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Holidays, festivities and fiestas whatever you call it.. it sounds FUN!

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What makes Christmas and New Year so special?  

It is a time to celebrate with loved ones and far far away friends and to continue good memories with them.  All I know I am happy remembering my good old childhood years and celebrations like this made me go back to some happy years of my life!

You bet, I went overseas to spend again these holidays with them so please wait while I prepare some post though I have promised some backlogs trips (Switzerland) mid-year last year.  I hope you won’t be confused which one is a recent trip but, here are some teaser for this recent trip celebrating Christmas and New Year in the Philippines!  🙂

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Every mall around the country has X’mas decorations!

My favorite destination as I keep coming back to TAGAYTAY.  The 2ND summer capital of the Philippines (South).

 

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On top of People’s Park, Tagaytay. Vinneve photo

 

 

The 1st summer capital (North).

 

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Burnham Park, Baguio. Vinneve photo

And of course my good times in my own province in Batangas but most of it are private photos but I have some older post LINK here if you are curious.  Same good old feelings of my childhood.  Same people who love me even if I only see them once a year or two. This makes the occasions more festive, more fun and storing it in my son’s memory bank.  I want him to remember the other half of him… half Filipino and feel the love and unique as he can be.  

 

I wish YOU all a Happy New Year and thank GOD for all the blessings coming your way!

Cheers!

 

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Philippines: The Countryside

TAGAYTAY CITY

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One of my favorite place to go out of Manila is Tagaytay City.  Cool but warm people welcoming you as they are used to so many tourists both foreign nationals and locals flocking to their beautiful City which is also one of the many provinces of the Country.

“Allow NATURE’s peace to flow into you as Sunshine flows into trees”  by John Muir

I always go to provinces and enjoy LIFE and SERENITY it brings.

PICNIC GROVE – Park, Picnic & Adventure.

SKY RANCH – Fun and adventure for the whole family

Places nearby.

BATANGAS CITY

This is my province on my mother side.  I am much closer to my relatives here so I am always visiting whenever I am in the Country.  Batangas is famous for beautiful beaches and rugged forest.  Here a glimpse of where I spent some of my childhood memories with my cousins and many relatives.  It changed though as nowadays the same road that I walked through when the road is made of lava stones are now a busy concrete road to a famous resort and to other “Barrio” district/suburb.  I found out that a big Corporation is buying out some big lands here and I knew having a land here is like having a goldmine so it pays to keep it for the next generation to enjoy than have this Commercial giant owned some pieces of it, nature will not be the same again.  As the younger generation leaves for Manila or abroad it is sad but it is inevitable this might happen.

And here where I spent some of our days with my favorite aunt who also takes care of me while I was a child.  Lots of foods to go nearby… pomelo, papaya, kamias for sour soup and I consider this as a fruit as I ate this so much when I was a child. So many fruits and vegetables here not to mention that Batangas is known for it’s coffee beans.

Kamias, also called bilimbi, cucumber tree or tree sorrel  photocredit: Wikipedia

And yes this is TRUE… for me at least.

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I hope you like this post and please do comment, much appreciated. 🙂

Also please do not copy the photos without crediting me or mentioning my blog.  Thanks!

This LINK (Byahe/Journey of/ ni Drew) you will see some insights and beautiful places in my beloved province of my birth Country.  I will always love this place!