5 Ways How Traveling Changed Our Family

“Oh that’s a starfish mimi..” says my son on our beach get-away.

“Tap.. tap.. tap.. We’re going to fly didi!” his words on his first airplane ride.

Seeing how our son enjoyed every second of our trips made our hearts full as parents.

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Since my husband and I became parents, we’ve decided to invest on “experience” rather than on “material gifts” to our son.

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P 2,700 Family Travel & Barrio Living at Barangay Tingloy (Masasa Beach)

If you are looking for a budget-friendly and near Manila White Sand Beach, Masasa Beach located at Tingloy, Batangas is a great place for you.

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We are so blessed to explore Masasa Beach bago pa sya maging crowded. We spent two days of Simple Living in Barangay Tingloy.

Sobrang Raw and Authentic Beauty of Nature, Masasa Beach is indeed one of the hidden gems of Batangas.

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“Hello Cow!” -Zee

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Worry-Free Travel With A Toddler

Our family loves to travel and explore places together, some parents are asking us if hindi ba mahirap mag-travel with kids? Our answer, yes, it’s challenging and fun at the same time!

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Expect a lot of “changes in your plan” when traveling with kids, there are also many commercial breaks like “Mimi, wiwi ako!…” “Mimi, I’m hungry!..” “Mimi… Mimi…”, haha!

But traveling with our child makes every travel, extra fun, loaded with laughters, with our main travel goal “to fill his core memories” with joyful experiences with us, letting him see the world in his own eyes and be amazed of the Amazing Creator we have. Every travel experience, kahit mahirap minsan, are all worth it! 

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5 Benefits of Family Travel

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Traveling as family is one of our family activities each year.

It is a “must” in our family, its like a yearly tradition during our wedding anniversary and our child’s birthday.

But why do we love to travel? Why do we have to cut down on other expenses so we can save for our yearly trip?

Because we believe it is beneficial for our family.

Here are some benefits of family travel:

1. Making Memories

We believe that we are to celebrate life, in simple and exciting ways, in our family, traveling is our way to celebrate occasions, We believe that our son is in his stage of building his “core memories” we wanted to fill it with love, laughter, experiences and memories of our travel..

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How To Have a Budget-friendly Family Travel?

Hello Loves!

Few days ago we celebrated our 3 years of team work in parenthood in a Beach Resort in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas (It has been our family tradition to visit different beaches whenever we have special occasions in our small family) It is our way to switch off and spend alone time with our family and with God.

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Being known as a practical and “budget-conscious” person, our friends asked us on how to have a budget-friendly family travel.

Most of us think that only rich people can travel, but the truth is.. everyone can, as long as you put it in your priority list.

Like for example,instead of spending for your favorite frappucino, why not save it for a family travel fund? We just need discipline, patience, proper planning, commitment to our travel goals and saving habits.

Here are our family’s simple tips on how to save on your family travel:

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Family Vacation : The Tamarind Tree Resort

This resort must be the most famous among those who wants to visit Padre Burgos, Quezon.

We also saw this resort through a travel blog. And since we have a toddler with us, we’ve decided to book a room instead of “camping” in the island itself.

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The Tamarind Tree Resort

Our family stayed at Tamarind Tree Resort, it is the only beachfront resort near the islands as per the resort representative. But there are other resorts available or you can bring your tent or rent one in the islands if your opt for an adventure. But I think you should bring mosquito repellent, flashlight and portable fan if you’ll consider camping.

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Family Vacation: White Beach in Quezon

This February, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. Eversince, beach has always been our happy place.

The sea is a witness that after 10 years of being in a relationship and 4 years as a married couple, we still DO love each other.

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After searching for a beach near Manila, we’ve decided to go to Padre, Burgos Quezon.  (5-6 hours drive)

PHP 1,700 (gasoline for Revo + toll fees)

It was our first Quezon adventure, and I am excited to share with you why we fell in love with the Province of Quezon and why you should put it on your travel bucket list too.

