It's summer time once again...more time for family and fun on the beach! I remember April last year when i had the greatest vacation of my life (so far) =) Me and my mom together with my lolo, cousins, my tito's and tita's went to their hometown in Eastern, Samar. It was so memorable because it's been so many years since they saw their humble barrio and i saw real happiness on my mom's face. There, i got the chance to meet my other relatives for the first time and they welcomed us with full of kindness and excitement. I really felt happy because at last i saw the place where my mom grew up. I even saw her school when she was in elementary just a few steps away from their house. Too bad because their house looks like an abandoned one since my grandparents left the barrio to live with us in Manila a couple of years ago. So for us to be comftable, we stayed in the house of one of our relatives there.
Here's some of our pics:
Eastern Samar lies on Samar Island, the second largest island in the "Visayas" (all the islands in the middle of the Philippine archipelago between Luzon to the north and Mindanao to the south). The island is devided into three provinces: Samar ( previously Western Samar), Northern Samar and Eastern Samar. Together with the provinces Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran they form the region known as the "Eastern Visayas".
The island of Samar has the largest remaining unfragmented tracts of lowland tropical rainforests in the Philippines. In these dense jungle, some endangered animals are found, among them, are the Philippine Eagle (the second largest eagle in the world), the Philippine Cockatoo, the Tarsier (usually only known in Bohol), and the Flying Lemur. Aside from these species plentiful flying foxes, bats, different birds, (hornbills, peasants, kingfishers and others) reptiles, amphibians and insects (including many beautiful species of butterflies) can be found.
One can explore the rainforests by taking a local boatride up one of the several rivers or hike on slowly rising trails following the river to one of the waterfalls. In such areas, large cave systems await your discovery and can be explored by the more daring travelers with the proper lights and ropes. And undeveloped beaches abound when you feel like relaxing or taking a break from your more vigorous adventures.
After our vacation, now I can proudly say that
the most beautiful skyline I've ever seen
me, leaving my mark on that beautiful island
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