I am a mother blessed with two adorable kids and so thankful for having an adventurous husband just like me. An accountant, part-time novel writer, nature lover, traveler, key-chain collector, adventurer, Nancy Drew fan, a sleepy head and a photo enthusiast.
How It All Started:
Albay is well-endowed with wonderful natural creations, from rivers, waterfalls, mountains, springs and the majestic Mayon Volcano. Our frequent summer vacation during our childhood days in our hometown taught me to love and appreciate nature.
My heart was filled with unexplained emotions as the early morning rays of the sun were streaming to the vast expanse of rice-field in front of our house. What I knew then, good weather awaits an exciting escapade.
As kids, we learned to swim in a natural spring by using empty gallons of 2 litters of cooking oil as our floaters. We braved trekking waterfalls, picked lovely wild orchids and crossed surging rivers. We even climbed a hill just to get calamansi and we slid in a steep rock stumbling down with dirt on our clothes and slight bruises in our legs. For us not to be punished by our parents in our little accident, we soaked our dirty bodies in a river and we will go home clean again.
Our parents were so kind to allow us to go places. Just be sure, we will arrive home safe and unharmed, or else, we should ready our butts for our punishments.
Those were just few of our exciting and unforgettable adventures with nature. And I can’t help not to smile as I ponder on this. The bountiful memory and the cordiality that bind me with my siblings, my cousins and friends are something priceless and something to treasure when I grow old. Such a delightful feeling bringing back the good old days.
We Need Some Changes:
I was enslaved by my job as an accountant for quite some time, got bored with never ending analysis and computation. Until one day I found myself writing novel. First was rejected (ouch!) but the second was a hit! I came to realized that writing is my passion, my love, my life.
From then on, my imagination kept on crawling and at the same time, I got fascinated reading travel blogs.
And now, I am writing my own stories.
I created Slippers and Shades as my personal blog to share our experiences, happiness, tips and ideas. I may not be that very good in blogging but I hope I can inspire you guys to get out from your shells and explore exciting places.
Let a renewed feeling of optimism about life fill your heart. Admire how the hand of nature works, laugh and capture the moment.
Explore and Enjoy!
Leng Castillo, Slippers and Shades