Simala Church

On the way back home from Oslob, we stopped by Simala Church to light candles. I was told it was designed by one of the local nuns. I’ve not seen a church like it before- it’s so big and sprawling and it’s not even finished yet.

I also bought a Santo Nino statue for my mom.

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

 

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

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Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

 

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

Simala Church, Barangay Sibonga

 

The Whale Sharks of Oslob

Whale sharks are considered a threatened species, and it turns out one of the largest populations of Whale Sharks in the world are in the Philippines – with Oslob in Cebu being one of the most famous swim sites. We had to leave the house really early (which was a feat in a large group and Oslob some 3 hours away), as visitors to the Whale Sharks are controlled by the local government; and all the watching and swimming had to cease by midday.

This was at the briefing, before going in:

The Whales Sharks of Oslob

The Whales Sharks of Oslob

 

Hopping on to the motorless bangka (traditional wooden boat):

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

Whales Sharks of Oslob

There’s some protocol.  You’re not allowed to put sunscreen on for example (you can wash it off before going in), which is partly why Craig and I decided to stay on the boat (we had put some on at home), while the rest of our group dived in. We had an underwater camera with us however, which we dangled beneath the surface from the side of the boat.

There are also Marine Biologists on site and small local boats without rotary motors are used (to prevent accidental harm).

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The local name for Whale Sharks is “Butanding”.

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#EarlMia2014

One of the main reasons for our trip to the Philippines was to attend the wedding of my cousin Earl and his fiancee Mia, especially as my mother was too ill to attend the wedding at the time. We arrived in Cebu from Palawan at lunch time on September 24, with just enough time to drop off our bags and freshen-up for the Soltera that night.

 The wedding, attended by some 420+ guests a few days later on September 27, was an opulent affair designed/organised by Earl’s eldest sister Abigail (who we affectionately call BomBom).

Congratulations to the happy couple! x

Out about before the big night at Pino Restaurant

Not the Soltera – out about before the big night at Pino Restaurant

 

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My glamorous cousin BomBom, informal wedding planner & stylist extraordinaire

The very glamorous BomBom, informal wedding planner & stylist extraordinaire

Earl & Mia  from A City Without Art on Vimeo.

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#EarlMia2014 – Chanel w/ her children

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#EarlMia2014 – the brains behind it all 🙂

Suki packing for the Philippines

So we are flying to the Philippines in several hours and staying for 3 weeks!  A cousin of our Creative Director is getting married and we thought we’d throw some island hopping in, while we were at it 🙂 The Philippines is an amazing holiday destination, what with over 7000 beautiful islands to explore and go to. Some of the places we are thinking of, aside from Manila and Cebu (where the wedding will be) are Bohol and Palawan.

Palawan is getting cult status these days for being one of the most beautiful islands in the world (Conde Nast, Huffington Post etc) so we are quite excited. Packing luggage on the other hand, is another thing all together…

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Looking over all the packing that still needs to be done

 

Nope not impressed

Nope not impressed…

 

Hopefully it’s a good flight. See you in the Philippines! Woof! x Suki

*For reviews of Palawan go to: Conde Nast Travellers Readers Choice Award 2014 & this  Write-up by Huffington Post