Christmas morning at the beach

The second sister invited me to join their family in the beach for Christmas morning. She was practicing her driving skills. She’s got her license and all. She’s just getting the feel of their own vehicle, which the brother-in-law reminds her is more sensitive than the one’s her driving instructor used for classes.

What can I say, it’s a lively Christmas morning! Far from dull with the suspense from the second sister’s driving. We were cruising – slower than cruising, actually. I could take photos of the landscape we were passing by and I’d have no problem with getting out of shot photos. No special settings needed. That’s the pace we had. Still, I’m all for support to the second sister’s driving progress. Won’t want to be in the same situation when I try to study driving.

After quite some time, we did arrive at the beach. And so as the family set up their picnic, I did the wandering. How long has it been since I last took a dip in salty waters?! I cannot recall the last time I had a swim at the beach.

Padyak. The local favored means of transportation.
Shelter… somehow. It did protect us from most of the rains but I need to say that it’s roof badly needs repairs. Then again, we didn’t pay the rental fee. Still, this roof needed a lot of work.
What used to be a floating cottage is now in a state of disrepair.
I remembered joining taking a swim in jeans and long sleeves because I didn’t want my skin getting dark. That was way back in elementary 😀 Now, I just want a walk.

Couldn’t take that dip earlier this morning because I wasn’t exactly dressed for a swim. What we wanted was just to have a  walk by the beach with the morning sun.

There’s rain somewhere there. When the islands across the shore are far from visible, expect rain to come.

The sun had other plans as it hid behind heavy clouds bringing rain. We could see rain approaching from the islands to our shore.



It took several minutes but we did see the islands across once more. The heavy drops have subsided into a light drizzle.

After quite some time, the rains did pass and it was suddenly sunny.


Took that chance to take our leave and return home. This time, the brother-in-law drove. It was more peaceful.

Maogmang Pasko!

P1010130We’re missing a bunch of people but that won’t dampen the first Christmas evening of the newest addition to the family – my third niece! God, I feel ancient.

Still, it’s Christmas! It’s time spent with the family.

I’m also celebrating also my first Christmas free from thesis -and grad school worries!  😀


wash wish

P1010098It took me more than five years to finally get one.

The frequent delivery delays and the not-so-pleasant scent of soap used by the laundry service made me decide to finally invest in this machine.

It was delivered at lunch time, a few hours before the office Christmas party. I just had to go home and test it. Went to the appliance store yesterday and fortunately, this one unit was on a reduced price.

Went crazy on loading batches from two weeks worth of laundry. Now, it’s time to worry about my electricity bill 😀


of wants and responsibilities

Just glad to have survived the weekend – and hopefully get through this week okay. I cannot wait for the Christmas break.

We arrived at about 7am this morning. Managed a long shower and it was off to the office. There’s a lot of stuff to deal with before the vacation.

The weekend turned out better than I feared. I’m thankful for the words that led me back to reason and to acting more like an adult rather instead of a brat. It wasn’t what I wanted. It was something I needed to do. Going through it didn’t kill me. I’m thankful that I went to Banaue last weekend – the cold, stiff neck, back ache, and all.

It was cold and drizzling most of the time.P1000879 Envied the house pet warmly curled up by the fire, asleep. Was really envious of the asleep part.

P1000887 Heavy clouds descended to the terraces with the steady drizzle and colder-than-usual winds.



P1000968For a few moments, we did experience a bit of  sunshine.

But mostly, it’s drizzle, fog, and cold. For work and inviting people to attend a community meeting, the condition’s a disadvantage. Once we finished business matters, we did manage to enjoy the weather at a local bakery. We found a new place to hangout – with way more affordable menu entries. Sampled goods on display 🙂 Bought 26 PhP worth of goods and stayed for more than an hour. It was also more quiet.

P1010087 P1010092Now, I just hope this sore throat wouldn’t progress to the flu.