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My Best Friend’s Wedding

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My Best Friend’s Wedding

This is my second time to attend a beach wedding, and Boracay ulet. At same year. At same circle of friends. Hihihi

Sally got married last saturday at Discovery Shores Boracay. Sally and Damien were married already on a civil ceremony last year in Australia.

We, the bride’s friends already bought our plane tickets a year ahead.

I arrived in Boracay on Wednesday, 23rd of November. Checked in at Discovery Shores.

Before lunch, I already met up with Sally, Chloe, Len and Syl. Talked about stuffs for the wedding and bridal shower. Then we had lunch at Residencia Boracay with Sally’s parents and Damien’s friends.

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After lunch, went to Henann Prime where Sally’s parents are staying. Stayed there til 4:30. I’m joining Sally and their Aussie friends and families for sunset watching on a paraw. Contacted James and Gladz if they want to join us. They said yes.

Meeting place was Obama Grill. Ordered margarita already, but we need to be at Station 2 na for the paraw.

We had so much to chika, di na namin napansin ang sunset. As in umikot agad yun boat and bumalik na kame. That was it. Hahahaha

After the paraw, went back to Obama to claim our margarita, chika, and biglang dinner na rin. But Gladz, James and I didnt eat dinner, we just ordered hotdog.

Lily and Eli are God’s wonderful creation. Hahaha sobrang ganda and gwapo ng mga batang yon. They enjoyed the hotdog. And mango shake. Especially Lily, she also liked the bulalo.

Met a new friend, CJ. She’s Thai, married to Jackson, Damien’s friend and living in Sydney. We told her that after dinner, we’re going out for drinks. She declined and said that she will join us tomorrow after the bridal shower.

Went back to our rooms, took a shower. James and I met up with Sally and Gladz at Bomboms. Stayed til 12ish.

Thursday, woke up just in time for breakfast. I went to the resto, ate my breakfast. Waited for Yoyce and Sawah. They came after ko na kumain. After few minutes, Tin, Brian and Oli came na rin. We all went to my room. I packed and asked for late check out.

Len called me and nasa resto na rin sila, they have a meeting with Ms. Au. I went to meet them and waited for Sally.
Meeting….

And naghiwahiwalay na rin around 1. Tapos they all went din sa room ko. Stayed there til 2. In time for check out, and nagpahatid na kame at Henann.

I checked in. Took a shower. Get ready for the bridal shower.

I arrived at Tides almost 5pm. Otch and Gladz were there sa lobby waiting for me. Sabay sabay na kame umakyat.

Met with other female Aussies. Then other friends. Catch up. And left after the party. We had dinner (Otch, Gladz, me and Mader) at Inasal in D’Mall.

After dinner, went back to our hotel rooms to change for a night out. Kaso, umulan. So I decided to just stay and take a bath. When my tub is almost done, the guys messaged me and said that they’re still going out. Since the rain has stopped.

Yoyce said that Mei, Sarah and Tintin are out with them, nagbihis ako kaagad. Bihira lang sumama ang mga yan. Hahaha At 1, I went to D’Mall alone.

We stayed out til almost 4am I think. Di na tumitigil ang ambon.

On Friday, woke up with heavy rain. Oh no. Dumating na ang bagyo. We all didnt go out coz of the rain and wind. Transferred rooms from my direct pool access to premier room at the 4th floor.

Since di makalabas, tinuloy ko ang bath ko. Hahaha and at 5:14 I received a text from Sally that there’s a rehearsal at 6pm. Waaah.. Ora orada ako kumilos and went to DSB.

After rehearsal, we all stayed at Otch’s room for super kwentuhan. Di na kame nakapag dinner, so Otch ordered nachos na lang. Uwian at 1 or 2. I forgot what time na. Sayang di kame nakapag jacuzzi.

Saturday, the big day. Woke up at almost 8:30 am ata. I immediately texted Gladz na kakagising ko lang. Ang naghilamos ako at pumunta na ako sa DSB. Otch told me na I can claim her breakfast na lang. So Gladz and I ate pa. Then went back to their room to get ready. Sally told me that we needed to be at her room at 11am for photoshoot. Hmmm baket maaga, eh 4:30pm pa ang wedding. But nagmadali kame. Went down at 12, turned out, di pa kame kailangan. Balik daw kame 1:30 coz si bride lang muna kukunan.

