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Sunday, March 24, 2013

My recent Philippine vacation in a nutshell.

Late last year, I went back to the Philippines for a 3-month vacation with my 2-year old. Well, he wasn't quite two when we flew so I didn't have to purchase a plane ticket for him which saved us some money. The vacation was a bit long so I really had the chance to do fun things with my family and friends. At the same time, my folks were able to bond really well with my son which kinda backfired there at the end since it was very difficult for them to let us go. My mom was literally a mess when we left. Not a day had passed after we left that she won't cry because every little thing in the house reminds him of Caleb. I've missed them so much too but we know it was only a vacation. So instead of worrying about the inevitable, I reveled in the excitement of being able to enjoy the Filipino food and of course the beaches once again.

Because of the heat, whenever we thought about something fun to do, the first thing that comes to mind is going to the beach or swimming pool. So we went to three different places on three different occasions. I celebrated my birthday at Intosan Resort. When my cousin came home from Australia, we spent a day at Coco Palms Resort. We couldn't get enough of the water so I took my whole family to BE Resorts in Mactan.

Coco Palms Resort

Celebrated my birthday at Intosan Resort

Took my whole family to BE Resorts Mactan

My mom
Me chillaxin'

A week before we fly back to the US, we had Caleb's birthday party at Jollibee as he turned 2 years old.

The look on his face is priceless. He loves the Jollibee mascot. He's indeed a Filipino, lol!

Then of course the food bingeing happened right away, lol! I met up with a couple of old friends and colleagues and did some catching up while we enjoyed the scrumptious food in a couple of nice Filipino restaurants.

My family and I also went to a couple of fine dining restaurants. They don't get to do that a lot, only when I'm on vacation, lol!

I made sure Caleb gets to try all the different kinds of public transportation in the Philippines.

He's in a jeepney.

In a tricyle
In a sikad-sikad
And lastly in a taxicab


  1. Wow! the retreat is great. No matter what, Philippines will always stay in our hearts especially if you're a Filipino. The true essence of nature is in this land.

  2. Wow, three months is indeed very long, lucky you! The longest we could stay back then is 12 days as my husband was still in the military..

    1. Vacation galore to the max, such a great family bonding.

      About your question about my daughter sis, she is 7 years old.

  3. If I am not mistaken, that is in Cebu right? It's because you mentioned Mactan. Hehe.
    I haven't been to those places, I wish I could visit them, especially the resort! Ahh summer heat makes me wanna go spend the days in a resort!

  4. Looks like a great vacation and well-spent with your family members. I smiled when you had the celebration at Jollibee, very Filipino. Wishing that you could visit more often in the Philippines to spent time with your family there.

  5. Your little boy has the cutest smile! It must have been torture for your Mom (his Grandmom) to let him go back with you! The Philippines is certainly beautiful--maybe some day---

  6. Looks like you had a fantastic time with the family, looks gorgeous and the food looks delicious.

  7. I love Cebu City and I'm proud to be a Cebuana.:) Looking at your pictures made me much more homesick. It's been 3 years since I went home and I can't wait to go back.

  8. What a celebration! Those are the memories that you can cherish for the rest of you life.

  9. That is one good you we did spent 3 months and half in phils too and it is a blast....nothing beats any vacations we have

  10. Looks like you had a really great time. I cannot wait to step foot again in our home land. I miss my family so much.

  11. That's a happy family get together, love the smiles on your faces. We're not able to visit Mactan when we went there but it was also fun to be in Cebu.

  12. Looks like a blast! Wow, for 3 months vacay in Philippines is quite long. I just had my 1 month vacation back home in Bohol this January. I felt like I wanna go back to US very soon as I'm afraid that I'm going to be out of pocket money. lol..

  13. wow! you surely did have so much fun. i can't imagine how you were able to do so much in such a short short time. must have been very tiring afterwards.. :D

  14. wow 3 months is a long time indeed. looks like a fun vacation right there. food looks scrumptious too. we just got back from PI vacation too but only for 3 weeks :D it wasn't a lot but i couldn't stay long anymore because my son has school and our city is experiencing power outrage every single day for at least 6 hours a day or night. it was horrible during at night because we had to endure the heat, AC was usless.

  15. Wow how pretty. It looks like you had a great time and the food looks amazing.

  16. Looks like a wonderfully fun vacation!

  17. I bet you had so much fun. I want to go to the Philippines too,w ahhhhh!

    Liza Barnett

  18. Ate Jhen, these are some amazing and fun photos of your family. Oh how I miss Pinas na jud ate Jhen. I miss the good old days pod when we use to gather together to celebrate holidays, then go to to beach ond the first day of January. :) Lovely photos! Follower ko nimo dria ate Jhen. :)

  19. I love the food and I also missed Jollibee. I was there almost everyday when I went home lasty year too. I was so amazed with the beach resort. I can't wait to go there too.

  20. awesome vacation galore....:) I believe we stayed in that hotel before...pero murag d paman to BE mami...eehhee!