you will find Boulevard the most lively compact spot in town. Did not waste my time with Hot Legs types of places , but find it strange that Mayor Duterte would allow nude shows at these places , when he does not allow GoGo Bars , but then , it might not have anything to do with Duterte ?

    Davao is an outpost of a town , trying to become a shadow of Cebu City. Still an outpost , and thus very few foreigner customers , hence no demand for GoGo as yet ? In time they might install GoGo Bars , but demand from foreigners is not sufficient as yet to make such feasible. So sorry Duterte , always been blaming you for no GoGo , but in fact market forces might be responsible.

    And Mr Software , I simply refuse to accept Report of Distinction status for this posting.

    Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
  7. Barba
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    Thanks for the report Sxxxx. Accept and post it in the ROD. :-)

    Folks, does anyone of you know a hotel with Internet connection in the rooms. Or at least some of the rooms.

    I am not talking about pay per hour since I want 24 hour connection, preferable with wifi.

    Cant be bothered messing around with codes and uneducated staff - I just want something that works when I turn on my wifi and perhaps and enter the key.

    I know that Casa Leticia have on the fifth floor in the executives. This one works good but it is the only reason to stay there really for 3000 a night.

    Apo has a VERY shaky one in some of the rooms closest the the restaurant and café where the router is located. Useless in my opinion.

    Casa Rubys 45k a month house is equipped with a Smart antenna connection and a wifi router, but I don't want a house.

    Think I read that White Mansion has something but it's not really my place.
    I stayed in many other hotels but they just have Internet in the café / lobby / restaurant or if you mess around and pay 160 peso an hour, but few seem to have a full coverage of a stable wifi in all or most of their rooms.

    It's so easy today to accomplish so I really see few reasons not to install this.

    Barba
    Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
  8. X_Man
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    The so called "ground zero"...

    It's a centrally located convenience store which has cold beer, inside and outside seating and free wifi (as of Jan 08). There are certainly better places to pick up women, but wouldn't be surprised if you could do it at this place.

    Sitting out front you can scope out all the action going into People's park to the right and the bbq chicken places to the left. I'm not sure what sxxx means by "exaggeration and boasting", but this convenience store is worth a visit.

    If you are staying at Casa Leticia or Apo View, it's a good place to pick up a phone card, water, snacks.....and, what the hell, sit down and have a 25 peso beer.

    X

    Originally Posted by Sxxxx
    Following all the pm's to me , thanking me for my Sxxxx in the City report , I am encouraged to say more , especially when I left some sideline info out of that report.

    Checked out the Convenience Store , also known as Ground Zero , yet again , mainly out of curiosity. As many other posters have commented before , this place is a myth. The product of someone's imagination and propensity to exaggerate and boast.


    And Mr Software , I simply refuse to accept Report of Distinction status for this posting.

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  9. GoodEnough
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    Historical Perspective

    When the convenience store opened, almost five years ago now, it was, in fact, a good place to meet both the nursing students from Limasol Hospital across the street as well as assorted denizens of the dark and seamy places of Davao, who would hang out on the fringes hoping to get invited over for a beer. It was also a gathering point for the street transvestites of the area and was sort of an interest sociological "happening." I was single then, and DS and I did sometimes hang out there for an hour or so, downing cheap beer and sometimes chatting with/picking up some of the women.

    Aside from stopping by to pick up some soda occasionally, usually on the way back home from Henny's I never go there any more and it may well be that the character of the place has changed--especially since the space across the street, which used to be a gathering spot for street walkers, has been upgraded and thoroughly rehabilitated into the lovely People's Park.
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  10. Sxxxx
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    Off duty Now

    Note , at time of posting , there was a historical post already online. Too much effort to change this long post , so here it is , as originally written :

    The point is , Ground Zero has been promoted before as a place where you can pick up women. And its not a place for that , no more than the hundred or so other similar establishments around Davao City.

    Being a gentleman by nature , lol , I did not want to specifically identify the one who has been promoting the Convenience Store as a pick up joint. I thought you would all know who I was referring to. I'm sure he does , lol. Tip : He hasn't posted on this thread for some time now , lol.

