River cruise and fantasy land tour

As part of the package my uncle ordered for the family. We went on a river cruise in Dapitan. The river cruise included a lunch buffet and live music. The cruise was a fun experience!

After the cruise we went on a small tour in Dapitan City, but because it was so hot that they and there were a lot of oldies with us, we decided to drop some of the things. We did however visit one of the shortest person in the world. He lives in this heritage house in Dapitan, or maybe he doesn’t live here, but it was here we visited him to see him.

His name is Junrey Balawing

He is 23 years old, and we talked to his dad. His dad said that they got kicked out of Facebook, and those who are claiming to be them on Facebook is not them at all! I think he also mentioned that his hearing and eyesight is deteriorating.

 

After our visit to Junrey we headed back to Dakak and then went to Gloria de Dapitan to eat our last supper together. We also went to the Fantasy land, but there weren’t a lot of rides that us youngsters wanted to ride. We did do the roller coaster about three times, it was fun. We wanted to go to the Horror House, but it was closed. We tried the 4D experience thingy, uhm, it wasn’t worth it. The animation was lagging and the color suddenly changed. Not worth it!

The rest of the evening we were at the arcade or was at the bar having fun eating and drinking.

Activities in Dakak Park and Beach Resort

While in Dakak, we only ever tried two of their activities. We did the zipline and snorkeling.

For the zipline, we had to be driven to the place since it was a bit far from the main area. I forgot how much it cost.

The view from where the zipline starts was amazing btw!

The zipline didn’t take long, but it was fun! The place we landed was not far from our rooms 😊 unfortunately, we didn’t buy the zipline photos 🙈

Our next activity was snorkeling. It was a bit expensive, but it included the boat trip and snorkeling equipments. My mom, my sister, and two of cousins and I did the snorkeling. I think it was about an hour or so. It was fun and the water was very clear.

We took some pictures, but not many as we were busy snorkeling

We enjoyed these activities, and if we had more time (and maybe more money) maybe we would’ve tried other activities Dakak has to offer 😊

Dakak Park and Beach Resort!

Dakak Park and Beach Resort, like a 50/50 experience here, I may need to write the good and the bad parts in separate posts.

We spent about three days in Dakak to celebrate my uncle’s birthday, my paternal uncle might I add. So five of my dad’s eight siblings were there, us ( minus my dad, my mom was invited not my dad lol), three of their cousins, four of my cousins, some of my uncles friends. We were about 25 people in total. We had to rent a tourbus to go to Dakak from Dipolog.

My uncle rented two rooms that could house about 16 people. We divided the rooms into the different sexes, the women and the mens room 🙂

Here are some photo’s of Dakak

 

Also during our first day there, one of my aunts brought rambutan, santol, mangosteen and marang. They are very expensive to buy here in Norway, but the fruits she brought with here came from their backyard.

I didn’t eat the marang, I am allergic. The mangosteen and santol was what I ate the most!

Dakak is a big place, so we weren’t able to explore everything. We usually had a program that we followed. We weren’t able to swim at some of their pools. They also had a lot of stray cats.

We did have fun in Dakak, partly because of my family. They’re fun to be with and likes to joke a lot!

 

 

Andres Bonifacio College

Andres Bonifacio College, my Alma Matter Dear… The opening of the school anthem of Andres Bonifacio College or ABC as we called it when I studied there.

I went to high school there from when I was 12 up until I was 16. The school system in the Philippines was different back then! It was grades 1-6, then 4 years of high school, then college or university

My old classmate and good friend suggested we go to our old school. She toured me and my sister around. It was actually fun because we were also reminiscing the good old times.

Even though they have demolished some old buildings and built new ones, I feel like there are still a lot of things that have remained unchanged.

 

Dipolog City

My next stop was Dipolog City! This is my mother’s hometown and where I grew up from when I was 6 or 7 up until I was 16! Dipolog City is in Mindanao, and people usually ask if it is safe there, yes it is very much safe and peaceful!

We stayed at my grandfather’s house.  My grandfather turned 90 years old this year, and it was also one of the main reasons for coming back to the Philippines this year!

My grandfather’s place is quite old, and a lot of the things there have been there for as long as I can remember.

Every morning  for breakfast, the maid (yes they have a maid there ) prepares the table. So whenever we wake up the food is ready to be eaten. Kind of weird to be honest since here we eat when we want to and usually in our rooms or the living room. There everyone had to eat at the table, together

 

I stayed in Dipolog City for a week though, so more posts about it coming 😊

Cavite City

My first stop in the Philippines was naturally Manila, but I didn’t really stay there for so long because I went to Cavite City.

