“Summer 2017 Recap”

I can’t believe we are just days away from saying our goodbyes to this wonderful season called Summer! I felt like it just came and went in just a second or maybe because we had so many rainy days this Summer so that’s why I didn’t really notice it.

Anyways, before jumping in to my Autumn posts, I thought it’s a nice idea for me to share with you all what I’ve been up to in the Summmer of ’17. I also did a similar post last year (Click here to view) which is one of my most viewed posts last year which inspired me to share this post today.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you may be aware that I spent half of this year in the Philippines before returning here in Montreal in the middle of June so I am so lucky to be able to have an extended summer from March to September this year! Yey.!

Whilst in the Philippines, I was able to reconnect with nature, extended family, friends, my cousins, my niece and nephews who are growing so fast!

With my cousins and siblings at the Bencab Museum
Cousins and Siblings at Baguio City’s Botanical Garden
Family Day at the beach in La Union, Philippines

I was also able to finally experience Trekking! Now, this is both exciting and challenging to me because I am not the sporty type of person so I really pushed myself here even though the treks that I did is pretty much easy especially in a perspective of those experienced hikers.

Me and my happy smile at Mount Yangbew
Sitting at a rock formation in Mount Kalugong
Surrounded by fog at the Cafe in the Sky during our Mount Cabuyao Trek

I also enjoyed some time alone in this beautiful garden called Mount Costa which is a new attraction in Baguio City and La Trinidad.

Me and my cousin also had a short visit at Ilocus Sur where we enjoyed the Spanish Architectures in Calle Crisologo, visited old churches, tasted some of the local delicacies and we even tried pottery making!

At the Calle Crisologo
Me and my cousin enjoying an ice cream at Calle Crisologo in a hot summer afternoon.
Inside the Safari Gallery at Baluarte
Beautiful Zebra’s of Baluarte Zoo

My good friend Judith and I also visited Bahay na Bato in Luna, La Union and enjoyed a short dip at a beach in San Juan before my flight back to Montreal.

Beautiful View at Bahay na Bato
Judith and I inside a cottage at Bahay na Bato
Unleashing the kid in me in a beach at San Juan, La Union
My friend Judith trying to unleash the sexy side of her! LOL! Peace out!

Judith and I and a few friends visited Pugad Adventure in La Union which is a resort and park. It was such a fun day but the highlight of this trip was the lil’zipline we all did. We were all nervous except Judith who laughed at us the whole time. This wasn’t my first time to do on a zipline but this is probably the highest so I was extremely nervous but hey! I did it!

At the Pugad Resort

My most precious moments during my extended stay in the Philippines are the times I spent with my niece and nephews. Oh I miss them so much!

Once I’m back in Montreal, summer has pretty much just started so I manage to enjoy the season in this part of the world. I went on a short trip with my siblings in Quebec City, enjoyed summer strolls, Korean Bingsu, family time and pretty much just relaxing.

Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City
At the Montmorency Falls
With the familia!

And ice creams!!

So that’s how my summer went. I really wished I was able to do more activities here in Montreal but being back to work means zero vacation so yeah!

I can’t wait for the Summer of ’18 to arrive!

What have you been up to this Summer?
Much love,

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