Friday, March 5, 2010


The previous posts have all centered on the family's Boracay grand vacation in photographs. This current post now will be a bit longer than usual (at the risk of taxing your patience and interest Lols!).... as I intend to put in a few more pictures too. So this probably will be the last segment on my Family Boracay Holiday. I hope this will make your blog visit fun.

There is something that a vacation does to a person aside of course from obviously resting his weary mind body and soul. It makes one think..... a lot. The thoughts do not center on any one thing but churns itself feverishly with every sight and sound that confronts it. Nothing goes by unnoticed... every small detail goes through close scrutiny. This in turn generates a fresh influx of new perceptions or insights. And this is good. Just learn to crack through the thin veneer of glitz, gloss, and glamor.

On that wonderful vacation with my family, the sights and the sounds of the place revved up my senses to overdrive --- the sight of a fabulous sunset, the clear pristine waters, the cool white sandy shores, the green palm trees lining the beach, the people of different colors- cultures- nationalities, the diversity of shops all aiming for your wallet, the flashy display of attractions by hotels competing with each other for patronage, the blaring sounds of music coming out from every pub and bar, the raucous celebration of every sort from different groups in different places on the ground, the aroma of a variety of both familiar and exotic dishes, the sensory thrill of a good foot massage, or meeting the popular friendly canine resident of the island resort who goes by the name of Friday, and many many more. But having my hair braided or my arm henna tattooed would totally be out of the question. That would simply look outrageous on me! As to surfboarding, diving, snorkeling, or wind surfing – that will take another vacation I guess and a good mentor.

I count family time as the greatest moment or moments of all. You can just imagine the joy and pride I felt watching my daughters enjoy this wonderful island vacation and resort. And how I enjoyed the four of us (and my future-son-in-law) on those lovely walks down the long stretch of the shore, feeling the fine white sands under our bare feet, seeking out a good place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, gushing over a delicious scrumptious piece of cake, frolicking on the beach, or picking up seashells washed up the shore, simply lounging by the shore just looking out to a gorgeous sunset, or be one in agreement that God sure blessed us all with beautiful nature and more so in life if we only open up our jaded eyes minds and hearts, or watch them taking charge over the flight schedules and transfers to and from the island to the mainland, or riding a pedicab to church for the Sunday mass, or trek off on an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle. That was fun!) to Mt. Luho, or see their care and concern for my comfort welfare and enjoyment like I remember I once was with them when they were kids long ago. How fast time flies... how they have grown up to be lovely affectionate and responsible daughters right after a mother's heart. I count family as such a wonderful gift from God.

It is good, all good. It tells me how we all go through the same things in life whoever you are whatever you do or wherever you are from. We work ourselves maybe 24/7 to the bone but we too love the idea of a great vacation in some lovely paradise where everybody else shares your idea of rest and recreation. And that no matter which way you want to go, we still are both the same and different all in the same breath. We like and love the same things or not, we hate the same things or not, we have the same thoughts and not too. And nothing lends such clarity to that than a vacation.

Take a vacation, folks. It makes you see life, people, things, the world, God, and your family better. Essentially it gets you connected to your core and restores balance -- Something which we easily tend to lose in the busyness of our lives and living.

So here ends my family holiday in pictures. But it felt good having those wonderful moments, experiences and pictures shared with good friends. So until the next adventure... :-) ...and I hope soon. Well, as Christine says "I'll be back". And I with Amchit, Malen, and Daniel would say to that "You bet!". :-)
Ciao and God bless!!


  1. you were busy bickering with malen until the priest gave the final blessing. you didn't even notice that the mass was finished. hahahaha!!! huli!

    your last sentence should be - i shall return! :)

  2. It is a very nicely written concluding post.Any vacation with our near and dear is enjoyable and more so to an exciting location like Boracay island.The description of the highlights of the spot was adequate without being long giving the readers a feel of having visited the place along with you all.Thank you Ellen for making us enjoy the vacation with you five as much as you did.The pictures did the trick in making it look real for us the readers.

  3. That was a wonderful trip. Its always a treat to visit your blog Ellen..thanks for the wonderful snaps and the beautiful posts to compliment them..I feel like going on a trip now..
    Thanks and hope you be blessed with many such beautiful trips with your family by your side!!
    Best Wishes!

  4. Ay naku, si malen kasi ang kulit! Ang daldal! :-) Balik tayo dun soon. Super enjoy talaga.

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  6. Hi KP! Thank you for your visit and lovely comment. Am glad that you enjoyed the travel narrative. Have a good day and God bless.

  7. And it's always a treat for me when you come visiting the blog, Sana. Thank you for this pleasure. Take care and God bless.

  8. Ellen,

    I fully agree with you that time spent with family is the best time. May God be kind to you all always.

    Take care

  9. Hi Elen,
    Nice decription of your trip. Good to see you back. You make me feel like going on a holiday. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  10. Hello Jack,

    Delighted to see you. Oh yes, isn't it so great to spend time with family?! Nothing can ever beat that. Thanks for dropping by. Blessings to you and your family.

  11. Hi Indra,

    Oh by all means, go take that holiday. You won't regret it, not one bit. :-) Have fun. Life is not all about work and working. Work is just a part of life. I know that you know what I mean. :-) Thanks for coming by. Take care and God bless.

  12. Ellen,

    i have only a one word comment which means a lot - "speechless"!


  13. Pearl, what a lovely surprise!! :-) How are you, my good friend? I've missed you in the blog. Have always waited for you to show up with your signature 'twnmplu' :-) I hope you'll come visiting again soon. Blessings to you and your family!

  14. ang saya saya naman, paunang comment ko po ito ate ellen, di ko pa po nababasa lahat, but the pictures tells everything how much you guys had sooo much fun!

    thanks for sharing the pictures!
    i love seeing you with your love ones!

  15. Where have you been all this time, Khel??! Gosh, so nice to see you here again. :-)

    Inulila mo ang blog ko hah? Lols! Musta ang buhay? Maayos na ba ang lahat? Hay ako din medyo dami ding inaasikaso. Pero alam natin na ganun talaga ang buhay, di ba? But it's all good. We learn what there is to learn and move on from there.

    Yup, it was a lovely family vacation... one after such a long time since their Dad passed away.

    I'll see you again okay? Now don't go disappearing again like that. :-) Take care always. Best regards to your family. God bless you all!

  16. Wow this is great, i loved your blogs i really enjoyed it the photos of boracay especially in the other concept in this blog. the nature drawing. Unbelievable. Great artist.

    I hope i can go in there too

    Thanks for sharing

    Tanya Gemarin

  17. WELCOME to the blog, Tanya! :-) Are you with the Boracay Hotels site? Tried looking for you. Anyway, thanks for coming by and for your wonderful comment. And maybe by next summer, my family and I will be spending another vacation in Boracay. :-) Take care and God bless.

  18. I always want to spend a family vacation to Boracay and stay on a most luxurious hotel in Boracay. Hopefully, this will happen this year. :)

    1. Hi Kit! I'm sure you'll have no problem taking that vacation with your family. Your job at the BoracayBeachRealEstate could easily afford you wonderful opportunities for good deals, great places, and the right budget to boot. Have fun! Enjoy!

      Blessings to you and your family.

    2. Thank you Ellen! :)

      More power to you and your blog!

  19. Thanking you, too, Kit! And if my family and I go on another trip to Boracay, I will remember to drop by your travel blog for more tips and good information.

    God bless you.


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