Sep 20, 2020

September 20, 2020 at 08:03PM


We picked our piping hot calamari with our alcohol-sprayed fingers, the same way we ate the fries that came with it. And both bottles of beer that Jerry consumed, also passed through additional disinfection. 

I'm sure the resort already did their health protocols but new normal is being extra cautious about exposure. 

via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CFW487WAvCX/

Sep 19, 2020

September 19, 2020 at 08:04PM


Relishing the beach weather away from other resort guests 😌 via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CFUUU1ygUaL/

Sep 18, 2020

September 18, 2020 at 08:09PM


While smiling for the camera here, we were a mixed bag of emotions: happy to be out in the sun and breathing the sea breeze, but there was that feeling of unease; prepared, yet we wondered if our safeguards were enough. 

In front of us were very few people lounging, some were in the water and two ladies were on a banana boat. Everything seemed normal. However, lifeguards and guests with masks were proof that everything was far from the old normal we were used to. 

Even though it is safe outdoors versus enclosed places, and there is much more space to be 6 feet apart, we still couldn't let our guards down... 

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Sep 16, 2020

September 16, 2020 at 08:00PM


It has been raining lately and most days have been overcast. However, we were fortunate to have a nice, bright and breezy day last week. Perfect for the work holiday too! 

So after months of being cooped up at home except for essential errands, we dared to venture out. Armed with our quarantine passes, masks and shields, we drove to our destination 18 km away. 

Finally! ☀️🌊🌴 

via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CFMldXfAFrO/

Sep 15, 2020

September 15, 2020 at 08:08PM


2020-09-15 This wasn't really an attraction but I felt it was a nice spot for a shot while waiting for my brother to take us around Boston Common and Public Garden. 

I could hardly recall what exactly happened, but this photo reminds me of that time when confusion ensued because we couldn't find him and he was frantically searching for us too. 

Funny how photos bring back memories like that. I am shaking my head and grinning in amusement now. ♥️ 

Boston 
May 2014 

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Sep 14, 2020

September 14, 2020 at 08:00PM


2020-09-14 Friends tell me they cannot imagine themselves packing so much sightseeing in a short span of time. For peso-pinching travelers like my family, it is how we make the most of our budget for five.

This photo, for example, was taken at Solvang where we had lunch. When we traveled from Anaheim to San Francisco, instead of renting a self-drive vehicle, we opted to take a tour bus which had stops at Santa Barbara and Solvang. 

It was a better option for we didn't have to take turns at the wheel for the long drive or risk getting lost. We just slept on the road, then explored the places and took photos in every stop. It was fun, I highly recommend it. Caveat, read user reviews to be sure. 

via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CFHb3PPg5d2/

Sep 13, 2020

September 13, 2020 at 08:04PM


2020-09-13 Isn't a mom always the biggest fan of her youngsters? There may be times when things are not a-okay, when tempers flare up or when views clash but never will I ever be not thankful for and proud of these three ♥️. 

Banff, May 2017 

#sundaythoughts #reminiscing 

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Sep 12, 2020

September 12, 2020 at 08:03PM


2020-09-12 The sons while playing frisbee on a cold spring day on a beach in Orleans, Cape Cod (May 2, 2014). #reminiscing via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CFCSjHRAT1S/

Sep 11, 2020

September 11, 2020 at 08:09PM


2020-09-11 We didn't mind exploring Ayutthaya on a sweltering day (2016). via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CE_ud50gvS6/

Sep 10, 2020

September 10, 2020 at 08:01PM


2020-09-10 Osmeña Day holiday in 2016 fell on a Friday. Thanks to the long weekend and fare discounts, hubby and I thought it a good time to go on a short trip to Thailand. 

It was hubby's third, the eldest son's second and the first time for me and the other sons. Of the few days we had, 1 day was spent exploring the ruins of Ayutthaya. 

In this photo, the sons are dwarfed by the remains of the Grand Palace. 

via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CE9IwpPAFcK/

Sep 9, 2020

Sep 7, 2020

September 07, 2020 at 08:02PM


2020-09-07 Channeling Tokyo and Rio in bunny suits on our way to get our torta fix, but instead of Salvador Dali masks, we have acrylic face shields. 

#heist #lacasadepapel 

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Sep 6, 2020

September 06, 2020 at 08:01PM


via IFTTT 2020-09-06 Solo travel is not really my thing. I get overwhelmed being in an unfamiliar place with strangers. So I'm happiest when sightseeing with family, relatives or friends. This was two years ago on a short cruise on Sun Moon Lake with my family and my in-laws.

