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Philippines Photo Diary

Near the end of January, FriendBoy and I took a trip to the Philippines for a friend’s wedding and a much-needed respite from the cold weather.

Snacks On a Plane. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

After a looong trip from Cincinnati (including a “hidden” re-fueling stop in Japan), we landed in Manila a full day and a half after we left. Thanks, International Date Line.

We met up with the two other couples on the trip and spent the day in Manila eating and shopping for wedding barongs for the guys at a  western-style shopping center (where I reluctantly avoided both Topshop and Zara).

Me and the groom asleep on the balcony

The next day, we hopped on a plane to Marinduque and got settled into the Beach House at Chateau du Mer (shout-out to Uncle Dave!). The ocean was maybe 30 yards from the house, which made for heavenly sleeping conditions on the balcony.

I geeked out over the colored stones on the beach (purple! red! green!), vowed  to reestablish the rock collection I started in 4th grade, and couldn’t resist taking pictures of the spectacular sunset.

One day we visited Poctoy Beach, where we feasted on the biggest grilled fish I’ve ever seen and were promptly joined by the local group of chickens and dogs. Chickens and dogs hang out everywhere on Marinduque, but this pup had a severely injured paw and I wanted to help him so badly.

We watched the fisherman head out on their boats in the evening, visited churches and volcanoes, attracted the attention of a group of school children (white people and black people? They had to check us out), admired some typography, tried to figure out how rice is harvested, ate some more, and contemplated the public transportation options.

I may or may not have eaten too many turon, sliced plantains wrapped in lumpia wrappers, then deep fried. These had a slice of jackfruit inside, too–YUM.

It was my first time in Asia, and thanks to the hospitality of our hosts, we had a fantastic time.

It was 22 degrees when we got back to Cincinnati. ‘Nuff said.

  • Towanna

    February 2, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Beautiful Pictures!!!!

  • Marie

    February 2, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Niice photos!!! Food looks delicious:)

    • tamia

      February 3, 2011 at 10:43 am

      @Marie Oh, it was! Ask my scale.

  • Jenny

    February 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Wow, looks amazing!
    Was hoping for some pictures of you and boyfriend….

    • tamia

      February 3, 2011 at 10:42 am

      @Jenny Ha! He’s “shy”, so I usually don’t include him in photos I post here.

  • Joy F.

    February 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    The va-Ka looked like it was so relaxing! and I love your hair by the way! How long have you been natural? You should post about your hair one day!

    • tamia

      February 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      I did my big chop in Aug 2005, so it’s been 5+ years! Hmm…maybe I’ll do a hair post when I feel like I’ve figured it out.

  • Krista

    February 4, 2011 at 12:35 am

    AMAZING photos, Tamia! What a beautiful trip.

    • tamia

      February 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks, Krista! It was wonderful.

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  • @shamekko

    February 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Hello…I got to your site via your twitter profile. You take some very beautiful photos!

    • tamia

      February 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Shamekko!

  • Ronita

    February 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Great photos!!! Look like you had an amazing time and the food looked so dang on delicious! Glad you made it back safe and sound!

  • MAUI

    February 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    oh my, i miss my homeland. It’s been 11 years since i’ve been there. These are beautiful shots and i’m glad you tried some of our food 😉


    • seven

      June 17, 2011 at 2:29 am

      good picture
      oh my, i miss my homeland. It’s been 11 years since i’ve been there. These are beautiful shots and i’m glad you tried some of our food

  • Abbie ♥

    February 11, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I’m a new follower and I’m from the Philippines!*^^* So glad you loved the turon. 🙂 The photos are great. Hope you’ll come back and enjoy the other islands in our country.♥

  • Hårskola Larsson

    February 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Going to the Philippines for the first time in a month. Very excited, seems like a wonderful place.

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  • David B Katague

    June 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Tamia: Finally found your blog. I am glad you had a grand time in Marinduque. I love your photos. Hope all is fine with you!
    Keep in touch and visit some of my blogs.

    • tamia

      June 13, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      Glad you found it Dr. Katague! I tell anyone who’ll listen how much fun we had at Chateau du Mer. Hope to visit again!

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