Last December 30, a friend of mine from Manila came to visit Zamboanga City for the first time. Straight from the airport, we took him on a short tour around the city to acquaint him with its sights and sounds. I snapped several photos while we were driving around and would also like to share these with you, especially to those who have never been here.
Not going to say much today but I do have tons of photos so please be patient while these load. I promise, it’s going to be worth it. 😉
First stop is La Vista del Mar ("The View of the Sea"). This resort is a popular swimming destination for locals as it's conveniently located only 15 to 30 minutes away from the town center or pueblo.
We went here often when I was a kid. I was happy to note so many changes for the better during my visit. I haven't been here for years!
Walking around, I found a sad little mermaid waiting to be noticed.
We had lunch at the Vista del Mar restaurant.
The food took a while to arrive so good thing the magnificent view of the sea kept us occupied.
I thought the view of the cottages' roof tops looked really pretty too from where we sat.
Got lost for a bit while searching for the Yakan Village. I didn't mind though because the smell of the sea breezed through the open car windows. I love the smell of the sea!
Then we were off to Pasonanca park. We dropped by the aviary to check out the birds. Entrance fee is only PHP5!!!
Had a lot of exercise strolling down the tree-lined paths of Pasonanca. I've always thought that trees are beautiful, hence I make it a point to stop and admire the beauty of an aged tree.
We had to stop by this famous landmark in Zamboanga City. The Pasonanca tree house was built in 1960. Amazing how it withstood the passing of time.
Before dusk settled in, we drove to the pueblo to check out Paseo del Mar (Street along the Sea) - a recently constructed community area along Cawa - Cawa Sea.
It's a great place to hang out with friends or family while having a meal overlooking the sea.
Needless to say, this place is popular among couples too as nothing can be more romantic than watching the sun set in the sea together. 🙂
A must-try here is the knicker bocker from Palmeras. It's a popular dessert in the city comprised of fresh fruits, jelly, a generous splash of condensed milk and cream, plus a scoop of ice cream on top.
Although my friends and I separated after our snack at the Paseo, my aunts and I went back to the pueblo to see the city hall lighted at night. The city hall was built by the Americans back in 1905. Construction finished in 1907.
Today, this building still houses several government offices. For holiday season, the local government lights it up to be in line with the holiday spirit. 🙂
Right in front of the city hall is the Rizal park. Since we commemorate the death of our national hero on December 30, several flowers can be found around his statue.
On our way home, my aunt showed us this very intriguing site. Every late afternoon, for reasons unknown, a huge flock of migratory swallows always fly to the city to spend the night perched atop these electrical wires in the city center. It's really a sight to behold.
Here ends my post. I hope my short commentaries and the photos encouraged you all to visit us here down south. There are so many other places to see in Zamboanga. One day was not enough to cover them all. Til next time! 🙂