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Philippines 2013

After 38 years, I finally visited my ancestral hometown and birthplace in Plaridel, a rural town in Bulacan province outside Manila.  We had a great time meeting new cousins, nephews, and nieces for the first time, as well as reconnecting with other relatives.  We experienced their way of life, and I believe it changed our outlook on the world forever.  Thanks so much uncle Ramon, aunt Suzy, Randolph and Gel, and all the family who showed us so much care and hospitality.   We are lucky and grateful to have you so close to us.

Many more photos here.

High tea at Shangrila Makati with Randolph and Gel

Hanging out at the “Kubo” with Aunt Suzy’s family.

Phoebe and Kenzie dressed for Fiesta

Fiesta was on Saturday and Sunday, it seems the entire town was out in the streets celebrating!  Uncle Pat’s was a destination for many of the townspeople, with free food and entertainment.  They even had an entire cow on the barbecue!

Fiesta procession made its way near uncle Pat’s place. We had a great viewing area on his property.

Lechon Baka, an entire cow!


Despite the short time and busy schedule, I managed to get some street photography into the trip, enjoy…

Street scene near Santa Ines


Plaridel Fiesta


Best way around Manila traffic


Plaridel area


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A beautiful, breezy, and cool (for Singapore!) day in the pool during Chinese new Year holiday. Phoebe’s swimming lessons are finally paying off, she is more confident than ever! See photos here, and checkout the video below. (Sorry, nothing better to do today!)

Click here for larger video.

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Christmas in Borneo

Sorry for the long delay!  We had some technical troubles with the old site.  For some reason, it became a hacker magnet taking down the server hosting it.  Needless to say, my web hosting provider was not too happy, so we parted ways.  It was starting to take too much time and effort to keep up on my own, so I moved Phoebeezplace to WordPress.com.  It’s the same Blog engine, but on a properly managed web blog, where most normal people host their sites 😉

Here are photos of our Christmas vacation in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.  Not quite the deep rain forests of Borneo, but we’re not complaining!  Maybe when Phoebe is older, we’ll be more adventurous.  For now, the Borneo wildlife park was the closest we came.

Phoebe and Hana had a great time together!  It’s been a long time since they last met in Tokyo, but that didn’t seem to stop them from playing and enjoying each other’s company again.  It’s like Phoebe never left Japan!

The Shangri-La resort was child friendly and very accomodating.  We tried venturing out into Kota Kinabalu city a few times, but unfortunately we enjoyed the comfort of the hotel too much…

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Visit to Atago Jinja

Added a few more photos to our New Year 2009 album.  Hopefully, our visit will bring us some luck in 2009!

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