|Mother's Day marker in Philadelphia (USA)|
But don't get me wrong! I always spend every Mother's Day with my kikay mom (as declared by Trendy Girls Biz) and do something meaningful in her honor. It's just that none of those mom's gifts relate to traveling on the second Sunday of May.
I can offer a few excuses why I haven't thought of a mother- daughter travel date on Mother's Day: First, we have an out of town trip a few days before Mother's Day as part of our family reunion (April 29-May 1). Second, I always relate Mother's Day as a celebration for the four (4) moms in the family (my three sisters -in-law included) and so they usually get the same gift. And third, mami will not enjoy a travel without my papa or the whole family anyway!
So the gift of travel for my mami I usually offer either on her birthday (November 14) and/or on their wedding anniversary (December 19), two occasions where she is allowed to invite papa or the whole family.
During these group travels, I always create a "me with my mommy" time so I can be with the woman who mean so much, taught me so much and love me so much! In pictures, here are our travels where I singled out my mami for photo opportunities ...
Boracay (December 14-19, 2005) was the first gift of travel I gave mom (and papa) for their 35th wedding anniversary (December 19) . It was my mom's first travel by plane, and first - ever vacation.
Cebu (November 8-12, 2010) was the first whole family travel by plane (19 pax all together aboard Cebu Pacific Airlines) for our family temple sealing in the LDS Cebu Philippines Temple. Although we can be sealed at the LDS Manila Philippines Temple in White Plains Quezon City, I still chose to fly everyone to Cebu City since my mami's 61st birthday (November 14) was that weekend too. We celebrated her advance birthday in Hadsan Cove Beach and sightseeing around Cebu City.
Road Trips North - since 2000 when I owned my first car, I have gone around Tagaytay, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Clark, Subic, La Union, Baguio, Laoag and Abra with my mom and the whole family.
Road Trips South- became more frequent when I have my SUV cars and driver. We would go back and forth to her hometown in Camarines Norte, then go sightseeing in Camarines Sur, Albay, Quezon, Batangas, and Laguna.
Brunei Darussalam (September 1-4, 2011) was my mom's first international trip where she had a royal treatment in terms of accommodation (courtesy of a kind Couchsurfing angel), a visit to the palace to shake hands with the Queen and visit to Bandar Seri Begawan's golden structures!
So although I haven't had a chance yet to travel solely with my mami, I have never felt a third or fifth wheel during travels. And though the travel is a treat for her, I am always the one who get the mom's treatment - she makes sure I get to eat the best meal on time, prepares my clothes for the day and caress my hair to sleep, like I am still her little "girl"! I am so blessed to have a chance to travel with my wonderful and loving mami. Those experiences are priceless!!
This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival for May 2012 with the theme “Traveling with your mom (A Mother's Day special)", hosted by Alvin Sabay of The World Behind My Wall.
Check out the previous blog carnival topics in Estan Cabigas' Pinoy Travel Bloggers Blog Carnival.