The Philippines

With the end of my teaching school year last year also came my last summer break. It took some adjusting my first year on the job last July to have an unchanged, full-time schedule through the summer, but I suppose that’s what real #adults do. Luckily, last year I was able to have some gap between jobs to have a naturally-occurring break, and this year Alex and I were able to plan something small with the family.

As a way to truly enjoy breaks, holidays, and the joy that travel and exploration brings me, I wanted to also start a page here dedicated to that. So here goes my first summer feature, taking it waaaay back to my roots: The Philippines.

I was born and raised in the Philippines, in a town right outside of the capital of Metro Manila called Cainta, Rizal. My family moved to the US right after I finished high school and we’ve lived in America now for 9 years. (Wow.) I don’t get to go back enough, I’m sad to say, but all my memories of it have always been pretty remarkable. #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines

Here are some of my very amateur snaps over the years for a sneak peek into. If you’re at all intrigued or have questions, feel free to reach out and/or leave a comment below!

35386_413931111986_5902247_n
My lola (grandma) showing us her photo albums with my dad’s and our childhood photos in them 🙂 (2010)
35386_413931076986_2626667_n
A glimpse at my parents’ hometown’s quaint airport (2010)
38247_413930731986_2423641_n
Small plane to a small town: to Catarman, my parents’ hometown (2010)
38267_413951746986_5969301_n
An island off of Catarman that we were able to have to ourselves (2010)
34883_413949806986_1698334_n
How we got there: by these boats (2010)
34608_413949711986_2490329_n
The dock (2010)
39818_416963151986_2865299_n
A fish farm slash AMAZING restaurant in Catarman (2010)
39805_416962741986_400369_n
Checking out the oceanfront and coral to my aunt’s beach house (2010)
44799_423370691986_809767_n
My sister at the Douglas MacArthur Memorial on our trip to Corregidor (2010)
565612_10151334228901987_287932574_n
A Day in the Life in the famed beach town of Boracay (2013)
862571_10151334227651987_384422882_n
Paraws (sailboats) scatter the waters (2013)
168068_491216701986_1731102_n
Lounging in a tucked away beach in Davao (2013)
31973_401279841986_5574719_n
Arguably the best value street ice cream in all the land (2013)