After flying for approximately 20 or so hours in complete darkness, the sun began to appear as we approach Manila.
Tricycles. The most popular form of public transportation along with jeepneys.
Coconut trees during the 6 hour drive to Calauag, my mom's hometown.
After several hours of driving through the curvy, hilly road and up and down the mountain, Lopez Bay appears.
A fising boat.
My grandparents, left, and my uncle and great grandparents.
The cemetary. Since the land is below sea level, graves are above ground or in mausoleums.
The home my mom was raised in. Her brother and his family still live there.
My grandparents and college graduation pictures of my mom and her brothers (missing 1 brother, he never graduated). My college graduation picture is sitting on the bookshelf.
View of the street from the balcony of the house.
The store my uncle runs on the first floor of the house.
Exterior view of the house (and the air conditioned van that we were spoiled with during our visit).
Tito Jun and Tita Veneer (standing in back) with their daughters (from left) Ashley, Erica, and Lea. My mom (yellow), Tito Mike and his wife Tita Fabie.
The church they attended growing up.
Tastes good! Drink it!