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Lombok

I’m using time off work this week to catch up on some albums.  Here’s a long belated post of our trip to Lombok, Indonesia.

Infinity pool

Chess master!

thatch roofs

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Cebu

Photos from our recent trip to Cebu for Spring Break.

Traditional dance

 

Street scenes (at the resort!)

Lounging on the beach

Reading and drawing marathon

Beautiful sunset on Mactan Island

Night Safari

Trip to Singapore Zoo Night Safari with Phoebe, Elena, Jake, Erica, and Anika.

Cebu Underwater

Snorkelling under Mactan Island in Cebu…

 

Shiqin’s 9th Birthday!

A lovely birthday celebration at East Coast Park with some friends!

Asahi-chan’s first trip to Singapore!

 

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