Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Family Vacations

It has been such a long time since we have gone on a family vacation. When we were small, it was usually a trip to the beach. I remember when the whole family on my Dad's side would all go. My Angkong and Ama (grandpa and grandma) and all my uncles and my aunt on that side plus us, of course. Ama would cook her kiam pong (rice with pork, chicken, dried shrimps, mushrooms), we would bring pork strips to barbecue.

When we were older, we started having trips abroad. We've gone to China and Hong Kong with our grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts and cousins, visiting our great grandmother in her village. It was very rural and quite inconvenient for us city dwellers, but hey, it's really something different, and I got to see my great grandmother.

Dad and Mom also brought us to smaller trips with just the five of us, to Hong Kong, the US and even just short trips around the country -- beaches, Baguio, the usual.

I've love to have trips with my own family too, when the time and the budget permits. I'd love to go to Europe, because of its beauty, its history & culture and because I've never been there! I mean, I'd love to have a new travel experience with my husband and kids. Maybe go to the USA again, on the East Coast this time (last time it was on the West Coast), or go down to Mexico. With kids in tow, it would probably be more convenient if we get an all-in-one vacation so that we don't need to worry about where to stay, where to eat and what to do. I'm afraid I like my luxury, so the new resorts like those under Karisma Hotels appeal to me because they provide almost everything one needs for a family vacation. Now, if we can only find the time and the budget for it!