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BohoL in a blur.

Photo credits to our tag-along, Marlito Cator Jr.

During siesta at Bohol Bee Farm restaurant. Photo credits to our tag-along, Marlito Cator Jr.

Many, many months ago, I landed in Bohol for the first time. Could not remember the exact date because my short-term memory and I broke up for no good reason. It was a brief three days but quite enjoyable, but not relaxing! I know, Bohol is supposed to be a destination for a good R & R, but if you wanna do everything and see everything in three days and two nights, rest won’t be happening.

Not surprisingly, all our travel decisions were done in haste, poorly researched, et cetera, et cetera. Many people would take it as cramming. I call it adventure. πŸ™‚

Along with me was my favorite travel bag, a bag that I asked from my husband to buy for me because of Ms. Chuvaness. When I said that I am boycotting her blog because she is friends with the crazy cat lady, I really did. When it comes to cats, there is no joking around.

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DXB-MNL bound.

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Guess what? Underneath the sad veil of smog was this little precious I call home. πŸ™‚ Or as they say, the Manila vanilla.

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DAY 1 STARTS NOW.

With the heavy air traffic that is plaguing Manila airports, it is a better choice to fly Cebu Pacific. I do not really know anything about what is happening behind closed business doors but I feel like Cebu Pacific flights are getting priority for takeoff and landing over other airlines. Thus, this.

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Curiosity killed the spider.

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Pakialamero! Hahhahaha.

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Remember the little girl in “Bayani” series? That is her. See that man in a black shirt? That is the ex-boyfriend.

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Our hardworking tour guide/driver. He’s got a clean, spacious car and he was on time all the time. We hired him for three days inclusive of airport transfers and we were very satisfied. The rates depend I guess on your haggling skills.

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This is how to contact him.

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The regular rates.

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A billboard that we saw along the way. I love makeup and I am quite good at it. This is an example of a major makeup joke. The guy had more gloss on his lips than the girl. I was sorry for him, after letting out a few chuckles. πŸ˜‰

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When in the Philippines, this scenario is very common. Proud to say, I had ridden on the top of the bus as a child.

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Our very first chocolate hill.

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Pit stop at a bus station with its “vintage” buses.

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The adventure menu. Among all these things, we only tried The Plunge and the zipline. Our friend, Marlito wanted to do the air tour but early reservations were necessary because the pilots lived far from the area.

The plunge, I highly recommend. I have skydived before in Auckland, and before jumping off the tiny aircraft, thoughts were racing in my mind about scenes of me dying, my younger years, happy times and sad times. But with the plunge, I felt like I was constantly on the verge of a heart attack for several minutes. When the rope stopped swinging and I was pulled up by the plunge crew, my knees were still made of jelly. So if ever you are going to drive as far as Danao, better save some money for this action or don’t go at all. Capice? πŸ˜‰

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The plank of adventure. Couldn’t get hold of our the plunge photos.

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The drop. Hopefully, there are no crocodiles waiting down there just like in Zimbabwe.

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Cheap lunch also available at the site.

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To the zipline…

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…and back.

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A shrine for the Boholano hero, Francisco Dagohoy, who successfully resisted the Spanish colonial power for 85 years.

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Whoever can spot Marlito will get a candy. Hahahah!

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Found an accommodation in Panglao, as recommended by our driver. Paid, I think around 4K++ for a night for this room, inclusive of breakfast for four. If you are undecided of your hotel location in Bohol, it does not really matter whether it is in the city, in Loboc or in Panglao as long as you have a ready transportation like we did. It was quick to get around from A to B. Just don’t get it in Danao because that was really far.

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These fruits were reserved for display only. Tsktsk.

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The breakfast buffet which baffled me because there were no choices, really. There was a very wet corned beef with potatoes, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, some vegetables maybe, watermelon and pineapple slices. They should have just served them in one plate, would have been easier for everybody. If one day I will get my own bed and breakfast, I will make sure a scrumptious breakfast is served for everybody. You may have clean and comfortable rooms for the guests, but the breakfast can still make or break the guests’ expectations.

