Yay! We are back from l-o-n-g vacation. Yup! Two months vacation is quite long enough, don’t you think? Very happy that we had the opportunity to go on vacations and visit families and friends on the other side of the world. This is the the second time my darling daughter K went on vacation to the Philippines, but this time on me and her went. Daddy was a having a big project at work that’s why he wasn’t able to go. Of course, it could have been way more enjoyable if he was with us.
Fissan Prickly Heat Powder
Although the weather in the Philippines was super hot and super humid-because it was hot season (summertime)- was able to adjust to the warm environment. The first couple of weeks (we arrived March 22nd), was pretty hard because K had prickly heat rash. So I bought my favorite heat rash powder called Fissan. It works wonders on prickly heat. I apply the Fissan powder on the affected skin after bath day and night. Somehow Fissan prickly heat powder soothed K’s discomfort because of the heat rash. K felt bored and felt a little awkward with my parents. She even told me that she wanted to go back home (Texas). She missed her daddy, the house, her toys, and her bedroom. But as soon as my nieces and nephews came over and got to talk and play with her, she was fine. And we talked to daddy almost every day via Skype.
It is very amazing how the communication technology has improved through the years. Eight years ago, we did not have an Internet access because my parents do not have computers and smartphones. We were only able to communicate through prepaid cellphone once a week. Today, we can chat any time we want to using our smartphones. They don’t have a monthly Internet subscription so they only buy Internet credits from a telecom company, where they bought the sim card from, to be loaded in their phone for about $1.07 and register the credits to be able to use the Internet for three days. Sometimes the signal is poor so there are times credits are wasted. That’s disappointing and frustrating.
Anyway, glad we’re back to our home sweet home in Texas. Looking forward to our future vacation to the Philippines in two years.
The devastation of the super typhoon Yolanda in the Eastern and Central Visayas Philippines was unimaginable and heartbreaking.
My family lives in the island of Leyte, where the typhoon made its second landfall. Major cities and towns affected include Tacloban City, Palo, Ormoc City, Kananga (my hometown), and neighboring towns. As of the moment, we cannot contact anybody there. As soon as I get hold of my family, I will let you know. I am so worried about them especially the kids. My mind feels like it’s gonna explode thinking about their situation right now.
For now, I am appealing to your kind hearts for donations. Any amount is a big help.
My PayPal address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much for your help. God bless you a lot folds. God bless us all!
I couldn’t reach my family back home in Leyte, Philippines as of now. The super tyhpoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) hit my country Friday morning, November 8, 2013 with a sustained wind strength of 195 miles per hour (195 mph). The super typhoon Yolanda was placed into Category 5 or strong Category 4 Hurricane. It was recorded the strongest storm in the world in 2013.
The Philippines gets typhoon yearly but this one was the strongest and it made its landfall in the islands of Samar, Leyte, Cebu, and the rest of islands in Central Visayas Region. I was able to talk to my parents Friday morning as the typhoon was starting to enter the country. While I was talking to my mom, I heard the whistling winds in the background and she said they already saw neighbors’ roofs blown by the strong winds. She told me that my sister and her kids are in the house already. My brother and his family evacuated to his wife’s aunt.
At that time my parents were worried about my youngest sister who’s in training in Cebu. So I assured them that I will call her and will give them feedback. I got hold of my baby sister. She and her group are doing fine. They’re staying in a pension house in Cebu. She was able to get online because the hotel has an emergency generator. I am so thankful for that! But when I tried calling my parents and siblings after a while, their mobile phones cannot be reached already. That moment the communication went down and the power went off. Total black out as of the moment. The news teams couldn’t stream and broadcast information.
I am very worried right now because food is scarce and establishments like banks are most likely down right now. I am worried about my nieces and nephews as well. So many damages done in my hometown. My family, friends, and kababayans in the Philippines need help. If I can gather some donations, I will highly appreciate it. They badly need food, medicine, and clothing.
Oh God bless the Philippines!
Vacation time is fast approaching. I am getting anxious to board the plane bound to the Philippines yet still worried if we got all the things needed for the upcoming travel. We are still in the look-out for a carry-on travel luggage for our darling daughter because I know that traveling with a toddler is going to be a big challenge to me and my husband. We haven’t seen any terrible two attitude yet. We’ll see. Hopefully our darling daughter will behave throughout the trip.
This will be our daughter’s first vacation to the Philippines. My side of the family is excited to meet our little girl. It’s gonna be an adventure for her too because she will be flying on planes, riding on tricycles, and getting on the buses. I know that she will enjoy meeting her cousins, aunts, and uncle too. On the other hand, communication between them might become a little awkward because my parents don’t know how to speak English. My siblings, niece, and nephews speak a little. But that’s alright. Everything will be fine.
We’ll be shopping for the luggage in a few days. And we are looking forward to find one that is durable, affordable, and adorable. 🙂
After lots of talks and brainstorming, my dear husband and I finalized our travel plans this year. In December, we are going for a long vacation to the Philippines. This is going to be our first time to spend the Holidays with my family. And they will be meeting our darling daughter for the very first time in person. In addition, we are going to meet my husband’s two sponsored children – one in Manila and one in Bicol.
My husband has been sponsoring these two children through Children International (Children.org) for over ten years now. He hasn’t met them in person until we went on a vacation back home in 2009. Actually, we only met the child who lives in Manila. We thought that on our next vacation, we will visit and meet the child in Bicol. So part of our itinerary this December is to visit the sponsored child who is in Bicol.
The big difference in our upcoming travel this time is that we have DD. We are traveling with a toddler. Will it be easy or not? Some of my friends how flew international with very young kids said it is tiring to travel with kids. Others said it’s not that bad. I just hope everything will be fine. We are excited about this vacation. 🙂