Blessings of a Son


Blessings of a Son
by Danny Tariman

“Those who fear the Lord honor their father, and serve their parents as masters. In word and deed honor your father, that all blessings may come to you.” (Sirach 3:7-8)

It was a 2-week absence for my wife.

After a family travel overseas, she stayed for a couple of weeks with our daughter who is working abroad.

Back in Manila, it was only me and my son at home. We haven’t really been “alone” this long.

I was not at the peak of my strength: both my hands are in pain due to trigger finger. I can’t do the usual chores I do at home. My son would assist me even a simple task of opening a bottled water.

A few days later, I had my left-hand trigger finger surgically released. At this point, the more I wasn’t able to perform much activity with my right hand only, which was also in pain.

At home, I had been almost always together with my wife. And I haven’t really seen both my children do ALL household activities.

But during these times, I am so touched that my son will prepare for me all that I will need for the day until he comes back from work: my breakfast, my lunch, my snacks, and others. He wouldn’t even allow me to menial tasks while my wound was still fresh.

He had shown to be a truly responsible son: taking care of his father, and ensuring that household chores are done. He would wake up early to prepare the food, and upon arrival from office, he would do the unfinished chores, staying late at night.

Thank you, son, you are indeed a blessing! May God’s abundant blessings be upon you.

A Family Weekend at Planet Dive

A Family Weekend at Planet Dive
by Danny Tariman

The town of Mabini in Batangas has been one of my family’s most frequent travel destination. And for a lot of reasons: the entire Mabini peninsula is literally lined with choices of resorts — mostly diving resorts. This is because the municipality of Mabini is blessed with many good diving spots.

Planet Dive’s boardwalk fronting the beach.

This weekend, my family booked at Planet Dive. A good place to be: clean air-conditioned rooms, restaurant overlooking the sea — not to mention its flowing coffee and tea, an infinity pool, a beachfront boardwalk, accommodating and smiling staff.

We were in this resort for a dive! I actually don’t dive; the most I can do is snorkeling near the beach. The sea is endowed with good diving sites. Not too far from the beach is a diving spot where professional divers go for a dive.

Mabini’s golden sunset as seen from the resort.

We came here with my entire household, including our 2 dogs! Ha-ha! Becoming part of the family huh. The resort is pet-friendly. We had seen big dog — a Golden Retriever — who loves to swim with his master. On the master’s signal he would swim even to the deep. Of course, he got a dog-vest strapped to his body. It appears that the dog enjoys the swim.

Our family with the dogs enjoying the beautiful and refreshing view.

During our stay, there was a team of divers from a diving group/organization. I can observe that this place is indeed for diving. I felt kind-of out-of-place, but who cares! I am here to enjoy sea breeze and see my children enjoying their dive.

At dinner time, we decided to eat outside of the resort. We checked-in to this garden restaurant, the OMG Grill. It was a good almost 7km drive from the resort. And oh… it is full of people — mostly tourists like us — enjoying moments in this al-fresco type of garden resto. The food is good, not to mention that it is reasonably priced.

OMG Grill, a very nice place to hang-out for the night.

We returned to Planet Dive Resort quite late night. We arrived with our 2 dogs asleep. Hehe. We had a good night rest in the comfortable family room that we had.

The following morning, I woke up to the quietness of the sea and tamed wind. I love those moments that I can commune with nature. I had a good prayer time at the boardwalk beside the beach. Really awesome moments with the Lord!

Thank You, Lord, for this another weekend with the family!

The resort as seen from the hill top view at our accommodation.
My family from another perspective of the beachfront. Note the infinity pool at the back.
My children who most enjoy swimming and diving together
Me and my wife enjoying the moments.
Our daughter at the edge of the the infinity pool
Inside the resort’s restaurant where flowing coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are available all day.
My family just in front of our room, overlooking the beach.