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The front yard.

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Mama in a hammock.

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DAY 2.

First stop is the Sandugo (blood compact between Miguel LΓ³pez de Legazpi and Rajah Sikatuna) site in Tagbilaran city. Expect a local guy to sell to you your photo at the site with historical captions in it for P200, I think.

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BACLAYON CHURCH.

The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon is claimed to be the 2nd oldest church in the Philippines. In fact, the first Spanish missionaries first settled in Baclayon in 1955. It has a rather gruesome story behind its religious background. The building of the church was started by 200 Boholano natives forced to labor by collecting coral stones from the sea, cutting them into square blocks and cementing them together with countless number of egg whites. Inside the Baclayon Church is a dungeon where the natives got punished whenever they violated the rules of the Roman Catholic church.

We were not able to get inside because the church was closed for the day.

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Indulging my religious mother.

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CLARIN ANCESTRAL HOUSE.

This house was owned by the former governor of Bohol, Don Aniceto Velez. It has a traditional architectural design and is a good example of a rich Boholano house back in the 19th century. Entrance fee is P20 which is to shoulder the repair and maintenance around the house.

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My gang.

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La Familia de Clarin.

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Basically, everything is antique inside the house. Antique jars, cabinets, beds, windows, clothes, book collection, an entire nativity scene, a petrified porcupine caught during one of the hunting trips, paintings and so much more. Don’t miss the big jar of antique coins dating back the American era like I did!

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Antique chessboard game.

Antique chessboard game.

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A four-post bed and a creepy mannequin.

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The nativity scene in the living room, along with statues of saints and the Sto. Nino.

The nativity scene in the living room, along with statues of saints and the Sto. Nino.

The dining table with more of the antique glasses.

The dining table with more of the antique glasses.

I have seen a sink like this  in the old family house in the barrio. This sink is so old school it reminds me mostly of people who passed away.

I have seen a sink like this in the old family house in the barrio. This sink is so old school it reminds me mostly of people who passed away.

The boys’ favorite part of the house, for sure.

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Mini library of the late Senate President.

Mini library of the late Senate President.

Me and my mama.

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There is also a restaurant on the first floor, the Cafe Olegario. It was not open for business when we were there.

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Moving on to the EXZOOTIC ANIMAL PARK in Loay, Bohol where you can take a photo with an oblivious python. Photo opportunity with the pythons were only paid with donations. It all depends on how much you would like to give.

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This Philippine eagle looked very unhappy to be in this small cage, and so were the rest of the birds.

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Poor ostriches. By the way, the ostrich with the darker color is the male one and the light-colored is the female.

Poor ostriches.
By the way, the ostrich with the darker color is the male one and the light-colored is the female.

There was also a Burmese pythin which was significantly smaller than the grey ones.

There was also a Burmese python which was significantly smaller than the grey ones. I am not talking about this one! πŸ™‚

Mama’s favorite color.

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LOBOC RIVER CRUISE

If I remember correctly, the river cruise with lunch was P450 each, inclusive of a buffet and a drink. For that amount, please don’t expect anything fancy. It was like eating in a carinderia. The food was okay. Surprisingly, a lot to choose from. It would have been a lot better though if they served them warm. 😦 That was the only downside. Other than that, it was worth the money.

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The buffet!

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God knows how much I missed this!

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The menu for the lunch buffet.

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A few songs later, Marlito grabbed the microphone from this guy and performed a mini concert of his own. TRUE STORY!

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Some of the locals who live along the river.

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A little ice breaker. Do I look like I was having fun?

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The Museo de Loboc which we did not go to. Got no time for that.

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Island souvenirs.

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Cold buko juice for only P30.

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If you don’t mind the dust and the heat, you can tour around Bohol in a motorbike.

