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Messy Blogger Goes on Vacation

Woah, it’s been 28 days since I last wrote a post! I was still wondering why it was already March then, but tomorrow it’s already April. Whaaaat!

My self-imposed hiatus was supposed to end when I wrote my last blog post, but life happened and I didn’t have time to write again. March remained to be a fantastically busy month because we were scheduled to go on a 1-week vacation. Thus, I had needed to complete tasks for my day job and schedule/attend all the necessary real estate-related appointments before I went on leave.

Let’s pretend you’re interested in my life hahaha because I’m going to tell you about it — again.

So, we’ve gone on vacation last week. It wasn’t particularly spectacular — we didn’t even go out of the country — but it was a memorable one because we were able to visit a lot of places. We just went on a road trip to a number of provinces like Bulacan, Zambales, Pampanga, Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite. I’m a true-blue Davaoena so these places are far from me haha.

This also big deal for me because the last time I’ve been on a plane was in 2015 pa. My work life is so hectic and though we enjoy paid leaves, I just couldn’t take a leave anytime I wanted because of the responsibilities that will be left behind. Still, I’m hoping for more opportunities in the near future where I can travel and work at the same time (read: a vacation that won’t require me to wake up at 6 am everyday and follow an itinerary!).

As a family, I don’t think we’ve ever gone on a trip where all we did was stay in a resort and just dawdled. This is because my father is really really fond of going on road trips. He doesn’t want to go abroad or go on shopping trips or do extreme activities; all he wants to do is sight-see and discover places.

On the other hand, I’m the type of person who enjoys staying in bed the whole day, so staycations are my favourite kind. I also love shopping. But you can say that this trip was really for the resident senior citizen. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I mean, during this particular trip, he was able to visit his birth place, Macabebe, Pampanga, again after more than 20 years. We even went to the church where he was baptised; he was also named after the patron saint because he was born during the saint’s feast. It was a really special moment for him.

Ideally, I should’ve been able to blog during those 6-7 days that I was on vacation. But I didn’t get to do that because all I wanted to do after all those daily road trips was crawl into bed and watch TV and sleep. I brought my Kikki K planner with me but guess what, I wasn’t even able to touch it. Oh well!

Anyway, here are a few more pictures I’ve taken during our trip. 🙂

Oh but before that, I highly recommend our rental van and driver. The driver, Estoy, was really accommodating, friendly, and even funny, and he never complained even when we changed our schedule. He also took us to places he thinks we’ll enjoy even when they weren’t on our itinerary. He brought along his companion, Jun Rey, who suddenly became our photographer lol and even volunteered to take buwis-buhay pictures (just jokingly haha).

Estoy drives competently and each ride was smooth and comfortable even when we were stuck in traffic. Despite coming from Davao City where the speed limit was 30-60 kph, I didn’t feel worried at all. By the way, the duo was both Bisaya but they speak fluent Tagalog as they’ve been living in Cavite for 15 years already. Best of all, he charged really fairly (to the point where we thought he was charging too low — don’t worry, we tipped well).

You may contact Estoy at 0932 743 2421. Not necessary, but you might want to mention our name, Laxa, if you do contact him. I won’t receive any referral fee, of course, haha; I just want it to be known that I truly recommend his services to my readers. 🙂

Okay, picture overload coming up!

DAY 1

The church in Macabebe, Pampanga where my father, also named Nicolas, was baptised

Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan

Casa Real in Malolos, Bulacan

Divine Mercy National Shrine, Marilao Bulacan

The picturesque front door of the Barasoain Church

Inside the Barasoain Museum, Malolos Bulacan

DAY 2

Now my favourite place in the Philippines: Subic Bay

Ocean Adventure in Subic

At Ocean Adventure in Subic

Watching the dolphins at Ocean Adventure, Subic

Ocean Adventure, Subic

A sea lion at Ocean Adventure, Subic

We arrived at Ocean Adventure before they opened lol

Dolphins at Ocean Adventure, Subic

My sister, Chelsea, was chosen as the lucky guest at the Dolphin Show!

Smiling with Kai, the biggest sea lion

Taking a picture with the playing dolphin

The Bb. Pilipinas were also there when we went to Ocean Adventure. I only had eyes for Katarina Rodriguez, my ASNTM bet 2 seasons ago

Speed-shopping at Puregold Duty Free in Subic

DAY 3

Fort Santiago, Intramuros

Rizal Museum, Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago, Intramuros

Fort Santiago, Intramuros

DAY 4

Rizal Shrine, Calamba, Laguna

Rizal Shrine in Calamba, Laguna

Tagaytay

Rizal Shrine, Calamba Laguna

I realised I barely have any pictures of Paseo De Sta. Rosa, where we spent a long time in. Probably because we were too busy navigating the place getting lost looking for shoeses.

DAY 5

Mt. Taal up close!

Eating unique lomi at Corcolon Lomi House, San Jose, Batangas

Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace, Lipa Batangas

Escuela Pia, Taal Batangas

In front of St. Martin de Tours, Asia’s biggest stone church (pictured is our driver, Estoy)

DAY 6

Inside the Malacanang

Malacanang

Still the Malacanang

Outside the Kalayaan Hall of the Malacanang

Nice picture taken by my sister, Chelsea

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