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Our brother “Rah Rah” visits Asia

March 1st, 2013 No comments

When we found out that we were going to live in the Philippines for a couple of years we wanted family and friends to come visit us.  And our first guest was my brother (that our children call Rah Rah) who arrived December 3 and stayed with us until January 10.  He got a first hand experience to figuring out how to live in  the Philippines with us since we were still very new to living here.  He was with us while we were living in our serviced apartments and then helped us move into our condo.  Rah Rah has traveled with us through Europe and also done his own traveling with friends through Europe, but this was his first time in Asia and in a developing country.  I think he enjoyed his time in Asia and we all LOVED having him visit us.

 

Ayala Triangle where there was a music and light show for the month of December

Ayala Triangle where there was a music and light show for the month of December

We had a lot of fun taking photos at two different 3D art places

We had a lot of fun taking photos at two different 3D art places

Attending Matt's End of the Year work party at Hotel Manila

Attending Matt’s End of the Year work party at Hotel Manila

Day trip to People's Palace...or Sponge Bob's house since he lives in a pineapple

Day trip to People’s Palace…or Sponge Bob’s house since he lives in a pineapple

Day trip to Taal Volcano in Tagaytay

Day trip to Taal Volcano in Tagaytay

Entrance of the Chinese Garden at Rizal Park

Entrance of the Chinese Garden at Rizal Park

Day visit to the American Cemetery in Manila

Day visit to the American Cemetery in Manila

The Philippines love to celebrate Christmas...even at work with crazy head pieces

The Philippines love to celebrate Christmas…even at work with crazy head pieces

Robbie got to meet our cousins from the Philippines for the first time

Robbie got to meet our cousins from the Philippines for the first time

We went to Cambodia together and Rah Rah carried Mason for most of the trip

We went to Cambodia together and Robbie carried Mason for most of the trip

Fish massage in Cambodia...it was nice after walking around all of the temples

Fish massage in Cambodia…it was nice after walking around all of the temples

We all got a foot massage and Robbie's lady asked him to take off his pants so she could massage his calves...it was awkward, but gave us all a good life.

We all got a foot massage and Robbie’s lady asked him to take off his pants so she could massage his calves…it was awkward, but gave us all a good life.

Enjoying the view of Siquijor from our resort (Firefly Cove)

Enjoying the view of Siquijor from our resort (Firefly Cove)

Exploring a Tree House Lodge on Siquijor...it was the Ultimate Tree House

Exploring a Tree House Lodge on Siquijor…it was the Ultimate Tree House

Last night with Robbie - Midget Boxing

Last night with Robbie – Midget Boxing

Last dinner with Robbie was at the Hobbit House...since we did see the movie "The Hobbit"

Last dinner with Robbie was at the Hobbit House…since we did see the movie “The Hobbit”

Using Robbie's iPod was Mason's favorite pastime

Using Robbie’s iPod was Mason’s favorite pastime

 

 

 

 

Two Months in Asia

January 13th, 2013 No comments

Having visited the Philippines several times over the past two years, we knew that there would be a lot of fun family activities waiting for us once we moved here.  Looking back over the first two months since our arrival it’s amazing how many trips and memories we’ve made in such a short amount of time.  Below is a summarized list with links to photos documenting our experiences.  (linked photos are also displayed at the end of this post)

During the past two months, we……

 

…. and as if that wasn’t enough, over the next few months we’ll have three separate extended visits from friends and family (Nate and Laura + 3 kids, Ryan and Sarah + baby, and Felicia, who will accompany us to Thailand on a combined business trip + vacation)!

Photos from the links above:

Ayala Triangle Light Show

Ayala Triangle Light Show, meeting cousin Jennifer for the first time

Cebu Shangri-La

Cebu Shangri-La

Paragliding in Cebu

Paragliding in Cebu

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Cebu/Mactan Shangri-Law Cultural Performance and Buffet

Mactan Island Beach (Cebu, Shangri-La)

Mactan Island Beach (Cebu, Shangri-La)

Traditional dancing performed at a Bangkok restaurant

Traditional dancing performed at a Bangkok restaurant

Angkor Wat (Cambodia)

Angkor Wat (Cambodia)

Long lost (found) cousins!  Jennifer, Kennybie, and Belinda

Long lost (found) cousins! Jennifer, Kennybie, and Belinda

Village volleyball tournament (Cousin Judith Grado)

Village volleyball tournament (Cousin Judith Grado)

Family picnic at Salagdoong Beach

Family picnic at Salagdoong Beach

Village Disco (Belinda and Robbie pictured)

Village Disco (Belinda and Robbie pictured)

Cantabon Cave

Cantabon Cave

Siquijor Cockfighting

Siquijor Cockfighting

Waiting with our cousins to find out if the ferry is canceled (typhoon)

Waiting with our cousins to find out if the ferry is canceled (typhoon)

We ran into 2nd cousins while driving around the island

We ran into 2nd cousins while driving around the island

We bought bread here almost everyday, and this employee is our cousin's cousin

We bought bread here almost everyday, and this employee is our cousin’s cousin

Junior doing the spider-man pose at Cambugahay Falls (Tia watching) (Siquijor)

Junior doing the spider-man pose at Cambugahay Falls (Tia watching) (Siquijor)

Siquijor Butterfly Sanctuary (Siquijor)

Siquijor Butterfly Sanctuary (Siquijor)

Enchanted Tree (Siquijor)

Enchanted Tree (Siquijor)

Capilay Springs (Siquijor)

Capilay Springs (Siquijor)

