Traveling on a Budget

When I officially assumed the role of wife in our marriage, travel planning was one of the tasks I assigned to myself, with the hubby’s consent, of course. Actually, I’m the one looking into every single thing that involves money in our household. Traveling requires a certain amount of money, and so I have always been the one allotting a budget for it. This set up has been working out just fine for us, so far.

Ever since our wedding in 2012, our travels have been confined within the country. We have not traveled abroad as a married couple yet. (When we were still bf-gf, we got to travel to Singapore and Malaysia together.) Of course, we have plans to see more foreign countries in the future. One of our dream destinations is Japan. We have some friends based there and they’re more than willing to accommodate us during our stay there. I even have a cousin who has been working and living there with her family since the early 2000s and she’s long been bugging me to come over. Right now, we’re still saving up money for it and we don’t have any concrete plans yet.

Continue reading “Traveling on a Budget”

Weekend Story: Marikina Food Trip with Friends + Quality Time with Family

How did you spend your APEC holidays? May it be by getting stuck in traffic, chilling out with friends, working in the office, being out on travel, or resting at home, I hope you managed to have fun and look at the bright side of things. As for me, I worked until Thursday and had a long weekend highlighted by a Marikina food trip with the hubby and his high school barkada whose company I always enjoy.

I had long wanted to go on a food trip in Marikina. Finally, it came true last Friday night. Though we only got to visit one restaurant, it was still a good experience in itself. Next time, we plan to check out the popular Lilac St. there. I can’t wait!

Continue reading “Weekend Story: Marikina Food Trip with Friends + Quality Time with Family”

Office Team Building at Aiyanar Resort, Anilao, Batangas

For this year’s team building held last June 25 and 26, our office chose Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort. Actually, my boss knows the owner of the resort. What she did was she just made a call and voila, we were instantly booked for an overnight stay! Our reservation even came with a 15% discount, sa’n ka pa?

ai
receiving area

Aiyanar is a charming place tucked in Anilao in the sleepy town of Mabini, Batangas. Despite its classification as a first class municipality, Mabini has retained its serene and relaxing atmosphere. I was happy we pushed thru this outing despite the gloomy weather in Manila. It’s already June, after all, and the rains have started pouring.

Continue reading “Office Team Building at Aiyanar Resort, Anilao, Batangas”

Weekend Story: Official Trip to Iloilo + Couple Time in Alabang

I left Manila for Iloilo City Thursday of last week. It was an official trip that saw my officemates and I working as a team to ensure the success of our event there. It turned out to be a smashing success, praise the Lord. Everything went well and we were very thankful to the people from the provincial government who made our work easier.

Iloilo is a bustling province. I never imagined it to be that way. My trip there made me realize, more than anything, that strong political will is still possible. And that unity among the government, the private sector, and the people is a must for a certain place to achieve progress and sustainable growth.

Continue reading “Weekend Story: Official Trip to Iloilo + Couple Time in Alabang”

Weekend Story: Wedding in Batangas + Typical Sunday in Manila

Last weekend was special. The hubby and I may have not been able to go home in Bacoor but we had a happy and relaxing time in Manila with my in-laws. I, for one, had the chance to witness one of the simplest yet most intimate weddings, ever.

On Saturday, I traveled all the way to Lipa City in Batangas to attend my officemate and dear friend Gerlie’s wedding. (She finally married her childhood sweetheart after a decade of being in a relationship.) The wedding ceremony was held at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish and the reception followed at the main hall of Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club. The hubby wasn’t able to join me because he was still recovering from flu then. (He’s okay now, thank God!)

Continue reading “Weekend Story: Wedding in Batangas + Typical Sunday in Manila”