April 30, 2011

Our last day in Vancouver today before we start heading back home to Elko. I saw this billboard downtown.






Vancouver's flowers are blooming beautifully.






Leaning homes. Are they really?







Tulips by English bay. Such a glorious day today.













April 29, 2011

Today Ron and I went to White Rock, BC. This is an artwork I saw painted in one of the many trash cans lining the very neat White rock beach.











There were lots of birds by the beach.







This is the famous White Rock - where the town is named after.









Reminds me of an Alfred Hitchcock film.







April 28, 2011

I had to be at the airport at around 3:30AM as my flight was to leave at 6:30. Here is a photo I took as I was lining up to get checked in.






Leaving soon. I think about all of my friends and family that I will be leaving behind and I feel a bit sad. I just count my blessings and I am grateful for having spent 4 months where my old home was.






Up in the air on that long 11 hour flight.







Arrived in Vancouver finally. I'm so happy to be with Ron. He and I are family. It feels great to be home. This is a pivotal point in my life where I knew for sure where home is. My ties to my old country will always be there, but this is where I want to be. This is where I am happiest and feel most loved.

April 27, 2011


Manila was hot and humid. They had free wifi as a way to attract customers and so I hung out there. The heat of Manila is something that is really hard to get used to. I will miss my family and friends in the Philippines.

April 26, 2011



My Dad and brother and nephews. It will be a while before I see them again. I had taken this photo just before I left for Canada.

Palawan 2011


It feels so good to have moments of quiet contentment.






I like this mountain.






Coconut trees!






My favorite spot






The sound of the ocean, the perfect warm weather and cool ocean breeze. I loved that moment.






Early morning breeze





The Kalabaw






Thank you God.







It was early morning when I took this photo. It was the same morning we were leaving back to Manila. I will miss this place.

April 11 & 12, 2011 - Day 2 & 3 of 7 day vacation

Waiting for breakfast at the Casa Fuerte.





Looking forward to another awesome day!





Nice and warm sunny morning.






Family





City tour







The Binuatan Factory.






Beautiful colors.






Beautiful Bags and purses.







Binuatan weaver.






How they make it.







Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center.
Click here for more details about this place.






They don't make any noise actually.





They are huge!






Nature trail.






Souvenirs.






Save the monkeys.






They insisted I have a solo shot. Oh well..








Family





With the poor baby crocodile.






Crocodile skin feels clean and smooth, but still gives me a strange nervous feeling. I don't know why I find it a bit challenging to like reptiles. I'll try and like anyway. haha.









Palawan






At the Palawan Bakers Hill. They have lots of pasties and yummy goodies.







Behind us is some rich guy's mansion.




This photo was taken in the afternoon. I wanted to try the zip line behind us but the city tour service kept on telling us everywhere we stopped "you only have 15-20 minutes". Kinda ruins the tour. Made us wish we should have just done the tour independently.








Heading to Sabang. Takes 2 hours to get there.





Interesting ride.






Arrived at the Sheridan Hotel.






Our first dinner at the Hotel.







They said the pool was closed at 9PM but I snuck in anyway. Oh this is just sooo good.








I could hear the ocean waves from the pool. The beach is close by.







a most wonderful time to meditate.











I slept a few hours and woke up early.









Nice cool morning.








Boats








I look forward to having breakfast there.







This is the building where we stayed.





Very inviting pool.





Something about the sound of water that makes me feel so relaxed..





I must try this.






sun coming out soon.






Lovely coconut trees






Hardly anyone here - its so relaxing.






Must be nice.






Man and his cow.






Silhouettes





Walking the dogs






Man and expectant mom.






Sun is now coming out.






We had a little bit of drizzle in the afternoon. Still perfect!






At noon I was already having my beer. How could I resist?




In the afternoon





In the morning after breakfast





People starting to come out






Palawan






Happy boy






Today I went for a walk.





Someone hates her or what she does.






Boat men.






Inday Bing Bing




Sabang






Hot and Humid, but still perfect weather!




At the dock






Park Ferry Service






Halo-Halo





Happiness is eating Halo-halo on a vacation. Haha





Local Sari-sari store




Print ads in a local store.






My brother













Kuya






at the pool in the afternoon






happy






My niece






Bola






Bola













Evening arrives.






Went to a kubo restaurant for dinner. The free use of the guitar was added bonus.






Mr. Crab. Saw this at the beach tonight