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Monday, February 17, 2014

The 5-Day Homecoming Vacay Part 3

It's swimming day! 

I think that I owe it to my nephew that we, as family, will go out swimming. He’s been asking me when we’re going out for the beach since we arrived. So swimming day it was! However, we didn't go to the beach. We went to a public swimming pool nearby. The place is called – Nature’s Bounty Resort. It looked really old now. It didn't look like it was even renovated. It’s the same old resort.

When my siblings and I were kids, our Mom brings us here to break the monotony of school and home. I remember how excited I was to play in the pool with my brothers. Nature’s Bounty Resort was the place we somehow learned how to swim. And it was the only public swimming pool in town. We’d spend the whole day in the pool despite the scorching heat of the sun and the crowd on weekends. We didn't mind. We were kids! It was so much fun!

There are several other swimming pools in town now but one of them was close for the day and the other doesn't allow cooking or grilling inside their compound. So we didn't have a choice but settle at this resort. It was still fun especially for Brandon.

Lainy's family drove all the way from GenSan to have fun with us. It was Shane’s birthday – she’s Lainy's sister-in-law. It was a good time to celebrate her birthday as well. The whole gang was there including the little boy – Morning Dew. 

I didn't swim with Brandon because I just had my hair rebonded. He kept asking me to swim with him but he later understood that as much as I’d like to, I can’t. I told him, “Tita’s hair will get destroyed if I swim.” He just said, “Okay, Tita. Just Tito JunJun and Brandon.” I feel a little jealous but it’s okay. I content myself on watching from the distance and snap memorable pictures of the gang.

The piggy back ride... LOL!

There goes Morning Dew's cute smile and the silly Brandon. hehehe

My boyfriend finally gave up! LOL!

Haha! My adorable nephew!!!

I promised myself to include swimming on a beach in my itinerary the next time I come home.

The 5-Day Homecoming Vacay Part 2

The preceding days of our 5-day vacay in my hometown were spent visiting relatives and friends and checking the properties that my Mom has been telling me about. She wanted me to help decide on what to do with them but the final decision was still up to her. Me and my boyfriend just added some inputs on whatever is best to do with her properties. I promised her to help out on the finances once she started doing the projects. So help me, God. :D

We went to the farm that was recently vacated by the ungrateful tenant who lived on our land for years. He gave my Mother a lot of headaches. Finally, him and his family are out of the 1-hectare land. We all hope and pray they won’t come back and mess up with my Mother anymore. I'm really thankful for the moral support we get from some of my relatives. They are willing to help my Mom out no matter what. :)

It was quite a long and bumpy ride but he seemed to enjoy it. :)


We visited some of my beloved relatives in Tupi, South Cotabato after the farm visit. It was a weekday so we actually didn’t see most of my aunts and uncles. They were at work. We had lunch at a chicken house and spent few more hours with cousins and nieces. We headed home before the sun sets.

I wish on our next homecoming, it’ll fall on holidays so I’d get to see a lot of my beloved relatives. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

The 5-Day Homecoming Vacay Part 1

Last week was the first homecoming vacation for this year. Like every other homecoming, it felt like 5-days is too short. It's really not enough. Although I get to spend time with my family, I wish it was more than 5-day. You know what I'm talking about.

The most recent homecoming vacation is extra special because I brought along my boyfriend with me. We decided it was about time for him to meet the rest of my family. He already met my brother Florante, my nephew Brandon and my mother during their stay here in Manila last year. He was able to spend sometime with them when they were here in Manila. He just haven't met my older brother, Aleksander. And of course, it's about time for him to meet some of my relatives and friends back home. It's about time for him to check out my hometown. :)

My boyfriend and I were already anxious about the homecoming weeks before our scheduled flight. Finally, it was Sunday morning of January 26. He was able to set foot on General Santos City.

My usual first stop was at Lainy's home. My boyfriend met my favorite Aunt Rose and cousins Mark and Jayson and his son - Morning Dew. We had breakfast and later on my Aunt insisted that we have lunch before going home in Polomolok. So we stayed at their home for few more hours and chatted for a while. Lainy was able to join our chat via Skype. As you all know, she migrated in Australia with her husband. Thank God for technology, families stay connected even if they're miles apart. :)

Mark and Jayson with Morning Dew offered to drive us home after lunch. How convenient, right? We had more time to catch up. I miss this cousins of mine, really. I'm glad they were doing good with the band - Kuerdas Band and with each of their personal and family lives. My boyfriend on the other hand was trying to get along with my cousins and sometimes join in the conversation. He didn't have a hard time with my cousins. They have been really nice to my boyfriend. :)

We reached my home after about an hour. Mark drives really slow, eh? LOL! He's a very careful driver. 

I thought nobody was home when I opened the front door. Until I heard my nephew crying inside the room. He was waking his father up and kept asking why they were sleeping when his Tita Allena is coming home?? LOL! He's that excited to see me! The feeling is of course, mutual. And voila! There I was right in front of him! He hugged me so tight and got more surprised when he saw his Tito Junjun (my boyfriend). He was so happy, we all can tell! 

The hyper-active boys got switched right on! LOL! He's got Morning Dew as his playmate. We just let the little boys carry on playing while the grown ups chatted at the same we all were watching them play. It was indeed a good sigh of relief to be back home!