    And yes , I made use of my visit to this Convenience Store , buying some kit kat's as an energy lift and some Red Bull , as I had been burning the candle at both ends in raunchy Cebu City. Noticed they have squeezed in another one or two indoor tables on the Illustre side of the store. Maybe in time the supermarket shelves will go , and then more tables.

    Nice management and staff , who I usually have a chat with , but folks thinking they can go to the Convenience Store and have a good chance of scoring are being misled. My personal opinion and observation anyway , after about ten visits over recent years.

    In my brief assessment of this area I now call the Horseshoe , I would say try the Peoples Park first. Could be similar scene as in Cebu City , Housemaids whatever on weekends , looking for a bit of romance , or just looking for a bit. Fridays , Sats and Sundays. Sunday being the biggest at a guess , especially with housemaids , their traditional day off. Not that I have ever screwed a housemaid , lol. Monday to Thursday , not so much of a chance I would say , other than transvestites , pick pockets and pimps , lol.

    And possibly more convenient for some , there is a Convenience Store not far from the hotel of my choice , Marco Polo.

    Anyway , Shopping List was beckoning. Bobby the taxi driver might pep the place up a bit next trip , will try him properly next time. He pointed out one mystery place to me , a restaurant with open walls , where you sit down , have a beer , and meal if you like , tell the Waiter you want a girl , and voila , she pops out from nowhere. For legal reasons girls are not hanging around like hosties. They are out of sight. Tell waiter your requirements beforehand , viz anal , blow job without condom etc , lol.

    Forget its strange name , right next to Venu vehicular entrance. A bit elevated , on a mound , above ground level. I like the sneaky routine , worth a try. But I was determined to get through my Shopping List. Two ladies at tables outside Venu way-laid my intention to return and try out that spooky place. Just looked up my file , name of restaurant is Tatong.

    On one of the many times I called at De Bonte Ko , can only recall seeing two foreigners at the bar , can't recall seeing a foreigner anywhere else , but then I wasn't looking for foreigners , I was looking for poon. Not much competition from fellow foreigners I can assure you. Off season would have been a factor.

    I believe they are putting up a sign at De Bonte : "No talking to Waitresses" lol. By the way , according to one of the girls there , they work 11am to 11pm without a break. Twelve hours was the regime in the old days. Working hours have become more civilised in recent years , not so at De Bonte , apparently. Even so , nice restaurant for us. Henny tries to chat with all his customers , including me on one occasion. Couldn't wish for a nicer host. He's still single , I am told , and running a successful business. Perhaps that guy who invested in O'Flannagans should have asked Henny for some tips , before he put his money on the table. Fools rush in. Obviously Henny is no fool , not too many investors in the Philippines last for very long , not many at all.

    And at time of posting , I see there is a need for clarification of another posting , placed before this one of mine. To avoid confusion , read the following gent's :

    If you were standing outside the Convenience Store and facing the cul de sac road , or arch , ringing the store , to your right is the large Peoples Park with an impressive new arched entrance , and in front of you , and almost directly opposite is Sidepocket , to the left of Sidepocket , there are Eateries and the main game. All upgraded since my last trip , and I suspect this is now a new hang out area , where a percentage of ladies would be looking for a feed or a four letter word.

    Didn't check these places out because I was impatient , had just arrived on a late flight from Cebu , and was more interested in running down my Shopping List. Who knows , my daughter or grand daughter might have been waiting for me at Pops ? Haven't seen her since the 70's , lol. On second thoughts I'd better check out the identity of the street mama-sans next trip , they might be my offspring too , lol.

    Whatever you do , arrive on a Friday , and don't forget Station 91 and Bobby. See report below Sxxxx in the City.

    And yes , Bobby has been told I will pass on his number , and he has also been coached to provide misleading info re me personally. I only have time for poon , not floundering mongers , lol.

    He said he is willing to meet guys at the Airport , but do not forget , he will most probably drive his taxi all the way to the Airport , a P125/135 fare empty , just to meet you , so please , if you request that kind of service make sure he is holding up a piece of paper with your name on it , alternatively call him on your cell phone , and secondly recompense him for trip out and waiting time at airport. Better still , just meet him outside your hotel after arrival in the city.