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TARSIER CONSERVATION AREA

The Philippine tarsier is the smallest PRIMATE in the world. It is not a monkey but a primate. Fun fact is that a tarsier can rotate its head to a full 180 degrees without having to move its body. Creepy. πŸ™‚

I have no idea about how many Philippine tarsiers are left today but their existence is highly threatened. This conservation area is a very noble call.

Entrance fee is P50 only.

Entrance fee is P50 only.

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Tarsiers are nocturnal creatures, which means that they sleep during the day.

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A living gremlin…er, a spectral tarsier. It is different from the Philippine tarsier. Too cute! Not found in Bohol, though.

A very short stopover for photos at the man-made forest of Bohol. It stretches for two kilometers from Loboc to Bilar and only 30 minutes away from Tagbilaran.

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Now, for the highlight of this trip, the thousand hills of BohoL.

Did you know that the Chocolate Hills of Bohol were formed when two feuding giants hurled massive stones, rocks and sand at each other? Their fight lasted for four days until the two of them got very tired that they could fight no more. So they sat down to rest and eventually forgot that they hated each other. They became friends again but when they left, they forgot to clean up their mess. That, my friends, was the origin of Bohol’s Chocolate Hills.

Kidding!!! πŸ˜‰

According to geologists, these lovely sight of conical mounds with almost symmetrical shapes are actually grass-covered limestone. They used to be under the water ages ago and were pushed into the surface by a massive geological shift.

This is the view from a lookout point in Carmel.

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The best spot to take a photo.

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Mr. Marlito.

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Mother Dearest.

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The babylove of my life.

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The other baby love of my life.

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Cheese balls and sweet corns.

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My fair share of narcissism.

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Remind me to clean those sunglasses.

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This is the “obligatory” broomstick photoshoot in Bohol where you get to pose with a broom or other accessories such as a bow and arrow and various fun hats against the Chocolate Hills backdrop in a tarpaulin. It was a lot of fun!

I saw this flying broomstick photo online where this guy stood on top of his flying broomstick. I wanted to be epic and tried that but I ended up hurting myself. Hahahah!

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I was very tired too but I could not stop just yet. There was another short pit stop just for me and Marlito. The two boys were done for today.

SIPATAN HANGING BRIDGE.

This hanging bridge is in the upper area of Loboc River. You won’t miss any of the fun if you won’t go there, but it could be very photogenic.

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If many Filipinos are oh so fond of jump shots, lying on the ground is my thing.

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I will always have time for a banana cue.

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Took a cheap accommodation near the city center so we could get to the airport fast the day after. The place was clean and the linens smelled fresh. It just had a haunted house vibe to it, which might appeal to some of you. LOL

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The boys left to get massage while I stayed to supervise my son’s homework. I took him away from school for a week so he could tag along with us. It is either I am a very cool mom or a very stupid one.

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The boys were back!

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Last day in Bohol.

BOHOL BEE FARM

These handcrafted accessories are the first things to greet the visitors.

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The resort’s pool. I would not dare to jump into that. Did not look very clean to me.

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Their famous organic ice cream.

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The next time we come back to Bohol, I would probably stay in here. You could not help but feel peaceful and de-stressed in this environment. Most of the buildings were built of wood, the houses had straw roofs, the menu was faithfully organic, you would have an endless ocean for a view, the tweeting of the birds and the rustle of the tress would wake you up in the morning. That is as close you can get to nature when you stay in this island.

Just look at how cozy that dog looked in his own little space.

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A sundeck for guests only.

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That looked like an excellent snorkeling site.

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LUNCH TIME!

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All the food served here were quite tasty and reasonably priced. Here is to give you an idea.

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Bon apetit to us!

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This is how you should not eat the flowers. You’ve got to smear them with salad dressing just like a vergetable salad. πŸ™‚

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Our lunch.

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Went for my favorite fruit flavor—the durian ice cream. Theirs was not the best, but at least I know it was healthy.