Si Otch lumala ang ubo, sobrang sama na ng pakiramdam nya. Nag-start na ako mag dysmenorrhea. Nakababa kame 3pm na, si Sal palabas na ng room coz kukunan. We asked if kasali na kame, photogs said later na. So we ate na lang muna. Until nag-start na wedding.

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The weather was nice since morning. Sun is out until before the wedding. As in 10mins ago before nagstart, kumulimlim. And when we’re all lined up, it started to drizzle. They gave us umbrellas, sabi ko “ano maglalakad kame may bouquet and payong?” hahaha

Well, we had the umbrellas nung naka upo na. And since may ulan, di ko na nalabas phone ko, so wala akong picture ni Sally while walking the aisle and sa buong ceremony. It was short… Really short. like less than 15 minutes I think.

After the wedding, rain stopped din. We had cocktails while waiting for the reception. I think don pa lang, a little lightheaded nako.

Reception na, they introduced us. Sally and Damien had their first dance. Father and daughter dance, Mother and groom dance. Picture. Dinner. Program. Party.

Party ended at 11:15, what???? Aussie’s have a send off tradition, so we didnt see the couple again until we left on sunday. No goodnights and hugs to the bride na.

So some of the Aussie guys and us, went to Epic coz bitin pa kame. Kaso di na sumunod yun iba. We didnt finish na rin yun 2 bottles na kinuha nila. But I missed dancing ah. Kaya nagsasaket tahi ko since bumalik ako eh. HAHAHAHA

Sunday, I woke up I think around 8 or later. Had breakfast, went for a walk. Well, to buy water actually. Went back to my room. Talked to James and asked if I can stay to his hotel. So I checked out early.

And the first time nakapag swim ako, sa hotel pa ni James at Two Seasons. Hahahaha

Yoyce and Roch came ng 12 ata. I took a shower and pack. And we left at 2pm. Met up with Ezi and Bong at the port. Arrived Kalibo Airport quarter to 5 ata. In fairness, di sobrang delayed ang flight namin. Back in Manila at before past 7. Yoyce, Roch and I ate dinner muna at Wendy’s. Then sinundo nako ni Derick.

I was in Boracay for 5 days, pero hindi ko naramdaman. SOooo bitin. But I had fun with friends.

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Henann Prime Beach Resort

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Transferred to Henann Prime after checking out at DSB. And I love that when I left DSB I was with friends, sinama pa sila sa paghatid.

Checking in was smooth. Had to sign something lang and deposited P2000.

On my first night at Henann Prime, I booked for a Premier Room with Direct Pool Access.

I loooove my room!!! The room has well, a direct pool access, smart tv, a TUB!!!!, mini fridge, 2 beds, a nice bathroom and lighting. The resort is new. It only opened a week before my stay. So the duvet and sheets are still new. Yung tipong di pa sya sobrang lambot sa sobrang laba. Yeah that new!!!

My issue on this hotel was, they dont give water in pitchers. And when I asked for bucket of ice, kailangan isoli right away coz sa resto pa yon galing. No mini bar, though di naman ako kukuha coz expensive sya. But at least may laman yung fridge. Also, on my second day, a/c was leaking. As in, halos buhos yun tumutulong water. And I dont have anything para saluhin yun water. Found out, most of our rooms, tumulo ang a/c on that day. Wala naman kaso saken, wala naman nabasa sa things ko.

Nalungkot lang din ako on my second day sa hotel, coz typhoon Marce came, they closed the pool kase muntik na umapaw. Never ako nakapag swim at Henann, kahit 4 days ako nag-stay. Coz they opened it lang ulet was on sunday na, I was about to check out. Not their fault naman. So I have a reason para bumalik diba?!

Also, water on tub, unti unti nauubos. Hahahaha while I was bathing. And hot water, not that hot. So, few issues lang naman.