    Don't forget the price of gasoline in the Philippines is high for a poor country. Per litre same price as my western world country. Taxi drivers have to supply their own gasoline and pay approximately P600 per day rent. It's always been hard , making a living as a taxi driver , now its next to impossible. Cebu has an extra P10 surcharge , over and above the meter reading , to help the drivers survive , but not Davao City , as yet.

    And regarding those r.o.d's. Case closed. Status of a report is decided by a computer , not a human. That figures , cause quite often new members with their first flimsy report get a r.o.d , means programmed to welcome them. And senior members who contribute a lot and often , are usually ignored. R.o.d's have become a bit of a furphy. I will say no more on this subject.

    I'm off duty now. Have another life. Up to others to fill these pages.

    Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
  11. Bob_Bowie
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    Originally Posted by Barba
    Thanks for the report Sxxxx. Accept and post it in the ROD. :-)

    Folks, does anyone of you know a hotel with Internet connection in the rooms. Or at least some of the rooms.

    I am not talking about pay per hour since I want 24 hour connection, preferable with wifi.

    Cant be bothered messing around with codes and uneducated staff - I just want something that works when I turn on my wifi and perhaps and enter the key.

    I know that Casa Leticia have on the fifth floor in the executives. This one works good but it is the only reason to stay there really for 3000 a night.

    Apo has a VERY shaky one in some of the rooms closest the the restaurant and café where the router is located. Useless in my opinion.

    Casa Rubys 45k a month house is equipped with a Smart antenna connection and a wifi router, but I don't want a house.

    Think I read that White Mansion has something but it's not really my place.
    I stayed in many other hotels but they just have Internet in the café / lobby / restaurant or if you mess around and pay 160 peso an hour, but few seem to have a full coverage of a stable wifi in all or most of their rooms.

    It's so easy today to accomplish so I really see few reasons not to install this.

    Barba
    As far at the Internet goes, I spent a lot of money on my trip last year on hotels that I knew had Internet access for my laptop. The cost really added up (I was in Cebu for about a month). I mostly at the same hotel because when I was not with a girl, I would hang out at the dating web sites looking for the next girl. It was a pain in the ass because I wanted the freedom to be able to change hotels at any moment in case of jealous bf or crazy girl
    stalking me.

    I just got back from a 3 month trip and had Internet access everywhere I went. I bought the Bro from Smart Communications. I used it everyday and only had problems a couple of times over the course of my trip. The speed is not great, but it is faster than dial up.
    It was great for asking a girl what her favorite song was, then 30 seconds later having the video playing. While she was busy singing along with the song, I was getting undressed

    The cost for the bro was around 4400 peso, but they lowered the price before I left to around 3800 peso. Cost is 10 peso for every half hour.
    http://smart.com.ph/SmartBro/Products/BROPrepaid.htm

    As far as Casa Ruby, on my first stay, the wireless was very fast and free. But a couple of weeks later it was not working when I stayed there again, and they did not know when the owner planed to fix it.
    http://casarubydavao.com/

    The Ponce Hotel has fast and free internet in their lobby. The hotel rooms are cheap and decent, but you would not want to take a special girl there.

    http://www.poncesuites.net/
    Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
  12. Barba
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    Thanks Bob. I will try the Smart solution.

    Ground Zero.

    Guys. I eat at that place a couple of times a week every time I am in Davao. The grilled chicken is good and I have reasons to be close to Side Pocket. Spent so many hours there last months with friends. Most often 5-10 policemen vegetating as well. Compared to Victoria, Toinko St, K1, the park or any other place, it is a total waste of time if you are looking to pick up girl. Believe me, in this case I can just say that whatever it once was in terms of pickup place, it is not today. Better you go in to Side Pocket then. ;-)

    B
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  13. GoodEnough
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    Internet in Hotels

    I don't know why hotels in Davao seem to be lagging behind those in other cities in this respect. I do know that the Marco Polo offers Internet via cable in its rooms, but I understand it's pretty expensive. I do have a PLDT WeRoam device that I use while traveling, and it works pretty well, though it's a little slow. I think it costs about Php1,500 a month for unlimited connection time, and it works wherever there's a SMART signal, which is pretty much everywhere I go. I also know that most of the coffee houses here--Karl's, Blue Gre, Bo's, etc. offer free Wifi, though it would be a total pain in the ass to drag your computer to a coffee house every time you want to get on line.

