Monday, March 12, 2012

Sleep deprived

Trying to play catch up....



But dealing with that...and a viral bug that landed us in the ER. As well as some sick call days at work

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Boracay

Just a short place trip, bus ride and boat ride away from Manila is Heaven on an Island.





We made a side trip to Boracay 2 days after the wedding with most of the extended family.




This is my 2nd time going and this time we stayed at a Hotel right on the Beach.






The white sandy beach was what I remembered most about Boracay, and glad to say it hasn't changed a bit. My pictures don't do it justice.







The girls cound't get enough of playing in the sand....










Even during our dinner.....





Dinner on the beach didn't get old....





Naps on the Beach were a must (because lets be honest, no one was about to stay cooped up in the Hotel room while Sheasus Napped)





Massages on the Beach were also a must




You couldnt go wrong with the fresh seafood collection either! This is the market where we picked out our food...








to have it cooked just steps away at the restaurant.


























The local youth have quite a bit of talent....





Even Birthdays were celebrated!



There was lots of fun....had by ALL!







Monday, March 5, 2012

Tagatay/Lake Taal, Philippines

We took a day trip to Tagatay the day after the wedding. Tagatay is about an 1-1.5hr drive from Manila, depending on traffic. (the traffic HORRENDOUS in Manila, with crazy driving etiquite which is another Blog for the future). Tagatay is located up in the mountains/hills away from the crazy dense population with more of a vacation/short get away feel. It's known for their crazy scenic views of Lake Taal that surronds the Volcanoes (I found out that they were more then just one on this recent trip)

We headed to Peoples Park first to check out the scenerary and views.







For lunch we hit up this quaint restaurant nestled in dense landscaped garden area. Hidden, but quite the find!






It was a european type cafe, with tons of imported European speciality foods and wines. You wouldn't have guessed we were even in the Philippines.




After an enjoyable lunch with the whole family we trekked back down the mountain to sea level area to catch a short boat ride to the island that housed Volcanoes.







When we arrived on the Island, we were met by locals and their horses to guide us up the Volcano to see it's crater. Because of all the dirt they suggested we wear surgical masks....so don't think we're crazy germ-a-phobes in the pictures....








It was about 5km up the mountain. Our guides for the most part walked up it guiding the horses. Crazy. But despite the not so "ideal" horseback ride (brooklyn would tend to disagree, she was in heaven!) the View made it well worth it.






I was cr azy paranoid, because inches beyond the guardrails that didn't look very sturdy with huge gaps was a very steep drop off into the volcanic crater/lake. So we kept Sheasus in the "safe zone" where she instead enjoyed Fresh Buko (young coconut) juice.







After taking in the breathtaking view and debates from Brett on whether he would pay the 500 pesos to hitssome golf balls into the volcano it was back down the mountain and a rather enjoyable wet and refreshing boat ride back to the mainland.