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I just could not get enough of the Filipino menu! πŸ™‚

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A typical room at Bee Farm.

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Even the kids’ playground is very old school.

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Paid for the farm tour to have a photo with the bees.

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A diva queen left the hive.

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My most epic photo for this trip.

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When Buyog meets the buyogs. Our son’s nickname is Buyog, after this wasp that made him burst into loud shrieks and giggles every time it visited the house. TRUE STORY. πŸ™‚

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Some of the displayed handicrafts of Bee Farm.

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Sorry for the blasphemy but that is one ugly baby Jesus.

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The cutest tired baby…ever!

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This is another Bohol tourist destination that you can just cross off your list. Unless you are adventurous enough to jump into the pool inside the cave that is littered with bird poop, then it is not really worth the trouble. Not to mention it was super humid down there. The only good thing about this trip was the very comic tour guide/ photographer who should leave his job and be a stand up comedian instead.

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Paintings on the wall.

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The Hinagdanan pool.

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And basically, that was it.

For our final stopover, went to Amorita Beach, allegedly the best resort hotel in Bohol. Right beside it is Bohol’s little Boracay, the Alona Beach.

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The private jacuzzi. This room costs 15K for a night. We only stayed for the afternoon, really.

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The bedroom.

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We had a lovely view for lunch. That’s the Little Boracay to the right.

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This was the best meal we had so far in Bohol. Amorita did deliver! I had the king prawns which I always love (the best ones I had were in Lagos, Nigeria).

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A little bit of R&R before we left.

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Flying away again. Where to next? πŸ™‚

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A helpful tip about going on a trip to Bohol.

TAKE A CHAUFFEURED TOUR. TAKE A CHAUFFEURED TOUR. TAKE A CHAUFFEURED TOUR! If you needed to know anything about Bohol, ask the driver. If you needed to go anywhere in Bohol, tell the driver. So simple. πŸ˜‰

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Luzon with the boys.

For me, a 20-day vacation leave comes as rare as a blue moon. The only time I was officially allowed to get was during my wedding day. To allow me more time to prepare, I suppose. So you see how hard one has to try to get it. One actually has to kill to get it! A gruesome murder later, surprise suprise! I got it this! Hahah! So with every living breath of me, with every thread of my muscle and with every beat of my heart, I swore with all that I can to enjoy this vacation to the fullest. That was very easy. I spent it with my two most favorite boys in the world.

Our last family getaway felt like eons ago. Our little Yugix was very little then. Little enough for him to wear anything that I put on him. Now is a different story. Every changing time is a mighty struggle because what he wears does not depend on what Mommy likes anymore. It depends on Justin Bieber.

My little family in Hong Kong and Macau.

Time to add new photos in our family holiday album.

We checked in at The Resorts World on the first day. Kuya Yugix loved the hotel at first sight. He said it was the biggest hotel in the whole wide world. πŸ™‚ I loved it too. Especially Ric’s grandmother who was having a ball at the casino.

Someone misses Mommy Lalang so badly.

With Kuya Phillip.

The Paras brothers and baby girl, Anika.

This is how you babysit two kids at the same time.

This is how you babysit three kids.

A few days later, had a short stint at Party Pilipinas–as an audience. Thanks to our dear friend Jeff for getting me and my husband in. It got boring around halfway into the show. There were too many newcomers that we could not identify 70% of the artists. The only time I was starstrucked was that brief moment when Jolina Magdangal sat beside me and talked to me. She looked like a life-sized doll that I wanna play dress up with. I would have taken her home with me if I could. Then I would keep her in a box inside my glass drawer. Hehehe.

P. S. Marian Rivera was an eye candy without a doubt.

Jeff and husband

After the show, I dragged the boys to the mall and got myself a new tattoo. It is a four leaf clover for a daily dose of good luck. πŸ™‚

JULY 2

Husband’s birthday.

