We were lucky enough to convince my brother to come back to the Philippines for Christmas and New Years. It was wonderful to have him around again and he remains Mason’s favorite uncle. And he went back to Siquijor with us for Christmas and got to experience Coco Grove Resort. It was great to see family again, but our time in Siquijor was extended 3 extra days since a typhoon came through and we couldn’t leave the island! Ironically, this happened to us 2 years ago when we visited the same place with the same brother. The island just loves him too much to let him leave! However since we got stuck in Siquijor for 3 extra days, we missed our flight and reservations to Singapore for New Years. (but we were able to reschedule that trip for February)
We made hygiene kits at church and then Matt and Robbie delivered them to the city jail with other members from our church.
We went to the province to celebrate our cousin’s 1st birthday party and all of these guys wanted a photo with Matt and Robbie before we left.
Mason with the 1 year old birthday girl.
Annual Light Show at Ayala Triangle
Life-size gingerbread house at the Peninsula Hotel
Manila Airport was a mess on Christmas Eve. Luckily we found a place to wait to board the plane on the floor in front of a TV
We were able to ride on the Coco Princess from Dumeguete to Siquijor. It is Coco Grove’s private boat that goes straight to the resort.
We enjoyed our time at Salagdoong with cousins
Mason got dropped off the platform at Salagdoong. Later he ran and jumped off on his own while other adults were too nervous to do the same.
Because it rained the day before, Cambugahay Falls wasn’t as clear as it normally is. But still beautiful and we enjoyed our time there.
We explored more of Siquijor and found another waterfall after walking through the “jungle”
While hanging out with family, the kids played in this “tree house” that was built for our 5 year old cousin.
The children who live near our cousins welcome our children to play with them whenever we arrive.
The boys always seem to go to a cock-fight in Siquijor
We got to listen to Island Melody Band on Christmas Eve. Due to the rain they had to move the show indoors.
We arranged to have our family come to Coco Grove to have dinner with us. This is the first group of people to arrive to the resort.
We tried to see how many cousins could fit on the circular bed at the Penthouse.
We were able to attend church in Siquijor with our friends from Manila.
Finally on December 30th, we were able to return home and the kids could open their Christmas presents.
Matt and Robbie went out dancing with some of our Filipino friends
2014 was a wonderful year for us and we are looking forward to 2015 and all the adventures it holds for us.