Christmas dinner at our cousin's house warming party

Christmas dinner at our cousin’s house warming party

Firefly Cove B&B (Siquijor)

Firefly Cove B&B (Siquijor)

Taking the ferry back to Dumaguete

Taking the ferry back to Dumaguete

Hanging out with our cousins at Julie's Bakery

Hanging out with our cousins at Julie’s Bakery

This dentist in Thailand fixed  my tooth (until I could get back to Manila)

This dentist in Thailand fixed my tooth (until I could get back to Manila)

Christmas Party - Receiving the award for our performance

Christmas Party – Receiving the award for our performance

Ascott Halloween Party

Ascott Halloween Party

View from the Ascott (our temporary apartment for the first 9 weeks)

View from the Ascott (our temporary apartment for the first 9 weeks)

3rd place in the basketball tournament

3rd place in the basketball tournament

Mason's first professional haircut

Mason’s first professional haircut

Kalani at her new school (International School of Manila)

Kalani at her new school (International School of Manila)

A concert at the Mall of Asia

A concert at the Mall of Asia

American Cemetery

American Cemetery

Rizal Park

Rizal Park

PBA Playoffs

PBA Playoffs

The King and I

The King and I

Market Market in the fort

Market Market in the fort

Greenbelt Shopping Mall

Greenbelt Shopping Mall

Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

Dampa Seafood Market

Dampa Seafood Market

Dinner at the Hobbit House

Dinner at the Hobbit House

Midget Boxing

Midget Boxing

Lunch and a movie (The Hobbit) with Lory and her husband Sugar :)

Lunch and a movie (The Hobbit) with Lory and her husband Sugar :)

3D Art

3D Art

Cambodia Vacation

January 11th, 2013 No comments

When we found out that we were moving to the Philippines, many people told us to take advantage of living in that part of the world by traveling to “nearby” countries.  Every person that has been to Cambodia told us that out of all the Asian countries they visited, Cambodia was their favorite.  I must agree that it was pretty amazing.  However no one told us how HOT it would be, and we even traveled in December when it was cooler than other times of the year!

We booked a vacation package through HAS Travel and we were very happy with what we received.  They were there to pick us up at the airport in an air conditioned van.  All of our dinner and lunch reservations were made through them, they paid for any fees, and they were always on time and very friendly.  We only stayed in Cambodia for 3 days/2 nights, but we were able to see some amazing sites.  We visited at least 6 temples, bargain shopped at the local markets for souvenirs, ate a variety of food, stayed at a 5 star hotel, and didn’t kill each other.  Overall I would say it was a successful vacation!

 

Cambodian roads where clean...at least the areas that they tourist see

Cambodian roads were clean…at least the areas that they tourist see

Our fabulous tour guide giving us information about the temples...notice the long sleeve shirt, pants, scarf and hat to protect from the sun and getting darker skin

Our fabulous tour guide giving us information about the temples…notice the long sleeve shirt, pants, scarf and hat to protect from the sun and getting darker skin

Cambodian schools are held in 2 sessions.  A morning and afternoon session with each session lasting 4 hours.  This school was taught by monks

Cambodian schools are held in 2 sessions. A morning and afternoon session with each session lasting 4 hours. This school was taught by monks

Palm Sugar.  They take the natural sugar from the palm tree fruit and boil it down and then pour them into these molds to sell.

Palm Sugar. They take the natural sugar from the palm tree fruit and boil it down and then pour them into these molds to sell.

Super steep stairs were pretty common in the temples

Super steep stairs were pretty common in the temples

Amazing stone sculptures seen throughout the temples

Amazing stone sculptures seen throughout the temples

Amazing detail.  And this was just one small area of the Banteay Srei Temple

Amazing detail. And this was just one small area of the Banteay Srei Temple

Stone warrior on a bridge leading into the 12th century city of Angkor Thom.

Stone warriors on a bridge leading into the 12th century city of Angkor Thom.

Inside of a functioning pagoda...It was pretty amazing with the art work all over

Inside of a functioning pagoda…It was pretty amazing with the art work all over

Angkor Wat (one of the Wonders of the World)

Angkor Wat (one of the Wonders of the World)

Banyon Temple is known as the "Face temple" with Buddha faces all over

Banyon Temple is known as the “Face temple” with Buddha faces all over

Family photo at the Banyon Temple with locals

Family photo at the Banyon Temple with locals

Ta Prohm Temple is referred to as "The Tomb Raider"  Angelina Jolie stood in this very spot (so they say)

Ta Prohm Temple is referred to as “The Tomb Raider Temple” Angelina Jolie stood in this very spot (so they say)

Kalani and Robbie got to see the Banyon Temple from the back of an elephant.

Kalani and Robbie got to see the Banyon Temple from the back of an elephant.

Robbie bought these cool wooden puzzles that entertained Mason

Robbie bought these cool wooden puzzles that entertained Mason

We paid the $2 to have fish eat our dead skin cells for 30 minutes.  It tickles a lot!

We paid the $2 to have fish eat our dead skin cells for 30 minutes. It tickles a lot!

Kalani got her first massage in Cambodia and loved it.

Kalani got her first massage in Cambodia and loved it.

This lady really ran through the night market after Mason.  Glad so many ladies think our 3 year old is cute, but kind of creepy too.

This lady really ran through the night market after Mason. Glad so many ladies think our 3 year old is cute, but it is kind of creepy too.

This kids were troopers to see the temples in the middle of the day...but it sure was hot

The kids were troopers to see the temples, even in the middle of the day…but it sure was hot

 

More photos of our Cambodian vacation here.

 

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