Woke him up so he could blow his 30th birthday cake candles. I love these photos. I am a lucky woman to be in a relationship with these two boys πŸ™‚

A birthday dinner date later in the evening. Β Happy birthday to you too, Papa Recto.

The giant burger of Yugix.

The giant iced tea of Kuya Yugix.

Justin Bieber a.k.a. Manny Pacquiao’s hairstyle. Same same so just choose.

JULY 3

Haircut before Tita Lan’s wedding day.Β Justin Bieber’s hair a.ka. Manny Pacquiao’s hair was gone. And he hated me for it. He said he looked like a rock with little grass growing on it. What a very original description! Sorry baby boy. πŸ™‚

You will notice in the later photos that he was always covering his head with a hoodie. Yep, blame it on the haircut.

JULY 4

And the fun begins.

Even in the midst of a brewing typhoon in Luzon, the clouds parted to give us a little sunshine. Lucky? Very. Special? I’d like to think so. πŸ™‚ Thank you, dear God.

Unfortunately, our first day did not make a great start. We missed our flight to Naga City due to the infamous Manila traffic jam. We had to wait for a few more hours to get to the next booking.

Hours and bad moods later, here we are at the CamSur Water Sports Complex (CWC). We took a cab from the airport to the CWC. We learned later on that CWC offers free shuttle bus service from the airport to the resort every 30 minutes.

With dad.

With mom.

Our sweet little home for a night. Our log cabin looked really neat, cozy, unusual, spacious enough and our money well-spent. I was surprised and floored. Even the other types of accommodations looked very interesting. They have trailer parks and various cottages. Any choice is a good choice when it comes to CWC, I have to say.

World’s cutest bat.

Yugix: “Mommy, let’s call out.”

Me: Huh? What do you mean by call out?

Yugix: I mean when we call them to order food. Me: Ah. You mean room service.

And that is one of the reasons why I need to work extra hard.

Looking for what we came here for–the water.

The trailer house accommodation.

The water park for the pro, so this was not the one for us.

Yes, this was for me. But not yet. This time was to satisfy the need for some speed.

The little boy was so ready. Scared, but nonetheless ready.

Keep looking…

Nope. Those are cows.

Yes, finally found them! It was quite a walk. Wakeboarding fee with equipments for an hour was I think 250 pesos. Not bad at all. In fact, it was very cheap! The instructor is inclusive with the rental.

Hunny’s turn. I was feeling a little chicken. I was never a sports-minded girl for like EVER. I only played chess in high school. I tried swimming too. But I only made a fool out of myself most of the time.

Mr. Paras in action. Woohoo!

Someone was very proud of himself.

When it started to grow dark, the rest of the resort guests walked back to their cottages. I finally found the courage to put the wakeboards on.

Not bad! A pat on your back girl. πŸ™‚

Just because not falling face down into the water was not enough…

So I did it with one hand. πŸ™‚

I was a happy traveling bee.

For some strange reason, this adorable little boy is scared of anything that may involve falling. I had to use my mommy card to coerce him to get into the wakeboard with the instructor.

He was scared beyond his wits at first, but after one smooth round, he told me, “I want to do it again.”

Kisses for being so brave, young man.

Then comes dinner. We enjoyed everything that we ordered from this resort. Hunny’s favorite was the Pasta Alfredo.

The most abused Gucci wallet in the world.

Time for a good night’s sleep. The next day is going to be a long day.

The little big boy.

A quick shower before going to bed. Five years from now, please don’t hate me for posting this photo online. πŸ™‚

Fresh mommy.

A quick photo session before calling it a night.

JULY 5

Good morning! Our baby lost his first tooth!

This photo of my boys is priceless. And you can clearly see how comfortable the bed was by the look on their faces. They were in bed heaven! ❀

Say good bye to the front tooth.

“Calling out” for breakfast.

Feeling comfortable for the first time to have my photos taken without makeup on my face.

Natural light is the best light.

Our little visitors in the morning.

