Roots


Having had enough of bumming for weeks inside the house, the siblings asked if we could go on a trip. Naturally, I obliged being the semi-wanderlust that I am. Char. Hahaha. Anyway, so where’s our destination? The ‘rents hometown—Legazpi!

We left Manila by lunch time (which was awfully late because we should have left at 10:00AM) and it took us 13 hours before we reached Legazpi – after midnight. Our ~favorite cousin fetched us at the bus terminal and went home to get that much needed stretching and rest. The next day, our mini-adventures began. J

One of the highlights of our trip was when we were able to convince our younger siblings to try the zipline at Embarcadero. Because this was their first time, we went ahead. When they saw how exhilarating the feeling would be, they were eager to try it out. Haha. Yay!

Getting to the other end of the line was quite slow, maybe because I gained a bit of weight? Or maybe… I dunno. Anyway, the view’s very nice—the majestic Mayon Volcano to your left, the vast waters that border Legazpi ahead of you and people who watch you scream at the top of your lungs, just way below you. Hahaha!

We did not explore much on food and sights because our tour guides easily got tired of walking. Haha. They have asthma. So yeah, we just went to the usual tour places such as the Cagsawa Ruins and the churches in Albay. Because we visited during the Holy Week, we watched the Good Friday parade of life-sized saints. I personally admired their devotion and the beauty of their tradition. I guess it’s also something fascinating. On Easter Sunday, we went up early to watch what they call the “saklot”—this is a re-enactment of how the angel took the veil of death from Mary while Jesus rose from the dead. It was performed at the town plaza. After the unveiling, rosary-shaped balloons were released and then the morning mass began.

The best thing during this trip was spending time with our cousins and their children. I can’t really believe that I’m already a “lola” just because our nephew already has a child. Wow. Anyway, our meals were not complete without the usual banter and fun-filled stories. The conversations are funnier now because there are a lot of “sabaw” stories and we’re all mature enough to just joke around and have fun. Haha.

We also visited Nanay and Tatay Taba’s graves to pay our respects. Nanay Taba was an important figure in our childhood. She’s our mother’s eldest sister. Because their parents died early, my mother already treated Nanay Taba like her mother. When she passed away in Christmas 2003, it was one of the saddest moments in our lives. We lost our “matabang” aunt—that one person who would always spend her summers with us and treat us with fishballs every time we buy food at the wet market. My mother would always cook sumptuous meals and that’s because she was able to get the freshest catch and produce from the market. She’s our usual “unan” and “dantay” when our parents go to conferences in Baguio or Batangas or Tagaytay. We really miss her. So when we got the chance to go back, her grave was our first stop.

On Sunday afternoon, before finally saying farewell to this wonderful place, our aunt from Sorsogon treated us to a roadtrip. We went to Pilar Port, thirty minutes from their house in Putiao. Our cousin’s car was pick-up so the adventure became much better. Our faces were sticky and our hairs were disheveled but that fun ride made it all worth it. After a few obligatory photos and selfies (hehe), we went back to Legazpi to pack our things. We’re finally heading home.


Our bags were filled with food and pasalubong and also beautiful memories from our short visit. We’re definitely coming back. But yeah, we’ll be saving money for a more comfortable plane ride. J

Check my Flickr account for more photos or my Jux photoblog. J

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Roots


Having had enough of bumming for weeks inside the house, the siblings asked if we could go on a trip. Naturally, I obliged being the semi-wanderlust that I am. Char. Hahaha. Anyway, so where’s our destination? The ‘rents hometown—Legazpi!

We left Manila by lunch time (which was awfully late because we should have left at 10:00AM) and it took us 13 hours before we reached Legazpi – after midnight. Our ~favorite cousin fetched us at the bus terminal and went home to get that much needed stretching and rest. The next day, our mini-adventures began. J

One of the highlights of our trip was when we were able to convince our younger siblings to try the zipline at Embarcadero. Because this was their first time, we went ahead. When they saw how exhilarating the feeling would be, they were eager to try it out. Haha. Yay!

Getting to the other end of the line was quite slow, maybe because I gained a bit of weight? Or maybe… I dunno. Anyway, the view’s very nice—the majestic Mayon Volcano to your left, the vast waters that border Legazpi ahead of you and people who watch you scream at the top of your lungs, just way below you. Hahaha!

We did not explore much on food and sights because our tour guides easily got tired of walking. Haha. They have asthma. So yeah, we just went to the usual tour places such as the Cagsawa Ruins and the churches in Albay. Because we visited during the Holy Week, we watched the Good Friday parade of life-sized saints. I personally admired their devotion and the beauty of their tradition. I guess it’s also something fascinating. On Easter Sunday, we went up early to watch what they call the “saklot”—this is a re-enactment of how the angel took the veil of death from Mary while Jesus rose from the dead. It was performed at the town plaza. After the unveiling, rosary-shaped balloons were released and then the morning mass began.

The best thing during this trip was spending time with our cousins and their children. I can’t really believe that I’m already a “lola” just because our nephew already has a child. Wow. Anyway, our meals were not complete without the usual banter and fun-filled stories. The conversations are funnier now because there are a lot of “sabaw” stories and we’re all mature enough to just joke around and have fun. Haha.

We also visited Nanay and Tatay Taba’s graves to pay our respects. Nanay Taba was an important figure in our childhood. She’s our mother’s eldest sister. Because their parents died early, my mother already treated Nanay Taba like her mother. When she passed away in Christmas 2003, it was one of the saddest moments in our lives. We lost our “matabang” aunt—that one person who would always spend her summers with us and treat us with fishballs every time we buy food at the wet market. My mother would always cook sumptuous meals and that’s because she was able to get the freshest catch and produce from the market. She’s our usual “unan” and “dantay” when our parents go to conferences in Baguio or Batangas or Tagaytay. We really miss her. So when we got the chance to go back, her grave was our first stop.

On Sunday afternoon, before finally saying farewell to this wonderful place, our aunt from Sorsogon treated us to a roadtrip. We went to Pilar Port, thirty minutes from their house in Putiao. Our cousin’s car was pick-up so the adventure became much better. Our faces were sticky and our hairs were disheveled but that fun ride made it all worth it. After a few obligatory photos and selfies (hehe), we went back to Legazpi to pack our things. We’re finally heading home.


Our bags were filled with food and pasalubong and also beautiful memories from our short visit. We’re definitely coming back. But yeah, we’ll be saving money for a more comfortable plane ride. J

Check my Flickr account for more photos or my Jux photoblog. J

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