Hi y’all! We’re back!
We took some time off here on the blog to really focus and enjoy a month of vacation in my home country, the Philippines, for the month of June and July. It has been six years since the last time we were there so we made sure to enjoy our time there immensely. It is such a long and exhausting trip to get to my hometown, but it’s definitely worth it. I’ll give you the details on how to get there later on because this is only the beginning of the story of our wonderful vacation.
WELCOME HOME PARTY
Our family prepared a sumptuous dinner for us the night we arrived and it was filled with delicious Filipino food (they knew how much I’ve missed it). And my cousin Leah was sweet enough to bring this ‘Welcome Home’ cake.
We hadn’t seen them in six years so our vacation was full of family get-togethers, not to mention, there were a lot of celebrations that were celebrated in the month of June – our parents’ 49th wedding anniversary and my mom’s birthday. There were other family get-togethers that we had even though there were no specific celebration to observe and that’s because we just felt like going out to eat and enjoy everyone’s company. Our last night was spent in a Karaoke bar and everyone sang the night away!
Celebrating my parents’ 49 years of marriage.
Celebrating my Mom’s birthday.
ENJOYED SOME SUN AND BEACH FUN
Our hometown is just a few minute drive from a ton of beach resorts – beautiful resorts at that and we all sure enjoyed some fun in the sun.
My son enjoying the beach with his cousins.
That’s the hubby enjoying the beach himself.
My son and I together with my aunt (in pink), sister (in blue), nieces and nephews.
INDULGING IN FILIPINO FOOD
And of course, I’ve so missed my native food so I truly indulged! I think I actually gained weight over the last 30 days! 🙂 I’ll be sharing more of the goodies I chowed-down-on later.
One of my all-time faves – Taho!
Buko Halo and Siakoy – a treat from my Aunt and she delivered these right to our doorstep!
CAUGHT UP WITH FRIENDS
We’d all been raring to see each other and we all finally got to meet again!
My friends since our medical transcription days! We trained at the same time and then became colleagues. Our friendship started in 2007.
And these are my friends since college. Seemed like things have not changed much.
SOAKED UP THE NATURE
The beauty that our tropical country provides is amazing. Anyone would sure soak up in its beauty.
Love that tree on the water!
I think the only thing missing at this magical spot was a mermaid. 🙂
FAMILY TIME IS ALWAYS A GOOD TIME
Our little family with that gorgeous view!
It was definitely a wonderful month of vacation for us that is one for the books. We made such sweet and great memories that will forever be written in our memory book. If only we could have stayed longer, but there will always be next time and that’s what we’re so looking forward to happening. So until then, to family and friends in the Philippines, we send you ♥!