We went to three islands in Padre Burgos and Pagbilao, Quezon

  • Borawan (Boracay and Palawan in One)
  • Dampalitan Island
  • Puting Buhangin (Pagbilao, Quezon)

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Our Free Family Staycation at Sofitel Manila

 

A Surprise, Loaded With Favor Staycation

My family was blessed with an overnight stay in Sofitel Manila

Upon checking-in… the lobby clerk saw that we have a toddler (Little Zee), and upgraded our room to Club Millesime room so we can have a king size bed instead of 2 single beds without any additional charge (to make co-sleeping safe).  Another WOW! and Big Favor! We’re just amazed on how this staycation was loaded with lots of favors from Above.

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I just want to Share with you lovelies why you should consider Sofitel Manila for your grand family staycation:

  • Luxury Rooms (Comfortable & Relaxing)

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The room’s contemporary design (combination of French and Filipino Design) gave us a truly relaxing stay,

Sofitel’s Mybed is so comfortable I wish I can sleep all day.

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Affordable Shabby Room in Tagaytay City

Busyness of Mommy Life

When you become a mom, you will appreciate a  trip to the grocery alone, a shower time without an audience, an eat-out day or the “kitchen day-off” and having your hubby give your little one a bath.

But moms, we are also human, we are not a machine, nor a battery-operated toy. We need to “pause” , “breathe” and yes, we need R.E.S.T.

“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.”

Exodus 34:21

 

Last August, our family were blessed to have a staycation in “Shabby 1943 Unit”

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Shabby 1943, is located at Wind Residences in Tagaytay City! It’s only a 2-hour drive from Manila. That’s why Tagaytay City, is a perfect go-to travel vacation for families like ours, who want to say bye-bye to the busy life in the City to unplug and “Selah” or Pause for a while.

Shabby 1943 is owned by Gementera Family. The lovely couple (a photographer and a copyrighter) got married in Tagaytay City and had many beautiful moments there, that’s how personal and close Shabby 1943 unit is in their hearts and you’ll see that on how they decorated their joyful space.

 

What our family loved about Shabby 1943 Unit that you’ll surely love too.

  • Interior Design the room has a really “shabby” interior design, making it refreshing, joyful and so relaxing.

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Little Zee enjoyin’ the Taal Lake View from Shabby Room

  • A Place like Home- you will feel as if your at your own place.

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Holy Week : Family Ideas

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Holy Week is more than a long holiday. We remember and honor what Jesus did on the cross or what we can call “The Great Exchange”.

What is the Great Exchange?

Because God loves us so much, instead of allowing us to suffer from eternal death in hell because we are all sinners, and no one meets God’s standard,
He sent His only Son to this world “Jesus” :

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our inequities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

And because of what Jesus did on the cross, we can now receive the gift of eternal life when we receive Him as our Lord and Savior.

What a great exchange right? Amazing Love it is!

Here are some of our bucket-list this Semana Santa or Holy Week that you may also want to try :)

1. Travel as family – visit a new place, schedule a staycation or visit your province. But due to crowded tourist destinations, staying at home will always be a great option :)

2. Family Devotion – have a special family devotion this holy week. We downloaded this devotional guide which we will be discussing with the whole family, you may also download it for free! :)

Holy Week Devotional 2015 -> here

3. Prayer & Fasting- most Filipino do not eat meat during this season, we can also schedule a special fasting as family if the spirit prompt you to do so.

and pray more as family example is:

Monday– Spiritual Growth

Tuesday– Health

Wednesday- Finances

Thursday- Career

Friday- Character

Saturday- Lost People

Sunday- Thanks Giving

4. Watch Bible-themed Movies (great example is the Passion of Christ ; I am still searching for a cartoon version for Kids) let me know if you have any recommendations :)

5. Go to Church as family 

6. Attend an Easter Event I highly suggest one organized by church, for it is more focus on what Jesus did + ofcourse the fun activities for kids.

7. Crafts & Recipes I am planning to try out the cupcake on the eggshell :)
Here are some of the crafts I saw in pinterest. Easter Crafts

Have a blessed meaningful holy week ahead!