The last time I went home to my hometown
Zamboanga City was on July 2013. It was not a vacation, but a work related
travel. I was pregnant then and had to stay most of the time at the checked-in
hotel before and after our meeting.
This year, I have planned (which hubby
agreed) and made use of the long weekend on August 28 – 31, 2015 to visit my
brothers and their families in ZC, my parents grave and also attended for the
first time the ZCHS Main 70th Alumni Homecoming.
Sunset at the Highway of Zamboanga City
August 28, 2015 (A proclaimed holiday here in Cagayan de Oro
City to celebrate the Feast of St. Augustine), together with hubby, the two
kids and the two Yayas, we left as early as 5:30AM (the earliest we can),
trying our best to arrive in Zamboanga City before 5PM so that I can catch up with
the ZCHS Main Torch Parade. In spite of having only a few minute stopover in
Iligan City and Pagadian City to buy our takeout meals from Jolibee, we still
arrived at past 5PM. An approximately 12 hours travel defensively, running at
60-80kph, plus the road repairs and traffics along the way.
With the lot of things we did during our stay, but I only listed
12 that were most memorable during the vacation.
the 70th Zamboanga City High School Main Alumni Homecoming. After 21 years, it was my first attendance, and I am so happy to
meet former classmates, batchmates and old friends. Some which I could not
recognize anymore, some I have not known that we were batch mates because of
the big population when we graduated (1700+ graduates during our time).
our Departed Loved Ones. At 10:00AM the following
day, we went to visit my parents and grandparents grave at Forest Lake. With
the expected harsh sunlight, we brought with us our beach umbrella. But the
kids didn’t mind the heat at all, and kept on strolling in the area.
Chit-Chat with My College Best friend. Excitement overload not only because I got to
see my best friend who I haven’t seen for a long time, but also to look at her
miracle baby boy born via IVF aka test tube baby. We had more or less 3 hours of chit-chat,
talking about our present lives, her IVF journey and remembering our past. It
was really a fun afternoon to remember, I missed our old days together.
My Big Brother A at the Airport. My big brother A arrived
from his 3 weeks schooling/ training in Bangkok, Thailand. Happy to see my big
brother A because we only get to see each other when he had a work related
travel in Cagayan de Oro City. And of course, with my requested pasalubong,
the Starbucks demitasse mugs, another addition to my collection. Yehey!
Jewelries. Because I was so busy the previous weeks
and wasn’t able to complete my SIL’s orders, I took with me my pliers and the
materials and finished the rest of the jewelries there.
Zamboanga’s Famous Satti. I wanted to eat the
famous satti in town, hence, we went to Andy’s in Tetuan. But at 8:00AM the
satti haus was jam-packed. It was impossible for us get a spot. Instead, I
bought P300 worth of pork barbeque with the super spicy sauce and savored every
cute-cut pork barbeque with overflowing sauce at home.
with Big Brother J and his family. My other brother
in town J, invited us for lunch at Amigos y Amigas. Hmm, probably his first
time to treat us for a lunch hehehe.
for Pasalubong. When you’re in Zamboanga City, make
sure to check out the barter trade in Canelar, they have a lot of imported
stuff from Malaysia that you can choose for pasalubong. We bought sotanghon, Apollo chocolate wafer sticks,
Boy-boy chocolate coated wafer and gummy candies.
at Yubengco Mall Tetuan. It was freaking hot early
afternoon, and nowhere to go, better yet spend a few hours at the mall. We took
the kids and their cousins at the Yubencgo Mall in Tetuan because accordingly
there is a playhouse for kids to enjoy. There was indeed a playhouse, but
compared to Cagayan de Oro City were malls are huge and wider areas for
playhouses, still the little boy enjoyed his 1 hour play time with his cousin Ate Jan.
And I also got to bond with
these two mommies, they are my friends and classmates in elementary days.
Brother A’s Birthday Celebration. When we arrived
home, the foods for the impromptu birthday celebration were already prepared.
Of course, hubby and I bought a birthday cake for him (hehehe, low budget). It
was like a mini reunion for the 3 of us siblings and families, a happy get
together and at the same time made us miss our parents and our older sister who
have gone ahead of us.
the Dancing Fountain Show at the Paseo del Mar with Family and Friends.
While, big brother A was still busy with his visitors at home, we decided to
visit the Paseo del Mar. It was already our last night in the city and our only
chance to visit the famous hangout in the town. The dancing fountain show
started at 7:00PM, we paid P10.00 entrance fee to be able watch it while
properly seated in the viewing area. In the middle of the 3rd song,
the power supply suddenly went out. Yikes! Brownout in Zamboanga City, well known for
having the most number of power curtailments. Anyway, after an hour, the power came
back and the show begun again.
A very small dancing fountain compared to
Manila Ocean Park, still it is a must see tourist spot in the city.
and Visited the Miraculous Shrine of Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar. I can’t end the vacation without visiting the Shrine also known as
the Fort Pilar. We said our prayers, lit candles took photographs. A blessed
way to end our vacation.
The next day, August 31 it was time to
travel back home and go back to reality. We left Zamboanga at 8:30AM and had a few
minute stopover at the Zambaonga City and Zamboanga Sibugay border for a photo
op at their welcome arch.
The Kids, The Ates and I
We bought our lunch at Mang Inasal, Ipil,
ate while on mobile, I took over the wheels for a 10 minutes while hubby had
his lunch. Twelve hours after we’re home
at last! Thank You Lord for keeping us safe at all times.
Our long weekend was meaningful, the few
days spent with my family and friends back home are memories that we will cherish
for the rest of our lives. I don’t know yet when I (with my family) can come and
visit again, I hope the soonest.