Despite the Rain: A Day in the Countryside

The clouds were grey and a storm was coming. It was my day off from a busy graveyard shift so I haven’t slept all night at all. Those two were enough reasons to cancel the trip to the countryside but we didn’t. I missed having quality time with my cousins who I rarely get to hang out with and it was my niece’s 5th month-day. We couldn’t afford to miss it so despite the rain, we went on with our trip.

I was mostly asleep during the car ride. I cuddled with my fuzzy blanket and went off to dreamland. An hour after, I find myself surrounded with greens everywhere as I look at the car window. We were almost there and I couldn’t contain my excitement. I couldn’t wait for the food that my cousin cooked, even my stomach grumbled at the thought of it; I couldn’t wait to see the place cuz I haven’t really roamed around their neighborhood, and most of all I couldn’t wait to see my cousins and my niece.


The place was a breath of fresh air. Everything was so peaceful, it’s far from the city but not that far from their town plaza. The houses are far away from each other. And even though it’s in the countryside, I like that there’s internet connection in the area but not that fast though. Still, as a nature lover, I love places like this.



Me and my cousins chatted like we haven’t seen each other for years. One of them is just here for vacation so we were making the most of our one day of hanging out together. After two cakes and belly laughs and sharing of memories, we went outside to go to the hanging bridge which is just a few walks from their house. The bridge was old, it was already there during World War II. You can see that the wooden steps are broken, it’s nice that they made a walking pathway so that people can cross the river. Sometimes you can feel the bridge swaying, but only a little. I wonder what it looks like across that bridge but it started raining hard again so we went home.


I saw a Mulberry tree on the way home and there were berries on it! I took some and ate it. It’s kind of sour and sweet at the same time. My cousin and her mother in law bake cupcakes out of these sometimes. Funny how they make your tongue really red.


Arabella, my niece has grown so much. How time flies! The last time I saw her, she was so tiny and all she did was sleep but now, she responds at you and socially smiles at people. There’s my cousin meeting her for the first time. I already miss this bundle of adorableness. I wonder when will I see her again soon.


The day was ending and we knew we had to go. I’m glad I went with them instead of spending my day off catching some sleep. Even though I still have work the next day, this day was so so worth it. I slept on the car ride home again with memories stored in my mind, my heart and my phone camera.


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    August 9, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous!! And where is this place exactly? The bridge and everything else look so photogenic! ?
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      August 10, 2015 at 10:20 am

      It’s in Dingle, Iloilo. Thank you! Most of the photos were taken just by my iPhone. And yeah, it is 🙂

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    August 9, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    This place is beautiful I must say! Especially yung bridge! This is what I saw pala on your Facebook na inupload mo! hehe.
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      August 10, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Yep this is the one. 🙂 It’s a perk that my cousin lives there so that means I get to visit that place again

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    August 9, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I agree with Janine, ganda nung bridge! I’m glad you still find the time to enjoy it despite the rain and being sleepless. Hehe 🙂
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      August 10, 2015 at 10:56 am

      Haha I know, I went to sleep immediately when we got home cuz I still have work the following day. We had fun though.

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    August 9, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    I love the place! The bridge is nice for photoshoots hehe. <3
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      August 10, 2015 at 10:37 am

      It sure is! We did a mini photoshoot there. Haha

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    Lou Castaneda
    August 10, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    The bridge! This is such a peaceful place, and I can totally live there 🙂 By the way, your photos are gorgeous Al, especially those shots taken with berries. It doesn’t feel like you’re in the same country at all. <3
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      August 17, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Really? Thank you so much. The iPhone did a really great job with the photos. Oh, and you can just call me Alissa 🙂 I’m not used to being called Al. hehe. Thanks

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    fitria listie
    August 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    such a peacefull place! i love the atmosphere and something green like in your picture, also the old hanging bridge is a big treasure and photogenic!
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      August 17, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you Fitria! 🙂 I love a place where everything’s green.

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    August 26, 2015 at 2:21 am

    love your photos, it looks really relaxing there!

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    August 30, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Looks like the rain didn’t stop you from capturing beautiful photos! Keep it up 😉
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      September 1, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      It sure didn’t and thank you! 🙂

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