Philippines, Part 1 out of 1,000

Y’all. We are back in Korea. Parts of me are very glad (especially the parts that appreciate toilet paper and potable tap water) but I left some of my soul back there. Don’t think I’m the same woman as when I left a week ago.

Rest assured that many a Philippines Photo Dump are headed your direction, but for now, blogging as I am from an iPad in a hotel room in Seoul, those will have to wait.

We vacationed in Tigbauan, a teeeeeeny town about an hour south of Iloilo City on Panay Island. This isn’t so much a resort town as a very poor community which happens to host a couple resorts.  “Resorts” may even be stretching the definition a bit, but I’m not complaining. I recently learned the term “Glamping” and this seems to fit the bill.

Our resort , Sol y Mar, is owned by Hector Zayco and his family. They also run an organic rice farm across the road. These are stand up people who do a lot of good in their community. If you ever happen to get down their way, stop by and tell them we said hello.

As you can imagine, the Philippines are breathtakingly beautiful. I have the photos to prove it! Come back next week, okay?

But many of the people are very very poor. One summer during college I worked with poor children in Mexico, just south of Tijuana, and the poverty level in Tigbauan is similar. Heartbreaking.

We had, as per usual, a trip to the ER. Kevin developed pneumonia on Monday. He is fine! But it was a rough patch during our vacation for sure. I will never ever ever ever complain about a U.S. or Korean medical facility again. The Filipino doctors and nurses were wonderful, and as I said, he is healing well. But the facility itself wouldn’t even be licensed in the U.S. I’m pretty sure it was clean, but it’s so hard to tell when the building is in such terrible condition. Pray for them, because they serve many poor people in a poor rural community and I’m sure they can use all the prayers (and funding) they can get.

On a lighter note, if I based major life decisions on my hair, I would move to an equatorial island in an instant. Fabulous hair all week! No fuss, no muss. Just good old humidity and salty air did the trick!

Hey look! I can add photos from my iPad! This is our dipping pool on our front porch! Note the fab hear. Oh, and the beautiful surroundings, of course. 🙂

Unrelated to the Philippines: The “3 Reasons I Love Catholicism” link-up from last week is ROCKIN’! I am so pleased to have so many wonderful contributors. If you haven’t checked it out, please do. And if you’re a blogger, you can add your link anytime before May 1. The next round will begin on the first Friday in May.

Since our usual hostess Jen is out with her new baby Joseph this week (pray for his healing!) you can head on over to Grace to see all the other Quick Takes.

(Please excuse any grammatical errors or typos. Coming off of 15 hours of travel with 5 kids + blogging on the iPad = No Bueno.)


  1. So happy to hear of the successful trip (other than pneumonia.) Can’t wait to hear more, but I am especially interested to hear of people’s reactions to your beautiful family when you are traveling in the most destitute of areas. My parents lived in Taipei for two years and one of my brothers was born there (back in the 70’s.) For many people, they were the first white people they had ever encountered, and I love to hear their fascinating stories. They were known by the children in their neighborhood as the big noses. I swear, my family does not have big noses, it was just such a shock to them.

  2. Piiiiiiiiiiiiiiictures.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful vacation!! I want to see pictures!

    The humidity and salty air is horrible for my hair though..I hate it. I constantly want to move to a dryer climate so it will be straighter. lol.