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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

 

Rhythmic Gymnastics @ JACPA

Phoebe, Elena, and Annika performing at JACPA’s annual show.  Great job girls!

Chisa-chan’s Visit

Quality time with Chisa, see photos here.

I’m re-discovering analog photography and honing my Black & White film developing.  Hopefully, getting better with every frame. Enjoy!

 

 

Leica M7 | Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f1.5 | Ilford HP5+ 400 | developed in Ilfotec HC 1:31

Sydney

A wonderful trip to Sydney, and a perfect escape from Singapore’s heat and haze.  See more photos here.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Taronga Zoo Sky Safari

Sydney Opera House

Sydney street scenes

Walk through Martins Place

And… fantastic food!

BLT at Bill’s Cafe, Surry Hills

Eggs Benedict at Thelma and Louise, Neutral Bay

Chinatown Hawkers

Chinatown Hawkers

Leica M7 | Voigtländer 50mm f1.5 | Kodak Tri-x 400

Club 21 Mum’s Day

Kids having fun at Club 21

Welcome Asahi-chan!

See more photos here

Olivia’s Birthday

Happy Birthday!

See Olivia’s Birthday gallery here.

Shiqin’s 8th Birthday

Birthday party, zip-lining, and trampoline fun at Sentosa MegaZip!  Happy Birthday Shiqin!

 

 

 

 

 

Chi & Keishi’s Visit

Family reunion in Singapore.  Escape from the cold weather in Japan to spend time in sunny Singapore with Phoebe!

Showoff our new manicure!

Three cousins at Gardens by the Bay.

First water slide, and it happens to be a roller-coaster water slide! PANIC!

Traveling in style to East Coast Park!