Also, the breakfast pala. Hmmm not so inviting. Di sya yun tipong pagkakita mo, kahit di ka gutom, magugutom ka or gusto mo kumain. They are on soft opening pa naman, so lets give them time.

At night when I went back to my room on my first day at the hotel, meron din sila turndown service, and saw fruits on my table. No utensils though. Hahaha

I transferred to Premier Room on my second night, its located on 4th floor, with pool view na lang. Hahaha I asked sana if I can stay na lang to my previous room since a lot naman ang na-cancelled ang flight due to typhoon and I will add na lang, but they said fully booked sila. Konti ng tao ah! hahaha

So there, no issues will stop me para bumalik sa hotel na to.

My Discovery Shores Experience

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It was the best!

Why did I only booked one night at this posh hotel/resort?

My best friend is getting married at DSB. I wanted to book here and try to experience lang how to stay in a luxury hotel.

Early October they had a promo for November. Since I already booked at Henann Prime for my 4 days in Boracay, I booked my first night in Discovery Shores. So, I need to rebook my flight tuloy for November 24th to 23rd. But rebooking is expensive, I booked a new flight. Got lucky though, coz CebuPacific cancelled my flight on the 24th. Nakakuha ako ng refund 🙂

Anyway, I asked my dad if I can use the card and book my stay at DSB and will pay him na lang. He said yes, and I immediately confirmed my booking and paid right away.

I already imagined how I’m going to spend my first two days in Boracay.

I arrived at Caticlan on November 23rd at 6:30am. Found Ms. Julie waiting outside holding a DSB logo. I went to her and she said Ms. Vinluan? I said yes and she took my luggage, I told her ako na lang, but she said she has it.

She said we’ll wait for the van lang. And she gave me a bracelet with DSB logo. Ang cute.

Van came, and driver introduced himself as Ivan, greeted me a good morning and welcomed me. Siguro mga more than 5 minutes we arrived at the Fairways Welcome Center. Walang tao, ako lang. Hahaha

 

Ivan told me na we’ll wait for the boat lang be ready then alis na kame.

Few more mins, he went to me and said alis na kame, took my luggage and we walked. Introduced me to the boat driver (huhu I forgot kuya’s name 😦 ) he then took my luggage from Ivan and greeted me a good morning.

When we reached the boat, a lady was standing sa door holding a tray with cold towels. She offered ’em, took one coz nagpaa ako paakyat ng boat dahil may water and I dont know why pero I wore my Birkenstock kase.

Another lady approached me and handed me a bottled water and oatmeal cookie. I said thank you.

Then the boat attendant, Ms Grace introduced herself and welcomed me. Gave some instructions. And off we go.

We reached the jetty port in less than 10mins. They all said enjoy or something. Another driver, I think I heard he said his name was Audrey. He offered me mentos and greeted me. A little chit chat on the road. He showed me where Henann is located and said that pwede nila ako ihatid don when I check out at DSB. We reached DSB, everyone greeted me good morning again (hahaha totoo lang sa sobrang nice nila, napagod ako sumagot ng good morning and thank you sa kanila, but I love it. Kase ang babait nila). A guy gave me my welcome drink, and a girl named Nikka introduced herself and walked me to my room. She said that my room is available na (yey), and its only past 7. She showed me the room and gave me instructions and told me I can have my welcome foot wash later pag nakapag rest na ako. She asked for a P2500 deposit and left the room.

I looooooved my room, I booked for a Junior Suite, it has king size bed (well, one double and one single na pinagtabi), a day bed, a 42″ flat tv, mini bar, fridge, a/c, nespresso machine, etc. I took a nap, since wala pa akong tulog since Tuesday.

 

Naka 1 hour din ata ako ng nap. Later on met up with Sally and Len sa resto. Tapos we left na for lunch and I went back to my room gabi na. Waaah

When I got back, they prepared my room na rin for sleeping. Turndown service they say. I dont know, its my first time. Hahhaah

I love the animal made in towel in the day bed. They already served the pandan water and my welcome snacks.

Only took a shower coz I had to meet with the guys for a drink.

Went back to my room around 1. And I prepared myself to sleep.

