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Dumaguete, Philippines

January 13th, 2013 1 comment

We knew we wanted to spend Christmas with our extended family in Siquijor (the island that my grandfather is from).  The first time we visited Siquijor we flew to Bohol and took a 3 hour ferry to reach the island of Siquijor.  This time we decided to fly to Dumaguete so our ferry ride would only be around an hour!  An added bonus is that we have a cousin that is living with her daughter in Dumaguete.  So we made arrangements to stay a couple of nights at the Pura Vida resort and meet up with our cousins before taking the ferry to Siquijor.

Bamboo huts that were our rooms at Pura Vida

Bamboo huts that were our rooms at Pura Vida

Sleeping under mosquito nets.  Reminded me of mission in El Salvador!

Sleeping under mosquito nets. Reminded me of mission in El Salvador!

If there is a beach, our kids want to be buried

If there is a beach, our kids want to be buried

 

Farley Totem Pole

Farley Totem Pole

Chicken fighting in the pool

Chicken fighting in the pool

Candle light dinner on the beach

Candle light dinner on the beach

Walking from our resort to the road to catch a "bus" to take into the city

Walking from our resort to the road to catch a “bus” to take into the city

First time for all of us to ride a Jeepney...it got pretty crowded

First time for all of us to ride a Jeepney

Mason found a "Bat Mobile" at a "county fair" type place

Mason found a “Bat Mobile” at a “county fair” type place

Kalani with her new found cousin Kennybie on a "Ferris Wheel" at the fair

Kalani (age 8) with her new found cousin Kennybie (age 13) on a “Ferris Wheel” at the fair

All of the family that happened to be at the mall in Dumaguete

All of the family that happened to be at the mall in Dumaguete

We were all born within 4 months of each other...all cousins

We were all born within 4 months of each other…all cousins

Aftermath of Typhoon Pablo that came through about a month before...this ferry isn't going anywhere

Aftermath of Typhoon Pablo that came through about a month before…this boat isn’t going anywhere

More photos of Dumaguete here.

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