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General Douglas MacArthur Memorial Shrine In Palo Leyte Philippines

“I shall return.”

– Gen. Douglas MacArthur

March 11, 1942

Gen. MacArthur Leyte Landing

General Douglas MacArthur Shrine in Palo, Leyte Philippines

MacArthur monument

Gen. Douglas MacArthur Monument – Leyte Landing Palo, Leyte Philippines

 

White Sand Beach Resort

Kalanggaman beach in Kalanggaman Island Polompon, Leyte

Kalanggaman beach in Kalanggaman Island Polompon, Leyte – Photo credits to my cousin.

A lovely day to spend at the beach is during Spring and Summer.  The breeze from the sea feels very relaxing and makes your mind wander.  The sound of the waves splashing on the shore seems like inviting you to play with them as they are racing towards you.  The seagulls flying over makes you wonder if they get tired of flying and strolling on the shore for food.  The white sand brightens more as it reflects the warm sun light.  All of these serene things are worth seeing and feeling at the beach.

If given the opportunity right this moment, I would like to go to a white sand beach.  Specifically to Kalanggaman Island beach resort in Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte.  It has been recently that the locals discovered this very beautiful beach in the island.  Now it is gaining popularity as seasons go by.

My cousins just went there during there three-week long vacation to the Philippines.  I was very jealous because I wanted to go with them but me and my family already have planned a vacation in two years.  I am looking forward to visiting the beach resort.

A Serene Place In The Country

riverside

I miss this place.

This photo was taken seven years ago during me and my husband’s visit to my neighborhood in my hometown in Leyte, Philippines.  The picture shows how green the surroundings is.  We call our neighborhood Riverside because we are situated by the river called Kanawagan.  I remember when I was younger the river was wide and its currents were strong that it was difficult to cross.  Because of the drought the river has gone low and moved farther.  You see those rocks and the cleared area?  That’s the riverbed.

My parents, siblings, and I used to cross this river to go to my grandpa’s farm to harvest some vegetables, fruits, and root crops.  We also bathe and do our laundry here too.  Walking alongside the riverbank we can pick up some firewood from the fallen branches of the trees and coconuts.  Some nights, there are a few young guys and men (neighbors) will go fishing in the river.

But now, the river is not healthy anymore.  It is getting low and polluted.  There’s a power plant way up there in the mountains and disposing waste.  I am not completely sure where they release their wastes but somehow parts of it go to the rivers.  I wonder how this place looked after the super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)?

The Important Part During Our Vacation

I am very jealous right now!  Why?  My cousin is currently on vacation for three weeks.  And she is visiting a few beautiful tourist spots.  Oh how I wish I was with her now.  It would be wonderful to go on a vacation too.  But I just had one.  My family and I had a long holiday vacation in December 2012.  It was one of our wonderful getaway ever.  It is because that was the vacation we spent the Holidays with my parents, siblings, niece and nephews back home for the first time.  And that was my darling daughter’s first international travel and first meeting with my family in person.

One of the very important part of our vacation was getting someone who will help us with looking after our little one.  I mean, we wanted an extra hand and a part time babysitter.  So my younger sister got the part time job. 🙂  Although it was just domestic flight, it was my sister’s first time to fly.  She was very excited.

With my sister at the lobby of the arrival area in NAIA.  Vacation 2012

With my sister at the lobby of the arrival area in NAIA.
Vacation 2012

When we went to Legaspi City in Albay (Bicol Region), my sister watched over our little princess while my husband and I went to visit with his sponsored child.  DD and aunt stayed at The Oriental Legaspi Hotel relaxing and resting.  Gladly they got along well and DD didn’t give her a hard time.

DD busy with her stickers.

DD busy with her stickers.