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52 Weekend Marbles

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Sunday must always be a SUNday, according to the wisdom of my 5-yr-old Aliya! No rain, to grumpy day, but it’s all fun in sun! Well it is supposed to be! But the past weekends were all rainy… and she was quite “disappointed ” that her theory is wrong… But you cannot put a litlle girl down… No one can rain on her parade… That’s why on that one weekend, 3 weeks ago, we played and danced under the downpour of rain, and we enjoyed the flowing ankle-deep flood outside. She invited everyone outside! So the 5 of us were all soaking wet! Anyway, it is a family SUNday! We had fun, and Aliya and I, decided no one and nothing will rain on our SUNdays!

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The weekends doesn’t have to be costly for family to enjoy… a walk to the park, a visit to Dad’s farm, or just playing on a big mat outside the garage.

We did just that yesterday, spreading a big mat on the garage, playing with Aliya and helping Kuya Jolo, designing his skatecycle and had a wonderful chat…

Looking at them, getting bigger and older, actually made me feel “grumpy” a bit…. Jolo said, “well, mum, its the way it is, us getting older…we will not get any younger, will we?” (but how about me? getting “grumpier”?)

Well, let me skip my grumpy thoughts… I have decided that I have to seize these kind of moments, while we are at it, in more vivid and vibrant ways. Weekends has to be “perfect” like this! SUNday! FUNday! Family day!

52 Weekend Marbles will represent just that… Well, 52 representing the 52 weekends in a year. I will start in this exactly 1st day of 2nd half-year. The story of “1000 marbles” I have read longtime ago always lingers in me (yes, it is supposed to be 1000 marbles, from a story of a 50-year-old man who conservatively “calculated” his life until 75… see story here).

So, I have collected just now my marbles, I happened to have a ready 52 marbles that I put in a jar — with another empty jar (for now) for “great” weekends, and a tiny glass for “wasted” ones – which I hope (or I will make sure) that it will remain empty.

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Happy Life Ahead!

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Bohol: “Date,” and Nature Adventure – Day 1

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Our Bohol Escapade : Date with Papi

We were alone on this trip, no kids, no friends, new place, new adventure… We look forward to wonderful time. Little have I researched about this place, i only did my “homework” a day before we leave. I want to be surprised and amazed… I just need the keywords for certain tours and spots, and leave everything to last-minute arrangement.

First nice thing stored for us is the beauty of the resort, Flushing Meadows. It’s actually for “honeymooners” and those want to be “isolated.” The resort landscape is admirable, the rooms are cozy, however, the beach is narrow and not too inviting. And the food is quite pricey… Anyway, we can adjust and still enjoy the place.

I have only arranged our first tour when we get there, I called Kuya Jerry (recommended by colleagues) and set the following desired places: Dauis Church, Mag-Aso Waterfalls, Hinagdanan Cave, St. Joseph Church, Alona Beach. All of these I choose are not included in our hotel package.

Dauis Church, a beautiful, artful church, with well-known miraculous eternal well (balon) of holy water. The ceilings are artistically designed with murals and moldings. I got so many shots of this posted in my Instagram.

Next stop is quite far and out-of-the-way, the Mag-Aso Falls… I really have to see it, so I insisted to include here in our tour. The falls is splendid, but have to take 97 steps down to reach it… No sweat… :>

It’s quite dark when we reached the Hinagdanan Cave, the ticket booth have already closed, but an enthusiastic guide let us in (over-the-bakod)… Nothing can stop us at this point (we came this far not to see this!)… It’s worth it, and our guide was very funny! Thanks for the wonderful experience (and photos)!

We just passed by the Panglao Church because it was about nightime. We’ve decided to “splurged” on our dinner and beer on seafoods restaurant along Alona Beach. We had great time watching the fire-dancer (which is actually just a kid)…

So that’s Day 1 of our Bohol Experience… Will blog the Part 2 next time…

Summer Weekend at 8 Waves Waterpark

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Late post: it happened May 27, 2012
Before we end the summer vacation, we have to have meaningful, fun-filled getaway together as family. Since taking the whole family to Bohol is quite to costly (i have good-for-2 free vacation to Bohol, but bringing the kids along is a big chunk in budget), so we decided to have a family overnight getaway at 8 Waves Waterpark and Resort, a nice place in Bulacan too. So we packed our bag (luggage!) and bought some food, and got a room in their hotel (thanks for the discount, we are supplying the souvenir pillows in their resort).

We had a great time together…!! The first time of us 5 (only), together in overnight trip…

101 Minus: Mama Mia with Mama

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No. 18 – Have a Solo Date with Mama
(Have to update my 1st 101 list 🙂 )
I got 2 tickets for the musical play Mamma Mia at the CCP last February… Its a pricey show and limited for few weeks only in the Phils. So its a date with my Mama! The musical featured Abba songs which are kind of oldies that’s my best companion that would appreciate it is my mom… The show was great, their voices are powerful. The music are nostalgic! We had a great time!

I.am.Me ChaChi

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(April 14, 2012) I am now here in a dance studio watching ChaChi Gonzales of “I.am.Me” doing her signature steps.  Jolo is one of the “students” of about 100 kids/teens on this “once-in-a-lifetime” dance tour of this dance group in the Philippines… Jolo’s favorite.  We have signed up for this dance workshop since January (Jolo kept on bugging me for this). I gave in to his whim (again)… Anyway, this is yet again just a piece for the “memory bucket” of Jolo.

