My sister is pretty incredible. She flew from Utah to Manila (taking 4 planes each way) with her 4 year old and 1 year old while her husband was touring Asia. The kids and I were so happy to have them come visit with us. They stayed for 3 weeks and we got to do a lot of pampering, shopping, eating, site-seeing, reuniting, etc. It was so much fun. We hadn’t seen each other for 8 months and we are not sure when we will see each other again. It was also nice to have her around while Matt was out of the country.
What we did while the Hansens were visiting us. Stuff for the kids, for the moms and for the whole family.
Sunday afternoon at the American Cemetery in Manila.
The kids and moms enjoyed a day at Santa Elena Fun Farm. We spent the day fishing, horse back riding, feeding animals, doing a zip line, riding a water buffalo/carabao pulled wagon, etc.
Matt’s co-workers treated us to a Girls Night Out at Palladium.
A friend took us to get our hair colored. I got purple and Makana got blue streaks through out our hair. We are the Fruit Loops in a Cherrio world.
The kids enjoyed a day at Ark Avilon where we were able to feed fish and crocodiles, hold birds and a python. Sadly, Jenny the orangutan was getting a physical so we didn’t get to meet her.
We spent a morning making sock puppets with young girls who have been abused.
The kids enjoyed playing at Kidzville where they could get their energy out and use their imagination.
Just the 2 of us went to Taal Volcano on a day trip.
We met 2 more cousins that are living in Manila and had dinner with them at a mall one night.
We had a long wait for a ferry boat in Dumeguete before we could take the Hansens to Siquijor. So we spent time at the mall getting massages, pedicures, eating, people watching and fish spa…I think she liked the fish eating her dead skin cells!
Now 2 of my siblings have been to Siquijor and visited our long lost relatives.
We all got into our cousin’s boat and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Siquijor.
We picked Mckay up at the airport and headed directly to Siquijor. He was really tired and spent most of the boat ride trying to sleep.
Mckay only had 2 days in Manila with us. So we made sure he had a spa day and then we went to Pagsanjan Falls.
The kids all loved playing with each other for 3 weeks.
I loved being with my sister and showing her around the Philippines.
Not exactly sure when and where we will all be together again. Good thing there is the internet, social media networks, facetime, telephones, etc. to stay in touch! Thanks for coming to visit us Hansen family.