Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts


One of the reasons we are in  Paoay  is because I have been complaining to Bryan how tired and drained I have been lately.  I have been noticing how I easily get impatient, sad, and irritated with the simplest and littlest things.  This "attitude" has been slowly affecting my relationship with Bryan and Risen, my work and even in my personal life.  Thankfully, while randomly checking out Cebu Pacific rates, I saw a promo fare that is perfect for Bry's semestral break.

I knew in my heart what I needed is a long, real and quality vacation.  I was fully aware my body, spirit and soul  are longing for rest.  And when I say rest it means to...

When I was a teacher, I looked forward the 3 month summer vacation where I can spend my free time outside Luzon.  The Visayas (Iloilo, Roxas, Bacolod) became a favorite destination where I I always looked forward to devouring native food, listening to foreign language, being with random groups of people, staying under the sun and immersing in a diverse and different culture.  This kind of rest made me ready to face another school year.  I remember going back to school with the darkest tan and a full heart ready to work again . 

This is also what I hope to do in Ilocos.  I look forward to people watching, catching up with my Ilokano, being with different people and filling myself up with Daddy's cooking.  I also hope to stare at the stars (the sky in Paoay seems to be really high and there are lots of stars here!!!), run in the park, stay longer in bed, and just really do things without thinking much.

Eat and Enjoy
Vacation means eating and enjoying what the day brings.  Though I still teach online (2-3 hours per day), I  do a lot of rest, family time and me time on the side.  Aside from this, I also take this chance to catch up on my reading, eat, visit Bry's childhood friends (who are really close to me now as well), eat, visit  places nearby Paoay, eat, have long talks with my husband and his folks, eat, have longer devotions and prayer time, eat, sleep, eat.  To sum it up, I am excited to my version of Eat, Pray, Love life in this quiet neighborhood.

I need to stop my routines.  I need to stop thinking of what to do, cook, clean, budget, or make next.  I need to stop being at home most of the time.  I need to stop being in the same neighborhood.  I need to stop.  I just really need to stop.  And here in Paoay, I can gladly stop.  Praise God!

have Time
I just want to have time without thinking about time with Bryan, Risen and myself.  Recently we have been living in a house with an alram clock.  We have  been buzzerbeaters.  We are constantly hurrying.  Here in Paoay, I am thrilled to just let time pass.  To be lazy.  To lounge around.  To stare blankly.

I also want to have longer talks with God.  Hear from Him and rest in Him.  All in all, as many of you knows, He alone can give us rest.

Psalm 73:26 
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Psalm 62:1-2 
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

                                                                  1 Peter 5:7                                                                   “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
                                                                   Psalm 62:5                                                                       “Yes, my soul, find rest in God: my hope comes from him.”

Paoay Summer Vacation 2014

Since college, I have never been a fan of 3 day trips.  I seldom stay in a new place for 2 nights, instead I always make sure to stay longer to really get to know the place, taste the local food and speak with the community.  This is so true for trips that require planes.  The first time I went to Boracay (2004), I was there for 2 long weeks.  Feeling ko kasi, pagod lang ang three day trips.  It will never be relaxing.  It will never be enough.

That is why, I am so grateful for our 3 week stay here in Paoay.  It was such a refreshing and fulfilling vacation.  We got to spend time (especially Risen) with Mommy and Daddy and got to reconnect with relatives, church mates and a few neighbors.  The abundance of local food also satisfied me, I mean us. :) Naimas (delicious) and veggies dito! Always organic and fresh from the farm.  I don't think I can ever find such greens in the Metro!  Oh plus the Tupig, Bagnet, Empanada, dudol (like Maja Blanca), Carrot cake of La Preciosa , and Daddy's Dinuguan and Igado! YUM!!

I also found God here.  He confirmed some things we have been asking for.  He also provided and made a lot of things more beautiful for us.  Though I was not able to understand the preachings in Bry's home church (mostly Ilokano), my spirit was silenced and comforted with the hymns and classic Christian songs we sung.  It feels so refreshing to worship God with old and slow songs with just a piano accompanying it.  I will surely miss this!


Thank you for Paoay. Thank you for remembering my prayer in high school when I wished to have a province hours away from Manila.  Naalala mo po talaga!  Thank you for the beach that Risen got to experience and I got to swim in .  Thank you for family who have done all good things for us!  Thank you for the rest and change of environment.  Thank you because You have blessed me with in-laws that I will always look forward of visiting.  Thank you for the fun, kwentos, fresh air, and love!  God, You always amazes me!  I will  forever be grateful! <3 span="">

Thailand day 6 - (still) in Phuket

Just like my family’s tradition, we went to the Turtle Mart (grocery place) early in the morning to buy snacks we can munch for it is our most favourite time of the year (and snacks are pricey in hotels).  Since this day was our last whole day too, we grabbed the chance to enjoy our hotel and beach more.  It felt like we were forever on the pool side.  Mas naaliw pa kami when Santa Clause visited the people in the swimming area.  We were like kids so excited so we called him for a picture – it was definitely sugar rush! 

The morning was further spent doing nothing --just transferring from beach chair to another, vegetating, people watching.   For lunch, we headed to a 5 minute walk carinderia (where the hotel staff eat) and satisfied ourselves with a last hurrah of real Thai food.

The afternoon seemed long and short.  We both wanted to linger more but we are also excited for the real world.  We started talking about what we will do when we reach Manila, and this did not spoil our vacation for because we know this is grander than what we have now.

Our last night was concluded with a fancy dinner at Takieng (fine-dining restaurant of the hotel). We ate in the second floor with dim lights, overlooking the beach.  Our toes would sometimes touch other as we savor every bite of what is on our dinner plate. 

As always, we walked out of the restaurant with our hands clasped.  Only this time, my head was leaning on his shoulder and I whispered the words “I love you, husband”.  He then leaned on me and kissed me on the forehead saying “I love you too, wife”.