MSTravels: Cebu, a rundown

I’ve been stalling. Or must be too lazy. But hey, here I am now, going to talk to you about our most recent trip, our year ender–CEBU!!!


I sounded so excited, but I can’t help it! It was over two weeks but I can’t still move on. I will try to collect my memories to give you a blow by blow account of what happened during our 4 days and 3 nights stay in the Queen City of the South. I will be posting separate entries for some our activities to be organized, unlike my thoughts. Lol.

Anyway, this is a rundown of what happened:

Nov. 29, 2016 – Flight and Settling down

Our flight was at 8:35am in NAIA Terminal 3. Days before, Mark and I agreed to leave the house before or around 4am to cover the travel time going to Dau Terminal, estimating that it will take us 2 hrs to get to Pasay and 30 mins ride going to the airport, leaving us 2 hrs ahead of our scheduled flight. Even with a heavy traffic in North Edsa, our calculations were correct. But I was already sweating in bullets because I thought the traffic will take longer we would miss our flight!


Travel Tip: If you’re a first timer, your flight is in NAIA Terminal 3 and you’ll be coming from Pampanga or anywhere near, take a bus going to Pasay and tell the driver or conductor to alight you on where you could take a taxi going to the airport. From there, do not agree to take a fixed rate taxi. Get a metered one! Because our flight was early, traffic was still tolerable and it only cost us 75php instead of the 300php manong taxi driver was offering us. Or you could take the airport loop located near Taft Ave MRT Station, behind McDonalds for a minimal fee –20php! 


After a hassle free check in, we went straight to our gate and ate breakfast. I don’t like eating before and during transition in fear of taking emergency bathroom breaks, I just don’t like being bothered by it. But Mark was hungry and I gave in when he bought me a Chicken Empanada.

We utilized the now faster wifi and updated our social media accounts while waiting for the boarding time. The flight was right on the dot and arrived at Mactan International Airport at exactly 10am. I was swimming on the sea of clouds on our way.


Again, it was an easy breezy one, going out of the airport. I downloaded the Grab application but forget about it when we saw My Bus right outside which is going to SM City Cebu for 25php only! Saved us a costly taxi ride, again!

Travel Tip: MyBus is a perfect mode of transportation going to and fro the airport. You won’t be needing the MyBus card if you’ll be coming from the airport to the city but from the city to the airport, it’s needed. We only found this out on our way back to the airport, unlike on the day we arrived, we just purchased a ticket. Good thing we have an E Plus card, it saved me from going Hulk over the lady behind the counter (who is not very helpful at all!!!). So you have to make sure you have those cards or if not, you will have to take the taxi. MyBus stations are located in SM Seaside City, SM City Cebu, Parkmall. 

As soon as we arrived in SM City Cebu, we looked for a place where we could eat. And we found ourselves eating inside KFC. Lol.


We had to wait until 2pm inside the mall because that’s our check in time in the Airbnb room I booked for 2 nights prior the trip. Will share to you the room we rented in a separate post. We took a taxi and the building was easy to find. We settled almost immediately upon seeing that spacious white bed.


It rained for the most of the afternoon and we decided to just chill and take a nap before we head out again.

After refreshing, we went out and took a taxi again, as it was raining hard and jeepneys were all full and the traffic was horrible. We had to walk meters away from the taxi we abandoned to reach Ayala Mall Cebu. There, we went grocery shopping for our supplies for the next 3 days.


There was nothing much else we could do for the remaining of the day and we have to wake up early the next day so we turned in early to save up energy for tomorrow’s activity — Canyoneering!

Nov. 30, 2016 – Canyoneering + La Vie Parisienne


I will be posting a separate entry for this one! This was the highlight of our Cebu Trip and we totally enjoyed it despite the countless of times I had slipped throughout the trek!


Another solo entry for our bread & wine experience at La Vie Parisienne.

Watch out for those!

Dec. 1, 2016 – Mark’s Birthday!


The reason behind this Cebu trip! Of course it had to be special. His day was a chill one. We changed hotel. We went around the city and celebrated his natal day at Tokyo Table in Mandaue. Separate post coming up!

Dec. 2, 2016 – Last day


We basically spent the entire morning inside our hotel room to just chill and let the previous days sink in. Checked out at 12nn and went straight to SM City Cebu to kill time and went last minute pasalubong shopping. Again, we took MyBus and headed to the airport where we spent the remaining hours of our mini vacation. We just lounged there, abused the free wifi, and ate. Our flight was an hour late and we got home by 12mn. It was a long day but we were super grateful and happy that God provided us this trip. It was a needed break and perfect way to celebrate Mark’s 27th birthday.

So that was it! I promise to post about our activities as soon as possible! Plus the video too!

Til the next!

