Walking on the Dirt Road is Effortless

One of my favorite things to do while being on Mike’s ranch last Spring break was the early morning dirt road hike/walk. Mike would walk his dog for two miles and I realized that I should join too which I did, actually my kids went with us too!

After having warm beverage, we head out to the small road for as long as we could walk. We walked 2 miles each morning and it seemed like I did not even do any walking for it was effortlessly enjoyable. I did not mind the chilly wind kissing our skin because there was plenty of beautiful things to see around like on the other side of the road are herds of cattle, twitting birds, vultures in the blue sky, rabbits crossing the road ahead of us, looking at deer tracks, waving at neighbors who passed by us, talking anything with Mike, watching sissy the dog hunting and running here and there… just things you wouldn’t normally enjoy in the city.

I am more convinced now that living in the country is much nicer than in the city. You got all kinds of activities you can’t do in the city and all the birds, wild animals and the vast land you can own for you to enjoy your quiet mornings to sit on the porch!

I love the country, there is no doubt about that. If my husband decides to move in the country someday, I would wholeheartedly come with him with no complain.

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Goodbye is Not Always Easy

Over the course of almost ten years of living here in the USA, I have traveled at least 9 times back to my homeland. I consider myself lucky because I know a few of Filipinas who have not gone home for a couple of years and visit their family. One reason is that, traveling overseas can be very expensive and not all people have the budget for that so they stayed in America and do not know when they will be able to do that.

Have I not going home in the past years my children would not have  a sense of living in a poor country nor an idea where their mother came from. They would have not known their Filipino roots especially my first born who luckily met her grandfather before passing away, they would have not experienced playing with relatives outdoors with pure fun and gadgets is out of the picture, etc.

Every trip we made in the past always had good memories created and the more we come visit the Philippines, the more my little siblings and our girls form a solid bond only uncle,auntie and nieces share. We travel every two years and stay there for a month or longer but that seems too short when you are enjoying your stay with them.

As what they say, all good things have come to an end just like a vacation should also end. And you know when that time comes, even if you are not ready to come back to the US yet, you have to and saying goodbye is not always easy. Pictures below were taken just a few hours before our departure on August 12,2015. My mother, little brother and sister have always been grateful of our visit and they are the reason despite of my bad encounter with my brothers inspire me why I should come back to the Philippines again and again.

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Recap of My So-Called Homeland Vacation

Pardon for the long absence in blogosphere. As most of my friends know, I went on a vacation to my homeland with our girls for a month. While being there, I did not have a decent internet service so I could not update my blogs as often as I wanted to.

Anyway, we are back here in the States since last week and still suffering what we call “jetlag”. My body clock is adjusting to the new time zone. I can’t sleep at night and can only take a few hours nap during the day.
Anyway, I did not expect for my vacation to be so exhausting and stressful for my part and some of my family members affected. I was really hoping I could take a relaxing vacation but to my dismay, there are people there that caused so much trouble to our mother due to drug use and had gotten worse over the years to the point of maltreating her and kicking her out of her own house.

A few days after my arrival in Cebu, we had an early confrontation with two of my younger brothers, it was me and my mother and them against us. We hurled hurtful words against each other because they were becoming so disrespectful of my mother and me that made me moved out of the house where we grew up. According to them, I brought trouble with me when I arrived.

Not only that I had to deal with those two SOBS, yet another challenge came up. We went to the beach for my second born’s birthday and my nephew had a near-drowning accident that almost cost him his life. He was so lucky there were doctor and midwife interns at the beach that performed CPR on him and  got revived. All medical bills were paid for none other than me. Then this drug addict father of the child wanted some of the money that the beach resort refunded me. Heck, he did not even contribute a peso for that accident.

Then a major job I had to do, I moved my mother out of that hell house, finally. After years and years of verbal abuse and threats from her son, she can finally have a relief from stress. I paid her house rental for two months and for the cab that we rented to transport some of her stuff to the new house. Arggs!

After all that financial help I did, he had the guts to chase me with a “sundang”. Only because I did not pay him of his three days work towards the fence I built up against the neighbors. Shameless SOB, he eats, sleeps and don’t wash his dirty dishes yet he acted like I was the one who owe him anything? F!

