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1st in 2018: Boracay

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Yes, I know, I know… I was just in Boracay last December. But this guy asked me to come and he wants to see me daw. And I want to see him too.

So I booked last January. I stayed at Henann Crystal Sands again, natandaan ako nung mga nasa front desk hahaha, yun lang, I stayed there for a night lang coz wala na available. But I booked the Premier with Pool access room that I NEVER got the chance to use, AGAIN!!!!! And on my second night, stayed at The District na katabi lang ng Henann Crystal.

But five days before ng flight ko, Em texted me and nandito sya sa Manila. Ang arti arti pa, sinurpresa ako. Kesyo may ipapa-meet daw sa MOA, sabi ko di ako nagpupunta don, eh di umamin, mag-lunch daw kame, kase aalis na rin sya agad.

Anyways, February 2 ng lunch time ang flight ko to Caticlan. Akala ko makakapag work pa ako, eh need nga pala maaga sa airport. Kaya ayun. Hindi sya nagpaparamdam non, until 12ish, kamustahin ako. Di ko nga sinagot. Nagparamdam na lang ako nung on the way nako sa resort. Nag text ng “update” eh, hahaha

Past 3 na rin ako nakarating, gutom na gutom nako. After checking in, dumating na rin si Em. Sumama muna sya sa room to check, then I gave him the Tsonggo shirt and cap. Then we went out para kumain.

After eating went back sa resort kase iche-check namin yun sky pool. And he’s so busy with work, puro phone. After few mins, sabi nya pwede pa kame mag-happy hour coz na-move ng one hour yun private event nila sa PubCrawl.

So we went to Manana, had frozen mango margarita. Sarap, and I love the margarita glass. Nakakatuwa pa yun server, forgot to ask his name lang. He’s nice and funny. He had beer, and he ordered nachos. I didnt bring my phone coz sabi nya iwan ko na lang, need to charge it kase. So I used his phone to take sunset photos. See how many the tao are?

We stayed there til 7, he made kwento about previous events. Yung mga nanghahalik sa kanila, yung about nung new year, etc. And then it’s time to go. He went to their office na, and I went back to the room. He said na mag-attend lang ako ng Crawl and that he’ll see me later.

Nag-ready ako and I messaged him again kung ok lang ba talaga, he said go lang. Sandali lang daw private event nila and magkita na lang kame don.

So I went to Exit Bar to register around 8 I think. I saw him there pa. Pero ilang, di man lang ako nilapitan, I went to him pa asked for scissors, pero yun nga, something is different sa kanya eh. Kaya sabi ko papasok na lang ako sa loob to get my shot.

He texted me, enjoy daw at see you later. Tell you the truth, I got bored. Wala ako nakilala (well except for Akash’s girlfriend Jen, but that was later on pa). Wala kumakausap, but Kelly, my captain saw me sa second bar na and checked on me, even Jessa. But that was it. Unlike nung first time ko, well I dont know if because Em’s trying to flirt kaya super asikaso sya saken. Pero sabi nga sa reviews, di ka naman papabayaan, pero yun nga, gusto ko na pumuslit sa totoo lang. OP much ako.

I saw Stefan sa second bar na, thank goodness andon sya, nagkaron ako ng kausap. I think may 2 guys kumausap saken. But they’re with friends, they left me din. Hahaha super iba sya nung first time ko, yon may nakikipag usap talaga. This time, kahit ka-group ko, hindi ako kinakausap. Then I met Jen after sa second bar, nung nag-games na. Nataon mag-isa rin sya, well Akash was there but he’s busy. So nataon na nagkatabi kame, nag-usap na kame. Then Akash told her to accompany me kase mag-isa lang ako. That’s sweet diba. Kaya mas kausap ko silang dalawa and si Stefan.

 

Sa Galaxy na kame, ayun sayaw sayaw. Hahaha pero we went outside to smoke, talked to this guy from I forgot where, he’s drunk. Then I saw Em’s text, asan daw ako. Sabi ko nasa Galaxy, outside smoking. He’s back na raw sa headquarter, he’s looking for me daw at di ako makita, sabi ko balik sya. When he got back, kausap ko pa rin yung guy, but andon sila Stefan, Jen and Kash and some other. Hindi nya ako nilapitan, but sumingit sya sa circle namin.