Sep 5, 2020

September 05, 2020 at 08:06PM


via IFTTT 2020-09 When she's in town for a few days, we usually go and see new places. This was one of those times when we went to the newly opened Michel's Garden in Carmen, Cebu. Soon when the quarantine rules are eased up, it would be nice to drive back and visit again.

Sep 4, 2020

September 04, 2020 at 08:01PM


via IFTTT 2020-09-04 For somebody too lazy to grow plants, I'm glad there are places up in the highlands of Cebu like this botanical garden in Malubog. On a whim, one can just drive up here to bask in the verdant greens or to enjoy a cuppa while the cool breeze refreshes one's being...

Sep 2, 2020

September 02, 2020 at 08:04PM


2020-09-02 Once and floral, tulips are better than one. 😂

Here's a pic while waiting for Jerry to set the tripod and timer and to join us for a shot. 

via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CEoixKlA8A3/

Sep 1, 2020

September 01, 2020 at 08:04PM


2020-09-01 Hello September! 

Here's looking back to one of our family trips with the sons and reminiscing about the awesome time we had seeing Mont Saint-Michel for the first time. 

Despite the almost 6 months lockdown, we are grateful for our health and the chance to be together. ♥️ 

via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CEl982TgueJ/

Aug 24, 2020

August 24, 2020 at 08:04PM


Here's Jake with a handed-down book and a small toy car back in 2006 before smartphones became a fad... 

When the sons were still toddlers, I usually bought them picture books of real things instead of books showing illustrations of objects. I thought photos were better than drawings for faster cognizance. And I still remember fondly, my favorites were hard bound children's books by Dorling Kindersley. 

via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CERXkaRgmJQ/

Aug 19, 2020

August 19, 2020 at 08:03PM




2020-08-19 Summit Mountain Resort or Xinshe Castle via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CEEfh-jAdBn/

Aug 14, 2020

August 14, 2020 at 07:21PM



2020-08-14 Errand coat by @atebytatah on our way to drop off laundry and refill our bottles of castile soap at Green Shelf. 

I pledge to wear/post Filipino made every Friday in an effort to support our artisans, designers, creatives, businesses, and our local fashion industry. 

Let's empower the Filipino Fashion Industry and inspire each other by wearing a Filipino-made piece (old or new) and posting a photo or video of you. Celebrate our creativity as a nation and champion its preservation. 

#FFF#FilipinoFashionFridays#PhilippineFashionCoalition#Fashionforhealing#buyfilipino#beloyaltolocal via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CD3it81ATWV/

Aug 9, 2020

August 09, 2020 at 08:02PM



2020-08-09 Happily looking at past travel photos like this one from 2018 via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CDqvb9dALz6/

Aug 3, 2020

August 03, 2020 at 04:15PM



2020-08-03 Out to buy meds for the seniors at home and to replenish our supplements, then like a bear, I'll hibernate again for the next 30 days... Errand coat from @atebytatah via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CDa4voug9da/

Jul 31, 2020

July 31, 2020 at 09:12PM




2020-07-31 I pledge to wear/post Filipino made every Friday in an effort to support our artisans, designers, creatives, businesses, and our local fashion industry. 

Let's empower the Filipino Fashion Industry and inspire each other by wearing a Filipino-made piece (old or new) and posting a photo or video of you. 

Celebrate our creativity as a nation and champion its preservation. 

#FFF #FilipinoFashionFridays #PFC #PhilippineFashionCoalition #Fashionforhealing #buyfilipino #beloyaltolocal @atebytatah mask, top, pants via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CDTsR54AbX9/

Jul 27, 2020

July 27, 2020 at 04:43PM



Challenge accepted @mhere2 @moniquecot @anesmom @alxetrma via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CDI6ZYzg4mm/

Jul 26, 2020

July 26, 2020 at 08:02PM



2020-07-26 Photobombing the cherry blossoms #throwback via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CDGsWXTAj0f/

Jul 22, 2020

July 22, 2020 at 08:00PM



2020-07-22 Our solar-powered wiener dog, auto-charging... via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CC8Y-OGgDea/

Jul 18, 2020

July 18, 2020 at 08:03PM



2020-07-18 Bali? No. It's somewhere in the Philippines. via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CCyGIGYgqrs/

Jul 11, 2020

Jul 10, 2020

July 10, 2020 at 09:04PM



From the memory bank of past travels... These days, due to limitations brought on by the lockdown, we pass our free time watching Netflix and playing pusoy.

via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CCdmvV6gccA/

Jun 26, 2020




Day 8/10 I was nominated by my friend, Cindy, to post 10 travel pictures for 10 consecutive days. 


