May 2014, Davao – Boiling Crabs + Bone Collector’s Museum

Here are two more places in Davao that would be pretty hard to find without prior research or a local. Actually, the Boiling Crabs restaurant isn’t that hard to find, but I couldn’t think of another way to phrase the previous sentence, so here we go! ūüėÄ

Boiling Crabs

Boiling CrabsBoiling CrabsThe interior design pretty much commits to what the restaurant offers and what its general aesthetic is. Actually, for some weird reason it gives me Spongebob Squarepants vibes. It’s not A-grade decorating for me, but it’s comfortable enough! The main focus remains to be on the food, anyway:

Boiling CrabsBoiling CrabsBoiling CrabsThese were the extras (liempo, inihaw), which, to be honest, were pretty forgettable. What I couldn’t forget to this day are their crabs, though:

Boiling CrabsYup, no decent photo of the crabs. The food came a bit slower than it was supposed to, but when it came, it was¬†good. It may run a bit salty for some, but for me, the garlic butter mix was¬†perfection. Yes, “good” and “perfection” in italics, it was that amazing. *licks fingers one more time*

Boiling CrabsBoiling CrabsBoiling CrabsThat filling lunch deserves to be burned off with another trip around Davao City! We visited this interesting museum next…

DavaoDavaoPictures are not allowed inside Museo Dabawenyo, which in my opinion actually helps you look at and absorb the various nuggets of history inside. I learned a lot about the history of Davao, special milestones in its history, and saw lots of cool stuff. Can’t say that it was the most enjoyable experience, but it was definitely a¬†learning¬†experience.

Now for the more interesting part of the afternoon: D’Bone Collector Museum! Yes, I had to take a picture of the place and logo in order to actually remember its name:

DavaoDavaoD'Bone Collector MuseumThese three pictures sum up what this museum is about: jaw-dropping displays of real animal bones, meticulously arranged in an almost lifelike manner, but also socially conscious. If you read certain labels like the one above, it makes you more conscious about what a lot of animals go through because of human negligence.

Off to the bones! I took tons of pictures, but selected some of the more interesting/unique ones for you to see:

D'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumAdorable shih tzus and dobermans reduced to this…

But before you condemn the cruelty of whoever’s managing this place, rest assured that they don’t kill live animals for this. According to the snotty caretaker (he’s a whole other story on his own), while some of the bones were personally collected by the owner, some others are donated to him by people who know this museum and his cause. At the end of the day, it’s the owner’s pure passion for these bones as a hobby that make us able to see what we see in this museum today.

D'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumLook at that piranha! Fierce even when reduced to a skeleton!

Of course, being in Davao and all, it wouldn’t be complete without some good ol’ alligators and crocodiles:

D'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumSome everyday animals in the mix:

D'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumLechon baboy¬†made me LOL. As for this one at the top? If you can read the background well, you’ll see that it says “domestic cat”. Meow.

Off to the African creatures section! Haha.

D'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumThey look normal in the pictures, but trust me when I say that those horns were HUGE. And isn’t that baby ostrich intricately put together?

Wait, did someone say “intricate”?

D'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumThe snakes really blew me away. Being a snake fan (in television, not in personal!!!), it was amazing to see almost every detail arranged to perfection. This last photo was of a python that extended to its full length; my 50mm lens wasn’t able to get it all!

D'Bone Collector MuseumAnd finally, a horse. On that floor was also this small portion dedicated to butterflies and creepy crawlies:

D'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumI know a certain kid bug-lover who would just love seeing these.

Oh, did I forget to mention that this was all in the second floor so far? Going up the third floor (which for some reason is not as air-conditioned as the second floor) takes you to everything aquatic.

D'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumA dolphin (of many, many dolphins in display), the interesting viper fish, and elusive flying fish! Spent a few good seconds staring at these.

D'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumAs any self-respecting student should know, sharks don’t have bones, because they have cartilage forming their bodies instead. The thing about shark’s fins being cut off is something that, although I’m not a roaring animal activist and all, makes me sad enough to tell people about it and make them aware of it. With shark’s fin soup being popular in Chinese cuisine and everything, it’s something I have never eaten and refuse to eat. It is always sad to know that there are humans who have complete disregard for nature and everything else God made, all for their own selfish gain.

D'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumOn a lighter note, dolphins look decidedly less cute when reduced to skeletons like these. But see the label? This was what I was talking about earlier. What can be appreciated about this place is that is does not just let you look at and enjoy the bones, it also makes you aware of how some of these skeletons came to be.

Ready to see some big-ass bones?

D'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumYep, that’s the big and mighty sperm whale, its skeleton covering nearly all of the ceiling space. (As usual, wielding the 50mm means I have to take pictures portion by portion.) Just look at a single rib or its spine. It’s breathtaking.

D'Bone Collector MuseumD'Bone Collector MuseumAnd with that, our little tour is done. What a way to end the visit! We went out feeling amazed and satisfied. Behold another little blog trick: taking a picture of the brochure so that everything you need to know is¬†here. It’s pretty hard to find, though; it’s right in the middle of a row of obscure houses, which you get to after taking several side streets. Make sure you have someone who knows the place, or ask, ask, ask around!



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