Btw, had an issue with my bathroom. Water from drainage was overflowing and really smells bad. I called the front desk about it, pero walang dumating until I left that day eh. When I took a shower naman nung evening, ok sya. But the next morning, it overflowed again, I called the front desk again and sent someone from housekeeping. After checking, she said, may papapuntahin from I dont know where. But no one came. I even went to the front desk na rin to mention the problem pero wala talaga dumating to fix it. Until I checked out, so di ako nakapag shower.

But overall, I love my stay at Discovery Shores. I promise to go back.

[1st in 2016] ThessJason

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My first out of town trip for this year is Boracay. Bagong bago. Hahaha I have 2 more trips to Boracay this year.

We booked this trip just last January. Akala namin hindi na kame matutuloy but nahiya kame sa groom. He is our good friend Packy, a.k.a. Jason. Good thing nagkaron pa ng seat sale, but weeks after booking Cebpac sent an email to Joyce saying na-move ang flight namin to a later flight. Hindi naman pwede, kase the next day na yun wedding. Found a cheaper flight from AirAsia but earlier date naman. Ok naman din sa kanila kaya we booked it na rin.

So, our flight is at 5:40pm. But AirAsia texted Joyce around lunch time na delayed ang flight namin to 7ish in the evening. Nag Uber ako coz nahiya ako magpahatid sa airport. Sinundo ko si Joyce sa Makati and diretso Airport na. We got there past 4. Tambay lang muna and waited for Noel.

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Still smiling kahit 4 hours delayed ang flight.

Later on, nag-announce na delayed na naman flight namin to 9:40pm. Bad trip na kame gutom pa. Isa pa, wala pa kame tutuluyan sa Bora. They gave us 1 pc chicken joy and a bottled water, thank you but no thank you for a cold chicken joy without gravy and room temp na water.

We ate them anyways, hahahaha sayang din.

After eating, Joyce and I went outside for a smoke. Yun pala si Noel, kumokontak na to inform us mag-board na kame. Sakto naman pagpasok namin, narinig ni Joyce na boarding na nga ang flight namin. Takbo kame. Muntik pa ako di makasakay coz muntik na mawala boarding pass ko. Nahulog sa may xray. Hahaha

Pagdating Kalibo, wiwi lang then nakahanap na ng van si Noel papuntang Caticlan. Kame na lang hinihintay para umalis. Kahiya hahaha

Nagkaron pa ng friend si Joyce sa van.

11ish, we arrived Caticlan. In less than 20 minutes we were walking na para humanap ng tutuluyan in Station 2.

Found one sa La Fiesta pero sinubukan pa rin namin i-check sa Tans/Taj/Eriko’s. Pero no luck and we’re all pagod na. Buti nga di pa nagkaka badtripan.

Packy or James called up Joyce and sabi pumunta na lang muna kame sa hotel nila. So we walked from Station 2 to Station 3, medyo malayo yun resort ah. Hahaha but it’s ok, kase nag-enjoy naman kame sa kulitan. Bought hotdog din while walking para may konti naman energy.

We finally reached the resort and James let us stay in their room for the night. Binaba namin stuffs namin and lumabas. We stayed sa may convenience store where we saw them and bought some drinks. Nadapa pa ako. May gumapang malaki gagamba saken and I freaked out. Subsob sa sand, and sugat ang tuhod hahahha it was funny. I hope they didnt check the cctv.

Past 4, we all went to our room na and slept.

Woke up 9ish pero wala gusto bumangon. Tried waking James up coz he needs to work at 10, even si Noel.

Pero walang bumangon until almost lunch time na. Lumabas na lang kame to have brunch.

Mahirap humanap kainan in Station 3 hahaha

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Lunch at Casa Pilar

Found Casa Pilar and medyo ok na samin coz gutom na talaga. We ordered sweet & sour pork (na parang ketchup lang ginamit na sauce) and that garlic dory na mali ata yun luto. I forgot ano order ni Noel but sabi namin sana buttered dory with garlic na lang sinabi hahaha then I ordered a mango shake. It was ok na rin.

