I originally planned on doing yoga, juicing, reading, writing, and sleeping. My family doesn’t have any form of activity during the Holy Week. We don’t visit churches nor go to the beach for a vacay. This year, though, is different. My mother uprooted all of us and made us stay in the province for three days. It sounds like it’s not such a bad deal but it’s a challenging weekend due to some inconveniences starting with my plans.
On our first day, we got out early and still faced traffic. We also waited for our relatives to catch up to us at the first gas station in the NLEX. My siblings and I had fun eating around because it was an early and long wait. Here’s one of our food-people photos that morning~ ;3;
Then, due to some car accident, we were stuck in NLEX for a couple of hours. We reached our first stop by 11am. Our original estimate was 9am. ;O; We finally got out of it and finally entered the San Simon exit. Soon enough, we reached our first stop, my grandparents’ grave. (My grandparents share the grave.) I haven’t been here in years so it was a nice thing that we got to visit. (A breeze greeted us there too.) :D
Then, off to grandma’s house! It’s not the usual Filipino ancestral house. It’s a cement house built in the early 2000′s when the government had to reclaim the land and make roads with it. My grandparents had farms and fish ponds which are now passed on to my uncles.
There is no TV, no wifi, and no functioning toilets. But hey, there is aircon and pretty decent beds so I spent most of my day sleeping. There is nothing much to explore and we’re not allowed to explore so sleeping, if not playing Scrabble or reading a book, is our main activity inside the house. We were there for an hour and my bro and I started our first game!
Oh, must not forget eating! We ate every other hour – breakast (rice and hotdog/fish), lunch (rice and seafood/chicken/deep-fried pork), merienda (usually halo-halo), dinner (rice and seafood on both days). All heavy! Carbs everywhere. Everywhere! But hey, you don’t get good seafood everyday so this is one heck of a cheat vacay! ;3;
Anyway, my mother brought my siblings fishing on our first and second days. The second day was more fruitful since they actually caught fish. We were at our uncle’s fishpond at 8am to go fishing. My brother caught four relatively tiny fish. My sister caught two. My aunt was lucky; a crab got stuck on her line! *These became lunch!*
On our third day, we went to the ocean. It wasn’t much of a beach or a resort for tourists. It’s for the locals to go on a quick, free dip and to go clam-hunting. You can actually get the clams yourself if you know how to dive and have the necessary materials to pry them off. My mom and my aunt bought freshly caught clams and oysters from a fisherman before wading into the ocean. =3=
We went home on the third day. I was pretty beat until Sunday night. But it was worthwhile despite the inconvenience. It was a pretty awesome break from everything.
*Sadly, nothing inspired me to write there. :))
Where did you spend your Holy Week? :D