I did not get to enjoy my vacation until the last week of it. Thanks to my little siblings who were there for me and my girls, they helped me to be a better older sibling to them so they will continue to respect me as their “ate”. Unlike those SOB brothers of mine who took the wrong path in life by taking drugs.

We flew back to the US not even talking or saying goodbye to my three brothers. I don’t see the need to do so anymore and when I go back in the next two years, I would let them feel that I am no longer interested making up with them or whatsoever. My concern now is my mother and my two younger siblings. I promised to my self, there will be no financial support they can get from me from that day forward.

There will also be no more pasalubong for them as they don’t see the value or did not appreciate the stuff I gave them. In fact, the severely addicted SOB sold the stuff that I gave him for cheap price or worst swapped them for a gram of shabu! Imagine?

I will still visit the Philippines but am not gonna set foot in that house ever again. I can live without them and I won’t die not talking to them. Promise, my next vacation will be enjoyable with just a few members of my family to hang out with.

My emotions are raging, I know. But can you blame me?

I Miss Bonding with My Family

I just had our Philippine vacation two months ago and here I am feeling homesick again. Days like this that is so boring and nothing else to do make me reminisce of the good times I spent with my family back home. I miss bonding with my little sister, brother and my mother and it sucks knowing that I cannot be with them anytime soon, phone them is the least I can do for now. I wish Philippines and USA were close and it can only be traveled by car for some hours.

Looking at the photos I took during our time last April-May of this year make me missed them more than ever. Snaps below are just a few of the family bonding I had with them. I took them one day to the Santo Nino de Basilica church in Cebu City then we went to SM City for lunch and after we filled our hungry stomach with good food at Jonie’s, I treat the children with painting.

 This is something that America can’t offer no matter how comfortable and good my life here. My heart longs to be with them and I guess I can never get over with homesickness. The only cure for this is a vacation to my home country, my native land, the Philippines! I don’t know when that is but one thing is certain, I am coming back and will start saving money from now on for the next trip.

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… family outside Santo Nino Church, resting for a while before heading to SM

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… lunch at Jonie’s… everybody ordered their favorite meal and I guess they were happy of their food.

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… and here they are busy painting the ceramic figures that I bought for them.

Completing my To-Buy-List

As days go by, I am getting close to completing my to-buy list to bring to the U.S. I am getting anxious going back to Texas as I missed the comfortable life awaiting for us. If I have some budget left, I would buy more dried squid that are re-packed so I can resell them on Facebook. A Filipina hinted me about bringing some and sell some to her.

I also missed the cold and nicer temperature hohoho. The heat in the Philippines is too much that it makes me uncomfortable whenever I am not in the mall or out walking in the sun. I am pretty much so used to the nice weather of Texas that is why….

It would be awesome if me and my girls can get to hug our husband/dada and be a family again. Five weeks being apart from him is kinda long for the children although they enjoy their stay here so much but Jadyn is asking to go back to Texas from time to time.

Lake Garda: A 7-Day Itinerary

The sheer beauty that Italy offers sometimes goes unnoticed by the average holidaymakers opting instead for a beach holiday or a hotel with a fabulous pool. When your children are young, all you want is for them to be happy, and by doing so some truly spectacular alternative destinations are missed entirely.

Lake Garda holidays offer the visitor a retreat into the Italian mountains and allow them to be surrounded by enormous amounts of natural beauty throughout their stay. With so much to do on Italian lakes holidays, it’ll be difficult to comprehend why you haven’t made a visit sooner.

It is advisable to hire a car to allow you to fully appreciate the beauty that the area holds. Having the freedom to drive where you like means that you will be able to uncover some secluded beauty spots that the normal tourist would ordinarily miss.

For scenic panoramas, head to the north of the lake where you will be spoilt for choice of beauty spots. Take a drive around the scenic roads and stop to catch your breath whilst admiring the views.

Spend a day visiting the town of Limone sul Garda. Ascend the hills to Tremosine where you will be able to capture some breathtaking views.