Love,

S♥

 

The One who  loves you the most

Yesterday, my mother turned 45. Wow, that’s fast! Five years from now she’ll be celebrating her golden year. I couldn’t quite comprehend the rapidity of time nowadays. For me, my mother is still young; as young as I was young. For me, she’s still 30.

I am not the type of daughter who is showy of my love and affection for my parents. Yes, our relationship is cordial. We tease each other, we laugh together…but sometimes I feel guilty because when it comes to personal matters, I am not the type who will share my thoughts and feelings to them. I mean I do, but not immediately like a best friend will do with you.

As a family, you will not avoid problems. But that’s what I love about mine. When someone makes mistakes, we don’t condemn. We talk about it, we support each other, we comfort one another, we make each strong to face our battles together. And that’s what I love about my mother.

Mama is a simple woman and her love language is service. My whole life I could not remember one single moment she neglected us, our needs. She is always there to guide us, to go out of her way so that we will be comfortable. As a young woman, I become shameful of myself whenever I see my mom do the things for me instead of I do the things for her. I just want her to feel special but I just quite don’t know how. I want to repay everything she does for me and my brother and I exert much effort to do so, but I feel like I fall short every time.

My mother is not the one who nags, who controls. She lets us do our own decision. She voices her concerns and thoughts, but in the end, it is still our own volition to do the things according to what we want. She lets us fly on our own wings, she lets us stumble on our feet and she would always be ready to catch us when we do. When the time comes that Iwill have my own children, I would love them the way she does–without constraints.

I may not be able to tell her how much I love her and value her everyday, but her presence makes me feel secure. I don’t like seeing her cry. I don’t want her weak. I don’t like it when people are trying to put her down. I want her to shine. I want her strong. I want her to feel confident about what she could do. She loves freely. She loves without boundaries. She has a big heart which not only her children get to see but everyone who loves her.

I may be a brat and moody sometimes but Mama, I want you to know how much I value all of the love you are giving us. I treasure every little sacrifices you had to endure just to give us the comfort and security. Thank you for thinking more of us instead of what you need. Thank you for giving much love we never ever felt we have something missing in our family. Now it is our time to make you feel secured, comfortable, and happy. My brother and I want the best for you. Allow us to take care of you. I may not be the perfect daughter but I love you unconditionally.

Thank you for being my mother, my angel.

I love you so much Mama.

Happy birthday to you!

Love,

Lynlyn

To have and to hold

It is the end of the first half of the year and all I could think of is how time flies. Anyways, June isn’t just memorable because it’s mid through the year but also it is the month of weddings. Heard of June brides? 🙂

And being a sucker for weddings and relationships, I gather my top 5 wedding videos which surely tugged my heart. I bet yours was also as I’ve picked celebrity weddings that made headlines in social media.

So here they are: 

5. Andi & GP. Andi Manzano, now Reyes, was once a UAAP Courtside Reporter for FEU, is a radio jockey, and had hosted numerous television programs. Her husband, GP, is a club owner, restaurateur, and a creative director. 

I may not have followed their love story and had just followed closely their life after seeing the proposal and their wedding video, but their relationship still remains to be a testimony that it’s okay to be crazily, madly, deeply in love without losing oneself. 

Now, the couple is now proud parents to Pilar Olivia. Oh, such a cutiepie!!!!! Gigil! So pretty like her mom!! Check out her IG page and gasp on her adorableness!

https://player.vimeo.com/video/85778901?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0

4. Byahe ni Drew at Iya. I’m sure you all know these two. Both are cool individuals and I can’t help but be drawn to their relationship. They’ve been together for too long before tying the knot. Unlike other celeb pairs, these two, who publicly admitted their relationship, had maintained their privacy. Plus it’s such heartwarming how supportive they are of each other. And I just have to say, their prenup video is the bomb!

3. JC & Bianca. I promised myself that when I get married, my wedding will be adorned with DIY things. It’s no easy job, it would consume a lot of effort and time, but I believe it’ll be worth it. That was, I guess, true for Bianca and JC’s wedding.  

I salute this couple for orchestrating such an intimate wedding ceremony with only their closest friends on one of the beautiful islands of our country. I also dream of having a small and intimate wedding just like this in the future. It’ll be more meaningful, don’t you think?

Anyway, I also admire these two for being achievers on their respective careers and how they are a fan of each other too. Now, baby no.1 is on the way. Bianca is such a blooming mommy-to-be!

