Sep 27, 2020

September 27, 2020 at 08:03PM

A new month in a few days... 

Things have changed beyond what we were used to and we are all adapting. Though we have lost some degree of control over our lives, I think there are some good stuff that have (and will) come out from all this modification in the way we live: new habits, new hobbies, more healthy lifestyle, less consumerism, more introspection... 

For now let's stay healthy and safe. Let's stay calm and stay sane, while we ponder on what life will be like after this. 

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Sep 25, 2020

September 25, 2020 at 08:07PM

The mask is only required upon entering the resort and while filling up the health questionnaire. 

I was just being extra. 😷 

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Sep 23, 2020

September 23, 2020 at 07:01PM

Happy to beach here ☺️. 

This was two weeks ago. I pray for the day when our extended family can visit again. 

For now we abide by the rules that only those with quarantine passes are allowed to go out and cross city borders. 

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Sep 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

May God bless you with more birthdays to celebrate with us. We love you.


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. 

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Sep 19, 2020

September 19, 2020 at 08:04PM

Relishing the beach weather away from other resort guests 😌 via Instagram

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! ☀️🌊🌴 

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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. ♥️ 

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. 

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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

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

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. 

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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. 

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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. ♥️ 

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