While traveling is primarily my way of taking a good break from everything I have on hand, I do enjoy traveling out just attend special occasions personally! And by far, I had only attended weddings overseas but this time round, a dear friend of mine invited me to join her and her family for a joyous celebration for her mother’s 90th birthday plus experience the beautiful countryside she grew up in. How can I say no? 🙂
It wasn’t the most traumatic travel experience I have had (remembering my experience trying to travel out to Macau in 2014), but we were welcomed by a thunderstorm when we arrived at Manila and a two-hour flight delay for our connecting flight to Catanduanes. Pretty hectic especially when we all didn’t get enough sleep.
But when we arrived on the island of Catanduanes, we were welcomed by the rest of the friend’s big family. And it is not that I don’t come from a big family myself but it was actually quite overwhelming to see the house filled with some 30 people or more before I finally realise that it was also somewhat their family reunion too!
Anyway, the birthday celebration happened the very evening we arrived so I forgot about the whole episode quickly!
In my eyes, people around me often get sickly and feeble when they hit 70 or 80 years old. So when I met my friend’s mother, it was a real surprise for me to see Mamagulang so strong and healthy at a whooping age of 90 years old. She can hear very well, she can see very well, she can eat without help and she is also walking around with her walker on her own.
Anyway, the rundown for the celebration of Mamagulang’s 90th birthday was simple yet bounteous and fun yet meaningful and heartwarming. It must have been a great deal of work to coordinate everything, especially gathering everyone including those living across the globe now, so I am truly honored to be invited to join them in celebration!
And I am deeply humbled to have met Mamagulang and hear her relate her life stories for I never knew anyone who lived a ripe old age of 90 years, not even my own grandparents. So I really wait to visit her again so that I can hear more stories from her!
*Mamagulang – All the grandchildrens’ affectionate way of addressing their grandmother.
(Yes, I am only old enough to fall into the grandchild’s catergory! Hehe…)
[Catanduanes & Luzon | Philippines October 2015]
10th October 2015
Twin Rock Beach Resort
After an entire evening in celebration of Mamagulang’s 90th birthday, the clan woke up bright and early the following morning for a day out at Twin Rock Beach Resort!
Located at the cove on the southern end of the island of Catanduanes, Twin Rock Beach Resort offers a relatively wide stretch of white sandy beach and calm waters aside from its spacious resort vicinity and a long list of recreational activities.
To the left of the cove, you can find adventure activities like the resort’s very own zip line or the dive board where you can take a leap of faith into the crystal clear water below. And in contrary, the grainy sand gradually becomes a rocky beach on the other end but it is a nice and quiet corner to hang out if you want some quiet time away from the buzz at the resort.
Anyway, we arrived at the resort sometime in the late morning and wasted no time in enjoying the mild morning sun, taking turns at the dive board (I took the leap too! Woohoo!) and soaking up in the warm and calm waters. And I just have to say that these are undeniably my favorite shades of blue!
We hung around at the beach for the rest of the day and returned to the sea for swims and dips periodically throughout the afternoon despite the scotching hot afternoon sun. I guess that’s because the last time I was at a beach was probably more than a year ago and it definitely felt damn good to hit the beach all over again and be close to the sea again with perfect sunny weather!
And I realised that I was so focused on the beach and sea that I never thought of wandering and checking out the resort. Haha! Well, maybe next time! 😉
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