    Sorry to hear that Ground Zero has deteriorated in relation to pick ups. I always enjoyed the downright sleazy nature of the place. I think most of the hookers who used to hang out there simply crossed the street from the old PTCA grounds, which have become people's part. Since they have lost their primary assembly point, my guess is that they've dispersed elsewhere which may explain the lack of available women at GZ.

    GE
    Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
  14. Arcee
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    Originally Posted by Barba
    Thanks Bob. I will try the Smart solution.

    Ground Zero.

    Guys. I eat at that place a couple of times a week every time I am in Davao. The grilled chicken is good and I have reasons to be close to Side Pocket. Spent so many hours there last months with friends. Most often 5-10 policemen vegetating as well. Compared to Victoria, Toinko St, K1, the park or any other place, it is a total waste of time if you are looking to pick up girl. Believe me, in this case I can just say that whatever it once was in terms of pickup place, it is not today. Better you go in to Side Pocket then. ;-)

    B
    The lechon manoc there is some of the best in town. Especially with their Chinese chili sauce

    I would also agree that it's not a special place to pick up women. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's a waste of time. It's just no more special than any other place in town where people congregate.
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  15. Barba
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    Thanks GE. Where did you buy that device? Is it like what Bob posted a link to below? Because that seem quite convenient. Do you have any idea about what speed you normally have?

    Cafés or by the hour is out of the question. I'd rather just stay at Casa Leticia then.

    B

    Originally Posted by GoodEnough
    I don't know why hotels in Davao seem to be lagging behind those in other cities in this respect. I do know that the Marco Polo offers Internet via cable in its rooms, but I understand it's pretty expensive. I do have a PLDT WeRoam device that I use while traveling, and it works pretty well, though it's a little slow. I think it costs about Php1,500 a month for unlimited connection time, and it works wherever there's a SMART signal, which is pretty much everywhere I go. I also know that most of the coffee houses here--Karl's, Blue Gre, Bo's, etc. offer free Wifi, though it would be a total pain in the ass to drag your computer to a coffee house every time you want to get on line.

    Sorry to hear that Ground Zero has deteriorated in relation to pick ups. I always enjoyed the downright sleazy nature of the place. I think most of the hookers who used to hang out there simply crossed the street from the old PTCA grounds, which have become people's part. Since they have lost their primary assembly point, my guess is that they've dispersed elsewhere which may explain the lack of available women at GZ.

    GE
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  16. KongKing
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    Station 91

    Originally Posted by Sxxxx
    Whatever , make sure you visit Station 91 on a Friday or Saturday night. Take your ear plugs along with you , though.

    Great variety of girls , from very young to mature and pretty , although Venu was closed for a private function on the biggest night. Maybe folks had no other choice than 91 ? If you find numbers down when you visit 91 then it was Venu's closure that made Station 91 such a hit.

    Without Station 91 , my trip to Davao would have been quite different , although Bobby the taxi driver promised much , if I was to return. I believe he can deliver new places for me , next trip.
    Arrived in Davao Saturday morning and met at the airport by my special lady. After a very passionate reunion we went to Station 91 on Recto Street that night, arriving midnight. I have reported on Station 91 a few times (19th October 2007 and in my April-May 2008 day by day reports. I agree with Sxxxx that Station 91 is about the best pick-up ground in town; better than the Venue (been there a few times) and a few other places, and light years better than a certain corner Convenience Store which is regularly trumpeted by the Dragon Slayer as the Ground Zero pick up ground. Like the now closed O'Flanagans Pub, it might well have been the place in the distant past, but not now.

    Sxxxx did not say if he stayed to watch the girly show at Station 91. If he was there at about 1.45am (Sunday morning) girls are invited to strut their stuff in a competition which is running week by week, month by month, at least on the Saturday night. These young nubiles parade first as a group then individually, down from the stage and into the crowd. The winner is selected by popular choice, and the popular choice winner is the one that seems to perform the raunchiest, sexiest, routine.

