Seeing the Sights With Dave & Merle

October 19 – November 11, 2013: Here’s a collection of photos taken during Chris’ parents recent visit to Subic Bay. We spent a busy three weeks showing them some of the sights in Olongapo City and neighbouring Zambales, Pampanga and Bataan provinces.

Of course, there were the typical Filipino experiences. Checking out the market. Rides in a jeepney and on a trike. Eating!

One day we stopped to check out Nukaat’s home away from boat at WIN (Wildlife in Need) to see the macaques, fruit bats, birds and other wildlife that they are rehabilitating before releasing into the wild.

Another day we drove out to Mt. Samat to see the giant cross, a memorial to those who served and died during World War Two. I’d also brought my dad here on his visit, but this time around we took the elevator up six flights to the viewing platform in the horizontal part of the cross. It was a bit unnerving, especially once we learned that it was built during the Marcos era. But the views were spectacular.

We even managed to squeeze in a day trip to Baguio City, up in the mountains. It was a long day, but well worth the effort to get there with stops at Mine’s View lookout and the botanical garden! When we were last there in June, we said that driving up for only one night was absurd. This time we did the return trip in under 13 hours, despite the fact that the highway was under construction most of the way. At least it will be a much quicker trip once they finish the new toll road all the way to La Union.

2 responses to “Seeing the Sights With Dave & Merle

  1. wow, if you hadn’t mention it, I would not have realized one could go inside that Memorial.   That photo of you and CHris is particularly nice; Iooks like yáll still like each other! 😉  Glad the parents on both sides were able to get out there and visit (your Dad, anyway).   Enjoy!

    • You almost don’t want to go inside. It’s a little unnerving for sure. But worth it. When I took my dad we didn’t go up because there was a huge lineup. It’s a popular destination for school groups.

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