I have been driving since I was 18 but everybody knows that I am not that confident in city driving. I have only driven in Bangkok once and I vowed never to do it again.
I am so happy to be able to drive again when we came home. When there was a need to go to Davao last week and there was no available driver, I jokingly volunteered. To make the long story short, I was able to drive to Davao and back– and yes, I am still alive. Haha!
Perhaps the scary thing about that trip was I was with two ladies who were a lot younger than me and I had no idea how to fix the car if we had engine trouble or anything like that while on the road.
We got to Davao alright and when it was time to go to the city proper, I was a bit nervous but having lived in Davao for almost 2 years when I was still single, I was pretty confident that I am familiar with the major streets so it should be okay.
Day 1: At least half of Day 1 because we arrived Davao after lunch. I drove from GSIS Matina to Aldevinco Mall located in J.P Laurel. The traffic was crazy, but I managed. Yay!
Day 2: I was able to drive from GSIS Matina to the airport via the diversion road. I had been to the Davao International airport many times but that was my first time being the driver. Our attention was called by the guard because I went through the wrong entrance going to the parking lot but when she saw my license, she smiled when she found out I was not from Davao. Whew!
I was able to visit a friend at a hospital in Matina, then went to Abreeza mall. From there, we went to Bacaca then back to Abreeza for lunch. Then we went to Obrero to visit my brother. From there, I drove back to Bukidnon! We almost got lost but when I did a U-turn and saw Quirino street, I was relieved. That was the main road going back to Matina then to Bukidnon!
I was all-smiles when we finally managed to get out of the city proper! Ahh, that was
fun so much pressure!
Driving back to Bukidnon was pure pleasure.
At one point Glynne and I (our other travel buddy we took to the airport that morning) had to stop for photos.
The skies were extraordinarily beautiful that afternoon.
We felt like there was a party going on in heaven!
We also stopped at the Overview Park, Quezon, Bukidnon. This park is about an hour and a half drive from our city.
Posing at Overview
Finally, we were only a few minutes away. The skies were still as stunning. Glynne and I were just in awe as we looked up (I had to limit that, I was driving, remember? LOL!). It was great to be back home safe.
Road between Quezon and Maramag, Bukidnon
At least I overcame my fear in city driving and I must say, Davao is still one of my favorite places but there is nothing like Bukidnon my home!
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