It’s not yet December but here in the Philippines and I believe in many parts of the world, the Christmas season has already invaded the air 🙂
This season is a continual reminder about the wonderful love of our God who gave us the greatest gift of all: His son (John 3:16). This season also brings to mind the memorable Christmas times my husband and I have spent together while we were away from our home.
Technically, our first Christmas together away from home was in our home province, Bohol in 2009 (my husband and I are both born in Bohol, I was born in the capital city while my husband was born in the quiet and scenic town of Dimiao). But the atmosphere was quite different then as my father passed away that month and was buried 4 days before Christmas. So I would count our Christmas in Bohol in 2010 and in Gensan in 2011 as the more relaxed and happier ones.
As to our GenSan trip, I remembered feeling giddy exploring the malls there 🙂 My enjoyment of malls goes back to my Cebu days where I moved after finishing high school. Malls were also places where I could unwind when I was based in Bangkok, Thailand and then in Davao before moving to Butuan. Well, thankfully, my older sibling and her kids were just as glad to drive us around to check out their malls.
But it was not all malling time in the Tuna Capital of the Philippines (also home to People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao and former home town of beauty queen, Shamcey Supsup and for those familiar with dancing groups, of course, it’s the home of XB Gensan). We also went around to see some natural spots. We even went to Sarangani province and also visited a resort there.
Another plus in this travel was that on our way home to Butuan City, we stopped by Davao City and met up with a very good friend from my Davao days. Mae invited Daryl and me to have lunch with her daughter while we were there. We then had some hours of catching up (it was her first time to meet the hubby). And then in was good bye time.
Well, I look forward to another Christmas time travel in the years ahead, one out of the country would be nice (we have traveled abroad together but not during December). But this coming December, it will be our first time in our new address in the city and we remain grateful that God has given us our own home here 🙂