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Picture Perfect Vacation


I've said in my Instagram pic shower that we're leaving the villa which we learned to love and enjoy. Having moved here last July, my family has just acclimatized to the freedom (read: wide spaces!) that this villa offers. Watching my kids play basketball, steer a scooter, run around, or just roam outside the house make Fred and I happy knowing that we made the best decision of moving out of our former flat which is small. Because of the ongoing civil war in Syria, the owner of the villa had to leave his home country and occupy his house here again. We've been looking for other villas for weeks now but haven't found any that fits our specs and budget. I just hope and pray that we will find one this week.

For the meantime, I've been posting at least three images on Instagram almost everyday for three days now. Forgive my shameless plug but if you have an Instagram account, please add up bethp26 (that's me!) to view on your phone most of the pictures I don't get to put here.

Yes, I've embraced mobile phone photography hook, line and sinker. If only my DSLR could speak (he's a male by the way because he's black, sturdy and strong), he would ask me why I even bought him. I would tell him to just wait for his time. And that time will be at night when my phone camera shy away from producing clear pictures because of its poor performance in low light situations.


I love taking pictures so much that I can't imagine composing an all-text post and keeping to myself all the images that best describe what I am talking about. Just like the pictures here which were taken on our recent vacation in the Philippines. We went to SM Mall of Asia, and spent some time in the breakwater just watching the sunset while eating dinner.



Trivia: I swam here when THE WATER WAS SO MUCH CLEANER and I was SO MUCH YOUNGER. Now, because of pollution,
swimming in Manila Bay is already prohibited.




I would love to go on vacation again next year. And these things I would surely do: stroll in SM Mall of Asia again (yes, I'm that shallow), watch the sea horizon sunset (which Riyadh doesn't have because it's in the middle of the desert), and ride that ferris wheel. And did I say, TAKE PICTURES?

Comments

Farida said…
We are quite far from MOA but the first and last time I've been there I told myself I'll never go there again because I really got tired and most of the shops I saw are also found in the usual mall I go to.

By the way, I also swam in Manila Bay when I was a kid... :)
Beth said…
That was also my first thought when was living far from it. Why bother going to that mall when there's some place similar to it nearby. And I am so not fond of malling. I went there for the seaside feel. I love sunsets so much. :)

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