My husband and I live in the UAE, and it was time to go for a vacation in the Philippines. After a short stay with his family in Cebu, we decided to take a ferry to Dapitan City, then take a bus to Zamboanga City.
We booked tickets for the trip a day before. Unlike plane tickets, passenger ship tickets don’t change by the minute, so it’s actually okay to even buy the tickets on the same day, as long as it’s not fully booked. We booked ours for PhP 950 apiece with Cokaliong Shipping Lines in the Tourist class. For your reference, here’s the chart of rates from Cokaliong Shipping Lines’ website.
When you are an Overseas Filipino Worker, you find ways to keep yourself entertained, be not lonely and just live life. Some Filipinos choose to stay put, watch Tagalog telenovelas/movies online, some go malling with friends on their days off, some choose to stay at home and sleep the day away, and some choose to visit their friends and have drinking and singing sessions.
If you didn’t know Filipinos, you should know that Filipinos looove their booze and singing. 😂
We, on the other hand, take road trips. And the junk food that come with them. 😜
A couple of months ago, I was on vacation in the Philippines. And no vacation in the Philippines is complete without a trip to the beach. When I was a kid, my father would take us to the beach on Sundays. He’d wake us at around 5am, and if we didn’t get up, he’d just haul us to the jeepney and let us sleep until we get to the beach. I actually miss that.
Anyway, it just didn’t feel right that I was in Cebu, home to a number of white sand beaches and I was not in any one of them at the moment. So I got in contact with my cousin and asked her if she wanted to go on a trip to Aloguinsan. We still had a few days til her days off and started planning.
We planned for an overnight trip, but on the day before our trip, we found out that they were changing shifts, which meant she’ll only get one day off for this week.
It was a good thing nothing was booked. 😅
If you want to know how much this trip cost us and skip my ramblings, scroll right down to the bottom. 👇
A week after our New Year’s Eve trip to Dubai, the husband and I felt like going somewhere again. We were looking for attractions, tourist spots, dinners, cruises, etc., but even if it was for our second anniversary date, we just felt like going big wasn’t really our thing. I mean, there are still plenty of places you can go to without breaking the bank.
The day before the trip, one of our friends on Facebook posted pictures of the Dubai Miracle Garden. I scrolled past the photos after liking the post, while he was on his laptop doing his usual stuff.
“Asa man ta ugma? Weekend na pud, hehe. (So where are we going tomorrow? It’s the weekend again, hehe.)” I asked, wiggling my eyebrows.
“Hmmm, kato diay’ng buwak-buwak? Mura’g nindot man to didto. (Hmmm, what about that flower-flower (flower garden 😂)? It looked nice.)”
I scrolled back up and showed him our friend’s post. “Kani? (This?)”
“Oooo, kana. (Yeees, that.)”
About a week before our wedding anniversary, I commented on how fast time flew, that I couldn’t believe that we have been married for almost 2 years now. He had this look on his face, as if I just said something that he couldn’t understand.
“Duha ka tuig na diay? Sure oi, mura ma’g bag-o ra ta naminyo. (It’s been two years already? Are you sure? Didn’t we just get married?)” He said.
I stifled a laugh, because we were in a car on the way to Dubai for New Year’s Eve, and there were three other people with us. I asked him what he could’ve been thinking based on how he looked.
“Are you thinking that it really can’t be that long yet?”
He nodded. Well, he really did look confused at the time. So I gave him a refresher.
“We met at the office on February of 2015, right?”
“We first got married January of 2016, right? In Doha?”
He nodded. “But we got married again just last vacation.” He piped in.
“Which was on June 2016.” I added. “It’s 2018, January 2018. It’s been almost two years.”
“Kapaspas. (That was quick.)” 😵