Monday, May 6, 2013

Home Sweet Home

ALAS! After 7 long years, my family decided to fly out together (for the first time) to see the rest of our family in Manila and enjoy a long-awaited, well deserved vacation. Four luggages, four boxes and four carry-on luggages later, we headed to the airport. Our excitement was short lived after finding out our flight to Japan is delayed by three hours, which in turn, causing us to spend one night in Narita AND two additional flights (Narita to Cebu to Manila) before even arriving to our desired destination. After a 2 long hour wait at the Japan immigration, we were finally able to settle at our hotel close to the Narita Airport. Our flight resumed the very next day. The two day travel took a toll on us BUT that did not stop us from enjoying the unexpected cool breeze that welcomed us at the Manila airport. Along with the scream and hugs thrown around when tita baby and tita rose picked us up, I finally felt home.

Below are pictures of things I did and the places I visited! (To watch the video collage I created, click on Three Weeks In Seven Minutes)

Due to bad weather in Japan, our airline arrived late causing us to board late

Since we did not have time, we just took a quick mandatory picture in front of our hotel, by a tree I would like to think is a cherry blossom not in season.

 Villa Escudero: 
For P1,250 (roughly $35), it includes kawayan (bamboo) rafting, pool access, museum visit, a ride pulled by a carabao with serenaders and the highlight, a buffet lunch served at the bottom of the waterfall! (excuse my foot, it's the only way I can get in the picture with my family)

Beautiful paradise of Villa Escudero

Soup, vinegar and soy sauce are served in a coconut bowl! There are also small harmless fishes swimming around by your feet

Pulled by a carabao while being serenaded (can you spot the guitar?)

Where I spent most of my summer growing up. Childhood memories hits a spot in my heart causing me to feel nostalgic every time. 

Why this picture? For some reason, this very spot brings me back a whole lot of memories

Hanging bridge at Camp Vizcarra in Ramon, Isabela. Don't know much about this place except for its hanging bridge where our family (consisted of 2 vans) created havoc running back and forth on. 

Stopped by Magat Dam, located on the Magat River in Ramon, Isabela. Constructed in 1978 and inaugurated by the late President Marcos in 1982. It is one of the largest dams in the world, which is the source of irrigation water and provider of hydroelectric power.

Amelita Resort with these beautiful ladies

View from our condo unit in Cubao, Quezon City. Unfornately, a building is currently being built and will be blocking the view we have.

 Practiced Visita Iglesia for the first time and here are a few of the beautiful, breathtaking churches we were blessed enough to visit. I of course cannot recall the names of these churches, let alone, where they are located.

They call this the Sacrament of Penance during holy week. 

Blessed to see Regina Rica, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. She is located in a new pilgrimage in Tanay, Rizal. The convent where She stands is known to offer peace and healing. For more information, visit their website, by clicking on this link -> Regina Rica

Enjoying some dirty ice cream. The word, "dirty" stems from the way the ice cream is sold. As you can see, we are just on the side street where public transportations are hustlin and bustlin close to us and to top it off, manong isn't wearing a glove to scoop my ice cream.

Eco Park: A public park where La Mesa Watershed, a dam supplying the water supply in Manila, is located. The surrounding forest is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!!

High Street at The Fort: A highly urbanized district in Manila. Composed of corporate offices, shopping malls, high-end residences, exceptional restaurants and clubs.

Interactive station of the cross at The Fort. I visited during holy week. A good friend was one of the architects in this project.

Mall of Asia: Second largest mall in the Philippines, Third in Asia and Fourth in the World. Imagine a foot traffic of 200,000 people daily!

The church I used to go to every summer 

Food at Barrio Fiesta that fed 6 people, costing us a little over P2000, roughly about $50-$60. Outstanding dishes for such good prices!

Bon Voyage! Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Bidding the airport goodbye

While we hanker for longer vacations, shorter trips seems to be much more enjoyable because every minute is spent wonderfully. <3

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