I mentioned earlier that the second sponsored child is located in Albay, Philippines. Albay is the province where the famous majestic Mayon Volcano lies. It was a first-time visit to the Bicol region for all of us.
The flight we took to Albay was early in the morning because the visit was only for a day. The organization’s employee picked us up at the Legaspi Airport then took us to their office. There we saw and met the sponsored child and her mother, and the employees. Although my daughter was feeling very sleepy that morning, she was very friendly. After few minutes of talks and picture taking, we went ahead to the nearest mall for lunch. He said the weather has been unpleasant for days. So rain showers were expected during the visit. The child was accompanied by two social workers and her parent/guardian. The highlight of the itinerary for the visit include:
Lunch at the sponsored child’s favorite restaurant. Colonial Grill.
Recreation. Sightseeing. Cagsawa Church ruins. Souvenir shops.
Shopping for clothing and personal needs.
During shopping, we asked the employees if it’s alright to take our daughter and my sister to the hotel because the little one’s really tired and it’s nap time for her too. So when the two were at the hotel, we let the sponsored child finish her shopping. After the almost four hours, it was time to part. The girl still couldn’t believe that my husband and family came to visit her from thousands of miles away. My husband told her that she is very important. That is why he came to see hear too.
The sponsorship for the girls will end soon because they’re turning 18. But they will have a special place in our hearts. The memories of these visits will always be treasured.
On the Cebu Pacific flight to Legaspi. Baby girl looked very sleepy.
Riding without a seatbelt for the first time.
Tita (aunt) is babysitting.
The family was enjoying the infinity pool and the beauty in the background.
Just playing and reading the magazines and stuff on the plane on our flight back to Manila.
Besides celebrating the Holidays with my family in the Philippines, the other important purpose of our vacation in December of last year was to visit my husband’s sponsored children. One of them is located in Manila area. The other one is in Albay.
On the third day of our arrival, we meet up the sponsored child in a mall in Manila. She was accompanied by her parent/guardian and the organization’s employee. The itinerary of the visit include:
Lunch at the sponsored child’s favorite restaurant. Pizza Hut.
Recreation. World Of Fun.
Shopping for clothing and personal things.
My husband started sponsoring them when they were 7 years olds. It’s really a great opportunity (and we’re very thankful for it) that we were able visit the girls. My sister was happy that she met them too. She was our temporary babysitter for our little princess, and she enjoyed being with the little one.
While having lunch, the sponsored child gave my husband a scrap book. Inside was her family pictures and photos of herself. There’s also a letter for my husband stating her gratitude for his being generous and helpful. That was very touching. The memories of our visit with her will always be treasured.
A day of fun at World Of Fun in Robinson’s Place Manila.
“Let me try tita.”
The sponsored child was the one playing and winning with the machine. But my daughter pulled all the tickets.
Baby girl was feeling hot and tired. So I let her tita (aunt) take her back to the hotel for a nap.
I think my little princess did great through the whole flight from Texas to South Korea. That was a 14-hour flight and she did not throw a single fit. She just played with stickers, watch Cinderella movie, read a storybook, and slept.
But when we have already landed in Manila, she began being irritable we were getting off the plane. We woke her up in the middle of her sleep and she didn’t like it. But we had to. At the airport, she was miserable. She was throwing a fit, crying out loud, and wiggling – trying to get out of the stroller. The crowd, the line, and the noise at the airport added to her irritability. My husband and I was feeling frustrated already waiting at the baggage claim area to get our stuff. The whining did not stop until we’re out of the airport. When the hotel shuttle picked us up, my darling daughter stopped crying. We can tell that she was tired and sleepy.
The hotel bed looked very inviting. We couldn’t wait to lay down and sleep. But we had to get cleaned up and eat something. As soon as we’re done, we snuggled and went to sleep in no time. We got up at about noon the next day. Ah, traveling with a toddler is sometimes frustrating.