When its time to go, sa fifth and final bar, Kash and Jen left na. Sumabay ako sa tricyle with Stefan and Em. Kahit katabi ko sya, halos di nya ako kinakausap. Either sila ang magkausap ni Stefan, or kame ni Stefan. Pagdating ng Club Paraw, pinauna pa ako pumasok naiwan sila sa labas, parang tanga. Pagpasok nya, he asked ano gusto ko inumin, eh ako nagbayad? Hahaha nag-stay kame sa may shore, kumuha table. We just sat there, kwentuhan slight. Di ko na nakikita yun “EM” before. Parang naiilang sya pero isinsantabi ko yun pakiramdam ko. I was trying to be sweet with him. Sabi ko pa pasok kame sa loob, sayaw kame. But paglabas ko from restroom, di ko sya agad nakita, nasa labas na sya ulet. Kaya I went out na lang ulet. Hanggang nag-aya na lang kame bumalik ng hotel.

While walking there was a time he held my hand. Didnt take long. Sa room, he looked tired so I took a shower and went to bed. He said din pala na walang food si Champ kaya need nya umuwi maaga para gawan ng food.

I woke up at 6am, he’s gone. Hahaha so I ate breakfast alone. Then look naman, walang tao sa pool, but the mahiyain me again, didnt swim. Ang shonga shonga ko, sayang binayaran ko sa room. Inisip ko na lang kase I need to get ready coz mag-check out pa ako. Hindi sya gaano nagpaparamdam because busy sya. He said sorry for not waking me up para magpaalam coz nagpaalam na raw sya the night before. Sabi ko mas gusto ko pa rin na nagpaalam sya hindi yung magugulat ako na wala na pala ako kasama. In the afternoon, sinabi ko ulet sa kanya yon. Sabi nya puyat at pagod daw kase ako, and pinipilit nya na dahil nga ayaw nya mang gising, and if sya daw yon, ayaw nya ng gigisingin sya pag pagod sya.

Anyway, after checking out, nag-coffee muna ako at Starbucks, then lumipat nako sa The District, katabi lang naman ng Henann Crystal. But ah, hehe no one helped me with my luggage. Hahaha dumating sya while checking in. Lady from front desk told me na may free upgrade ako coz may ginagawa daw. Kaya from Premier, to Premier Suite weee!!!

 

Room’s nice. Two story sya, may loft and pool view. Oh, view ko rin ang Henann. Haha we stayed sa room muna while he was resting. Medyo nagtatalo nga kame about him leaving me in the morning and baket daw ba ako nagagalit. So imbes awayin, kinamusta ko na lang sya. He said may problema sa work kaya maya’t maya rin nagri-ring phone nya. I gave him konting massage sa ulo kase he looked tired, and he fell asleep. hahaha di ko maialis kamay ko coz naipit ng ulo nya. Anyway, nung super ngawit nako, inalis ko rin, and nagising na sya. I said sorry, and he asked me where I want to eat. So lumabas na kame. We had inasal sa D’Mall. Bought wine, coz sabi nya mag wine night daw kame. We went back to the room, nag-gym sya, showered then he left for PubCrawl again. And ako, I watched tv and I went out. Nag-BomBoms ako mag-isa haha sakto pa paglabas ko, sakto dumaan ang PubCrawlers, papunta na sila ng Epic. I saw him pero nagtago ako. hahah by hiding I meant lumayo ako ng paglalakad, sumabay ako sa ibang tao para di ako mapansin. But then, I saw Stefan. Nasa dulo na kase sya, haha sakto I was waiting for a table at BomBoms.

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Baileys Shake

He texted me and kinamusta ako, I told him nga na nasa Bomboms ako, ako lang daw ba mag-isa, sabi ko may nakilala ako. Sabi nya “Good” hahaha natuwa??? Joke lang kako, mag-isa ako. Later on, inantok nako kaya I went back sa room na lang.

