Travel Tuesdays: The Philippines

In June 2015, we traveled to the Philippines. This trip was a long time in the making – hubby’s family lives over there and had been inviting us to visit for years. With kids, schedules, and expenses, it wasn’t a journey easily undertaken. For indeed, it was a journey: 40 hours door-to-door of travel, including 4 flights and one ferry ride. And that was just one way! It was exhausting yet worthwhile.

While in the Philippines, we visited three provinces: Cebu, Leyte, and Biliran. Cebu City (where we flew in and out of) is modern and cosmopolitan. Leyte, where our family lives, is more laid-back, with smaller towns and cities. Biliran was pristine and my favorite province of the three.

I’ve traveled extensively in North America and Europe, but this was my first trip to Asia. I experienced culture shock and moments when I desperately missed home, even though we were only gone for two weeks. Yet, I met amazing, kind, and generous people; ate delicious food; and witnessed a unique culture, unlike anything I’ve seen in my Western-oriented travels. This journey was remarkable and unforgettable.

Goodbye, Ft. Lauderdale! (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Goodbye, Ft. Lauderdale! (Katherine Hart, 2015)

View of Mt. Fuji approaching Narita Airport (Katherine Hart, 2015)

View of Mt. Fuji approaching Narita Airport (Katherine Hart, 2015)

San Pedro Fort, Cebu City (Katherine Hart, 2015)

San Pedro Fort, Cebu City (Katherine Hart, 2015)

View from family's home, Baybay, Leyte (Katherine Hart, 2015)

View from family’s home, Baybay, Leyte (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Fresh coconut water (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Fresh coconut water (Katherine Hart, 2015)

View from mountain top outside Baybay (Katherine Hart, 2015)

View from mountain top outside Baybay (Katherine Hart, 2015)

OMJ! Fun in local supermarket (Katherine Hart 2015)

OMJ! Fun in local supermarket (Katherine Hart 2015)

View from the beach outside of Baybay (Katherine Hart, 2015)

View from the beach outside of Baybay (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Our daily breakfast. Ensaimadas in foreground; pandesal in the back (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Our daily breakfast. Ensaimadas in foreground; pandesal in the back (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Central Plaza, Baybay (Katherine Hart 2015)

Central Plaza, Baybay (Katherine Hart 2015)

Snorkeling in Biliran (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Snorkeling in Biliran (Katherine Hart, 2015)

A typical dinner. Yum! (Katherine Hart, 2015)

A typical dinner. Yum! (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Looking towards Agta Beach, Biliran (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Looking towards Agta Beach, Biliran (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Sunset, Biliran (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Sunset, Biliran (Katherine Hart, 2015)

(Katherine Hart, 2015)

(Katherine Hart, 2015)

Waterfall, Biliran (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Waterfall, Biliran (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Cebu City (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Cebu City (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Leah Temple, Cebu City (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Leah Temple, Cebu City (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Dragon Sculpture at Taoist Temple, Cebu City (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Dragon Sculpture at Taoist Temple, Cebu City (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Enjoying the last evening in the Philippines (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Enjoying the last evening in the Philippines (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Final meal in the Philippines - not typical, but very tasty (Katherine Hart, 2015)

Final meal in the Philippines – not typical, but very tasty (Katherine Hart, 2015)

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One Response to Travel Tuesdays: The Philippines

  1. master.ryo says:

    I hope you have enjoyed your trip in the Philippines. Coincidentally, we are having the same hometown in Leyte a few town towards the southern side. I hope you could have explore more of the place. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    cheers from: https:masterryo.wordpress.com

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