Our tropical life

 

 

Like most Easter weeks, we stayed home again. I love staycations. Manila is at its most beautiful this week. No traffic, no pollution, no crowds. I’ve cooked every meal for my family – lasagna, quiche, waffles, spaghetti. It’s a nice feeling when your home makes you feel like you’re on vacation. But let’s not talk about the heat.

Here are some photos from a couple of weeks ago, taken using an Olympus E-P3.

There is no house in either places yet. But it already feels like home.

 

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I love tall coconut trees.

 

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I love that the kids are fascinated with the things that used to fascinate me. Like the Makahiya.

 

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Makahiya is an herb that folds inward when you try to touch it. This was me growing up. Very shy. And perhaps still me now. Touch-me-not.

 

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Yaya introduced the kids to the neighbour’s cows. Lily, my 5 year old, styled herself for a day in the “farm”. Oh Lily.

 

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This little guy was the friendliest.

 

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It is such a gift to have my parents staying with us for an extended time. It feels so normal. Dreading the day they leave. Here, my dad found something interesting.

 

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Sophia, the curious one.

 

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Mom collected coconut husks for her orchids.

 

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Please do not judge us. We didn’t do this on purpose.

 

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Saying bye to their friend, Cowie. Then we drove about an hour away, to the other paradise.

 

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Patrick with Lily and Stella.

 

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Stella can draw letters. But she didn’t do this. She just dictated the “spelling” of her name.

 

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Soph let this little snail crawl on her foot.

 

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This family is a sucker for sunsets. I’m not kidding.

 

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My little marine girl, Sophia.

 

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Lowtide isn’t my favourite, but it has it charms.

 

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Sophia. My child who shares my love of the sea.

 

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Grateful for the silence.

 

Have a blessed Easter weekend.

 

 

 

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