Waited for him til 2 ata. Ang tagal nya. Kesyo nagkagulo daw dahil sa isang captain pa. Blah blah

He said na open na namin yun wine, di masarap hahahaha and it didnt take long til he fell asleep. Tried waking him up para lumipat sa bed, di magising eh di iniwan ko. Sayang yung gabi ko. Sayang yung ayos ko. Nagpaganda pako, tutulugan pala ako.

I went sa bed, sa sofa sya. Nung morning, pag gising ko to pee, gising na ata sya, he asked san ako pupunta, sabi ko mag-wiwi. Then umakyat ulet ako, sumunod sya. Mag-breakfast na raw kame kase aalis pa sya. 😦

We ate breakfast, hmm di masarap ang breakfast ng District. Buti na lang kasama sa bayad yon, if not at nag-avail lang ako, sayang pera ko. After eating, he stayed pa for few mins, we talked. He said that he’s going here sa manila this month for three days, magkita daw kame. I asked about his tattoo. Then sabi nya he has to go na kase mag-gym pa sila ni Stefan. Medyo nainis ako, coz wala nako 3 hours eh. I’m going home, cant he just go to the gym in the afternoon? Di man lang ako hintayin makaalis? Nakakasama ng loob diba? Kaya when he left he kissed me sa forehead, he said “Update ah?!” I didnt answer, sabi nya ulet “Cher!”, still dedma ako, and I heard the door na lang. He really left. Di na kame nag-text ulet til nakauwi ako.

Anyway, I like the new wing ng Godofredo Airport. PAL and Skyjet andon, may CebPac ata, pero ewan ko anong flight kase isang beses pa lang ako napunta dito. May Starbucks sila, charging station and maluwag ah.

 

Ang tagal bago pa kame nakaalis, but we’re on the plane na. Anyway, landed in Manila around 4.

I cant say I enjoyed my trip, coz I really didnt. It was okay. Nawalan ng kwenta yun pinunta ko. I didnt go there coz nag-plan lang ako mag-bakasyon, but he asked me to go. Then papakitaan lang pala nya ako ng pagka-ilang and less time. I find it weird coz he was so excited nung inaaya pa lang nya ako pumunta til the day ng pagpunta ko. And pagdating ko, everything changed. Labo.

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40th Birthday Trip

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Since I am turning 40, I planned on going out of town or out of the country. But since my sister told us she’s coming home for the holiday, nag-out of town na lang ako and I went 13 days before my birthday.

I booked my flight a month before, and booked my hotel days before haha ayaw kase ako payagan ni BigBear. But I went still. I just didnt tell him na umalis ako. Sakto, di kame ok. Not naman magka-away, but he’s too busy para makausap ako.

So, I booked at Henann Crystal Sands, excited ako kase they just opened on September. Wala na available na may pool access so nag Premier room lang ako. Nag-avail din ako ng transfer para wala nako problema.

My flight was at 6ish am on December 11 via Cebu Pacific. Kinabahan pa ako sa airport, kase super daming tao. Buti na lang naka web check in ako, and narinig ko yun announcement para sa baggage check in para sa flight ko. Haha akala ko hindi ako aabot.

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ARRIVAL.
Arrived Caticlan 7am, looked for my sundo. Hihi katapat lang pala ng gate yun lounge ng Henann.

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Waited for others and the van. Then sa lounge ulet ng port.

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Transferred to the boat na and iba ibang vans na kame pagdating ng Boracay. Different Henann Resorts kame, but yun isang family kasama ko sa Crystal Sands.

HENANN CRYSTAL SANDS.
I checked in na but room’s not available yet since ang aga pa. And then I realized, I only have 400 bucks on my wallet. Hahaha putcha. Ang arte arte ko, nag-Caticlan ako, availed transfer, booked to Henann, then nakarating ako ng Boracay ng 400 ang pera ko. Poor! hahaha bad vibes pa, offline ang mga BPI ATM’s. Waaaah
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I went to Starbucks for breakfast na lang buti pwede EPS. Stayed there til receptionist called me to tell me na available na room ko, Yey!
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Room’s much nicer than Henann Prime. Mas maliwanag and much bigger. I had Premier room din sa Prime eh. But the bathroom, looks almost the same.

