The break is over and I am back (and feeling lazier than ever)! It has been long enough since I haven’t written anything that writing anything has gone back to being a struggle - which is obvious since I said I was hoping to have this post done by the end of yesterday when I am really only starting it now. Coming back to reality, frankly, sucks.
Back to the point: the 18 day break SdC took to come out and visit me has come and gone in the blink of an eye and I am now back to being ‘by myself’. In ways it feels like he was never even here because it went so quickly and we didn’t spend much time in the house itself, but then there are the little bits and pieces of him that he left behind which are daily reminders of his lingering presence. We took two out-of-town trips and went to different places in the city as well as Old Manila (Intramuros). We spent a lot of time in the sun, had a lot of drinks at Starbucks and ate at quite a few restaurants. Although I have to say that the trip was a bit ‘weird’ for me emotionally, overall I think that the trip went well and SdC had a good time – which is what my main worry was for this trip. Perhaps it didn’t always go as smoothly as we’d hoped but I have come to accept that in Asian fashion plans often go awry and you just have to roll with the bumps and try to keep on course.
The first place out of town that we went to was the beach on the island of Palawan at an area called El Nido. It was beautiful. Crystal clear blue and green waters, amazing coral and fish and we even got to swim for a short while with a turtle on our last day! We ate seafood everyday and got to witness a beautiful sunset every night from our balcony which faced out towards the sea. It was blissful.
Leaving the beach was a bummer but when we got back we went to Lake Taal/Tagaytay to see the volcano-in-the-middle-of-a-lake-in-the-crater-of-another-volcano and also the old town of Manila called Intramuros which has a big Spanish influence. Both places I have been to and posted pictures of before but I will post pictures again anyway
The second place we went to out of town was Banaue – a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the beautiful and amazing rice terraces which we were lucky enough to climb up and down and around. We also went to the waterfalls (where I sadly lost my glasses so I had to hike back to the hotel half-blind!) and it was one heck of a trip! Unfortunately for us we were incredibly unprepared for this trip and didn’t bring sneakers so we ended up hiking for about 5 hours that day (up and down some seriously hardcore terrain) in flip flops! Crazy. Our legs and especially our ankles felt the burn and since we were travelling back home that night for 10 hours on a bus it was made particularly more uncomfortable. Nevertheless, we survived but my legs were not liking me at all for the next 2 days!
To state the obvious, SdC met both my siblings and for the 1.5 days after she arrived and before he left he got to meet my mum. I think on all counts it went well and they all got on with each other and save for a few awkward moments on SdC’s behalf everything went without a hitch, which was very much a relief to me as I was nervous about introducing him – especially to my mum. Other than that, we mostly ‘chilled’: went to malls, ate food, drank coffee/tea, shopped, watched movies and also swam in the pool (finally)! I guess because we did so much the days seemed to pass by very quickly and next thing you know we were having our farewell meals and then we were saying hasty farewells at the airport. The airport farewell was pretty rushed because we were caught up in traffic, ended up a bit pressed for time and there was a ridiculous queue to get into the airport; so that was slightly disappointing. But I guess if everything goes according to plan with my UK visa application I will be going there in a month’s time to stay for a month until my graduation. If that doesn’t work out, well, at least we’ll get 2 weeks at the very least. Long distance can be quite a pain in the ass (and on the heart strings) but I guess it’s what we do to try to hang on to the things that mean something to us, right?
Well, that basically sums up the trip. Short (?) but sweet I think! I hope you all enjoyed the pictures and hope all is well with you my fellow readers! Until next time.