Wednesday, May 29

One Weekend at the Province

Spend a weekend at my mom's hometown. What do I have to lose? Well, my family decided to go out of town just a day before the scheduled date. They informed me that we will visit Tagcatong, the place where my mom grew up, last Friday. That meant I only had one night to prepare my stuff and cancel on all my appointments for the next day. My May 25 has already been booked since last month for All About the Eyes: An Eye Makeup Workshop and the Up Dharma Down concert for the final wave of Summerfaction 2013. I always believe that family comes first so I cancelled my attendance to all the events and chose to enjoy the weekend getaway with my loved ones.

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Tagcatong, Carmen, Agusan del Sur is a 5-hour drive from Davao city via private transportation. Whenever I would travel, I make it to a point to bring my books to keep me well-entertained.  I know it sounds weird but that is how my brain works. For my trip to Carmen, I brought with me The Power by Rhonda Byrne which I received as a gift from my blogger friends last May 8.

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The photos above are taken during our short stay at Bolihon Beach Resort. The place is not cozy but it is perfect for those who simply wants to appreciate the beauty of nature and experience a peaceful time all by themselves. I love going to the beach but I'm not fond of swimming so I spent the afternoon listening to the sea breeze and feeling the fresh air.

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This was also taken at Bolihon. It's a picture of our 3-month old dog named Twinkle which is a Japanese Spitz. Traveling with her wasn't easy but it was fun!

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We started our Sunday right by attending the 6AM mass at Carmen. It felt great to give thanks to God for all the blessings I and my family received over the years. Yes, I also prayed for one special thing. May He grant it!

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These are the flowers we got after the mass. Tatay, my mom's only brother, bought it for their altar at home. 

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The nail polish was one of the pasalubong given by my Tita from Dubai. I tried it on last Sunday. I was happy to see the results. Hey, don't judge if my manicure looks messy. There's no doubt that little me is still a noob.

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Unexpectedly, we received an invite for Ranier and Nathaniel's 1st birthday party held at Dottie's Place, Butuan City. The twins' birthday celebration was full of fun and excitement. My favorite part was the dance performance of the mascots Dora, Mickey Mouse, Spongebob, Woody and Pooh. Good thing I have a party dress with me which made me attend the event with confidence.

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The last thing we did before going home was to visit mylolo and lola's grave at the Carmen Public Cemetery. I've never had a chance to see my lolo because he died before my mom married dad. I was three years old when my lola passed away. Even if I didn't get a chance to grow up with my grandparents, I still feel a great emotional attachment with them. The photo above was taken at the cemetery.

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If there is one thing I love about living in the province, it is having more time to do anything. There is absolutely no need to rush!

37 comments:

  1. You had a great vacation and it's obvious in the pictures and your words. :) Glad you spent quality time with your family in Tagcatong.

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  2. "family comes first" I agree. One of the most cherished moments. ♥
    I always appreciate a beach. It's very relaxing!

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  3. Speaking of which, I have to plan my trip back to Batangas soon to visit my Dad there.

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  4. It's hard to miss the book. Have you finished reading it? Law of attraction eh? Hehe Nice post, CoffeeChic! :)

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  5. The place looks lovely. I think it's nice to get out of the buzz of city life and take a breather at a province sometimes. :)

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  6. Spending time with the family is always something worthwhile to do, right?

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  7. nice article and photos. :)

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  8. Well, it's not only the flowers that I've noticed but also the color of your nails! Waaa what nail polish did you use?

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  9. Looks like a packed weekend in your hometown but being with family must be refreshing.

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  10. Out of the scenic place you have had here, it is the coconut trees plantation that caught my curiosity. This reminds me of my kiddy times where I used to visit the place of my uncle, where there were many coconut trees around and my relatives used to harvest some coconuts and we ate those soft meat. They took the younger cocos which were very delicious.

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  11. Sometimes it's really nice to visit the province because most of them still have fresh air, sweet nature and memories to cherish. I hope you enjoyed your trip! :)

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  12. great photos! :) love to go there someday.. :)

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  13. My wife's family is from a small town like this. I love, LOVE to visit there...great contrast to the hustle and bustle that is city life.

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  14. It looks like you had a great vacation in your province and enjoyed it so much.

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  15. Looks like you cancelling all your events and appointments is all worth it since you get to spend quality time with your family and relatives in the province.

    I would also prefer to visit my relatives in the province if given the chance. It makes me more happy to see all of them and share wonderful memories with them too :)

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  16. Lol on your manicure,it sure looks messy but like you said not to judge you coz I do the same too. At my age I still don't know how to paint my nails.

    Anyway, life in the province is really different and simple.I used to go to my mom's birth place every summer vacation when we were kids.

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  17. Ah yes! I would have canceled all other events in favor of a fun trip with the family as well. I bet you had no regrets whatsoever of doing so :) and I love the watch - yours? :)

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  18. Given the fast-paced life, it's always a good thing to spend it with family, and to feel at peace --- knowing that you don't need to rush things when you're with them. I'm glad that you cancelled your prior events just to be with your family. I'd do the same for mine.

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  19. its true that living in province need to rush does not exist here that's why i love being a probinsyana ^.^

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  20. Great bonding with your family. Sure you have a good time spend with them . About your nail polish.. no comment na lang. joke lang Algene. :)

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  21. glad you made the right decision. Nothing beats spending good times with the family.

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  22. Never heard of the place but I would sure visit if I got the chance!

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  23. you really enjoyed and the place looks lovely

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  24. The Power! I've been dying to read that book! Will buy one soon! =)

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  25. Gorgeous photos--nail polish too!

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  26. Beautiful photos!

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  27. you are blessed that you had such great time - and I am sure that your decision to travel there was right! Thanks for sharing with us...
    Lubka K.

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  28. Elizabeth MillerMay 31, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    The pictures from your vacation are beautiful! Love the ones from the beach and of the church! Looks like you had a fun filled vacation, going to that birthday party looked like a lot of fun with all the characters dancing :).

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  29. Boy, what a weekend. It sounds like it was fun and relaxing. The real surprise for me was the pic of Twinkle, your Spitz pup. The best dog that I ever had was a white Spitz named Sugar. That awesome dog was at my side for many years and she was so smart. The real funny part of Sugar was that she was like two dogs glued together! If you stood in front of her you would notice that she had one blue eye and one brown eye; one side was all white and the other had brown spots; and one ear stood up while the other fell over! Thanks for the warm memories!

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  30. Family should always be our top priority. It's good that you enjoyed your little vacation. :)

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  31. Wow! Nice place! Love the pictures too, thanks for sharing! Great you enjoyed your weekend!

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  32. The Cemetery was beautiful. I love seeing Cemeteries in other places and how lovely and peaceful they can be.

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  33. Wow! Love your photos. The place looks lovely! :)

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  34. A great article written with great hard work...i must say....a great work of your which shows...I like your site its quite informative and i would like to come here again as i get some time from my studies. And I will share it with my friends.

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