Each day, I will select an image from my travel photos that made an impact on me, post it with no caption, no explanation and then nominate somebody to take the challenge. 


Requesting my son, Jake, to also accept this challenge. 


Right now, we need to stay home but eventually we'll need to go out there and travel again. #postpone #dontcancel


via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CB5cbhmA44R/

Jun 17, 2020

June 17, 2020 at 08:22PM


2020-06-17 I’m not a frontliner, but I’m wearing this nonmedical-grade suit as my layer of protection when I go out for essentials. With Cebu City being the only one on ECQ in the country due to the rising number of positive cases, we can never be complacent. https://instagr.am/p/CBiRTXrgKud/ via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2N8dby2

Jun 15, 2020

June 15, 2020 at 08:22PM


2020-06-15 People watching. I took this last Feb while spending time idly observing people as they chattered away. Nobody had a clue that a month later, Covid-19 would cause widespread shutdowns globally. https://instagr.am/p/CBdH053Ad9F/ via Tumblr https://ift.tt/30K9pTi

Jun 13, 2020

June 13, 2020 at 08:22PM


2020-06-13 When do we sea you again? I wonder if the beach misses all of us. https://instagr.am/p/CBX-FaeA2tk/ via Tumblr https://ift.tt/37o5sFk

Jun 12, 2020

June 12, 2020 at 08:22PM


2020-06-12 The Hotel de Oriente was built in 1889 by Don Manuel Perez Marqueti, the father of Luis Perez Samanillo, owner of the Perez Samanillo building in Escolta. It was a first class hotel and indeed, at one time was the only one in the entire archipelago. - lougopal.com https://instagr.am/p/CBVZj4gAYKi/ via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2Yx7hvo

Jun 11, 2020

June 11, 2020 at 08:22PM


2020-06-11 The increasing number of cases in Cebu City makes me want to isolate like our Kobe. https://instagr.am/p/CBS0u-_gwOy/ via Tumblr https://ift.tt/37mxFfE

Jun 8, 2020

June 08, 2020 at 08:22PM


2020-06-08 Cebu… We practically skipped summer this year. https://instagr.am/p/CBLGdKkgSas/ via Tumblr https://ift.tt/3dVcAew

Jun 6, 2020

June 06, 2020 at 08:22PM


2020-06-06 Not so distant past but feels like another lifetime away… https://instagr.am/p/CBF8vqXgCrO/ via Tumblr https://ift.tt/377CjOD

May 22, 2020

May 22, 2020 at 09:22PM


From a previous life, or so it seems…
(Amsterdam, May, 2018)

#forumsession #forumtraveller #maybestpick
https://instagr.am/p/CAfV_YggGal/ via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2ASJhee

May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020 at 08:35PM


We were at Ile Saint-Louis when this photo was taken in the spring of 2018. It was a wonderful time to be there with all the sons to mark Kyle’s completion of his university degree. Such a blessing.

Now we can no longer visit places the same way we used to. The travel industry has taken a beating due to Covid-19. It has changed the world’s jetsetting ways in the blink of an eye. And unless the virus is contained, the era of peak travel is over.

To be honest, I’d be wary to make plans even if all these travel bans are lifted. All the new protocols to be observed, the restrictions and mandatory quarantines to be imposed in every destination… Just thinking of all these, makes me want to stick close to home- for a long time.

#forumsession #forumtraveller #maystorehub
https://instagr.am/p/CAVCz1_g3k9/ via Tumblr https://ift.tt/3g0e60v

May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020 at 08:44PM


Sons 1 and 2 at Ile Saint-Louis on the Seine River, May 2018.

When they were growing up, there were strict rules, rigid routines and high expectations. Now that they’re adults, with jobs and making thoughtful choices, their Pa and I are incredibly proud of what they have become.

Let your boys test their wings. They may not be eagles, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t soar free.-C. J. Milbrandt.

#forumsession #forumtraveller #halfmays https://instagr.am/p/CANUOB1ASER/ via Tumblr https://ift.tt/362zVId