March 30 - April 01
The busy and hectic lives of people have certainly changed the way the Holy Week is commemorated. Take our family for instance, we hardly have any days for vacation because of Patrick's schedule which often includes weekends especially during the summer when there are a lot of car-related activities going on. The Holy Week is the only holiday time when you can take longer with your vacation instead of just the usual weekend. Of course, you have to file your leave applications beforehand and at the earliest possible time.
Anyway, Patrick and I have decided we're going to go to Subic during the Holy Week and spend 3D/2Ns there in celebration of the kids' birthdays and Dana's excellent performance in school. Unfortunately, we left it too late for scheduling and we ended up reserving for Holy Tuesday up to Holy Thursday. It was still fine and it was actually better because Subic wasn't going to be so cluttered with people and by the time that we're going home, that was the time when people will be arriving so we'll be against the traffic.
Our first stop during the trip was having brunch at Delifrance along the North Luzon Expressway. We haven't really tried any of their dishes but we're a fan of their baked products. The store was airy and cozy and the food was great!
It was smooth sailing going to Subic via the fast and smooth Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). We made it in such a short time. You can however observe that there were many people heading to Subic because of the number of vehicles that were traveling at the same speed as us hahhaha After checking in at our favorite Subic Bayfront Hotel, we all changed into our swim attire and headed for the pool. In our excitement, we forgot the cameras so we don't have any pictures hahahaha
We timed it well though because we finished swimming with just enough time to spare to head to Meat Plus Cafe so that Den will have a chance to try their great steaks (it's Den's first time to be with us in Subic). We were all famished and ended up eating so fast we didn't have time to take pictures (gluttons!) hahahaha
With a huge dinner in our stomachs, we needed to walk all of it off so we headed to the beach. The kids were running around and building sandcastles even though they can't make the sand stick LOL
The next morning after our buffet breakfast at the hotel's Japanese/Korean Restaurant, we climbed into Stanley in search of a beach to swim in. We kinda new where to go because we've already scouted some of them in our previous trips.
We didn't go to Camayan because we knew they're fully booked so naturally there'd be a lot of people on the beach. We headed to All Hands and true enough the beach was packed. Dungaree beach was relatively peaceful so that's where we stayed. The beach was clean, the huts were comfortable.
We had lunch there and we all had a blast. The water was warm, the beach wasn't rocky. With the kids' floaties, they were able to swim freely which they loved. The sand got too hot though and Dylan got a little scared when we tried walking across it the first time to get to the beach from our hut. We had to run and when our feet touched the water he was all smiles again! :P
We spent the whole afternoon there and we had so much fun. We're going back for sure!
We came back dinner time and we had hotpot at the hotel's restaurant. We just love eating there hahaha We just spent the rest of the night in our room watching cable TV hahaha (a luxury we can't afford!)
The next day, going home, we stopped at the duty free shops where I was able to buy 2 pairs of Land's End jeans that fit me so well and they were so cheap - only P250 each!! Den was able to buy for herself a pair of jeans too :)
It was a great and relaxing vacation :)