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Reconnecting with my inner child at Malagos Garden Resort

 

How long has it been since I stepped foot on Malagos Garden Resort soil? I can’t recall, but I’m glad I nodded to the VDFS invite to revisit the place and check out the latest addition to its attraction, the Chocolate Museum.

 

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

The Malagos Garden Resort welcome committee

 

I knew it was a long while since the most recent visit. Honestly, the memory bank can only pull out the walk through the garden-turned-outdoor museum and admiring the Napoleon Abueva collection. Much has changed, of course.

 

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

The butterflies are also resident attractions of the resort

 

You know how chocolates can be good for us, the dark variety most especially. It’s deemed healthy and a bag-full of the dark wonder as a welcome treat to the resort certainly doubles its good effect on the heart.

 

 

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

Chocolates can make us happy. Multiply happiness by two when it’s given as a gift.

 

Sorry, make that thrice. The new Chocolate Museum is quite a beauty and it certainly worth the visit.

 

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

This chocolate museum is the first of its kind in Mindanao

 

Charisse Punetespina certainly knew what she was doing. Having enough experience in creating museums, she created a most interesting place to highlight a pride of Davao.

 

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

Big smiles. With the architect of the Malagos Chocolate Museum, Charisse Puentespina

 

The tree-to-bar journey of the Davao chocolate will entertain people of all ages. It’s a learning trip that starts from the cacao beans and peaks with create your own chocolate. Who doesn’t get excited with that?

 

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

The story of teh chocolate begins here

 

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

Life is being boxed in with giant chocolates

 

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

Where happiness happens- Malagos Chocolate Laboratory, where guests can create their own chocolates

 

 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CHOCOLATES

Step 1: Choose from the selections of flavors

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

 

Step 2: Pick out the flavors you want

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

 

Step 3: Choose your mold

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

 

Step 4: Place ingredients in mold

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

 

Step 5: Pour melted cocolate into the mould

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

 

Step 6: Peel off chocolates from mold

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

 

 

What’s even more exciting for me came unexpectedly. A tour around the resort showed lush green themed gardens, new sleeping quarters that can accommodate a large family and a restaurant that serves the most delicious homemade ice cream using fruits in season (the avocado and tablea ice creams are heavenly!), a few of the many amenities of the resort.

 

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

Follow the ant trail…

 

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

..and find these treats. Taste testing a cake at the Chocolate Park

 

Perhaps the most surprising for me was the Bird Feeding Dome, one of the 16 Science in the Park features of the resort. Perhaps it’s not new to you but it certainly is my first time to enter the dome.

 

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

To be a kid again inside the bird feeding dome.

 

I’ve had grey and white doves nibble on treats off my hands but it was the first time feeding colorfully feathered species of lovebirds and parakeets. I was a kid all over again giggling with excitement.

 

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

That special moment when one can be a kid again. Precious!

 

Malagos Garden Resort & Chocolate Museum visit

Oops, that’s empty. Nothing inside there for you to peck on. Tee-hee.

 

Malagos Garden Resort is certainly an exciting destination for everyone. Certainly, the new Chocolate Museum, the very first in Mindanao, is an wonderful addition to the resort’s appeal.

Go visit and tell your story of how your revisit to Malagos Garden Resort reconnected you to the child in you.

 

Email me at jinggoysalvador@yahoo.com. For more lifestyle & travel stories, visit www.ofapplesandlemons.com & www.jeepneyjinggoy.com

Also published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.

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