Dear Syoti Joshua,

Happy Birthday Baby Joshua! (Related post: The Birth of Baby Joshua Xavier! )

On your birthday, your mom and I decided to go out-of-town to celebrate your birthday. We wanted to go somewhere that we have not been to and have a chance to explore another city — like Davao. We were fortunate to get the zero fare of Cebu Pacific and to stay for free for four days at Crown Regency in Davao. We met with Tita Anna Vi, Tita Lani Ayala, and Tito Deq while we were in Davao.

We celebrated your birthday in Eden's Nature Park. Although it was raining, we had a fun tour of the park together with Ahiya Aidan. We would go back when you are older to do the 4km trail hike around the park. We were raving about the fresh salads for lunch, and the mango-bravo-like dessert. We ended the day celebrating in the downtown of Davao eating Aling Fofing's Halo Halo for appetizer, Antonio's Grill for Dinner and Bo's Coffee Sansrival for Dessert.

Mom and I went on our second White Water Rafting adventure in Davao. We plan to complete all the white water rafting courses this year in the Philippines. There are four (4) White Water rafting adventure in the Philippines – Cagayan de Oro River in CDO, Davao River in Davao, Cagayan River in Tuguegarao, and Chico River in Kalinga.

Finally, we visited Camp Sabros in Davao del Sur and flew in the 380m zip line together with Rache and Ahiya Aidan. I will show you a video of our short "superman" adventure. The two hours trip to Camp Sabros was worth it — flying through all the zip line courses and the latest attraction, tree rappelling. I promise to go back when you are older so that we can fly together as a family 🙂

I do hope we get to establish this as a tradition — to celebrate your birthday exploring another city or destination in the Philippines.

We love you Syoti Josh!!

Anton & Rache and Ahiya Aidan