Do you know what I did last summer?

Summer for me officially began after school ended last April 5, 2019. The next two weeks was grueling hard work of preparing evidences that I actually did do my job. Don’t ask me why the government doesn’t trust us because I have been doing this for 5 years already.

The 3rd week of April marked my intense visa application for the United States. After finally setting up an appointment for May, I packed my bags (as well as my daughter’s) and we flew to Manila.

As planned, we decided to stay there until 3rd week of May.

Our first outing as a family was watching Avengers: Endgame. I went in the movie house with extremely high expectations. You can’t really blame me because I thoroughly enjoyed the Infinity Wars. So you can just imagine my extreme disappointment over the movie.

It was horrible. In my humble opinion, they really botched up the movie. Seriously.

With so many awesome characters in the Avengers, they decided Iron Man should be the one to make it all right? Plus they killed Natasha. Then they made the Hulk a wimp. Don’t get me started on Thor. Come on, he’s a god. They really couldn’t make him look as hot as he should in a snap?

I actually don’t want to write about this but seeing the furor over how spectacular the movie has died down, I am now brave enough to admit that I didn’t like the movie all that much.

However, my time with my siblings and my daughter was simply great. We had Dairy Queen afterwards to soothe our feelings of sorrow.

The following days also saw me jump into the pool more than once. Since I was the only adult on vacation, I was tasked to entertain and watch over the kids. I had a grand time with them. I also tried to work on my tan but it was hopeless.

Another thing that made our vacation memorable was when I met up with my close friend Philip and his family. We reintroduced Heaven and Corvin to each other and of course, also my young brother Liam became friends with Corvin.

We ate at this place called Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. The kids had a blast while Philip, his wife Jane and I also bonded. It was a fun-filled night and it was followed with a play date over the weekend. The kids reunited and once more had a superb time with each other.

I also got to visit my cousin Kats and her son Koen. We went to Nail Tropics for a foot spa and later on, to Starbucks for some coffee. It was a short visit but it was better than nothing. The kids could not stop talking about Roblux and Fortnite.

This is but the first leg of what I did last summer. Until my next post. Ciao!

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.

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cruisin’ along Manila de Bay

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Heaven’s first boat trip!

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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.

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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.

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coined as the “DIMALANDINGAN” Airport before

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pretty Heaven

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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.

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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.

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Liam, halved!

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peek-a-boo!

 

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…