Wednesday, April 19, 2017

cloud gate in singapore

what a nice week night treat to be taken to the theatre to watch dance! used to be one of my favorite troupes. even hunted their show down when we were in taiwan for a festival! :)

partner in crime. and then... we bumped into all the other partners in crime all at the foyer next to the bar!! just like old times! 

love me a weekday treat like that! 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

that pink wall...

this shoot was a winner because... pink wall! according to the little miss! nevermind all the effort we put into costumes and lighting or props... one ratty pink wall was all we needed! 

im sure she didn't love the teaching from her buddy as much though! 


Monday, April 17, 2017

movenpick mactan island cebu

when we first booked movenpick mactan island, we were went by proximity! because we departed cebu in a morning flight, we didn't want to be rushing through traffic then board a plane to get home. so we booked in a couple nights at movenpick mactan island. 

and it was a change of environment. where we came from, moalboal, it was homey and diver-lodge and we jumped straight to white sand beaches, uniformed service and resort buffet meals. each had its  charm and it was nice to have tried both! 

our city kid jumped right into the swing of things and wanted to do it all. chocolate tasting, craft sessions, kids club, soak in tub, swim in lagoon, ride on banana boat! he's hilariously bought into the entire resort deal. and room service. he loved the idea of room service. 

sat down at the beach and was offered beach toys for the kiddies and menus for the adults. it was all very indulgent and awesome! 

we did pry ourselves to go to the city and have a bit of a change in food options (jollibean was bubba's choice of poison) and a spot of shopping at the outlet mall but not quite worth the effort, i reckon. i did enjoy poking our noses around the supermarkets though! 

chilling in the hotel lounge and getting served scoops of icecream - highlight of his trip! i love how easy to please these babies are! 

next time we will give shangrila a go! i heard their kids club was quite a spectacle!


Friday, April 14, 2017

whale shark watching - moalboal

chilling out at hale manna while i got a massage! we loved how chilled out the entire place was and had the perfect time wandering around! 

point to note - the food was spectacular! totally worked with our asian taste buds and somehow everything after a long day in the sun was yummy and hit the right spot! and of course the kitchen found out that little blake was a huge fan of fried fish and so we had loads of them! it was fried fish for every meal!! so so awesome! it was like chilling out at your mama's home. 

for the last couple days, we moved to the city, closer to the airport to be closer to town! and on our way out, we paid a visit to the whale sharks! 

the entire practice of whale shark watching at moalboal is a little controversial. there are huge discussions about how it affects the sharks (not independent for food sources) however we also saw the benefits of tourism on the local comunity and in fairness, they didn't touch the shark and TRIED to limit the number of tourists. what you don't see is hundreds of people waiting to get into the water via the rowboats. 

and they line the rowboats, filled with about 10 tourist each right to the edge of the water and the sharks are swimming alongside the boats. so theres guaranteed viewing even for weak swimmers. 

very very excited!

thats the edge of our boat and the sharks come right up close. so when blake was bobbing on the water edge, he saw so many of them and could see details on the shark like the gills and their little pilot fishies along the way. the entire experience is painless and relatively inexpensive. and a 4 year old would otherwise not be able to encounter a whale shark until he could dive. so quite unique and definitely worth the experience. 

also, after cebu, there has been definitely interest in marine life and motivation to improve swimming. and like tita becky said, the young ones don't know what they're protecting if they've not even seen it before. so definitely grateful cebu gave our kiddo an easy introduction to marine life. 


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

exploring kawasan falls, moalboal

one of the places we wanted to see was kawasan falls. if you see any travel pictures of cebu, you would definitely see whale sharks (more on that later) and the crazy blue waters of the kawasan falls! 

and because we have a vehicle crazed little dude and a regular car is too mainstream, we got a jeepney arranged for our day trip! typically these jeepneys are packed FULL of communters with people, their shopping and live stock bursting out from the back. so i guess this lonely rider doesn't really do it justice! but it was still fun to be able to give it a go!!

the hike to the falls was about 30 mins, very pleasant and easy! in fact, am pretty sure you're able to drive most of the way up! we did it in flipflops! 

what did i tell you about the blue?? it was insane! 

first we did when we got here was nab a seat right up close to the waterfalls because we knew that this guy would want to jump in for a dip! also hired him a life vest just in case. but he ended up playing with other kids around the edge, using their life vest as a boat or a seat. 

we always had an adult watching over him like a hawk!

then he saw these adults going through the waterfalls on rafts! and decided he would do it too!! it was mad!! of course we sent a chaperon even though none of us really wanted to get into the water! hah

thanks superhero papa! i owe you one! :) 

he was so so happy and proud that day that he went through the waterfall! such good fun!