Jolo sure had a great time during this 2-day event, he met new friends, seen his crush (Chachi) and admired the dance moves of the rest of I.am.Me dance crew. The workshop was full-packed and tiring, but fun. I was there the whole time during Chachi’s time (she’s really an admirable, passionate, young, cute girl who knows her art!).  And for that “pricey” event, what’s left are the I.am.Me bowler, autographed cap and memories of fun time! (oh, there are youtube video with Jolo in it – just watching as audience 🙂 “> here and here ).

 

Hundred Islands and Hundred Fun

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I really want to chronicle the fun and memories of our recent cousinhood getaway. And i am attempting to be true to my “title” of 100 fun… so here it is….

  1. Early morning road trip up north via SCTEX
  2. Pandesal moment at a gasoline station in Tarlac
  3. Few wrong turns and few misses… all 4 cars tagging along
  4. Short stop and holy moments at St Joseph Church at ALaminos Pangasinan
  5. Bumpy dirty ride going to Bolinao Falls
  6. Our “all-white” cars because of dirt and soil
  7. Hiking to Bolinao Falls
  8. The amazing Bolinao Falls
  9. Swimming in cold water
  10. AJ the 8-yr old guide
  11. The unpretentious Carolina Resort, it suits our big family. Nice owners!
  12. Superb lunch at Carolinas Resort, our baon.
  13. Low-tide walking at the beach with the family! Priceless!
  14. The sporty-beachy get-up of Aann
  15. Papa Nick’s umbrella at the middle of the sea… unusually funny
  16. The short spelunking at Enchanted Cave
  17. Swimming in cold water again
  18. The sunset by the Cape Bolinao
  19. Posing by the old house
  20. The view of China Sea
  21. The jump shots at Patar Beach
  22. Low tide walking by the sunset
  23. Counsinhood bonding moments by the beach
  24. Pelentz Do-it-Yourself jerbax
  25. The superb sinigang dinner!
  26. The boy’s midnight orchestra!
  27. The buffet breakfast of Aling Juliet
  28. The unified green tribe!
  29. The classic green japanese umbrella
  30. The Aquarius Boat and Kuya Bong (Boat 1)
  31. The Nina Boat and the makulit na boatman (Boat 2)
  32. The titanic pose!
  33. First stop: Governor’s Island
  34. Hiking up the viewdeck
  35. Couple’s moments picture-picture
  36. The passion of the carabao
  37. The carabao tree…
  38. Conquering the Big Brother house
  39. Second stop: Quirino’s Island
  40. The dive in the cave
  41. The broken life vest of Aann
  42. The silent dive of Nunu
  43. The cold beer while swimming
  44. Snorkeling by the beach (muna)
  45. Third stop: Lunch at Quezon Island
  46. Picture taking 1×1
  47. The giant clams “museum”, lucky for us to view just by the beach (no need to swim for it)
  48. Fourth stop: middle of the sea for snorkeling
  49. Fish-feeding
  50. Fifth stop: Childrens Island
  51. Tambay by the “cave”
  52. Papak tira, sawsaw Mang TOmas
  53. Shell picking
  54. Sand-tabunan
  55. Dylan’s learning to use floater
  56. The lightning to signal us to go home
  57. The Cuenca Cave
  58. The Anchors Away ride
  59. The kabog moments… “kilay ng matsing”
  60. Dinner of halaan and seafoods at Ate julieta’s
  61. The kwentuhan at the resort, “ghost” stories
  62. Early morning trip…
  63. Posing ala model by the beach
  64. Paul floating by the beach, fisherman mistaken him as ewan
  65. Papi and me moments on low tide
  66. Fresh fish for breakfast
  67. Nunu’s escapade with kayak
  68. Enteng’s rescue
  69. Christian tumbling in kayak
  70. karaoke at the resort…
  71. Packing time…set to go…
  72. Stop by Bolinao Church, souvenir hunting
  73. Way to go going home….looong ride home
  74. Lunch at Jollibee Tarlac
  75. Oppps… lastly, short stop for Razon’s halo-halo…
  76. 76-100 All accounts for the 25 of us that all have their moments of fun and memories and stories to tell (to fill this list too)… All of us who were all feel the adventure and closeness of the family….to name:Willy,Marie, Boyet, Blanca, Miko, Patis, Bone, Nunu, Jon, Enteng, Papaboy, Christian, Maccoy, Che, Angel, Papanick, Ta Mary, Aann, Soc, Dylan, luz, Romy,Paul, Jolo, Babel…

101…. Fun, adventure, family…. one great awesome, memorable trip! Next year uli!

My Original Sistah

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My original SISTAH is Ate Luz… She is the lifelong Ate I have… Even we were 8 years apart, I treated her as my first “best friend” in my toddler and teen years… She was my Ate, filling my summer childhood memories of her being there for us (me and willy). We were the regular tambay in their big “nipa” house… enjoying many summers playing and bonding with her, reading comics, playing text (mini-cards), taguan (hide and seek) or just being there watching her doing her household chores. She never grew tired of our kakulitan, she being already a teen-ager and us being just 7-9 yr old “alaga.”

Haha… if i will ever ask Willy to write with me here about Ate Luz, we might probably fill this blog with lots of memories….

Anyways, I promised my Ate Luz that we’ll have a spa-night together… since it will be a wedding of her son this weekend, I also feel this is a long-overdue bonding moment.

SO last night, she did facial spa and i did foot spa… she made the spa assitants laughed with her wacky remarks (it was her first time to have facial treatment)… we had a great time… Soon i will treat her to foot spa also.