    I should mention that there is a good live band performance, but mainly it is continuous throbbing disco beat. The dance floor is soon packed with young couples, including ladyboys doing their thing

    As I say I was there with my girl. But I had no trouble getting some feedback from seemingly unaccompanied young ladies, and I even received thumbs up for my dancing, (or whatever appeal I had! ..lol). No doubt that you could do well here. And the finger food is not too bad either -pork spare ribs were delicious!

    KongKing
    Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
  17. X_Man
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    Ponce X 2

    I reported this earlier, but the open air rooftop restaurant/bar also has wifi.

    The rooms are simple (and cheap) as BB alludes to, but the rest of the place is an absloute riot of art. I think I posted some pictures of the rooftop in a January or Feb post.

    The guy who did the scuptures at People's Park used Ponce Hotel as his personal canvas.

    X

    Originally Posted by Bob Bowie
    The Ponce Hotel has fast and free internet in their lobby. The hotel rooms are cheap and decent, but you would not want to take a special girl there.

    http://www.poncesuites.net/
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  18. Barba
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    Pp

    Thanks for the info! I will try that place for a night.

    I don't want to seem fussy but honestly. The "art" in peoples park is like something done by a first years art student on crack. The fifth day without sleep.

    As subtle as a pig in a mosque. Can't understand this urge to always "feed the eye" with some constructed shit. Just leave it. Nothing beats the ambiance of an old fashioned English park. Close to natural and lots of nice corners to rest in. Id even go for a French style rather than the waste of spirit Peoples Park turned out to be. And those guards running around pretending to be cops. I rested my head on the tummy of a girl once. We where sitting up, all dressed in nice and tidy clothes. Within 2 sec, believe me just 2 sec, there was a guard that "informed me" that sleeping was allowed in the peoples park. The fascist control-paranoia park!

    Sadly this is one of the "nice relaxed experiences" offered to folks living in Davao. In the land of the blind the deaf is king.

    Do I go there every trip? Yes! Would I go there if they did a Saudi style gender separation? NO f*cking way! Then again. The prospect of even contemplate a visit to Davao would be questionable during such circumstances.

    Regards Barba. Sounding like a bitching and bitter senior citizen. The countdown has started!

    Originally Posted by X Man
    The guy who did the scuptures at People's Park used Ponce Hotel as his personal canvas.
    Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
  19. X_Man
    Inactive

    Ummm, I think the art in the park is made more with children in mind.
    http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/...icle_id=109575

    Damn Barba...you get a bit irritable after five days with no sleep!

    Last time I was at Ponce they were making some sort of cafe extension on the lobby and the artist was there directing the proceedings. I'm curious about how it turned out.
    http://www.poncesuites.net/artist.htm

    BTW Barba, you don't have to stay "for a night" to enjoy the place. I walked around the hotel taking pictures and then went to the rooftop and had a beer in the late afternoon. I had the whole roof to myself at that early time -- well, with the exception of a fairly attractive woman who served me my beer.

    X


    Originally Posted by Barba
    Thanks for the info! I will try that place for a night.

    I don't want to seem fussy but honestly. The "art" in peoples park is like something done by a first years art student on crack. The fifth day without sleep.

    As subtle as a pig in a mosque. Can't understand this urge to always "feed the eye" with some constructed shit. Just leave it. Nothing beats the ambiance of an old fashioned English park. Close to natural and lots of nice corners to rest in. Id even go for a French style rather than the waste of spirit Peoples Park turned out to be. And those guards running around pretending to be cops. I rested my head on the tummy of a girl once. We where sitting up, all dressed in nice and tidy clothes. Within 2 sec, believe me just 2 sec, there was a guard that "informed me" that sleeping was allowed in the peoples park. The fascist control-paranoia park!

    Sadly this is one of the "nice relaxed experiences" offered to folks living in Davao. In the land of the blind the deaf is king.

    Do I go there every trip? Yes! Would I go there if they did a Saudi style gender separation? NO f*cking way! Then again. The prospect of even contemplate a visit to Davao would be questionable during such circumstances.

