Our recent trip to the United States reignited Mavi’s interest in geography and he asked me if he can review our landmarks of the world figures so he can check the places that he has already visited.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
The highlights of our stay at my parents house were the New Year's celebration and our island beach escapade.
It is a tradition in our family to gather and celebrate all together on New Year’s eve. It was Mavi’s first time to party with his grandparents, uncles and aunties.. and cousins! (Sorry can’t post family pictures for privacy :D)
Seeing a whole roasted pig for the first time.
I was teaching him how to light a sparkler!
And the little boy so interested with this horn.
After the New Year, we headed out to an island beach resort which is 4 hrs drive from home. I really wanted Mavi to experience how we enjoy the beach in the Philippines. It’s not just about swimming in the water but doing lots of play and island adventure as well.
Making sandcastle :)
Island hopping with cousin
Riding in front of the fishing boat is so much compared to being inside. Mavi with my not so little brother.
Oh we are missing all of these already!!
My son suffered separation anxiety for awhile. But I comforted him that we’ll have lots of family adventures here as well once it is springtime. I know its different with other families and relatives around, but we can’t do anything about it since they’re millions miles away from us. I love it that Mavi appreciated the trip, that he was able to appreciate the presence of other family members and felt the love that they have for him (and his brother).
Now I can’t wait to go back! LOL
Sunday, January 18, 2015
As you all know, family and I went home last month to celebrate Christmas and New Year with the family in our homeland. I've always wanted Mavi to experience how it's like to celebrate the holidays at home, to be with grandparents, cousins and relatives and to enjoy the local sights and festivities.
So allow me to share some pictures from our trip. First stop, the in-laws!
We always visit the zoo whenever we go places. And we’re so lucky that there’s a new zoo located near my in-laws place. Because we were considered as “VIP”, we get to have our own tour guide and had a close encounter with most of the animals in the zoo.
Here we get to….
Hold a parrot
Get lost in the Garden Maze
Feed the ostrich
Feed the monkey
Feed a camel, goat, and donkey
And see in person the animal that produces one of the most expensive coffees in the world, the wild civet.
We love that there was a night carnival in town! First time for Mavi to be out at night (not in the cold), and enjoying the carnival ride!
Saving the best for last, we visited the newly established Dinosaur Island, just a few minutes from the in-law’s place. Mavi's obsessed with dinosaurs and he was ecstatic upon arrival!
The Dinosaur Island is right in the middle of a rainforest, and that dinosaur statues were so impressive! It's like an outdoor museum of dinosaurs, and even if their animation and sound effects were limited, Mavi and the entire had a wonderful time viewing the elect... dinosaurs.
Aside from these sights, we get to visit relatives as well. After celebrating Christmas at my in-laws house, we travelled again for a day via a domestic flight going to my folk’s house to spend the New Year. Pictures coming up for Part II!