A 70th birthday is certainly one of life’s milestone events and Tinet had long been planning a big party for her husband Wally Tapia in Davao. Their two children living in Sydney, Niña and our son-in-law Carlo (along with his tribe) had booked tickets ages ago for a surprise visit. Then the … Continue reading
Let me say first up, I don’t like Manila. It is too big, too dirty, has too many people, the roads are hopelessly clogged and there are no visible signs of road rules. There is an astonishing gulf between the rich and the poor. It is largely in a state of … Continue reading
We visit Meg and Ron’s beautiful home near Cessnock.
We return to Sydney tired but satisfied after a great reunion and holiday.
Morning mass at San Pablo followed by the reunion dinner Continue reading
We head up to the family retreat in Catigan, which is about 35km from Davao, and about 4,000ft above sea level. The house has been a labour of love for Ken and Boy for the past two years, and it is now about 90% complete. The remainder plus landscaping will … Continue reading
We arrive in Davao (click for map) about 6am after a long trip via Hong Kong and Cebu. Jo and Baby are there waiting. They drop us off at Ken’s hotel for breakfast. On our last trip Ken was just completing his new project, the Viajeros Economy Inn, and it’s … Continue reading
Day 1 We drove up on Friday and checked in to Shelton-Lea about 3pm. It looked good on the internet, and was in fact quite comfortable. Although it was only 8 degrees Celsius and dropping, we decided to walk down to Echo Point to have a look at the Three … Continue reading