Can we just take a moment to acknowledge the fact that I’ve officially blogged a FULL WEEK of my trip?! My entire trip so far has been documented here. On my blog. I am so glad that I’m keeping up with it, and I really think I’ll be able to do this ’til the end! *knocks on wood*
This day was mostly spent recharging from our long day at Movenpick/Mactan Island. It was also my youngest cousin Jeano’s 5th birthday! He is such a precious little thing. His wish was for everyone to spend time with him at the pool, so that’s exactly what we did!
After the pool we went to Ayala (that huge shopping mall with five floors), and went grocery shopping. We’re getting tired of eating out all the time. No more McDonald’s. No more “Yolk. After grocery shopping we decided to some regular shopping! We went inside this store called “Bershka” and the first thing my brother said was, “Alannah, this is your kind of store.” Boy, was he ever right. I LOVE THAT STORE. I honestly went a little crazy in there. It reminded me a lot of TOPSHOP. I bought the cutest things that I can’t wait to share in an upcoming Haul video! Surprisingly, a lot of it is perfect for Autumn/Winter and according to most of my friend back home, it’s gotten a lot chillier since I left!
We met up with my other Uncle and his family for Jeano’s birthday dinner after the mall. We went to this restaurant called, “Shaka“. It’s a Hawaiian restaurant. I ordered some pad thai (I know, it’s Thai not Hawaiian) and it definitely wasn’t like the pad thai we have in Canada. TBH I didn’t quite like it, and it didn’t settle that well in my stomach. I think as the trip goes on, my stomach is getting weaker. I’m really just wanting some good ol’ Canadian food right now.
My Uncle Nelson and Auntie Janet brought a cake for Jeano to the restaurant. It was a rainbow cake, and it was DELICIOUS. I’ve noticed that they really like cream cheese icing here. Or whatever the icing is on red velvet cake. A lot of the desserts that I’ve had (even a cinnamon bun from Starbucks) had a cream cheese icing/frosting – and I’m not complaining!
Poor little Jeano. At one point, he said that he was sad because he didn’t get any presents to open. We all felt bad so my brother took it upon himself to go find something real quick and come back. My brother ended up going to that market (Sugbo Mercado) and buying Jeano Captain America socks and two Captain America clips for earbuds ha-ha. JEANO LOVED THEM. He wore the clips on his fingers like rings (he’s been wearing them every day since) and he even pulled me aside to tell me: “I think these socks might have super powers!” He won’t wear another pair of socks now. I miss being five years-old.
We (the entire group of us: two uncles, their wives, their four kids and the five of us) ended our day walking around the area as a family, trying to find ice cream. The only place that served ice cream was sold out of ice cream. We took that as a sign to call it a night.
Today (“Day 10”) we finally went island hopping and I can’t wait to share it with you guys! It made me want to travel more. It was so much to take in (in the best way) and so, so beautiful. You’ll hear all about it within the next couple of days!
- Tiny ❤