John and I have travelled other countries when we were young. When we had our children, we decided to have Julia, Rafael and Juan travel the Philippines before exploring other countries so they can see how rich and beautiful our mother land is.
My family have been to Sagada, Baler, Baguio, Tagaytay, Pampanga, Batangas, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Bataan and Ilocos, to name a few. Our trips to these provinces brought joy and memories that I’m pretty sure my kids will remember.
Next on our list is Bohol, Palawan and Batanes. In Bohol, we plan to stay in Bohol Beach Club. I have not decided yet what hotel to stay in in Palawan. What’s sure is that we will have a trip to the Underground River, Tubbataha Reef and all the other tourist spots. Since Palawan is popular, I’ll make sure to look for accommodations in advance using booking sites like Traveloka. This website is easy to use and there are no hidden charges, so what you book is what you pay.
I have also been wanting to see three provinces where my family and friends live, namely, Tacloban, Malaybalay, Bukidnon. and Davao.
In Tacloban I will be staying with my friend Coke Young Go. Coke and her family runs a mini hotel in Tacloban. They also own the popular Chew Love Restaurant, where both locals and tourists love to eat. A little background, Coke and I met in 2009 in Manila where we were both awarded as one on The 10 Most Beautiful by a brand that endorses healthy eating.
|With Coke (in white) and make up artists. Photo taken 2009 for the magazine shoot.|
I’m definitely going to have a grand time in Malaybalay, Bukidnon as I will visiting my Aunt Vivian and my friend, Ate Lou. I would like to see the beautiful place and the flowers that Aunt Vivian carefully and lovingly tends to every day. Ate Lou owns a farm in Bukidnon where she grows cashew, banana, mango, and all other vegetables and fruits.
|Aunt Vivian's Pathway. Photo grabbed with permission from her FB|
|Ate Lou's farm. Photo grabbed with permission from her FB|
Since I have plenty of friends and relatives who live in Davao, we will definitely booking at Marco Polo so there won’t be jealousy among them (wink!). We will just visit them all to come over for coffee and dinner at the hotel.
There's just so many travel plans I have with my family by next year. It's just that traveling entails preparation and of course budget. To fully enjoy a family travel, a mom like me must have good coordination and planning to ensure that all trips turns out fun and comfortable.