BLOG: The best part of our homecoming in the eyes of our children

 

Family is back in Winnipeg after a month long of  very short vacation in our homeland– the beautiful Philippines.

This trip is very precious to us.  It took us a decade to do it.

Here is  a list  of  TOP SIX  most significant highlights  of the trip  (with ranking)  in the eyes of my nine year old daughter Deona.

My six year old son Zedric gave only one top favorite which I will mention later.

 

Top 6.  Horseback riding @ the city of Pines, Baguio City.

Deona loves horseback riding.  We thought a visit to Baguio City was perfect.

 

She  had a great time except   she confided  feeling bad everytime the horse caretaker hit the horse just to make it run.  She and Zedric got a great bonding time with cousin Ada.

 

 

 

Top 5.  Giant waves and zip lining  at Amana Waterpark Philippines in  Pandi,Bulacan  and  swimming with cousins in Hot spring in Los Banos, Laguna.

Kids got a  thrilling and exciting time at the big wave-pool  with  families from Daddy’s  side at Amana Resort. Zedric got  unforgettable  meet-up with life-size Mignons. Great  swimming  with families from Mommy’s side in Los Banos.

 

Top 4. Up close  with wildlife at the Safari.

 

Kids love animals. And so we have included a visit to a zoo as part of  itinerary.  The Safari Zoo in Calauit Island in Palawan is known for African animals like giraffes and zebras roaming  freely.   The reserve which was a project in the early  70s is  still   untouched  of  any modern development  giving the place a really laidback  natural atmosphere.

 

  

 

 

 

 

Top 3. Rides @ Enchanted Kingdom, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

 

This trip would not be complete without a visit to an amusement park. Enchanted Kingdom  in our province   is a popular theme park  known for  a hundred  rides and attractions . Deona’s personal favorites include the Anchor’s Away and the roller coaster while Zedric owns the bragging rights of  riding the  giant  ferris wheel.

 

 

Top 2. Snorkelling, kayaking and swimming  in  Coron and Busuanga,  Palawan.

 

Of all the things  the kids  did,  the  islands tour  was Zedric’s  favorite. He kept telling us he wanted to come back again even before we left.

We travelled by boat to  Coron’s  breathtaking sites that  included Siete Pecados, Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon  which are  known  in the world for  clear water,  white sand, lovely shores and  beautiful corals and fishes.

I am, by nature scared of  water.  Ocean is lovely but also very deep.  A trained and licensed tourist guide (Argel Daet) who went with the kids   gave me a little peace of mind.

Kids fell in love with  their very first  snorkelling experience.

 

 

 

 

 

A  visit to any island in Palawan can be made independent of  a  travel package especially if you are  the adventurous and practical type.

However,  for a  stress free tour, there are a number  of   local travel and tour  agencies that  arrange  hotel accommodation and  boat tour packages  with some inclusions like meals and  airport  pick up and drop off.  They  come with a  price tag  but will  definitely  make  your travel smooth and complete. I notice that they don’t really differ much in terms of prices  on  tour packages.

We  paid  for the service of  Caramian Wonders Travel and Tours.  Owner-manager  Aileen Tualla took care of everything for us which included accommodation in Coron Village Lodge,  tourist guide, shuttle service and boat tours. You may also check with Jen and Gil Travel and Tours for tours that include round trip flights or Lakbay Coron.

 

 

Top 1. Meeting  family members from both sides of the clan

 

When asked which of the places we went to and which of the things we did, they enjoyed most,  my daughter’s top pick strikes me.   She said  meeting her cousins, uncles,  aunties and relatives  from both sides of the family was the most essential part of this trip.

 

 

 

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Each moment spent with loved ones (especially with the two Lolas)   each bite we had and each places we visited left a beautiful mark  the kids brought with them back to Winnipeg.

 

Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude and joy to be able to connect with the most important part of our being.  And  to  let our kids appreciate this kind of joy of coming home,  to where we were planted.

 

And to where our hearts will always stay.

 

 

 

 

 

And the magic stays with us till our next homecoming.

 

 

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