26th Jun 2012 - 10th Jul 2012
Beautiful Bohol and Mad Manila
Phew school finished and within hours we were on a plane or two to Bohol and managed to catch the Barratts before they fled.
We stayed on an island that is famed for Chocolate hills, beautiful beaches and little monkeys with big eyes. We landed and saw the Barratts which was terrific, we enjoyed fun in the sun and a night catching up they then left and we had a week of blissful laziness. Apart from building sandcastles and car ramps, pretending to be dogs (see photos) and drinking endless mango shakes we went to a bee farm which the boys loved, the restaurant is organic and the food simply delicious. No one got stung, 50 pesos charge if you do. Because the bee dies.
Lisa came for the day with her son Tim who was just delightful and he played with the boys for ages, Lisa looked splendid and it was wonderful to see her again.... we agreed for her sister in law to take us to the chocolate hills (Hector cried when we got there as they weren't chocolate and he couldn't actually lick them), however Belyn turned up AND SO DID LISA! So we went to see the monkeys and then went to her house and met the whole family AND she prepared the boys second party...cake, spaghetti, chicken, rice and even beer and wine for us! SO thoughtful and a special day. SHe called her new dog Nung (in a very affectionate way!). Lisa thank you...and we'll come back!
We left Bohol for a few crazy days in Manila, we were treated to little luxuries by Val and we were taken aback with their house, it was gorgeous. The boys were spoilt by Lea and Zoe and we had fun exploring the neighbourhood. The children went to bed and we celebrated by having a lot of champagne and we went to to a Handlebar bar and Val and I managed to bribe the DJ into playing Kenyan classics like Sandstorm, Neil Diamond, Rock DJ and Britney. We did indeed take over the stage.
They are members of a club so we did a lot of splashing and lunching before coming home. They are off to Cambodia and Laos and Thailand so we'll see them again later in the holiday. Nick is back at work :( and we are off to IKEA I am moving the bed in the spareroom to the boys and trying to create a playroom, holiday mission is to clear the flat of junk....ummmmm.
A late night unpacking....Noah still up at 1am...3 years ago exactly they were born!
The boys had fun with NUng and Pi Anne at FUnarium where they were serenaded by a guitar and chorus of staff singing happy birthday whilst I rushed around buying 2 wooden fire engines (plus firemen) decorating the kitchen with bunting, cakes and blowers.
Happy birthday boys... we know you had a great day and lots of cake!
Happy anniversary mum and dad....40 years! WOW! COngratulations xxx
Sing a long school party! End of term
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