Before Google Maps was even born, I was already an avid user of the Google Earth. I am not sure right now but before, this was a downloadable software that works just like the recent Google Maps but the only thing is, it functions even offline – so viewing it before was much easier without the hassle of connecting to a server. 😉

Aerial View of Cabatuan Iloilo

Today, I am not traveling alone. I am with my college buddies (Drem, RJ, Jed, and Carl) en route to Davao – the second largest city in the world in terms of land area. And, yes, it will be my first time to set foot on Mindanao soil. Believe me, I am very much ecstatic of the outcome of this 6-day “out-of-the-blue” plan of ours. Haha! 🙂

Upon boarding the plane, I took a last look at my old Nokia phone Ovi Maps software (my mobile phone version of Google Earth) to check the provinces and their boundaries, the shape, and the surrounding islands, for I know that we are headed south of the Philippines – it was a great time for me to do an ocular survey from above. Well, I am very much lucky because the plane was not fully occupied by passengers, so I transferred to the window seat, buckled myself, and thus, the live Google Earth marathon started as the plane shoots up to the atmosphere.

Aerial View of Davao City

One by one, I recited the islands, provinces, and geographical markers that we passed: Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, the famous Mt. Canlaon, Cebu, parts of Siquijor and Bohol, Camiguin and Mt. Timpoong, Misamis Oriental and a squiggly river that I can’t identify as of the moment (propbably the CDO River), Bukidnon, Cotabato, and then, after an hour or so, Davao del Sur – the destination. The popular Mt. Apo can be seen from a distance. 🙂 Awesome Mindanao!

It is only through traveling that I learned to appreciate geography. I mentioned this a thousand times in my blog… When I was in grade school, it was really my second hatest subject next to Filipino and ironically, I speak well using the national language now and I travel appreciating the wonders of Geography and Civics. Funny how things work out several years from before. Lol! 😀