We basically stayed in Manila for the whole summer. There were a few days spent in Thailand as a family, and Matt and I had a get-away to Indonesia. I tried to take the kids out to play with friends and do something active at least once a week (besides swimming at our place). I think that they had a pretty fun summer; and they didn’t kill each other. They were definitely ready to go back to school when it resumed.
A fellow Chevron expat family booked a vacation to El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines the first weekend in May. They invited others to join them for the three-day weekend get-away. El Nido has been on our list of places to visit, so we quickly agreed to join and booked our tickets. We stayed at Apulit Island in El Nido and had our own bungalow over the coral reef, with private stairs in the back leading right to the water. We had to take an hour plane ride to get to El Nido. Then a two hour car ride to the boat port. And then another hour or so on a boat to get to Apulit island. It was a lot of traveling before we got to enjoy the island.
More photo of El Nido here.
In February the kids had a 4 day weekend, so we took advantage of that and went to Siargao here in the Philippines. Siargao is known as being a surfing destination. Although we don’t surf, we still had an enjoyable time exploring the island, going island hoping, and trying out surfing at the famous “Cloud 9“. A friend also told us of Kalinaw resort to stay and it had delicious food (homemade bread, wood fire pizza, etc) and a wonderful and helpful staff.
More photos of Siargao here.
Last week our baby turned 1! We have loved this past year to be able to have a baby in our home again. Blake brings so much joy and happiness to us everyday. And living in Asia, he gets a lot of attention with his blonde hair and blue eyes.
Before Blake turned one he has been on 22 airplanes and 6 countries. And I am sure there hundreds of photos with him and different Asian people.
Mason turned 6 in May. This past year a lot has happened for our fun, sensitive, temperamental boy.
Six facts about 6 year old Mason:
-He wakes up around 6am everyday
-He takes a nap nearly every late afternoon
-He is over four feet tall
-Reverse psychology works well with him. “Mason you cannot be in this photo, Mason you can’t have any fun, etc”
-He is learning to read and write…even though he doesn’t really care to learn to read and write
-He is adventurous. This year alone he has done wakeboarding, platform jumping into the ocean, snorkeling, elephant bathing, tiger feeding, and swimming with whalesharks
*More photos of Mason here.