Sunday, October 14, 2007

Philippines Holiday 2007: Dumaguete

We arrived in Dumaguete on we were met at the airport by my parents and my brother. We haven't seen them in a couple of years so it was really good to see them again. Of course, they were especially glad to see the kids and it showed. We planned this vacation probably almost 10 months in advanced so we could coincide with my own parents vacation from the US and it was great to sort of see the plans come together.

The old house is still standing and flourishing, I think, thanks to the Canday-ong gang. I can't say the same for the rest of the neighborhood though. At first glance, Dumaguete seemed to have let itself go, it's not as clean, nor as orderly as I remember. But then, after a few days, I realised that I was probably has always been like that. A little more people, a little more chaotic, but still the same Dumaguete as before.

Our days in Dumaguete consisted mostly of eating and sleeping, LOL. I should let the girl tell you all about it but she's packed her journal now ready to be shown to school tomorrow. Seriously though, it was great to see the family again. Particularly great was to see them with their grandkids, their niece and nephew. Back here in Adelaide, my wife and I often talk about how our kids antics can only be seen and appreciated by us, and how we wish the rest of the family could see them. Well, this holiday the rest of the family finally got to see how great the kids have turned out so far. I was particularly happy that the kids actually got to spend quality time with my siblings and parents, from tickling Lola Etts in bed, to watching TV with Lolo Dadad, going bowling with Tito Tater Bum-bum or eating out with Tita Zai. It was too bad that my youngest bro couldn't be there with us but I'm sure we'll get to see him soon, I hope.

At any rate, vacation time is never enough and despite having the most wonderful time we had to leave all too soon.


zaizee said...

awh. The vacation was absolutely FUN! i miss you guys already. :)

chaz said...

I know! Missing you all too...