The last 6 days!

Here's a recap of our first 4 days... and the next 5 days...

Day 10 to 12 - Iba, Zambales

After the wedding, its time to hit the beach. We left noon time in Paranaque and headed to Zambales. We took the new SCTEX [Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway] to Subic. The highway was basically empty, I don't know if its because of the toll fee or because its a holiday. Anyway, we reached Subic around 3pm, had a late lunch and headed off to Iba in search of a resort.

After looking at 3 resorts, we ended up at "Bakasyunan sa Baybay Dagat." We got the VIP room for the price of their standard/basic room! We really got a good deal since the whole resort was isolated. They even have a pool with slide that we got to use for free but there's an additional charge during peak season. The only problem is because its off season, their restaurant is basically useless as they don't store any food unless its pre-ordered ahead of time. It's a good thing that Jollibee and Chowking are just 10 minutes away. Another problem is because they are not located along the main road, they don't have internet access.

We checked in around 5:30pm already and hubby and the kids hit the pool while I try to arrange for our dinner. They did manage to serve us with fried rice and sisig. That's it!

On our second day at the resort -- We had a late breakfast at Chowking and we also ordered take out for our lunch and dinner. Then hubby and the kids hit the beach while I stayed inside the room watching TV! Would you believe that its my first time to watch TV since we reached Manila?

I really missed the beauty of our coconut trees!

On our third day, its check out time. We left around 11am and went straight to Subic for a late lunch at Yellow Cab. And then we proceeded to check out the new theme parks but ended up dissappointed. We only have 2 hours before closing, I feel that the entrance fee is too much for the 4 of us.

And because of color coding, we can't go back to Manila before 7pm, so we ended up at SM Pampanga to shop for more kids stuff. We left 6:30pm just in time for me to reach Makati at 8:15pm for a late dinner with my high school friends at Yoho in Greenbelt 5. Hubby and the kids decided to go to Timezone while waiting for me.

Day 13 - Thursday - Errands

We went to our bank in Makati to closed our accounts with them... then proceeded to Masangkay to meet another friend and drop off some pictures for my parents... and then hubby went for another massage at MOA while I shop for some toys for hubby's nephews and niece.

Then we had dinner with hubby's family at Las Paellas in BF. I love their paella and lengua. Though the paella is a little bit salty. But nevertheless, they are both my favorite food!

My 2 favorite dishes!
We were so hungry that I almost forgot to take pictures.

Day 14 - Friday - Packing day

We had lunch at my brother-in-law's new house at Raya Gardens. And the kids had some cousin-bonding time!

Patricia with Miguel holding Rafael and Patrick is holding Alex.

Kristine [sister of Rafael] is too camera and people shy to join the group.

Later we proceeded to MOA [again] for my massage followed by a dinner with my friends at Seaside Macapagal.

And then its was time to pack. We got 3 luggages and 1 box when we reached Manila... now, I still got 3 luggages plus 3 boxes and another small luggage to be check-in. This is because of the new weight limit per bag imposed by the airlines... what used to be 70 lbs per bag is now down to 50 lbs per bag. Arrrgh!

Day 15 - Saturday - Time to go back to Canada

Since I was packing till about 2am, I woke up at 10am and had to prepare and leave an SPA behind, make photocopies of IDs... and still did some repacking since 2 of my luggages are overweight! Haaaayyy....

For our last meal in Manila, we had Lengua and Paella [again] and some banana-Q! Yummmy!

Our flight left at 5:30pm [30 minutes behind] and we arrived at Taipei around 7:25pm. Since our layover was 4 hours long, I've arranged to meet my cousins and their family at the airport. It was really good to see them after 7 long years. My kids had fun playing with her kids! For me, this was the best part of my vacation!

Patrick, Patricia, Heather and Jarred

We left Taipei at 11:35pm and arrived at Calgary 11:35pm [and still saturday!]

15 days of fun, pampering, shopping, and lots of laughter with hugs and kisses, and non-stop eating!

15 days of no laundry, no cooking and no house chores for me! Yey!

But it didn't spare us from doing homework! Yes, both my kids have school work that needs to be done. You will see them doing homework while waiting for our flight at the airport, while on the plane and even at night while in Zambales!

And so that ends our trip! It was all a dream come true!


Michele said...
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Junnie said...

nothing beats a dream vacation with family, friends, spa, cousins, paella, and more paella...and yes home work!!!!

i hope to be back in manila by next month, sama kayo?

JO said...

Hi Junnie,

Sure, sama kami! basta ba libre eh.

bugsybee said...

Looks like you had a grand time in the Philippines! Beautiful pictures ... and wow, the paella! Yummy!

Mich said...

wow the food looks yummy! glad you are having a great time here :)

by the way tagged you -

Francesca said...

Ay, ang saya saya! husband and I went to subic also, year 2004.Ganda din don.

Also, panay resto nyo ah.
And massage? Wow, thats a trip worth keeping, kasi may massage..

Siya, more photos ha?

evi said...

i've been to Iba bec. of our company outing.

that was a nice reunion with your cousin after 7 long years. buti na lang matagal ang stopover nyo sa taipei.

tin said...

ang sarap naman, jo! that was one fun albeit whirlwind vacation!

drooling at the food pics. :)

JO said...

Hi Bugsy,
Thanks! I miss paella and lengua already!

Hi Francesca,
Imagine, $80 for 5 massage session... super mura. Dito kasi ang 1 session ay $60 na. They've done very good with Subic.

Hi Evi,
For me, the Taipei layover was the best part of the whole trip!

Hi Tin,
Thanks! I'm drooling again too. hehehe

Heart of Rachel said...

I could easily tell how much you enjoyed your short vacation in the Philippines. Glad to see the kids bonding with their cousins. Priceless moments.

The paella and the rest of the food look so tempting.

I remember going to Iba Zambales when I was a young girl. I was fascinated with "moving shells". It was the only place where I saw shells with "inhabitants". :)

Regarding Opps, I'll email you some new sites I joined.

JO said...

Hi Rach,
We tried to think that this trip will be the last for a long, long time before our next visit... I just wish we had time to visit the theme parks in Subic.

Ann said...

Two weeks lang vacation nyo pero loaded sa gimik at mukhang memorable talaga.

We went to zoobic safari in subic , enjoy din mga kids.

Ako rin almost 2 months na senorita...hehehe. Ngayon back to reality sa mga house chores.

tintin said...

I was really shocked at how Partrick looks now! OMG! I couldn't find him at first when I merely scanned the pics. Then I read your captions. He went through one heck of a growth spurt! He's very handsome and Patricia is getting to be such a pretty little lady!

Raquel said...

Wow, ang sarap ng mga foods. Yay, I like paella. Kahit 2 weeks lang ang vacation ay sulit naman.

Dana & Debbie said...

WOW! Mouth watering foods, yummy!!!

Btw, just blog hopping here. :)