So I just stayed in my room for couple of hours, kailangan ko i-enjoy kwarto ko. But lumabas din ako to buy water. And had late lunch din. Napabili pa ako ng Havaianas coz ang saket sa paa nung Kate Spade flip flops na binigay ni mommy hahaha


Had lunch at Sapphire Restaurant in Henann. Tinamad nako maghanap sa iba. Hahaha na-doble pa yun food ko, di ako naintindihan nung waitress, but ok lang. I saved it for later na lang. Alam ko naman gugutumin pako.

PUBCRAWL.
Went back to my room, maulan. I dont know what to do, knowing myself, di ako makalabas coz tinatamad ako at alam na, wala kase ako kasama hahaha then a friend of mine commented on my IG post, mag-Pubcrawl daw ako. Pub what? Hahaha so sila pala yung mga nakikita namin minsan na group na mga naka-yellow shirt. I checked the reviews, and hmm ok sya for solo travelers. Nag-message ako sa kanila, nag inquire then bam, I’m joining. Ms. Jed told me to go na lang sa Exit Bar. Sir ako ng sir, babae pala sya. Hahaha I almost didnt go kase late na and nahihiya nga ako. Pero ayun Jed called me when I asked san yon kase naligaw nako. Pumunta na nga lang ako, I looked for her, then I registered. She gave me a shirt, shot glass and a baller.

Then this guy, Em introduced himself and made chika. Pinagsama sama nila kame nung iba, which became my friends na rin. Isa pa, mas chinika ko sila when I heard na taga Pangasinan si Jane. She looked like Devie (yun cousin nila Valerie) hihi

Kachikahan namin these 2 captains, Em and Stefan. They asked if first time ko ba, I said in Boracay no, mag-PubCrawl yes. Who I’m with daw, kelan pa ako and til when, how old am I. Sabi ko I just arrived nung morning, til wednesday, I’m alone and turning 40. Eh sabay sabay sila nagulat, sabi ko yup turning 40 ako in few days. Eh baket daw ako nasa Boracay alone, soul searching daw ba, or broken hearted. HAHAHA sabi ko, I’m celebrating my birthday soon, and since I’m turning 40 I decided sa Boracay gawin.


Took our first shot at Exit Bar, chikahan with others. Couple of mins later, we transferred to the second bar, I think Plagia is the name. Nag-karaoke kame. Hahaha. This Em kept on making pilit kumanta ako. Hinila nya ako in front and gave me the mic. Waaah

Third bar was Epic, and damn it I spilled mudslide on my Kate Spade. Hindi pa rin ako kinakalimutan i-check ni Em, but my captain is Stefan, take note. Hahaha I guess he’s just being nice, coz sabi sa reviews di daw talaga pababayaan ng mga captains ang mga participants.

Moved to our fourth, it’s a clubbbbb!!! There’s a club in Boracay! Woohoo! It’s called Galaxy Club, kinda nice, it’s big. Kaso, they play house of EDM or I dont know hahaha again, si Captain Em, hinila ako in front. I was dancing with Jane and the gang but hinila nya ako mag-isa to dance sa harap. Waaaah later on nung medyo busy sya, I went to the ladies. And I kinda heard my name being called by the dj. Deadma ako coz I’m really not sure, at baket naman ako tatawagin, right? But when I stepped out ng ladies, there’s Em, saying “Where have you been? We’ve been looking for you” sabay hila sa arm ko at dinala ako sa dance floor. Then, dj asked again “Where is Cher?”, tinuro ako ni Em and I raised my hand. Okay, they sang Happy Birthday. Hahahaha nakakahiya.