    Regards Barba. Sounding like a bitching and bitter senior citizen. The countdown has started!
    Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
  20. X_Man
    Inactive

    In the past there was some info about the night scene at Bongoyan Beach. I ran across a video of the beach (daytime).

    http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=cF3WY2...eature=related

    X
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  21. Barba
    Inactive

    Originally Posted by X Man
    Ummm, I think the art in the park is made more with children in mind.
    Yea I guess your right. Its kids "art". Done by adults.

    Well anyway, can't be to picky when in Davao so I will check the Ponce art out as well. And then have a new outbrake after my next crack session. LOL

    Anyone else in Davao in September?

    B
    Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
  22. KongKing
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    Queensland Beach Promenade And Bonguyan Beach

    These areas have been mentioned in recent posts and last week I thought I would take a closer look to see where they were and what was on offer.

    To find this area you more or less go to the coastline a kilometre or two behind the SM Mall. The locality is known as Matina Aplaya, but just say “Queensland Hotel” to the taxi-cab driver and that will get you there. Bonguyan Beach and Queensland Beach Resort and Promenade areas are adjacent to each other. Bonguyan Beach “Resort” is just south of the Queensland Lodge. From the main road entrance (photo 1) a dirt pot-holed track takes you to a so-called information desk (photo 2) which was very bereft of information.

    I was there at 9pm on a Friday night and the place was dead. About 8 resto-videoke-bars were built out over the water’s edge. Take a look at X Man’s Youtube video link on a posting or two ago. The area is very popular during the daytime, and late at night, but at 9pm there were just a few there, mainly scruffy-looking Filipinos, and there was very little evidence of female talent. Behind the so-called information desk were a string of chalets, small boom rooms, you can rent for the hour or day-night.

    In the background to the Youtube video you can see a reclaimed breakwater. This is the beach promenade area being developed in front of (or behind!) the Queensland Lodge, Hotel. The entrance to this area is to the left of the hotel and you can’t help not missing a big replica statue of Michelangelo’s David. He stands in all his glory over the entrance to the beach walk-promenade (photo 3). It apparently caused quite a controversy when “erected” about 5 years ago. The statue was funded by, and seen as a bit of self promotion for, the Queensland Lodge. The exposed genitalia was an affront to many, even though Michelangelo’s David was, 600 years ago, itself without a fig-leaf. The size of the replica’s genitals was also debated.

    For those that are analytically or pruriently minded I enclose photos (4 and 5) of the real and replica genitalia. Methinks they are much the same. But perhaps the testicles of the replica are more bloated (which would be surprising for us well-drained males in the Phils) and the penis is rather wrinkled (which again is surprising given all the lovely Filipina talent on offer!).

    The Queensland boardwalk and promenade, behind the statue, is under development but it looks very promising. There were small gatherings of groups, plus vendors, and I suspect during the day, and maybe later at night, it could be an action place; but it was pretty tame at 9pm on a Friday night as a pick-up ground. Give me People’s Park (my Ground Zero!) any day!

    I did a wander around the Queensland Lodge and Hotel complex. It is very much like the Queensland short-time hotel set-up in Cebu City. Taxis and private vehicles were arriving regularly and had their own individual parking bays. Each bay had its own private staircase to the bedroom, boom-boom room, above. The current rates are shown in photo 6. From my Cebu experience it would be a nice discrete place for an hour or three’s diversion if you had a double-booking for the day!

    KongKing
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    • Sxxxx
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      Bury Bonguyan

      Originally Posted by KongKing
      These areas have been mentioned in recent posts and last week I thought I would take a closer look to see where they were and what was on offer. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      KongKing
      Thanks for your Report of Distinction. Software got it wrong again I see , lol.

      Bonguyan.

      Difference your report and mine , you called 9pm , I called around 12 m/n and stayed till 3am. You seemed to spend more time at Queensland end of strip too.

      Good , at least we got a good run down on that end of strip.

      I think we can safely bury Bonguyan as a must see , lol.
      Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
    • Jacaranda
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      Increasing social problems in PI

      I went to Davao about 18 mths ago for some great, cheap dental work and sampled the many female delights this fine town had to offer over the Viagra fueled course of about 5 days. Crime wise I had no probs and walked or cabbed everywhere at all hours.