2. Paul & Toni. Now, now, now. This is the wedding that I’ve been waiting for since I heard their engagement. I was like, finally!!! After 8 long years, theirs will be an upgrade because they get to share their lives together without restraints. Their vows just got to me, you know. We are all aware of Paul waiting patiently for Toni, respecting her parents’ values and all. It’s like a breath of fresh air amidst the modernization of the world at this time; that to be traditional is still the most core of what our values should be. I salute Paul for waiting, for being a MAN worthy of a WOMAN like Toni. I wish their marriage to be blissful. 

https://player.vimeo.com/video/55703615?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0

1. The Pats. Finally, we’re now on my top 1! 

I’ve been vocal of my admiration for this couple’s relationship. Patty is my life peg along with her substantial circle of friends. Whenever I read Patty’s blog, I can’t help but feel wonderful and be positive to embrace life. Her antics, her humor, her big heart is what drawn me in. And with her, I’ve found out that there are guys like Patrick. Guys who loves Christ that they make their girls fall in love with faith too. 

I love how Patty put her husband on the pedestal, and rightfully so. I am sure she thinks she had found a treasure in Patrick. A one of a kind man who selfishly loves. Hear their vows and tell me you didn’t shed a tear!! Man, this is my ultimate wedding peg!!! 

As of this writing, the couple are now on their waiting game stage as they are about to welcome their first baby whom they fondly calls the PATato. Hahaha! Oh read her blog (www.pattylaurel.com) and browse through her IG feed and you’ll get a dose of sunshine.

So there it is, my top 5 wedding pegs. LOL. Let me remind you though that the extravagance of a wedding doesn’t make a marriage. It’s how you and your partner make your relationship work base on love, trust, faith in each other, and your mutual love for God. 

I wish every single girls to find their perfect match. And I pray for all the girls who are now with someone that unconditionally love them. 

I pray for all the love in the world and for everyone to find their destinies. 🙂

Love,

S♥

The Five Things I Learned from Love and Relationship

Maybe because I’ve been reading Nicholas Sparks nonstop for the past weekend that I have thought of putting up a post about relationship. Or maybe the idea was in my head all along but I was just too lazy to organize my thoughts. But regardless of how I came up with this topic, here are the top five things I come to realize throughout the year I was in a relationship.

1. Understand and Accept

        You and your partner are two different individuals. It’s safe to say that every experiences–pain, memories, ideals, mistakes–molded each of you and made everything you are today. Thus, you have to understand that what you like may not be appealing to him and vice versa.

        Understanding each other’s background will give an edge on the coming months of your relationship especially when you face challenges and fights.

        And of course, if you understand where your partner is coming from, it’ll be easier for you to accept that some things are just like the way it is. If you love a person, you will accept everything that comes with him. Hey, it isn’t easy I know. But what is it that you wouldn’t do for the one you love?

2. Be generous

       I’m not talking about material things here. But let me share this to you, if you don’t know yet, that being committed to someone means being responsible for them. Be responsible in the sense that you’re generous of what love, kindness, and empathy you could offer. When you’re in a relationship, it’s as much about you as it is about your partner’s needs. Be selfless. Extend any help you can to make things lighter for the both of you. Give as much and don’t think about what you can take. Impart everything you know, share a piece of you.

3. Respect your partner

      As mentioned earlier, you and your partner are two different souls. There would be arguments, that’s for sure. But amidst your heated conversations, don’t forget to respect your partner no matter how monster-like he might be in your eyes at that moment. He is an individual who expects and deserves to be respected, as much as you think you deserve to be respected as well. More so, if you put your partner on a highlight, it’s easier for you to regard him as someone who’s dependable and trustworthy. If you trust him, you would respect every decision he would make which means you know he would not do anything that will jeopardize your relationship.

4. Learn things: Together, from each other, and individually

      Everyday you will learn new things within and outside your relationship. And there are things that you know but your partner is still clueless about and vice versa. Thus, it is important to impart whatever knowledge you have in every aspect of life. Be the channel to make him a better person. Don’t change him to degrade his character but to enhance and tap his potentials. Would it not be great to see your other half achieve milestones because you helped him? Encourage each other too to try new things where you’ll benefit from. Be the cheerer, be proud, support him. I’m sure he’ll be doing the same thing.

5. And lastly, Love is a CHOICE

     This is what I’ve been holding on to when it comes to love. You wouldn’t have had to experience everything when it comes to love if you haven’t made the choice to love. And if you could choose if you will love or not, it’s more fitting to say you could choose who to love. After all, everything in life is a choice. When you were still in the courting stage, it’s your choice if you will move into the next stage or not. It’s your choice if you will commit yourself to an individual you found out that’s far different from you. It’s your choice if you will let yourself to love. It is also a choice if you will stay in a relationship. It’s so easy to give up on your partner when you’re arguing over things, and it’ll be in your hands if you will continue or not. But that’s the beauty of choosing love. It enables you to become who you should become. It will make you realize your limits. It will test your values, your faith, your beliefs. And it will always be your choice and how you’ll live up to the consequences.

So before all of these, choose wisely whom you will love. Choose that one person you could stick with through whatever. Choose that someone who makes loving him worthwhile. 

Choose someone who will make you feel you have done the right choice.

Loving and in love with love,

S♥