Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts

Monday, October 8, 2012

a good friend is enjoying her vacation

I promised to devote a separate post about a friend of mine who recently arrived from the U.S. for a vacation. I think, it was about two years ago when Jenn and I last saw each other. At that time, she was still planning on her pregnancy after marrying her husband for the second time here in the Philippines. They had their first wedding in the U.S. and had carefully planned for a Philippine wedding after that. Although we weren't really talking about our wedding plans before,  we were happy about the fact that we share the same wedding date as her very first wedding that was held in the States. Isn't that great?

There are many things that I am thankful for this friend of mine. Aside from being a thoughtful friend that she's always been, I will always be grateful for being one of those partly responsible for leading an officemate (now my husband) to me. Had it not been for her and another officemate's pushing (the 'instrumentals'), I am not sure if my guy would find the courage to court me. :-) Okay, enough of me and hubby. This is supposed to be a post dedicated to Jenn, the owner of My Sweet Haven, who taught me how to make a writing hobby pay off.

Lately, I realized we have other things in common aside from sharing the same wedding date. Here are some of them:

1. We both don't know how to swim.
2. We both have one child (she has a boy. I have a girl, though).
3. We both delivered our first baby via CS.
4. Due to health and other reasons, we are both scared to have another child.
5. We both want to lose weight. I know she has the edge, though, because she now has time to go to the gym.

Here's a picture of us when we met at the mall so she could give her 'pasalubong' (presents) to us.

With Jenn and my daughter

So, there you go. Now, I am convinced I really need to lose weight. Gosh! Haha! Obviously, she successfully found herself a physical coverup and left me in a defenseless state (if you know what I mean). LOL.

Anyway, last Saturday, she celebrated her  birthday here in the Philippines. Belated happy birthday, my good friend. I know I still owe you that leche flan I promised. After all, you need it to regain what you have lost so I can catch up. Just teasing :-)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

finally, a weekend getaway...

This day Saturday was beach day with the in-laws. My sister-in-law and her husband will be returning to Norway on Wednesday and would like to have another bonding time together with us before their trip back home is due.

The Lingay Beach Resort in San Remigio, Cebu became my in-laws' favorite beach to go to after they've been there for the first time in 2008. Yes, we're back in Lingay! If the beach resort owner knew I have blogged about it, they would have probably given us a good discount, LOL.

There were many changes to the place, including the price. They've increased the rent to the rooms and cottages a little bit which was understandable because it's already been two years and I believe they still charge lower than other beach resorts. They now have a swimming pool area and they charge a hundred pesos for adults and fifty pesos for children. Oh well, we didn't want the pool because we all want white sand and sea water.

Finally, we were able to have a weekend getaway with our daughter Dip-dip. It was her first long travel and her first time to the beach. This is one of the usual times I had wished my camera would already function well. It starts to feel a little weird already to take videos because you want to see pictures. LOL.


Hubby and daughter. Husband finally had his haircut done and I love it!
Dip-dip loved the water! She wasn't afraid when she took a dip. We've put on some sunscreen but in this picture, I think the sun was starting to get less friendly already. Dip-dip and I stopped basking in the water a few minutes later. Hmmm, I definitely need a haircut!

A picture with some of my in-laws.

Dipdip with his Uncle Abby (short for Abraham)

Thank God for weekends like this!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

on vacation homes and homeaway coupons

Going on vacation is fun and exciting especially if the destination is new to us. However, we need to make sure that we can have a great vacation by figuring what we want to do and where our destination will be. Perhaps friends, relatives or family members can give some ideas on the travel destination. After having a brainstorming of ideas on destinations, the next thing to worry about is how to bear the cost of the accommodation and other expenses. If the chosen destination is a city then you have to prepare more money especially if you plan to stay for a long time.

To stay in another place will usually require you to book for a hotel room; or at least that's what you may have been used to doing. However, if you don't want to have to pay for the standard price for a hotel room and end up incurring more debts on your credit card which will eventually lead you to financial trouble, you need to be a little more resourceful when it comes to booking for an accommodation. Instead of staying in hotels, why not try renting in vacation homes? A vacation home is a practical accommodation suited for the whole family because they are usually cheaper than paying for a hotel room accommodation. It can really make your vacation an enjoyable experience since you will no longer think too much about the accommodation cost. In fact, most vacation rental homes are even offering homeaway coupons for special rates and discounts. I really hope my friends Bchai, Jenn, Andrea and others can avail of these coupons in many of their scheduled vacations.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

do i have a future in writing travel blogs?

I'm not sure if I have a future in writing travel blogs. I think I'm not really good at it. But I'll try. I'll have to start by writing about any of our escapades or travels here in Cebu and hopefully in other parts of the country.

I'm naturally a homebody but I would definitely look forward to travel anywhere with my family, that's only if the budget would allow. So, who knows! My camera would be working perfectly by then. :-)

So, for now I will just leave you with pictures from one of our old travels taken last Easter of 2008 while Dipdip was still in the works. :-) This one was in Lingay Beach Resort and Restaurant situated in San Remigio, the northern part of Cebu. Actually I just realized they do have a website (a multiply account), so if you are planning to go there, it will be good to check out their site for inquiries, reservations and stuff. By the way, I am not paid to write about them but trust me, you are not going to pay dollars from this resort and it is definitely worth a visit.

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