Year We Go Again Part 2
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Smiling Ziggy - the latest addition to the family! (Photo by Mommy May)
The Boys (minus Jake) - Matthew was our Ring Bearer
With Isha, our flower girl
With the rest of the family, chillaxing at Tagaytay
With the inlaws in Davao, sweet and inspiring
Putting FUN to dysfunctional
Las Pinas, Davao, and Tagaytay December 2008
Continuation from Part 1.
The last third of our 3-week stay was spent in Davao from December 23-29. It was the culmination of planning since May 2008 when the sisters, my wife and sis-in-law decided to really go for it and celebrate the 70th Birthday, 45th Wedding Anniversary and Christmas, a 3-in-1 event in Digos, Davao Sur.
The plan came to reality and I was never in doubt that it will be a great holiday in the province I last visited at the turn of the century :).
The lunch at SM Davao, the plan to surprise Dad, the farm hopping, visits to relatives, the Christmas Day reunion with an added earthquake twist, the video presentation prepared a week before its premiere and of course the grand vacation at Samal Island's 3 famous and equally-world class resorts - Pearl Farm, Malipano Islands and Hof Gorei.
All the preparations were followed to the letter, and everyone really enjoyed. We know that these trips were also opportunities to know relatives we only know from stories but now we can meet face to face. Add also the farm tenants and their families who one day we will also be coordinating closely with. Overall, the trip was the highlight of our vacation in the Philippines. I know that I can always go home every quarter and eat out in MOA or have coffee in Starbucks, but to be able to swim with Dad, talk about anything with the rest of the family, wrestle with my nieces, hear mass in Bisaya, grill bbq, and to just be together doing nothing is priceless.
3 Years After
My always smiling sometimes "kulokoy" nephew Jake posing at the same picture frame he first saw more than 3 years ago :). Jake always shows a winsome smile that lights up any room he enters.
Who says kids hate school?
This 6-year old wants school so much, he drove himself for 10kms before hitting a post, stopped, left the car and went to school on foot. His story.
Uh-Oh, Google StreetView, Helpful or Not?
Google Maps Street View, a service that has been criticized as an invasion of privacy, has been used to help find a missing child. This time, it was able to return the child to an unsafe set of parents. Read on.