I wish there were 500 days in my favorite season of the year! But stretching out what’s left of summer’s sunny days is the next best thing 🙂 This week I’ve been mostly at home recovering from a cough/cold/allergy (there seems to be a bug going around), but in the past three weeks, Ito and I visited my favorite province–and my Mom’s hometown–of Cebu twice. First we spent five whole days relaxing in Shangri-La Mactan to celebrate Ito’s birthday and our 15th anniversary…

Arriving to bright colors blowing in the breeze

Walking the stretch of white sand fronting the marine sanctuary

Waiting for our brick-oven baked proscuitto pizza

Feeding the fish is always one of my favorite past times

Pondering the question: To snorkel…or not to snorkel…

Then, before we could unpack our bags and dust the sand off our flip-flops, we were flying back to Cebu and driving down the coast to enjoy a lovely, extra-long 4-day weekend with great friends and great food…not to mention, a whole lot of great, island-hopping & wave-running times! (thank you so much, Paolo Borromeo, for inviting us to spend the weekend with your extremely warm, welcoming & gracious family. We felt adopted, LOL!)

Tree overlooking the wide, uninterrupted sea view from the Borromeo’s beach property

Exploring the sand bar on Bantayan Island

Ready to go island hopping!

Paolo & Yael taking ‘Don’ Alvaro for some fun in the sun

Waiting for our mango shakes 🙂

Loving the aquamarine waters and white sand on Malapascua Island

Checking out the graffiti art in Sta. Fe

Savoring the daily view of the sunset…

Sipping a chilled glass of Prosecco while a man gathers clams on the beach

Catching a full, super-moonrise and a night full of stars

As I pack away my sunblock, bikinis, cover-ups and beach bags, I’m already counting down the days til next summer…I can’t wait! 🙂

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