Thursday, February 27, 2014

Home to my mother ( Philippines)

After three weeks vacation in the Philippines, I am now back in Norway. Then it is time to look back and tell you the highlights of my trip there.
After a long flight journey, me and my sister arrived safely home to our mother's house.
As you can see in the picture, my mother is wearing the hat I crocheted in Norway before my journey. I gave it to her and she really liked it very much. Warmed my heart.

Nothing changed much since my last visit there  last year. She still fond of tending  flowering plants. 
I loved them!

Sunrise still fascinates me there in the Philippines. To see the rice fields too from my mother's veranda was really amazing!

Reminded me of my childhood days where me and my mother used to plant rice.

Fresh air refreshed my soul and looking at the view revived my innermost being.

Looks like  a fairy tale world for me!

Quiet every morning as usual since only my mother and her sister lives here. 

We had some visitors too like Lisa who use to run errands to help our mother. She is very kind.

We talked about good old days that made my mother really laugh although it was a sad story then.

Nice to see her laughing coz she seldom do it.

Lisa brought with her fresh watermelon. Oh, it was so sweet.
My mother served fried fish with bitter melon salad and rice. How I missed my mother's cooking!

I spent a few days with my mother before I went to my children to spend time with them.
My granchildren with their parents  came too so we could be together that weekend.

Here are my precious grandchildren. I miss them already!

I will tell more more in my next post!
Thought for the day!

Life can't give joy and peace;
it's up to me to will it.
Life just gives me time and space;
it is up to me to fill it.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Trip to the Philippines

At last,  the day came for our departuere to the Philippines to visit our families there .My sister was the photographer and I was the old and only model:)

The wind was very strong and it was minus 5 degrees that day. But the sun was up for us travellers.)  My brother -in-law drove us to the fast ferry boat terminal . After traveling by boat in an hour, we walked to the nearest bus station with our luggagesto take the bus to the airport. You can just imagine how we looked like:)

 We left Trondheim ( Værnes airport) at 5 pm and arrived in Amsterdam after 2 and half hours by plane.
Since we had only one hour in Amsterdam, we just run to our next flight to the Philippines. 
After 11 and half an hour we arrived in Taipe. We had to go out of the plane because they have to change the cabin crew and clean the mess from us passengers:)
Some pictures in Taipe Airpot.

I think these sitting places is special!  Want to take a sit?

This is the plane that flew us to the Philippines. Food and service were ok, but the lavaratories were aready dirty and with foul odor  when we boarded the plane.

Left Taipe at sunset

At last, we made it to the Philippines. It was a peaceful travel although most of the passengers were Filippinos:) We are known for talking a little bit louder:) LOL! I supposed we were all tired. 
My second daughter, her husband and their son fetched us at the airport. 
It was already 8 pm and when I tried to capture the lights outside the car window, these are what I got.

So I asked my sister to take a picture of me and Ethan instead. My fifth  grandhild. He likes to pose for the camera:)

After one and half hour driving we arrived at my mother's house in Laguna. Luckily, there was no traffic.
All my grandchildren were present and we were all very happy to see each other again.

There were so many things to talk about that it was already late before we went to bed to get a few hours sleep. We had to wake up early the next day because we were going to a resort to celebrate Zimon's birthday.

This is my mother's house were we stayed for a few days.

But typical me, a flower girl, I  I snapped some flower pictures from my mother's garden.

Actually, I thought that I would not be needing a sweater here, but it was only 18 degrees here on that Saturday morning and it rained. So I borrowed one from my daughter-in-law.
Anyway, it is nice to be here with my loved ones:)
Will tell more from Sitio de Amor resort!


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