It had been two years since my first visit in Davao and the city still amazes me. I decided to celebrate my 2014 birthday and New Year in this beautiful place.
It was a rainy afternoon when we arrived at Lanang, Davao City yet it didn’t hinder us to visit SM Lanang which was near to where my sister’s in-laws are living.
We ate our dinner at Archipelago 7107 which is a sister company of Barrio Fiesta.

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The restaurant was cozy and I loved the different maps of the Philippines which are posted on the walls.

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Somehow, it took me back from the history of our country.
We ordered some of their specialties which were Kare-Kare (365php), Mama Chit’s Special (682php) and Crispy Pata (610php).

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We also tried their Patatim (418php), Tahong Soup (190php), Pancit Bihon, Beef Salpicao, Chicharon Bulaklak and Bicol Express.

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Photo credited to my sister. 🙂

The foods were great especially the Beef Salpicao, Patatim and Tahong Soup however we were disappointed with three things.
1. Service: Waiters and waitress were very slow.

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They didn’t serve us water when were seated and waited for our meals for almost 30 minutes and when you call them for the follow-up, we needed to do it twice before they served us what we wanted.
2. Food: The waiting time for each dishes to be put in our table was bearable but to know that they forgotten one of the main dish (Mama Chit’s Special) that we asked was dissatisfying.
3. Rice: Why I didn’t include it with the number two? It is because it had a different issue. One of the rice on the plates that they provided to us had a scrap of tin can and it took three follow-ups before they gave us new rice.

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Our cute companions! 🙂

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Recommended? Food yes but the over-all experience, no way!

After our disastrous dinner, we went for a little bit of shopping. It was around 11 in the evening when we got home. My body was already asking for a rest yet my sister preferred a different way to end our night. We had a massage in one of the best spas that I ever been.
We tried the nearest massage place in our area which was Pressure Points Spa but unfortunately we need to wait for 30 minutes before our turn and the prices of their services were very expensive. Good thing Solaz Massage and Spa was still open.

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It was where my sister and her hubby usually had their relaxation whenever they are in Davao. The spa looks small outside yet as I entered at the door, my body immediately felt home.

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The back ground music is pleasing to ears and the smell of the whole place was inviting.

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I like the simplicity of the choices of their massage services, informative and direct to the point.
My sister and I chose Ventosa because both our back was aching from the long road trip. I usually have Ventosa but it was my first time that I felt too much heat like my back was going to burn. I didn’t complain though because I knew that it would ease the pain of my muscles. I love the leg massage that Ate Jovy, the massage therapist did. It was the one I’ve been looking for my tired and sore legs.

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Massage area

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Solaz Massage and Spa is a place that you should not miss to visit! I definitely go back and try their signature foot massage (Paseo) and the smooth, heated volcanic stone massage called Piedra and their body scrubs!

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