Pigeons Are Roosting On My Balcony

I’m home! As soon as I got home, I kicked off my shoes and went straight to bed to nap. Well, napping turned into sleeping most of the day away, but I can’t complain. I needed that.




My cat, Agent Romanoff, was thrilled to see me and prompted meowed all of her stories and rubbed herself on me. I was very happy to see her too because I missed her while I was on my trip.

While I was gone though, a group of pigeons have decided to make my balcony their vacation spot by landing on the railing and/or the top of the light and making a bird scene.

My first thought was, “Noooo, go away pigeons! You’re going to poop everywhere!” But my second thought was, “Oh no, Agent Romanoff must love this.”

And she does. Boy, does she love it when the pigeons visit. I know cats can make their bird noises, but I’ve never heard Agent Romanoff make hers until now with the pigeons. She really loves seeing the pigeons. She crouches low, makes her bird calls, and either stays completely frozen from wherever she is in the apartment, or tries to creep towards the sliding door in an attempt to see them up close.

There is also a pigeon (pigeons?) that looks about half the size of my cat and I think Agent Romanoff is intrigued by that one the most. It was the only one she tried to attack, but because she was inside, only managed to smack her paws against the glass door, making it fly away. 😀

I’m kind of hoping the pigeons leave on their own because it’s not like there’s anything on my balcony to encourage their visit. I know Agent Romanoff loves them, which is why I’m not shooing them away on my own, but they need to go.

Philippine Trip: Returning Home from Zamboanga City

Returning home! I’ll miss Zamboanga like I always do, but there is no place like home.




My flight out of Zamboanga was early in the morning, so I packed the night before. My family came with me, but because we didn’t have a driver at the time, we took some tricycles to the airport.

Because I was the only one flying, my family had to pay to get into the airport and after I checked in my luggage, we paid 5 pesos each in order to get into the waiting area which I didn’t have to do last year, but whatever. At least it wasn’t much, but I did think it was odd.

Upstairs was the food court and gift shops. I went upstairs to see if there was some last minute gifts I could purchase.

Then it was time to hug my family goodbye, walk outside towards the airport, and was flying towards Manila.

I had to pick up my luggage at the carousel and waited for the free tram to Terminal 2. It felt like forever before it arrived and I was able to check in at Terminal 2.

While I waited for my plane back to the States, I ate some food and purchased even more last minute gifts. I also bought some water because it’s a long flight and I didn’t want to get dehydrated.

EXCEPT. We had to go through metal detectors again to wait in a roped off area and everyone had to get rid of their water! I was so annoyed. We are literally in the same building, same room, and I have to pretend like I was outside the airport and throw away my water that I just bought in the same room? Urgh.

The flight wasn’t so bad on the way back to the States. Once again, I was in the window seat. Aisle seat, how I miss you.

Arrival in LAX meant that I had to go through customs and, after that, pick up my luggage. Going through customs was pretty quick. The only question I was asked was, “Are you Filipino?” to which I replied, “Yup.”

Then it was walking to the domestic side of LAX to catch the last leg of my flight and return home.

All in all, I enjoyed my trip and I am glad to be home.

Someday, when I have money, I am going to book first class seats for my long travels, like to the Philippines. It’d be completely worth it.

Philippine Trip:
1) Don’t Forget Your Luggage Tag!
2) Flight To Manila
3) 9 Hours at Ninoy Aquino Airport
4) Arrival in Zamboanga City
5) Isle of Santa Cruz
6) Paseo del Mar
7) Fort Pilar
8) Alavar Restaurant
9) City Mall
10) Vista del Mar
11) KCC Mall
12) Returning Home from Zamboanga City

Philippine Trip: KCC Mall

KCC Mall is the big mall in Zamboanga City. There are four floors, from the basement where the grocery store is along with plenty of smaller food places to the third floor where the movie theaters are.




Like other malls, the bottom of your car is inspected by a guard and a mirror on a stick before you can drop off someone and/or park your car. Then at the entrance of the mall, any entrance, there are guards and a metal detector.

My family loves coming to KCC Mall. There’s plenty of things to do here, though my mom usually goes to the grocery store more often than not.

It’s been months since I’ve last been to KCC, so I began exploring and taking pictures.

KCC Mall is bigger than some of the malls around where I live, so it’s fun to come here and see the differences between them.

There are a bunch of stores that I explored and, when I got hungry, I decided to have a snack.

I am a sucker for waffles, so I went down to the basement and ate at Waffle Daffle. I ordered Brownie Ala Mode as an ice cream topping and it was delicious. It didn’t cost a lot, only 80 pesos, which is one of the nice things I love about the Philippines. Nomnom, eat all the things!

