We left on the 15th of December, spent Christmas weeks and came back to Singpore on the 31st. Only the girls, Lauren and Eirian and me went. Daddy CJ was home here in Singapore.
So to start off, above is a shot of the park that is just opposite my mom's condotel. A condotel for those who are unfamiliar with the term is a combi. of a condo & a hotel. Its part residence for locals and part service hotel for travellers.
She stays right in the smack middle of Makati Manila so the malls are just opposite the apartment. Very lovely view and very convenient too.
Walking into the park you would enter the eatery areas, pond areas and major malls. The stretch of malls where we stay is called Greenbelt and it is a series of 5 or 6 interconnecting malls and hotels.
Heck! Even I had a try and the wind velocity was crazy! But so fun! and for those worried that it wasn't a safe vent, it was a really shallow vent with concrete flooring like only 1m deep and the blasts of air came from the sides so no chance that they would fall through the grills and turn into minced meat children with wild propellers inside.
I took a video of them during the day.
My sister and mom lives with 4 dogs. Pomeranians to be exact. It started with 2. Lucky and Ginger and these 2 reproduced to have 2 more which they couldn't bear to give away. Missy and Blue.
Lucky is the smallest of them all but one of the sweetest. Ginger is the "Dr. Dog" who helps out with Jackie at hospitals where they visit patients and cheer them up. Both these two are the most lovable amongst the 4.
Missy is a little temperamental but has the nicest softest and longest fur but Blue is the most sensitive one. He doesn't like ANYONE except my mom and the girls were terrified of him. We even had to keep him inside the doggy stroller when we were in the hall as he growled and snapped at everything that went past him.Picture of Ginger when she was out sitting by with us at Starbucks..
And whats Christmas without Santa! There was a "real life" Santa at the Toy store and we took pictures with him too... super tall american dude too! We at least they got it somewhat "true to character" instead of some dark phili. dude... at least this was believable. And he did a good "HO! HO! HO!" too.
And Eirian's princess dream.. she wore a princess outfit and got to sit on the princess chair at the store..
I loved walking at the supermarkets because they're usually as big as Carrefour here in Singapore and they have the widest array of products that you really cannot find in Singapore.
Eirian's birthday was also a good opportunity to see my grandmother too! I haven't seen her in almost 9 years and she still looks the same as ever.. :) Oh.. and she loved my blouse so much (which I wore for the first time that day only!!) that she asked for it and I passed it to her.
and finally a group shot of my girls, my sisters and me.. other than this.. there was alot of shopping.. a visit to Enchanted Kingdom, which is Philippines mini equivalent to a mini Disneyland and alot of food, food, food and more food. :) So there you have it.. Philippines in an entry.. where the food and drinks are cheap, ambience second to none, service interesting.. people warmer and a culture an experience altogether...