Lisa’s Trip to the Philippines – Part 4

Day 7: We headed into Cebu to do some souvenir shopping and also to go the Temple.

It was a wonderful experience to be able to worship there. After the Temple John was craving some McDonald’s so we headed up the street to eat, and since it was in a mall we walked around for a bit in the AC. There was one other place John wanted to go check for some souvenirs and as we were leaving the mall there were a couple of motorcycle drivers offering rides. We had rode them all over Moal Boal so after talking to them John told me to get on the back of one of them. The guy took off and we left John and the other guy behind. I had to pay for us to get out of the parking lot and then he was blazing through traffic on the wrong side of the road! I finally yelled, “where is my husband!?” He said we would find him and sure enough in a just a little bit I see John winding though traffic on the other side of the road. This was about the dumbest thing we have ever done! At least they had helmets for us, that was a first! I seriously thought my life was going to end about 100 times in 10 minutes!

The place we ended up was not safe. The city was quite a bit more sketchy than the rural areas we had been in. With the help from some Filipinos we were finally able to get a taxi and get out of there! We did some more swimming and snorkeling when we got back to the hotel and decided to have dinner at the Cove restaurant at our Hotel. They had a big beach party going on.

This is the restaurant menu. You pick your fish, crab, or lobster and then they cook it up.

We had crab, garlic rice, salmon cakes, and veggies. It was yummy!

10 years ago from this night we were talking about getting married…we definitely made the right choice!

How cool is the restaurant chandelier. Its all shells!

Day 9: We woke up on Sunday and got ready for Church and then took a walk to the beach and ended up chilling in the hammocks again, it had the best view!

One of the hotel employees was the Stake Relief Society President and John had known her and her son when he was aq missionary. He was without a missionary
companion for a week due to Visa issues and her son filled in as Johns companion. She was nice enough to leave word that she would take us to church, which was a good thing because John didn’t remember how to get there.
The ward members were so great and John still knew a lot of people! Its amazing how we could be on the other side of the world and feel so at home with people! I love how church brings us together and makes our differences, even the language barrier, seem to disappear.

We had some lunch after church and John had the BEST mango shake he’s ever had. He had to get a second one.

Riding a trike with our second mango shake.

We took a taxi out to Minglanilla, one of his areas, that was about 45 minutes away. We were trying to find a few people that he had not been able to get a hold of by letter. It had a really weird feel to it, we just felt really uneasy. We still found people who were kind and helpful though. I did stop a basketball game mid-play and the players just stood there gawking at us 🙂
We headed out to a really remote village next and he asked me if I was ready to really “stir things up.” Sure enough the minute we hit the village people started pouring out to see us. The kids especially were taken with me. John was talking to the adults so I started trying to communicate with the kids. At first there were about 6 of them. As we walked around more started gathering and all of them just continued to follow. me. When I pulled the camera out they were so excited! Here is the last picture I took….can you find Lisa?

Our last night for Lechon Minok. The rice comes in the little woven palm leaves. The little green things are the calamansi.

SO YUMMY! Even though we were having the best time, we were getting homesick for our boys and were ready to be packing up to go home the next day!
Day 10: We packed up early in the morning and visited with some friends at the hotel and made sure we were all packed up. Then we checked out but left out bags at the hotel. We went and did a little more shopping. They make a bunch of guitars there and Caleb really wanted us to bring him home one. Then we visited a couple more people, picked up our bags, and then were off to the airport!

I couldn’t leave without a picture of Julies 🙂

The trip was an amazing experience. I loved the Philippines – I loved the people! Most of all I loved being able to see John back with people he had served and loved so much. We already have our savings plan laid out so we can take our boys back in 5 years!


Previous author of Over the Big Moon. I shared my passion for home and family life! I love graphic design, DIY projects, cooking, and working in my garden! My favorite role is taking care of my husband and our 3 amazing and busy boys!


  • Wow! What an awesome trip! I lived in the Philippines when I was 3-5…my dad worked for the US Gov’t working with English testing for refugees. It would be aweosme to go back, but I’m sure I wouldn’t recognize anything (we lived in Manilla). I can only remember bits and pieces. Now my family lives in Kenya (hubby works for the state department). My husband and I visited a little bit of his mission (Singapore) on our honeymoon 10 yrs ago…What a cool trip you had! Loved all the pictures! I definitely think the Philippines needs to go on our list of places we want to visit.

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