roque turned one over the weekend and because alvin and i wanted to get as far away from the horrors of planning a children’s party as possible, we tempted a-ko, mommy and tanya with visions of pine trees and escaped to cool baguio.
in between braving tourist-filled mine’s view park, hoarding fresh vegetables at la trinidad and stuffing ourselves silly with yummy, yummy(!) food all over baguio city, we celebrated roque’s birthday with a family photo session at fog photo, the highlight of which was a delightfully messy cake smash. 🙂
photos by adrian dungo – http://adriandungo.weebly.com/
fog photo – https://www.facebook.com/FogPhoto
custom cake by vizco’s restaurant and cake shop – https://www.facebook.com/VizcosRestaurantandCakeShop
i had a bad wanderlust attack a couple of weeks ago and tito junet and tita melanie came to the rescue by lending us their beach house for the weekend.
the house was gorgeous, the food was yummy, and roque met the sea for the first time! 😀
4 days. 3 people. 1 city.
the last two days were spent exploring chinatown, orchard road and part of the national university of singapore.
we gulped delicious kopi down, munched on street ice cream sandwiches, and, in true pinoy fashion, hogged the massage machines at the nus alumni center.
4 days. 3 people. 1 city.
the first two days were spent exploring bukit merah, little india, marina bay sands and the then-recently opened gardens by the bay.
all three of us decided that the ikea store would make a really good home, we walked around amidst supertrees and a-ko sipped her first mango lassi.
i would be the first to admit that i am neither the most sociable nor the friendliest person in the world. put me in a room full of strangers and, barring some sort of emergency, i would leave that room without having talked to anyone. don’t get me wrong, i’m fine with this, especially since the mere thought of having to come up with something delightful to say to someone i do not know is enough to make me nauseous.
despite my lack of social skills, i think i must’ve done something right in a previous life because i’ve been blessed with a wonderful set of friends. we’ve been in each other’s lives for almost twenty years now and will hopefully continue to be in each other’s lives forever. 🙂
i am addicted to going on trips, this is a proven fact. withdrawal symptoms start appearing when i haven’t traveled for a while (this can range from a few weeks to a few months, depending on what else is going on in my life), and trust me, the travel-deprived monster i turn into isn’t pretty. given that not all of us travel junkies have the luxury of time and money to indulge our inner wanderlust, a delicate compromise has been reached: flash vacations!
i liken flash vacations to flash fiction. a successful piece of flash fiction is one that is extremely short but is able to tell its story without sacrificing classic story-telling elements; in its most ideal, the scarcity of time in flash vacations cold-water-shocks you into prioritizing what to see and where to go, without sacrificing the time needed to fully embrace each experience.
alvin and i recently spent roughly twenty hours in baguio. it would have been so easy to fall into our comfortable pattern of wandering up and down wonderful session road, ducking into numerous ukay-ukay alleys while clutching plastic bags filled with green mango slices and sukang iloko, and getting lost in the maze that is the baguio city market.
instead, we made our way to the strawberry fields in la trinidad where we licked delightful strawberry ice cream off of cones and slurped taho submerged in strawberry syrup, maneuvered the ups and downs of tam-awan village’s dirt paths, and marveled at the weaves and weavers at the easter weaving room.
the market, well, we just couldn’t pass that up.