Last bar was Club Paraw, here medyo gulo gulo na. Hahaha kanya kanya na. Once again, hinila ako ni Em, may happy birthday na naman sila and a slice of cake. Sweet!!! Tho, 2 na kame kinantahan nila and nag-share sa pag blow ng candle and sa cake. I just had a bite, I left after, nahihiya ako eh.

Ganon na lang, may sulatan sa mga shirts namin. Then Em sat beside me, asked ano gagawin ko kinabukasan. They’re having their christmas party daw. Di mo malaman kung sinasabi lang or nag-aaya eh. Hahaha

Jane, Allen and Martin left na, nagpaiwan na ako. Feeling ko kase gusto na makipaglandian nitong Em na to eh. But I was wrong. LOL

Sabay sabay lang kame umalis ng Paraw, then hiwalay na kame sa may office nila and I walked to my hotel na, Stefan asked me pa if gusto ko pa ba samahan nya ako, sabi ko no na, malapit naman na.

That evening, aba tumawag ang BigBear, but we didnt talk long naman. 😦

SECOND DAY.
Woke up kinda early, I checked my phone pero Constancio didnt call na ulet, kainis. Sabi tatawag ulet eh. Nag phone lang muna ako, then I got up and went downstairs to have breakfast. Hmmm mas ok food nila kesa sa Prime.

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Good Morning!

Love the french toast.

I went out for a walk. I want to swim, but weather is not cooperating.

 


So again, just stayed in my room, decided to have a hot bath. Puro istorbo naman, coz the front desk called to confirm my transfer the next day. Then Allen keep texting me and nag-aaya mag-dinner. Kaya ayun, nag-ready ako to meet them, kaso di naman pala kakain si Jane, so its just me, Allen and Martin. Martin just had his tattoo. Tapos we had dinner at Mang Inasal, kalain mo sa Boracay pa ako nakapag Mang Inasal. Hahaha plan ko sana to have steak for dinner coz its my last night and birthday ko nga diba, but sumama na lang din ako sa kanila. Super tired daw sila from the days activities. Kaya di na nila kaya lumabas. Went back to my room na lang, then Jane messaged me naman, haha nagpapasama magpa-henna. Tapos sumunod na rin si Allen, nag-one round lang kame at Bombom’s. and hiwa-hiwalay na.

Stayed in my room, watched tv. Muni muni.

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And wala na paramdam na naman ang Constancio. Kainis no?!

LAST DAY.
Woke up in time for breakfast. Pinilit ko na rin bumangon coz check out time is 12nn. My flight is at 7:50pm, my transfer is 4ish pm. Waah san ako pupunta? Hahaha

Went outside the resort, gusto ko sana maglakad but, kulang na oras haha.

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While waiting mag-check out, Em commented on my post in IG na kung aalis na ba ako, I said yes but evening pa flight ko. He told me he’ll be at Tom N Toms at 2:30, confused me, I asked if mag-meet kame, he said yes. Ayun, when I checked out, naulan. And almost 2:30 na, sinugod ko na ang I went to Tom N Toms, hehe excited naman daw ako to meet him.

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Cafe Mocha

Nagkwentuhan lang kame, about his ex-fiance, about BigBear. About his nationality haha about his work, about my work. Etc.

Almost 5 na but the ulan still lakas. But I said bye na rin coz kailangan ko na umalis, kahiya sa resort. Sabi nya cancelled na raw flight ko, kase may bagyo, tulungan na lang daw nya ako humanap murang tutuluyan. Haha ang kulit. I left pa rin, hatid daw nya ako, but sabi ko ok na ako tutal working din sya eh.

Went back sa resort, aba kala mo wala akong sked ng transfer hahaha di ako hinahanap ah. But ayun, nagsabi nako then the van came na. And we left. I just messaged Em na I left na.

In fairness, on time naman flight ko and got home safe. I enjoyed my vacation. First time talaga to na mag-isa ako, coz yun first time ko nag Bora mag-isa in 2007, andon si Yen and nagkita rin kame. Then first time ko yung mag-attend ng ganong party ng mag-isa. Walang kakilala then umuwi akong may mga bagong kaibigan.

 

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.

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