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Went back to the hotel after eating. Stayed there and chill lang. Ka-text ko si Otch and kawawa naman coz na-cancel ang flight nya. Walang tulog at nag-book ng bago sa PAL. Nakarating sya ng 3 na ata, met up with her. Medyo kabado ako nung una kase first time namin ulet magkikita since July. Pero ok naman, parang wala naman nangyari. Ang laki ng room nya, este namin hahaha

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Took a shower after ng kwentuhan, and we went out na. Almost sunset na rin and malapit na mag-start yun practice nila Packy, kaya di na kame lumayo sa resort.

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Ordered frozen margarita while waiting/watching the practice. Dumating na si Noel after few mins and naka facetime namin si Sally and Chloe.

After almost 1 hour, nagka ayaan na kumain, but di na kame sumama kila Packy sa D’Talipapa. Gusto ni Otch mag tapsi, and actually ako rin, the night before pa. So naglakad kame pa-Station 2, poor Noel kase don na sya galing and pagod sya kalalakad. Pero baet pa rin coz di naman sya nagreklamo.

Sinikmura si Otch sa pagka-inom namin, kaya di sya makakain ng maayos. Super nice Noel went to the drugstore to buy meds, at di pa nya kinain food nya. Nahiya sobra si Otch, kaya pinabilihan nya ng water si Noel. Tapos na kame kumain nung nakabalik sya, pawis na pawis. Hehehe

Sabi namin, pagbibigyan namin sya mag-dessert dahil sa pagod nya. So we went to D’Mall. Gusto daw nya sa Lemoni Cafe because meron sya gusto (I forgot kung ano yon) pero naubusan na.

IMG_0117Puro kalokohan ang kwentuhan over desserts. Ang kulet lang. Hanggang bumalik na lang kame ng resort.

And andon na si Donnie, nakikipagkwentuhan na kila Packy, syempre kunyari surprised ako. Hahaha

Nakihalubilo kame sa friends nila Packy. But didnt stay long, we went to our room na lang to drink. Natapos kame almost 5am na. Halo halong topics and puro funny.

On Saturday, wedding day, woke up at 9ish. May text na Joyce and Donnie. Di na kame abot sa breakfast ni Otchie, but Noel and Joyce are having breakfast na. Donnie’s waiting for our text lang daw. We got up and took a shower. Decided to go to Station 1, mag happy hour at Obama. Nag-trike kame going there kase ang layo naman from Station 3 diba.

Nag brunch na lang kame and kwentuhan ever.
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Went outside after eating for drinks. Took a 10minute dip in the water, sarap ang lamig. Malumot lang. Didnt stay long coz we need to go back sa resort and mag-ready for the wedding.
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One hour is all we need to get ready, in fairness kinaya namin.
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Went downstairs, saw them lining up. And while waiting, we again ordered drinks.

Hanggang sa nag-start na, di na namin naiwan drinks namin. We just witnessed the wedding ng nasa restaurant kame. But we heard Tess’ vows, ang ganda!!!! Packy’s serious with his vows, medyo nanibago kame sa part na yon. We all love them both! They’re perfect for each other. Kakilig!

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Donnie and Otchie with the Groom, Packy

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We had sangria before mag-start reception, and we didnt get a table na. Nasa cocktail table lang kame, parang mga wedding crashers lang.

Food was yummy!!

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After sa reception, sa room na naman namin kame napadpad. Medyo mga kalokohan kwentuhan hanggang naging seryoso. In fairness, maaga kame natapos. Hahaha

On Sunday, woke up past 9 again pero umabot sa breakfast. Ayaw ni Otch kumain, so I asked Donnie if gusto nya sumama mag-breakfast. So we had breakfast. Not that masarap ang breakfast nila, and yun ibang food pa handa from the wedding. Bat ganon? Sana tinabi na lang nila for lunch or dinner. Di na bagay for breakfast and parang nakakahiya naman kase most guests from the wedding stayed at the hotel.

Anyway, si Otch ready to leave na and di na muna ako nag shower coz sa room na lang sana ni Donnie. But sabi namin mag-drinks na lang muna kame downstairs til umalis si Otch ng 11. Sumunod na sila Joyce and Noel, naka ligo na and all packed up. And since di pa nga kame aalis, nakiusap kame if pwede pa ako mag-shower sa room namin. So I did.

