Happy Thanksgiving…and a bit of holiday

I join the rest of the world in celebrating Thanksgiving. Even if things didn’t go as we would have wanted them to, there are still so much more we need to be grateful for – our family and friends, blessings, love, the challenges and all the memories whether good or bad. As we are more than the sum of our parts, we have definitely been made stronger and better by our experiences.

Life in a Bud

Thank you, God.πŸ™‚

And since we are talking about being thankful, I would like to thank my friends for the love and for taking me away on a trip after midterms last semester. We went on a 3D Journey – Dakak, Dipolog and Dapitan – towards the end of August this year and I would like to share these crazy pics.

Inside the Rizaliana Museum in Dapitan

Of course, nosey person that I am, I had to have pics of the museum’s interior. *wink* Hehe

Taking pics inside the museum

Posing a la Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue in between Dipolog and Dapitan in this map of Mindanao model allegedly done by Jose Rizal back in the day.

Exactly where I am meant to be.

Outside a parochial school in Dapitan

Hamming it up on the trek to Ilihan Hill, Dapitan

Being in some place new, you can’t help but do tourist-y stuff like posing in front of monuments, relics and what-nots even though you don’t know just what makes those places significant.

In front of a monument in Dapitan

One bad/good thing about digital cameras is that they never run out of film (well, because they don’t use films) so you can just pose and click all you want (’til you run out of memory space..hehe).

And that plastic thingy I was holding on my left hand are the leftovers from my bananacue & softdrinks-in-a-plastic snacks. If smiling makes you hungry, try grinning a lot.πŸ˜€

Wheee! Super excited.

Gloria de Dapitan Fantasyland is one of the main attractions of the historic city so not even an impending rain made us pass up going on all the rides. Good thing too that it’s just a block or two away from where we were staying.

Mr. Alligator was awfully nice.

We just couldn’t resist posing anywhere or with whomever (or whatever). Even the gargoyle became an accessory to our “cam crime”. ^_^

Resident pet at the Horror House

And what is traveling without sampling the local fares? Here we had our pic taken outside one of the restaurants in Dapitan. Yes, still a walking distance from our pension house. And the nearby souvenir shop was such a bonus.πŸ˜‰

The Chow Kings and Queens

And then, there was the beach.

Laugh-worthy afternoon at the pristine beach of Dakak.

When all’s said and done, you just want to go swimming.

Bed head and flaunting it.πŸ™‚

Me and Chen posing while her bf takes pics.

Above photos were taken minutes before we hit the pool. I just woke up that time so pardon the messy hair. Hehe

And I don’t know if I am alone in this thinking but I believe that sometimes, it’s the unguarded moments of our lives that define who we are when no one’s looking (or when we aren’t aware that we are being watched).
This photo was taken outside the resort’s lobby just as we were saying goodbye to a weekend of fun, discovery and warm friendships (and saying hello to new adventures in the future. Siargao, prepare for us this summer! :))

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Topmost image was taken using a Sony Cybershot W55 while the rest of the photos by a Nikon D60.

As a blogger, I do have a lot to be thankful for. One is you my readers’ continued support and love. Another is my nomination to this year’s Philippine Blog Awards. Being recognized as finalist is something really nice.πŸ˜€
Btw, Jaysee Pingkian of Jaysee Blabs is one of the finalists, too. Gratz, Jaysee! Good luck to us both. HeheπŸ™‚

11 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving…and a bit of holiday

    • Hello! Thanks for dropping by.πŸ™‚

      Dapitan is a cute place to visit. You get a bit of history, plenty of camera-worthy subjects and some peace and quiet. And while you’re there, maybe you can hit a lot of other places, too, like Dipolog or Dakak, like we did, so you can have even more fun in one go.

      Good luck and have fun!πŸ˜‰

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