It was such a shame that we were having so much fun yet we had to leave too soon. But Mayon Volcano was the next stop, so it couldn’t be so bad.

A free shuttle bus from CamSur Water Complex took us to the public market in Naga where we took a van to the city of Legazpi. It took us around one hour and less than two hundred pesos per person. By the time we arrived in Legazpi, Β it was raining like there was no tomorrow. There was not a shadow of a taxi anywhere. The only way to find our hotel was by a motorcycle. Our hotel, which was Oriental’s Jasmine Hotel, was not very far from where the van dropped us off. It was about 15 minutes for maybe 200 pesos. The drivers were not familiar of the hotel’s name, though. It was more known of its old name during Marcos’ time. Too bad, as for the hotel’s old name, my memory never fails to fail me again this time. If it is going to help, the Queen of Spain stayed in this hotel during her brief visit this year.

Finally, here we are. I was instantly impressed by its pristine white and spacious lobby. The scent of jasmine floating in the air. The not so friendly wet welcome of the rain roaring from all directions inside that vulnerable carriage of the motorcab was totally out the window.

Our very inviting bed!

It was past lunchtime when we arrived. Expectedly, the boys were very hungry. The restaurant on the ground floor did not disappoint. I believed my taste buds were most pleased in this restaurant than in any restaurants in the Philippines that I have been to.

These boys could eat a carabao right now.

Nothing beats enjoying a hot cappuccino on a cool, typhoon season while waiting for a big lunch fresh from the chef’s kitchen.

The FOOD. I had a creamy pumpkin and carrot soup for appetiser and I think a Pad Thai for the main course. My husband had a spicy lechon kawali something. Everything was yum, even my baby’s humongous sandwich platter.

We only caught a glimpse of the ghost of the Mayon behind the fog. I was still very excited, though! I know she would show herself to us, eventually. A little patience can go a long way. πŸ™‚

I knew it! There she is.

Extended our lunch by the viewing deck with espresso and sweets to enjoy her beauty even more. Every minute I spent gushing at sheer perfection.

“Mayon is the most beautiful mountain that I have ever seen, the world-renowned Fujiyama of Japan (Mt. Fuiji) sinking into perfect insignificance by comparison. Β – British travel-writer A. Henry Savage Landor. ”

Even after erupting for more than 50 times in the past four centuries, its beauty remains timeless. I wish I could say the same for myself 30 years from now.

It’s time to explore the town. That’s our little jet setter right there. Will never say no to an out of town expedition.

The beautiful lady is playing coy again.

A series of family photographs.

Bought some really cheap mountain orchids for our dear mothers before we left. We only paid for 50 pesos to 100 pesos per plant. I think it was a steal.

Now is time to go.

Beautiful lady, I really wish to see you again.

A short pit stop. What’s a vacation without pasalubongs, right?

Back at the hotel, it was SNOOZE time.

The only thing that rivaled the beauty of the Mayon are these adorable photos of my two boys.

JULY 6

Then came morning. Had breakfast buffet at the hotel. It was really tasty, though not as much as most breakfast buffets in hotels.

Watermelons and sampaguita plants growing by our room deck. A hotel stay can’t get any sweeter than that.

My husband can attest to how much I hated the cold, but the chance to dip my toes or more in the infity pool with the Mayon in the background was too good to pass up. My son, of course, was more than happy to get himself wet.

Time to leave again. It was really tiring to have to pack up and leave every day. But whenever I get another chance, I will do it again!

A very interesting row of toilet cubicles en route to the airport.

While waiting for our plane.

Blind massage at the airport.

JULY 8

Paula’s wedding in Capas.

Auntie Fely and I

Paras Family

JULY 9

Back in Mindanao.

Just because I couldn’t get too much holiday…

A surprise wedding vows renewal for my parents in Paradise.

Loving the au natural look. Makeup free and edit free.

One week later…

At NAIA Terminal 1. Time to make some money so I can spend some more.