When 11 came, Otch left na and we went to Donnie’s place para iwan gamit namin. Dapat mag-dip pa kame sa beach and iinom sana pero kapos na sa oras. We had lunch na lang at Jony’s.

At 4, we left Boracay na. Left Donnie na rin there coz Monday pa balik nya ng Manila. From Caticlan Port, may lumapit samin mama and nag-offer na mag-cab na lang kame to Kalibo. P800 lang daw, and P750 na babayaran namin kung mag-van lang kame. We took it, at least comfortable pa kame and pwede namin patigilin kung feel namin.

Delayed flight ni Otch kaya inabutan pa namin sya pagdating namin ng airport. Cebpac sucks big time. Delayed din daw flight namin and di nila alam what time na ang flight namin. Funny diba. So nag-dinner na lang kame. Naki-charge na rin. At masaya naman kame sa kinain namin.

Went back to the airport, nag-tanong kung ano na balita sa flight namin, wala pa rin. Pero si Otch 9:50pm na raw. Galit na galit na sya, coz buong maghapon na sya andon. 4pm dapat ang flight nya eh.

At 11, finally nag-board din kame.

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So happy that we’re finally on board.

I had a great time kahit puro alak laman ng tyan namin the whole trip, umuwi naman kame may kabag. Joke. Hahaha

2015 Travels

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  1. Boracay – my forever favorite island in the world (as of now coz I’ve never been to any beach outside Philippines. Oh except in 2002, when I was in the US nag-beach kame in Venice, not pretty hahaha). This was biglaan, as two of my long time friends planned in going. Kinulit ako and 2 days before the trip, I bought a roundtrip ticket.
  2. Baserri de Lipa – obviously, it is located in Batangas. This was a Holy Week panata with my bff’s. But since Sally was here for a short vacay only and no definite plans, Otchie looked for a place where we can spend our Holy Week. At dahil Holy Week nga, puno ang lahat. End up mag overnight na lang at dito nga nakakita si Otch ng may available room.
  3. Nasugbu – another Batangas getaway. It was Jemjem’s birthday and we want to go to the beach lang. I told Alfie we can share na lang. Sya naman din talaga ang may gusto mag out of town. I am happy kase nag-enjoy naman si Jem, even si Brenda eh nakabakasyon.
  4. Laiya – guess what, Batangas again. Hahahaha it was our company outing, and ayaw masyado lumayo. We stayed at Kabayan Beach Resort, good thing they have available room. Yun lang, good for 20 people and 7 lang kame. I enjoyed naman kahit di ko ma-enjoy yun dagat. Ang dami pang tao.
  5. Calaguas – actually, mas favorite ko na sya kesa sa Boracay. But I just cant stop coming to Boracay. I was with the Avon peeps, we booked a tour with Yapak ni Jose! Ang saya kase solo namin ang van, and comfortable. Di ako nabitin sa water and ice.
  6. Dasol – Pangasinan. My second time here. Independence day holiday and nangangati nako maglakwatsa. Good thing, may gala sila Joyce and sinama ako. I had fun, and super tawanan yung trip.
  7. Magalawa Island – Zambales. I’ve heard about this couple of months before kame nakapunta rin. Buti sumama ako, ganda sya. And memorable yun trip because of my ATM moment.
  8. Cebu – my second time in Cebu. Biglaan. At least this time, nakapasyal ako. We went to two  of 90+ falls in Cebu. When I heard we’re going to the falls instead of the beach, na-sad ako sa totoo lang. But, di ko pa rin pinagsisihan kase I had fun! The trecking and sitting on that cliff just for a photo, was just liberating. I was too scared kase ayoko sa mga edges, pero ang saya!

Ang konti ng 2015 ko, but better than none. I wish for more travels in 2016.

And my wishlist are:
Siquijor
Camiguin
Enchanted River in Surigao
Coron
Bohol
Bantayan Island, Cebu
More of El Nido

Australia
Phuket
Japan
Amsterdam
Paris