Palace in the Sky

We went to get our passports in our parents’ office yesterday, when my sister suddenly thought of going to Tagaytay on a whim.

No plans at all as usual, so when my mother asked us “where to kids?” (as expected), we both answered “Tagaytay!!!” in chorus!

Papa and Mama didn’t have any choice but to give in.

We had Bulalo and Tawilis for lunch with additional fresh Tilapia and Chopseuy too! Drove around the village where our tita and tito bought a new property, bought a side table (furniture industry here is really quite impressive!) and new plants from our suki before going home 🙂

Long day eh? Did I mention that we also went to the Palace in the Sky after sooooo long! We’ve always wanted to go back but our parents always insisted that there was nothing to see in there anymore. We had tons of photos when we were young in Tagaytay. It actually looked like we were there every single weekend back in the day. Then when we got a bit older (probably during gradeschool years), we went to visit the said “palace”, when I finally had a memory of what it was like to be there. It was very traumatic unfortunately, and since then, I had this memory of how when the wind blew, it seemed like I was going to fall off the cliff—major phobia in heights.

But yesterday, it didn’t feel that way! I wasn’t exactly as scared as I was before. I was leaning on to the ledge taking photos of what I thought was a real beauty from above. It was still breathtaking and a beaut (as what Aussies say!).

Looking around, we found some really good and really mossy/rusty spots that did looked good in photos! So when everyone was fighting for a selfie spot in the other side of the palace, my sister and I were here, taking sweet photos of each other.




We used to go to only 2 cemeteries back in the day (yehes, akala angtanda na!), back when we were young, one in Pasig where our grandparents (papa’s parents) were buried and one in Novaliches, where our tito and greatgrandparents (mama’s brother and grandparents) were. Then came 2005, my lolo died and had to be buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig and then that same year or the next year ata?, my tita (papa’s sister) also died and was buried in Pateros. So from then on, we had to go visit them all.

This year, our parents decided to visit the three cemeteries (Pasig, Pateros and Taguig) all in one day so we could spend more time with our relatives (mother’s side) in Novaliches because that’s what we do yearly. We used to spend separate days in each of those cemeteries, but this year, they (parents) had to go back to work on Nov. 2, so that’s what they thought was convenient for us all.

Also, every year, my parents would also make our very own flowers for the dead. I think It has been 3 years since they started doing this to save money, so they’d buy flowers, baskets, those green foams (where they stick the flowers into) and different leaves (para mukhang gawa sa labas haha) in dangwa. And syempre, we’d also like to help and try to outdo each other in making our own floral arrangements. Unfortunately this year, we woke up too late to help. 😛

So anyway, this year, we culminated the short vacation in our favorite cemetery, Forest Park in Novaliches!! This has got to be my favorite since we get to spend time with our relatives there, and we also get to play around since the cemetery is HUUUUUGE and there would always be lots of food booths and toy vendors around selling all these fun, colorful toys that would light up and look great at night; and being a big fan of toys, I had to unleash my inner kid in me and try those toys each year. Never gets old. In all those years we spent together as a family during All Saint’s Day, I’m proud to say that I have tried flying a kite, riding a motorcycle (yung small type lang hehe) and playing habulan and all those fun toys there at this age of 21!

So there, another fun day with my family. I’d never trade those times with anything else. It was so nice having to catch up and joke around with everybody. I wish it was always like this, like we have no problems/worries at all. 🙂

Anyway, here are some of the more vain pictures of us (every event is photoshoot worthy!) before we prayed for our lolo and lola at the cemetery #1! Other pictures to follow since our dsl is acting up again! CIAO!


with justin bieber (according to mama)!!!!! papa’s eternal long hair!



Here are my parents, take note, they were still cool, calm and chillaxing with my sister panira (at the back, who just bought chowking’s chicharap!)

then, when the sun came out, they were forced to move to a much cooler place….

still couldn’t decide where to position themselves!! it was so funny watching them the whole time!!! WAAAAA


and finally, here they were, now less irritated……haha


if you have relatives buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani or Heritage Park, you’d know that there would be airplanes

DAY 1 DINNER at market! market!


Here is a boy selling those little toys I’ve mentioned earlier….

here we are, the old ones, trying out the toy!!!!!

Here were our neighbors in the cemetery wearing the soooper mabentang headband. It was so funny seeing so many of these around. Parang nasa impyerno lang hahahaha!

beautiful pictures taken by papa, bro and by yours truly!!