For the Love of Family Part 3

Manila Ocean Park, here we come!

Obviously, I took the photo.

Obviously, I took the photo.

We arrived at the park around 2:30pm. Josh bought the tickets for all of us (thank you so much, Josh!!!!). We got the 550php ticket and our first stop was the Sea Lion Show.

It was a fun show and the kiddos loved the sea lions.

The next stop was touching the sting ray. We were all looking forward to it only to have Liam and Heaven back out at the last minute. So only me and Chongee touched the leathery skin of the sting ray. My mom took a video of us. Two videos and it was still epic fail. Oh well.

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Then off we went to see the jellyfishes. That was a nice change from the sunny afternoon stuff. It was cool and dark inside the jellyfish room. Lots of jellyfishes that looked ethereal and innocent. They are, of course, the deadliest ones.

my pretty sister Chongee

my pretty sister Chongee

my handsome brother Josh

my handsome brother Josh

Then to the main event which was the Oceanarium. It was quite a long walk but I thoroughly enjoyed walking through the entire exhibit. Being around nature and animals make me feel happier and a little sad because they are all in captivity but truly grateful that I was there to see it all.


behind us is a huge Arawana!


Mom’s not in the pic? errr


with baby sharks, I think.

There were majestic rays and sharks. There were huge fishes and many interesting ones as well. I think the kiddos enjoyed it but not as much as running around the place and playing tag.

Finally, we ended with the fireworks display and light show. This truly made Heaven’s day. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day of fun.


For the Love of Family Part 2

My uber tired baby

My uber tired baby

After a hectic day of playing, the kiddos eventually fell asleep due to exhaustion. However, the evening looms with a promise of a dinner date with my friends at Maple (Edsa Shangr-la) and a night cap with Peter (whom Heaven expected to have the ability to fly, given his name).

After a wonderful time with Suby, Ferna and Peter, we went home and slept soundly. The next day promised to be another busy day.

We met up with my parents at Oceana. We will be riding the Prestige Cruises‘ ferry along Manila Bay. The trip costs 650php per person and kids under 5 years old can join for free.

It was a nice experience since it’s Heaven’s first time on a boat. We left at 6pm and our cruise ended around 8pm. Just enough time to go to Mall of Asia and drop a few more hundred bucks at Tom’s World to make Heaven happy.


cruisin’ along Manila de Bay


Heaven’s first boat trip!


Heaven is one happy sailor!

We went back to Eleganza Apartelle and prepared for our trip to Bulacan the following day.

We headed to the Cubao Bus Terminal and rode a bus for San Ildefonso, Bulacan. It was a comfortable ride. Heaven was exempted from the fare however, to ensure that she can keep her seat, we paid for her at a discounted rate. Not bad. Good thing as well, since she slept halfway through the trip. We left around 10:30am and arrived in my aunt’s home by 12:30pm.


Hello, San Ildefonso!

The welcome party was there with the videoke and lunch for us. The rest of the afternoon was spent on family bonding, playing patintero with my nieces and nephews, and singing my heart out with my cousins.

One by one, the rest of our relatives arrived, making it a jam-packed celebration.

Sadly, I didn’t bother to take tons of photos. I was literally exhausted after Day 1 and Day 2 was not much better. The summer heat was beating me down to a pulp of sweat. We jumped into the pool in the morning but it wasn’t enough.

The evening was better with its light breeze and we were able to celebrate a grand reunion as planned. I sang “Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell. I danced “Vogue” with my cousins and in the end, went back to the hotel room, happy and tired.

The following day was our last day. Heaven and I went ahead to Manila because my mom arrived and we all planned to go to Manila Ocean Park in the afternoon.

The last leg of my trip on my next post!


For the Love of Family Part 1

The one vacation I was looking forward to was our trip to Manila-Bulacan-Manila.Heaven was so excited that we packed four days before our departure date. I had to convince her everyday that we will soon see her cousins in Manila days before our actual departure. Yet somehow, on the day we were supposed to leave, she slept in and it took us ages to wake her up and get her ready for the actual trip.


coined as the “DIMALANDINGAN” Airport before


pretty Heaven


with Grandpa and Grandma

Our summer vacay began in Manila where my brother Josh picked us up. We went home directly because I simply wanted to rest and see my nephew Liam. Heaven fell asleep in the cab and this gave her enough energy to last till midnight. Heaven and Liam started playing right away and we all took turns of looking after them. Here’s what they did:

  1. wrestled each other
  2. pillow fight
  3. ate lots of food
  4. played bowling
  5. went up and down the stairs
  6. reenacted Monsters University

Sadly, I don’t have the photos or videos of their shenanigans. The next day was a different affair.


eye check-up time!

We went to Greenbelt 5 to get my eyes checked. I had lasik surgery before and now my eyes are getting blurry. I found out that there’s a regression on my eyesight. The doctor advised to either wear glasses or just let it be. My vision now is 20-40. Sigh. On the way to Greenbelt 5, the kiddos sang “Let it Go” and played in the waiting are of the American Eye Center.


Liam, halved!




After my check up, we went to Glorietta for lunch. McDonald’s won because of the Happy Meal toys. Liam is a collector. He tries to collect everything that he fancies. After going through his Thomas the Train phase, he is now on the Trash Pack phase. Liam also likes Spongebob Squarepants and thus we had to eat at McDonald’s.

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To help digest the food, we went to the center of Glorietta and the kiddos rode the cars and buses. What makes the entire experience memorable was that they were copying how real taxi drivers act. Heaven would drive around a bit and Liam would hail the cab and she would ask him where he wanted to go. After giving her his destination, Liam would ride beside Heaven and then off they go into the sunset.

It was cute and funny but burned a hole in my pocket because the timer on those rides would not stop when they stopped pressing the pedal to make it move. Oh well.

After Glorietta, we went to Megamall!

Hello, Tom’s World!

This is where they both had real fun. Driving cars, getting tickets, playing all the other games in the arcade. I was exhausted but the kiddos were like Energizer bunnies. They just would not stop.

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To slow down the pace, we went to Toy Kingdom. There was a play area there that they could hang out for a bit. It was free and I could actually rest my legs and my wallet.

But the day isn’t over yet…