Philippine Trip:
1) Don’t Forget Your Luggage Tag!
2) Flight To Manila
3) 9 Hours at Ninoy Aquino Airport
4) Arrival in Zamboanga City
5) Isle of Santa Cruz
6) Paseo del Mar
7) Fort Pilar
8) Alavar Restaurant
9) City Mall
10) Vista del Mar
11) KCC Mall
12) Returning Home from Zamboanga City

Philippine Trip: Vista del Mar

West from Paseo del Mar and some odd miles is Vista del Mar, another scenic location right on the water.




Vista is a lot more smaller than Paseo and there’s only one restaurant to eat at here. Plus you’re not allowed to bring food with you. Fortunately, we ate before coming to Vista.

You weren’t allowed to swim on the side with the mermaid statue (the side you enter in from), but there is a spot of beach on the other side where you can. I didn’t have my swimsuit, so I just dipped my toes into the water.

Vista is beautiful and it was great coming here. I like how peaceful Vista is (though my mom told me it gets busy with people all the time), so I was glad we came when it was quieter. I took a ton of pictures as you can tell from this post. 🙂

Philippine Trip:
1) Don’t Forget Your Luggage Tag!
2) Flight To Manila
3) 9 Hours at Ninoy Aquino Airport
4) Arrival in Zamboanga City
5) Isle of Santa Cruz
6) Paseo del Mar
7) Fort Pilar
8) Alavar Restaurant
9) City Mall
10) Vista del Mar
11) KCC Mall
12) Returning Home from Zamboanga City

Philippine Trip: City Mall

City Mall is one of the Zamboanga City’s malls. It’s a lot smaller than KCC, but there are still plenty of things to do and stores to shop in.




Sign for City Mall.

I was dropped off at City Mall so I could go exploring. The front of City Mall is drop-off only and on the side of the mall is a free parking lot.

Some of the shops at City Mall.

There are armed guards outside and to enter from any entrance of the mall, there is a metal detector and more armed guards. It’s different compared to US malls, but it didn’t bother me. I like knowing I was safe while at the mall.

When I was there, there was an event going on for taekwondo and a bunch of kids were either competing or practicing off to the side. The front of the mall was crowded with people watching the event, so it took some maneuvering to get through the crowd.

In the front, there was a pharmacy/drug store called Watson’s on one side and a food court on the other side.

Watsons
Food court.

The further into City Mall, there were plenty of other stores and places to eat as well as a playground of sorts for little children to play in.

There are daily events at City Mall like Zumba and acoustics. I wasn’t able to go to a daily event, but they sound like fun.

Philippine Trip:
1) Don’t Forget Your Luggage Tag!
2) Flight To Manila
3) 9 Hours at Ninoy Aquino Airport
4) Arrival in Zamboanga City
5) Isle of Santa Cruz
6) Paseo del Mar
7) Fort Pilar
8) Alavar Restaurant
9) City Mall
10) Vista del Mar
11) KCC Mall
12) Returning Home from Zamboanga City

Philippine Trip: Alavar Restaurant

My family took me to eat at Alavar Restaurant in the barangay Tatuan. I love the food here and Alavar is synonymous with Zamboanga. Every time I visit Zamboanga, I just have to eat at Alavar as well.




The reason why Alavar restaurant is synonymous with Zamboanga is because it’s one of the older restaurants in the city. It’s lasted for both mine and my mom’s years, and with how delicious the food is and how nice the staff, I’m sure it’ll continue to last.

The restaurant is beautiful with its Spanish, rustic charms. You enter through the sliding doors into the restaurant and on the walls are black and white photos of the Alavar family.

One of the first pages of the menu has the story of how Alavar came to be.

There are tables outside with colorful decorations and cages of birds that sing to their delight.

But the real draw for me is always the food. I can’t get enough of the food and I wish there was an Alavar in the States so I could eat there.

Alavar sells jars of their food products like their bagoong, as well as desserts and their famous Alavar sauce. Alavar sauce on curacha (a type of crab that Zamboanga is famous for) is sarap (delicious)!

There’s an Alavar bed and breakfast next to the restaurant which makes me want to stay there for at least a night. I don’t need a bed and breakfast because whenever I fly here, I stay with family, but it’s tempting to have Alavar breakfast.

Philippine Trip:
1) Don’t Forget Your Luggage Tag!
2) Flight To Manila
3) 9 Hours at Ninoy Aquino Airport
4) Arrival in Zamboanga City
5) Isle of Santa Cruz
6) Paseo del Mar
7) Fort Pilar
8) Alavar Restaurant
9) City Mall
10) Vista del Mar
11) KCC Mall
12) Returning Home from Zamboanga City