This week, I’m celebrating my trip to the Philippines!
I may not be the most exciting person to have returned there but I’m so thankful to everyone for making me feel so welcome. Delicious food. New experiences. Great people. Wonderful memories. But the most important thing I’m taking with me is the love I feel for and from my family.
[Note: My laptop is currently broken so I’m typing this on my tablet. I wanted to include pictures but I’ll have to figure out how to do that another time!]
When I think of all I ate during my trip, I still get full. From Filipino cuisine and home cooked meals I’ve been craving to street food and even tasting ostrich at a fancy restaurant, my mouth was definitely in heaven. The most interesting food related thing I had was having a boodle fight.
For those not in the know, a boodle fight is serving a buffet style meal on top of banana leaves and eating with one’s hands. It’s akin to a clam bake. We had grilled fish, grilled pork, shrimp, fried eggplant, and a noodle dish called pancit palabok.
Wonderful memories. New experiences.
This vacation also offered many trips down memory lane visiting places from my childhood including pasing by my old high school.
We also ended up visiting new-to-me places like the beautiful mountain city of Baguio where strawberries were in season.
The most surprising thing I saw in my travel was the insane traffic situations in Manila! Imagine five lanes of speeding vehicles trying to fit into three lanes and that’s not including motorcycles weaving in and out of any available space and the pedestrians trying to cross!
I hadn’t seen my mom and grandma in years so I loved spending time with them! The last time I was in the Philippines was fifteen years ago and I’m glad I also got to see unlces and aunts and cousins.
I was able to spend some quality time with my brother in law and two nieces. I’m so blessed to have the family I have!
This trip was definitely heavy on the nostalgia. And we visited a couple of cemeteries to pay respects to those who passed like my grandpa and one of my aunts. The one that hit me emotionally the most was visiting my sister’s grave. I took a personal moment to catch her up on things and to read the picture book I’m working on which is dedicated to her.
I’m definitely glad I went back to the Philippines because it was my first home. I’m already saving up for when I go back in a couple of years!
What are you celebrating this week?