The family that travels together…

…stays together :)

Yes, I’m kind of feeling a little homesick right now… It’s been quite a while since the last time I’ve had a video chat with my ermat, my sis, my nephews and nieces. :/ Puro messages na lang via Facebook! Oh the problem with time zone difference!

So here I am, browsing some old pics, of old travel memories…

2009 – Probably the oldest travel memory that’s been documented through a digicam… All other past trips were either on photo paper or not documented at all… :) During this year, we spent our Christmas day at Ozamis City (my parents’ hometown) while the next two days, we did a road trip in Northern Mindanao… :)

Ozamis 2009  --click on image for a full view :)

My nieces and nephews, and Bravo (my uncle’s Horse)… Copra—our family’s source of living :)

Went to visit my uncle’s house at this place we all call as “Bukid”, located at Manaka, Ozamis. I remember the hassle we felt when we used to visit this place during my childhood; because Bukid is a little far from the city, we had to walk a long mile. But during our visit in 2009, the road’s mostly paved, and our multicab made it up until my uncle’s house….so wala nang lakad moments :)

Ozamis 2009  --click on image for a full view :)

Up: With my nephews, nieces and cousins, with Milagring (my uncle’s carabao)… Down: My brother-in-law (as Milagring hahaha!) pulling the cart…

We just simply enjoyed the Bukid-way-of-living… Simple but full of fun!

And I remember the Northern Mindanao Roadtrip that we had after Christmas… (Click here for the related post)

Mindanao Roadtrip 2009 --click on image for a full view :)

Mindanao Roadtrip 2009

2010 – It was during this year that I decided to treat them all for a trip to Manila… Oh well, thanks to Cebu Pacific for the promo tix—like getting 11 roundtrip (Zamboanga-Manila) tix for just around Php1,700!!! :D That was awesome! :) Most of them were first timers, so probably they enjoyed the trip…

At Mall of Asia --click on image for a full view :)

Tamang tambay at Mall of Asia :)

We didn’t have plans to go out of the city, so I brought them to Mall of Asia… hahaha! and the kids enjoyed it… Sila naman ang importante eh! :D After MOA, I brought them to Manila Ocean Park where they enjoyed the Oceanarium (I didn’t have copies of the pics from my sis’ camera).

Manila Ocean Park 2009 --click on image for a full view :)

At Manila Ocean Park…

And at night, we watched the musical fountain show…I got the tix at a discount through vouchers hehehe! Thank you!! :D

And the rest of the days in Manila were spent at tsangge (Baclaran and Greenhills); shopping and foodtripping… :D

2011 – Oh well, we were stuck in Zamboanga during this year… But we went out for an overnight trip at one resort in Cabaluay, which is called Virnell Farm and Mountain Park. The place is about 17 km from downtown Zamboanga and an additional 4 km from the national highway.

Swimming Pools in Virnell  --click on image for  a full view :)

Swimming pools in Virnell :)

One of the amenities of the park: pools for adults, for kids and a private one used only by those occupying the big house at the back part of the resort.

Virnell Farm  --click on image for a full view :)

Videoke Stall and Rooms for Overnight Stay…

We made use of one of the videoke stalls, not far from the pools. Enjoyed singing with my siblings and neighbors (haha! Yes, may kasama kaming mga kapitbahay! =p), and of course enjoyed eating lechon!!! :D

There are other activities around the park such as caving hehehe! The cave’s just a fifteen-minute walk away from the main resort…

Cave at Virnell  --click on image for a full view :)

The Cave at Virnell :)

And horseback-riding and zipling; both I didn’t try though. hehehe! I just didn’t feel like horseback-riding. Much more ziplining upon seeing the kind of zipline that they have hahaha! scary! :D parang buwis-buhay eh! Parang and stopper ay puno ng niyog, walang bantay sa dulo! Haha! =p

at Virnell Farm --click on image for a full view :)

My sis (who’s more adventurous than I am) doing horseback-riding… My brother-in-law’s nephew trying the zipline…

2012 – Did a CebuBohol again, but this time with my family. This was a special request from my Ermat, who wanted to set foot at Cebu and Bohol. So during my homecoming in August 2012 (from Indonesia), and just in time for my ermat’s birthday, all of us (except for our eldest bro, who opted to stay in Zambo), went for the 3D3N trip!

Cebu 2012 --click on image for a full view :)

Cebu 2012 – Taoist Temple :)

Cebu 2012 --click on image for a full view :)

Cebu 2012 – Sto. Nino Church and Magellan’s Cross

Hmmm. Wasn’t able to go to Bantayan… haha! Pangarap! I know I mentioned in my old Cebu blog post that if ever I get the chance to visit Cebu, I’ll make sure I’ll go and see Bantayan Island… Pero hindi carry ng time and ng budget kung lahat sila ililibre ko hahaha! Next time! :)

Bohol 2012 --click on image for a full view :)

Bohol 2012 – Chocolate Hills and Butterfly Sanctuary :)

Bohol 2012 --click on image for a full view :)

Bohol 2012 — Man-made Forest, Tarsier Conservation Area, Loboc River :)

Bohol 2012 --click image for a full view :)

Bohol 2012

And oh by the way, we ended this Cebu-Bohol trip with a celebration of my ermat’s birthday!!! <3

Cebu 2012 --click on image for a full view :)

Cebu 2012 – Celebrating my ermat’s birthday in Cebu :)

2013 – Where to go this year??? Well, probably just around Zamboanga again hehe! Tipid-tipid muna… Wanted to plan for a trip outside of Pinas, pero di talaga kaya ilibre ang 11 pax!!! :D

Sta. Cruz Island maybe??
I’ve been here once, but my family’s never been here… :) Pwede!

Sta. Cruz Island - Zamboanga --click on image for a full view :)

Sta. Cruz Island – Zamboanga City

Photos grabbed from Jun Villegas ( and Marcos (

Or how about Merloquet Falls?!?!
Never been to this place!!!

Merloquet Falls - Zamboanga City --click on image for a full view :)

Merloquet Falls – Zamboanga City

Photos grabbed from Kara Santos (

I guess, this wouldn’t be on my family’s list, considering there are kids, hassle sa hiking! haha! :)

Hayyy I’m so stoked for September!!!! 5 months to go!!! :D By then, malalagyan na ng mukha yang mga lugar na yan! :D But for now, imagine imagine na lang muna…


2009 Northern Mindanao Roadtrip with Family

DIY: Part 1 of 3_Nakapag-BOHOL Dahil sa Raffle!

DIY: Half-day Unguided Cebu City Tour

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