All posts tagged: Summer

Family, a Wedding, Tigers, Zip Lines and Parasails

It has been a while since my last update. Suffice it to say that it has been a busy time, but I am glad to be writing here again. I recently took a trip back home to the Philippines for my cousin’s wedding — it was a special occasion, as she’s very dear to me. In addition, all our cousins who now work and live in different countries as well as different parts of the Philippines went home to be a part of it. The wedding itself was beautiful, a traditional ceremony between two individuals radiating in love, witnessed by family and friends. It doesn’t get any more special than that, really. Since everyone was home and it’s a rarity these days, we took advantage and went on a family trip a day after the festivities. We headed off to Subic (it was only a few hours drive from our home town and wouldn’t take that much of a toll on everyone having come from travel and the occasion the day before). Zoobic Safari There were two standouts …

Learning To Deal With The Unexpected, Like The Day Balloon Elvis Didn’t Take Flight

One of the most important lessons travel is teaching me, is that things often don’t go as planned, or things happen that put a damper on how you think everything will go — and how you deal with the unexpected is what counts. Like the day of the hot air balloons that never were. We traveled to the Quickchek Festival of Ballooning last year, but because it was extremely windy that day the only hot air balloon we saw up in the sky was a cloud shaped like one. It was very disappointing to be looking forward to something only to learn unavoidable circumstances are preventing things to happen as you thought they were going to. To appease the crowd, the balloons were still blown up, so we still saw Elvis. So there I was, giant balloon Elvis taking shape slowly in front of my eyes, sitting beside my boyfriend, eating junk food on a windy weekend, about to see REO Speedwagon that night as part of the same event, and the greatest disappointment was …

A Musical Summer

“I looked out this morning and the sun was gone Turned on some music to start my day I lost myself in a familiar song I closed my eyes and I slipped away” – Boston, More Than A Feeling It was during the encore of The Sing Off concert, with everyone in the tour singing Jeff Buckley’s Halleluiah, when my boyfriend turned to me and said, “if this is how this year’s concerts are going to be, wow.” And he was right. This is the year he presented the idea of us getting season lawn passes to Bethel Woods, the site where the original Woodstock was held. At the time, the lineup of acts hasn’t been announced and we were debating whether it would be worth the cost of the passes and having to drive to the venue each time. Since we saw a lot of concerts the year before and they were memorable (we in fact already saw one earlier that year), and knew we both loved going to shows — we decided on …

Parasailing (aka the day I felt I was Flying)

One of my most memorable experiences was parasailing at Belmar Beach in New Jersey. It was just a coworker and I, the sky above and the blue water below. You get started by the boat and you get lifted up slowly. You then find yourself looking down onto the ocean, feeling the wind on your face, very high above the boat where you started. At some points, they start dunking you back and forth onto the water which is also a fun part. Mankind is, for some reason, always fascinated with the sky and gazing at its infinite blue beauty; or the dark canvas lit only with its stars. So we always try to reach up, imagine and dream to fly as high as the clouds. Parasailing was as close to the feeling of flying I have been able to experience so far. Being able to spend time high above and with our view from up there, it made me learn to appreciate the beauty of the sky and the ocean more than I did …