Kamana Sanctuary

Over the weekend, the hubby joined our colleagues in our yearly teambuilding activity. This year, we had it in a resort-spa called Kamana Sanctuary. It is a cozy and secluded resort right on Subic Bay that is accessible only by private car so you can be sure that there will be no scalawags or unwanted personas around the area. As soon as we came in, especially inside the rooms, I regretted that we didn’t bring the kids (and the older folks too). I thought that it was perfect as the resort was not big that we could get lost, and the amenities are all within reach. But the rooms were huge and our family would fit right in, and the kids could burn off energy running around without us having to worry too much about it. They have a smallish pool and beach access, a playground, and volleyball and basketball area. And the food was awesome! We had to have a mad dash for the bacon in the morning, but worth it!

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first family holiday

i know there are gonna be lotsa holidays for us. the first of many (ahem, ahem) was last weekend for lolo’s 66th birthday. i was a little apprehensive because mischa is barely three months old and this will be the first time she’ll be taking a drive that long. i was afraid of tantrums and sick episodes which should be expected when traveling with an infant. but of course, excitement took over before long 🙂 we got ready and packed, and made our way to subic early sunday morning. this proved a little tricky as mischa’s stuff took most of the space. i have learned whenever we have to travel, either to the doctor’s or just plain transfering homestead from taytay to cavite (or vice versa), mischa’s things make up the bulk of our belongings as i have to bring everything i could think of in case she would need them (or not).

we all had fun, even mischa i think. she wouldn’t remember everything of course, but i thought she drinked in all the sights around her everytime we made our way into the different places we went to. she went all round eyed and continued to swivel her head left to right and right to left. she also spent a pretty lot of time sleeping in our arms (we forgot her stroller). we didn’t get around pretty much as it was raining for quite some time when we got there. sigh, didn’t even get to see ocean adventure as i was hoping we would because it was a forty-five drive from the lighthouse marina resort where we were staying. it was mainly restaurants and the duty free that we saw. but we still had fun lazing around. hubby and i managed to steal some time dipping into the pool of the hotel. plus took a lot of pictures to document mischa’s first foray into the travel world 🙂

on my way to subic with mommy

on my way to subic with mommy


@ the lighthouse with mommy and daddy

@ the lighthouse with mommy and daddy


dad, can i get those chocolates?

dad, can i get those chocolates?


with the grannies

with the grannies


family

family


happy birthday lolo!

happy birthday lolo!


breakfast

breakfast


paaraw on the beach

paaraw on the beach


the lighthouse

the lighthouse


mischa pretty in pink

mischa pretty in pink


tired

tired

missing the beach

goodness! it’s been ages since i’ve been to the beach. i think all the brouhaha of weddings, babies, work transfers and search for greener pastures the previous year has something to do with the now almost absent out of trips that me and my close friends used to conjure. sigh! the price of settling down 🙂 gone are our carefree days when we could just pack up our gear in a moment’s notice to savor the sunshine, fresh air and of course, the water! i miss snorkeling, boating with the hair whipping my hair with only the hum of the motor slicing the still silence of the sea, being in your swimsuit, shorts and flip-flops all day, having a scrumptuous seafood dinner barefoot on the sand, sipping fruit shakes during the day and downing cold beer at night…

and i am forever in love with the waters and sands of sabang beach in palawan and puka beach in boracay.

boracay through my eyes

boracay through my eyes


soaking up the sun during my first time in bora

soaking up the sun during my first time in bora


with childhood friends in panglao

with childhood friends in panglao


on a rather cloudy day in subic bay

on a rather cloudy day in subic bay


bora is sweeter the second time around

bora is sweeter the second time around


puerto galera

puerto galera


on the clear waters of cebu

on the clear waters of cebu


my fave ever, sabang

my fave ever, sabang


honda bay with california friends

honda bay with california friends


isla verde

isla verde


club balai isabel, talisay

club balai isabel, talisay

this summer, even with the heat abound, i have not even been near any body of water. i seriously am having a case of beach-withdrawal (similar to nicotine-withdrawal, nyahahaha!). next year, baby and i will stop at nothing and strut our wares at a beach i haven’t been to, such as pagudpud, camiguin, davao or even nearby laiya. hopefully, i would have said goodbye stretchmarks by then. i can make baby wear those cute swimsuits. too bad for hubby who doesn’t like the sun. he can stay in the room all he likes.