A quick call to our beloved Yugix before the flight. See you soon, baby love. Loving you always and missing you everyday, Mommy and daddy.

❀ The END.

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It’s raining in Manila.

To anyone who has travel plans to the Philippines–I give you my good luck.Β  At this time of the year, you will only love a vacation to the Philippines if you love dancing under the rain. The months of June to September must be avoided if you are looking for that weather that the Philippines is most known for– the tropical summer that never ends.

The good thing about these rainy months though, is that you will no longer need a car to move around Manila. The bad thing is, you might need to rent a boat, or a jet ski, however you like it.

Manila under flood water from thethinbluelight.tumblr.com

As Filipinos just love posting online anything and everything that is happening at the moment, all you need to know about the flood are posted online. Just check on your Filipino Facebook friends and twitter feeds and you will not even need CNN.

Here are the funniest Manila flood photos over the internet. Taking a funny stab at life at any circumstance is part of Filipino culture.

Photo is grabbed from neogaf.com

On the other hand, the bird’s view of Manila yesterday was slightly not very amusing,in fact, it was hair-raising. The combination of smoke, polluted rain clouds and yellow streetlights made the city look like it was on fire. Never the less, it makes a stunning, eerie photograph.

Credits to the photographer, LouiedaGoddess Oviedo.

Rain or Shine, it is more fun in the Philippines! πŸ™‚

Manansala Photography

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Still busy.

The queen is still busy. A personal secretary would help a lot. πŸ™‚ I did not even clean the house like I promised on New Year’s Eve. Nice way to start the year, huh. But don’t worry, it is half clean now. πŸ˜‰ Though I am afraid that is how it is going to stay for a good deal of time.

By the way, it is day seven of me eating the chicken macaroni salad leftover from Christmas…and counting too. Tsktsk. Now, I need a secretary and cook, in other words, I need my husband. So bad. πŸ™‚ #HolleratRicardo.

If you are confused about life, Lewis Caroll always knows the right words to say. πŸ˜‰ Love life!

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Pinatubo.

NOT FINISHED. DON’T READ ON.

Having seen more beautiful places than usual, I am not the one to be easily wowed by a tourist spot. But this I will have to say, my country may embarrass me with its corrupt government, infamous airport, cringeworthy films and pish and beep accent (Let’s face it, guys.), I am more than proud with its natural landscapes that are made to take your breath away. They can place us side by side with South Africa, and I have full faith that we can still put up a darn good fight.

Ten days before my birthday last year, I did an unplanned trip to Mt. Pinatubo’s crater. The jump off point was close to my husband’s (then boyfriend) house in Tarlac so going there went on very smoothly. Thanks to the Sibal family for accommodating us at Tres Marias for free, especially to Tita Ves for talking to his Mayor friend so we could get the tour for free again!

Early morning at Tres Maria. That woman is not a morning person.

Morning at Tres Marias

 

Breakfast at McDonald's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The best part of them all.

Wedding Holiday: DAY 1

My husband may hate me for what I am going to say next, but I will only be speaking of the truth. The best part of the wedding holiday was not the part we said I Do; the best part was seeing our guests arrived at the airport by the truckload. If happiness contained calories, we would have so obese with all the happy fats.

The Paras Family

My colleague, Jeff and my wedding singer/ colleague, Denise.

approaching DIpolog City Airport

Lan-lan'fiancee

Ric’s dad and Ric with Mr. Jalosjos.

Mr. and Mrs. Slorach.

My colleagues

I could have not gotten a better host--my colleague, David.

My videographer ande Multiply buddy, Beatrix.

Ric’s colleagues

the bestfriend and the Groom's Man, Juanits.

Get well soon, Dels.


RIc's classmates in the university.

Destination: DAKAK

Discounting the two instances of cellphone thefts and cash worth 13, 000 Php, their stay was a bliss.


So glad to have you, B.

XoXo

Mr. and Mrs. Paras