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
it’s been three days since our supposedly relaxing 4-day beach holiday and I’m still recovering from exhaustion.
I’ve been looking forward to this trip with friends for months. I had visions of lying on white sand, of blue skies overhead, of catching up with friends. it would be roque’s first major out-of-town trip and I was excited to watch him discover and explore sand. I imagined him playing by the water, absorbed by the wonder of the waves, the sun gently turning his fair skin golden brown.
well, let me tell you, none of these things happened. none.
the resort we stayed at had a small strip of white sand right at its doorstep which appeared for a few hours each day during low tide, and it was all the sand I ever saw during those four days. you can bet I never once laid down on it.
other than traveling and staying in one house together, our friends and my family might as well have gone on two very different trips.
they went island hopping everyday and did all the things I looked forward to –clear skies, white sand, blue water.
alvin and I, on the other hand, stayed at the resort and made sure our 10-month-old took his naps and drank his milk, which sounds very responsible and commendable until you’re the one left behind while everyone else worked on their tan.
and nappies, we changed a lot of nappies.
so, no, it wasn’t the best holiday I’ve gone on, thank you for asking.
the little boy, on the other hand, seemed to have had a good time.
captain hook’s red parrot inn. kaputian, samal island – http://www.redparrotinn.com/
bahay ni tuding. davao city – http://www.bahaynituding.com/
before my ever-growing belly pops, alvin and i flew to boracay with friends (family, really) where we proceeded to do variations of nothing for six days.
lsm square residence, station 1: +63 36 288.1907, +63 918.559.7289
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.