Take a Day Trip To Aloguinsan

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. 👇

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Dubai Diaries: Dubai Miracle Garden

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.)”

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New Year’s Eve in Dubai

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?”

He nodded.

“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.)” 😵

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Dubai’s Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station Closure

Last Friday, the husband and I went to Dubai for a pre-anniversary date. We recently moved from Qatar to Abu Dhabi and the trip to Dubai would take about 2 hours via bus.

Travelling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, you would have to get on a bus from Al Ghubaiba Bus Station and get on the E1 bus, which will take you to the Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station. You can also get on the E101 bus from the Ibn Battuta Bus Station, which will take you to the same bus station. Even though the Al Ghubaiba Station is much further than the Ibn Battuta Station when coming from Abu Dhabi, the bus fare would still be 25AED.

The friendly guys at the Metro Station handed out flyers informing the public about the temporary closure of the Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station. The flyers briefly explain why the closure is necessary, with additional information on how to get on with your commute. Read on to find out more about the Free Shuttle Bus.

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Educate Yourself—Financially

I like to read. I started off with reading Comics from the Sunday paper, then reading those captions underneath the photos in the newspapers. I liked how the writer would provide specific details on what was happening and getting to know who those people were. Having a highly imaginative brain, I would picture how the characters in whatever book I was reading would look like, how they wore their coat, sat down, smiled and even wondered if they had strange habits worth noting.

In elementary school, my  mom would pack me two lunch bags. Bags, because that’s exactly what they were.

They looked kinda like the one pictured above, except that they were purple and had Dunkin’ Donuts plastered all over them. But they didn’t contain my lunch. One was filled with Hansel and Bingo biscuits and the other was filled with Zest-O juice packs. I listened to my mom when she’d give me instructions. I believed everything she said at that age. She told me that the Hansel and Bingo biscuits were worth 3 pesos per pack, and that the juice packs were 2.50 each. I have no idea how I sold my goods at school, but I went to school with a daily allowance of 10 pesos per day and came home with at least 35pesos to remit to my mother. I spent my daily allowance on a plastic bag of softdrinks and hotcakes.

For lunch, my parents would come by the school and bring us home for lunch. I sold my goods for a good few months till the PTA asked my mom to stop. Oh well.

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