The day after Mothers Day we received a surprise here in Bataan. A week-long visit from our daughter, who works in Singapore, a better Mother’s Day could not have been planned, and the look of happiness on my wife’s face was priceless.
Naturally our eldest daughter came to the house with my granddaughter to spend the week with her little sister. The house was full, and we had a wonderful time every day, it was good to hear all that noise again. Her return flight was on Sunday 16 May, so I suggested that we load up the car and spend the weekend at Clark Freeport an hour’s drive away. Friday morning we checked into the Mimosa Holiday Inn on Clark.
Let the touring begin! I left the entire weekend and all decisions up to my wife and the girls, I drove and I paid, as is my job, and I’ll do, whatever they want to do. That afternoon we visited Nayong Philipino, after twenty minutes of looking at the recreated villages of the Philippines up to Spanish colonial times, it dawned on me that I’d been there before. My girls said “No Daddy this is the first time.”I said, “Remember the Philippines Centennial in 1998, we came here to Philippine Expo, and I met Erap standing right here in front of the church?” The light bulbs lit up and when we asked an employee he said yes it’s the same place. If you don’t remember it, than it’s still the first time you saw it. (As in “If I don’t remember doing that, than I didn’t do it!” It was new for my niece and granddaughter and they had fun. That evening we had supper at the Holiday Inn, and a night swim at the pool. The thing I remember from 1998 was the outside elevator that ran up the side of the building and the nice view, and how excited my girls were to ride it as many times as they could. It’s still there and now the two youngsters showed a new excitement for it. The more things change the more they stay the same! It’s just a new generation.
The next day we set off to the Paradise Ranch, (10 miles of bad road to get there) which has a petting zoo and is well kept, and thank the stars all the animals looked healthy and well cared for. Then a ride on these strange little carts, down a very steep ramp, at pretty high speeds, it was enjoyed by all.
Next we were off to the other side of the ranch where they have a beautiful nature walk that leads to a huge butterfly enclosure, and fish ponds and of course swimming. Hokey, but everyone liked it.
Hunger set in and we had seen all we wanted to see, so off in search of food. Now awhile back I wrote about my search for the Greek Gyro’s Sandwich, Dave Starr’s wife Mita was kind enough to provide me with a website of Myrnaki restaurant in Angeles City that served them. (Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Starr) They were made with pork not lamb, but it was very good and I’d go back again. My son-in-law Chris, had one with me, and deemed it a good thing also. They served good Philipino food, so all the ladies were quite pleased with the my choice. My only question was, why is a Dutch guy, selling Greek food in the Philippines and why does he put French fries into a Gyro sandwich?
That night we went to the Fontana Resort to see a Car Show, where I ran into an American with a 1969 Camaro SS 427 fully restored and a show stopper. I also found the largest San Miguel bottle I’d ever seen and they would not let me take it home. For those who would wonder, I consumed 5 beers the entire weekend, as it was the family’s vacation. The sad part of the whole weekend was taking our daughter Ymir Thea to the airport on Clark and saying goodbye, not a dry eye in the house. So I proved that even gainfully unemployed guys can enjoy a small vacation, add in the people you love, well, that’s just perfection!