Saturday, May 22, 2010

Summer Almost Over

It's May 23, 2010 and this summer's bakasyon grande is almost over. My brother-in-law Domingo from Virginia is back home in USA, so is my son Roy in Seattle and my husband Lucas safely home in Cotabato. Yesterday, when Lucas left for Cotabato I was feeling a little blue for all the departures after a great summer holiday. I did say a prayer of thanksgiving though for everybody's safe trips and a good time together.
Martha is yet to go on a Sagada trip with her De La Salle friends and teachers. These vacations are her post graduation trips, some kind of a graduation gifts. I hope and pray she'll get to land a good job after her tour this month. The companies she's applying for don't know the best person whom they can hire. May she get the company that suits her best.
A prayer of thanks to our Blessed Mother - Thank you for a wonderful garland of flowers! I love you! Pray, keep them safe through our Lord for always together.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Dr. Domingo C. Tan P. I. Summer Holidays

My brother-in-law Dr. Domingo C. Tan is a radiologist from Virginia, USA. He came to the Philippines for a month long vacation from April 16 to May 17, 2010 primarily for his 50th CCI (formerly CCHS) class reunion. Prior to the reunion, Lucas and I brought him to Forrest View, Binictican, Subic Freeport for a family weekend overnight stay. Then on May 22 to 25, he met up with his high school classmates for several reunion activities. Lucas and I were fortunate enough to join the reunion events through his invitation which included:
1. a welcome lauriat dinner at Gloria Maris, Greenhills,
2. an excursion to Canyon Cove, Batangas,
3. a sightseeing and buffet lunch at Josephine's, Tagaytay,
4. an eat-all-you can supper and casino at Resort World, Manila
5. and a Hawaiian reunion culminating party at the Montgomery Club House, Quezon City
After the reunion events, Domingo together with his bosom buddies Cerio To and Tonguan Ng went to Davao City. Domingo and Cerio were house guests of Tonguan in Davao and they were able to tour different idyllic spots for 5 days including the popular Samal Islands.
After Davao, Domingo and Cerio came back to Manila and together with Lucas, Rosita, Roy, Martha and I, went to Coron, Palawan for a 4 day islands hopping vacation. ( According to Domingo, Coron was the most beautiful summer vacation spot during his entire summer tour this year.)
After the Coron leg, Domingo and his best friend Cerio proceeded to Visayas. They went off to Cebu and Bohol. When they came back to Manila, they were sick and tired of travelling that Domingo and buddy opted to rest in Manila. The sweltering heat in the city though made them go forth to Tagaytay for a day and Lucas went with them as well. Yesterday we went to Greenhills for a last day, last minute shopping
This morning, Lucas and I sent off Domingo to the airport bound for USA. I hope he was able to have fun during his whole month long summer vacation here in the Philippines of Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Palawan itinerary. Do come back soon again Domingo!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Calauit, Palawan, May 5, 2010

We left Coron at 4am, had breakfast at Busuanga and reached Calauit Island at 7am for the mini safari tour. It was a different, unique experience. We had fun feeding the giraffes.

Coron, Palawan 2010

From May 3 to May 6, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hawaiian Party

The Class 60's Hawaiian party was held on April 25, 2010 at the Montgomery Club House, Quezon City.

Tagaytay 2010

The reunion trip of CCHS batch 60 proceeded to Tagaytay for sightseeing and lunch.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Canyon Cove, Batangas 2010

CCHS Batch ' 60 reunion trip to Canyon Cove, Batangas from April 23 to 24, 2010. Lucas and I joined the group through the courtesy of my brother-in-law Dr. Domingo C. Tan.

Subic Freeport Summer 2010

Overnight weekend trip to Subic Freeport with my family and my brother-in-law Dr. Domingo C. Tan from VA, USA on April 17 to 18, 2010.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Summer Holiday! Coron, Palawan

Leg three:
My son Roy arrived Manila from Seattle on May 2. He was barely over with his jet lag when we flew to our next summer holiday destination on May 3. We went to Coron, Palawan together with my husband Lucas, my brother-in-law Domingo, his friend Cerio, my sister-in-law Rosita and my daughter Martha. We were 7 excited first time travellers to Palawan. We really did not know what to expect. It turned out we were not wrong in booking for our package vacation. The stay was pleasant and packed with worthwhile sightseeing, climbing, swimming, trekking, snorkeling, and mini safari activities. The food was good, our guide was efficient, the resort owner and staff were hospitable, the town was clean and unspoiled and the town folks were friendly and honest. It was a most enjoyable vacation. Although the holiday was not considered as a laid back relaxing vacation, yet we had lots of fun testing our prowess with the wilderness and our own fitness. Surprisingly lucas, domingo, cerio, these our senior guys were still very apt and fit. It turned out rosita and I were the least fit of all. During the first day climb to Mt. Tapias, my left hip was really sore. Rosita was worse, she could not climb too far. Her leg muscles were painful and she did not know how to swim. Yet, despite my hip ache and heaviness (haha), I was able to do and finish all of the activities required for the guided tour. Rosita on the other hand despite not being able to physically participate was able to keep herself amused. Came night time, we had massage almost every night. Hahaha!
I like to thank my brother Wilson and niece Janah for recommending this vacation and the resort hotel as well. A really great holiday!