Getting to know Ilocos in 3 Days

Three years ago, Jay and I took the kids on a long trip for the first time. It was a successful trip for us and our children, so since then, we’ve made it a goal to take the kids on an out-of-town trip around New Year’s Eve. If it were possible, Jay and I would have planned month-long family trips like a family we know, but well, a week is good, five days is not bad, three days — well, it turns out, three days can be fun and memorable, too, as we have experienced in our recent trip to […]

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Celebrating Lukas’ 10th Birthday at Sofitel Manila

We were gifted with an overnight stay at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila for our anniversary last March. We decided to use it to celebrate Lukas’ 10th birthday as a family. It would be our gift for him and we hope that it would serve to be a reminder to him that God hears even the simplest requests of his young heart. He wanted to swim with friends and treat them, too, but we couldn’t grant it right away. So, we told him about booking a room at Sofitel where we will have access to the pool. I asked him, ‘‘would […]

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Bahay Tsinoy in Intramuros

I’ve been wanting to take the kids to Bahay Tsinoy in Intramuros eversince I’ve come across it on my news feed. We weren’t able to when we first toured Intramuros because it was closed on Mondays. Bahay Tsinoy can be found along Anda street in Intramuros. In some ways, it’s a lot like the Lights & Sounds Museum where there were life-sized figures that depicted our history, but this one is specifically dedicated to reminding us of how far back and how tight our affiliation go with our Chinese friends. I know it doesn’t seem that way right now, with […]

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Casa Manila in Intramuros

We dropped by Plaza San Luis in Intramuros after visiting the Bible Museum two weeks ago. The plan was to take new solo photos of the kids to update their artist set cards and portfolios. But when we got there, we realized that Casa Manila was open and it was an opportunity for us to see the place and learn something new. And we did! Thanks to the mighty Katipunero guarding the kitchen area of the beautiful Spanish house replica. Illustrados The house was fashioned after the houses of the Illustrados during the Spanish Era. The Illustrados were the wealthy […]

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The Bible Museum in Manila

It’s National Bible Month! I didn’t really know we had this ”holiday” here in the Philippines, but it says so in a poster I saw on the The Filipino Homeschooler, along with the invitation to visit The Bible Museum during the month of January. The Bible Museum is located along United Nations Avenue in Manila, right across the National Police District. If you’re wondering if it’s near the Philippine Bible Society building, that’s exactly it. What to see at the Bible Museum The Bible Museum is a neat, but very small museum. Once you enter, you will be greeted by […]

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