      Recently a friend (an old PI hound) visited Cebu & Davao and reported a vastly changed landscape. He found that rising poverty/food/fuel/commodity prices has led to a surge in opportunisitc crime and social unrest. Some recent attacks in Southern Mindanao bear witness!

      He was so concerned with what he found that he predicts that our favorite 'watering hole' may dry up as a too dangerous to visit.

      Is he alarmist? Any comments from you expats in Cebu or Davao would be appreciated.
      Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
    • X_Man
      Inactive

      Kong King's BB post

      As usual you've provided a great report and added a dash of humor as well. The statue was "erected"...

      I should say it's a damn good thing there weren't too many people there at 9pm or you might have gotten some unwanted attention from the wrong gender after they saw you ogling and photographing David's genitals.

      Thanks for the report.

      X
      Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
    • Sxxxx
      Inactive

      No sudden Change in Safety

      Originally Posted by Jacaranda
      I went to Davao about 18 mths ago for some great, cheap dental work and sampled the many female delights this fine town had to offer over the Viagra fueled course of about 5 days. Crime wise I had no probs and walked or cabbed everywhere at all hours.

      Recently a friend (an old PI hound) visited Cebu & Davao and reported a vastly changed landscape. He found that rising poverty/food/fuel/commodity prices has led to a surge in opportunisitc crime and social unrest. Some recent attacks in Southern Mindanao bear witness!

      He was so concerned with what he found that he predicts that our favorite 'watering hole' may dry up as a too dangerous to visit.

      Is he alarmist? Any comments from you expats in Cebu or Davao would be appreciated.
      He is alarmist. Had a bad trip, can happen, and he now reckons its all over.

      Southern Mindanao attacks have been going on for a very long time. Nothing much new about that and no connection to fuel prices LOL.

      With commonsense Philippines no more risky now than five ten years ago, or even thirty five years ago. Thats the way I see it. Seek and ye shall find. Go looking for danger and you will most probably find it, LOL.

      Hope he stays away, more poon for me, LOL.
      Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
    • HornyGeorge
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      The recent massacre in Lanao del Norte, long an iffy area, arose from Muslim frustration with a recent Supreme Court ruling invalidating an agreement to add more villages to the ARMM (Muslim Autonomous Zone). I would not see any connection with the purported increase in street crime in Davao.

      Been almost a year since I was in Davao but never noticed more danger. In fact, it is Manila's back streets that feel more dangerous. The number of child beggars seems to be up also.

      Is Davao "too dangerous to visit"? Depends on your risk tolerance, but I personally would worry more in Angeles or Manila than in Cebu or Davao. WESTERN Mindanao is a different story, but the entertainment zone of Davao seems unlikely to become a no go zone anytime soon.
      Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
    • Barba
      Inactive

      Changes?

      I don't live in Davao but visited several times over the last couple of years. In my opinion, there is a slight change in how people talk and think about the future. Sightly more desperate or worried. But I noticed no changed at all in behavior in Davao. Same scene over the relatively short period of time I was there. I have family that lives down there and they say it was more or less the same for the last 15 years. But I guess it just takes one unlucky day and this opinion change. They day when the neighbors construction site manager was murdered execution style with 7 bullets was a typical "things are getting worse"-day. LOL. He forgot to bribe the right guys. Statistically the crime rate is up in Davao.

      http://www.sunstar.com. Ph/static/ne...vao. City.html

      I do however think this should not be confused with the "terrorist"-related crimes. Duterte has a good and firm relation with these guys.

      South Cotabao, Sulu, etc where "always" stirred up. If you look at statistics for example on Abu Sayyaf there is no significant change in this band of vigilantes behavior.

      http: //en. Wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Sayyaf

      Still a bunch of air heads using whatever reason to do whatever they want.

      As GE stated before. Why the hell go to Zamboanga?