Cavite City, the city where my paternal side of the family comes from. I visited Cavite City when I first a child, during one of our vacations to the Philippines. The funny thing is that I never visited the city when my dad decided to relocate the whole family to the Philippines.

Cavite city is about half an hour or an hour away from Manila, depending on the traffic.

Since my dad came back to the Philippines, he has been living in Cavite. Naturally, since it is his hometown.

My dad took me on a small tour around Cavite, unfortunately it was while I was inside the car, and it was also raining outside. Ergo these photos 😛

My dad usually took me around to see his cafeterias, where he lives and etc. I could tell he was very happy to see me again, I mean he has not seen me in over 7 years. So I always got introduced to everyone! I was happy he was happy, but felt a bit awkward since I had to meet a lot of people that I don’t really know.

I didn’t stay at my dad’s place. They were renovating their place, so they booked me a room at a hotel. It was clean and it was okay. I had to have a chaperone though. My dad had to make sure I would wake up early, so he had one of his workers with me. They wake up early in the Philippines.

As I mentioned I had an early flight the following day. So by 5AM we had to be awake, but also because my dad’s god-daughter wanted to meet me. So we went to McDonalds to eat breakfast before we headed to the airport.

I wished I could have stayed longer in Cavite. To get to know the city more, my heritage and the rest of my extensive family.

My dad was really sad to see me leave, I could really feel that he missed me so bad, and my siblings as well. I think the next time I wil be in the Philippines I would want to visit Cavite again.

Philippines 2019

This year I went to the Philippines for my summer vacation. It has been about 4 years since my last visit there.

I spent about two, almost three weeks there with my mom and my sister. Going to different places almost each week 😅

I flew with Thai Airways for the first time! Quite an enjoyable flight and will most likely fly with them again.

I will write about the different places I went to and write individual posts about them.

 

For now, I have to go to bed. I’ve got an early shift tomorrow

Hi!

I have updated my luggage tag post with new tags 🙂

I am so sorry for being away for so long. I worked a lot during the summer and I went on a vacation (will post about my summer vacation) soon.

The day after I came back, I went straight to work and have been working a lot of extra shifts. I’ve set a goal this year that I would save as much as I can.School also started, and my classes are all mandatory.

My schedule looks like this since August:

  • Monday: 14-16 school. 1630 onwards work
  • Tuesday: 12-14 school. 17-2030 work out (travel time included)
  • Wednesday: Work (either early, I have started around 4 sometimes if I am lucky, after 14). School 12-14.
  • Thursday: School 12-14. 17-2030 work out (travel time included)
  • Friday: Work starts anywhere from 4am or finished by 1 am. It depends really
  • Saturday: workout 10-1430 (travel time included as well. from 16 or 17 off to work
  • Sunday: Sunday work from 16 or 17

and then when Sunday comes, it’s back to Monday again, and the whole week repeats again.

when it is my weekend off or whenever I have an early shift on Friday or Wednesday I try to go home to my moms place.

 

Will try to post my summer vacation slowly 🙂

Now I am off to work, again 🙂

Happy Saturday 💖

Reklame | Bijoux Love

Happy Saturday!

Today is one of my long awaited day off!

I have been working a lot of early shifts since Wednesday and been busy being social like meeting friends!

I finally get to read Louis Vuitton’s book number 10 that I received a few days ago 🙈

I also received the Summer Vibe bracelet from Bijoux Love 💖The pineapple is so cute and very summery 🍍🍍🍍

I also have a 50% dicount if you use the code kathinlvoe50 on their site Bijoux Love.

I am so far enjoying my day off with ny family, wishing you a lovely weekend 💖

Parisian food, or is it?

I swear, everytime I am in Paris or any other countries, I always go for Asian food. This trip was not any different, although we did go to KFC first 🙈

 

We don’t have KFC in Norway, so whenever I visit a country that has one I try to visit it.

Our dinner before the BTS concert was a sushi set menu, one that was quite hard to finish. There was just too many rice!

Coconut juice for our drink

 

Miso soup

 

Our sushi menu 🙈 very delicious by the way

On our last day in Paris, we actually went to eat brunch at Five Guys.

The fries were meh, the burger was OK. There were too many flavors in one I wasn’t really able to savour everything

For a midday snack, I bought crepe with nutella and coconut

This was good, but it was way too sweet after the third bite. Too much chocolate 😅

And lastly for our dinner before leaving Paris, we went to a Vietnamese restaurant. I rarely eat Vietnamese food such as Pho, because my bf is not a fan of them. Luckily I was travelling with my sister and wanted to eat pho as well🙈

 

Next time I will travel with my sister or mother, I will try to eat less asian food. Or we’ll just see

 

All this food talk and photos just made me hungry 🙈