Cebu : An Instagram Photo Tour of my Beloved Hometown

Monday, May 30, 2016

The flight back to Cebu was unexpected. When I learned of my mother-in-law's demise, I lamented of my husband's loss. He lost both of his parents these past couple of years: this year his mom and last year his dad. I never saw my husband shed a tear, no not even one. Could it be that he's good at hiding his emotions away? The moment we heard of mommy's sudden demise, we immediately made a decision to booked a flight back to Cebu without ever exchanging a word. I could read his mind vividly as he could read mine. And so a day's worth of journey begins...

Cebu City Philippines Travel

We drove 2 hours and a half to Houston from Austin to get to our flight to Taiwan. Air travel from Houston to Taiwan took us 15 hours. Then from Taiwan to Cebu air travel took us another 3 hours. Whew! What a long journey indeed.

Cebu City Philippines Travel

Because we arrived the weekend before the elections, I've made sure to vote for the President that I love to ensure his victory. Never mind the 3-4 hours queue I had to endure, given that I would be traveling another 3-4 hours from Cebu City to Madridejos, Bantayan Island the same day to attend my mother-in-law's wake. I'm glad that the President that I love won. #Du30

Lexmark Research and Development Corporation Cebu City Philippines

On my way to vote, I've passed by Lexmark Research & Development Corporation building. This is the first company where I've kicked off my IT career.

Sta Fe Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines Travel
Sta Fe Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines Travel

Santa Fe, Bantayan Island's port never ceases to be an eye candy.

Cebu City Philippines Travel

My husband and his siblings on mommy's interment. :'(

SM Seaside Cebu City Philippines Travel

Cebu with all of it's gory and glory.

University of San Jose Recoletos Magallanes Street Cebu City Philippines Travel

Ah, this is where I've earned my diploma at the University of San Jose-Recoletos.

Downtown Colon Cebu City Philippines Travel

Seeing my beloved hometown, Cebu, to what it is now breaks my heart. The traffic is unbearable, the crowd is overflowing, poor living conditions are noticeable, dilapidated buildings can be seen in plain sight. How I've longed for Real Love to be able to touch, heal and restore my beloved country.

Midori Plains Minglanilla Cebu Philippines Travel

If you've been following my blog, you'd remember an update I've done of our  vacation house back in the Cebu some time ago : The Vacation Home : A Year After. Me and my husband have never set foot here until this trip.

Midori Plains Swimming Pool Minglanilla Cebu Philippines Travel

The husband together with our family (his side) enjoyed the swimming pool in our subdivision one fine afternoon.

Crispy Pata Lamesa Grill SM Cebu Philippines Travel

And of course, a Filipino wouldn't forget the tastes of authentic Filipino cuisine.

Cebu City Philippines Travel
Ayala Center Cebu Philippines Travel
Cebu City Philippines Travel
Cebu City Philippines Travel

Three weeks spent with loved ones back to Cebu felt like mere seconds. As of writing, I could still remember my lola's (grandmother) kiss when she bid her goodbye to me while I was still sleeping. I could still hear my mother's laughter vividly in my mind. These fresh memories of them never fails to bring me back to tears. How I've longed to be with them again. Their love for me will always remain in my heart wherever I may be.

taipei 101 taiwan

On our way back to Austin, we took a short trip to Taipei, Taiwan. Thanks to Eva Air for the 8 hours layover. I would be detailing this short trip to Taiwan on a next blog post.

Oh, I've longed to be with my family again.



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