      To continue the guessing game. If you look at the coming 2-3 years there will likely be harder times. The country's economy is on a downward slope and the population is increasing. More mouths and less money/food in other words. This always means more persons coming to the city for an opportunity. In addition China is crushing much of the production in that region with their ant like efficiency, non existing labor laws and and environmental protection directives written on a (yes ONE) PostIt note. But on the other hand there are many plans involving property and development in Davao. It is still cheap and somewhat romantic for a Manila person to move to Davao. In addition global companies looking at Philippines and Mindanao as an opportunity area for services and certain types of production. The worlds largest call center company is based in Philippines I was told (with a Davao branch) and services is in my opinion the future for this friendly, polite and service minded people. For example technology and software is becoming relatively expensive to produce in China and India, and "the globalisation" is always on the hunt for the next river of gold. Davao just have to fix their schools so what comes out of them has at least a slight chance to compete. Today the technical educations are pure crap down there. I had many opportunities to work with people over the globe and the labor in the Philippines are low on initiative but have a GREAT and friendly attitude. With training they can become a great asset to service based a company.

      Anyway, my conclusion is that I feel MUCH more safe in Davao than in Europe where I live. Police here are. Well god knows what they are up to, and all the grease heads and junkies are just doing what the fuck they want. And if I compare to traveling in South America I feel much more safe in Davao. The safest place I visited was probably Iran but who cares when the most exciting thing to do is to smoke banana flavored tobacco.

      King Kong, did you see the baby sharks in the pool? I like fishing and noticed many anglers sitting on the promenade with their rods out. But the real tuna action I found elsewhere.

      Regards / Barba

      Originally Posted by Jacaranda
      I went to Davao about 18 mths ago for some great, cheap dental work and sampled the many female delights this fine town had to offer over the Viagra fueled course of about 5 days. Crime wise I had no probs and walked or cabbed everywhere at all hours.

      Recently a friend (an old PI hound) visited Cebu & Davao and reported a vastly changed landscape. He found that rising poverty/food/fuel/commodity prices has led to a surge in opportunisitc crime and social unrest. Some recent attacks in Southern Mindanao bear witness!

      He was so concerned with what he found that he predicts that our favorite 'watering hole' may dry up as a too dangerous to visit.

      Is he alarmist? Any comments from you expats in Cebu or Davao would be appreciated.
      Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
    • KongKing
      Inactive

      Small Sharks

      Originally Posted by Barba
      -- - - - - - -
      Anyway, my conclusion is that I feel MUCH more safe in Davao than in Europe where I live.

      King Kong, did you see the baby sharks in the pool? I like fishing and noticed many anglers sitting on the promenade with their rods out. But the real tuna action I found elsewhere.
      Regards / Barba
      A great comprehensive posting there Barba, with a solid analysis of the safety and security situation in Davao.

      Regarding your final throwaway line yes I did see, literally, baby sharks in the shallow rectangular pool just before the large David statue replica. There were probably more Pinoy sharks on the surrounding soil trying to find innovative ways to eke out a living. I may be going for a skate (haha) here but there were lots of male sharks and a sole (hehe) female. I’ll stop floundering here.

      Barba, did you notice the very attractive foreground to my photo 3? She was my 24 year old partner you and GE met at a dinner we had at De Bonte Koe’s back in May. On my last week’s visit she travelled 6 hours by bus from Bislig to visit me and we spent a delightful two days together. I hope you, Barba, have forgotten her name coz I would not want you, and your 3 decade youth start on me, getting an entrance!

      KongKing
      Posted 5 years ago | #Reply
    • GoodEnough
      Inactive

      Danger in Davao?

      Interesting series of posts. If I can but add my two pesos, I have not, over the course of living here for almost five years, noticed any increase in the threat level at all. There's little street crime that involves any foreigners, and there's virtually (at least so far) no spillover from the MILF-GRP conflict. I don't think there's any reason at all to worry, or certainly not yet.

      Last night, some asshole tossed a live grenade in front of the Marcian Hotel in Zamboanga and injured nine people. No published reports yet on who might have been responsible for the attack and no clear motivation for it. Zamboanga may be a good area to avoid for a while, given it's position relative to Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. There's been some unrest in Zamboanga due to the fact that it's a majority Christian city with no desire, on the part of most residents, to be included in an expanded autonomous area.

      I've only been here for about five years, but I work with some expats who have been here for almost 20, and they're not very concerned, saying that they've seen much worse in Mindanao.

      GE
      Posted 5 years ago | #Reply

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