There’s a huge range of watersports available on the lakes, as well as a whole host of outdoor pursuits nearby, including canyoning, climbing and tandem paragliding, not to mention attempting the via ferrata, making climbing and walking along isolated routes more possible.

If you’re travelling with family or even as a group of friends, spend a day at Gardaland – apparently the third best theme park in Europe, and enough to quench any rollercoaster fan’s thirst for thrills.

Lake Garda and the nearby Lake Como are two of the most beautiful lakes in Europe, and with the multitude of activities available here, the chance of boredom isn’t just slight, but nigh on impossible for families, couples and groups alike.

Holidays in the City of Peace

Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh is a popular holiday resort located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula along the Red Sea. Dubbed the City of Peace – mainly because of the many peace conferences that have been held here as opposed to the premise that it’s a quiet oasis – this is certainly the place to go if you like beaches, water sports and all inclusive hotels.

Boasting swathes of soft golden sand peppered with sun parasols and bath-warm waters harbouring incredible underwater gardens and vibrant sea life, holidays here generally evolve around the beach. It’s the perfect place to kick back, relax, and do as little as possible. However, one thing that can’t be missed is the opportunity to try your hand at scuba diving. Join a group and discover a fantastic underwater world that’s teeming with life. Or if that’s too adventurous, don a facemask and dip below the surface to catch a glimpse of the Red Sea’s glorious coral life.

But despite the appeal of this sun-kissed destination, the prices are pretty reasonable. Cheap Sharm el Sheikh holidays are readily available, complete with a range of tempting deals and last-minute discounts on all types of holiday, from the basic and budget right up to five-star luxury.

Major tour operators such as Thomas Cook not only offer package holidays here with flights, accommodation and transfers included, but routinely slash their prices too. This is particularly evident as the departure date draws near, so look out for cut-price bargains on Sharm el Sheikh holidays leaving within the next few weeks.

What’s more, most tour operators usually partner with hotels of a high standard, offering full board or all inclusive, which removes the need to eat out at night and generally helps customers to spend less in resort – helping to make holidays here that little bit more affordable.

Things To Do In Orlando

Packages to Universal Studios. This is so great for future travelers can save some money going to Orlando, Florida.

I must say it will be worth the expense if they ever choose to go to Orlando because there are so many things to do in Orlando people of all ages can enjoy especially the kids.

If I am given a chance to go for a vacation, I would not hesitate choosing to go to Florida where I can have a long sandy beach, soak in the seawater, get some sun and spend the rest of my vacation days exploring Orlando especially at the Universal Studios. It would be a great adventure for me who hasn’t been there and for the kids. I have two, although they are both girls but I know they would love to experience such great adventure that Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida can offer.

A Vacation You Deserve

We just went outside and had our 15-minute stroll in this block. The sun is so bright, not a cloud in the sky, a bit windy and the temperature is just so right to the skin, in short our weather here today is very nice! This is what I like about Texas during Fall because the weather is absolutely gorgeous with all the chirping birds and quiet neighborhood makes it even more pleasant to live here.
While some states up North already shivering for cold temperatures, Texans just beginning to spend more time outdoor. If you are someone living up North, maybe you can over here, spend a week or two or probably go somewhere warmer and have that summer vacation you deserve.
Yes, I know summer is over but going to a place where there is plenty of sunshine and long sandy beaches would be great. Cape Cod would the perfect place. Once you’ve decided that you’re really going there, that is the time to search for a Cape Cod rental so you don’t have to worry where you stay when you get to your destination. With over 3,000 Cape Cod vacation rentals in all the most popular Cape and Island summer vacation destinations it should be easy for you to find that rental place best suits for your budget.

Painting At SM City Cebu

These are the two closest girls in my life. Little sister Alex and my big Princess. These photos show their artist side. I brought them to the Let’s Paint center at SM one time just so they can explore and realize their creativity. They enjoyed the activity so much while I was there waiting for them to finish at the same time taking a bunch of pictures of their busy hands. I plan of bringing them again next time with my little brother so he can experience how it is to paint, choosing his own color and let his imagine wander. It is such a great activity for little kids like them, I am sure.